Press Releases

January 08, 2008
Contact: Cris Forsyth @  (916) 319-2490

Assembly Bill (AB) 811, authored by Assemblymembers Jim Beall, Jr. and Loyd Levine, passed out of Assembly Local Government Committee today without a single NO vote. AB 811 will help finance the upfront costs for solar power and other energy efficiency improvements to property owners by authorizing local governments to provide low interest loans with long-term repayments added to their annual property tax bills.

January 08, 2008
Contact: Rodney Foo @  (408) 282-8920
Beall urges the Legislature and governor to evaluate tax giveaways that cost California billions annually

Forcing California's poor to bear another round of budget cuts is not the way to cure the state's deficit. The remedy is in the hands of the governor and Legislature: Cut the real fat and legitimately boost revenue by eliminating billions in antiquated tax loopholes.

January 28, 2008
Contact: Rodney Foo @  (408) 282-8920

"The death of AB 1X in the Senate Health Committee is a missed opportunity to not only provide health coverage to all of California's children and working poor, but to save taxpayer dollars while helping our beleaguered public hospitals," Assemblymember Jim Beall, Jr., D-San Jose, said Monday.

March 10, 2008

Lee Sturtevant, whose distinguished career has stretched from classrooms in Cupertino to the halls of the Legislature in Sacramento, has been named Assembly District 24’s “Woman of the Year’’ by Assemblymember Jim Beall, Jr.

March 11, 2008
Contact: Rodney Foo @  (408) 282-8920
Come for free dental and health screenings and discuss health-related legislation with Assemblymember Beall

Nothing is more important than our health and the health of our families. That's why I'm inviting you to attend our health fair – a free and fun event geared to helping people understand how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

April 08, 2008
Contact: Rodney Foo @  (408) 282-8920

Assembly Bill 2129 -- legislation designed to prevent pregnant women from using alcohol or drugs to ensure more healthy babies are born in California – was passed out of the Assembly Health Committee today with only a single Republican vote from Assemblymember Audra Strickland.

April 10, 2008
Contact: Rodney Foo @  (408) 282-8920
Alcohol industry causes $36 billion in costs to society - it's time they paid their fair share

Assemblymember Jim Beall, Jr., D-San Jose, is proposing legislation to increase the excise tax on beer to generate $2 billion for under-funded health and law enforcement services that must cope with the havoc -- traffic accidents and fatalities, domestic violence, and illnesses -- that is fueled by the alcohol industry.

May 14, 2008
Contact: Rodney Foo @  (408) 282-8920

Assemblymember Jim Beall, Jr., chairman of the Assembly Human Services Committee, assailed the Governor's revised budget proposals for targeting crucial programs that help the poor and people with disabilities while ignoring government waste such as spending $2 billion annually on private consultants.

June 05, 2008
Contact: Rodney Foo @  (408) 282-8920

Silicon Valley's State Assembly Delegation stands united against proposed cuts that would gut California's public education system and gamble with the welfare of our poor, elderly, and those with disabilities.

June 26, 2008
Contact: Rodney Foo @  (408) 282-8920
Santa Clara and San Mateo counties' share could mean up to 1.17 million pounds of food for local food banks

Assemblymember Jim Beall, Jr., D-San Jose, will be honored Friday by the Marin Institute for his efforts in working for an effective alcohol policy in California.


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


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.

April 18, 2011


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


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.

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.

April 18, 2011

Neighborhood Meet-Up

April 18, 2011