Election Day is less than two weeks away, and there couldn't be more at stake. When it comes to making kids, families and seniors California's top priority, we need a leader in our state legislature with a real record of uniting the community together to make a difference for those most in need.
Throughout this election people have often asked me about the first bill I would introduce as an Assemblyman.
That’s an easy one for me – a bill that would expand a pilot program I helped launch that is working to increase school attendance, generate new revenue for schools and create brighter long-term outcomes for East Bay youth.
We've already knocked on nearly every front door in our district. This spot will allow us to reach nearly every living room – if we can keep it on the air through Election Day.
Because of you, our campaign for kids, families and seniors has defeated the odds. They told us we'd never get this far. Our historic grassroots campaign is fueled by the continual dedication, passion and heart that you've given this cause.
California Attorney General Kamala Harris hit the campaign trail for Democrat Tony Thurmond, lending her support to his campaign for State Assembly at a major event in Piedmont.
This week Elizabeth Echols, candidate for Assembly, broke her pledge and launched negative and false attacks against my campaign.
I am deeply disappointed and saddened because the attacks were personal – she even went so far as to include a picture of my family on her negative mail piece.
KQED recently reported that students in the University of California system are struggling to get critical mental health services. Even at UC Berkeley, demand is at an all-time high and health directors are raising a red flag, asking for more staffing and funding.
This week I am excited to announce the endorsement of the Sunflower Alliance, a Bay Area advocacy group that is leading efforts to protect our climate and to fight for environmental justice. This endorsement adds to environmental endorsements from Clean Water Action and Green For All founder Van Jones, and builds on the great week we had last week volunteering at the Coastal Clean Up in Berkeley and participating in the People's Climate March and rally in Oakland.
Attorney General Kamala D. Harris recently released a report on elementary school truancy, and the stats are troubling. The numbers tell the story – when kids skip school they are not only hurting themselves, they are hurting their communities and they are hurting the kids who are left back in school.