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Thursday, July 27, 2017

With all the attention this year rightly focused on protecting the Affordable Care Act, we need to remember that the quality of patient care is also an important issue. For the 10,000 African-Americans in California who depend on the life-saving treatment of dialysis, quality can’t afford to be overlooked.

People with kidney failure need dialysis for the rest of their lives unless they can get a transplant, which means they must visit a dialysis clinic three days a week to have their blood emptied, cleaned and returned. 

African-Americans are disproportionately affected by kidney failure. While we make up 6.5 percent of the nation’s population, African-Americans comprise 15 percent of all dialysis patients.

Friday, February 6, 2015

In light of the recent police brutality scandals in Missouri, New York and even California, it is clear that policymakers must take immediate and definitive action to ensure the safety of citizens and restore faith in law enforcement.

That’s why I firmly believe it is crucial that California lawmakers unite to support a new plan that turns to modern technology for a solution. We should require all California Highway Patrol officers to wear video cameras.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

SACRAMENTO — California's professional sports franchise owners are asking lawmakers to let them hold high-stakes, electronic raffles during games.

They seek an exclusive right to offer much fatter prizes than the state now allows all other raffles. The teams want to earmark 50% of the pot for prizes. Raffles run by such groups as little leagues, churches and service organizations are limited to giving winners no more than 10% of the take.