On The Issues

  • Housing

    My plan for affordable housing, California Homes for All, is a radically different approach to California’s housing crisis, focusing on building to the needs of our communities rather than the profits of real estate developers. It calls for a massive investment in building affordable housing, radically strengthened and universal tenant protections, and new efforts to reverse displacement of vulnerable communities -- alongside zoning changes to open up new housing construction in California’s wealthiest neighborhoods and regions.

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  • Climate Change

    California has a responsibility to lead not just the nation, but the world in passing a Green New Deal and making a Just Transition to a zero-carbon economy by 2030 in partnership with labor unions, affordable housing groups, renewable energy businesses, regenerative farmers, and people Indigenous to California.

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  • Income Inequality

    California is the fifth largest economy in the world, and our district is home to more billionaires per capita than anywhere else in the nation. Yet we've seen the inequality gaps widen, and shocking amounts of accumulated wealth have not "trickled" from the top. We must immediately restructure our economy to work for everyday people.

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  • COVID-19 Recovery

    The COVID-19 epidemic has both caused an acute public health and economic crisis and illuminated existing social and economic problems. We need to ensure ALL Californians are able to survive this pandemic and its economic fallout, and that we transform our government and economy to heed the lessons learned from COVID-19.

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  • Police

    As uprisings against institutional violence sweep the nation, we cannot stand by the old refrain around police reforms. As a candidate for California State Senate, I am proposing a ten-point platform to dismantle police violence, fundamentally change our relationship with law enforcement, and end the terrorizing of Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and other communities of color by law enforcement.

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  • Education

    Historical legacies of racism, gender discrimination, and severe disinvestment in California public schools as our young people become increasingly diverse, has put California at the bottom in the nation for per-pupil spending before the pandemic. This entire crisis has put into perspective the urgency with which we need to save public education and reverse inequalities in our institutions of learning.

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  • Indigenous Wildfire Task Force

    Over the past several years, “fire season” has emerged as an annual catastrophe in California, with increasing severity and scale. People Indigenous to California have long practiced strategies like controlled burns to reduce the build-up of flammable trees, grass, and brush. Unfortunately, violent repression of Indigenous cultural practices taken by the state have ignored, thoroughly outlawed, or punished Indigenous land management practices.

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  • Criminal Justice

    Instead of creating new punishments as “solutions” for every social problem, we need to tackle the root causes that underlie those problems: the poverty, alienation, and desperation that lead to antisocial and harmful behavior. Our public safety policies should be developed in collaboration with the communities most impacted: both by crime and our current punitive reactions.

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  • Transportation

    California cannot meet its 2030 climate goals without bringing emissions down in the transportation sector, and millions of Californians rely on public transportation to get to where they need to go. Freedom of movement is a human right, and that means we need to invest in transportation for equity and the environment.

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  • Jobs & Small Business

    The Coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on California’s economy, leaving 1 in 5 Californians unemployed. The state government has a responsibility to keep Californians and small businesses afloat. In the short term, the state can support local governments with lifeline policies. In the long term, we need to orient our economic system for workers and small businesses.

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  • Gender Equality

    There are just 15 women in the entire California State Senate. I would be the first ever woman of color to represent the district, and the first Indigenous woman elected to the legislature. The needs of women and other marginalized genders have not been adequately addressed by lawmakers, because too few lawmakers understand our basic needs and fiercest challenges. Our material conditions will not improve until more of us are elected to public office.

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