In My Own Words

May 27, 2017

Los Angeles Times: To the editor: It’s good news that California is making progress toward deploying an earthquake early warning system. But, as your article points out, California still lags behind Japan and other earthquake-prone countries, and it could be a while before the state’s program can expand from a limited roll-out to a full public alert system. 

February 02, 2017

News for Chinese: One of the great things about living in the Bay Area is that we get the chance to welcome a new year more than once after January 1. Now we’re busy with the Year of the Rooster, according to the lunar calendar, and the next few weeks will be brimming with celebrations throughout our region. With our minds on the new year again, it is also a good opportunity to look at some new laws that became effective in 2017.

March 31, 2016

Mercury News: To live in California is to live in earthquake country. It is also to live in one of the most modern economies in the world ...So it makes no sense that California is behind the curve in developing an early warning system for earthquakes that is already used in other countries.


January 05, 2016

CBS SF Bay Area: Nearly two months after an out-of-control tour bus crashed in Downtown San Francisco, state lawmakers are trying to put the brakes on problem buses that slip through the cracks.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.