The greatest challenge the Assembly faces is putting California on a fair, responsible and sustainable fiscal path.
While the Assembly must confront the budget issues facing the state, we must not do so at the expense of our most vulnerable citizens: the poor, seniors, disabled and the millions of children attending our public schools.
As Mayor of Santa Monica, I have proven that when officials work together, we can balance the budget and provide necessary resources for our constituents. Some of my proudest accomplishments are:
*13 consecutive years of balanced city budgets and AAA Bond ratings.
*Thousands of jobs created.
*Scores of new businesses locating in the city.
*Encouraging innovation and providing infrastructure that led to Santa Monica being dubbed "Silicon Beach".