As mayor of the largest city in our district, public safety and crime prevention have been top priorities. I know that communities flourish when people feel safe. Communities with the highest quality of life also have strong public safety programs in place. Children are better educated, businesses thrive and overall quality of life improves when people are safe on their streets and in their homes and businesses.
A growing problem that I feel our state must do a better job addressing is domestic violence. Domestic violence can destroy the fabric of communities by weakening family structures and passing down, from generation to generation, dysfunctional and abusive approaches to relationships. In fact, violent juvenile delinquents are four times more likely than other youths to come from homes in which their fathers beat their mothers. The damage from domestic violence stretches beyond social structure, affecting school attendance and achievement, workforce productivity and sick time, and healthy pregnancies.
Another public safety issue our state must address involves our children. California is one of the largest human trafficking states in our nation. When I go to Sacramento to work for you, I will support legislation that addresses this issue by increasing convictions for sex crimes against children such as child prostitution, human trafficking and child pornography.