Jobs and the Economy; Promoting Growth to Keep California Thriving
- California has led the nation in the economic recovery. We have retained our standing as a global economic powerhouse, creating more jobs and bringing in more venture capital than any other state.
- More work remains in continuing to grow the economy to provide opportunity for better jobs, small business growth and development and educational opportunity to connect California’s workforce with the changing job market.
- We must continue to make life easier for small business, ensuring that regulations are focused on critical aspects of safety, and productivity, but are not financially and bureaucratically burdensome on California’s entrepreneurs.
- Small business is the backbone of the California economy, more Californians than ever are self-employed. We should be empowering growth and development of small business by cutting red tape to help them hire, train, and innovate.
- The foundation of a high functioning global economy is a reliable power, water and transportation infrastructure. The time is now, to prioritize moving California to a renewable energy grid, and assessing our water supply and planning for our water future. We must invest in transportation upgrades to continue to move the economy forward while freeing commuters from excessive and time-consuming traffic.
Public Safety; Keeping Our Communities Safe
- Our public safety professionals face challenges like never before. State and local governments must partner with law enforcement and firefighters to ensure that resources are available to meet the increasing demands of their jobs.
- Changes in California law that re-classified some offenses and changed incarceration requirements have placed a burden on every local law enforcement agency and municipality, at a time when unfunded federal and state mandates and reductions in budgets have led to cuts in programs. As California moves forward with regulating the sale of cannabis we must prioritize providing resources to law enforcement with those taxes.
- California’s firefighters are heroes. They are the best in the nation at what they do, yet they are often under-resourced. As the climate continues to shift, our fire danger is greater than ever and we need to equip our professionals to respond.
- All of our public safety professionals work hard to protect our quality of life, we owe it to them to ensure that they have what they need to do their jobs, live in our communities, and retire with dignity.
Education; Restoring Promise to Our Classrooms
California was once the Golden State for public education. Today, we are among the bottom 5 in the nation for per-pupil spending, and we need to tackle the challenges associated with that. My priorities for public education include:
- Working to achieve nationally competitive K-12 per-pupil funding that pulls California’s students out of the bottom 10%.
- Ensuring that California delivers promised investments in school infrastructure and technology.
- Expanding access to higher education, so that all our young people can afford to go to college.
- Increasing investment in vocational education and job training, so that young people have the opportunity to make their way into a middle-class career.
- Continuing to support student achievement by supporting teachers.
- Restoring the promise of California’s higher education master plan by expanding capacity to meet demand across the higher education system and striving for statewide college affordability.
Women and Families; Fighting for Family Values that Matter
- Our recent history demonstrates how much work remains in supporting women in every aspect of our lives. From workforce protections to education and economic opportunity, childcare, access to health care, and family leave we must continue to push on all fronts for equity and opportunity.
- Fundamentally, every issue that impacts us and our community is a “women’s issue.” Health care access, public safety, our environment, education, a thriving economy and expanded opportunity are essential to women’s continued success. No public policy discussion should be had without women at the table and without consideration of the impact on women and families.
- Women’s reproductive rights are fundamental to their federally assured individual liberty as well as their health and economic security. As such, attempts to limit women’s access to reproductive health care should not be tolerated in California, and California women must lead the fight to protect our rights at the federal level.
- California’s children are our most precious resource. We must honor that value by prioritizing pre-natal health and healthy delivery programs, universal pre-school, safe and affordable child care, paid family leave, and restoring California’s world class education system.Healthcare; Keeping Our Families Healthy
Healthcare; Keeping Our Families Healthy
- More must be done immediately to help Californians, businesses small and large, and municipal governments, to contend with the rising costs of healthcare.
- California needs to do the work of controlling the skyrocketing cost of health care, as well as prescription drugs. If we don’t slow the cost inflation of healthcare, it will serve as a drag on every other part of our economy.
- We must conduct a state-wide assessment of health care access while expanding state higher education programs in all health care fields.
- We must develop and fund a comprehensive workable solution to provide health coverage for every Californian.
Climate & Environment; Protecting and Restoring Our Natural Resources
- Our district is home to some of the greatest emerging environmental threats and challenges. Local, state and federal agencies have fallen short in their stewardship, so we must fight on our own.
- The Aliso Canyon gas facility blowout is an ever present and dangerous reminder of our need to transition to a renewable energy economy to protect our health and ensure a clean air future. The facility must be closed.
- Our district is home to three very large and growing landfills. We must move aggressively at the state level to regulate packaging and solid waste, rapidly increase recycling, and prioritize learning from other nations leading the globe in waste management.
- The Santa Susanna Field Lab and the Whittaker-Bermite sites require constant vigilance to guarantee that grounds are restored to statutory requirements and that community concerns and input have been placed as a high priority by every official responsible.
- State-wide, California has led the nation in the fight against destructive climate change. The fight is far from over and we will retain our role as leader nationally and globally. We must invest in renewable energy like wind and solar to create good jobs and preserve our environment.