Thank you for visiting my website. Many have given up on California saying that it is an "ungovernable" state. No matter what laws are enacted, some politically motivated initiative or referendum eventually comes along and changes all the rules. Term limits, for example, while ensuring a constant turnover of people, has produced a serious shortage of experienced legislative leaders in Sacramento. Moreover, matters have gotten so partisan in Sacramento, nothing can get done. So the theory goes.

Sometimes it seems that way. In recent years, Californians reelected a Democratic Governor to a second term. Unsatisfied with the election result, a wealthy San Diego Republican paid over a million dollars to qualify a recall ballot against Governor Davis. In a confusing recall election where there were a hundred candidates on the ballot, Governor Davis was recalled and a Hollywood action figure entered into the Governor's office.

In his first term, Governor Schwarzenegger cut hundreds of millions of dollars from the schools. He tried to cut the pension benefits of firemen and police officers. Teachers, police officers, firemen, and other public employee groups successfully opposed his plan in the legislature. Shortly thereafter, Governor Schwarzenegger announced his intention to call a costly and unnecessary Special Election to achieve through ballot measures what he could not achieve in the legislature.

One measure weakend our Constitutional system of checks and balances by removing the power of the purse from the legislature. Another allowed the Governor to change the way political boundaries were made so that he could determine who would run in the next election and in what districts. Still another attempted to interfere with the first amendment rights of the teachers, peace officers, firemen and other public employees, who opposed him in the legislature.

None of these measures directly or even indirectly improved the quality of life for the people of California. Tens of millions of dollars were spent to pass or defeat these initiatives. The election cost the state millions of taxpayer dollars that could have been used to help people. All of this money and effort was wasted because of an apparent political power play aimed at changing the rules again, this time for the sake of partisan gain.

With one voice, voters soundly rejected these measures at the polls. This is the California I believe in.

When I first heard the call to public service, America had declared war on poverty.

We went to the moon simply to see if it could be done. Our leaders challenged us to ask what we could do for our country, and we believed that one person could make a difference.

I served this community for 20 years as a school board member and legislator. While on the school board, I built a library at every elementary school. I brought computers to every classroom, and I placed a full time college counselor at every high school.

In the legislature, I wrote many innovative laws like the Sex Offender Tracking Act which forced all registered sex offenders to call into a computer every week so law enforcement could track their whereabouts. My Drug Dealer Liability Act holds drug dealers financially liable for the harm they cause by selling drugs, and allows Hospitals to sue drug dealers for the cost of medical care for drug addicted babies.

I closed the Monterey Park dump. A pile of trash several thousand feet above the ground that could be smelled for miles, it was called a "witches brew" of toxic waste by the U.S. EPA. I promised to close the dump and I delivered on that promise.

One in ten women will suffer from breast Cancer, but it affects us all. I was responsible for making mamography part of the mandatory health coverage of every health insurance policy in the state.

Finally, after arranging a pilot program with the Montebello Schools and the University of California to test the physical fitness levels of our children, I not only discovered that our children were ticking health time bombs, I found that those children who jumped higher and ran faster performed better academically, because of higher self esteem. Using tobacco taxes, I enacted legislation to fund health nutrition and physical education programs designed to improve the physical fitness levels for children.

I believe in the power of one -- all Californians speaking with one voice to insure our children's educational future, our family's access to health care, our right to live free of fear and violence, our environment, our right to equal opportunity, and our right to persue our dreams wherever they lead us.

Together we can build a better California.