Together, we have a voice on the most important issues facing California.
With your help, I serve as Chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee #1 on Health and Human Services and am a member of the following Assembly committees:
- Labor and Employment Committee
- Education Committee
- Human Services Committee
- Health Committee
- Select Committee on Civic Engagement
- Select Committee on Expanding Access to California’s Natural Resources
- Select Committee on Homelessness
- Select Committee on Improving Bay Area Transportation Systems
- Select Committee on Mental and Behavioral Health and Proposition 63 Implementation
- Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color
- Select Committee on the Status of Girls and Women of Color
Our work on the Budget Subcommittee #1 on Health and Human Services helped secure the final state budget that:
- Increases funding for county welfare offices for Medi-Cal eligibility administration
- Through a trailer bill, creates deadlines for the completion of nursing home investigations
- Provides a $2 million GF increase to caregiver resource centers
- Provides $2 million to LifeLong Medical Clinic in Contra Costa to increase urgent care hours
- Repeals the ten percent rate cut to dental providers in Medi-Cal
- Provides $3 million GF to support syringe exchange programs and $2.2 million GF for Hepatitis C Linkage to Care Projects for three years
- Provides $2 million GF for a Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (HIV prevention) outreach grant program
- Augments the Mental Health Services Oversight & Accountability Commission’s budget by $1 million in Proposition 63 state administration funds for competitive bid contracts to support mental health advocacy on behalf of youth, veterans, and racial and ethnic minorities
- Provides $15 million for contracts or grants to non-profit organizations to provide application assistance for the naturalization process or to undocumented immigrants for deferred action, and support immigration-related education and outreach efforts.
Together, we improved the lives of our neighbors and all Californians.
With your help, I authored, joint-authored or co-authored 168 bills and resolutions, including authoring or joint-authoring 23 bills.
Governor Jerry Brown signed:
- AB 768: Tobacco Free Stadiums
- AB 1343: Immigration Reform
- AB 1375: Time in Lieu of Fees
- AB 1496: Regulation of Methane Emissions
- AB 288 (Holden/ Thurmond principle coauthor): College and Career Access Pathways partnerships
- SB 4 (Lara): Healthcare For All, coauthor, signed
- SB 358 (Jackson): Equal Pay Act, signed
- SB 725 (Hancock/Thurmond et al principal coauthors): High school exit examination: exemption for 2015 grads
In addition, our bill language from AB 43 (Stone/Thurmond) regarding the Earned Income Tax Credit was put into the budget and passed.
These important bills are still moving through the process:
- AB 1014: Student Attendance
- AB 1025: Mental Health School Services
- AB 1255: Donated Foods Tax Credit
- AB 1260: City of Richmond
- AB 932: (Daly/Thurmond) Specialized license plates: professional sports
And we are continuing to work on the issues addressed in these bills:
- AB 474 (Brown/Thurmond principle coauthor) SSI/SSP
- AB 1240 (Bonta/Thurmond) school breakfasts
- AB 9 (2nd ext. session) (with Nazarian): Tobacco Free Schools
- AB 16 (2nd ext. session) (with Bonta): California Health Care, Research, and Prevention Tobacco Tax Act of 2015
- AB 18 (2nd ext. session) (with Bonilla (principle coauthor)): Cocktails for Healthy Outcomes Act
Together, we made the grade.
I am proud to have earned a positive rating on the following legislative scorecards:
- Bicycle Coalition 100%
- California Chiropractic Association 71%
- California Small Business Association Cum Laude
- California Environmental Justice Alliance 100%
- California Labor Federation 100%
- CA League of Conservation Voters 100%
- CA Teachers Association 92%
- Congress of CA Seniors 100%
- Equality California 100%
- Humane Society 100%
- League of CA Cities Total 71%
- Marijuana 100%
- Affordable housing 100%
- Local control 50%
- National Association of Social Workers 100%
- Planned Parenthood 100%
- Sierra Club 89%
- The Homecare Providers Union 94%
I am honored to have received the following recognition for our work:
- Legislator of the Year Award: The Arc – Alameda County
- Award of Appreciation: Golden Gate Regional Center
- Beyond the Call Award: Alameda County Probation Department
- Elected Official of the Year Award: Oakland Rising
- Hunger Fighter Award: California Hunger Action Coalition
- Green Leadership Award: Green California
- Paul Harris Fellow: The Rotary Foundation of the Rotary International
- Black History Month Proclamation: City of Richmond
Together, we shaped the debate.
We made our case through newspaper opinion editorials:
- Guest Editorial in the San Jose Mercury News on Sea Level Rise: “Restoring Our Wetlands: A Green Defense Against Sea Level Rise”
- Guest Editorial in the Contra Costa Times/Bay Area News Group: “Legal loopholes let Big Tobacco target kids with new products”
- Guest Editorial in the San Francisco Chronicle: “Keep coal out of Oakland”
We brought the public together with experts through community town hall meetings:
- Environmental Priorities Town Hall: Panelists included the Sierra Club, Clean Water Action, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sunflower Alliance, 350 Bay Area.
- Public Safety Roundtable: Convened Mayors, City Managers and Police Chiefs from all cities in AD15, for the first time, to discuss the use of deadly force.
- Diversity in the Environmental Justice Movement: Panelists included the Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Sierra Club, California Environmental Justice Alliance, West Oakland Indicators Project, California Air Resources Board.
- Education Town Hall focusing on Student Achievement: Panelists included Superintendent Oakland Unified SD and board members, Student Programs Director Berkeley Unified and Board President, Superintendent West Contra Costa Unified and Board President.
- Affordable/Workforce Housing Solutions Town Hall: Panelists included the City Managers of Richmond and Oakland, Urban Strategies, Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California, UC Berkeley Housing and Urban Policy.