One Step Closer to Restoring Our Commitment To California's Students
We’re thrilled to share the news that AB 1500 has been passed in the California State Assembly! Parents, students and education advocates across the state have been working hard to coalesce grassroots support for Speaker John Perez’s Middle Class Scholarship Act.
For hundreds of thousands – perhaps millions – of Californians, the fear of losing their home due to foreclosure has been an everyday reality.
But, with a stroke of Governor Jerry Brown’s pen last week, their fear turned to cautious hope.
Thanks to the advocacy of Attorney General Kamala Harris, Speaker John Perez, Senate leader Darrell Steinberg, State Senators Fran Pavley, Mark Leno and Mark DeSaulnier and Assemblymembers Mike Eng and Mike Feuer, California is now the first state in the nation to enact a sweeping set of foreclosure laws designed to protect responsible homeowners with the passage and signing of the Homeowner Bill of Rights.
This week, a group of San Franciscocleantech companies wrote a letter to the city imploring the continued funding of GoSolarSF. Sunrun, Suntech North America, Carbon War Room, First Solar, The Vote Solar Initiative, SunEdison, Clean Power Finance, Distributed Energy Consumer Advocates and One Block Off the Grid told the city that: “A major impetus in our decision to locate and grow our companies in San Francisco, where we collectively employ over 500 workers, was policy innovations such as the GoSolarSF Program.”
Last week’s Primary Election was such an incredible success – we earned over 55% of the vote in a four-person race and finished nearly 35 percentage points ahead of our nearest competitor! I’m so grateful for all of your help and kindness along the way. But under the new election system in California, even though we received an absolute majority of the votes, there is still a run off election in November.
When a home falls into foreclosure, everybody loses – the homeowner, the bank, the neighbors and the city.
That’s why we need to make sure we are doing everything in our power to keep more families in their homes – a process that will be just a little easier if the legislation I am proposing, along with Supervisor John Avalos and many others, becomes law.
With your support and your friendship, we were able to earn the majority vote on Election Day yesterday. It wasn’t easy. Our campaign worked hard, called thousands of voters and knocked on thousands of doors. And I’m so grateful for all of your help and kindness these last six months.
But our work isn’t done yet. We still have the General Election in November.
This election comes at a time when the stakes are incredibly high for our economy and our schools. Our campaign has been working around the clock to ensure that voters turn out to the polls and make their voices heard. However you plan to cast your ballot, please take advantage of this opportunity to determine the direction that our city and our state will take in the coming years. Please remember to vote today.
Just had the pleasure of casting my ballot at City Hall for the June 5 election in San Francisco. My mom and dad, Susan and our two girls joined me.
Voting is something special for all of us. But for my parents, who are immigrants to this country, it is something they take very seriously. If you have ever lived somewhere you can’t vote, it makes this right and privilege of voting all the more special.