Elder financial abuse

Assembly Bill 1754, a bill I authored to protect vulnerable seniors and dependent adults, passed the Assembly Floor and will now head to the Senate. AB 1754 will help elder and dependent adult victims of financial crimes deal with the severe emotional and financial trauma that can result from these crimes. AB 1754 sets up […]

California’s housing crisis

California is the nation’s largest state, with a population estimated at just over 39 million. The availability of housing has not kept up with population growth. As is so often the case in California, government intervention has been counterproductive, resulting in an inadequate supply and skyrocketing housing costs, along with a lack of sustainable water […]

Woman’s Club a legacy of service past and present

The Woman’s Club of Vista recently held their centennial celebration and I, along with Assemblyman Rocky Chavez, was pleased to mark the occasion with a special Joint Assembly Resolution. Clearly the Woman’s Club didn’t reach this milestone anniversary by chance. In an ever-changing world, their dedicated effort to make a meaningful difference in the lives of […]

Waldron Assembly bills moving

The Legislature is moving into the frantic last few months of the current session, and I am happy to report two more of my bills, AB 1754 and AB 1764 appear to be progressing toward final Assembly approval. Since San Diego County is home to a large retired population, it also attracts criminals who prey […]

There’s a lot of legislating going on

April has been a busy month in Sacramento. Happily, many of my bills are moving forward, including Assembly Bills 2227 and 2061. In an effort to reduce reckless driving caused by repeat offenders, AB 2227 provides that a person who drives with a suspended license and who causes bodily injury to another person must serve […]

Creating new sources of water

Since agriculture in our region depends largely on imported water, I have long supported initiatives to increase local supplies, including the use of recycled water. As many of you know, while a member of the Escondido City Council, I was an early supporter of a plan to use treated wastewater to irrigate citrus and avocado […]

Freedom’s cost is high

Freedom is not free. In fact, the price is incalculable. Our liberties are purchased with the most precious currency imaginable, the lives of young men and women who voluntarily place themselves in jeopardy so that the rest of us can live out our lives in freedom and security. The cost of freedom was brought home […]

Protecting lost and abandoned animals

After over 70 years of debate, I have introduced legislation that, for the first time under California statute, will prohibit the acquisition of live animals abandoned at public or private shelters for use in laboratory research. By the 1940s several states passed “pound seizure” legislation, which required shelters to provide dogs and cats to research […]

Learning the arts is academic

School districts in North County San Diego recently hit a high note when they were recognized by the California Alliance for Arts Education for enhancing student scholastic experience through robust arts education programs. The results were music to the ears of San Marcos, San Pasqual and Vista Unified School Districts when students recently performed at […]