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With deadline looming, Becker bills on privacy, clean energy advance in state Senate

Original post made on Jun 2, 2023

State Sen. Josh Becker stood apart from most of his Democratic colleagues this week when he opted not to support this year's most contentious housing bill, SB 423, which streamlines the review process for new residential developments.

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Posted by Mark Twang
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 2, 2023 at 10:20 am

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Senator Becker is bad for our area. Just about everything he touches or supports increases State regulation and also the taxes we pay.

Many of his energy proposals will reduce rather than increase the resilience of our energy grid. He caters to a vocal minority of activists in his party.

Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jun 2, 2023 at 10:43 am

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Good that Becker finally "wrapped his head around the issues" with the unfunded housing bills sponsored by Scott Weiner -- something he said he was having doing when he supported all the other housing bills. Too bad he only had the courage to abstain but not oppose them.

Guess he's afraid of all the deep-pocketed lobbyists working tirelessly to destroy this community with laughable claims that increased density will lower housing costs -- an insult to the intelligence of anyone who's ever heard of New York City or Tokyo or London or any other densely populated area with the highest housing costs in the world.

Posted by Comment
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 2, 2023 at 11:12 am

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Becker is what a State Legislator should be - won’t knuckle under to vote yes on noxious bills such as SB243.
And he takes the initiative to write bills of consequence that have a positive impact on Palo Alto (unlike another local Legislator in the Assembly).
Thank you Sen. Becker. You are doing good.

Posted by MyFeelz
a resident of another community
on Jun 3, 2023 at 10:53 am

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I would rather see an anti-spam bill that applies directly to the government (like Becker, who sends tons of spam if you email him to express an opinion), instead of another watchdog agency that is a data collector monitoring other data collectors. HUGE waste of money.

Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 4, 2023 at 11:54 am

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In the papers today another article on a bill sponsored by Weiner - single payer health system for CA. Since Weiner is an employee of the state he is already on a single payer system - the state is paying for his health insurance. However - most corporations have a health insurance program negotiated for their employees over many states - must be uniform to be accepted accounting practice. Anything that Weiner gets his fingers into is a disaster to this state. He did not grow up here and only worked for a law firm prior to his CA employment.

I thank anyone who says No to him - why not all of the legislators? Everything he touches is counter to good business practice and the accounting rules and regulations that corproations must follow in any audit. Let's scare away any corporation that wants to have a CA location because it has to bend accounting standards to do business here.

Our Governor is not much help here - he is consumed with establishing the state of CA as a stand alone location that has no consistency with other states or the federal government. And he is termed out now - anything he does to ruin this state will flow over to the next goevernor to undo.

What is Berman doing - is he a water carrier for Weiner?

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