My parents immigrated to the US believing and teaching their children that above all else, education was the key to attaining the American Dream. They also believed that speaking and mastering the English language was essential to achieving success in America. Unfortunately, today in California our political leaders believe the opposite. But our Latino public school students, whom are educated in schools that do not mandate English-language instruction, are outperformed in every subject by fellow Latinos in other states with far fewer resources than California. Why is this? Why after decades of liberal “good intentions” focused on making immigrant families feel good, and billions and billions of dollars spent by our government, are the futures of our Latino kids so bleak? As Assemblymember I will support legislation that requires our schools to teach in English so that our kids have the necessary tools to succeed in life and in our global economy – regardless of ethnic origin or socioeconomic status. These kids deserve their fair shot at the American Dream.
Small businesses are the lifeblood of the California economy. They create job opportunities for millions of our residents and stimulate economic growth. So why is California’s liberal political establishment so eager to force them into bankruptcy, or drive them to move to other states? A 2015 study by the San Francisco-based Pacific Research Institute ranked the regulatory environment for small businesses in all 50 states – and ranked California dead last. This has to change. I will defeat job-killing initiatives like minimum wage hikes and mandatory insurance requirements that put small companies out of business. I will be a powerful voice for small businesses in our Assembly.