May 2011 E-Newsletter

May 17, 2011

LOS GATOS CREEK CLEAN-UP

Join me on Saturday, May 21, at Campbell Park for my second annual Los Gatos Creek Clean-up.

Individuals, clubs and classes are all welcome. The clean-up is also a great way for students to meet their community service requirements.

Please contact Frances Herbert at (408) 282-8920 or at frances.grammer@asm.ca.gov to RSVP or if you have questions.

Weather permitting, the two-hour clean-up begins at 10 a.m.; registration begins at 9:45 a.m.

Dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy footwear and clothing. Trash bags, gloves and trash sticks will be provided.


MY WEEK

To increase the dialogue and transparency with Assembly District 24’s residents, I’ll be posting a new item on my website called “My Week.” It’ll be a brief compilation of my actions and activities during the week.


MEET ME

My series of community coffees continues on Friday, May 20, 9 to 11 a.m., at the Le Boulanger, 852 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose. I'll be meeting one-on-one with constituents, listening to their concerns and answering questions about state issues. To RSVP, please click here.

When I am in Sacramento, my staff will be holding a series of "mobile district offices" throughout the community to help constituents. The next mobile district office is scheduled for:

  • Tuesday, May 24, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Berryessa Senior Center, 3050 Berryessa Road, San Jose.

On Saturday, June 4, I'll be speaking at the 11th annual celebration of "Veteran's Appreciation Day" at the San Jose Vet Center, 278 N. Second St., San Jose. I'll be there from about 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

And on Sunday, June 5, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., I'll be at the Blossom Hill Farmers Market. So if you're over by the Princeton Plaza Mall, Kooser Road and Meridian Avenue, please drop by and say "hello."


TAX BREAKS THAT MAKE SENSE

I've been an advocate of performance-based government for a long time. Our public departments and agencies ought to have clear goals to reach and if they don't reach them, we ought to understand why and adjust their budgets accordingly – up or down.

I think this approach can be applied to tax breaks and tax incentive programs, too. Does the tax break or incentive achieve its intended purpose? Has the tax break created more businesses, jobs or improved California? And if so, how? If not, why not?

Instead, the state has granted tax breaks and left them on the books without measuring their effectiveness. To remove them requires a two-thirds majority of the Legislature, a very high hurdle.

Last session, I voted for several bills to increase accountability by establishing timelines for the review of corporate tax breaks. That group of bills included AB 1391, which would have allowed the state to recoup or "clawback" tax credits given to corporations that decrease jobs or that move out of the state, and SB 1272 that would have sunset every new tax subsidy after five years.

In one of my bills this year, AB 81, I've incorporated a "poison pill" that automatically kills it if the bill doesn't achieve its goal: the creation of 2,000 or more new jobs.

AB 81 stabilizes the jet fuel sales taxes so our airports can compete with out-of-state airports to create more jobs. Under the bill, airline carriers would continue to pay sales taxes on the fuel but would see it capped during a volatile market. Individual airports would have the choice of deciding whether to take part in the program.

Assembly Bill 79, which I introduced in January, provides a tax credit to investors who fund research at the University of California's Institutes for Science and Innovation for new technologies that have high job growth potential, such as clean tech, bio and nano technologies.

This bill is straightforward with a clear mission: Invest in our universities to pioneer new technologies and you can file for a tax credit.


CALIFORNIA SMALL BUSINESS DAY – 2011

Assembly Speaker John Pérez and Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg are inviting business owners statewide to attend the "California Small Business Day – 2011" conference on Monday, June 6 at the Sacramento Convention Center. For more information, click here.