Raghav Sehtia is stepping up to citizenship in a big way. In early September, the Harker sophomore was named an intern in California State Assembly Member Jim Beall’s office. In addition, he has become a member of the San Jose Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC). Sehtia works in Beall’s office once a week and is one of the youngest people there; most of the other interns are college undergraduates. Along with routine front office duties, Sehtia helps with case research on citizen complaints as well as issues regarding public services like the DMV or the Megan’s Law database. He also assists in outreach for Cal grants plus state and federal funding for students for college. To publicize the application process for such aid, Sehtia is producing a newsletter article as well as seeking other means of spreading the word.
As a member of the BPAC, Sehtia will help the committee advise the city council and other policy makers on how to best accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians throughout San Jose. He has been appointed to a two-year term and will meet with other members approximately once a month.