Climate changes and the continuing drought worry many in California. What new strategies do you believe would ensure that California is able to both satisfy its water needs and protect the environment? Please be specific.
It is our responsibility to protect California’s environment and natural resources for future generations.
Climate Change: California has served as a leader in the fight against climate change and has a moral responsibility to continue to do so. That is why I supported both SB 350 and SB 32, which will demonstrate to the rest of the country and the world that we can stop climate change while also growing our economy.
Protecting our water resources: I supported Proposition 1, which authorized $7.12 billion in general obligaiton bonds for state water supply infrastructure projects. I supported legislation to increase groundwater protections around oil projects, and I co-authored the law banning micro-beads from commercial products to stop the damage they were inflicting on our waterways.
What are your top three fiscal priorities, recognizing the need to balance the state’s income with its spending?
As we address our economic challenges and budget priorities, I am committed to strengthening our state by making smart investments, focusing on issues that matter and setting California on a responsible and sustainable fiscal path. That is why I support the Governor’s proposed budget for this year. This budget will provide additional funding for our education system and improve access to health care and community services. It will also strengthen the Rainy Day Fund protecting our investments and the most vulnerable among us during times of economic downturn.
There are a variety of proposals to raise California's minimum wage. Many of these proposals face opposition from business groups who are concerned that they would kill jobs. Do you support increasing the minimum wage in California? In your answer please explain your position on the relationship between wages and jobs with specific reference to the situation in your district.
My commitment to public service is founded in a deep conviction that everyone has an equal opportunity to achieve the American Dream and that we must support those in our community who have fallen on hard times. That is why I helped pass legislation to raise our state minimum wage to $15 an hour.
Many Californians are concerned about the influence of money in politics. What can the state legislature do to ensure that decision-making by elected officials is not swayed by moneyed interests at the expense of constituents?
Earlier this year, I was proud to take a stand against hidden outside spending in California elections by supporting AB 700. This bill will shine a light on the dark special interest money currently funding state campaigns by requiring the top funders of political advertisements to be disclosed. I will continue working with my colleagues to encourage the Senate to pass this important legislation.