Press Release

Thursday, October 10, 2019


Roseryn Bhudsabourg, Director of Communications

Office of Assembly Member Ash Kalra

(916) 319-2027


Governor Signs First-in-Nation Legislation by Assemblymember Ash Kalra, Eliminating Single-use Plastic Toiletries from California Hotels


Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Beall and Kalra Want Downtown Property to Go to San José State University

SACRAMENTO – Today, California’s Department of General Services posted a list of office buildings that it recommends selling or transferring for other uses. Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) and Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose) celebrated the state’s recommend relinquishing control over the Aflred E. Alquist building in downtown San Jose. They believe the property, situated adjacent to San José State University, would be better utilized by the campus as additional housing and classroom space. Assemblymember Kalra and Senator Beall have requested $250,000 from the State’s general fund to begin planning a mixed-use housing project on the current site of the Alquist building.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment, released the following statement today in response to the establishment of the Future of Work Commission:

Thursday, February 14, 2019

If passed, AB 572 would mandate state contracts involving forest-risk commodities only go to companies with sustainable practices

SACRAMENTO – Given the ever-present and increasing threat climate change poses to all Californians, and the role tropical deforestation plays in escalating that threat, Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose), along with Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella), and Assemblymember Eloise Reyes (D-San Bernardino), and accompanied by co-sponsors Social Compassion in Legislation and Friends of the Earth, today announced the introduction of AB 572, the California Deforestation-Free Procurement Act. If passed, all California state contracts involving forest-risk commodities, such as palm oil, soy, cattle, rubber, paper/pulp, and timber, would require their suppliers to have a No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation (NDPE) policy.

Friday, January 11, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) was named Chair of the Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment Committee for the 2019-20 legislative session by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood).

Thursday, January 10, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) provided the following statement in response to the announcement of Governor Gavin Newsom’s 2019-20 Proposed Budget:

“What the Governor introduced today is a budget that prioritizes the values of California; one of inclusivity, education, value of work and the working class, and opportunity for all. I am particularly appreciative of Governor Newsom’s attention to pay down the state’s debt, help address local school district pension obligations, and ensure that we do not overlook the state’s unfunded liabilities.

Monday, December 3, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose), who is the first Indian American elected to the State Legislature, will be leading the California State Assembly’s first-ever delegation to India this month.

The historic two-week trade delegation, departing December 4, is sanctioned by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) and will take six legislators to New Delhi, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Mumbai and Punjab to discuss bilateral relations and have conversations on political, economic, and social developments in California and India.