Making California Business-Friendly Again
I’m a business owner. The high cost of doing business here is ridiculous. Taxes, regulations, and fees all take their toll. No wonder California constantly ranks as one of the least business-friendly states, and nearly every week we hear of another business fleeing our state.
As your Assemblywoman, I will oppose new taxes, and work to roll back both taxes and onerous regulations that harm our businesses and destroy local jobs.
Keeping Us Safe
As your Assemblywoman, I will fight to make sure that we punish criminals, not let them loose with a slap on the wrist.
Improving Our Schools
- K-12 Education budget has increased $26B in the past six years
- National public average score for California is 263 out of 500. Not significantly different than TX 260.
- Texas has more instruction staff and teacher in public K-12 schools vs CA (Teachers 356,920 Texas vs 274,450 CA)
- Total students per teacher: CA 22.7 vs Texas 15.1
- Prop 1A in 1998 $9.2B
- Prop 47 in 2002 $13.05B
- Prop 55 in 2004 $12.3B
- Prop 1D in 2005 $10.4B
- Prop 51 in 2016 $9B
From 2002-2016 there was $45B in school bonds (4 BONDS). Since 2002 school districts have raised $10B from developer fees. Six years ago (2013) (Local Control Funding) Governor Jerry Brown revamped state funding for local school districts. to provide more money to districts which were disproportionately funded. Since then state spending on K-12 has increased almost 50%. This is not acceptable!
The homeless epidemic is out of control fueled by drug addiction, mental health problems, and the lack of affordable housing.
California saw the largest spike to its homeless population with an increase of 21,306 people in 2019, which was more than the total national increase of every other state combined.
At last official count 151,278 individuals are homeless in California. Roughly one in four homeless Americans live in California.
Newsom said a year ago that he wanted to build housing on unused state property. In 2018 California voters approved $4 billion in bonds for affordable housing. The states also allowed up to $140 million each year in existing county mental-health funds to pay for housing homeless people with mental illness. Lawmakers also allocated $1 Billion in the 2019 budget for homeless and mental health services.
Now Governor Newsom’s Executive Order (N-23-20) allocates $750 million to build more affordable housing units. His ‘housing-first’ approach does not make housing conditional on sobriety.
As legislators continue to pour money into housing programs, perhaps they should think more about how to address the broken system responsible for the mess.
We must tackle this crisis head-on. People have little incentive to do treatment when there is no threat of jail time. That means providing substance abuse treatment for those who are willing to accept it; making sure they follow up with mental health or drug counselors after they leave jail, expanding public, private and faith-based mental health services; and even reducing the regulatory costs that are helping to drive up the cost of housing.
Revitalizing Downtown Districts
CA Opioid Epidemic
Drug overdoses are a leading cause of injury death in the United States, resulting in approximately 52,000 deaths in 2015. As fentanyl has become more prevalent in California, the state has seen an increase in opioid overdose deaths in 2019 and 2020. This drug is 50-100 times more potent than morphine. The surge of deaths is made illicitly in China and imported to the U.S. via the mail or via Mexican drug cartels. We must work to ensure all schools are implementing the Health Education Content Standards for Public Schools. These conversations are important. The truth is important.