District Messages

Officially the California State Budget needed to be passed by the Legislature no later than midnight, June 15th, to meet the constitutional deadline. While this technically happened, the initial bill pushed through, a record $262.6 billion spending plan, was a budget framework, a placeholder bill that lacked substance or details.   Since then, the budget has been put together in pieces through various “budget junior” and trailer bills. In fact, right before the Legislature recessed for the summer last week, we reviewed “Budget 4.0,” the fourth budget version in the past five weeks.  …
Today we honor our great nation’s 245th birthday. We remember the courageous leaders who signed our Declaration of Independence that not only recognized our rights to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” but that a government should derive their “just powers from the consent of the governed.” We honor all our brave service members and veterans for continuing to defend our freedoms and thank them for their sacrifice and service. We come together as community, as Americans, to celebrate the spirit of the U.S.A. and enjoy fun, food, family, and fireworks. May you and your family have a…
I am proud to announce that Animal Friends of the Valleys has been selected as the 2021 California Non-Profit of the Year for our 67th Assembly District. Each year, in honor of California Nonprofits Day (ACR 80), Legislators from across the state highlight a nonprofit from their district that has provided exemplary service to their community.   The employees and volunteers at Animals Friends of the Valleys are dedicated to promoting the humane and compassionate care of animals through education and proactive animal services programs. Animal companions bring joy and comfort to so many…
Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 restrictions, our students have had to deal with unprecedented challenges that have significantly impacted both their education and participation in special ceremonies like graduation. Though they have missed out on some of these experiences, this does not make their accomplishments any less significant, and it is important that they are celebrated. If your graduating student would like to receive a State Assembly certificate recognizing this important milestone in their lives, please visit my website at asm.ca.gov/67 and select the “Contact Me” button.…
Today we take a moment from the weekend activities to honor those who have sacrificed to make such a day possible. Memorial Day is a time to mourn and honor the brave soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our great nation and defend our freedoms. Originally known as Decoration Day, this day was set aside to recognize the immense cost paid by the country in the Civil War. Families and communities would go to cemeteries and decorate the graves of our nation’s fallen with flowers and flags. While the name has changed, the purpose and spirit have not. These countless individuals…
This week, two bills that I am proud to Co-Author passed out of the State Assembly with bipartisan support and are now on their way to the Senate; both protect the rights of crime victims.AB 939 (Cervantes) provides that in a sexual assault trial, the manner in which the victim was dressed during the offense cannot be used as evidence of consent. Victims should never be blamed or feel shame by being asked, “What were you wearing?” after bravely coming forward to report a sexual assault. This question not only suggests that the victim provoked the crime, but it also implies the perpetrator had…
The Governor has released the May Revision of his Budget Proposal, which includes a total budget of $451.7 billion, with $267.8 billion going towards a state spending plan. You can read it HERE The good news? We have a projected $75 billion surplus. The bad news? We have a projected $75 billion surplus. Having an additional $75 billion after most citizens have been bearing the brunt of a pandemic for over a year proves that the tax burden on families and workers is too high and that the government is taking too much hard-earned taxpayer money. The Governor is proposing $12 billion in direct…
Its National Charter Schools Week. All kids deserve a quality education tailored to their diverse needs and the needs of their community.   Charter schools allow parents, teachers, and community leaders to create a curriculum that empowers and challenges students to unlock their full potential while focusing on meeting the individual needs of each student through accountability, flexibility, and innovation.   Unfortunately, there is a proposal currently making its way through the legislature, AB 1316, which would impose significant and expansive burdens on Charter Schools, including fees and…
May is National Military Appreciation Month.   There is no way to pay back the sacrifices made by our veteran heroes and their families, but in Sacramento, we should do all we can to ensure their commitment to our country has not gone unnoticed or unappreciated.   Here are just a few of the bills I am proud to author:  Supporting Military FamiliesAB 291: Survivor Benefit Plans (SBP) allows retired service members to allocate a portion of their retired pay to a spouse, child or other eligible beneficiary after their death. This bill will make payments made from SBP tax free in California.…
I am proud to join with my colleagues to pass bipartisan, urgency legislation that will provide significant and immediate tax breaks for our small businesses.AB 80 will allow eligible businesses to deduct expenses that were paid for using forgiven Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) funds. Business owners can already deduct these loan expenses from their federal taxes, and now they will be able to deduct them from their California state taxes as well. Without this measure, many businesses would owe taxes on the very relief sent to help them remain…