San Diego’s agriculture: food for the world

This region is a major contributor to California’s longstanding status as the nation’s leading agricultural state. Locally grown crops including citrus, avocados, strawberries, olives, grapes and cut flowers have put San Diego in the top tier of the nation’s agricultural counties. California’s 76,400 farms produce over one-third of the country’s vegetables and two-thirds of its […]

This session is winding down 

The Legislature recessed in July and returns Aug. 1. Hundreds of bills await final approval before the Legislature adjourns Aug. 31. Several of my bills passed the Assembly and are currently pending in the Senate. These include AB 59, which extends the sunset date for Laura’s Law, allowing counties to provide assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) […]

Saluting law enforcement

Now seems an appropriate time to salute the brave men and women of law enforcement. Without them, our lives of safety, security and freedom wouldn’t be possible. This region is fortunate to have the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, covering the unincorporated areas and the cities of Vista and San Marcos, along with two municipal […]

People are leaving

I always look forward to returning home, even when it’s only for a short break in the legislative session. Sadly, I’m often greeted by people I’ve known for years who tell me they are ‘fed up,’ and are leaving California for greener pastures elsewhere. California’s, high housing costs, the cost of commercial real estate, of electricity […]

Your input is very important

As you know, my Assembly duties keep me in Sacramento at least four days a week for most of the year. Staying informed and up-to-date about local issues or about how pending legislation may impact the district is essential, especially from 500 miles away. In-office meetings, phone calls, letters, emails and faxes are important tools […]

Safeguarding the elections process

During this primary election cycle in Riverside County, hundreds of voter record abnormalities were identified, a situation exacerbated on Election Day when voters whose records had been altered without their knowledge were threatened with disenfranchisement. In response, I am introducing legislation to update and secure California’s online voter registration procedures. Unauthorized voter record changes reported […]

Now the Senate decides

This year, 12 of my bills made it through the Assembly. Their fate will now be decided in the Senate, which has until the end of August for up or down votes. At this point, having received bipartisan support for most of my legislative package in the Assembly, I am optimistic about the prognosis. My […]

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 […]