August 2017 Newsletter
END OF SESSION BILLS
Sept. 15, the end of the legislative year, is nearing. Here’s a list of my bills that I am working to pass:
- Senate Bill 3 proposes a $4 billion bond measure to address California’s severe shortage in affordable housing that has hit milennials, low-income families, and people who are homeless. The bond would be subject to approval by voters statewide.
The bond would be used to leverage federal funding to create over 70,000 units. The boost in construction has the capacity to generate or sustain more than 137,000 jobs and ignite over $23 billion in economic activity.
The bill was originally set at $3 billion but it was increased by $1 billion more this week to extend the CalVet Home Loan Program, which is currently scheduled to expire in 2018.
- Senate Bill 8 provides trial courts the discretion to order mental health treatment for a person who commits a minor offense and avoid the unnecessary costs of a trial and potential incarceration.
A diversionary sentence can be handed down if there is a strong showing that mental illness played a key role in the commission of the offense and treatment will be beneficial.
- Senate Bill 12 increases the college enrollment of foster youth by directing county child welfare agencies to assign a staffer to assist the student through the financial aid application process. The bill streamlines the verification process for the Free
Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly known as FAFSA, and also authorizes the California Community College system to double existing on-campus-based support programs from the 10 districts to 20.
- Senate Bill 233 improves the coordination of educational services for foster care children by allowing caregivers access to school records, enabling them to be informed of the child’s academic progress in order to better support the child’s progress.
- Senate Bill 595, also known as Regional Measure 3, presents Bay Area voters with the opportunity to begin the next generation of improvements to relieve congested bridge corridors.
The bill gives voters the option of increasing bridge tolls to fund a variety of projects including the BART Phase 2 Extension to downtown San Jose; an Eastridge to BART Regional Connector; and preparing to Diridon Station to act as a hub for high-speed rail and BART.
ANNUAL CREEK CLEAN-UP
Bravo to the many volunteers who joined me this month for my 15th annual Los Gatos Creek Clean-Up!
Over 100 people devoted their Saturday morning to fishing bottles, cans, and other assorted litter out of the creek, filling up nearly 70 large heavy-duty trash bags. They also recovered shopping carts and bicycle parts. I appreciate their commitment to our community and the environment!
My office is looking for interns who would like to gain valuable work experience at my district offices this fall.
These internships provide students with an opportunity to get involved in state government. Students can gain experience in a professional work environment, and build their resumes.
Qualities sought in applicants: The ability to write well; reliability; attention to detail; initiative; and proficiency in typing.
An intern's duties include: data entry; research; helping constituents; and community outreach, such as staffing events and projects. Interns are also expected to work an occasional weekend or evening event. Internships are an unpaid position.
For more information contact Senior Field Representative Domingo Candelas in the Senate District 15 local office at (408) 558-1295. Email your resume to Domingo.Candelas@sen.ca.gov.