As I start my second year in the State Senate, we have been able to achieve many good things together, and I look forward to a productive new year. I could not have done it without your help. Thank you.
Last fall I attended the 2021 United Nations Climate Summit in Glasgow, including a visit to Scotland’s offshore wind project. Upon return, I was named to lead a Senate working group on climate change that is specifically focused on making progress with climate legislation and budget allocations.
I am proud of my 10 bills signed into law by the Governor, including helping to move forward the Pajaro River Levee Project, making sure Californians have full rights to pain and suffering benefits due to the actions of others, and making sure that aging Californians with HIV have access to Older Americans Act Services.
Through the state budget, I was instrumental in restoring UC cooperative agricultural services; providing support for public schools so they can reopen and address learning loss from the pandemic; fixing a long-term funding issue for the City of Atascadero; working with Assemblymember Mark Stone to help Santa Cruz address issues related to homelessness; getting help for the Point Sur Lighthouse and Garrapata Park trail system in Monterey County; and, working with my colleagues, ensuring continued support for state food banks and housing for higher education students.
Looking forward to this year, I’m already in gear and am pleased the Governor just signed my bill that creates a hospital district to help keep Watsonville Hospital open. I have also introduced bills to help the children of fallen officers, update our sea level rise information dashboard, and help mobile home park residents. I expect to chair 10 Education Budget Subcommittee hearings to provide oversight for last year’s major progress in higher and K-12 education, and continue to increase support for public education.
I spent the fall of 2021 crisscrossing the beautiful and diverse 17th District, where I attended countless events and meetings with community members and local leaders to discuss a wide range of issues, including higher education, transportation, firefighting, libraries, police reform, groundwater sustainability, agriculture, land conservation, renewable energy, affordable housing, civil rights, health care access, and much more.
I couldn’t do this work without the financial and political help from supporters like you. Thank you. And I hope this year will finally bring an easing of the pandemic, and a chance to be with you in person.