The people’s right to recall

The two-thirds super-majority held by Democrats in Sacramento has allowed them to pass the largest gasoline tax increase in state history. This huge tax and fee increase has proven to be extremely unpopular. Recent polls suggest that 58 percent of registered voters disapprove. In fact, 72 percent of the Inland Empire, which is part of […]

Health care is costly, never free

The projected cost of a new government-run health care plan proposed in Sacramento is $400 billion. That amount is twice the state’s budget. Costing around $22,000 for every employed person in California, that’s a massive new tax to pay for “free” health care for all. Senate Bill 562, by Senator Ricardo Lara, D – Bell […]

Agriculture is vital

This week at the San Diego County Farm Bureau’s annual installation and awards celebration in Fallbrook, I was proud to recognize Gary Crouch with an Assembly Resolution honoring him as “Farmer of the Year.” As the owner of Mountain Meadow Mushrooms, Crouch has been active in the Farm Bureau for decades and was one of the […]

Honoring California’s peace officers

The annual ceremony at the California Peace Officer’s Memorial honoring officers killed in the line of duty was held in Capitol Park in Sacramento last week.  Over 3,000 men and women in uniform traveled to Sacramento to attend, including Governor Jerry Brown, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom and other state officials. The ceremony which includes a […]

The clock is ticking

This year over 2,800 bills, an excessive number in my view, were introduced in Sacramento. Many have a fiscal impact, which means they must be referred to the Appropriations Committee, the last stop for fiscal bills before they are presented to the full Assembly or Senate for a final floor vote. With so many bills […]

Transparency in government is not optional

Recently, the California state auditor revealed that the office of the president of the University of California did not disclose to the University of California board of regents, to the Legislature or to the public that it was holding $175 million in reserve funds for fiscal year 2015-2016. The report reveals that the office of […]

Awareness of genetic testing saves lives

Getting a diagnosis of cancer can be scary and uncertain. As a member of the Assembly Health Committee, I am seeking ways to improve access to new and innovative treatments, cures and therapies to prevent diseases and save lives. This session I introduced Assembly Bill 1386, establishing a women’s health pilot program to raise awareness […]

A Pothole in the Wallet

Special interests and bought-off legislators recently passed the largest gasoline tax increase in California history, probably in American history. And not one new highway mile will be built to help reduce congestion … not one! Last session, I introduced Assembly Bill X1-14 during the transportation special session called by the governor. My bill required a formal commitment […]

Mental health and drug abuse is a dual issue

As a member of the Assembly Health Committee and the bipartisan Mental Health Caucus, the critical problem of co-occurring disorders, mental health and drug addiction, leads to increasing crime and homelessness and ultimately impacts safety throughout California. This session I have introduced two bills which will address treatment issues for inmates in county jails with […]

Hosed at the pump

That’s the message from Governor Brown and his Sacramento allies as they passed Senate Bill 1, imposing massive tax increases on California’s motorists. Our worn-out roads are a direct result of failed leadership and broken promises, not a lack of money.  Californians already pay among the highest fuel and vehicle fees in the nation. Even […]