Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 14:45

Dear Friends,

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

Monday, January 28, 2019 - 17:15

Dear Friends,

I want to wish all of you a very Happy New Year. As we turn the calendar to 2019, many significant pieces of legislation that my colleagues and I passed last year have become law.

The minimum wage in California is increasing to $12/hour for employees of companies with 26 or more employees and $11/hour for employees of smaller businesses. This puts California on track to have a $15/hour minimum wage starting in 2024.

Bay Area voters passed Regional Measure 3 (RM-3) in June of 2018, meaning that the tolls to cross most Bay Area bridges increased to $6 on January 1. Tolls will again increase by a dollar on January 1, 2022, and by another dollar on January 1, 2025 to $8 beginning that year. RM-3 will fund roads and public transportation projects around the Bay Area to help relieve traffic congestion.

The green and white decals that allow low-emission vehicles to use High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes have expired. If you were issued a green or white decal for your vehicle after January 1, 2017, you must apply for the red decal to continue using the HOV lane. The California Department of Motor Vehicles has begun issuing purple decals to "super ultra-low emission vehicles" at the beginning this year.

Governor Brown signed A.B. 1884 last fall, so you will now need to specifically request a plastic straw when eating at a restaurant. Limiting the use of plastic straws will help to reduce the amount of the amount of plastic pollution that California generates.

A.B. 516 requires that auto dealerships issue paper license plates at the point of sale. This will eliminate the temporary license plates with the dealership's information and ensure that all drivers pay required tolls.

Police departments are now required to release body camera footage within 45 days of any incident where an officer's use of force causes death or great bodily harm because the California Legislature passed A.B. 748.

In addition to these bills, Governor Brown signed eight bills that I authored in 2018. A.B. 1798 will require that all school buses will be equipped with seatbelts by 2035 to ensure California's children have safe transportation to and from school. A.B. 2022 will require K – 12 schools to notify students and parents twice a year regarding available mental health services.

I also want to mention exciting news that our district recently received funding for Arbor Park Apartments, an affordable housing project in San Jose.  This means that there will be 75 more housing units for families in our community.

I am looking forward to another productive 2019 legislative year. To keep up to date on state and local matters and to learn about my upcoming events, please visit my website or contact my District Office at (408) 262-2501.



Assemblymember, 25th District

Friday, December 21, 2018 - 10:00

Dear Friends,

I would like to wish you and your family a joyous holiday season and a happy 2019 New Year. As the New Year is approaching quickly and I would like to hear from you on issues that are important to your daily lives and that you think I should work on.  Recently, I hosted a community meeting to solicit suggestions from my constituents but I know that many of you were not able to make it.  This is another opportunity for you to chime in.  Below is a list of topics that are on my mind.  Please feel free to select up to five topics from the list below that you think I should work on and also input your own suggestions in the comment box.

1) Require each K-12 school to have at least one mental health professional on campus.
2) Enhance protection for the homeless population by classifying certain crimes against homeless individuals as hate crimes.
3) Require each incident and crime report form to include a check box for hate crimes in order to improve reporting.
4) Require peace officers to take refresher course on current hate crime statutes and reporting requirements each time the law or training material is updated.
5) Improve diversity on corporate boards.
6) Change term from 2 years to 4 years for Assemblymembers in order to reduce costs of re-election and allow lawmakers to focus their time on serving their constituents and less time on campaigning.
7) Improve safety in mobilehomes by requiring longer lasting smoke detectors and translation of crucial emergency preparedness documents.
8) Allow foster youths to stay longer at certain service centers to provide more time for services and placements.
9) Require colleges that impose deposit fees to refund those fees for transfer students if there are issues found with transferable courses.
10) Assess current efforts to reduce incarceration of individuals with mental illness and instead provide them with support and services.
11) Require 911 dispatchers to be trained in mental health crisis intervention.
12) Require bars to be open one hour after last call to give patrons time to sober up.
13) Improve the quality of life for foster youths by creating a transportation service to allow for participation in sports and extracurricular activities and access to health and other services to reduce the burden on foster parents and give foster youth more opportunities to be involved in normal childhood activities.
14) Put California on Daylight Saving Time all year round.
15) Request funds for local police departments to address car break-ins and personal property thefts.

If you have an idea of your own, please share below:

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.



Assemblymember, 25th District

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 09:45

Dear Friends,

As wildfires continue to wreak havoc across California, causing many residents to lose their homes and even their loved ones, it is important that we come together as a state to share resources and offer help in whatever way we can. The Camp Fire in Butte County recently contained escalated to the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history destroyed more than 153,000 acres, 15,000 structures, and 11,700 homes.

If you or a loved one is affected by the Camp Fire or Woolsey wildfires, please contact the Cal Fire Information Hotlines. Please call (530) 538-7826 for the Camp Fire Cal Fire Information Hotline or (805) 465-6650 for the Woolsey Cal Fire Information Hotline to stay informed throughout these fires. To register yourself as safe or search for missing persons please visit safeandwell.communityos.org.

During these difficult times, I am extremely thankful to the firefighters who run towards danger to protect and serve our community. Natural disasters such as fires, floods, mudslides, and earthquakes can occur in California at any time. As a firm advocate for emergency preparedness planning, I urge you and your family to prepare a family disaster plan in the event of any emergency so that injuries and loss of life are minimal.

Three important steps to help your family prepare in the event of an emergency:

  1. Gather information including contact information, the type of disasters common in your area, and where to listen for announcements from local TV or radio stations
  2. Create a family disaster plan including where to meet loved ones if your home is unavailable, where to go should you evacuate, and what you should bring with you
  3. Get or build a disaster preparedness kit with non-perishable food and water for three days, first aid kit, tools and supplies, and clothing should you need to evacuate

The smoke from the wildfires also affected air quality in areas as far south of the Bay Area as San Jose causing mass closures of schools and shut down of public transportation. The unhealthy and hazardous air quality warrants caution and limited time spent outside. To check the local air quality reports in your area please visit AirNow.gov.

Next month, I will be hosting a Legislative Priority Setting Meeting on Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 6pm-8pm at Milpitas Library, 160 N. Main Street Milpitas, CA 95035. This meeting serves as a community discussion to help set my legislative priorities for next year. You will be invited to rank a list of issues and share your ideas to improve the quality of life in our community.

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.


Assemblymember, 25th District

Monday, October 29, 2018 - 15:45

Dear Friends,

At the end of the 2017-18 legislative session, eight of my bills have been signed by Governor Brown and will become law on January 1, 2019.  Now that the legislature is not in session, I spend my time in the district to meet with my constituents and local leaders to gather ideas and plan for issues to tackle next year in Sacramento. 

One of my favorite ways to connect with my constituents is by visiting local high schools in my district to discuss the importance of civic engagement and leadership with our young people. Recently, I visited Milpitas High School in Milpitas, Independence High School in San Jose, and Irvington High School in Fremont to share the life cycle of legislation, state updates, and receive feedback on how I can better represent my community. I continue to be impressed by the level of knowledge and engagement from our young leaders who shared bill ideas and feedback of their greatest concerns in our community including housing, transportation, health care, and school safety.

Earlier this month, October 21-27, marked America’s Safe Schools Week awareness campaign which aims to motivate students, parents and the community to advocate school safety. The State Legislature made important steps towards improving school safety this year, including my bill, AB 2022. This bill requires all K - 12 schools to notify students and parents twice a year about how to access available mental health services. 

In addition, October 23-31 marked Red Ribbon Week awareness campaign which addresses alcohol, tobacco, and other drug and violence prevention. I reached out to the elementary, middle, and high schools in my district to provide prevention materials for all students because I believe that schools free of violence and drugs are necessary to ensure the well-being of all children and the quality of their education.

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. Always WALK and don’t run from house to house.
  • 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. 


Assemblymember, 25th District

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 10:30

Dear Friends,

This past month, my colleagues and I finished up a challenging 2017-2018 legislative session with landmark accomplishments. We have much to celebrate. This year, I put forth a diverse number of bills to help our community and California as a whole, and so far, 7 have been signed by the Governor and 4 are on his desk awaiting his signature!

Up to date, the Governor signed the following bills into law that I authored:

  • AB 807, a bill that put an initiative on the 2018 November ballot to ask voters whether or not California should eliminate the practice of spring forward and fall back.  The practice has not been examined for many years and does not yield the benefits claimed.
  • AB 1798, a bill to require that all schoolbuses be equipped with seatbelts by a certain date.  This will ensure that our children have safe transportation to and from school.
  • AB 2022, a bill to improve access to mental health services for children by requiring all K - 12 schools to notify students and parents twice a year on how to receive mental health services.
  • AB 2068, a bill to look at the feasibility of having a discounted schools-only gas and electric rate.  This could result in financial savings for schools and more funding towards services for students.
  • AB 2388, a bill to update existing code and ensure that children working on social media channels are protected under labor laws.
  • AB 2800, a bill to require athletic coaches working in schools to take heat illness trainings.
  • AB 3256, a bill to promote and encourage commercial, film, television, and movie productions, of all sizes and budget to take place in California.

I was also able to secure $10 million to support a statewide program which recruits and trains mental health professional in addition to $8.75 million for arts education.

Overall, my focus continues to be on improving the quality of life for my constituents and Californians statewide.  For the district, the issues that I worked on were odor, trash on highways, mobilehome fire safety, and funding to curb the rising number of car break-ins and personal thefts.  Although these issues weren’t resolved this year, I am committed to continuing the conversation and pushing for the right solutions. 


My focus statewide was to ensure that Californians are living safe and healthy lives.  I have long believed that early prevention and intervention is the best approach to our children's health. That’s why I am working to provide at least one mental health professional on all our school campuses.  Funding will be key to achieving this and this will be one of my top priorities for next year.

It has been a busy year for my office and I am proud of what we have accomplished.  I look forward to another year of serving you and as always, I welcome your feedback.  Below is a list of bills that have passed the Legislature.  I encourage you to contact the Governor’s office to ask him to sign them into law.

Once again, it is an honor to represent the 25th Assembly District and I am excited for the things that we will accomplish next year.

These following bills are awaiting Governor Brown’s signature.  Please contact the Office of Governor Brown at (916) 445-2841 or Fax (916) 558-3160 or send an email https://govapps.gov.ca.gov/gov39mail/index.php to show your support for the bills that are important to you.

Assembly Bill 1992 - Helping CalWORKs Families Meet Immunization Requirements.  Currently, families receiving CalWORKs are penalized if they can’t provide proof of immunization for children under 5 years old.

  • Assembly Bill 1992 will, instead of financially penalizing families living in poverty, provide support and resources for them to access necessary vaccination.

Assembly Bill 2299 - Removing Language Barriers to Healthcare Information

  • Assembly Bill 2299 will require written informing materials in English and each threshold language to be readable and culturally appropriate.  This would ensure recipients understand the services and support available to them.

Assembly Bill 2501 - Helping Disadvantaged Communities Access Clean Drinking Water

  • Assembly Bill 2501 will ensure that disadvantaged communities have access to clean drinking water through support from the state.

Assembly Bill 2588 - Improving Fire Preparedness in Mobilehome Communities.  This bill was introduced in response to a fire in the Golden Wheel Mobile Home Park that killed three of our community members, two of whom were young children.

  • Assembly Bill 2588 will improve fire notification and preparedness for residents of mobilehome and manufactured home communities by updating smoke detector standards and improving language access to critical emergency preparedness materials.


Assemblymember, 25th District

Monday, July 23, 2018 - 12:00

Dear Friends,

Since 1985, the National Recreation and Park Association designated the month of July as Parks and Recreation Month. Parks and Recreation protects open space, connects us to nature, and improves the health and wellness of our communities throughout California.

July is the warmest time of the year and the perfect time to visit a public park, bike on a trail, or enroll in a summer camp. As a member of the Assembly Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee, I encourage you to take advantage of all that our local parks and recreation opportunities have to offer the entire family. For more ideas and fun events please visit the summer activity guides for the following cities: Fremont, Milpitas, Newark, San Jose (Berryessa), and Santa Clara.

This month also marks the beginning of the California State Legislature’s Summer Recess. During this time, I am happy to return to my district and connect with constituents, community members, and city leaders. I continue to hold my Community Office Hours to hear directly from you through one-on-one meetings. This month, I held my Community Office Hours in Fremont at the Fremont Main Library where constituents discussed issues of importance.

I also had the pleasure of hosting my 4thAnnual Community Heroes Awards event to recognize individuals who have dedicated much time and efforts to keep their community safe, clean, diverse and a great place to live. The awardees were selected trough a nomination process by others living in the 25thAssembly District. I started the Community Heroes Awards years ago during my time on the San Jose City Council and this year marks the fourth year I have hosted this event as your assemblymember. The Community Heroes Awards is my way honoring and showing the people I serve how much I appreciate their contributions and dedication. This year’s Community Heroes Awards event took place at the India Community Center in Milpitas. To see the highlights from my 4thAnnual Community Heroes Awards please visit: https://bit.ly/2zUixcu.

I continue to maximize my time in the district during Summer Recess to meet with city leaders in Fremont, Milpitas, Newark, San Jose, and Santa Clara to provide updates on legislation, the state budget, and discuss issues relevant to each city in my district.

Next month, I am partnering with Senator Jim Beall, Assemblymember Ash Kalra, San Jose Councilmember Sergio Jimenez, and Councilmember Raul Peralez for a Community Meeting with Caltrans on August 1, 2018 from 6 p.m.  - 8 p.m. at San Jose City Hall Rotunda to discuss litter and debris issues that are impacting our community. For more information please see the Facebook event.

In this newsletter you will find my past events, announcements, and upcoming events. For more information please visit my website or contact my District Office at (408) 262-2501.


Assemblymember, 25th District

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 12:45

Dear Friends,

As a California legislator, I continue my unwavering support to quality and equal education opportunities for all.  As a long-time advocate for education, I worked to bolster public education materials, strengthen curriculum and improve public access to school board meetings while serving on the Berryessa Union School District from 2002 to 2007.

Even though the Governor’s 2018 budget proposal will bring funding back to pre-recession time, schools are still struggling to ensure that their budget reflects actual operational and service needs. Through working closely with education experts and local public schools, it came to my attention that public schools spend the same amount on utility bills as they do on books and supplies annually.

In an effort to generate savings for public schools, I authored AB 2068 to ask the California Public Utilities Commission to evaluate, and report findings on the feasibility of establishing a special discounted electric and gas rate for California schools. California schools are currently being charged at the same rate as other commercial businesses and energy costs are one of the top five most costly expenses for schools. California schools spend an average of $700 million on energy per year. Schools in poor districts are especially suffering and any financial relief for schools will result in more dollars toward student services and education.

Another issue that concerns me is ensuring that children in our community have access to adequate and nutritious food. As students finish another school year, summer break is often seen as a time of joyous vacation and outdoor activities. But, summer can be a difficult time for low-income families whose children no longer have access to free and reduced meals at school. With that in mind, I was happy to speak on the important issue of food insecurity and volunteer at the Summer Meals for Kids free summer lunch program hosted by the Second Harvest Food Bank and the San Jose Public Library Educational Park Branch last week on June 22, 2018 at 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. The Educational Park Branch will host this program from June 11 to August 10, 2018, Monday thru Friday, to fuel our children's futures through healthy meals, fun activities, and new friends.

There are resources available to provide children from low-income areas free and nutritious meals through federally funded meal programs such as the Summer Meal Program. Of the many meal service sites, my office will be volunteering at the Robert Randall Elementary School site in Milpitas on July 18 and July 19, 2018. To see a California state map of meal service sites and to find your nearest site please visit: https://www.cde.ca.gov/ds/sh/sn/summersites.asp.

In this newsletter you will find my mid-year legislative update, past events, and my upcoming events. For more information please visit my website or contact my District Office at (408) 262-2501.


Assemblymember, 25th District

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 11:45

Dear Friends,

For the first time, the population of seniors and older adults outnumbers the young in the United States. In response, there has been both local and statewide efforts to develop strategies to meet the need to accommodate this growing population. 

The counties of Alameda and Santa Clara are making great strides towards becoming age-friendly regions, reflecting a commitment to strengthening the quality of life for all residents.

I share this same pledge to seniors in our community. That is why I have wrote AB 2159, a bill that will protect seniors from falling victim to financial fraud by requiring money transmitters such as Western Union to report suspicious activity to law enforcement or an adult protective services agency.

I am truly concerned about the rising problem of scams targeting seniors in our community. To that end, I believe education is the best prevention. Last month I partnered with the Contractors State License Board hosting a Senior Scam Stopper Seminar as an opportunity to educate our seniors about the latest scams and best preventive measures. At the event, experts shared that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will be issuing new Medicare cards starting this month. In 2015, Congress passed a law requiring these cards to remove social security numbers by 2019 which will work to eliminate the risk of medical identity theft. 

Please be advised that the new Medicare cards will be mailed to Medicare recipients in phases starting April 2018 through March 2019. Medicare will never call or email you about your new Medicare card: if someone calls you about a new Medicare card it may be a scam. If you receive any such suspicious solicitation, hang up and call the Senior Medicare Patrol at 1-855-613-7080 or visit their website at https://cahealthadvocates.org/.

Should you need help with your Medicare, you call the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) at 1-800-434-0222 for free and objective information and counseling about Medicare.

And finally, in this newsletter, you will find updates on my past events, announcements, and upcoming events. To learn more, please visit my website or contact my District Office at (408) 262-2501. 


Assemblymember, 25th District

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 15:30

Dear Friends,

As your Assemblymember, I am excited to share the bills I have authored this year to ensure you our collective community continues to have a voice in Sacramento. 

With the legislative session in full swing, I have just authored proposals that will protect seniors from fraud, provide financial relief to schools, promote mental health services, and increase access to critical services for struggling working families.  In addition, I am asking the Governor for funding to help local law enforcement quickly address the uptick in car break-ins in the greater Bay Area.

Along with my work in Sacramento, I hold outreach events monthly to connect directly with you. In this March edition of my newsletter, you will find updates on what I’ve been up to as your Assemblymember.

On a final note, please do not hesitate to contact my District Office at (408) 262-2501 you can email me through my website via the “Contact Kansen” button.


Assemblymember, 25th District