Heart of The Valley

November 19, 2021

I returned from COP26 chock-full of ideas for how we can combat climate change.  My colleagues and I listened to global experts and took copious notes.  We are looking forward to exploring how we can implement some of these policies and practices here. NOW is our time to act to avert an irreversible climate disaster.

November 12, 2021

Climate change is one of the most critical issue we must address. There is no Planet B. We are all in this together, in all corners of the world, and must meet the challenge of saving our planet NOW. Thus, I am writing to you from Glasgow, Scotland, where I am part of the California Senate Delegation to the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 26).  COP26 is a chance for the world to put our differences aside and do what is best for our planet.

November 5, 2021

I hope you and your family had a fun Halloween.  I was delighted to see all of the littlest ghosts, goblins and superheroes stop by my house to receive treats via safe, social distancing. It is nice to be back to something resembling a normal fall season.  With the new approval of the Pfizer COVID vaccine for five to 11-year-olds, there is real promise that we will be able to celebrate Thanksgiving and the winter holidays with family and friends.

    October 29, 2021

    This week marks the third anniversary of the shootings at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.  The atrocity was the deadliest act of antisemetic terror on U.S. soil. A little more than 20 years ago, the same hatred hit close to home, when a white supremacist opened fire at the North Valley Jewish Community Center here in Granada Hills. While we remember those killed and wounded, we must, in their honor, stamp out all types of hate, and protect our vulnerable institutions against future attacks.

      October 21, 2021

      I love hearing the crack of the bat as the Dodgers try for back-to-back championships. I hope our season continues beyond tonight. Post-season baseball at Chavez Ravine is a great unifier for our region.  Moreover, our hometown team has long reflected the rich tapestry of our community.  The team integrated baseball, when UCLA’s own Jackie Robinson donned number 42 as the first African American player in Major League Baseball (MLB). 

        October 8, 2021

        Last week, Governor Gavin Newsom signed two more of my bills. I am thrilled that the governor signed 100% of my bills from this legislative session into law. The variety of measures I offered this year, that are now law, help deliver a future that works for all Californians, and address critical issues such as the drought, affordable housing and worker protection. 

          October 1, 2021

          It is bill-signing season in the Capitol. More than 700 bills passed the Legislature this year, and the Governor has until Oct. 10 to either sign the bills into law or veto them. I am pleased to report that Governor Gavin Newsom signed several of my bills this week, which tackle some of the state’s most pressing issues, ranging from drought response, to workplace safety, to affordable housing. They include:

            September 24, 2021

            I am thrilled to welcome autumn. While few leaves change color here in the Valley, it is the beautiful season when we watch our children delight in Halloween and celebrate Thanksgiving.  I hope that this year we can all sit around our holiday tables with family and friends. One way to ensure that we can spend quality time with our loved ones is to get vaccinated if you are eligible and have not done so. California is currently experiencing the lowest COVID transmission rate in the United States, and that is because so many Californians have rolled up their sleeves and received the jab.  Clinical studies prove that COVID vaccines prevent serious disease, hospitalization and death.  The shots are free, and are a bargain at a million times the price.

            September 17, 2021

            Friday marked the last day of the 2021 legislative session. It was, as always, a whirlwind. We accomplished a lot, and I am excited to share exactly what we achieved for California and the Valley.

            September 3, 2021

            I cannot believe it is September, with Labor Day and Rosh Hashanah just around the corner. When I reflect back on this season last year, time seems to have flown by.  Much has improved.  We have safe and effective vaccines.  Children have returned to in-person school. Stores, restaurants and amusements are open.