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September 18, 2022

Yesterday was the 235th anniversary of our nation’s Constitution, which is an amazing testament to the resilience of the American people and our democracy.

And while this founding document provided rights to only a subset of the people living in the United States at the time, our Constitution’s guarantees have allowed for the expansion of rights and opportunities for civic participation. Our democracy has been one of the most successful political experiments in world history – one that continues to evolve.

Unfortunately current events have demonstrated just how vulnerable our democracy is. In fact, recent polls have placed “threats to democracy” as a top concern among both Democrats and Republicans.

I’ve sworn an oath on four separate occasions as an elected representative to support and defend our Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic. January 6th reminded us of the seriousness behind those words, and how important it is to defend our democracy against those who would do it harm.

I’m hopeful that our nation will reject political extremism and safeguard our democratic system of government. 

Your relief check could be coming soon

The governor and the legislature prioritized inflation relief as part of the state budget, and in the next few weeks, most people making under $150,000 should receive a Middle Class Tax Refund check in the mail of up to $1050.

California’s economy has produced a surplus of almost $100 billion, but many families are still struggling to get by. One-time payments like these won’t solve everything, but they will put money back in the pockets of hardworking Californians who deserve it.

Are you getting a check? And if so, for how much? Check out the Franchise Tax Board’s website for answers.

The governor and the legislature prioritized inflation relief as part of the state budget, and in the next few weeks, most people making under $150,000 should receive a Middle Class Tax Refund check in the mail of up to $1050.

California’s economy has produced a surplus of almost $100 billion, but many families are still struggling to get by. One-time payments like these won’t solve everything, but they will put money back in the pockets of hardworking Californians who deserve it.

Are you getting a check? And if so, for how much? Check out the Franchise Tax Board’s website for answers.

Working to manage the price of water

It’s probably no surprise to you that water reliability and clean drinking water are top issues for residents in San Diego County and Orange County.

Water rates climb even when we conserve, because the cost of managing the pipes and creating a reliable water supply is the same even when the amount of water that is sold by a water district decreases. 

If you are in lower income category and you’re concerned about your ability to pay your water or sewer bill, the federally funded Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program is available. It will allow residents to apply for one-time grants of up to $2,000 to pay water and sewage bills. 

A similar program was passed by the Legislature earlier this month, but legislators haven’t been able to agree on a funding mechanism.

As your State Senator, I’ll work with senators on both sides of the aisle to make sure this vital program can take effect statewide as early as possible.

Securing the future of local water

Last week, Encinitas Deputy Mayor Joe Mosca and I were able to inspect the repair work being done to the 104-year-old Lake Hodges dam, which provides an important local source of water to residents in the 38th Senate District. 

The dam will eventually have to be replaced, but it will take years to secure funding and begin construction. The 18-foot drop in water level is not drought-related; it’s to provide access to the dam for repairs. The lake is closed for recreation until the repairs are completed.

What a party!

Thanks to everyone who attended our Sprinting to Victory party last weekend! In case you couldn’t make it, here are some pictures:

One of my favorite things to do is meet people and really listen to what’s on their minds. This ongoing reality check keeps me grounded and helps me stay in touch with the many issues that affect all of us in District 38. Plus, a lot of good ideas come from these conversations!
Nearly a hundred enthusiastic supporters joined us!
I was honored to be introduced by San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria, who had some very positive things to say about our campaign and how much he was looking forward to working with me as State Senator.

I hope you can come to one or more of our upcoming campaign events or volunteer to help as we count the days until ballots arrive in our mailboxes!

I’m so energized by your support – your upbeat energy will fuel our victory!

With gratitude and optimism,

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