We must invest in local public classrooms so that we can hire more teachers, reduce class sizes, and pay teachers a livable wage. Julie will fight for free college for all. We need to start investing in and preparing our children for the jobs of the future. I will fight for our young people that we want to get the best education that you can, regardless of the income of your family. Good jobs require a good education. That is why we are going to make public colleges and universities tuition free, and advocate to cancel all student debt.

The ever-rising cost of housing impacts every one of us, pushing residents at all income levels further and further toward homelessness. We will fight back, both on a state and a community level. I want to expand programs like Community Development Block Grants, which provide communities with the resources they need to grow while protecting the availability of affordable housing. We can help our most vulnerable neighbors by expanding programs for subsidized housing—and making the system easier to navigate, improving the coordination of services and providing immediate help to those in immediate need.
We are all entitled to go to the doctor when we're sick and not go bankrupt after staying in the hospital. I support health for all and will fight for every resident to be included. I believe healthcare is a human right. We should be spending money on doctors, nurses, mental health specialists, dentists, and other professionals who provide services to people and improve their lives. We must invest in the development of new drugs and technologies that cure disease and alleviate pain—not wasting hundreds of billions of dollars a year on profiteering, huge executive compensation packages, and outrageous administrative costs. 


No single policy proposal will solve all the challenges we face. We will need multiple new ideas, smart investments, and innovative engineering. Our energy sector is a good place to start. Increased investment in responsible, renewable energy—in concert with renovating our outdated and inefficient power transmission grid—will propel California forward. Our state should be the standard-bearer for environmental issues, showing leadership to the nation and the world, improving our quality of life and doing what we can to preserve it for future generations. Our communities deserve clean air and water. I will fight for our families.

The means by which families and individuals come to this country needs massive, systemic reform. Those who come looking for employment should be met with a system that is easy to navigate and adaptive to their needs. And those who come to our borders seeking asylum deserve to be met with empathy and compassion. Aiding refugees isn’t just the right thing to do...it’s also the law in California, the United States of America, and most of the world. Policies that systematically target asylum-seekers are illegal and not-American. The Federal Government already has an enforcement agency to support these dubious policies; they should not need the additional use of our civic or state resources. We should stand with vulnerable people in our communities by vigorously defending California’s Sanctuary State Law. We  must be the beacon of hope for those seeking safety and security.
Our laws are not applied equally to all people. We must work diligently to pass legislation that is not biased against any single group. We must remove moneyed interests and contracts with private prisons. We need to focus on helping the people who are already in the system, especially upon their release. Policies that target recidivism are an important way of getting people back on their feet and are far less expensive than having them return to the justice system in an endless cycle. The school to prison pipeline must end. 

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