District Messages

Today is Purple Heart Day. The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the Armed Forces who were wounded or killed by enemy actions while serving our country. It is a medal given not for achievement but in honor of sacrifice, and denotes one of the highest respects we as a country bestow on our heroes. To this day, almost 2 million Purple Heart Medals have been awarded, many posthumously. It was my honor to introduce ACR 121 to declare August 7th, 2022, as Purple Heart Day in California to honor the many service members and Veterans in our communities who have been bestowed with this solemn…
Drug abuse and overdose deaths, especially involving fentanyl, are on the rise in our communities. California’s youth are falling victim to drug dealers who prey on their vulnerability and curiosity. In 2020 alone, California experienced nearly 4,000 deaths related to fentanyl overdose, and in 2021, fentanyl overdose became recognized as the leading cause of death of Americans aged 18 to 45.We need to pass legislation that holds drug dealers accountable, increases criminal penalties, and gives local law enforcement and agencies the tools they need to keep our communities safe. Unfortunately…
On the grounds of the State Capitol stands the California Firefighters Memorial which bears the names of over fourteen hundred men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice while keeping the people of California safe.  I had the honor of working alongside these heroes during my career in the fire service, and many of them lived and served right here in our 67th district community. These firefighters passed under tragic circumstances from either the dangerous nature of their work or from illnesses due to exposure to hazardous materials while carrying out their duties. In their memory, it…
I am proud to announce that the Governor has signed my legislation to expand opportunities for individuals to receive an Emergency Career Substitute Teaching Permit and improve the pool of those who can fill teaching vacancies.AB 1876 allows the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) to issue an Emergency Career Substitute Permit at the request of a school district, if that district participates in a consortium of school districts and verifies that the candidate substitute taught at least 90 days during the last three years at schools within the consortium.   According to the CTC, the…
I am proud to announce that the Governor has signed my legislation to support and assist survivors of sexual assault on California’s University and State college campuses.  AB 1968 requires the California State University (CSU) and requests the University of California (UC) campuses to standardize content on their websites so victims of sexual assault can quickly and easily find the necessary resources immediately following an incident.   Unfortunately, sexual assault is still pervasive on college campuses, with 13% of all students experiencing some form of sexual assault or violence. Among…
A new Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Hotline is now available nationwide. Calling or texting 988 will connect you directly with a trained, compassionate counselor who will listen, provide support, and connect you to the appropriate resources. This service is free, confidential, and available 24 hours/7 days a week. Pressing “1” after dialing 988 will connect callers directly to the Veterans Crisis Lifeline.The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is a national network of more than 200 crisis centers supported by local and state resources. If local centers are busy, callers are…
Every year, California faces unpredictable and devastating wildfires. As a retired Fire Battalion Chief and firefighter serving in the State of California for 35 years, I have experienced firsthand the dangerous and life-altering effects a fire can have on families and businesses in our communities. Approximately 95% of wildfires in California are caused by human activity. But there are precautions we can take to prevent fires before they start. In order to keep us all safe, there are simple steps we can take to avoid the ignition and spread of wildfires. Avoid using power equipment after…
Today we commemorate the founding of our great nation. It’s a day of history and hope, remembrance, and independence.   We honor all of our brave service members and veterans for continuing to defend our freedoms.   We come together as a 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 safe and festive holiday.
Late last night, the Legislature approved a massive $300 billion budget, which includes $234.4 billion in general fund spending. This budget was the result of a deal struck between Governor Newsom and Democratic leadership. My colleagues and I in the minority party were not included in the discussions and the public was given less than 24 hours to review it. This budget includes a $9.5 billion inflation package that economists warn could increase the prices of everyday essentials that Californians rely on.  Rather than providing immediate and long term tax relief to Californians who are being…
Today marks 100 DAYS since the supermajority in Sacramento promised they would take action to relieve Californians from extreme and ever-increasing gas prices.  With prices at the pump breaking records daily and inflation at a 40 year high, California’s families are stretched to the breaking point and facing extreme economic hardships. The average price for a gallon of regular gasoline in California is now $6.43, and $6.33 in Riverside County. Yet today, we mark 100 days of inaction AND the state gas tax it set to increase by over $500 million on July 1st. Enough is enough. No more excuses,…