In My Own Words

La Honda Fire Brigade Wins “Oughta Be a Law” Contest

February 28, 2015

Half Moon Bay Review: The livelihood of the La Honda Fire Brigade relies exclusively on volunteers, from the 14 individuals who serve as firefighters to the board members who organize fundraising efforts like the annual pancake breakfast and crab cioppino dinner. Those events contribute toward the brigade’s annual $40,000 budget, which is all fundraised dollars.

Another View: SB 24 Will Be Good For Kids

February 05, 2015

Sacramento Bee Guest Op-Ed: In 1994, as mayor of San Mateo, I authored one of the state’s first anti-smoking ordinances. In 2012, my Assembly Bill 1301 was signed into law, requiring the state to suspend and revoke a store’s tobacco license if it repeatedly sells tobacco products to minors. This year, I’m authoring Senate Bill 24 to ensure that vapor shops and e-cigarette stores comply with California’s youth smoking-prevention laws.

Guest Op-Ed: What California Needs from the New CPUC President

December 16, 2014

Guest Op-Ed in the Daily Journal: The California Public Utilities Commission is a vital state agency, overseeing electrical, gas, telecommunications, water and transportation industries that together collect $50 billion in revenue from Californians each year.

Time to Negotiate a Solution to Martins Beach Access

August 12, 2014

San Francisco Chronicle Guest Editorial: It’s time for everyone involved with the Martins Beach public access issue to sit down and negotiate a solution. The public has been deprived of this natural treasure since 2010 and it could be several more years before the court battles get resolved.

Guest Perspective: Dalip Singh Saund, Inspiring Leadership

May 05, 2014

Daily Journal: A couple of years ago, I met a constituent whose family history now reminds me how inspiration comes from all corners. Sometimes we discover it anew. Sometimes it’s purely by coincidence.

California Democrats Propose Universal Preschool for 4-Year-Olds

January 08, 2014

Mercury News:In a move that would broadly expand public education, California Democrats on Tuesday proposed creating universal preschool for 4-year-olds, to try to enroll more children from immigrant and low-income families.

Information on Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda

November 19, 2013

The heartfelt sympathy of all Californians is with the people of the Philippines in this time of crisis. The California Office of Emergency Services and the U.S. State Department have set up web pages where they are posting up-to-date information on Super Typhoon Haiyan, known in the Philippines as Yolanda.

Expressing Gratitude for Our Veterans

November 11, 2013

San Mateo Daily Journal Guest Perspective: On Nov. 11 each year, our nation celebrates Veterans Day, a day set aside to honor the courage and sacrifices of our nation’s veterans. This tribute is for the more than 23 million current American veterans and to the countless millions more who have made the supreme sacrifice throughout the history of our country.

PG&E Fine Is Entirely Appropriate

October 10, 2013

Letter to the Editor of the Wall Street Journal: I am a representative of San Bruno in the California legislature and it pains me that your editors buy PG&E's cynical argument that a proposed $2.25 billion fine for a fatal 2010 gas-pipeline explosion is proof that the state's regulatory climate has soured.

Viewpoints: California Should Update Policy on Biosimilar Medicines

October 08, 2013

Guest Op-Ed in the Sacramento Bee: A bill now on the governor’s desk – Senate Bill 598, which I authored – not only will save lives of patients with serious illnesses such as cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease, but also will grow California’s economy by expanding access to a new class of more affordable medicines called biosimilars.