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Friday, May 29, 2020 - 11:45

Dear Friends,

For urgent assistance, call the National Suicide Hotline: (800) 273-8255.

Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Department’s Call Center can by your starting point to find support. Call non-emergency line, (800) 704-0900, and you can request in English, Chinese, Farsi, Spanish, Tagalog, or Vietnamese.

Alameda County Behavioral Health Department’s Call Center can by your starting point to find support. Call non-emergency line, (800) 491-9099.

National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) works to raise awareness as well as provide support and education to those in need. NAMI has also published a COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide with answers to frequently asked questions.

Mental Health America can help you find the tools you need to help you navigate from screenings to support.

Mental Health Association for Chinese Communities offers mental health services that represent the wide spectrum of Chinese families and individuals affected by mental illness, and to help them develop meaningful and productive lives in the future. For more information, please call (800) 881-8502.

La Familia provides underserved multicultural communities with the tools and support necessary to build resilience, wellness, and economic power. You can call La Familia (510) 881-5921.

The State of California has compiled additional resources for emotional support and well-being.

Sincerely,

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KANSEN CHU
Assemblymember, 25th District

Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 15:15

Dear Friends,

I hope you and your loved ones are safe and well. Thank you for your help in slowing down the COVID-19 spread by staying at home. While, we are doing our part to flatten the curve, I want to express my deep gratitude for the hard work, dedication, and sacrifices of all our first responders, doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers. While they risk their health and safety to save lives, we need to continue to do our part and stay home.

While our state is doing what is necessary to reduce the impact of COVID-19 pandemic, small businesses and their employees are being negatively impacted. Earlier this month, I partnered with Congressman Ro Khanna and California State Treasurer Fiona Ma to provide information about resources available for our local small businesses. Thank you to those of you who were able to join. If you weren’t able to be a part of the townhall, but have questions about the resources available to your businesses, you can watch the entire event at https://a25.asmdc.org/video/20200411-small-business-virtual-townhall-041020 and access the presentation at https://a25.asmdc.org/covid-19-resources or contact my office at by phone:408-262-2501 or email: Assemblymember.Chu@Assembly.ca.gov.

Please know that my colleagues and I are continuing to work with the Governor to rapidly respond and confront this evolving crisis. We have been able to provide support to schools, those suffering financially, small businesses, and built a network to respond locally to COVID-19 impacts. To stay up-to-date on all information relating to COVID-19, the State of California has set up a one-stop-shop website: covid19.ca.gov.

I would also like to remind you that the 2020 Census is still underway during the COVID-19 pandemic. By now, you should have received a postcard with instructions on how to fill out your Census online as well as paper census forms if you were not able to file online. If you have not already filled out your census, you can do so at my2020census.gov. If your household has not received any information, regarding the census, please contact my office.

In this newsletter, you will also find updates on COVID-19’s impact on our community as well as what resources may be available to you. For any additional information, please visit my website or contact my District Office at (408) 262-2501.

Sincerely,

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KANSEN CHU
Assemblymember, 25th District

Monday, March 23, 2020 - 10:45

Dear Friends,

I am writing to provide important updates on COVID-19 and the resources available to our community. There is now a one-stop-shop website with up to date information, https://covid19.ca.gov/. Please know that my colleagues and I are coordinating with the Governor to rapidly respond and confront this evolving crisis. We are working to get more testing kits, protective gears healthcare providers, increased medical care capacity, clear enforcement directives to slow the spread, and support those suffering financially. During this time, I will continue to provide updates and work for you. If you need assistance or have any questions for me, you can contact my office by calling (408) 262-2501 or by sending me an email.

While you are complying with shelter-in-place order, I want to remind you to fill out the census, if you haven’t done so already. The census determines how federal funds are distributed to important services such as schools, parks, hospitals, and road maintenance in addition to the number of representatives each state gets in the United States Congress.

Starting March 12, each household will receive a postcard in the mail informing them of the options for filling out the Census questionnaire. It will provide a unique user code and instructions on how to fill out the 2020 Census online (my2020census.gov), by phone, or via post mail. The census will be available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, and Japanese. The census takes about 10 minutes to complete and will ask for information about every person residing in your household, including not just yourself, but also any children and babies that live in your household.

There will not be a question regarding an individual’s citizenship status and all information collected as part of the 2020 Census is secured and cannot be shared with other governmental agencies. We need to have every single person in California counted regardless of age, ethnicity, immigration status, and gender and I need your help to make that happen. Make sure you participate in 2020 and please get the word out.

In this newsletter, you will also find updates on COVID-19’s impact on our community as well as what resources may be available to you. For any additional information, please visit my website or contact my District Office at (408) 262-2501.

Sincerely,

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KANSEN CHU
Assemblymember, 25th District

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 12:15

Last week was the deadline for legislators to introduce proposals for 2020 and I am excited to share with you policy ideas that I am pursuing in Sacramento this year. With all the legislation that I have put forward, my goal is to make a positive impact on communities statewide. A list of the legislation that I introduced this year is included in the Legislative Updates Section of the Newsletter.

I want to highlight a few noteworthy ones that I think will directly help our community. AB 2375 will increase penalties for committing smash and grabs that result in theft of personal electronic devices. Most car break-ins target electronic devices and while such devices might not reach the threshold for a felony offense, the valuable personal data should be considered when determining actual losses. This epidemic has been going on for too long and I want to make our community safer.

Two other bills will help hold utility companies accountable for power shutoff events. AB 1915 will allow the California Public Utilities Commission to require compensation to customers if the utility company did not follow proper procedures before and during power shutoff events. AB 1916 will require utility companies to accommodate language and medical needs of their customers during power shutoff events. I am concerned that people are not getting crucial information because of language barriers. There are also individuals with medical conditions that cannot be without power. I want utility companies to take care of their customers.

I am also working on legislation to ask large corporations to pay their fair share in funding housing programs and increase the number of supportive housing for those with disability and/or experiencing homelessness. You can find the list of all the bills I am working on in this newsletter. In this newsletter, you will also get  important announcements and information on upcoming events in the district. You can also visit my website or contact my District Office at (408) 262-2501 to get updates and your questions answered.

Sincerely,

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KANSEN CHU
Assemblymember, 25th District

Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 11:30

Last year we worked to pass many bills to improve life in California and below you find the ones that became law on January 1, 2020. I want to make sure that you are aware of some of the new laws that could affect your daily life.

  • AB 25, the California Consumer Privacy Act gives you the right to know what kind of personal information is being collected as well as what it’s being used for in addition to giving users the right to request companies to delete private data collected.
  • AB 38 requires the state to work with local agencies on retrofitting and building more fire resistant public and private infrastructure.
  • AB 338 is a bill that I introduced in response the mobile home fire in our district that killed three people. This bill requires better smoke detectors in mobile homes being sold or rented and emergency preparedness for park residents are translated.
  • AB 339 increases gun safety by streamlining the restraining order process, and easily allowing cooperating parties to relinquish their firearms.
  • AB 392 creates a higher standard for when law enforcement officials can use deadly force. Under the new standard, deadly force can only be used by law enforcement officials in the defense of human life.
  • AB 539 protects Californians by capping interest rates on payday loans. This new law will prevent lenders from preying on vulnerable individuals and pushing them further into financial struggles.
  • AB 800 is another bill of mine that helps give survivors of human trafficking, domestic abuse and other violent crimes their day in court by protecting identifying information in public documents. This will ensure that they are not victimized again by
  • AB 824 allows affordable prescription drugs to be more easily accessible to consumers.
  • AB 1129 bans surveillance by drones and other electronic devices in areas where privacy is expected.
  • AB 1235 allows youth shelters to help not only those who are homeless but also those at risk of homelessness. It also increase the number of nights these youth can stay at a shelter from 21 to 90. This bill was the result of my work with our local Bill Wilson Center and it improves access to services for vulnerable youth in our community.
  • AB 1482 provides rent control and requires just cause eviction to protect renters from being pushed out of their homes.
  • SB 22 requires rape kits to be submitted to a crime lab within 20 days and tested within 120 days to prevent kits from going untested.
  • SB 72 allows people to register and vote on the same day. Your vote is important, so make sure that you voice is heard in upcoming elections.
  • SB 329 helps members of our community find housing within their financial means by preventing landlords from rejecting prospective tenants solely because they hold federal Section 8 housing vouchers.
  • SB 330 reduces the time it will take to build housing by preventing the creation of new rules that will slow down or prevent development.

I secured more than $40 million in funding for public safety, emergency preparedness and services for our aging population. I am currently working on a comprehensive bill package that will address the needs of our community and address the issues California is facing.  I will only be able to do with you your support and participation. Please continue to visit https://a25.asmdc.org/ or visit my Facebook and Twitter where I will be sharing information about my upcoming bills and events around the district.

To keep up to date on state and local matters and learn about my upcoming events, please visit my website or contact my District Office at (408) 262-2501.

Sincerely,

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KANSEN CHU
Assemblymember, 25th District

Thursday, December 19, 2019 - 15:00

Dear Friends,

With this New Year approaching, I want to give a big thanks to you for your continuing support. I want to let the community know I am working on a comprehensive bill package that will address needs of our community as well as address the issues California is facing. My work will only be successful with your support and participation. Please continue to visit https://a25.asmdc.org/ or visit my Facebook and Twitter where I will be sharing information about my upcoming bills and events around the district. In addition, if there is any feedback, please do not hesitate to contact me through social media, email or by calling my office.

The Sierra Club recently gave me 100% score for the 2019 legislative session in recognition of my strong support for the environment. It is an honor to get this recognition but to ensure that we leave a healthy planet to the next generation, it will take more than the work that my colleagues and I do in the legislature. Little things we do in our daily routine count.

One way we can do that is by celebrating this holiday season using environmentally friendly materials. As we all celebrate and spend time with our family and friends, here are some tips to preserve the environment while celebrating this joyous season:

  • When out shopping for artificial trees, try buying one made in the U.S. because those trees contain less harmful products.
  • Instead of using bags from the store, bring your own when shopping for gifts.
  • Switch to LED lights and you can save power while still having a bright holiday season.
  • Consider sending ecards or buying recycled cards.
  • Reduce wrapping waste by using eco-friendly wrapping paper.
  • For those candle lovers, switch to candles made from soy or beeswax.
  • For parties, reduce the use of disposable dinnerware.

The Holiday Season is also an opportunity for all of us to give back to those in need. Below are places in our community where you will be able to donate to those in need:

  • Second Harvest Food Bank (SHFB): SHFB of Silicon Valley is collecting food to ensure that everyone in our community has holiday meals. For more information about their program and other ways to help the Food Bank, including giving monetarily to help people throughout the year, please visit shfb.org or call 866-234-3663.
  • Loaves and Fishes Family & Kitchen: They work to provide hot nutritious meals that are prepared, delivered and served to low-income families, disadvantaged individuals. To find out how you can serve, visit loavesfishes.org or call 408-998-1500.
  • Goodwill of Silicon Valley: They accept donations of clothing and household items at sites across Santa Clara County. You will be able to find locations of sites here or visit goodwillsv.org for more information.
  • Toys for Tots Program: You can contribute to your local Toys for Tots campaign in several ways. You can donate a toy at one of the area toy drop locations, host a Toys for Tots event at your home, office or other venue and collect toys for Toys for Tots, or volunteer at the local warehouse. For more information on what and where to donate, please visit their website.
  • Family Giving Tree: Their Holiday Wish Drive distributes new books, toys, clothes, and shoes to more than 500 Bay Area agencies and schools so they can fill the wishes of underprivileged children. The agencies supply the Family Giving Tree with names and wishes of the children they serve year-round. For more information on the agency’s virtual tree and for other ways to help, please visit familygivingtree.org.
  • Santa Maria Urban Ministry: They are collecting clothing and shoes as well as canned foods and school and craft supplies. You can find more information at santamariasj.org.
  • CityTeam Ministries: They are looking for volunteers to organize holiday toy or food drives to serve the thousands of people who come to CityTeam for help during the holiday season. For more information on CityTeam Ministries, visit cityteam.org or call 408-232-5600.
  • HomeFirst: They provide basic toiletries and new white socks, t-shirts and underwear for homeless individuals who arrive at the shelter with nothing. Click here for a Wish List of items needed. For more on HomeFirst’s mission and services, visit homefirstscc.org or call 408-539-2100.
  • Tri-Cities Volunteers: They are currently collecting food and clothing. You will be able to donate clean and gently used clothing from Monday through Thursday 8:30 am to 3:00 pm and Fridays between 9:30 am to 12 pm. For more information, you can visit tri-cityvolunteers.org or call 510-598-4065.
  • The Viola Blythe Center: They are accepting donations of food, clothing, diapers, bedding, toys, and toiletries. You may drop off donations during regular business hours at 37365 Ash St., Newark, CA 94560. You can also donate monetarily at https://www.violablythe.org/donate/.
  • The League of Volunteers: They are accepting gift items for Holiday Stockings and donations tables and have multiple giving opportunities available. If you are interested in donating, please see their informational flyer.

It has been a productive year for me in Sacramento and I could not have done it without your support and encouragement. From my family to yours, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season and look forward to the work we can to together in 2020. As always, to keep up to date on state and local matters and learn about my upcoming events, please visit my website or contact my District Office at (408) 262-2501.

Sincerely,

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KANSEN CHU
Assemblymember, 25th District

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 11:00

Dear Friends,

With the next legislative session quickly approaching, I would like to hear from you on all issues that are important to your daily lives and things that you think I should work on. Recently, I hosted a community meeting to solicit suggestions from my constituents. I know that many of you were not able to make it, and I would like to provide you with another opportunity to make your voice heard.

Below is a list of some of the topics that are on my mind. On my website, you will have the opportunity to vote on up to five of these ideas to let me know your preferences.

  1. Increase affordable housing by requiring developers to build affordable housing as required rather than pay an opt-out fee.
  2. Require more secured storage of firearms in cars to prevent theft, reduce crimes committed by stolen firearms, and increase gun safety.
  3. Create a statewide plan that would reduce incarceration for individuals with mental illness and instead provide them with needed support and services.
  4. Require local comprehensive plans to prevent and address homelessness with long-term and short-term solutions.
  5. Require electric companies to provide an automatic credit for each affected customer during Public Safety Power Shutoffs to disincentive unnecessary shutoffs.
  6. Require electric companies to communicate important safety information to its customers in multiple languages ahead of and during Public Safety Power Shutoffs.
  7. Provide additional funding to local governments so they will be able to provide necessary emergency preparedness and response services.
  8. Require each K-12 school to have at least one mental health professional on campus in order for students to have access to mental health services.
  9. Improve hate crime reporting and provide additional training for peace officers to help them better protect our community.
  10. Increase funding for case workers to make more consistent contact with foster youth to ensure a stable and healthy family environment.

If you have an idea of your own, please share that by contacting my office at (408) 262-2501.

Sincerely,

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KANSEN CHU
Assemblymember, 25th District

Friday, October 18, 2019 - 14:00

Dear Friends:

The 2019 legislative session came to close with Governor Gavin Newsom signing eight of my bills, and those will become law on January 1, 2020. Now that the legislature is not in session, I get to spend my time in the district to hear from you about the issues that you would like me to address. On Monday, November 4, 2019, I will be hosting a community discussion at the Milpitas Library from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to help set our legislative priorities for next year. I hope you can join to give me your feedback and ideas. Please also consider (not required) bringing non-perishable food for our holiday food drive.

As it is October, we get to celebrate Red Ribbon Week in schools to raise awareness about alcohol, drugs, and violence. This year, Red Ribbon Week will be from October 23rd to 31st. October 20th to 26th also marks America’s Safe Schools Week which aims to motivate students, parents and the community to advocate school safety.

Finally, as we get close to celebrating Halloween later this month, I would like to wish everyone a fun and safe Halloween! As a friendly reminder, please exercise the following safe practices when trick or treating:

  • Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.
  • Walk on sidewalks whenever possible, and if not, on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible. 
  • Use trick-or-treat time as an opportunity for kids to get their daily dose of 60 minutes of physical activity.
  • Keep candle-lit jack o’lanterns and luminaries away from doorsteps, walkways, landings, and curtains. Place them on sturdy tables, keep them out of the reach of pets and small children, and never leave them unattended.
  • Remind drivers to watch out for trick-or-treaters and to drive safely.

To keep up to date on state and local matters and learn about my upcoming events, please visit my website or contact my District Office at (408) 262-2501.  I hope to see you soon at my community meeting on November 4th

Sincerely,

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KANSEN CHU
Assemblymember, 25th District

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 11:45

Dear Friends:

This year has been a great year in Sacramento and we were able to accomplish a tremendous amount for our districts and California. At the end of the 2019 session, three of my bills were signed by the Governor and there are seven awaiting his approval. I have also secured more than $40 million in funding for public safety, emergency preparedness and services for our aging population. Below are the details of my 2019 legislative success.

Approved Budget Requests

  • $3.75 million to address the increasing number of car break-ins and personal property theft in our community. The funding will be split between the five police departments in Assembly District 25.
  • $32.3 million to fund senior nutrition programs and services for Medi-Cal-eligible seniors. This funding will increase the number of seniors served through state programs and help bring more services into their homes.
  • $5.5 million dollars for emergency preparedness and hazard mitigation in San Jose to help the city be better prepared for future disasters.

Bills have been signed by Governor Newsom:

  • AB 267 expands existing law to protect infants in ALL entertainment industries instead of just those in the film industry.
  • AB 338 improves fire safety in mobile homes by requiring translation of emergency preparedness materials and updated smoke detectors that have longer lasting batteries.
  • AB 1518 provides college athletes with the option to pursue professional sports without jeopardizing their college eligibility.

Bills have passed the legislature and are pending before Governor Newsom for his signature:

  • AB 283 removes harmful financial penalties placed on families receiving CalWORKs benefits. These financial penalties push families further into poverty rather than helping them resolve challenges that they are facing.
  • AB 318 expands language access by requiring specified translated Medi-Cal materials to be tested for accuracy, cultural appropriateness, and readability.
  • AB 508 expands access to clean and reliable drinking water for disadvantaged communities in California.
  • AB 600 closes a loophole that has resulted in some disadvantaged communities going without basic services such as access to clean drinking water.
  • AB 729 increases oversight on the current carpet recycling program that is funded by consumer fees. This will ensure that consumers are paying for a program that is successful and effective.
  • AB 800 protects the identity of survivors of domestic abuse, human trafficking, and sexual assault in court documents.
  • AB 1235 allows children who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless to stay longer in shelters in order to receive necessary services.

With the seven remaining bills on the Governor’s desk, you can make your voice heard and urge him to sign these legislation by contacting his office at https://govapps.gov.ca.gov/gov40mail/ or by calling at (916) 445-2841.

It is an honor to serve you and a bigger honor to be able to push for policy changes that will improve the lives of my constituents. If I could ever be of assistance or if you have any questions or comments, please contact my Milpitas office at (408) 262-2501 or visit asmdc.org/cq.

Sincerely,

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KANSEN CHU
Assemblymember, 25th District

 

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 11:45

Dear Friends,

September is Disaster Awareness Month and I am writing to provide you with information that will help you and your family prepare for future disasters.  We are living in a time when disasters are becoming too common and being prepared could mean the difference between life and death.  

On July 29th, I partnered with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s (CAL Fire) Santa Clara Unit, San Jose Fire Department, San Jose Office of Emergency Management, and San Jose Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services for a "Family Emergency Preparedness Day" event at the Berryessa Community Center so that families in Assembly District 25 can be more informed.

Experts explained what they do to keep our community safe along with life-saving tips to help us prepare for a disaster or emergency such as how to create a family disaster plan and a disaster preparedness kit.  We also had representatives from the San Jose Parks and Recreations to discuss swim safety tips, drowning, and CPR.

If you weren’t able to attend, you can find resources at Disaster Preparedness. You could also watch the video recording of the event on my Facebook page.

As a follow up to my emergency preparedness event, I am hosting an informational workshop on disaster insurance, insurance fraud, and other consumer protection information.  Join me on Saturday, August 24th from 11am to 1pm at Mission College, Gilmore Center Room 103 to get information about protecting yourself and your assets through insurance claims and policies.

Below you will find more information on bills that I’m working on and upcoming events that would be of interest for you and your family.

To keep up to date on state and local matters and learn about my upcoming events, please visit my website or contact my District Office at (408) 262-2501.

Sincerely,

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KANSEN CHU
Assemblymember, 25th District