Health Care for ALL
I believe that it is a human right to have access to quality and affordable health care. I will fight to protect the Affordable Care Act in Washington, and I will fight to ensure that no American is turned away from medical help due to high medical costs.
My mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and my father was put in the hard situation where he chose to quit his job and forfeit his income to be with my mom to help her take her medication and go about her daily activities. Even though finances are tight, my parents have some income and their children to fall back on. I know all too well that many Americans who face medical hardships do not have the good fortune of having financial security when faced with a medical emergency.
I will also advocate for more access to mental health and substance abuse medical coverage for all Americans. The lack of investment in our health and access to treatment is now visible on our streets with our growing homelessness crisis.
I understand that access to doctors and medical procedures is just one part of the puzzle as we seek to live healthy lifestyles. Everyone needs access to fresh air and recreational space for our well-being. I am proud to say as a councilmember in Fresno, I helped bring the first universally accessible park to the Central California region. The 8-acre state of the art facility provides much needed green space for residents west of Highway 99. This resource represents an opportunity for improved health, education and sports programming, and renewed vitality to an area of Fresno with very little green space.
In July of 2019, I was appointed by Governor Newsom to serve on the state’s newly created Homeless and Supportive Housing Advisory Task Force. I am one of six elected officials – the only elected official from the Central Valley – to serve on this governing board to determine how best to spend California’s new $1 billion budget to solve homelessness in California. I am honored that Governor Newsom chose me to be a part of this task force and to have a seat at the table to advocate for the Central Valley.
Homelessness increased by 17% in Fresno and Madera counties. The issues that contribute to homelessness are nuanced and require a multi-pronged approach to solve them. A solution to homelessness means that we will need to invest in temporary bridge housing, as well as permanent supportive and affordable housing. We will also need to work to provide our vulnerable populations with the services needed for them to thrive: medical, mental health, substance abuse and job training. We all must acknowledge that this issue requires compassion, determination and a lot of hard work to solve – and we can only truly address homelessness if we come together.
Stopping Gun Violence
To solve gun violence, we need substantial legislative reform. Whether caused by gang violence, mental illness or hardened prejudices, gun violence is unacceptable and we must rise together as a nation to solve this epidemic. We need to fight the NRA and corporate gun lobby. I propose we ban the sale of assault weapons, limit magazine capacity, close the “Charleston Loophole,” conduct buy-back programs and enforce strict universal background checks.
Real Immigration Reform with Dignity & Respect
I am the daughter of Mexican immigrants who came to this country in pursuit of the American Dream. Each morning, my parents woke up before the sun to do the backbreaking work of farmworkers knowing that their hard work would pave the way to a bright future for myself and my siblings.
My family’s story is not unique. The United States has always been a beacon of hope and opportunity to individuals in search of a brighter tomorrow. But, despite being a nation of immigrants, our immigration system is broken and outdated. I support comprehensive immigration reform that provides a path to citizenships for those who are already here, as well as streamlining our court system. The Trump administration has not only failed to solve our immigration crisis, they have violated human rights by locking asylum seekers in cages. This needs to stop.
Not only do we need to reform our immigration policies, we also need to address the causes of why so many people are fleeing their countries. Congress should increase aid packages to strengthen democracy, grow the economies and defend human rights throughout the world, especially in Central America.
Getting Corporation Money Out of Washington
Political insiders who have been in office for decades are surrounded by lobbyists and lose sight of the needs of everyday people. While students are graduating college with record-high debts, families are faced with high medical bills and exploding housing costs – all while the richest corporations pay $0 in federal taxes. It is time for a change in business as usual in Washington.