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Are You Prepared for a Natural Disaster? Act Now and Make a Plan

Dear Friends,

September marks National Disaster Preparedness Month, an important reminder to take action to ensure that you and your family have the knowledge, tools, and confidence to respond in case of emergency. Recent tragic disasters in Maui and unprecedented weather events we saw in August in Southern California have only strengthened the need to share local emergency resources, harden our communities against natural disasters, and prioritize work to lower the severity of these devastating events.

Rooted in Unity: Celebrating Latinx Heritage Month

Dear Friends,

As the First Black Latina elected to the California State Assembly, I can attest first-hand that representation matters. That is why I am glad to be celebrating this year’s Latinx Heritage Month. In California, Latinx is the fastest-growing majority-minority population. Raised by Black and Puerto Rican parents, I have personally encountered spaces where I was the sole individual who looked like I did. This is precisely why I prioritize uplifting the voices of ethnic, racial, and linguistic minorities in the Assembly and the greater State of California.

Student Loan Repayment Begins this October: What you need to know

Dear Friends,

Back in March 2020, each of us faced unprecedented circumstances, but most critical was the disruption of our education. One of the life-saving policies adopted by the Federal government, to provide relief to struggling families, was implementing a pause on nearly all student loan payment and interest accrual. This allowed families to meet their financial obligations as the world came to a standstill.

Apply Today to My Fall 2023 Student Internship Program

Dear Friends,

Are you a student who is passionate about state or local government?

Fall InternshipIf so, I encourage you to apply for my Fall 2023 Student Internship Program. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience the inside world of the California State Assembly while helping serve the local community in the district office.

Act Now to Re-enroll in Medi-Cal

Dear Friends,

Are you or a family member enrolled in Medi-Cal? If so, act now to ensure you maintain coverage for the following year.

Medi-Cal is California’s Medicaid health insurance program for individuals with limited financial resources. It offers free or low-cost health care coverage to those eligible.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, annual Medi-Cal re-enrollment was paused in March 2020, allowing individuals to keep their healthcare coverage continuously. This period of continuous coverage expired on March 31, 2023.

Delivering Budget Wins to Community in the 18th Assembly District

Dear Friends,

It has been an honor to serve as your elected representative in Sacramento during my second term in the California State Legislature. On June 15th the Assembly and Senate sent the Governor a balanced budget in time to meet our constitutional obligation. On June 27th, having reached an agreement on several outstanding matters with the Governor, the Legislature sent the Governor additional follow-up budget items. I would like to highlight some of the budget wins that I fought hard for on behalf of our local cities and communities in this three-party agreement.

Housing as a Human Right: A Resource Support Guide

Dear Friend,

As your District-18 Assemblymember, I am committed to ensuring housing remains affordable and accessible during these unprecedented and challenging times. Despite COVID-19 no longer being an official national pandemic, the financial strains remain. Now, more than ever, we must ensure everyone remains housed and alleviate housing insecurity.

Emancipation Echoes: Honoring Juneteenth by Building Stronger Community Connections

As Pride celebrations unfold, it is essential to come together during this significant month to commemorate Juneteenth. Juneteenth celebrates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans and honors their ongoing struggle for civil and human rights. As we approach this crucial day, we pay tribute to those who paved the way for progress and acknowledge the work that still needs to be done. Let us remember figures like Sojourner Truth, Henry "Box" Brown, and countless others who courageously fought for freedom and justice.