Press Releases

December 09, 2019

State Sen. Jim Beall is angry.

Four times now, he has introduced legislation to better enforce state and federal “parity” laws, which require equal treatment of mental and physical health problems. Four times, that legislation has failed.

As he enters his final year in the Legislature, the San Jose Democrat plans what he calls a “full-frontal assault”.

“I’m going to put even more effort into next year because I’m madder than hell about it.”

November 01, 2019

San Jose, Calif.  -- State Senator Jim Beall (D-15) and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo met today to discuss new state resources available to the City of San Jose to support its Public Safety Public Shutoff (PSPS) emergency response. The City incurred major costs while implementing imperative public safety and outreach efforts to ensure the security of residents during the initial and corresponding PSPS events. Now, $500,000 in state funds are available to reimburse the City of San Jose for these expenses.

July 03, 2019

Legislation Makes the State a Long-Term Funding Partner for Affordable Housing

Sacramento—Today, the Los Angeles City Council adopted a resolution in support of SB 5, the Affordable and Sustainable Community Act, sponsored by Sens. Jim Beall (D-San Jose), Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) and Anthony Portantino (D- La Caňada Flintridge).

May 29, 2019

Senate Bill 5 (Beall, McGuire, Portantino) will institute a state-local partnership to assist local governments in subsidizing up to 86,000 housing units affordable to working class families over the next 10 years

May 28, 2019

Sacramento—Today, local leaders welcomed the state’s Department of General Services decision to recommend disposition of the Alfred E. Alquist Building in downtown San Jose. With this decision, San Jose State University (SJSU) is a local and state candidate to take over the property for a campus community expansion. Sen. Jim Beall and Assemblymember Ash Kalra, who are current tenants of the building, have requested initial planning funding for SJSU to prepare for the possible transition.

May 06, 2019

Santa Cruz Mountain Communities

Sacramento, CA—(May 6, 2019) Commuters will soon see several major revitalization projects to State Route 17 (SR-17). With the passage of SB 1 legislation, authored by Sen. Beall in 2017, funds are now available for road safety and improvement projects along the critical SR-17 that connects communities in high-risk fire areas to San Jose. In addition, other community safety programs will also receive SB 1 funds.

April 24, 2019


SB 5 (Beall and McGuire) Draws Wide Support from

City, Housing, and Labor Leaders


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.