Assemblymember Kansen Chu Requests Funding for Emergency Preparedness and to Combat Car Break-Ins

Monday, May 6, 2019

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(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Today, Assemblymember Kansen Chu along with San Jose’s Vice Mayor, Chappie Jones and the city’s Director of Emergency Services, Ray Riordon, presented a $12 million funding request to support emergency and disaster preparedness efforts in San Jose.  Additionally, Chu requested $3.75 million for all local police departments in Assembly District 25 to curb high property crime rate, specifically smash and grabs from vehicles.  Both funding requests were presented in the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Public Safety.

“My top priority in Sacramento is to improve the lives of those people living in my district and this year, I am focusing on getting funding to support the safety and well-being of my community,” said Assemblymember Kansen Chu (D-San Jose).  “The Coyote Creek floods were devastating and we cannot let that happen again.  I will fight to get funding for our district to prepare for any future disasters whether they are floods, fires, earthquakes or anything else that might come at us.

Aside from disasters, I am also concerned about the consistently high number of cars being broken into and personal property being stolen.  I know that the boost in funding to our local police departments will go a long way to improve the safety of our community.”

The Newark Police Department reported roughly a 30 percent increase in car break-ins from 2015 to 2018 and projected a 93 percent increase in 2019 due to high number of incidents from January to February. The Fremont Police Department indicated a 27 percent increase and the San Jose Police Department reported a 14 percent increase in the same period with 6,721 cases in 2018.  Santa Clara Police Department saw an escalation of 125% from January to March of 2019 compared to the previous year during the same time frame.  Each police department in Assembly District 25 will receive $750,000 this year to support efforts that will reduce the number of property crime if Assemblymember Chu’s funding request is approved.

Assemblymember Kansen Chu is proud to represent the 25th Assembly District, comprised of the cities of Fremont, Milpitas, Newark, Santa Clara and San Jose.

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