Looking Back: Proud To Champion Holistic Solutions
For many, politics is just a negative experience full of personal attacks. I am proud to report, however, that for my time in the State Assembly I have been hard at work with my colleagues from across the political spectrum designing solutions to the greatest problems facing our state. Sure, there have been setbacks and more than a few disappointments, but I am excited about what we have accomplished by working together.
We must work to address both the cause and symptoms of what ails us in California. A core focus of my approach has been to holistically address an “opportunity-for-all” agenda. From early childhood through end-of-life care solutions I am hard at work to make sure our tax dollars are doing more and doing better for every Californian.
We can’t fix our k-12 education concerns if many students are playing catch-up from day 1, so I worked closely with colleagues to pass a bill which will give every child, regardless of economic means, access to pre-k education. This means more students achieving early, and therefore throughout their lives.
I was proud to author a bill to increase the education success of foster youth, my Foster Youth Enrichment Grants bill. I authored a bill to create the California Construction Corps, which would give at risk youth training and a pathway to good-paying careers.
I authored a bill which would have saved Californians who do not have employer-sponsored healthcare, and purchase their own through the Covered California exchange or direct from a provider, over 500 million dollars. My “Care Corps” legislation would have empowered youth to assist seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s to stay in their own homes for longer, and everyone wins because the state would avoid costly long-term care.
Moreover, all our children are safer today because my bill to help law enforcement prosecute invasion of privacy cases was passed with overwhelming bi-partisan support and was signed by the Governor.
I am pleased to have worked toward organic, holistic solutions to our community’s needs, and I am proud to be effectively bringing Republicans and Democrats together to achieve great victories for us all.
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