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A state legislator is pushing for an audit of how San Jose uses its homelessness funds, marking the second time in a week that Sacramento has called into question local spending on one of the region’s most difficult crises.

Dozens of people rallied at San Jose City Hall Thursday to raise awareness about the plight of homeless youth in the area.

California legislator is questioning whether San Jose is wasting millions of dollars in state and federal monies in its efforts to address the homelessness crisis.

California state Sen. Dave Cortese, D-San Jose, plans to introduce a bill that mirrors the fentanyl poisoning prevention programs spearheaded in Santa Clara County.

In a news conference on Monday, Cortese said he will propose a statewide framework to implement more fentanyl prevention services in schools and youth organizations in the 2023-24 state legislative session.

Within weeks of educators reviving students at two San Jose high schools, a Bay Area legislator announced Monday he plans to introduce a new bill to address the rising number of young people dying from the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl.

Santa Clara County representatives are seeing their work turn into reality following Gov. Gavin Newsom’s signing of a flurry of bills at the end of September.

California now has a new law stemming from the deadly VTA rail yard shooting in San Jose last year in which a man killed nine co-workers. State Sen. Dave Cortese, who authored the legislation, explains how it addresses workplace violence.

Eight months ago Gov. Gavin Newsom came to San Jose to explain his vision for changing the mental health care system, and how the sickest of the sick would receive treatment for severe mental illness and substance use disorders.