District Messages

As the new session gets underway in Sacramento, I want to be sure to share some key legislative updates with you.   Recently, I introduced AB 261 which will increase local emergency service access and response time by lifting burdensome travel restrictions for emergency vehicles.   This legislation will allow first responders to utilize high-occupancy toll (HOT) and high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes during both emergency and non-emergency situations. Currently, emergency vehicles are only permitted to use these lanes when responding to an urgent call.   While arriving at an emergency quickly…
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service acknowledges the hard work and sacrifice that it takes to give back to your community. MLK was a true leader and on this day, we follow his example to make our world a better place.  It is not always easy to find ways to volunteer, especially this year, but there are many creative things you and your family can do to serve our community including:  • Pick up trash at a nearby park • Offer to pick up groceries for an elderly neighbor• Send military care packages to deployed troops overseas • Provide a meal with Meals on Wheels. Find donation…
The governor recently released his proposed $227.2 billion budget plan for this year. The most surprising thing? Even though most citizens are bearing the brunt of the pandemic, the budget is projecting a surplus! This of course may not be that shocking to most Californians since we pay the highest personal income tax, state sales tax, and gasoline tax rates in the nation. If anything, the governor’s budget demonstrates that the tax burden on families and workers is too high and we need to do all we can to reduce their financial stress.   The governor has proposed allocating funding to re-…
Great news for military families! Beginning January 1, 2021, Californians who are eligible for Paid Family Leave (PFL) may take time off from work to support a family member (spouse, registered domestic partner, parent, or child) in the military who is deployed or being deployed to a foreign country. Qualifying events include activities to manage essential needs during military deployment such as setting up childcare or parental care, attending military sponsored events, attending counseling appointments, or making legal or financial arrangements. This new benefit program…
Though 2020 has been a year filled with uncertainties, daily struggles, and at times overwhelming challenges, it is important to also reflect on the generosity and resilience of our community. Many of you reached out to help families in need, donated to food banks and non-profits, shopped for our senior citizens, supported local businesses, or simply helped out a neighbor. The smallest acts of kindness and support go a long way. Thank you. A special thank you also goes out to all of our first responders, medical professionals, and front line workers who worked so tirelessly to keep our…
As your newly elected Representative, and your voice in Sacramento, I wanted to keep you apprised of any updates both here in the District and up at the Capitol.   Over the weekend, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon announced the committee assignments for the 2021-22 legislative session, and I have been appointed to a total of eight committees, three of which I serve in a leadership capacity as Vice Chair. These include Elections, Housing and Community Development, and the newly formed Assembly Committee on Emergency Management focused exclusively on disaster and emergency response.   I…
Yesterday I was humbled and honored to take the oath of office to serve as your California State Representative for our 67th Assembly District. Being a life-long public servant, first as a 35 year career firefighter and retired Battalion Chief, and then as a local councilmember and mayor, I understand the significance of the trust you have placed in me and I pledge to do all that I can to uphold the values of our community and better our great state. Moments after swearing in, I introduced legislation to protect citizens from identity theft and fight unemployment insurance fraud at the…