My home is here in the Bay Area and I understand the challenges we face – from the quality of schools to the skyrocketing costs of living to the homelessness crisis on our streets. I know these problems because I was born and raised in this community. I am running for re-election so we can fight for our home. I am committed to bringing affordable housing, investments in education, expanded transit, universal health care and climate adaptations to the Bay Area. I hope to continue being able to serve you.

Taking Action on Gun Violence

After Sandy Hook ten years ago, we said never again. Since then, there have been 3,865 mass shootings. It is far too easy for dangerous individuals to obtain firearms with the primary objective to harm others. The time to act is long overdue. Every day we don’t act, more lives are cut short. We need to act now. As your Assemblymember, I pledge to continue to work tirelessly to pass critically needed measures to end gun violence. We must act now. The gun violence must end. Join me in our fight for sensible gun laws:

  • Voted for AB1621 which bans the manufacturing, possession or sale of guns that don’t meet federal standards around background checks and would require serial numbers on all guns, tightening ghost gun laws
  • Voted for AB1769  which prohibits the sale of firearms, firearm precursor parts and ammunition at the Ventura County Fair and Ventura County Event Center
  • Voted for AB2156 which expands the prohibitions on the manufacture of firearms without proper state licensing
  • Voted for AB2552, increasing the fines on gun show producers and vendors who fail to comply with specified requirements, and requires the DOJ to conduct annual inspections of one-half of all gun shows and events 
  • Voted for AB2239 creating a 10-year firearm prohibition for individuals convicted of child abuse and elder and dependent adult abuse involving violence. 
  • Supporting Governor Newsom’s SB1327 to allow for citizen action in enforcing assault weapon and ghost gun laws
  • Supporting SB1384 which would require firearms dealers to install audio and video surveillance systems in stores and purchase insurance and preventing “straw purchases”
  • Supporting the reinstatement of a nationwide ban on assault weapons 
  • Supporting mandatory state and national gun registration
  • Supporting universal mandatory background-checks for all gun sales
  • Supporting mandatory trigger locks that require a fingerprint to be discharged 
  • Supporting safe storage legislation
  • Supporting local agencies to better enforce red flag laws

Fixing the Housing & Homelessness Crisis

We must address the skyrocketing cost of housing and the growing homelessness crisis on our streets. As your Assemblymember, I’m working to:

  • Create social housing that will put us in the driver’s seat of community development so we can build beautiful, sustainable, and mixed-income neighborhoods without relying on the for-profit developers
  • Promote smart growth policies that will create more mixed-use housing in dense areas that are available to mixed-income levels
  • Invest in supportive services for increased access to programs and housing for all Californians experiencing homelessness
  • Lower barriers for seniors who want to sell their homes to create more housing opportunities
  • Create stronger tenant protections to help people stay in their homes
  • Enact rent forgiveness for residents and businesses who have been unable to pay because of the COVID-19 pandemic

Investing in our Schools & Colleges

The greatest tool of socioeconomic mobility should be education. However, California remains subpar in the nation for K-12 per-pupil spending and still has enormous barriers to accessing higher education. If Silicon Valley is going to continue to be the global hub of innovation, our state needs to have a world-class educational system to produce the next generation of leaders and thinkers. ​As your Assemblymember, I’m working to:

  • Create tuition-free college for Californians ​
  • Increase investment in K-12 public schools
  • Reinvest in and expand career technical education programs
  • Create equal pathways of opportunity after graduation ​
  • Push for stronger wages for teachers

Guaranteeing Healthcare for All

For the wealthiest state in the wealthiest nation in the world, our spending on health care outcomes is abysmal. Many Californians still lack health insurance and, even when they do have health insurance, they cannot afford the egregious copays, predatory fees and costly drugs. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us that employment-based health care does not work. Only by guaranteeing health care for all can we ensure the physical and mental health of our people as well as our economy. As your Assemblymember, I’m working on:

  • Universal health care for everyone
  • Crackdowns on predatory health fees and charges
  • Lower drugs costs
  • Protecting reproductive freedom

Ending Corporate Influence in Politics

Our government works best when more people are at the table, making decisions. We need to take out the undue influence of special interests and dark money in policy-making. Only by empowering everyday Californians and matching the power of special interests can we make a democracy that works for everyone. As your Assemblymember, I’m working to:

  • Ban corporate contributions to political campaigns
  • Stop foreign influence in our elections
  • Establish publicly financed campaigns
  • Lower the voting age

Combating Climate Change

Climate change is an existential threat to all of us. We’ve seen it in California’s droughts and destructive fires. We are on the precipice of a climate disaster. Even though California has remained a leader in mitigating climate change, we must do more to reduce carbon emissions and pollution. As your Assemblymember, I’m working on:

  • Reducing single-use plastics
  • Ending fracking and our reliance on fossil fuels
  • Sustainable community development that brings homes closer to jobs
  • Public ownership of our energy grid
  • Expanding recycling efforts (including EV batteries) and biomass efficiency
  • Growing our sustainability and green jobs through the California Green New Deal

Reducing Traffic and Improving Transportation

We have to make it easier for people to get to work or school without sitting in hours of traffic or driving a single-occupancy private vehicle. We need convenient, reliable public transportation options with less crowding and rush hour headaches. As your Assemblymember, I’m working on achieving:

  • Convenient cross-bay transportation options
  • Expanded bike infrastructure and last-mile connections
  • Expanded bus and rail coverage
  • Affordability of electric and alternative fuel vehicles
  • A merger of all Bay Area transit agencies 

A Woman's Right to Choose

Abortion rights are under direct attack. Here in California, we are fighting back. I will continue to fight for more funding for women’s reproductive health services and for healthcare for all, so everyone has the medical care they need.