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Mixed priorities

This session several important bills were blocked in the Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committees. While good bills died, others like allowing felons to serve on juries got... — Updated 9/13/2019 Full story


Help for loved ones

Assisted outpatient treatment is one of the most effective tools available for treating severely mentally ill persons. Legislation known as Laura’s Law was introduced in 2001 by... — Updated 9/6/2019 Full story


A win comes through for homeowners

In a big win for California homeowners, the state Supreme Court upheld lower court rulings that direct the state to return $331 million it diverted from Californian’s with... — Updated 8/30/2019 Full story


Help is on the way for first responders

Our first responders make lots of sacrifices to protect the rest of us and this can take a toll on them, as well as their families. In a 2016 behavioral health study, roughly... — Updated 8/21/2019 Full story


Notice Southern California's water portfolio

This region has made tremendous strides toward diversifying its water portfolio. In Riverside County, groundwater desalination is moving forward to take full advantage of all... — Updated 8/15/2019 Full story


Helping wildlife

Caring for animals, including California’s native wildlife, is one of my passions. Last session my legislation setting up the Native California Wildlife Rehabilitation Fund was... — Updated 8/9/2019 Full story


Relief is on the way

People who drive Interstate 15 in southwest Riverside or northern San Diego counties are no strangers to traffic jams. In fact, with 205,000 cars daily, the section through... — Updated 8/1/2019 Full story


Arts and culture in California

The California Arts Council has established 14 state-designated Cultural Districts, including three in San Diego County. These Cultural Districts are a direct result of Assembly... — Updated 7/25/2019 Full story


Californians must plan their emergency response

California is no stranger to natural and man-made emergencies. The recent quakes in Kern and San Bernardino counties are another reminder that living in the Golden State has a... — Updated 7/18/2019 Full story


Developmentally disabled – We are listening

The Assembly Select Committee on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities works to assist all Californians with developmental disabilities through advocacy and research, and by... — Updated 7/4/2019 Full story


Science works for our growers

The spotted lantern fly, a Chinese pest first detected in Pennsylvania, is headed to California. It attacks many crops, including wine grapes and avocados. To combat this major... — Updated 6/27/2019 Full story


Saluting REINS as the 75th Assembly District Nonprofit of the Year

I joined 119 state Senators and Assemblymembers on the South Lawn of the Capitol June 5, as we participated in the fourth annual California Nonprofits Day to recognize and honor... — Updated 6/21/2019 Full story


Help for youth addiction

Every two days a young person in California dies from an opioid overdose. More and more opioid dependent children are treated in emergency departments than ever before ... — Updated 6/13/2019 Full story


Enjoy our agricultural bounty

The northern San Diego County region plays a big part in making California the nation’s leading agricultural state. Locally grown crops that include avocados, citrus,... — Updated 5/30/2019 Full story


Keeping promises, spending wisely

Gov. Gavin Newsom just released his “May Revise,” which updates the preliminary budget he released in January to serve as a discussion starter leading up to the legislative... — Updated 5/23/2019 Full story


Small business is vital

Small business drives our local and state economies, a fact recognized by Gov. Gavin Newsom recently when he issued a proclamation declaring May 2019 Small Business Month in Califor... — Updated 5/16/2019


Let's honor and help our veterans

May is National Military Appreciation Month, and includes several national observances honoring our veterans and their families. These include Victory in Europe Day May 8, Military... — Updated 5/10/2019 Full story


Animal Stewardship

Since joining the Legislature, I have written, co-written and supported numerous bills aimed at protecting pets and wildlife. Fortunately, most of this legislation is now law.  My... — Updated 5/3/2019 Full story


Mental Health and Addiction

Mental health and drug addiction are often co-occurring disorders, with a big impact. I have been working on commonsense, bipartisan solutions to these problems since my days on... — Updated 4/25/2019 Full story


Preventing Wildfires

Over the past few years, the Ceder, Witch, Cocos, Guejito, Paradise and Lilac fires have taught us a lot.  The need to be proactive is critical. That’s why I introduced Assembly... — Updated 4/19/2019 Full story


Equal pay is a no-brainer

April 2 was National Equal Pay Day, which marks the extra time an average woman has to work to take home what a man earned last year. As a member of the California Pay Equity Task... — Updated 4/12/2019


Memorial sign for hometown hero Cory Iverson is unveiled

This week a solemn ceremony took place in Escondido unveiling the big green signs to designate a portion of Interstate 15 in Escondido, as “Cal Fire Firefighter Cory Iverson... — Updated 3/21/2019 Full story


Are you reclassified?

Are you a real estate agent, salon worker, trucker or lawyer? Do you work in or own a small business?  Last year’s California Supreme Court ruling involving independent... — Updated 3/13/2019


Save lives in California with medication-assisted treatments

California’s opioid and heroin use disorder has become a major threat to public health, especially among the young.  Drug overdose, mostly from opioids, is the leading cause of... — Updated 3/8/2019


Can't see a doctor?

We have some of the best medical care in the world, but accessing that care can be difficult for millions of Californians. Unfortunately, we don’t have enough doctors and... — Updated 2/28/2019 Full story


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