April 18, 2011

THE TOUGHEST BUDGET

There are heart-breaking decisions to be made this month in Sacramento. The Governor says state revenue has fallen by an astronomical 27 percent this year and he is calling for an "all cuts" budget to solve the deficit.

April 18, 2011

MAKING BIG ALCOHOL PAY FOR ITS DEVASTATION

April 18, 2011

INFORMATION IS POWER – TELL YOUR STORY

This recession has dimmed the lives and dreams of millions of Californians.

The state unemployment rate hit 10.5 percent in February; more than 1.9 million Californians were out of work.

People have lost their careers. They’ve lost their health benefits. They’ve lost their homes. In some cases, their children have also lost an opportunity to attend college.

April 18, 2011

CHANGING FOSTER CARE

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

HELPING OUR SENIORS

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

HELPING CALIFORNIANS

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

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

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

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: