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WHY I’M RUNNING

 

As a proven leader in San Mateo County, I am running for State Assembly to go to Sacramento to address the most urgent issues of our generation: affordable housing, year-round wildfire prevention; solutions to our threats of drought and sea level rise; and accessible, quality healthcare for seniors and the most vulnerable in our communities.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

I have been a leader in the creation of affordable housing for families through the construction of hundreds of new affordable housing units and by increasing the inclusionary housing requirements so that future housing projects include more affordable housing.


WILDFIRE PREVENTION & DISASTER PREPAREDNESS

As your Assemblymember, I’ll fight for year-round investment in wildfire prevention. Locally and statewide, this means recruiting, retaining and training an adequate workforce of firefighters, nurses and first responders; equipping them with the life-saving tools they need to contain fires and save lives; and investing in effective vegetation management and fire break techniques.


CHILDCARE

As a San Mateo Councilmember, I lead on increasing developer childcare fees and funding distance learning centers at our rec centers during COVID so that our most vulnerable parents could still work while their kids attended school from afar. As your Assemblymember, I’ll fight for increased childcare funding and increased access.


 

DROUGHT

I am currently leading efforts to address the devastating effects of drought in San Mateo County and will take that expertise to Sacramento. Approaches I am developing locally to recycle/reclaim water for use in irrigation, farming and landscaping can be a model statewide for all Californians. As your Assemblymember, I’ll secure our fair share of resources to fix our aging storm drain infrastructure.


SEA LEVEL RISE/FLOOD CONTROL

Without focused leadership, El Camino, 101 and CalTrain will literally be flooded in the foreseeable future. I helped to create a first-of-its-kind special district called One Shoreline to tackle these changes head on. These strategies will protect our communities from the devastating effects of climate change by investing in infrastructure, an issue I’ve long led on as a San Mateo City Councilmember. I’ll champion infrastructure investment to protect California’s coastline and expand green jobs that keep California’s workforce and economy strong.


ACCESSIBLE, QUALITY HEALTHCARE

I am the grand-daughter of Greek immigrants and the product of working class roots. I know first-hand what it means to live hand to mouth, let alone pay expensive medical and prescription medication bills. None of us know what the next health or pandemic crisis will be. One of my first legislative acts will be to break the Sacramento stalemate on these issues, so every Californian receiving unlimited healthcare benefits and free out of pocket healthcare costs can be a reality.


 

Please join me in my vision for a healthy, sustainable future for our seniors, our most vulnerable families, and the next generation of San Mateo County residents.