Fighting Back AND Making Progress
As California has become the center of the resistance to the bizarre behaviors and destructive actions emanating from the White House, a question is being asked with increasing urgency: Can we fight back, while also making progress on the challenges that faced California before Donald Trump was elected?
I believe the answer is an emphatic yes; we must do both at the same time. We must fight back against Trump’s assault on health care, immigrants and our environment, even as we address California’s housing crisis, broken transportation and education gaps, to name a few.
These two efforts are actually dependent upon each other. Without effective resistance, many of our state’s gains will be lost. Without the push for progress, we will not have a shared vision of what our state - and our country - should be.
I look forward to working with you as we fight back and advance toward a better California.
Assemblymember - 17th Assembly District
In this newsletter:
- Protecting Immigrant Tenants
- Slowing Down and Saving Lives
- Reflecting on Black History Month
- Supporting Healthcare for All
- Upcoming Events
- SF Housing Hearing
- Free Immigration Clinic
- Bernal Heights Office Hours
With President Trump declaring war on immigrants with unconstitutional executive orders and stepped-up deportations, we must do everything we can under California state law to protect those contributing to our state’s economy and simply living their lives. That’s why I partnered with immigration attorneys and advocates to author the Immigrant Tenant Protection Act of 2017, which we announced recently in the Mission District.
Assembly Bill 291 strengthens state law to protect immigrant tenants from intimidation and retaliation in their homes. As the chair of the Assembly Housing Committee, I have received reports of a small minority of unscrupulous landlords who have taken advantage of the real or perceived immigration status of their tenants to engage in abusive and illegal acts. Tenants should not have to live in fear simply because they are immigrants or refugees. As the son of immigrants and a former civil rights attorney, I am deeply committed to this effort and am actively working on legislation to protect immigrants at work as well as at home.
Between 70 and 90 people die in crashes on San Francisco and San Jose streets each year. This is simply unacceptable, which is why as Supervisor I strongly supported San Francisco’s goal of zero serious injuries and fatalities on our streets by 2024 - a worldwide policy movement known as Vision Zero. We know that speed is the most significant cause of such collisions, and that the most important thing we can do to save lives is to prevent excessive speeding. That’s why I joined our Mayor Ed Lee, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, trauma surgeons, traffic injury victims, surviving family members, and other officials and advocates to announce the Safe Streets Act of 2017 (AB 342). This bill would create a pilot program for the use of camera-based Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) in both cities to help us save lives. More than 140 communities around the United States have already used ASE, and the research shows it has been a proven tool to dramatically reduce speeding and fatal traffic incidents. Click here for more info.
During Black History Month, our Assembly celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the California Legislative Black Caucus, with its incredible history of public service. In these challenging times, it’s more important than ever to remember the struggles and triumphs of the fight for civil rights, equality and justice. We must recognize and honor the invaluable contributions of African Americans who have strengthened our nation’s political, economic, cultural and social landscape.
It was great to join some of my colleagues, nurses and community members across our state to support the introduction of the Healthy California Act (SB 562), which would create a single-payer healthcare system for all Californians. Healthcare is truly a right, not a privilege, and as the Trump Administration looks to roll back the gains we’ve made, we need to do what we can to continue progress in California.
Most of the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee meetings that I chair take place in the State Capitol in Sacramento. This Friday, however, I look forward to welcoming my colleagues to San Francisco for a committee hearing on the state’s affordable housing crisis. A panel of housing experts with various perspectives will talk about local and regional dynamics, and we’ll discuss possible solutions to the devastating housing issues that have impacted so many people across California.
Friday, March 3
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Milton Marks Auditorium, State Building
455 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco
In response to the recent immigration executive orders, the Asian American Bar Association will co-host a Joint Immigration Clinic with the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Iranian American Bar Association, the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California, Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach, and Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus. This clinic will provide legal immigration advice, naturalization assistance, and Know-Your-Rights presentations. For more, please check here.
Saturday, March 4
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
University of California, Hastings
College of the Law, Louis B. Mayer Lounge
200 McAllister Street, San Francisco
I look forward to meeting with folks at our upcoming office hours in Bernal Heights. Please email Jen Kwart at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to come by, since office hours occasionally need to be rescheduled.
Saturday, March 25
3 - 4:30 p.m.
231 Cortland Avenue, San Francisco