Contact State Legislators

Play an active role in the effort to restore CSU budget cuts. Write letters or call local legislators to urge their support. Encourage colleagues and others to do the same. Send a letter to your legislator about the budget using the tips below.  Sign up to receive updates about issues that affect the university.

Letter Writing Resources

Letter Writing Tips

  • Use your own words on your own stationary.
  • Keep your letter short and clear (preferably one page).
  • Give reasons for your position. Tell how the issue affects you or your business, your community or the state.
  • Address letters to legislators who represent your district.
  • Copy the governor when you write to state assemblymembers and senators.
  • Send via mail, email, or fax.
  • Use the proper form of address:

The Honorable John Doe
California State Senate
Sacramento, CA 95814
Dear Senator Doe:

The Honorable Jane Doe
California State Assembly
Sacramento, CA 95814
Dear Assemblymember Doe:

The Honorable Jerry Brown
Governor of California
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814
Dear Governor Brown:

Sample Letter

Date

The Honorable Jerry Brown
Governor of California
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814

Dear Governor Brown:

Personalize the message. Begin by introducing yourself, tell a little about yourself and your affiliation with SJSU. Talk about what applies directly to you, what field are you in (industries that rely on CSU graduates: nursing, business, agriculture, life sciences, education, public administration, and criminal justice).

The proposed budget cuts to the CSU will affect all Californians. At this crucial economic juncture, reducing funding to the CSU can only harm its mission of producing a highly skilled workforce for our state.

I believe this is the wrong direction for the state to go; cuts to the CSU will only make the economy more stagnant and reduce our ability to remain competitive in our global marketplace.

1) For every dollar the state invests into the CSU, $4.41 is generated in economic activity.
2) With these cuts, many eligible students are being turned away.
3) The CSU plays a major role in the state’s workforce, graduating 90,000 students each year, including 87 percent of education graduates, 64 percent of nurses, 65 percent of business professionals, 82 percent of those involved in public administration, and more than half of the state’s graduates in agriculture-related fields.
4) Cuts to the CSU mean a loss to the economy.

Given the significant impact the CSU has on the future of California’s workforce and economy, it is critical that you restore the budget cuts to the CSU. California’s future depends on the CSU. I look forward to hearing your response to this matter.

Sincerely,

Your Name

Legislative contacts for the San José region

Santa Clara County Legislators

California State Senate

Senator Ellen Corbett (D-10)
39155 Liberty Street, Suite F610
Fremont, CA  94538 
Tel: 510-794-3900
Fax: 510-794-3940
http://sd10.senate.ca.gov/

Senator Jerry Hill (D-13)
160 Town and Country Village
Palo Alto, CA 94301 
Tel: 650-688-6384
http://sd13.senate.ca.gov/

Senator Jim Beall (D-15)
100 Paseo de San Antonio, Suite 209
San Jose, CA 95113 
Tel: 408-286-8318
Fax: 916-319-2124
http://sd15.senate.ca.gov/

Senator Bill Morning (D-17)
701 Ocean Street, Room 318A
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 
Tel: 831-425-0401
http://sd17.senate.ca.gov/

California State Assembly

Assemblymember Rich Gordon (D-24)
5050 El Camino Real, Suite 117
Los Altos, CA 94022 
Tel: 650-691-2121
Fax: 650-691-2120
http://asmdc.org/members/a24/

Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-25)
39510 Paseo Padre Parkway, Suite 280
Fremont, CA 94538 
Tel: 510-440-9030
Fax: 510-440-9035
http://asmdc.org/members/a25/

Assemblymember Nora Campos (D-27)
100 Paseo De San Antonio, Suite 319
San Jose, CA 95113 
Tel: 408-282-8920
Fax: 408-277-1036
http://asmdc.org/members/a27/

Assemblymember Paul Fong (D-28)
274 Castro Street, Suite 202
Mountain View, CA 94041 
Tel: 650-210-2000
Fax: 650-210-2005
http://asmdc.org/members/a28/

Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-29)
State Capitol, P.O. Box 942849, Room 4164
Sacramento, CA 94249-0029 
Tel: 916-319-2029

Fax: 916-319-2129
http://asmdc.org/members/a29/

Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-30)
100 West Alisal Street, Suite 134
Salinas, CA 93901 
Tel: 831-759-8676

Fax: 831-759-2961
http://asmdc.org/members/a30/


 

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