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The following is an on-going record of public statements by SBPA on behalf of our

Bills and Policies

  • November 17, 2021 – Endorse a letter to Rep. Anna Eshoo in support of HR 2590, the Defending the Human Rights of Palestinian Children and Families Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act
  • October 20, 2021 – Sign onto a letter that calls on Vice President Harris and Senate Leadership to ignore the Senate Parliamentarian and provide a path to citizenship for millions
  • October 20, 2021 – Sign onto this letter endorsing a County Sustainability Commission
  • September 15, 2021 – Co-sponsor the 2020 SJ Women’s March
  • September 15, 2021 – Co-sponsor the March for Citizenship & Economic Rights
  • August 18, 2021 – Sign onto a letter to Senator Padilla requesting him to sign the pledge to support HJR 48, the We the People Amendment, that seeks to achieve equity for human beings by restoring the constitution to its original meaning: a document protecting the rights of people
  • August 18, 2021 – Sign onto the letter demanding an “Immediate Closure of Reid Hillview Airport
  • June 16, 2021 – SBPA sign onto the letter opposing AB 1139 which would kill California’s rooftop solar and energy storage market
  • June 16, 2021 – Sent $200 to the attorneys challenging Government Code Section 3205 which makes it a misdemeanor for county employees to solicit campaign donations from other county employees.
  • May 19, 2021 – Sign onto this letter to the SJ City Council opposing the proposed Light Tower art installation
  • May 19, 2021 – Support inclusion of Immigration Relief (legalization for the 11 million undocumented immigrants) in the American Jobs Plan & American Families Plan
  • May 19, 2021 – Support the CLEAR Act (which deals with Immigrants and Law Enforcement) by signing onto the support letter
  • April 21, 2021 –  Signed onto the No Renter Left Behind Budget Letter- Keeping Families Housed 2021
  • April 21, 2021 – Endorse SB 467 that provides a 2,500 ft. health-and-safety buffer zone between toxic drilling and homes, schools, playgrounds, hospitals and other sensitive sites.
  • April 21, 2021 – Support SB 692, The Special Education Inclusion Act, sponsored by the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE)
  • March 17, 2021 – Support CalCare (AB 1400), the new Medicare for All Act of 2021
  • March 17, 2021 – Co-sponsor and fund ($200) an event with the SV/SJ NAACP exploring the question “Would gender equity in police departments increase public safety?”
  • February 17, 2021 – Endorse HR 1, the For the People Act 
  • February 17, 2021 – Sign onto a letter to Evelynn Tran, Acting General Manager, Santa Clara County VTA, to protect VTA workers and riders during the COVID upsurge by reinstating rear-door boarding
  • February 17, 2021 – Sign onto a letter of support for Ash Kalra to become the next Attorney General
  • January 20, 2021 – Co-sponsor a Health Justice Dialogue being held by the Santa Clara County Single Payer Coalition in late February.
  • January 20, 2021 – Sign onto the letter calling on Biden’s nominees to provide more information about the private sector work that they carrying on for several large corporations.
  • January 20, 2021 – Support AB-20, The Clean Money Act of 2021.
  • January 20, 2021 – Support a set of climate resiliency bills – the California Building Decarbonization Package: SB 30, SB 31, SB 32 & SB 37.
  • December 16, 2020 – Signed onto Silicon Valley De-Bug’s OpEd to the Mercury-News calling for Santa Clara County to adopt reforms rooted in mercy, rehabilitation, and restorative justice.
  • December 16, 2020 – Endorse and co-sponsor the  Feb. 6, 2021, car caravan for California Guaranteed Health Care for All (CalCare).
  • October 21, 2020 – SBPA endorse the efforts of  Protect the Results at the local action at 5pm on Nov. 4 at SJ City Hall.
  • October 21, 2020 – SBPA signed the Common Cause online letters supporting redistricting reform in San Jose and Sunnyvale.
  • September 16, 2020 – Supported an effort on behalf of AB 841 by the youth at SVYCA to use existing CPUC funding for public schools to upgrade energy-related infrastructure.
  • August 19, 2020 – Endorsed Schools and Communities First (Prop. 15) that will increase funding for K-12 public schools, community colleges, and local governments by requiring that commercial and industrial real property be taxed based on current market value.
  • August 19, 2020 – Endorsed Measure T that will ensure that the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority can continue to protect open spaces, natural wildlife habitats, the land around creeks and streams.
  • August 19, 2020 – Endorsed the California State Public Bank Act, AB 310, which paves the way for forming the California State Public Bank by using the Pooled Money Investment Account.
  • July 15, 2020 – Support the #NoCopMoneyCA effort to get candidates to pledge to not accept contributions or endorsements from police or correctional officer unions or associations and instead prioritize the protection of Black lives and our communities over police repression and the incarceration industry.
  • July 15, 2020 – Endorsed HJR 48, a call for a Constitutional Amendment that says money is not speech, corporations do not have Constitutional rights, and both can be regulated again..
  • July 15, 2020 – Support Silicon Valley DeBug’s Defund the Police Campaign that provides details about defunding the police and allocating the resources instead to community services.
  • June 17, 2020 – Support reinstating Affirmative Action in California by endorsing ACA 5 pending in the State legislature.
  • June 17, 2020 – Supported the efforts of California Common Cause in creating independent citizens commissions to redraw district lines, instead of leaving this power to electorally self-interested incumbents. .
  • May 20, 2020 – Join Healthy California Now a letter endorsing the Health Care Emergency Guarantee Act.
  • May 20, 2020 – Authorize a letter of opposition to Regional Medical Center’s plans to shut down its maternity and newborn units.
  • April 15, 2020 – Join Bay Area for Clean Environment in urging the County Board of Supervisors to (1) Transition Away from Burning of Coal and Petroleum-coke in Santa Clara County, and (2) Deny the 2019 Permanente Quarry Amended Reclamation Plan.
  • Feb. 15, 2020 – Endorse San Jose Measure E, a transfer tax on luxury homes and commercial properties valued over $2 million.
  • August 21, 2019 – Support the Cupertino Youth Climate Action Team’s petition to the Mayor of Cupertino to create initiatives to limit plastic, carbon, and waste throughout the city.
  • August 21, 2019 – Support the ACLU Northern California’s position on the use of Facial Recognition Software in Santa Clara County.
  • August 21, 2019 – Endorse all the legislative bills that CPA has endorsed thus far.
  • August 21, 2019 – Support South Bay Indigenous Solidarity (formerly Friends of Juristac) and the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band in opposing the proposed rock quarry at Sargent Ranch on the Amah Mutsun sacred territory traditionally known as Juristac.
  • August 21, 2019 – Co-sponsor the Human Agenda’s Break The Mold Conference on October 5, 2019.
  • August 21, 2019 – Support the Last Chance Alliance by signing onto their letter to Gavin Newsom to (1) halt the development of all new dirty fuel infrastructure in California, and (2) create a plan to phase-out all fossil fuels as quickly as possible and provide support and opportunities for those who will be impacted by this transition.
  • June 19, 2019 – co-sponsor Silicon Valley Youth Climate Summit at De Anza College on Saturday, July 13, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.
  • April 17, 2019 – AB 1505: LOCAL CONTROL OVER CHARTERS by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell would give control back to local elected school boards to decide whether a charter school is the right fit for their communities, instead of unelected officials who are geographically far away.
  • April 17, 2019 – AB 1506: CAP ON CHARTER GROWTH by Assemblymember Kevin McCarty would establish a cap on the growth of charter schools, limiting the destabilizing impact of the unchecked charter expansion pushed by privatizers and the corporate charter lobby.
  • April 17, 2019 – AB 1507: CHARTERS MUST OPERATE LOCALLY by Assemblymember Christy Smith would close a loophole in current law that allows a charter school to operate outside of its authorizing district.
  • April 17, 2019 – AB 1508: FISCAL IMPACT ON LOCAL DISTRICTS by Assemblymember Rob Bonta would allow local school boards to consider facilities, fiscal, and academic impacts on the district when considering new charter school petitions.
  • April 17, 2019 – SB 756 Charter Moratorium Bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation containing specific policies relating to charter schools on or before January 1, 2020.
  • March 20, 2019 – Support a City of San Jose proposal to 1) explore feasibility of a Public Bank, 2) support AB 857, and 3) adopt a resolution urging California State legislators to enable local agencies to create public banks.
  • February 20, 2019 – Co-sponsor March 16-18 March for Fossil Fuel Freedom and host one of the Stagecoach stops (Milbrae).
  • January 16, 2019 – Co-sponsor the Committee for Green Foothills Jan. 22nd “Rally for Coyote Valley” at San Jose City Hall.
  • January 16, 2019 – Support the Medicare-for-All Barnstorm event on Saturday, Feb. 9, sponsored by Santa Clara County Single Payer Health Care Coalition.
  • December 19, 2018 – Support the effort “… to create a Select Committee on a Green New Deal”, as proposed by our Climate Action Team and Public Banking Action Team.
  • September 17, 2018 – Oppose State Proposition 3, the $8.9B (Pay to Play) Bond for Water Projects, as proposed by our Climate Action Team.
  • September 17, 2018 – Oppose State Proposition 6, Eliminate Gas Tax, as proposed by our Climate Action Team.
  • September 17, 2018 – Support State Proposition 7, Eliminate Daylight Saving Time Changes, as proposed by our Climate Action Team.
  • September 17, 2018 – Endorse Santa Clara County Board of Education Candidate Forum, hosted/co-sponsored by Silicon Valley Grassroots Education Movement and Californians for Justice, as proposed by our Education Action Team.
  • September 17, 2018 – Endorse Los Angeles Measure B which will create a public bank, as proposed by our Public Banking Action Team.
  • July 18, 2018 – Endorse Prop. 10, The Affordable Housing Act, on November ballot that overturns Costa-Hawkins (and puts people and democracy over property).
  • June 23, 2018 – Endorse the ‘Rise for Climate, Jobs & Justice‘ movement in California, as proposed by our Climate Action Team.
  • June 20, 2018 – Endorsed the Assembly Constitutional Amendment (ACA 23) Legislative Transparency Act, as proposed by our Co-Coordinators.
  • June 20, 2018 – Endorsed AB 931 Criminal procedure: use of force by peace officers bill, as proposed by our Co-Coordinators.
  • June 20, 2018 – Endorsed SB-964 Retirement Fund: investments: climate-related financial risk bill as proposed by our Climate Action Team.
  • April 23, 2018 – Endorsed AB-3200 – Public Social Services bill as proposed by our Coalition Partner, Low-Income Self-Help Center.
  • April 5, 2018 – Endorsed SB-1362 Charter Schools bill as proposed by our Education Action Team.
  • January 28, 2018 – Endorsed AB-1478 Charter Schools bill as proposed by our Education Action Team. (bill failed in Senate)
  • December 13, 2017 – Affirmed adding the following statement to our platform issues as proposed by member, Charlotte Casey: “Promoting the values of a peace economy that embodies cooperation, compassion, sustainability and mutual respect.”
  • December 4, 2017 – Endorsed HR-1562, the SAFE Act (Secure America’s Future Elections) as  proposed by our partner, Move to Amend.
  • November 27, 2017 – Endorsed HR-3091, the Voter Roll Integrity Act, as proposed by our partner, Move to Amend
  • November 8, 2017 – Endorsed SB-100 as proposed by our partner, 350 Silicon Valley
  • June 14, 2017 – Endorsed AB-249, the California DISCLOSE as proposed by our partner, Move to Amend. AB-249 was signed into law on October 7th.
  • June 14, 2017 – Endorsed SB-562 the Healthy California Act for a single payer guaranteed healthcare overage for all Californians, as proposed by our partner, the Santa Clara County Single Payer Health Care Coalition.
  • May 17, 2017 – Endorsed The Silicon Valley Climate Action Alliance’s letter to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District in support of Rule 12-16 to define and limit refinery emissions in the East Bay.

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