Press Releases

March 11, 2019

“While I applaud the Governor’s aggressiveness in tackling our affordable housing crisis, I fundamentally disagree with the linking of road construction funds to housing construction goals. Not only will it not solve the funding issue at the heart of our affordable housing construction problem, I am fearful this will distract from our much needed transportation infrastructure goals.

February 12, 2019

"California has always been seen as the visionary state and we need to continue to think big and bold when we describe our future. I am willing to do the hard work to see this project come to fruition.

January 22, 2019

Sacramento–Today, Senator Jim Beall (D-15), a champion for foster youth throughout California, introduced a bill that would strengthen financial support to any individual who has spent time in the foster care system for the purpose of obtaining a college degree. SB 150 would improve their access to state grants and ensure they are delivered in a timely manner.

December 03, 2018


SACRAMENTO -- On the opening day of a new legislative session, lawmakers from the Senate and Assembly gathered to call for action to stem California’s mental health crisis.

December 03, 2018

Contact: For McGuire’s office – Kerrie Lindecker, or (707) 319-3654

For Beall’s office – Rodney Foo, or (916) 651-4015 

Senator McGuire and Senator Beall announce comprehensive affordable housing legislation for 2019

October 04, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Senate transportation committee members met Thursday with the head of the Department of Motor Vehicles, receiving an update on efforts to eliminate interminably long lines at field offices that have generated a torrent of complaints from the public.

September 29, 2018

CAMPBELL -- Senator Jim Beall released the following statement in reaction to the Governor’s veto of Senate Bill 1019, a proposal that helps students coping with serious behavioral health disorders gain improved access to therapy and counseling through their schools.

September 29, 2018

SAN JOSE –  Senator Jim Beall, chairman of the Senate’s Select Committee on Mental Health, issued this statement regarding Governor Brown’s veto of SB 906, legislation to institute statewide standards for peer providers specialists to expand support for people battling mental disorders or substance abuse through those who have experienced and conquered those same illnesses.

September 17, 2018

SACRAMENTO –  Ensuring Caltrans meets SB 1’s mandate to save taxpayer dollars through efficiency,  Governor Brown today signed Senator Jim Beall’s legislation to allow the permanent use of a new design process that has resulted  in faster and less costly road repairs and upgrades.

“SB 1262 will create hundreds of millions in savings on road projects,’’ Beall said. “Caltrans can take those savings and invest it in more road maintenance and upgrades to increase the safety and efficiency of our transportation system across the state.’’

September 17, 2018

SAN JOSE --  Sen. Jim Beall’s legislation allowing the cities of San Jose and Los Angeles to lease Caltrans properties to serve the homeless was signed into law by Governor Brown today.

Under SB 519, co-authored by both Beall and Senator Steven Bradford, D-Gardena, the cities would be able to lease up to 10 parcels of unused Caltrans land at a cost of only $1 per month. The bill calls for the properties to be used as sites for emergency shelter or programs that provide food.