Issues

Betty Valencia, Scott Rhinehart, Laura ValVilla

FOSTERING AN ECONOMY THAT WORKS FOR EVERYONE

Orange County is a recognized center of technology and innovation. We are well-positioned to lead the State in innovative and future-forward job creation. Having been a small business owner, I understand the critical role a well-trained workforce will play in these new jobs.

In the Assembly, I will support environmentally-sound legislation to promote an economy that works for everyone, including opportunities to train our local workforce for well-paid jobs of the near future.

 

FIGHTING FOR AFFORDABLE AND ACCESSIBLE HEALTHCARE

Our Nation, State, and County are suffering from a healthcare epidemic. We have insurance companies that control healthcare costs while countless hard-working people continue to suffer immensely from rising premiums and lack of affordable health insurance. We must work together immediately toward finding a cure. Three shocking facts:

  • The average family of four in this nation pays an average of $28,000 per year in health costs. These costs are crippling families in Orange County and around the nation.
  • The administrative costs for billing and insurance associated with our current healthcare system are five times higher than Canada’s national healthcare system.
  • Prescription drug costs can be 50% more in the U.S. compared to Canada.

In the Assembly, I will tirelessly work with my colleagues to formulate effective and practical legislation that will bring a single-payer Medicare system to our State.

 

PROTECTING OUR BEACHES, AIR, AND WATER

When you think OC, you think beaches—but South Orange County’s iconic coastline, beautiful wildlife areas, and natural landscapes are all at risk of destruction due to climate change. Our children and their grandchildren may never know the Orange County that our families have grown to love and cherish.

By halting offshore drilling, removing the nuclear waste at San Onofre and supporting common-sense solutions to climate change, we can preserve the beautiful landscapes of Orange County for generations to come.

In the Assembly, I will be an outspoken advocate for the economic and environmental future of the County that our children and grandchildren will call home.

 

INVESTING IN EDUCATION, OUR CHILDREN, AND OUR TEACHERS

California can only remain progressive and prosperous by ensuring our educational system has the resources needed to educate the next generation. We are the 5th largest economy in the world and yet we are the 41st state in per-pupil-spending. In the Assembly, I will prioritize educational funding from Pre-K to our Community and States Colleges and Universities.  We must ensure our teachers are always supported, and our students have the resources and opportunities to thrive.  

 

CHAMPIONING EQUALITY FOR EVERY CALIFORNIAN

We have made tremendous strides towards equality for everyone regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, race, and national origin; but there is still more work to be done and unfortunately continuing challenges to advancements we have made.

The Trump administration has banned transgendered Americans from serving in the military and Muslims from entering our county, caged Latinx refugee children and hate crimes have risen nationwide.

As someone who has been an activist for my LGBTQI+ community since the 1980’s, in the Assembly I will continue to be an advocate for the civil, human, and equality rights for all Californians.

 

COMMON SENSE GUN SAFETY

It is unacceptable that gun violence continues to plague our state and nation.  In 2017 alone, over 3,100 Californians tragically lost their lives in firearm-related violence (CDC).  We cannot allow this to continue.  In the Assembly, I will champion common-sense solutions to this crisis to ensure every Californian is safe from gun violence in their homes, schools, workplaces, and activities.