eNews from Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian
5th District News
Welcome to Your D5 News!
Welcome to our new newsletter. This is the first of our (more or less) monthly updates on the work we've been doing, as well as important events and key issues facing our county. I invite you to bring me any questions you might have, or any feedback on how you think my office and I have been doing.
West Valley Seniors Can Now Catch the RYDEs They Need
Saratoga resident Marilyn M. White gave up driving in July because “at age 92 going on 93” she knew it was time to get off the highway. White, and seniors like her, no longer have to wait for a ride. The West Valley’s new transportation program – Reach Your Destination Easily (RYDE) – is now providing affordable curb-to-curb transportation for residents over age 55.
Spearheaded by Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian and operated by two community-based nonprofits, the RYDE program began taking reservations last October. No bus schedules to negotiate, no ride sharing apps or surge pricing to figure out. With just a simple phone call, most West Valley senior residents can schedule rides within Saratoga, Cupertino, Campbell, Monte Sereno, and Los Gatos with trained and vetted RYDE drivers, priced on a sliding scale.
New Civilian Monitoring of Law Enforcement and Corrections Comes to the County
At Supervisor Simitian's urging, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors has voted unanimously to create the Office of Correction and Law Enforcement Monitoring, establishing civilian monitoring of law enforcement and corrections in the County.
Following the tragic death of jail inmate Michael Tyree on August 26, 2015, the Board of Supervisors created a Blue Ribbon Commission on Improving Custody Operations to study options for bettering circumstances within the jail. Over the following year, the Blue Ribbon Commission and more than a dozen other organizations compiled a list of 623 recommendations to improve conditions within the jails.
Simitian's 2005 Law Helping Provide Low-Cost Prescription Drugs in County Today
The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors recently commended San Jose's Better Health Pharmacy and SIRUM (Supporting Initiatives to Redistribute Unused Medicine) for pioneering the free re-distribution of unused medicines. County residents can call to see if their particular medication is available free of charge.
“We’ve got perfectly good unused medications on one side of town, and we’ve got folks desperately in need on the other side of town. It makes all the sense in the world to connect the two, and given its success, expand the program. It’s saving lives, and saving resources,” Simitian says.
Simitian became a champion of drug reuse/re-distribution while he was a State Senator, introducing “Recovery and Reuse of Unused Prescription Medicines” (SB798), which was adopted in 2005, and originally initiated through the then-Senator's "There Oughta Be A Law" program.
Sidewalk Office Hours
Come talk to Joe -- about anything -- at local farmer's markets.
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Panel discussion moderated by Joe, April 16, 23, & 30th; Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
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In this month in 2011, SB 2X, sponsored by then-Senator Joe Simitian, was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown. The law requires California utilities to obtain one third of our electricity from renewable sources by 2020. Read more