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A note about wins and losses in Appropriations Committee

A note about wins and losses in Appropriations Committee

Yesterday we passed a major deadline on our legislative calendar, as many of our bills came up for a vote in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. The good news is that 8 important …

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My bill on patient privacy — passed by the State Assembly!

My bill on patient privacy — passed by the State Assembly!

As our state and our world work to stay healthy and recover from COVID-19, we must remove every obstacle to healthcare access.  Now more than ever, a patient should not be dissuaded from seeking …

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After Minneapolis: Keeping up the fight for criminal justice reform in CA

After Minneapolis: Keeping up the fight for criminal justice reform in CA

I joined in the collective sigh of relief earlier this week when Derek Chauvin was convicted on all three counts in the murder of George Floyd.   It’s certainly not full justice …

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There’s no time to wait: Demand a clean energy future

There’s no time to wait: Demand a clean energy future

I’ve said it before and will say it again — we must act boldly on climate change. Last year brought more than its share of cataclysmic climate events to California. We know …

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Investing in behavioral health for all — read my op-ed

Investing in behavioral health for all — read my op-ed

COVID-19 caused countless unforeseen consequences throughout many aspects of our lives. One of these hidden consequences has been the pandemic’s toll on behavioral health, particularly with regard to substance abuse. While one …

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A Seamless Bay Area transit system

A Seamless Bay Area transit system

Right now, if you have to transfer from CalTrain to Muni, or BART to AC Transit, or a ferry to a bus, you have to switch between payment methods and keep track …

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Speeding kills. Enough is enough.

Speeding kills. Enough is enough.

I’m tired of attending memorials for constituents killed by speeding drivers.   Every year for the past five years in California, over 1,000 people have died in speed-related collisions. This past year, …

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Stand up against anti-Asian hate

Stand up against anti-Asian hate

Content warning: Violence, racism__________________________________________ I am sickened by the murder of six AAPI women, along with two others, in Atlanta. Make no mistake: these crimes were driven by hate, fueled by racism …

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