I'm proud to announce that the state has dedicated millions in the 2023-2024 budget for our district. The budget, which was signed by Governor Gavin Newsom last month, allocates $10.1 million to the cities of Fremont, Newark and Milpitas for education, transit, business development, services for unhoused individuals and more. This is a big win for our district, and in the meantime, our legislative package continues to make headway in the state legislature.
City of Fremont:
- $1 million to help develop a new Multi-Service Community Center at Central Park. The proposed center will replace the city's Teen Center and Fremont Community Center.
- $500,000 for the Fremont Housing Navigation Center. The center offers homeless individuals with temporary beds along with services such as employment assistance, substance abuse services as well as health and wellness services.
- $2 million for the California School for the Deaf (CSD), Fremont. CSD provides education for deaf children and support for their families.
- $1.5 million for a Wi-Fi access expansion project in Fremont's six commercial district plazas: Centerville, Irvington, Niles, Mission San Jose, Warm Springs and Downtown City Center.
City of Newark:
- $1 million to improve access, safety, and connections for pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users within the Old Town Priority Development Area, funding that will also help catalyze private investment in the area.
- $1 million for the Newark Resource Center's renovations and repairs. The center would be the city's first resource center and it is expected to serve hundreds of local families with social services and referrals.
City of Milpitas:
- $1.6 million for the Milpitas Simple Mobile Access to Reliable Transit (SMART) program, which provides app-based transit services to the Great Mall, City Hall, Milpitas Transit Center and VTA light rail stops.
- $1.5 million for the Milpitas Unified School District's (MUSD) Innovation Campus, which will help MUSD develop new approaches to learning and career pathways for high school and adult students.
Just ahead of the summer recess, our legislation on key issues like housing affordability, environmental health and traffic safety is progressing through the Senate. Below are some of our bills that are headed to the Senate Committee on Appropriations, where the legislation's fiscal impacts will be evaluated.
- AB 309 establishes social housing in California, which is publicly owned housing that is affordable to households of all income levels. The bill would authorize the development of up to three social housing projects, and it passed the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance.
- AB 413 increases visibility for pedestrians, bicyclists, and cars at crosswalks and intersections through a practice known as daylighting. The bill, which passed through the Senate Committee on Transportation, aims to reduce collisions by keeping vehicles from stopping within 20 feet of an intersection or crosswalk.
- AB 38 limits excess outdoor night lighting on state buildings and structures to reduce light pollution. Mitigating excessive night lighting would help protect human health, wildlife and the ecosystem. The legislation passed through the Senate Committee on Governmental Organization.
- AB 652 creates an Environmental Justice Advisory Committee in the Department of Pesticide Regulation that provides recommendations on integrating environmental justice into the department's work. The bill passed through the Senate Committee on Environmental Quality.
- AB 1503 allows students to receive a full day excused absence for religious reasons, instead of the four hours currently authorized in existing law. The bill passed through the Senate Committee on Education.
Click here for more information on my 2023 bills.
Celebrating Fourth of July
I had the honor of celebrating our nation's independence and participating in the Fremont 4th of July Parade. It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces during the annual parade. Thank you to everyone in the community who came out and made this year's Independence Day memorable.
Walk and Talk at Alum Rock Park
July is Parks and Recreation month, and I partnered with Councilmember David Cohen and the City of San José Department of Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services for a morning hike at Alum Rock Park. At the Penitencia Creek trail, I had the opportunity to discuss issues important to the district with participants. Thank you for joining me in celebrating Parks and Recreation Month!
The summer is bringing extreme heat across the state, and checking in on our neighbors, friends and family to see if they need any help can go a long way. Visit this website for available cooling centers in your local area, alongside tips for addressing heat-related illness.
Yours in Service,
Assemblymember, 24th District