Chu’s News – February 2019
I am excited to share with you policy ideas that I am pursuing in Sacramento this year. I have introduced my legislative package for the year and know that they will positively impact communities statewide. My main focus this year is to increase access to mental health services for youth and AB 8 will require every K-12 school in our state to have mental health professionals on campus.
Other issues that I am working are good governance policy, better hate crime reporting, increase safety for mobile home residents, require better automobile safety, and help communities have safe and reliable drinking water. A list of the legislation that I introduced this year is included in the Legislative Updates Section of the Newsletter.
I want to thank the members of the community who attended my Priority Setting Meeting in December of last year. Your feedback and ideas have been helpful in putting together my bill package for this year. Many bill ideas come from members of the community and I encourage you to bring your legislative ideas to me by attending my community office hours, contacting my office, or through my website.
Along with my work in Sacramento, I also have local initiatives and events throughout the year to connect with residents in my district to give you opportunities to share your feedback and concerns. In this newsletter, you will find updates on my past events, announcements, and upcoming events in the district. To learn more about my upcoming events and opportunities to engage with my office, please visit my website or contact my District Office at (408) 262-2501.
Assemblymember, 25th District
AB 7 (Daylight saving time): This bill sets California on Daylight Saving Time year-round pending on the waiver granted by the federal government.
AB 8 (Pupil health: mental health professionals): This bill requires at least one mental health professional on all K-12 schools and establish a ratio of one mental health professional per every 600 students with flexibility to smaller schools with less than 600 students. Early intervention and prevention mental health services are crucial and schools have been identified as the optimal place to reach students.
AB 267 (Employment of infants: entertainment industry): This bill requires any infant under one year old to be cleared by a pediatrician before being able to be employed by any part of the entertainment industry. Currently, this important protection only exists for infants working in motion pictures.
AB 283 (Repeal CalWORKs Penalties): This bill removes financial penalties placed on families receiving CalWORKs benefits. These financial penalties hold CalWORKs families to a separate standard and push them further into poverty.
AB 291 (Emergency preparedness): This bill provides funding for emergency preparedness planning for the City of San Jose and other cities.
AB 300 (Hate crime and incident reporting): This bill requires law enforcement agencies’ informational, incident, and crime reports to include a check box indicating whether the case at hand is a hate incident or hate crime. It would also require a supplemental report to be file with each incident and crime in order to increase prosecution rate and improve state statistics on hate crimes.
AB 301 (Hate crimes): This bill will implement the recommendations of the 2018 State Audit Report on Hate Crimes.
AB 318 (Medi-Cal materials: readability): This bill requires certain translated materials released by Medi-Cal to be tested for accuracy, cultural appropriateness, and readability.
AB 338 (Manufactured housing: smoke alarms: emergency preparedness): This bill updates smoke detector requirements to the latest State Fire Marshal standard and require mobilehome parks’ emergency preparedness plans to be made available annually and in different languages.
AB 398 (School accountability: local control and accountability plans): This bill evaluates the current art curriculum availability across the state and disparities of art education offered regionally.
AB 508 (Drinking water: administrator: consolidation and extension of service): This bill expands access to clean and reliable drinking water.
AB 600 (Regional planning): This bill directs localities to implement current plan to extend services to adjacent unincorporated disadvantaged communities.
AB 680 (Public safety dispatchers: mental health training): This bill requires that emergency dispatchers are trained on crisis intervention and mental health identification in order to dispatch the appropriate trained professionals to assist and de-escalate the incident.
AB 688 (Firearms: vehicle storage): Currently, handguns in an unattended vehicle need to be stored in a lock box. This bill requires that the lock box is secured to the vehicle in order to prevent theft and unauthorized usage and expands the requirement to all firearms.
AB 729 (Carpet recycling: carpet stewardship organizations: succession: procedure): This bill allows CalRecycle to take over carpet recycling program planning if manufacturers fail to meet the goals under AB 1158.
AB 800 (Civil actions: confidentiality): This bill allows people in the Safe At Home program (survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking) to seal court petition filings to keep their addresses private on court documents that are public.
AB 808 (Vehicles: wiper-activated headlamps): It is currently the law that a driver turn on their lights when the windshield wipers are in use. This bill requires auto makers to ensure that if wipers are on, the headlights should automatically turn on. If passed, this bill will increase safety for drivers and reduce traffic accidents when weather conditions are bad.
AB 1052 (Peace officer training: hate crimes): This bill requires all peace officers in California to undergo hate crime training by January 1, 2020. AB 1052 will also require all peace officers to take refresher courses every 3 years to keep apprised of current law and policies.
AB 1107 (Workers’ compensation: medical treatment): This bill ensures that injured workers receive prompt medical examinations, diagnosis, and reasonable and necessary treatment for work-related injuries and receive the benefits ruled on in a timely manner.
AB 1235 (Homeless youth prevention centers): This bill allows youth to stay longer and receive necessary services at shelters for homeless and runaway children.
AB 1518 (Student athletes: contracts): This bill will conform California law to a recent National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) ruling that allows a small number of elite athletes to obtain agents as their representative while submitting for a professional draft. AB 1518 would also allow these student athletes to submit to the draft and return to play NCAA sports if not selected.
ACA 10 (Members of the Assembly: terms of office): This bill will extend term limits for Assemblymembers from 2 years to 4 years in order to provide more time to serve constituents and less time campaigning. This is a good governance proposal and will be very beneficial for all Californians.
Announcements & Upcoming Events
Community Office Hours
I will be on-location in San Jose for my Community Office Hours on March 28, 2019 from 6:00pm-8:00pm at Berryessa Branch Library, located at 3355 Noble Ave, San Jose, CA 95132. An R.S.V.P. is required. If you would like to schedule a 15 minute one-on-one meeting, please contact my district office at (408) 262-2501.
My Community Office Hours are an opportunity for you to meet with me one-on-one and gain information on state services. I hope to listen to your concerns, provide assistance with local or state issues, and update you on my work representing our district in the State Assembly.
Senior Scam Stopper
I will be hosting a Senior Scam Stopper Seminar on April 17 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the Barbara Lee Senior Center in Milpitas (40 N Milpitas Blvd, Milpitas, CA 95035). There will be presentations from State and Local agencies that will address common scams targeting seniors. Please join us and learn how to protect yourself from scammers. Light refreshments and take home materials will be provided. RVSP by visiting: https://bit.ly/2NuAtgM or call my office at (408) 262-2501.
Mobile Office Hours
My staff will be on-location at the Santa Clara's Mission Branch Library on March 12, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Stop by to pick up resources on state and local services, ask questions, provide input on legislation, and visit your local library.
Dusterberry Park Community Meeting
The City of Fremont is interested in gathering feedback from residents about a proposed 4-acre park at the corner of Dusterberry Way and Peralta Blvd. The meeting will be Wednesday, March 6, 2019 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at 3888 Artist Walk Comm., Fremont, CA 94546. This meeting is an opportunity for you to make your voice heard about what you would like to see in the proposed park. For more information and to R.S.V.P., please visit https://www.fremont.gov/3291/Dusterberry-Park.
Fremont Summer Camp Fair
The City of Fremont will be highlighting their youth summer camp opportunities on Sunday, March 10 from 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM. The fair is an opportunity for Fremont residents to learn about the various youth summer camps and teen volunteer programs that are available to Fremont residents during the summer. For more information, please visit www.fremont.gov/camps.
Santa Clara Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee Meeting
The Santa Clara Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee will be meeting on March 25th from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM at the Santa Clara City Council Chambers. The Committee will be discussing the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. Any Santa Clara resident who is interested in this issue should attend the public meeting and provide feedback. For more information, please visit http://santaclaraca.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/64729/41?curm=3&cury=2019.
Fremont Earthquake Exhibit at Central Park
The Hayward fault is one of several active faults in the world creeping at 5 mm/year. Instructors will be leading 'ground breaking' tours and exposing the science and beauty of the Hayward Fault. The tour will take place at Central Park (Lake Elizabeth - 40204 Paseo Padre Pkwy - cross street Mission View) on Saturday, March 09 from 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM. For more information, please visit http://web.fremontbusiness.com/events/Fremont-Earthquake-Exhibit-at-Central-Park-2535/details.
Supervisor Dave Cortese's Sacramento Bus Trip for Education
Join Supervisor Dave Cortese, education activists, parents, and students on a trip to the State Capitol on Wednesday, May 15 to gain in-depth knowledge about public education issues in Sacramento. For more information and to register, please visit sccgov.org/bustrip.
Newark Library Photo Contest
March is Art IS Education month, and the Newark Public Library is celebrating by hosting a photo contest. The theme for the contest is "Community Faces, Community Places." The contest is open to people of all ages. For more information, please visit https://events.aclibrary.org/event/4870510?&hs=a.
File your state and federal income taxes by April 15
Both state and federal income taxes are due on April 15. The California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) is available for more families this year. CalEITC is a cash-back credit designed to put money in the pockets of low-income working families and individuals. Claiming this credit is easy; eligible taxpayers just need to file a state tax return. To learn more, please contact my district office at (408) 262-2501.
If you need assistance filing your taxes, you can also take advantage of free tax help at your local library.
- Volunteers will be available at the Santa Clara City Library's Central Park Library (2635 Homestead Rd., Santa Clara, CA 95050) on Thursdays and Saturdays from February 2 through April 13.
- Assistance will be available from the Milpitas Library on Saturdays from February 16 through April 13. A sign-up list will be posted on the library's front door of the garage entrance from 9:00 am to 9:30 am
- The Fremont Main Library offers tax assistance for persons or households earning less than $54,000 on Saturdays from 1:00-4:00 PM until April 13. Walk in's only; the library will not be taking appointments.
Be Aware of Tax Season Scams
Every tax season, scammers attempt to impersonate IRS employees. Please take the time to warn your family members, neighbors, and friends.
It's important to remember the IRS will not:
- Call you to demand immediate payment. The IRS will not call you if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail.
- Demand that you pay taxes and not allow you to question or appeal the amount you owe.
- Require that you pay your taxes a certain way. For instance, require that you pay with a prepaid debit card or wire transfer.
- Ask for your credit, debit or prepaid card numbers over the phone.
- Threaten to bring in police or other agencies to arrest you for not paying.
The best advice is to hang up when you or someone you know receives a suspicious call claiming to be the IRS.
Updated Proposition 65 Requirements
Last year, there was a major change to signage requirements to remain in compliance with Proposition 65 and many business owners are still unaware of the new requirements. Here are some of the new Prop 65 regulations:
- Warning signs are required for the presence of a listed substance.
- Store and business owners are being encouraged to read the labeling and safety data sheets on products used and/or sold at their establishments for chemicals.
- Store and business owners must learn about the new signage, which requires a chemical from each of two categories: 1) those that cause cancer and 2) those that cause reproductive harm. Previously, the signage only required a warning that dangerous chemicals are present.
- Prop 65 warnings are required for cars, restaurants, hotels, pharmacies, parking lots, and several foods.
For more information and to check the list of products that would require posting a Prop 65 warning, please visit the OEHHA website, www.p65Warnings.ca.gov.
The Alameda County Library has discontinued its mobile application.
Alameda County Library's mobile application was discontinued on February 17. Please remove the app from your mobile device if you have it installed. The Alameda County Library recommends that library members visit their website at www.aclibrary.org to access online library services.
BART Service Change
Beginning on February 11th, BART has operated on a new schedule. Weekday service now begins at 5 am. Train times will vary on Sundays as well as weeknights after 9pm. Please regularly plan your trips on bart.gov or the official BART app and always check before you go.
March is problem gambling awareness month
The California Department of Public Health Office of Problem Gambling has resources available for those who need it. This information can be found at https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPG/Pages/opg-landing.aspx
Newark Junior High School Visit
Assemblymember Chu recognizes music teacher Mr. Ryann Hernández (above) and math teacher Ms. Yvette Haley (below).
In January, I recognized two outstanding teachers at Newark Junior High School, Ms. Yvette Haley and Mr. Ryann Hernández. Both of these exemplary teachers are role models and mentors to their students and more than deserving of recognition.
Afro-American Cultural & Historical Society Inc's 42nd Dr. MLK Commemoration
Assemblymember Chu (right) speaks at the 42nd Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration.
This year, I had the privilege to attend the Afro-American Cultural & Historical Society Inc.’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration to celebrate the life of Dr. King. Even now, a half-century after his death, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s contribution to developing a more equal society, one where all Americans have the opportunity to succeed, remains unmatched.
India Republic Day Celebrations
Assemblymember Chu (left) presents a celebratory resolution to Ambassador Sanjay Panda (center)
January 26th was the 70th Republic of India. I was honored to celebrate India Republic Day occasion with Ambassador Sanjay Panda of Consulate General of India, San Francisco and our Indo-American community members today in the 25th Assembly District
Milpitas Community Office Hours
Assemblymember Chu meets with constituents at the Milpitas Library.
In January, I held my Community Office Hours at the Milpitas Library. My Community Office Hours are an opportunity for you to meet with me one-on-one and gain information on state services. I hope to listen to your concerns, provide assistance with local or state issues, and update you on my work representing our district in the State Assembly. My March Office Hours will be on March 28, 2019 from 6:00pm-8:00pm at the Berryessa Branch Library (3355 Noble Ave, San Jose, CA 95132) in San Jose. An RSVP is required, please contact my district office at (408) 262-2501.
Happy Lunar New Year Celebrations
Assemblymember Chu (right) speaks at the City of Milpitas’ Lunar New Year Celebration with Milpitas Mayor Rich Tran (left)
Happy Lunar New Year! 恭喜發財! 새해 복! Chúc Mừng Năm Mới! 많이 받으세요! I would like to wish everyone a Happy Lunar New Year. May your new year ahead be full of happiness, prosperity, and good health.