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April is a time to reflect on our relationship with our planet. Whether we see plastic bottles littering our oceans, storms getting more intense, or cars polluting our air, many individuals are concerned about the impact our lives are having on the environment, including me.

It’s tough to buy a home in California. One of the barriers is coming up with a down payment. But the California Dream For All Shared Appreciation Loan aims to change that. The program offers a grant of up to $150,000, opening the door to homeownership for first-time homebuyers.

No state has more pedestrian deaths than California. According to our Office of Traffic Safety, it’s 25% higher than the national average. Thousands more are injured annually. Speed is often a contributing factor.

In San Francisco, eight pedestrians have already been killed this year. If that pace continues, we will surpass the fatality rate set in 2022 when the highest number of deaths were recorded over a five-year period.

The next few months are filled with opportunities for us to connect! Click on each of the events you’re interested in attending to RSVP.

As Women’s History Month comes to a close, I’d like to announce the four outstanding women I have chosen as our district’s Women of the Year. They have made a meaningful difference in our communities, forging paths to a better future for the under-served.

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The California Service Corps is the largest service force in the nation, and recruiting is underway to fill thousands of fellowship slots. Service members help communities by taking action on climate change, tutoring and mentoring students, supporting areas impacted by disasters, and working to end food insecurity.

Over the coming year, fellows will serve nearly five million hours! Plus, these teens and young adults will have gained meaningful work experience while helping their communities and earning money, which could be put towards college.

2024 is off to a great start. Year after year, I’ve secured state funding for improvements in our Assembly district and other projects in the City to improve the lives of residents. It’s gratifying to see when they’re completed and ready for public use.

Last month, I attended the ribbon-cutting of Lake Merced South, marking the end of the Phase One renovation. California invested $1 million for a new fitness court, picnic tables and benches. ADA and landscaping upgrades were also implemented. I hope you get a chance to check it out.

As a Cal graduate, I know a college education can help open doors to good-paying careers and social mobility. That’s why I was disappointed in last summer’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling stating that race cannot be a factor in the college admission process. It’s a blow to affirmative action, a decades-old policy that has improved access to higher education for communities of color and diversified student bodies.

Tax season is here, and I wanted to highlight the California Earned Income Tax Credit program, which provides tax refunds to millions of lower-wage workers and their families.

If you are at least 18 years old and earned a maximum of $30,950 last year (2023), you could be eligible for a tax refund of up to $3,529, depending on the size of your household. Plus, another $1,117 could be added on top of that for each of the following: 

Gung Hay Fat Choy! It’s the Year of the Dragon, and in Chinese culture, the mythical creature symbolizes strength, wisdom, good fortune and success. I hope all these things are true for you and your family this coming year.

I began celebrating the Lunar New Year with other Asian American Pacific Islander leaders at the residence of Vice President Kamala Harris in Washington D.C. Now, I want to commemorate the occasion with you.

Super Tuesday is less than a month away. It’s traditionally one of the most important dates in our country’s political calendar because voters in 15 states, including California, and one territory will head to the polls on March 5 to nominate a President and decide the fate of important issues.

Please note the last day to register to vote for this election is Tuesday, February 20. You can register to vote or check your registration status here.

It is a pleasure to announce that my office is now accepting nominations for our annual Women of the Year Awards. Every March, in celebration of Women's History Month, the Assembly honors outstanding women for their service and leadership within our communities.

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This week marks the Sixth Annual National Gun Violence Survivors Week – a time when we come together to share and amplify the voices of gun violence survivors.

I attended the Half Moon Bay ceremony a few days ago to remember the seven farm workers killed at their workplace a year ago. I also met the survivors of that mass shooting that was close to home.

It’s 2024, the final year I will serve as your Assemblymember. We’ve accomplished a lot since I first became your representative in 2012, and I want to close my term out with even more meaningful legislation.

My priorities will continue to be education, housing/homelessness, transportation, expanding opportunities for all Californians, fighting climate change, and other pressing needs. However, I would like to hear your ideas on legislation I should propose. Please attend my next Town Hall to share your ideas and feedback.

As 2023 comes to a close, I am writing to thank you for your continued support on legislation that I championed this year. Your calls and emails to me, other state lawmakers and the Governor helped secure approvals on important policies that now take effect January 1, 2024. Among my new law highlights: