A MESSAGE FOR CALIFORNIA'S 76TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT.
I'm a "glass half full" kind of person. That's why, even as America's first "reality horror show" plays daily in Washington D.C., I decided to run for the State Assembly. I can't help but see a silver lining.
Californians live our progressive values. We celebrate diversity. We value public education. And we care about the health and well-being of our people and the planet. We believe in creating for our families a better quality of life, stronger communities, and hope for tomorrow--and it's within reach.
I'm Elizabeth Warren, and I'm running to represent you--my neighbors in Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Vista, and Camp Pendleton. As the world's 6th largest economy, California can inspire other states by taking a principled stand for our shared Democratic values:
- GUARANTEED HEALTHCARE: SB 562, the Healthy California Act, will cover everyone and SAVE money for both individuals and businesses. We need to get it done. No more stalling. If it hasn't passed by the time I'm elected, I'll fight for it.
- CLIMATE JUSTICE: The climate emergency is real. We must slow Climate Change, eliminate dependency on fossil fuels, ban fracking, address the drought, offer energy consumers a choice, and grow the green economy. It's environmental science--not rocket science.
- EDUCATION: Public education of our children should begin with preschool programs such as Head Start, and continue through college, trade school or professional training, so the next generation of leaders is equipped to take the reins.
- HOUSING: Antiquated laws that mandate planning but not execution won't create homes for kids sleeping on the street, or help working parents be parents. We can't claim to support family values when moms and dads are forced to spend critical time commuting, just because they can't afford to live in the cities where they work. It's time to put our heads together--city and county officials and state lawmakers and federal agencies--and solve California's housing emergency.
- MY BODY, MY BUSINESS: I've been fortunate as a woman to have grown up in a "post Roe v. Wade" world. I want the same for my daughters. Their right to privacy within their own bodies is under siege. So I will fight any time reproductive freedom is challenged. I'll fight for my daughters, and for my future granddaughters.
- SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT IN SMALL BUSINESS: We need to do a better job of supporting local manufacturing and service industries, and the many retail businesses that are the life blood of our communities. The bookstore on the corner, the independent grocer, mom and pop restaurant, tailor, barber shop, dry cleaner, auto mechanic, accountant or landscaper. We must seek solutions to keep them in California and help them grow.
- INFRASTRUCTURE JUSTICE: The largest corporations, out of state companies, and others doing business here, must pay their fair share to California for the infrastructure that helps them profit. Small businesses and individual taxpayers should not bear the sole burden of maintaining our costly state infrastructure.
- PAYCHECK JUSTICE: Paying workers a living wage is just smart economics. That money will be spent growing the local economy. California's $79 billion gender wage gap is a disgrace, as are easily exploited "contract labor" loopholes. Large corporations such as Walmart should not profit by starving the funds that cover retirement, medical and disability payments for workers in our district, and our state. If they can pay shareholder dividends, they can pay their share for what they use.
- JUSTICE FOR HEROES: Veterans who've served our country honorably should not be deported based solely on the circumstances of their arrival. Nor should they be cast aside like yesterday's garbage when battlefield trauma (physical or otherwise) interferes with their ability to function. Those who put their lives on the line for the rest of us deserve better.
- SOCIAL JUSTICE: We must find a practical solution to homelessness that preserves individual human dignity, and includes steps for transitioning from emergency shelter to affordable permanent housing for every person. Housing security helps people get and keep jobs. It conserves financial resources and stabilizes communities.
- IMMIGRANT AND MINORITY JUSTICE: Protecting immigrants, and all communities targeted for hate, sends a powerful message across the land that here in California, all are welcome, all are valued, all are equal.
- ANIMAL JUSTICE: Protecting threatened wildlife and mandating the humane treatment of all animals--from farm to pets--can set an example of responsible stewardship for other states.
- CARE FOR SENIORS: Seniors on limited incomes--especially those living alone--are among California's most vulnerable residents. We must improve access to caregivers, information, advocacy and other resources to ensure all seniors have a safety net, and work to ensure that ADA compliance continues at the state level, no matter what happens in Congress.
- CRIMINAL JUSTICE: It's time to focus on restorative justice, and shut down the private prison pipeline. No more "guaranteed occupancy." Incarceration should not be a profitable enterprise. Slavery is illegal. Prison beds are not affordable housing.
- ELECTION INTEGRITY: Governor Brown has finally signed the Disclose Act--an important first step to ensuring election transparency. Voter registration has been simplified at the DMV. We must now work to ensure that voter rolls remain accurate, and confirm that every vote is counted--especially mail in ballots and those cast on electronic voting machines. For democracy to work we must be able to trust the results of our elections.
This race won't be easy, but North County voters are energized and momentum continues to build as more and more community leaders endorse the campaign. We can win--and work together for stronger communities and a stronger California. Together, we CAN make a difference! All we need is YOU. Can I count on your support?