Honored to Be Your New Assemblymember

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 Employment Development Department.

AB 12 is an urgency measure that will require EDD to stop including an individual’s personal Social Security number on mailed documents by July of this year. This simple adjustment will safeguard Californians and their privacy while also helping to reduce the backlog of millions of claims held up by fraud. Full social security numbers are being incorrectly delivered to strangers while others wait for months for benefits. This is unacceptable and Californians deserve better service from their government.

In addition to working towards streamlining government agencies and improving their services, I will be focusing my efforts in Sacramento on issues important to our district. These include taxpayer protections, promoting public safety, forest fire management, infrastructure improvements, and working towards an economic recovery that supports both small business owners and workers.

California is facing an economic crisis like no other. We need to get people back to work safely. We will also need to take a long hard look at reducing the cost of living and improving quality of life to ensure all Californians and businesses can afford to stay in our beautiful state.

I am looking forward to this upcoming legislative year and I am very grateful for this opportunity to be of service. Please take a moment to visit my website at www.asm.ca.gov/67 and follow me on social media.

 It is privilege to be your voice in Sacramento. Thank you.