I hope your New Year is off to a great start. This month I introduced new bills to prevent wildfires and help disaster victims, expand preschool to all 4-year olds, and expand media literacy education. Governor Brown recently released his draft budget and gave his annual State of the State Address. I will be working to build our rainy day fund while investing in public services that are vital for the future of our state, like education and roads. We need to defend the progress we’ve made in recent years and continue moving in the right direction.
This month our region was hit by devastating wildfires, including the worst wildfire in our state’s history. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the fires.
State, federal, and local governments are working on recovery efforts, and resources are available to help those impacted by the fires. Examples include: unemployment benefits, debris removal, tax relief, business assistance, and housing assistance.
This month, children across our district are heading back to school, and in Sacramento the legislature will be considering key issues. I’m working to ensure we advance critical policies to the Governor’s desk to support our schools, working families, and seniors. You can learn more about key bills we’ve passed in this month’s newsletter.
For decades, Napa County has had an impact on the global economy through its world renowned wine industry. This industry would not exist were it not for the farmworkers who work the fields day in and day out. Since my time on the Napa County Board of Supervisors, I have always fought to ensure our farmworkers have the support they need, and I am proud to continue this good work into my career in the California State Legislature
This month I hosted a series of immigration forums across the district. I have received hundreds of calls and emails this year from residents concerned about federal immigration action and immigrant rights, and I appreciate the hundreds of people who turned out to the events. If you were unable to attend, you can view a video of one of the forums here.
April is Earthquake Preparedness Month. We know that earthquakes can and will happen throughout our state. While we can't stop them, we can prepare.