Press Release

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Ash Kalra commends the California Supreme Court’s ruling in De La Torre v. CashCall finding that high-interest rates on loans above $2,500 are “unconscionable.” Over the past two years Assemblymember Kalra has been leading the effort to place reasonable interest rate caps on high dollar consumer loans over $2,500.

“I applaud the California State Supreme Court for doing what the Legislature could not; finding that high-interest rate loans are unacceptable.” Assemblymember Kalra goes on to say, “This ruling is a significant step forward, however, it remains the responsibility of the Legislature to put in place sound and reasonable financial protections for consumers who need a loan when faced with stressful financial circumstances.”

Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Friday, June 8, 2018

Congratulations to the Community Seva on being recognized as the San José Assembly District 27 Non-profit of the Year. "It is a great honor for me to recognize Community Seva as the 27th Assembly District’s 2018 Nonprofit of the Year, and I commend the organization for its tireless dedication to the local San Jose community and beyond. Community Seva has served 67,505 meals to date, provided supplies, and has given unwavering support to communities in need since its founding five years ago.

Friday, June 1, 2018

(Sacramento)  - Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) wrote Assembly Bill AB 250, the Safe Consumer Lending Act, to protect California families from abusive high-cost installment loans and put a cap on such predatory loans. “This is not just a policy issue, this is a moral issue,” said Assemblymember Kalra. “Make no mistake, predatory lenders do not just use exorbitant interest rates to entrap borrowers, they use lending tactics to mislead, misrepresent, and ultimately penalize impoverished communities.” 

Thursday, May 17, 2018
Leadership in Public Service, Ms. Wendy Ho (District 27)
Leadership in Public Service, Mr. Richard Tran (District 25)
Leadership in Public Service, Mrs. Cynthia Chang (District 28)
Leadership in Business, Mrs. Vandana Kumar (District 27)
Leadership in Business, Mrs. Harbir Kuar Bhatia (District 25)
Leadership in Business, Mrs. Anjali Kausar
Leadership in Community Service, Mrs. Kieu Nga Thi Nguyen (District 25)
Leadership in Community Service, Friends of Children With Special Needs (District 28)
L to R: Assemblyman Kansen Chu, Legacy Awardee Yoshihiro Uchida, Assemblyman Evan Low, and Assemblyman Ash Kalra
Leadership in Community Service, Mrs. Linda Ta (District 27)
Leadership in Business, Mrs. Vandana Kumar (District 27)
Legacy Award, Mr. Yoshihiro Uchida

In the month of May, we have the opportunity to recognize Asian and Pacific Islander community members for their dedicated work and commitment to the fabric of Silicon Valley. This year we have the honor of recognizing ten remarkable leaders of Assembly District 25, 27, and 28. Congratulations to the ten extraordinary men and women of Assembly Districts 25, 27, and 28. We are inspired by all that you do!