Weekly Newsletter 02.18.2020

Dear Friend,

This last week I have been back in the district to meet with constituents and community leaders to listen to their concerns and tell them about the important work I'm doing on their behalf in Washington. Here are some highlights:   

Transforming California transportation


High Speed Rail is part of California's future. I introduced the High-Speed Rail Corridor Development Act of 2020 to provide $32 billion to fund projects in federally designated high-speed rail corridors. The bill will directly assist in funding to complete California’s High-Speed Rail project connecting San Francisco to Los Angeles via the San Joaquin Valley. I also held a roundtable with California Secretary of Transportation David Kim to give an update on a potential federal infrastructure package and discuss the importance of improving transportation in the San Joaquin Valley. 


Fighting to feed working families


This Administration continues to carry out attacks on hungry families and the working poor primarily through its attempts to reduce Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility. In my district, 25% of my constituents depend on these benefits to feed themselves and their families. I hosted a roundtable at Central California Food Bank with local leaders to discuss what we can do to ensure these programs keep helping the people who need them most: the working poor.


Honoring a hometown hero


Last Friday marked the 75th anniversary of the sinking of the USS Bismarck Sea, the last American carrier to be sunk in combat. Valley resident Albert Henderson is one of the last survivors from that day and it was an absolute honor to recognize him for his valor and service to our country. A remarkable occasion for a remarkable man. Read more about his story


Showing appreciation for our veterans


My annual Valentines for Veterans card drive was a huge success. Every year we invite local students to write Valentines for our local veterans to thank them for their service to our country. It was my honor to help deliver these Valentines at the Fresno V.A. Hospital, spread some cheer, and personally thank them for for all they've done for our nation

Meeting of the Week: 


It was a pleasure to welcome California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to Fresno to join a productive discussion regarding preparation for the 2020 Census. We received meaningful updates from Census Bureau officials and local groups who are heavily involved in making sure our community members count. The Census is so important, determining funding for so many things that help our Valley, including healthcare, and transportation, ensuring we get our fair share.  

Upcoming Events Across the District:


AARP Foundation Tax-Aide

Free tax help for those with low- and moderate incomes, with special attention paid to those aged 60 and over. Please bring all relevant tax information, including last year’s income tax returns, identification for dependents and individuals. This event is first come, first serve.

Where: Merced Senior Center, 755 W 15th Street, Merced  

When: February 21st – April 14th, 8:30AM – 12:00PM (Every Thursday and Friday) 

Find more information here

Eggs and Issues  

This ‘Eggs and Issues’ breakfast will work to discuss the impact that the Voters Choice Act will have on the 2020 elections. Individual members tickets will cost $25 and $250 for a table of 10. Non-members tickets will cost $35 or $350 for a table of 10. This event is sponsored by the Fresno Chamber of Commerce. To RSVP for this event, visit www.FresnoChamber.com or call 559-495-4800. 

Where: Pardini’s – 2257 W. Shaw Avenue, Fresno CA 93711

When: Friday, February 28th, 8:00AM – 9:30AM

Find more information here


Rose Health Fair

Virginia Lee Rose Elementary will be hosting an annual Health Fair in parternership with UCSF-Fresno Mobile HeaL Clinic. 

Where: Virginia Lee Rose School, 1001 Lilly St, Madera, CA,                     93638

When: Friday, February 28th, 5:00PM – 7:00PM

Find more information here

Open Landfills

The Merced County Regional Waste Management Authority (Authority) has extended operating hours on Saturdays at the landfills in Merced and Los Banos.  The change means that both sites are now open to the public six days a week, Monday through Saturday, from 7:00am to 3:30pm.  

Where: 7040 N. Highway 59 Merced, CA and 17173 S. Billy Wright Road Los Banos, CA

When: Monday – Saturday from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Find more information here


Opportunity Fresno: An Initiative for Investment in Fresno

What are opportunity zones? They are census tracts generally composed of economically distressed communities that qualify for the Opportunity Zone designation according to criteria outlined in 2017’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Since its adoption Opportunity Zones have been designated to all 50 states and 5 territories. There are 47 opportunity zones in Fresno County, and 36 within the city of Fresno.

Find more information on Opportunity Zones.

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Jim Costa
Member of Congress

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