SAN JOSÉ — Sen. Jim Beall (D-San José) received one of three Legislator of the Year Awards from the League of California Cities® today during the organization’s 2015 Annual Conference and Expo in San José. This honor was given to Sen. Beall in recognition for his long-term commitment to transportation issues and his efforts in the most recent legislative sessions to provide a new, sustainable source of funding for California’s state highway and local streets and road system. Senator Beall has been particularly helpful in ensuring that the critical maintenance needs for the network of local streets and roads remains prominent in these discussions.
Along with Sen. Beall, the League also recognized Assembly Member Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville) for his dedication to advancing legislation that would restore a redevelopment tool for disadvantaged communities, and Assembly Member Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) for his original authorship of League-sponsored medical marijuana legislation and selfless, policy-centered leadership while working with other legislators to develop a legislative package that creates a regulatory framework for that protects local control, public safety and patient access.
Sen. Beall in 2015 introduced SB 16 in the regular legislative session and SBx 1 1 in the Special Session on Transportation Funding, to provide up to $4.3 billion in new transportation revenues divided evenly between the state and cities and counties. He is chair of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee and has been appointed as chair of the Joint Legislative Conference Committee on Transportation Funding, which will continue to work on a transportation funding proposal this fall. In addition, his SB 321 this year seeks to provide more stability to the variable gas tax; last year his SB 628 contained Gov. Jerry Brown’s new tax increment tool, Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts.
League President and Scotts Valley Council Member Stephany Aguilar presented Sen. Beall with the award in his hometown of San José. “As a former city council member and county supervisor, Sen. Jim Beall understands the importance of the local streets and road network, along with our state highways, to California’s overall mobility, economy and quality of life. We thank him for his efforts, and look forward to continuing to work with him to develop sustainable funding sources to improve the quality of our state and local transportation network.”
Sen. Jim Beall: ‘’As a state senator and a former San Jose city council member, I have witnessed the League of California Cities’ impressive ability to shape progressive legislation that enables our cities to meet the challenges of the 21st century. I consider it a great honor to be chosen as the League’s Legislator of the Year, and I look forward to continue working with the League to make our communities livable, healthy and sustainable.’’
The San José senator has a wealth of local government experience. As member of the San José City Council for 14 years he was actively involved in the League of California Cities. He was a member of several of the organization’s policy committees and served as chair of the Transportation, Communications and Public Works Policy Committee. Following his tenure on the council, he was elected to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors where he served 12 years.
Founded in 1898, the League of California Cities® is an association of California city officials who work together to enhance their knowledge and skills, exchange information, and combine resources so that they may influence policy decisions that affect cities. The League’s mission is to restore and protect local control for cities through education and advocacy to enhance the quality of life for all Californians.