Marie Waldron

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    CA Homicides on Rise

    According to a report by the FBI, 2020 was the deadliest year in California since 2007, with homicides increasing by 31%. Public safety should be our priority, but we’ve been moving in the wrong direction. In California, 28% of homicides last year were gang-related, seven percent were the result of domestic violence.  Minority populations suffered […]

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    Priorities for the Future

    As the constitutionally mandated June 15th deadline for passing a balanced budget nears, discussions in Sacramento about spending priorities are ramping up. California is facing a variety of challenges. First of all we must get the economy up and running again, and we can use our budget surplus to help bring back jobs. Through additional […]

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    The Legislature Must Lead

    COVID-19 has claimed the lives of about 1.8 million people worldwide, approximately 27,000 of which are right here in California. The virus captures our attention, while many other long-standing issues are ignored. We aren’t prepared for the next drought, wildfires pose an ever-increasing threat, and our insufficient power grid has led to rolling blackouts as […]

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    What Can We Do About Wildfires?

    The Legislature recently passed legislation to help prevent wildfires and deal with their aftermath. Two years ago, I supported a bi-partisan plan with then Governor Jerry Brown to increase vegetation clearance funding, and to empower CalFire and the California Department of Forestry to strategically and scientifically thin forest overgrowth, while holding utility companies more accountable […]

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    Budget Update

    Budget Update When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, state revenues began to plummet, while spending on unemployment insurance and social programs increased exponentially. The result — our $21 billion surplus suddenly transformed into a $54.3 billion deficit. The budget that passed on June 15th was the beginning of discussions between the Governor and the Legislature over […]

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    Open for Business?

    Governor Newsom’s May Revise budget projection for the coming Fiscal Year shows that the $21 billion surplus we had has become a $54 billion deficit in our state budget! The economic activity that generates tax revenues supporting state programs has collapsed because of Covid-19. We are now in a serious recession, with unemployment levels greater […]

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    Shower or Laundry?

    One regulation involves a 55 gallon per day indoor water use limit. Contrary to some news reports, this is not an individual mandate. No one will be told they can’t take a shower or do laundry on the same day. The 55-gallon mandate requires water suppliers to meet that standard over the entire agency. Penalties […]

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