The Lines Have Changed, But I Haven’t!
My first three years in the California Legislature have been among the most tumultuous in our State’s history. Budget battles, water wars, and education extractions dominated 2009-2010; in 2011, redevelopment and realignment took center stage.
Also dominating 2011, our first-ever decennial Citizens Redistricting Commission process that brought change throughout California. While I continue to vigorously represent my current constituents in the 8th Assembly District (Solano and Yolo counties), my hat’s now in-the-ring for the new 4th Assembly District which includes all or parts of six counties: Colusa, Lake, Napa, Solano (Dixon), Sonoma (Rohnert Park), and Yolo.
Although the district lines have changed, I have not. I will continue to focus on the issues most important to all Californians--education, healthcare, and public safety. District priorities include protecting agriculture and precious water resources. My personal interests in aging and long-term care and services to veterans and working families remain strong.
Also, more now than ever, people want JOBS. For those able to work, employment is the winning ticket to self-sufficiency. We must find ways to get people back-to-work.
These are difficult times, indeed, but as many of you know, I have never shied away from a tough fight. There is so much more work to be done.
Serving on your behalf is a privilege, and I want to thank you for your past support and encouragement. I hope I can count on you as we work together to restore hope and reform to state government so that all Californians can see a brighter future.