September 2009 E-Newsletter
A few weeks ago on a warm Saturday morning, I sat down with dozens of constituents at a Willow Glen bakery. Anyone who wanted to tell me something was welcome to pull up a chair and talk to me.
The meeting was the first in a series of informal meetings and coffee klatches that I am holding throughout Assembly District 24. My goal is to reach out to the community to learn firsthand what issues are on their minds. We are at a historic crossroad; the decisions legislators will make in the new session will have long-lasting affects.
At the Willow Glen meeting, people told me they're concerned about our schools, health care, and the gerrymandering of congressional and state representative districts. They also expressed frustration over the two-thirds majority requirement to pass a budget in the Legislature, a law that has been exploited by special interests to gain last-minute tax deals to the detriment of taxpayers.
Quite simply, people told me they want reform.
To achieve reform, we have to move beyond the partisan politics that has mired the Legislature in gridlock. We have to bypass the powerful influence of special interests that want to maintain the status quo.
But there is a way to begin the badly needed overhaul of our dysfunctional government and that's by supporting populous efforts aimed at fixing the system for the benefit of all Californians. For this very reason, I am supporting grassroots reform efforts such as the Bay Area Council's movement to hold a constitutional convention.
Unemployment is at an all-time high, foreclosures continue, and families are fighting to survive. The decision made in the new legislative session will have long-lasting effects on California's future and those decisions must be correct. This is why I plan to spend more time than ever in the community to seek out people's opinions.
I want to hear from you. Please drop by one of my meetings scheduled in the coming weeks:
- Coffee Klatch, Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Sept. 22, at Orchard Valley Coffee in Campbell, 349 E. Campbell Ave.
- Coffee Klatch, Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Sept. 29, at the Willow Glen Coffee Roasting Co., 1383 Lincoln Ave., San Jose.
- Free Pancake Breakfast, Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Oct. 3, at the Campbell Community Center, 1 W. Campbell Ave., Campbell.
- Coffee Klatch, Saturday, Oct. 31, Heartbeat Café, Cambrian Park Plaza, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., 14392 Union Ave., San Jose.
Lace Up and Support The Health Trust
Since 1996, the non-profit Health Trust has worked to advance wellness throughout Silicon Valley, helping both young and old through various programs. During this month and the next, three events - all involving exercise - are being held and a portion of their proceeds will go to The Health Trust. For more information about all three events, visit The Health Trust website.
- The 20th Annual Silicon Valley AIDS Walk, which supports the Health Trust AIDS Services. Sunday, Oct. 18; registration begins at 8 a.m.; opening ceremonies, 9:30 a.m.; walk, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Discovery Meadow, Woz Way and West San Carlos Street, downtown San Jose.
- The Silicon Valley Marathon (1/2 Marathon or 10K race). Use the code THT10 and receive a discount and know your entry fee will support the Health Trust. For more information about this Oct. 25 run, click here.