Let’s build California’s future

I don’t often comment on legislation, but there are two big issues coming up in Sacramento that are very close to my heart, and crucial to our state’s future.

I hope the Legislature will continue California’s leadership toward a clean energy future by passing SB 32 by Senator Fran Pavley, which makes our goal of an 80% reduction in emissions by 2050 state law and adds a benchmark along the way to ensure we reduce emissions by 40% by 2030.

As we have implemented AB 32, California has seen the power of a green economy. We have led the nation in the creation of green jobs, but we have also outperformed the national economy as a whole and lead the nation in manufacturing, agriculture, entertainment, high-tech, and tourism. California proved that we don’t have to choose between protecting the environment and growing the economy.

We have also cleaned our air, which we know will allow the people of California lead healthier, longer lives. The World Health Organization says that 7 million people die every year from air pollution, and California has taken a stand and said enough’s enough. There is no reason to slow down now. We must keep marching forward, so I applaud Senator Pavley and Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León for their leadership and encourage the Legislature to pass SB 32.

I have also always been a fanatic about infrastructure. While we must ensure California stays at the forefront of the world on clean energy, government cannot ignore core responsibilities like providing reliable roads.

I call on the Legislature to pass the Assembly Republican plan to terminate traffic jams in California. Democrats should give this plan a green light. Idling on our highways takes time away from the things we enjoy and spews the tailpipe emissions we are seeking to limit into our air. The Assembly Republican plan directs the billions we need to make repairs and get traffic moving without raising costs on Californians, and that’s something I will always support.

Let’s get out of traffic, create a green energy future, and clean our air. Let’s build a better future for all Californians.