Current Job: Assemblymember, 27th Assembly District
Top 3 Priorities if Elected:
Job development in healthcare and health promotion in the Central Coast region through expanded curriculum and training programs at Community Colleges, CSU and UC. Protection of agriculture, hospitality/tourism, and education as three major employers in Central Coast region. Eliminate tax benefits for out-of-state companies and corportations. As a member of the Assembly I have co-authored successful legislation to crack down on the "underground economy" with bipartisan support…Protect law abiding employers and workers.
I have won the endorsements of the California
Sierra Club and the California League of Conservations Voters because of my
strong voting record on environmental legislation. I have been a strong
supporter of our California State
system and have voted to keep our parks open.
I strongly believe that we can protect and promote environmental
stewardship in a manner that builds our economy. In the Central Coast region, our pristine marine, coastal, and inland
natural resources are the primary draw of our tourism and hospitality
As a member of the California State Assembly I have fought to protect childcare, early child education, K-12, and higher education. I support passage of PROPOSITION 30 as critical to maintaining funding levels for education. I oppose PROPOSITION 32 as taking away the First Amendment rights of organized labor including teachers to have a voice in California's political process. I supported and will continue to support elimination of tax advantages for out of state corporations over California-based companies and will work to direct that revenue to offset tuition and fees for middle income families with students at UC, CSU, and community colleges.
As the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Health, I am proud of my achievements in the promotion of health and wellness and my legislative success aligning California to implement the Affordable Care Act (ACA). I will continue to be a strong advocate for good nutrition, health, exercise, and wellness in families, schools, and work places.