District Messages

California drivers are dealing with the highest gas prices in the country, more than $1 above the national average.   Yet today, AB 1638, a proposal to IMMEDIATELY lower the price of gas by suspending California’s 51-cent-per-gallon tax, was once again blocked by the supermajority in the Legislature using parliamentary procedure games.     They claim this effort does not guarantee lower gas prices for Californians. This simply is not true. In Maryland, a bipartisan gas tax holiday immediately brought down prices at the pump. Last Thursday, their statewide average was $4.209/gallon. The state…
California is heading into its third consecutive year of drought. Traditionally, our winter months produce half of California’s annual rainfall, but this January and February were the driest on record.  We are facing dramatically shrinking water supplies and growing threats of extreme wildfires. Farmers will once again have to make the difficult choice to leave their fields fallow, prices could increase, and there is talk of a statewide water conservation mandate. The Governor’s office has proposed spending $8.25 million “to increase outreach efforts to educate Californians on water…
Yes, you read that title correctly. Last week, we held our first Assembly Public Safety Committee meeting of the 2022 session, and needless to say, the outcome was frustrating.   I am a proud co-author of AB 1599, which seeks to repeal Proposition 47 and rein in California’s crime wave. When Prop. 47 passed in 2014, voters were told that this so-called "Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act” would provide needed criminal justice reform. In reality, it has been a disaster for public safety, taking away the tools we need to rehabilitate drug offenders and opening the door for rampant retail theft…
Because of you, our blood drives have been a huge success and we continue to exceed our donation goals! I am proud to once again partner with the American Red Cross and the City of Murrieta to host another community blood drive as we work together to address the current critical supply shortage.When: Friday, March 25th, 2022Time: 09:30 AM - 03:30 PMLocation: Alderwood Park Clubhouse, 28610 Baxter Road, Murrieta, CA To schedule your life-saving appointment, please visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter code: Seyarto You can also click HERE. Every 2 seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Accident…
California’s highest-in-the-nation gas prices are setting records and are only expected to get worse.   The average price is now over $5 per gallon and more than a dollar above the national average.   On Saturday, right here in Riverside County, the average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline rose 9.8 cents to $5.134, one day after recording its largest increase since July 2015.   A recent report noted that California’s taxes, fees, and regulations increased gas prices by $1.27 per gallon. Worse, that number is set to rise even more when California imposes another $500 million in…
Every March, in celebration of Women’s History Month, the California Legislative Women’s Caucus invites State Assemblymembers to select an outstanding woman from their district to recognize her significant contributions to her community. I am proud to honor Ruth Atkins as the 2022 Woman of the Year for our 67th Assembly District.   Ruth Atkins moved to the Lake Elsinore Valley in the early 1990s and immediately immersed herself in civic organizations, including the Lake Elsinore Historical Society, serving as a member of the board and later as Board President, a title she held for an…
February is American Heart Month.    Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in America, and sadly 1 in 3 women are diagnosed with heart-related conditions every year. However, according to the American Heart Association, close to 80% of these cases can be prevented through education and simple lifestyle changes.   We often worry about the well-being of our family members, but it is also important to take time to focus on your own health and self-care needs.   Please take a moment to review this helpful information from The American Heart Association:  Learn About the Factors…
Today I joined with many of my Assembly and Senate colleagues to motion for a vote to officially end the State of Emergency in California.   If California can host the Super Bowl, we are no longer in an emergency.   Under the California Emergency Services Act, the Governor is required to terminate the State of Emergency “at the earliest possible date that conditions warrant.”   In the event that this requirement is not upheld, the Legislature has the power to terminate the emergency by concurrent resolution.   Many Republican and Democratic governors across the country have rightfully ended…
I am proud to introduce my 2022 Government Reform Bill Package to bring more clarity and accountability to California’s state government.    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 legislation would clarify that the governor’s…
AB 1400, California’s proposed government-run single-payer healthcare system, has been defeated. Due to lack of votes, the author decided not to put the bill up for a vote consideration on the Assembly floor, and with the legislative deadline ending today, this bill is no longer moving forward.   This bill would have put the state government, and an unelected and unaccountable nine-member board, in charge of your health coverage, and would have eliminated healthcare choice.  The costs of AB 1400 alone would drastically exceed the amount of the ENTIRE budget of California and would have…