We should stop wasting water

As most of you know, water remains one of the most pressing issues facing our state and region. Whether or not our drought is ending cannot yet be determined, though future droughts are a certainty. I have long supported initiatives that would increase local water supplies. While a member of the Escondido City Council, I […]

Supporting our veterans

Though many government programs impacting our country’s veterans originate at the federal level, whenever possible I will continue to support state initiatives to improve the lives of California’s large, growing veteran’s population. With well over 200,000 veterans calling this region home, it is also important to encourage and support nongovernmental organizations and local businesses when […]

Innovations in health care in California

Innovations in health care in California

Ensuring the availability of high quality health care, especially for those suffering from chronic diseases, is one of my top priorities in Sacramento. Consequently, I was deeply honored to receive the 2015 Life Sciences Champion Award from the California Life Sciences Association and another recent award naming me the California Chronic Care Coalition’s Legislator of the […]

Human trafficking: A San Diego County scourge

I am pleased to co-author Senate Concurrent Resolution 88 (SCR 88) which proclaims January 2016 as Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Human trafficking, a form of modern day slavery, has become increasingly prevalent, placing the United States in the top three world trafficking destinations. Unfortunately, San Diego’s involvement in this repugnant crime wave is significant. A […]

Looking forward to a productive New Year

The first half of the 2015-2016 legislative session is now history. As we move forward, challenges remain and contentious debate about many issues is likely. Even so, there is hope for a constructive year. Fortunately, there seems to be a growing consensus among the newer members that California’s economic problems cannot be solved by ever-increasing […]

OPINION: Celebrating good citizens

OPINION: Celebrating good citizens

  Looking back on 2015, our office has been extremely busy!  Our work can be both challenging, yet rewarding. Throughout this region, from Escondido and San Marcos to Temecula, there are outstanding citizens, businesses and community organizations that have made a meaningful difference.  Over the year, my role in the State Assembly has allowed me […]

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