Heart of The Valley

September 16, 2022

I have been trying my best to push as much legislation as possible before my term comes to an end. Taking into consideration the wants and needs of my constituents, I have made as my top priority the passage of laws that seek to address climate change, simplify the process by which utilities update their infrastructure, and help inmates with their rehabilitation.

September 9, 2022

Some of you may recall the 1950s TV series Dragnet, starring Jack Webb. A classic series following the ventures of LAPD detective Joe Friday, the show is perhaps most famous for the main character supposedly using the phrase, “Just the facts, ma'am.”

September 2, 2022

As many of you know, I am just a couple months away from the end of my final term in office as your voice for Senate District 18.  

August 26, 2022

Today I am sharing an opinion piece co-written with former Assemblymember Cindy Montañez of San Fernando, now CEO of TreePeople, an environmental advocacy group. We are asking lawmakers to support greener schoolyards for a more sustainable future by Aug. 31, and will update you on how successful we were in a future edition of Heart of the Valley.

August 19, 2022

I am sure most of you have heard about the rise in monkeypox cases in LA County, with several of you naturally worried about the severity of the disease and its spread. Given the gravity of the COVID-19 pandemic and its life-altering effects, these concerns are valid, and I would like to provide you with information that may give you some peace of mind.

August 12, 2022

It goes without saying that homelessness is an exceptionally pressing issue in California, one only exacerbated by the pandemic and resulting financial chaos.  

August 5, 2022

Reducing energy costs through more efficient access, providing care for pets owned by the unhoused and promoting ways low-income residents can obtain health coverage are among the proposed laws I am pushing during the final month of this year’s legislative session, which resumed Monday.

July 29, 2022

We didn’t need to see anything more to know why my nation-leading gun-safety law is needed. But sadly, we did see more.

A week ago today, on July 22, Gov. Newsom signed Senate Bill 1327 into law, my measure that now allows individuals to file civil lawsuits against anyone who imports, distributes, manufactures or sells illegal firearms in California. This includes assault weapons and hard-to-trace guns with no serial numbers, called ghost guns.

July 22, 2022

As I near the end of my final term as your state Senator, I've been reflecting on much of what makes our San Fernando Valley great – namely, the hard-working residents, rich cultural diversity and leadership history that inspired me to serve as a public policymaker. Irrespective of the cause, residents here seek relentlessly to spark change or generate reform or make improvements in our quality of life. This is best reflected by the missions and sheer numbers of organizations that call our Valley their home. 

July 15, 2022

Whether it be through providing comprehensive mental health support or rent relief for citizens, California always leads the way with progressive legislation. And now, I am proud to say that we are doing the same in combating climate change.