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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


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


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