Health Opinion: Political activists deliberately distort the GOP’s take on health care, says AMAC

Association of Mature American Citizens Special to Valley News WASHINGTON, DC – “The impotence and the impudence of obstructionists on the issue of “Obamacare” came to the fore earlier this week when spokesman Jonathan Gruber had the nerve to once again tell a bald-faced lie on national TV,” says Dan Weber, president of the Association […]

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 […]

Sanctuary state bill could be opportunity for California split

Although the legislation which if passed would make the entirety of California a “sanctuary state” for those entering the country illegally is philosophically distasteful for residents of many California counties, it may also present a greater opportunity to split California into multiple states. In recent years, agricultural interests have advocated splitting California into multiple states […]