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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

 

Taxing water, really?

California lawmakers recognized water as a basic human right in 2012. Since then, voters have approved over $10 billion in bonds to fund statewide water projects, yet for some... — Updated 2/21/2019

 

Developmental disabilities deserve funding

California has been transitioning from residential to community-based care for people with developmental disabilities, with the state expecting to see substantial cost savings. Whil... — Updated 2/8/2019

 

Wise savings made for California

California appears to be flush with cash. Last November, the Legislative Analyst’s office reported a $14.8 billion surplus for the fiscal year beginning July 1. That was later... — Updated 1/31/2019

 

Big issues are on the table

California has a new governor, a new budget plan and a new legislative session that just began. Needless to say, many important issues will be discussed in Sacramento over the... — Updated 1/24/2019

 

Split Roll?

As most people know, Proposition 13 limits annual property tax increases to a maximum of 2 percent each year and continues to save California homeowners money ever since it was over... — Updated 1/17/2019

 

California legislators go back to 2019 session

The California Capitol saw 120 California legislators assemble Jan. 7, to begin the 2019-2020 session. Almost 3,000 bills will probably be introduced over the next few weeks. Some... — Updated 1/10/2019

 

Support our students

As the mother of a high school senior who just completed his college applications, I realize the importance of encouraging academic success. That’s why I’m so happy to support... — Updated 1/4/2019

 

A Capitol Christmas Tradition continues

Holiday celebrations began in the California State Capitol in 1869 when the building first opened. Past governors decorated the Capitol with wreaths and their offices with trees,... — Updated 12/27/2018

 

Keep it local

When you’re out shopping for that last-minute gift or for someone hard to please, don’t forget to take a look at some of the offerings from our locally owned businesses. From... — Updated 12/20/2018

 

I am back at it

Last week the state Legislature returned to the state Capitol where I joined Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon to welcome our colleagues for a brief and mostly ceremonial session to... — Updated 12/14/2018

 

Welcome to the Grape State of California

Last week the Assembly Select committee on Wine and also the Governmental Organization Committee met in San Diego to discuss issues facing California’s wine industry. The... — Updated 12/7/2018 Full story

 

Big changes in Sacramento

The Legislature will convene Dec. 3, for one day to swear in new members and start the 2019-2020 two-year session, that will begin in earnest Jan. 7. Big changes are coming to... — Updated 11/22/2018

 

Honoring Service and Leadership

Over the past year I have been honored to recognize dozens of organizations and individuals that protect and serve the public, assist those in need, educate our youth and help keep... — Updated 11/16/2018 Full story

 

DMV updates are on the way

The Department of Motor Vehicles has been in the news a lot recently. Problems have included long wait times, computer crashes and voter registration errors. The DMV is just one... — Updated 11/9/2018

 

Intellectual and developmental disabilities matter

As a member of the bipartisan Assembly Select Committee on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, chaired by Assemblyman Jim Frazier, D – Fairfield, I invite you to... — Updated 11/1/2018

 

Affordable California?

Upset about the high cost of living in California? Some call it the “Sunshine Tax,” the price residents pay to live here, but that price has become unbearable. Families,... — Updated 10/25/2018

 

Health care access matters

Access to affordable health care, keeping your own doctor, covering pre-existing conditions, expanding mental health and substance use disorder treatments and children’s health... — Updated 10/19/2018

 

Business matters

California is the world’s fifth largest economy, but when our cost of living is considered, we have the nation’s highest poverty rate and some of the nation’s highest taxes... — Updated 9/27/2018

 

Improve health care access

CHBRP is a strange sounding acronym for an important program providing Californians with better health care policy at lower costs. The California Health Benefit Review Program... — Updated 9/21/2018

 

Rebuilding after the Lilac Fire

Last December’s Lilac Fire that devastated 4,100 acres in the Bonsall/Fallbrook area of my district, destroyed over 157 structures, including 75 manufactured/modular homes in... — Updated 9/13/2018

 

Focus on first responders

California’s recent fires remind residents of the importance of direct, rapid and coordinated response during emergencies. The safety of first responders can be seriously... — Updated 9/6/2018

 

Legislature must act on wildfires

This past year some of the worst wildfires in California history have killed 52 people, destroyed thousands of homes and scorched an area larger than greater Los Angeles. Surviving... — Updated 8/22/2018

 

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