Press Releases

Student homelessness has risen to pre-pandemic levels, after years of decline. Now, a San Jose legislator has introduced a California bill to provide unhoused high school seniors with a guaranteed income to help them enroll in college or enter the workforce.

San Jose —Senator Dave Cortese is delighted to announce Mayor Yan Zhao of Saratoga as the Woman of the Year for Senate District 15. This accolade recognizes Mayor Zhao's exemplary leadership, her significant contributions to the community, and her dedication to fostering inclusivity and combating hate.

Building on California's commitment to a skilled and trained workforce, Senator Dave Cortese has introduced new legislation to strengthen the state's labor force reporting requirements. On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed Senate Bill (SB) 1162, which will enhance compliance with skilled and trained workforce requirements on public projects.

The Senate Health Committee passed life-saving legislation by Senator Dave Cortese (D-Silicon Valley) today that will secure essential treatment access for individuals battling mental health and substance use disorders.

The Senate Health Committee on Wednesday unanimously passed Senator Dave Cortese’s legislation to address fentanyl exposure among infants and toddlers. Spurred by the tragic news stories of children killed by fentanyl poisoning — including the death of 3-month-old Phoenix Castro in a San Jose apartment last May —SB 908 will strengthen California’s public health response to prevent more young children from becoming opioid victims.