MY WEEKS -- June 29-July 30

July 31, 2016

The Legislature is in recess until the beginning of August. During the interim, I’ve been holding community meetings in Senate District 15 and working on legislative issues.

•    I convened a community workshop on fire safety at the Redwood Estate’s Pavilion to inform residents about what they can do to protect their home and how a new program to clear deadwood, funded by a grant I helped obtained, can reduce fire danger along Highway 17. Participants included CalFire, the FireSafe Council, Santa Clara County Fire Dept., the Santa Clara Valley Water District, and Caltrans.

•    Since 2008, I’ve been holding community coffees, talking to people face-to-face about state-related issues, such as college tuition, homelessness, the rising cost of health coverage, and more. They tell me what’s on their minds and it helps examine policies and laws in a different light. My latest community coffee was held in late July in San Jose.

•    I met with constituents and representatives for organizations, including:

The California Transportation Commission; the Office of the Governor; Campbell Vice Mayor Liz Gibbons; San Jose Water Company; the Bay Area Caucus Transportation Committee; Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen; Santa Clara Valley Water District Chief Interim Executive Officer Norma Camacho; Santa Clara Valley Water District Director Gary Kremin; Los Gatos Town Council Member Rob Rennie; League of California Cities Peninsula Division; Legislative Analyst’s Office; League of California Cities; California State Department of Finance.

•    I took part in a Wake Up to Aging: Policy & Aging Compendium panel in San Jose, taking part in a dialogue about issues confronting California's burgeoning population of seniors. Demographers project that one in five Californians in 2030 will be over 65.