January 2017 Newsletter

January 18, 2017
January 2017 Newsletter




I am glad to announce a $4.9 million in state funding to augment the maintenance budget for Silicon Valley's freeways. The additional funding, which I sought from the state, was accepted by Santa Clara County last month.

The money means local drivers will see less trash on highways while creating hundreds of new jobs for people released on probation, better enabling them to re-enter society and avoid re-offending.

Getting the deal done has been an on-going effort. For the past three years, I have convened a working group comprised of my staff, state transportation officials and local government representatives to solve regional highway problems. Given the high level of concern about the condition of the highways - both from cities and residents - I worked to obtain more funding for Silicon Valley to fight roadside blight.

The work culminated when the county Board of Supervisors voted to accept nearly $4.2 million in new funding from the state to hire 450 people released on probation and provide them with transitional employment, life skills education, job readiness and job placement services.

In addition, the supervisors also accepted another $790,000 in state funding to contract with the San Jose Conservation Corps to remove litter and weeds from highway property and to landscape and repair minor storm damage.

What I like about the new funding is how it will benefit the community on so many levels. We get cleaner highways. The region gets more jobs. And, it will reduce the high unemployment rate for people who are on probation and lower recidivism.



A quick reminder for parents of college-bound students: I am sponsoring a "Cash for College Day" on Jan. 21 at Silver Creek High School to help families understand the options available to them to help make college affordable.

All students, regardless of what school they attend, and their parents are welcome to this free event.

Students and their families can get personnel and professional assistance with completing their Free Application for Federal Student Aid forms, also known as FAFSA.

Saturday, Jan. 21
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Silver Creek High School
3434 Silver Creek Road, San Jose

For more information or to RSVP, contact the Senate District 15 office, (408) 558-1295, or click here.



Do you have questions or concerns about a state issue? Please join me for one of my community coffee meetings. These informal get-togethers allow you to meet with me for a one-on-one dialogue. My next community coffee is scheduled for:

Friday, Feb. 10
8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Le Boulanger
1351 Lincoln Ave., San Jose

Individual meetings are held on a first-come, first-served basis. Your time with me might be limited due to the number of people who wish to speak to me.



My district office in Campbell has several internship openings for college students who are interested in public service.

These internships offer an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of issues affecting the state and communities. Students can build their resumes and network with professionals in a variety of fields.

The qualities and skills sought in applicants are excellent writing; initiative; attention to detail; reliability; interpersonal skills; and proficiency in typing. An intern's responsibilities include: data entry; research; helping constituents; and community outreach - such as staffing events and projects. Please note: an intern's position is unpaid.

Interns are also expected to work an occasional weekend or evening event.

For more information contact Senior Field Representative and Scheduler Angelica Torres in the Senate District 15 local office by phone at (408) 558-1295 or by emailing your resume to Angelica.Torres@sen.ca.gov.