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San Diego Union-Tribune: The truth behind California's hidden gas tax
May 2, 2016
When Californians pay gas taxes at the pump, we expect that money to go toward California’s roads and bridges. Unfortunately, this is not entirely the case.
Orange County Register: Letters: Legislature undermining local control
April 27, 2016
Re: “Don’t put AQMD under CARB’s thumb” [Opinion, April 21]: The Register’s Editorial Board is absolutely correct regarding an effort by some in the Legislature to take more power away from local governments. As a member of the Senate’s Environmental Quality Committee, I voted against Senate Bill...
Coast News Group: Minimum wage will worsen opportunity inequality
April 22, 2016
When Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a new law to increase the minimum wage 50 percent by 2022, it was hailed by some as an historic achievement that will reduce income inequality. But I fear that when the law is fully implemented, income inequality will remain virtually unchanged while making opportunity inequality even worse.
Sacramento Bee: Legislature must close corrupting campaign money loophole
April 18, 2016
February’s sentencing of former state Sen. Leland Yee in a political corruption case closed a dark chapter in the history of the Legislature, and also presents an opportunity to close the legal loopholes that may allow such behavior again.
Sacramento Bee: Letters: We must confront fentanyl scourge
March 30, 2016
Re “Potent drug tied to fatal overdoses ” (Page 1A, March 29): Fentanyl has been making headlines nationwide and has contributed to other overdose crises, and potentially contributed to six deaths in Sacramento County. Fentanyl abuse has become a major problem in Orange County, portions of which we...
Orange County Register: Letters: As dangerous as heroin and cocaine
March 18, 2016
Re: “ Potent problem: Fentanyl, a deadly drug used to spike heroin and cocaine, returns to O.C. ” [Front page, March 16]: Jenna Chandler’s article underscores the need to crack down on fentanyl drug trafficking. As her article vividly demonstrates, fentanyl abuse has become a public health problem...
Orange County Register: Even with record state revenue, spending, tax hikes planned this year
January 24, 2016
This promises to be a pivotal year for taxpayers. With special interests and their allies gearing up to push for tax increases at the November ballot box, we will see whether Californians have had enough or will give the green light for more spending.
Vista Press: Christmas Message 2015
December 22, 2015
Published by the Vista Press on December 22, 2015 The Christmas season is a time of hope, joy and giving, making it one of my favorite times of the year. Yet, recent violent events both abroad and at home have contributed to a sense of unease. The terrible shooting earlier this month in San...
San Diego Union-Tribune: Use high-speed rail funds to fix California roads
November 12, 2015
What is more important to you and your neighbors? Better roads for your commute or a high-speed train to San Francisco that continues to escalate in cost? If Sacramento politicians have their way, that answer would be high-speed rail despite ominous signs.
Vista Press: Veterans Day 2015
November 11, 2015
Published by the Vista Press on November 11, 2015 November 11 is Veterans Day, which is observed on the anniversary of the World War I armistice that ended hostilities on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918. This day is a time for us to say thank you to our veterans...
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Fox Business: California Gov. Brown Sees Uncertainty as He Proposes Budget
Meanwhile state Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates called the proposal a "lemon of a budget" saying that the state could not afford its...
Associated Press: California gas prices to rise under bill signed by governor
Senate Minority Leader Patricia Bates said Brown and Democratic lawmakers should have embraced a plan to fund road repairs that did not increase...
San Diego Union-Tribune: Oceanside teen named Boys & Girls Club's California Youth of the Year
While in Sacramento, Hernandez and Orange County Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year Sarah Arce met with state Sen. Patricia Bates, whose...