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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.

Sincerely,

KANSEN CHU
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.

Sincerely,

KANSEN CHU
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.

Sincerely,

KANSEN CHU
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. 

Sincerely,

KANSEN CHU
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.

Sincerely,

KANSEN CHU
Assemblymember, 25th District

Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 10:15

Chu’s News – January Edition

Happy New Year! I wish everyone a year filled with happiness and peace. I will be spending 2018 continuing my commitment to best represent the residents of Assembly District 25 in the California State Legislature.

Despite this year’s below average snow and rainfall, I am happy to report that California’s reservoir water levels are still brimming with water. As a member on the Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee, I will continue working closely with the Department of Water Resources to ensure thoughtful water resource management throughout the state.

During my Holiday Open House & Toy Drive last month, many of my constituents proposed legislative bill ideas on my bill board. After thoroughly reviewing all of the bill ideas, I feel reenergized returning to the Capitol for the 2018 Legislative Session. I will continue to dedicate my efforts to ensure that the residents of Fremont, Milpitas, Newark, San Jose and Santa Clara continue to have their voices heard in Sacramento.

In this first newsletter of 2018, you will find information about many of the new laws that took effect in California starting January 1st of this year – some of which are a direct result of the bills proposed by people like you.

You will also find updates on my past events, announcements, and upcoming events. To learn more about my upcoming events, please contact my District Office at (408) 262-2501.

Sincerely,

KANSEN CHU
Assemblymember, 25th District

Monday, December 11, 2017 - 16:00

I am truly grateful this holiday season to represent the 25th Assembly District and wish you have a wonderful and safe holiday!

I would also like to take this opportunity to remind my constituents to be vigilant and take preventive measures against car theft. Please be mindful to lock your doors, not leave your car running while unattended, and not leave your personal belongings visible in your car.

As I return to the Capitol for the 2018 Legislative Session, I reflect on all of the great progress we made this year.

I look forward to hearing directly from my constituents about legislative bill ideas for the upcoming legislative session in the new year.

To learn about my upcoming events, contact my District Office at (408) 262-2501.

Sincerely,

KANSEN CHU
Assemblymember, 25th District

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 00:00

Dear Friends,

The 2017 Legislative session has been one of the most productive in recent memory.  Before we begin the 2018 session, I will be dedicating my time and efforts connecting through community engagement in the 25th Assembly District.

Through these efforts, I am able to meet with you at various events where I can hear your ideas about how we can further improve the quality of life in our community through legislation. I will use these ideas to produce innovative legislation in our next legislative session.

To learn about my upcoming events, please visit my website or contact my District Office at (408) 262-2501. 

Sincerely,

KANSEN CHU
Assemblymember, 25th District

Monday, November 28, 2016 - 00:00

Dear Friends,

I would first off like to wish everyone happy holidays! After another grueling election season, I hope that we all can set aside our differences to come together with family, friends and community this holiday season to unite and remind ourselves of everything we have to be grateful for, and to help those who are less fortunate and have fallen on hard times.  During this time of abundance for many, it is an opportune time to volunteer or donate to food banks and other organizations to provide some assistance to those who are greatly in need of help. Please keep in mind that despite our differences, we all share in contributing to our great region, state and nation.

In this November newsletter, you will find election results for our region, along with more information about National Adoption Awareness Month, helping veterans gain access to benefits, American Indian Heritage Month, California Competes Tax Credit Workshop, and the Self-Determination Advisory Committee.

I once again thank you for all your support. Please contact my District Office at (408) 262-2501 should you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

KANSEN CHU
Assemblymember, 25th District

Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 00:00

Dear Friends,

As this month marks the passing of summer to fall, so too does it mark the passing of legislation as hundreds of bills meet their fate with the signature or veto of Governor Jerry Brown. It has been a fruitful year for the state Legislature and I am so proud of the many accomplishments we have achieved thus far—whether it be tackling climate change and gun violence, or addressing homelessness and child safety—and look forward to seeing our great state of California continue on its path of innovation and progress.

However, I will not rest on my laurels as there is still so much work to be done! Moreover, it has been a pleasure to meet with so many constituents at various events this month and hear about what issues currently are most important to you and to our community. I will continue to serve our district and to work tirelessly on your behalf.

In this September newsletter, you will find a legislative update, along with more information about College Savings Month, the Property Tax Postponement (PTP) Program, the CoolCalifornia Small Business Awards Program, and past events.

I once again thank you for all your support. Please contact my District Office at (408) 262-2501 should you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

KANSEN CHU
Assemblymember, 25th District