July 2016 Newsletter

July 25, 2016


Please join me at one of our community events scheduled in the upcoming weeks. It's a great opportunity to meet with me and my staff.

    Have a question, problem or issue regarding state government? I invite you to sit down and tell me about it. My community coffee meetings are popular so please be aware that your time with me may be limited due to the number of people who want to speak to me.
    Friday, July 29;
    8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Crema Coffee
    950 The Alameda, San Jose

    Individual meetings are on a first come, first served basis. However, please RSVP here so we can best prepare.
    A beautiful creek runs through our neighborhoods. Please help protect this precious resource by joining me in keeping Los Gatos Creek clean.
    Saturday, Aug. 13;
    8:45 a.m. – 11 a.m.
    Campbell Park
    Campbell and Gilman avenues, Campbell




A stubborn brushfire that halted traffic both ways on busy Highway 17 in the Santa Cruz Mountains last month was a reminder of how tinder-dry our region remains following years of drought.

On the same day the fire erupted, the Santa Clara County FireSafe Council announced it had received a $99,000 grant from the State Responsibility Area Fire Prevention Fund to pay for the removal of brush and dead trees from the Highway 17 right of way that is below homes in the Redwood Estates community, which lies in my Senate district.  I played a key role in urging CalFire to release the grant to the FireSafe Council.

Thousands of dead and diseased trees border the highway in a forested area with a history of disastrous blazes such as the 1985 Lexington Fire that charred 13,800 acres and destroyed more than 40 structures.

To inform mountain residents about fire prevention and drought-fighting measures now taking place, I am holding a Fire and Water Workshop in the Redwood Estates. CalFire, the Santa Clara County FireSafe Council; and Santa Clara Valley Water District representatives will be in attendance to answer questions.

Fire and Water Workshop
Tuesday, July 26; 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
The Pavilion at Redwood Estates
21450 Madrone Drive, Los Gatos

Click here to RSVP.



The recently passed 2016-2017 budget includes $10 million in funding to develop a statewide earthquake early warning system. The budget incorporates a bill that I co-authored to expand the capabilities of a skeletal system that is operated by the University of California-Berkeley, California Institute of Technology, state Office of Emergency Services and others.

The funding would pay for the installation of hundreds of additional seismic sensors throughout the state to give us an early warning of an earthquake.

The U.S. Geological Survey says a few precious seconds of warning can be enough time to allow people to seek cover or turn off stoves, open firehouse doors so emergency equipment can roll out, stop vehicles, and let medical professionals stop a procedure.

Scientists calculate there is a 99 percent chance over the next 30 years that a magnitude 6.7 quake will strike somewhere in California. For essential recommendations on how to prepare your household in the event of a disaster, click here.



Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) seeks to raise its rates by $2.3 billion for 2017-2019. The California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) has scheduled public testimony hearings throughout PG&E's service territory.

Consumers can speak to commission officials at scheduled hearings in San Jose on July 27, 1 p.m. A 1 p.m. hearing and another at 6 p.m. will be held at the Scottish Rite Center, 2455 Masonic Dr.

The CPUC reminds consumers who are interested in testifying but unable to attend any of the hearings, that they can provide their written comments to the CPUC Public Advisor's Office at public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov or write CPUC Public Advisor's Office, 505 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA 94102. Please reference proceeding number A.15-09-001 on all communications. The commissioners will be provided with the letters.



My office is looking for college-level interns who would like to gain valuable work experience at my State Capitol office and my district offices in Campbell and downtown San Jose.

These internships provide students with a great opportunity to get involved in State government, develop useful job skills, and even get a head start on a career in public service. Students can gain experience in a professional work environment, build their resumes, and have the opportunity to network with professionals in a number of fields.

Intern candidates applying for a position at the State Capitol office should be mindful that they will be working at least three days a week in Sacramento.

For more information contact Senior Field Representative Domingo Candelas in the Senate District 15 local office by phone at (408) 558-1295 or by emailing your resume to Domingo.Candelas@sen.ca.gov. This is an unpaid position.