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.
I am proud to have authored the latest state water bond that was passed overwhelmingly by California's voters and will provide funds for critical water conservation, recycling and management programs that will support basic water supply in the state. In addition, the water bond provides funds to maintain and protect our coasts, rivers, lakes and watersheds.
What are your top three fiscal priorities, recognizing the need to balance the state’s income with its spending?
I. Protect funding for health and human services safetynet services
2. Protect funding for subsidized childcare
3. Ensure a reasonable reserve for economic downturns.
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.
I am proud to have supported and voted for the recent bill that was passed and signed into law by Governor Brown to increase the state minimum wage to $15. The wage increase smartly goes into effect over time, has delayed implimentation for small businesses, and emergency provisions to protect businesses and employees if the economy takes an unexpected downturn.
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?
I strongly believe in greater transparency and oversight. I support stronger efforts to regulate so-called "dark money" PACs, strengthening disclosure laws, and investing more resources into our enforcement and oversight entities will help to reduce the influence of money in politics.