February 2017 Newsletter

February 10, 2017
February 2017 Newsletter




I'll be in Willow Glen for my next community coffee. If you have questions or concerns about a state issue please drop by and speak to me about it. This informal get-together is an opportunity for a one-on-one dialogue. Here's the date, time, and place:

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.

If you can't come to the community coffee, you can still reach me by email. Also learn more about my work by following me on facebook or Twitter.



In the coming weeks, I'll be providing you with regular updates on my bills. Here's a look at two key bills - Senate Bills 1 and 3 -- which I have introduced as the chairman of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee.

During the past two years, the committee has held 12 statewide public hearings to explore and assess solutions to two of California's most urgent problems -- a decaying infrastructure system and a severe lack of affordable housing. After dozens of hours of expert testimony, the best policy ideas were selected, vetted, and refined in talks with legislators from both sides of the aisle. The surviving solutions are embodied in Senate Bills 1 and 3.

Senate Bill 1 -- A plan to repair California's deteriorating road system. The bill begins the long-overdue process of repairs now - 87 percent of California's roads are rated in fair or poor condition -- avoiding wasted billions spent in higher costs for deferred maintenance.

The bill provides motorists with smoother, safer, stronger bridges and roads, shoring up an aging transportation system so it can withstand natural disasters.

For the cost of $9.47 per month for an average driver - a 6¢ per-gallon gas tax adjustment plus, the restoration of price-based excise tax, and a $38 increase in registration fees - the state can prepare its transportation network for the new century's economy.

Businesses will benefit from improved transportation corridors that will cut down shipping costs and bring more Pacific Rim tonnage through California ports, increasing their competitiveness with Pacific Northwest ports.

And, the bill pumps more funding into mass transit to reduce congestion and greenhouse gases.

Senate Bill 3 - Legislation to reverse California's shortage of affordable housing. The scarcity of housing has contributed to the exodus of more than 625,000 people from 2007 to 2014, a trend that continues today with more than 2 million very- and extremely low-income households chasing 664,000 affordable rental homes.

The proposed $3 billion housing bond can leverage an additional $11 billion in federal funding to direct into existing and successful, state housing programs such as Multifamily Housing; CalHome; Joe Serna Farmworker Housing; Local Housing Trust Fund Matching Grant; Transit-Oriented Development; Building Equity and Growth in Neighborhoods; and Infill Infrastructure Financing.

As Propositions 46 and 1C have shown by generating 183,000 housing units, SB 3 can have just as great an impact in helping more families call California their home.



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 effecting 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.