As this summer continues, I hope you have enjoyed yourself, whether you cheered from the sidewalk at a Fourth of July parade, entertained friends at a backyard barbecue or spent quality time with loved ones. This is a season to relax and recharge.
This month marks the start of spring, which represents growth and presents us with an excellent opportunity to reflect on our progress as a community. Over the past year, we’ve made meaningful progress in a number of areas, including wildfire recovery, but there is still much to be done. That is why I’m advancing proposals for new fire prevention safeguards by utilities, insurance reforms, emergency alerts, increased mutual aid, and additional state support for impacted communities. At the same time we must continue to improve our education system, and provide every Californian with access to preschool, and I have authored a bill to help accomplish that.
February is Black History Month, which is a time to reflect on the vast contributions African Americans have made and continue to make to our nation, as well as the ongoing struggle for civil rights, equal opportunity and prosperity.
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.