December 2014 Newsletter
SENIOR SCAM STOPPER
I am sponsoring a Senior Scam Stopper Town Hall in January to alert seniors on how to spot and avoid swindles. Representatives for local, state, and federal agencies will discuss how to identify theft, auto repair, investment, and construction-related scams.
Senior Scam Stopper Town Hall
Friday, Jan. 16; 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center of Silicon Valley
14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos
For more information or to RSVP, contact the Senate District 15 office, (408) 558-1295,
or email Senator.Beall@sen.ca.gov
NEW LEGISLATIVE BILLS
The 2014-2015 legislative session began Dec. 1 and I quickly went to work, introducing several bills:
SB 9 - Requires Cap and Trade funding for transit and intercity rail to be invested in projects that maximizes reductions in greenhouse gas emissions to meet the goals of AB 32, California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.
SB 11 - Focuses on adding more hours to the training of police recruits and veteran officers to help them defuse potentially volatile encounters with people with mental illnesses. The bill would increase safety for both people with mental illnesses and officers. SB 11 is currently a "spot" bill that essentially reserves a legislative bill vehicle and number until the final language for the actually bill is prepared by legislative analysts.
SB 12 - Ensure that foster care youth remanded to the juvenile justice system can retain their foster care status and medical and housing benefits after they are released from custody. SB 12 is currently a spot bill.
SB 16 - Identifies funding to maintain, repair, and clean-up freeways and state roads. It is currently a spot bill.
SB 29 - Extends the same right of three days paid sick leave annually guaranteed to all workers in California to In-Home Support Services workers who visit the homes of our elderly and disabled people and care for them, allowing them to avoid the high expense of living in nursing facilities and thereby saving state funds.
I will provide more updates about my new bills as they are introduced.
THE SPIRIT OF THE SEASON
When we read or hear news about San Jose's "The Jungle," the largest homeless encampment in Santa Clara County, it serves as a harsh reminder of how much needs to be done for our homeless and hungry families. During this season of giving, please remember that a donation to the non-profit food bank or homeless support services organization of your choice can help a family or child in need.
My local office in Campbell offers internships to capable college and high school students who are interested in how state government works and the issues that affect California.
Among an intern's responsibilities are data entry; research; handling inquiries from constituents; community outreach - such as staffing events and projects; the ability to work a few hours at an occasional weekend or evening event; and more.
The qualities and skills we look for in applicants are excellent writing; initiative; deductive thinking; reliability; good interpersonal skills; proficiency in typing, Microsoft Word, and Excel.
Hours are flexible. The internship is an unpaid position.
If you're interested please contact Senate District 15 Field Representative Domingo Candelas by email or call (408) 558-1295.
COMMUNITY LITTER CLEAN-UP
I am co-sponsoring this month a litter and graffiti clean-up of the community surrounding Arbuckle Elementary School in East San Jose. The event is also being sponsored by City Councilwoman Magdalena Carrasco and the Arbuckle Neighborhood Association. Volunteers will be fanning out to pick up litter from sidewalks and streets and depositing it into trash bags.
The clean-up is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 10, at 9:30 a.m. Volunteer check-in begins about 8:30 a.m. at Arbuckle Elementary. For more information, please contact Senate District 15 Field Representative Domingo Candelas by email or call (408) 558-1295.
This litter clean-up is the direct result of a meeting I held with residents who told me about their frustration with the illegal dumping of garbage in their neighborhoods.
On Wednesday, Dec. 17, 5:30 p.m., I'll be taking part in the lighting of the Menorah at Santana Row's Park Valencia area. And, the Senate District 15 Office has sponsored and decorated a tree in Christmas in the Park at Cesar Chavez Plaza in downtown San Jose.