District Messages

Congratulations Graduates!   Through a pandemic and unprecedented times, these students have persevered and shown that they can withstand even the toughest circumstances.   Whether they are headed off to college, trade school, starting to work, or taking time off to see what the world has to offer, they have made our community proud and we wish them the best.   Please join me in congratulating this year’s graduating class as our 67th District salutes all of our future leaders!   If your graduating student would like to receive a State Assembly certificate recognizing this important milestone…
It is my honor to annouce MilVet as the 2022 California Nonprofit of the Year for our 67th Assembly District. Each year, in honor of California Nonprofits Day, legislators from across the state highlight a nonprofit from their district that has provided exemplary service to their community.   The volunteers at MilVet are committed to improving the quality of life for Veterans, active duty service members, and their families. Our 67th District is home to one of California’s largest Veteran populations. MilVet’s leadership provides our Armed Forces community with much needed access to a network…
Today we take a moment from the weekend activities to come together as a community 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, both on our own soil and abroad.   The ones who gave us their all so that we could live in a country that continues to value freedom for all.   These countless individuals have left us a legacy of duty and courage that has given us a safer and more peaceful world. Their strength and sacrifice are an…
This week will mark the end of the first half of the 2022 legislative session.   I am very pleased to announce that six bills from my legislative package have passed out of the State Assembly and are now headed to the Senate. They cover a variety of important topics, including Veteran benefits, government reform, privacy, education, victim resources, and emergency services.   AB 1633: Creates a pathway for the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) systems to share the contact information of student Veterans, with the student’s permission, with the California…
On Friday, the Governor released his $300 billion May Revise to the Legislature to begin the budget process.   You can read it in full HERE.   He also announced that the state has an unprecedented $97.5 billion surplus.   Yes you read that number correctly.   And yet, during the second year of the 2021-22 session, California lawmakers have considered more than $190 billion in new taxes and fees.    The state’s budget is overflowing with money. Can you say the same about your bank account?   Every day, Californians are being crushed by an affordability crisis. The average family is paying an…
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 and co-author:  Supporting Military FamiliesAB 1629: After the death of a military service member, benefits received by widows and orphans from Survivor Benefit Plans are considered a taxable income source. This bill would make the first $20,000 of payments from SBP tax-exempt…
It is my pleasure to inform you that a key piece of legislation from my government reform bill package has passed out of the State Assembly and is now headed over to the State Senate.     AB 1687 clarifies that the governor’s use of emergency powers must be related to the emergency conditions.   Current law gives the governor broad authority to suspend any regulation or statute during a State of Emergency. While it is assumed that these emergency powers are authorized for responding to the extraordinary conditions of a specific crisis, the law does not explicitly limit these powers.   This…
It was my privilege to introduce ACR 123, which establishes the week of April 24th through April 30th as Crime Victims’ Rights Week in California. This resolution raises public awareness about crime victims’ rights, protections, and services as they seek justice, and recognizes the efforts of citizens and members of the criminal justice system who offer support. The citizens of California made their voices clear when they recognized the importance of protecting victims’ rights in the State Constitution with the passage of Prop 8 in 1982, the Victim’s Bill of Rights, and then reaffirmed that…
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations (CDCR) is seeking to enact permanent regulations which would result in the early release of thousands of violent offenders and what CDCR characterizes as “nonviolent second strikers.” In late April 2021, the Corrections Department implemented an “emergency plan” that more than doubled the early release credits felons are eligible for. Inmates convicted of violent crimes could have their conduct credit rate increased from 20% to 33%, and non-violent second strikers could see an increase from 50% to 66%. With this formula, an…
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. We take this opportunity to raise public awareness about sexual assault and educate communities and individuals on the resources available to survivors. Nationwide, 81% of women and 43% of men reported experiencing some form of sexual harassment and/or assault in their lifetime. Nearly 1 in 5 women (18.3%) and 1 in 71 men (1.4%) in the United States have been raped. One in three female victims and one in four male victims of rape or attempted rape experienced it for the first time between the ages of 11 and 17. The latest 2018 National Crime…