Earlier this month, I took the oath of office to begin my second term as your Assemblymember for the 17th Assembly District. My deepest appreciation goes out to the voters of San Francisco for giving me the opportunity to continue representing our great city in the California State Legislature. My personal thanks also go out to my wife Candace, my parents, my wife's parents, my dedicated staff, and the amazing volunteers and community leaders who inspire me every day.
The national election results will challenge our values in a way we have not seen in generations, but they also provide a sobering reminder of why public service matters. Throughout the election, we witnessed continuous attacks on communities of color, immigrants, women, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, the media, basic facts, our democratic norms and even common decency.
In the months and years ahead, we must again show that San Francisco and California can be shining examples of inclusive and progressive government. To that end, I want to encourage everyone to be vigilant and engaged in government by participating in my 2nd annual "There Ought to be a Law" program (more below).
This week, I was joined by my Assembly colleagues in announcing a package of bills to take on the affordable housing crisis. Since there is no single solution to the crisis, my colleagues and I have put forward solutions to increase housing funding, incentivize housing creation, enforce existing housing law, and shift the paradigm in how we address chronic homelessness. We've proposed to use scarce housing investments smartly by focusing on those who lack affordable housing, not on those few fortunate who own a second vacation home (see below).
I look forward to working with our legislative leadership, the Governor and all of you during this crucial moment in our history. Please feel free to contact my District Office if we can help with anything. I hope to see you soon at one of our events or my office hours.
Wishing you and your family a warm and safe Happy Holidays!
Assemblymember, 17th District
Assistant Speaker Pro Tempore