Since joining the legislature in 2018, I have been working
for you. And a just new world.
My aim is to help create good jobs and to nurture talent in the people who want those jobs.
As your Assemblymember, I prioritize the expansion of vocational, career, and technical education programs that furnish the skills needed to develop career goals and score high-wage jobs.
For our district to thrive in the rapidly changing global economy, we need to cultivate new industries (technology, clean energy) and invigorate the existing ones (sports, entertainment, transportation). For that reason, I authored Assembly Bill 987 (signed into law) to help build the new state-of-the-art Los Angeles Clippers sports arena in the City of Inglewood, creating thousands of jobs and generating millions in public revenue for vital services for our region.
I worked to ensure the budget extends California’s earned income tax credit—a cash rebate to low-income workers—and increases free childcare and preschool slots for working families.
I’ve partnered with the MTA on an expansion of the Metro Crenshaw Line to bring greater public transportation access and quality jobs to our district.
“My aim is to help create jobs.”
A Just Society
Access, equity, and justice should be the foundations of government and business. They should also form the basis of how we treat our neighbors. And yet, discrimination and bias creep into behavior, systems, and policies at alarming rates. A just society will exist when we eliminate the pervasive harms that thwart our ability to co-exist.
As a Black woman who is the product of an interracial marriage, where my parents suffered from discriminatory policies because of their union, I believe in the power of speaking truth to power when it comes to racism, discrimination, and bias.
That is why in my first year in office, I introduced three bills (AB 241, 242, 243) that require mandatory training on implicit bias for law enforcement officers, medical professionals, judges, and trial lawyers. Two of these bills were signed into law by the Governor.
I co-authored SB 188 (the Crown Act) to end discrimination based on a person’s natural hairstyle, a law intended to reverse the racist ideology that Black traits are inferior traits. This bill was signed into law by the Governor.
We must stop the gun epidemic that is taking so many lives. How we address this crisis has a lot to do with who we see as the culprit.
As your Assemblymember, I have taken a fresh approach to tackling the gun violence epidemic by authoring ACR 115, a resolution that places shared responsibility of financial institutions that lend money to gun manufacturers.
So often, we focus on the gun dealers and owners. I urge us to go deeper and follow the money.
I serve as a member of the Women’s Caucus and the Select Committee on Women’s Reproductive Health, fighting for laws that improve the lives of women, children, and families.
I support a woman’s fundamental right to control her own reproductive decisions, and access to comprehensive reproductive healthcare, including the services provided by Planned Parenthood.
I continue to fight for affordable access to quality health care for everyone.
As your Assemblymember, I authored AB 1973 to prevent insurance companies from imposing cost-prohibitive co-pays and deductibles for reproductive health procedures.
I also authored AB 2600, which prohibits the denial of medical treatment for non-clinical reasons.
Housing For All
The cost of housing in California has skyrocketed. The lack of affordable housing places families in increasingly unstable living situations and is one of the causes of the homelessness crisis. People should be able to afford to live here without it costing three-quarters of their income.
I helped pass the Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Bond Act of 2019.
I fought for a budget that assists low-income families with paying for housing, food, and other necessities. The budget earmarks $675 million in funding for the construction and expansion of emergency shelters and navigation centers, rapid rehousing, permanent supportive housing, and innovative projects like hotel and motel conversions. These funds go to cities and counties and will have accountability measures attached, including required reporting on how dollars will be spent to meet the goal of moving the homeless into permanent housing.
I authored AB 1745 to protect tenants from having evictions added to their credit report.
I will continue to make affordable housing a top priority.