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April 18, 2011


Since August, I’ve been out in the community listening to people talk about the issues and events affecting their lives. Time after time, they are telling me this recession is hitting them hard.

They are losing their jobs, their health coverage, and their homes. Their children’s dreams of attending college are vanishing.

These folks have played by the rules all their lives only to find out there was a different set of rules for us and Wall Street. To be sure, they have a right to be angry.

April 18, 2011


I’ve been holding a series of informal meetings in Assembly District 24, touching base with people at coffee shops to hear what’s on their minds. Many have told me they are unemployed or they are worried about the lack of job opportunities.

California’s unemployment rate surged to 12.2 percent in September and economic forecasts predict it will remain above 10 percent until late 2011.

April 18, 2011

Got a state issue you want to discuss? Let's talk about it over a cup of coffee.

Come on over to the Le Boulanger, 1351 Lincoln Ave., San Jose, on Saturday, Aug. 29, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., meet me and tell me what's on your mind. I'd love to hear your ideas.

I'll be holding more meetings like this throughout Assembly District 24 so please check my website periodically for updates.

April 18, 2011

A few weeks ago on a warm Saturday morning, I sat down with dozens of constituents at a Willow Glen bakery. Anyone who wanted to tell me something was welcome to pull up a chair and talk to me.

April 18, 2011

Mental Health Parity

Assembly Bill 244, my proposal to require health insurance companies to provide treatment for mental disorders and substance abuse equitable to physical illnesses or injuries, has passed through the Assembly and has moved to the state Senate.

April 18, 2011


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


April 18, 2011


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


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.