Creating Better Schools
Despite the fact that California has recently made desperately needed and promising improvements to our education systems – it’s still a sad fact that when it comes to per-pupil spending, our state still ranks among the lowest in the nation. That's why I firmly believe we must fully fund our neighborhood schools by identifying the means and allocating the resources to invest significantly more in our kids and their education. Such a commitment would allow for shrinking class sizes, hiring more teachers, broadening and expand early education and after-school and extracurricular programs, with an increased emphasis on Arts and music, thereby enriching our students’ academic experience and ensuring they receive a well-rounded education that allows them to compete and thrive in a rapidly changing world.
Safeguarding our Air and Water
The debate as to the facts on climate change is over. It's now time to make certain that California continues to lead the way on addressing and adjusting to climate change by advancing smart policies that combat pollution and invest more in clean, green and renewable energy power, like wind and solar. Doing so, and doing so smartly, will simultaneously protect our environment while driving the next generation of green technologies, which will allow us to preserve California’s quality of life while creating well-paying local jobs.
A California Economy that Works for All
With the global economy evolving so rapidly, it's critically important that we do everything in our power to ensure that California remains economically competitive, while at the same time supporting a robust and expanding middle class. The way to accomplish this is to support the education and training of an adaptable, technology-oriented, and skilled workforce through well led public schools and affordable public universities, while simultaneously ensuring that our state continues to invest in our people through job training, infrastructure investment, and support for small businesses, all while safeguarding the rights of workers and the development of an adequate supply of affordable housing.
Expanding Access to Healthcare
The Affordable Care Act made some monumental gains, from protecting those with pre-existing conditions to lowering the cost of care, to allowing children to stay on their parents’ healthcare plans until the age of 26, to expanding Medicaid. Despite the ways that the ACA contributed to expanding and improving coverage and care, the reality is that there is still a long way to go in terms of ensuring high-quality, affordable healthcare for all Californians. It’s my belief that, if legislators and stakeholders can find ways to better work together, California can build on the success of the ACA by expanding and improving upon it to ensure that everyone gets access to the care they need.
Ensuring Safe Neighborhoods
Every community deserves safe neighborhoods. The way to achieve this is by providing our public safety, emergency response and law enforcement agencies the tools and resources they need to do their jobs -- and to do it well. With the increase of wildfires due to climate change, we must also think differently and creatively about new technologies to address this growing challenge throughout our state.
Equal Rights for All
Whether it's human rights, civil rights, voting rights, women's rights, LGBTQ rights, immigrants' rights or consumers' rights, I’m a firm believer in ensuring that California is a safe, inclusive and compassionate state that protects the rights of all of its citizens.