For Immediate Release
May 27, 2021
San Jose Assemblymember Ash Kalra Releases Statement in Wake of Mass Shooting
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose), former member and Chair of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Board, released the following statement in response to the shooting that took place Wednesday morning at a VTA Railyard in Downtown San Jose:
“The tragedy that took place yesterday morning has devastated our community. For the families, friends, and colleagues of the nine victims, whose lives are now forever changed, I offer my deepest condolences. Today, on my request, the California State Assembly held a moment of silence in honor of the victims. No one should risk losing their life from senseless gun violence just by showing up to work, going to school, or visiting a store. We must provide more than thoughts and prayers; we must act to curb gun violence now.”
Assemblymember Ash Kalra was first elected to the California Legislature in 2016, representing the 27th District, which encompasses approximately half of San Jose and includes all of downtown. In 2020, he was re-elected to his third term. Assemblymember Kalra is the Chair of the State Assembly Labor and Employment Committee and also currently serves as a member on the Housing and Community Development, Judiciary, Transportation, and Water, Parks, and Wildlife committees.