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April 18, 2011

Twin Town Halls On Reform

How can we fix state government now? Against the backdrop of two distinctly different statewide efforts to reform California’s constitution, Assemblymember Beall is holding two Town Halls to continue the public debate and explore possible solutions.

Both Town Halls are scheduled for Thursday, April 8.

April 18, 2011


Here’s a quick update on the twin town halls I held earlier this month:

More than 120 people attended the town halls at San Jose State University and at the Willow Glen Community and Senior Center.

Joining me was Thad Kousser, a University of California-San Diego political science professor who is researching and analyzing constitutional reform as a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institute, and the Bill Lane Center for the American West, both located at Stanford University.

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Beginning next month, Santa Clara County launches the Healthy Workers program, a historic step toward providing affordable health coverage for everyone in our community.

April 18, 2011


In observance of Earth Day’s 40th anniversary in April, my staff and I are looking for 40 volunteers or more for our “40 For 40’’ campaign to clean up a section of Los Gatos Creek in Campbell. The clean-up is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, April 17, at Campbell Park, between Campbell and Camden avenues.

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For the Legislature to begin reforming government, it needs the support of the governed. If polls are any indication, Sacramento is a long way from gaining the public’s confidence.

A Field Poll last month showed a record-low job rating for the Governor and the Legislature.

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Since August, I’ve been out in the community listening to people talk about the issues and events affecting their lives. Time after time, they are telling me this recession is hitting them hard.

They are losing their jobs, their health coverage, and their homes. Their children’s dreams of attending college are vanishing.

These folks have played by the rules all their lives only to find out there was a different set of rules for us and Wall Street. To be sure, they have a right to be angry.

April 18, 2011

Got a state issue you want to discuss? Let's talk about it over a cup of coffee.

Come on over to the Le Boulanger, 1351 Lincoln Ave., San Jose, on Saturday, Aug. 29, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., meet me and tell me what's on your mind. I'd love to hear your ideas.

I'll be holding more meetings like this throughout Assembly District 24 so please check my website periodically for updates.

April 18, 2011

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.

April 18, 2011


I’ve been holding a series of informal meetings in Assembly District 24, touching base with people at coffee shops to hear what’s on their minds. Many have told me they are unemployed or they are worried about the lack of job opportunities.

California’s unemployment rate surged to 12.2 percent in September and economic forecasts predict it will remain above 10 percent until late 2011.

April 18, 2011

Mental Health Parity

Assembly Bill 244, my proposal to require health insurance companies to provide treatment for mental disorders and substance abuse equitable to physical illnesses or injuries, has passed through the Assembly and has moved to the state Senate.