Issues

Campaign Finance Reform

If you know my politics this is probably not a surprise, but I strongly favor publicly financed campaigns. Until we get money out of politics, we will never really know what is driving our leaders’ decisions. Most doctors and nurses want to practi...

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Cannabis

In 1996, California passed landmark legislation legalizing medicinal cannabis. In the ensuing 20 years, the state’s unregulated medical market exploded into arguably the largest cannabis economy in the world. In 2016, Californians voted to both le...

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Civil Rights

Inside the White House, Trump has done his best to see to it that his promises to change the very things that give us our national identity are subverted in favor of right wing and authoritarian ideology. The principles enshrined in the Bill of Ri...

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Economic Justice

There can be no denying that Californians (like the rest of Americans) suffer from policies influenced by powerful corporate interests. In many ways, we have become the oligarchy our nation’s founders fled. In this era of oligarchy with Trump in t...

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The Environment

Click here for the Green New Deal. Climate change is real and Democrats need to be on the front lines protecting our climate. Whether in heavily populated urban centers or rural communities, there is all too often a racial and class component to t...

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Green New Deal

The investments in clean energy jobs the Green New Deal proposes will be more than a modern version of the Works Progress Administration, or WPA – an agency of FDR’s New Deal -  which put 8.5 million Americans to work and pulled the nation out of ...

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Gun Control

Yes, California has the most restrictive gun control laws in the country; and yes Gov. Jerry Brown signed six gun-control measures. But all of our work falls woefully short of what must be done to curb the epidemic of gun violence in California an...

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Health Care

I’ve always supported single-payer healthcare without compromise – that is why I was the endorsed candidate for the CDP Chair’s race in 2017. It’s past time for the U.S. to join every major industrialized country on Earth and provide true guarante...

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Homelessness & Poverty

We are living in the fifth largest and arguably one of the most robust and productive economies in the world. And yet, the streets of our cities, the byways of towns and freeway underpasses, are the only homes hundreds of thousands Californians ha...

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Housing

Although the right to adequate housing is recognized internationally, the gap between this broadly accepted human rights principle and the view of housing rights within the U.S. reflects an incoherent reality to our stated values of compassion for...

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Immigration

No law on this matter is just, unless it’s grounded in civil, human, and labor rights. Now, more than ever, we must stand up to bigotry, acts of cruelty and human rights violations fueled by racism. In an era of Trump, we cannot allow ourselves to...

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Justice Reform

Yes, #SayHerName and #BlackLivesMatter… because people of color continue to suffer intolerable acts of police violence. To deny this reality is only to perpetuate the marginalization and minimization of people of color. Acknowledging the contribut...

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Labor

Labor’s values are our values. Its place is in every aspect of working society and anywhere workers need representation. Our social contract with society must begin by demonstrating our commitment to supporting single payer health care, a universa...

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LGBTQ+ Rights

Since the election of Trump, we’ve seen just how easily our hard-fought rights can be taken away. Just look at what he and his team have done to the transgender community. From policies related to schools, health and human services, housing, workp...

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Public Education

The recent teachers strikes in California and the nation aren’t only about pay, though if they were, they would be entirely justified. These strikes have been about giving students a decent chance at education, something that is perilously in ques...

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Rural Needs

The California Democratic party has failed to address issues that differentially impact Democrats living in rural and frontier areas. As Chair, I’m committed to addressing access to healthcare, wildfire prevention, universal broadband, and our rur...

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Veterans & Service Personnel

Growing up an Army kid, I have a special place in my heart for the brave women and men who wear/wore our nation’s uniforms. Yes, we certainly treat returning veterans better than we did during the Vietnam War, but despite the work of First Lady Mi...

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Women’s Rights

Despite the fact that women make up more than 50 percent of the population, highly qualified women have been told to sit down and wait their turn for far too long. There has been no concerted effort by Party leadership to address the gender dispar...

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