Reopen California Safely Using Science
The coronavirus pandemic took us all by surprise. 2020 was a hard year for everyone, and it put many people out of a job. After a year out of work, students and teachers out of the classroom, we cannot let this year be a repeat of the last. Our first priority is safely reopening California by following the science that tells us students and teachers can safely return to in-classroom instruction and businesses can operate safely again. The toll online learning is taking on our youngest students has many of them anxious, even depressed, vulnerable to exploitation and thoughts of suicide. There is considerable evidence they have fallen a full year behind developmentally. A widening achievement gap between students in well-off families and those less fortunate has only grown wider. As your Assemblyman I will fight to get our students back in school, safely, immediately. As more vaccines become available to Californians, I will work with partners at every level of government to make sure everyone who wants to be vaccinated will have the opportunity. We’ve learned what works, what clearly doesn’t, and we can responsibly turn the page from the lockdowns, shutdowns, and failures of the past year. It starts here in our community.