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My February newsletter won't be out for a couple of weeks, but I wanted to touch base with you on two subjects that I hear a lot about in our communities - the ability of California students to enroll at a University of California (UC) campus and public safety.

Happy New Year and welcome to my January newsletter! As we turn the calendar to 2023, it’s a time to reflect on where we succeeded in 2022, where we need to improve in 2023, and to look ahead to the challenges and possibilities we will all face in the new year.

Hello and welcome to my December newsletter! I trust you had a terrific Thanksgiving and are looking forward to a holiday-filled December!

Hello and welcome to my monthly newsletter for November! I trust everyone had a terrific Halloween and is looking forward to Thanksgiving, which will be here before you know it! 

Happy fall to you! The Legislature has adjourned its 2021-22 legislative session and the Governor has finished acting on the nearly 1,200 bills sent to his desk this year.  Before I get to what happened at the Capitol over the past month, let’s look at what’s coming up.

What I hear from you is you want me to tackle big problems like the climate crisis, homelessness, education and public safety. This year we have done that and more! I’m thrilled to report that early yesterday morning, my colleagues and I closed on the books on one of the more productive legislative sessions in recent memory.

This summer we approved key investments for the recovery and resiliency of Californians and our state, while banking hefty reserves. We also must prepare for a potential downturn. That’s why I advocated for budgeting as much towards the state’s reserves as possible.

I was absolutely devastated to hear about the tragic shooting in Texas on Tuesday. It marked the 213th mass shooting in 2022. The relentless gun violence facing our nation is completely unfathomable.