In the News

April 18, 2011


A bi-partisan effort to fundamentally improve California's approach to foster care is gathering steam in the State Capitol.

The Governor along with some Republican legislators have expressed their support for Assembly Bill 12, legislation that I introduced to extend foster care to age 21 with the help of federal funding.

April 18, 2011

Let's Make This A True Season Of Cheer

Foreclosures. Deficits. Layoffs. Wall Street bailouts.

We're overwhelmed with bad news and uncertainty. Many of us or someone we know have been affected by the collapsing economy.

But I'm confident that we'll climb out of this morass because Americans won't settle for anything less, and they said so on Nov. 4. We have a new president with a new direction: Nurture the middle class.

April 18, 2011


April 18, 2011


Seniors are confronted with a unique set of economic pressures. Many are on fixed incomes but yet they are forced to devote a large share of their money on health care and prescriptions. At the same time, their incomes may be higher than the outmoded federal
poverty guideline, preventing them from qualifying for crucial public benefits.

April 18, 2011

The Budget

Signed. Sealed. Delivered. Almost three months late, the Legislature and the Governor finally agreed on a state budget.

April 18, 2011

Simple Majority, Yes! Two-Thirds Requirement, No!

The survey is clear: California's two-thirds super majority to pass a budget must go.

By a large margin, people responding to my survey request in October overwhelmingly support allowing the Legislature to adopt a budget with a simple majority.

A resounding 70 percent answered "yes" to the question, "Should state law be changed to allow the California Legislature to adopt a budget by a simple majority vote?"

April 18, 2011

The Budget Dilemma: Obtaining a Two-Thirds Majority

Time after time in polls and town halls, the people have told us they don't want education cut and they don't want the safety net shredded.

But there has been another issue on their minds: Why can't the state legislature pass a budget on time? What's the problem?

April 18, 2011

Assembly District 24 Legislation Passed

Overshadowed by the controversy of the state budget were many less publicized victories. In all, 14 of my bills were approved by the Legislature - three of them are especially critical to the well being of Californians and I want to highlight them first:

April 18, 2011


The polls were open for two months and the results in Assembly District 24 are overwhelming: Nearly three-quarters of respondents support raising the excise tax on beer to help fund health, law enforcement, and treatment and prevention programs.

April 18, 2011


Tell Michael Garcia about the Governor's proposed deep cuts to human service programs and he'll reply, "They're ripping the rug of hope out from under us.''