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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

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 14:15

Dear Friends,

I have great news to share!  The Governor has recently signed the 2019 state budget and there is much to celebrate.  Working with local and statewide partners, I was able to secure funding for our district to address car break-ins and prepare for future disasters in addition to funding to support senior services throughout the state.  The 2019 Budget Act helps families tackle affordability challenges in health care, housing, childcare, and education, including higher education and early childhood education.

Below are the main highlights of the 2019-2020 budget: 

  • Funding for AD 25 - Includes my requests for $3.75 million for our local law enforcement agencies to fight against car break-ins, $32.3 million to support senior services programs, and $5.5 million for The City of San Jose to invest in emergency and disaster preparedness.
  • Preschool and Childcare - Funds new slots in childcare and state preschool. It also expands the Paid Family Leave program.
  • Housing and Homelessness - $500 million in one-time fund for housing-related infrastructure to boost needed construction. Nearly $2 billion more goes for a mixed-income loan program, expansion of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit, needs planning grants to local jurisdictions, and one-time funds to help local jurisdictions address homelessness.
  • Public Schools - Record levels of Proposition 98 funding (about $81 billion in state and local funds) to public schools and community colleges, equal to over $12,000 per student.
  • Access to College - Provides 15,000 new slots for undergraduates at UC and CSU and expand the College Promise fee waiver program at community colleges. In addition, there are 15,000 new competitive Cal Grants and assistance to families saving for their children’s higher education.
  • Health Care - Bolsters Covered California plans, including subsidies to help low income and middle-income Californians purchase affordable coverage. It expands Medi-Cal to more seniors and residents who need postpartum mental health services; and to young adults ages 19-25, regardless of immigration status.
  • Safe and Affordable Drinking Water - Provides over $100 million per year from existing funds to communities to improve water quality.
  • Social Services - Provides greater funding to a wide variety of social services, including helping CalWORKs families escape from deep poverty, increases CalWORKs homeless assistances, supports new senior programs, and provides greater funding for developmental services.
  • Budget Resiliency - Puts aside an estimated $19.4 billion in rainy-day funds.

In this newsletter, you will find more detailed updates on the bills that I am working to pass in Sacramento, information about upcoming community events such as movie nights and Independence Day celebrations, as well as highlights of past events throughout 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

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 14:30

Dear Friends,

I am excited to share with you my mid-year update and what I have been able to accomplish so far in Sacramento.  Last week, my colleagues and I voted on a reasonable and thoughtful state budget that will benefit all Californians.  Personally, I was able to secure funding that is specific to our district in addition to statewide efforts. 

If signed by Governor Gavin Newsom, this year’s budget will include $3.75 million to fund ongoing work to fight against car break-ins, $32.3 million to support senior services programs, and $5.5 million for San Jose to spend on emergency and disaster preparedness.

In addition to a great budget year, my legislative package is also in good shape. Over the past month, 18 of my bills were passed by the Assembly and are now pending before the State Senate. My main focus this year is to increase access to mental health services for youth with AB 8, which require every K-12 school in our state to have mental health professionals on campus. Other issues that I am working are better hate crime reporting, increase safety for mobile home residents, require better automobile safety, help communities have safe and reliable drinking water, and good governance policy.

Aside from bills that I am authoring, my colleagues and I continue to work to solve some of the biggest problems that California faces. Over the next three months, the legislature will look at bills to address the rising costs of housing, public education, the affordability of higher education, and the protection California’s residents. As the legislature looks at these issues, I hope to hear input from my constituents on which bills will best help to solve some of our states greatest challenges.

In this newsletter, you will find more detailed updates on the bills that I am working to pass in Sacramento, information about upcoming community events such as movie nights and Independence Day celebrations, as well as highlights of past events throughout 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

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Chu's News - May 2019

Friday, May 17, 2019 - 11:00

Dear Friends,

This month, I had the pleasure of hosting my Fifth Annual Community Heroes Awards to recognize individuals who have dedicated their time, energy and efforts to improve the lives of those around them. The awardees were nominated by others living in our community. This group of nominators helps me keep track of the good will that the Community Heroes are doing every day throughout Assembly District 25.

This year, I recognized 81 outstanding individuals and organizations from Fremont, Milpitas, Newark, Santa Clara, and San Jose. More than 500 people were in attendance at the awards ceremony to celebrate their work. These heroes offer their time, talents and leadership to benefit people who will reap the rewards of their work but may never even know them by name. This is an event that I have hosted since my time on the San Jose City Council. Over the next year, I encourage you to keep an eye out for the unrecognized heroes in our community, so you can to nominate them for the Sixth Annual Community Heroes Awards.

Click here to see the video and photo highlights of the 5th Annual Community Heroes Awards.

This newsletter will provide updates on the bills that I am working to pass in Sacramento, information about upcoming community events, such as movie nights, as well as highlights of past events throughout the district.To stay informed 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

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 14:30

Dear Friends,

Now that the spring season is here, we will have more daylight to spend time with family and friends outdoors and enjoy beautiful California weather. This weekend, we celebrate Earth Day to mark the anniversary of the passage of the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, and many other groundbreaking environmental laws. Our health and our communities are stronger when we can enjoy clean air and water. You can find opportunities to celebrate Earth Day in our community in the "Upcoming Events" section of this newsletter.

Another way to enjoy the sunshine is to visit your local farmers' markets which are also great places to get fresh and healthy produce. When I was on the San Jose City Council, I helped start the Berryessa Farmers Market, which grew and became an important part of my neighborhood. This experience is true of farmers' markets throughout our community, and I encourage you to see for yourself by visiting your local farmers' market. Below are ones taking place in our district:

  • Milpitas Farmers' Market, 882 Great Mall Dr, Milpitas, CA 95035 - Every Sunday from 8 am to 1 pm

  • Berryessa Farmers' Market, 376 Piedmont Rd, San Jose, CA 95132 - Every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm

  • Newark Farmers' Market, 2086 Newpark Mall, Newark, CA 94560 - Every Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm

  • Santa Clara Farmers' Market, 950 Jackson St, Santa Clara, CA 95050 - Every Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm

  • Irvington Farmers' Market, 4039 Bay St, Fremont, CA 94538 - Every Sunday from 9 am to 2 pm

As a tradition in the past year, I will have an information booth at farmers’ market throughout the district. If you see my booth, please stop by to ask me questions, get more information about state resources, or to pick-up a free reusable grocery bag. It is a pleasure to be of service to you and I hope to see you at a farmers' market this spring.

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

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 09:15

Dear Friends,

On March 10, we sprang forward, continuing the tradition of changing our clocks twice a year. However, I am hoping this will be the last time for Californians. This year, I introduced A.B. 7 after 60% of voters supported Proposition 7 allow for the legislature to approve permanent daylight saving time year round and end the practice of switching our clocks twice a year. The current practice is costly, unhealthy, outdated and I will continue to work to address this issue in Sacramento.

A study from Indiana shows that switching our clocks is linked to a significant rise in electric bills and increases the social costs of pollution. Other studies have shown that deadly medical emergencies, fatal traffic accidents, and workplace injuries are all much more likely to occur in the two days following the spring forward time change.

Staying on daylight saving time year round will end those costs as well as improve our communities’ economies, health, and safety. A study of Los Angeles showed a 3.5 percent drop in per capita daily card spending during standard time. Other research has shown that children are more likely to be active during Daylight Saving Time and also bicycle and pedestrian activities increase. Robbery rates also dropped significantly when there is more evening light.

Twenty-eight states have introduced similar legislation this year. Also, two federal bills have been introduced to allow California and other states to have daylight saving time year-round putting pressure on the Federal Administration to act.

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,

Kansen Chu

KANSEN CHU
Assemblymember, 25th District

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.

Sincerely,

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KANSEN CHU
Assemblymember, 25th District