February 2012 Newsletter

February 17, 2012


Satisfy your appetite and your curiosity about the California state budget.

Assembly District 24 will hold a free community pancake breakfast with Christian Griffith of the Assembly Budget Committee as the featured speaker. He’ll furnish information about the Governor’s proposed budget and take questions.

Pancake Breakfast sponsored by Assemblymember Beall
Feb. 25, Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Campbell Community Center (Orchard City Banquet Hall)
1 West Campbell Ave., Campbell

Please RSVP by either clicking here or call (408) 282-8920.



About 2 million Californians are unemployed. Through no fault of their own, many of them were laid off by companies in the midst of a recession. Others are veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan looking for work. Or they are recent college graduates or women seeking to return to the workforce.

I strongly believe a person’s unemployment status should not be used by any potential employer as an automatic excuse to disregard a job applicant. That’s precisely why I have requested to be a co-author on Assembly Bill 1450 (Allen, D-Santa Rosa).

AB 1450 makes it illegal for an employer to knowingly refuse employment to a person solely because they are unemployed. It also would stop employers from publishing or advertising job openings that ask for employed people to only apply.

Unemployment does not necessarily define a person; it is a phase in their life. What does matter is a person’s performance after they get an opportunity to work again.

My priority is to get Californians working again and I think AB 1450 brings us closer to that goal.



California’s Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan offers health coverage to medically uninsurable people who have been rejected by commercial insurers or offered coverage at unaffordable prices.

As part of the national health reform package, California has a contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to establish a federally funded high-risk pool program to provide coverage for eligible applicants.

This insurance option stops on Dec. 31, 2013 once the entire national health reform program begins and federal laws go into effect to prevent insurers from denying pre-existing conditions or charging them higher rates.

But until that day arrives, people enrolled in the state plan will be covered for inpatient and outpatient care, doctor visits, preventative care, prescriptions, mental health services, x-rays, pregnancy care, durable medical equipment and more.

To be eligible, requirements include:

  • U.S. citizenship
  • Must be uninsured for at least the last six months.
  • Must have a pre-existing condition and within the last 12 months have been denied individual health insurance coverage or offered/charged premium rates higher than the rates offered by the California Major Risk Medical Insurance Program preferred provider organization.

To learn more and get an application, click here.


The Metropolitan Transportation Commission is offering paid summer internships -- $10.25 an hour -- for high school students. The deadline to apply is March 8. There are work sites in Santa Clara County and throughout the other eight Bay Area counties.

Metropolitan Transportation Commission is the transportation planning, coordinating, and financing agency for the Bay Area.

The internship’s purpose is to introduce high school students to career opportunities in the field of transportation. The program will show them the how public transportation agencies play an important role in our lives and to provide MTC’s transportation partners – municipal traffic engineers, planners at transit agencies, local public works department -- with assistance.

To get more information, call the MTC’s Internship Coordinator, (510) 817-5807, or email InternCoordinator@mtc.ca.gov. To apply online, click here.

I also want to remind high school and college students that the Assembly District 24 office in San Jose also offers internships during the school year and summer break.


The education of the arts isn’t just about drawing, painting, or sculpting. It’s about creative expression and stimulating the imagination to see the world in different ways.

The Santa Clara County Office of Education is planning its annual Young Artists Showcase, featuring a collection of Pre-Kindergarten to Grade12 student artwork. Art teachers, generalists, and teachers of other disciplines are encouraged to submit original student artwork for selection into the County Office of Education’s permanent collection.

Artwork will be accepted up until Thursday, April 5 at 5 p.m. All artwork must be received at the Santa Clara County Office of Education, 1290 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose. Submissions are limited to one piece of art per student, and 10 per school.

For more information and to obtain a packet on how to participate, click here.