In the News

February 8, 2018

SACRAMENTO — Imagine a place where people turn on their faucets and the pipes spit out contaminated water. Or the air pollution is so thick that it causes asthma. A place where the top grossing industry pays its workers wages so low that many struggled to survive.

For many living in parts of the San Joaquin Valley, they don’t have to imagine. It’s the crushing reality they face every day — and policy makers and state advocates are beginning to notice.

February 5, 2018

Nearly a month after the City Council quietly fired a former attorney general serving as a government watchdog, the City of Industry is now debating whether to hire a new “ethics adviser” to finish a laundry list of reforms meant to prevent corruption.

February 1, 2018

It was expected to be a perfunctory statehouse meeting — three lobbyists and a legislator discussing a proposal to educate Louisiana doctors about the price of drugs they prescribe.

The bill seemed like a no-brainer in a country where even decades-old medicines can cost thousands and consumers are urged to make smart choices in buying health care. The legislation simply required pharmaceutical sales reps promoting medicines at doctors’ offices to also reveal a price.

January 29, 2018

The Covered California open enrollment deadline is Jan. 31.

Officials said compared to last year, the pace for new enrollees is up. Also, the people who will receive subsidies for their rates went down in 2018.

However, that is expected to change in 2019 with the removal of the federal penalty. Covered California predicts rates will go up, and it is preparing for potentially hundreds of thousands of less enrollees.

January 29, 2018

I have always believed that people free from undue influence can dramatically and positively shape our communities. In 2016, I introduced legislation as a state senator in response to a scathing state controller’s report detailing troubling findings of corruption and mismanagement within the city of Industry.

January 26, 2018

State Sen. Ed Hernandez is asking California’s top prosecutor to investigate the City of Industry after officials suddenly fired the watchdog tasked with overseeing efforts to prevent corruption.

January 20, 2018

President Trump is wildly unpopular in California, but it’s hard to dispute how much his election, and his first year in office, have reshaped California politics.

December 21, 2017

At the end of 2017, California finds itself at a major crossroads. With Washington, D.C., refusing to lead on the issues that matter to most Americans and putting California values in its crosshairs, our Golden State has done a fantastic job of showing the rest of the country – and the world – that things can be different.

However, we have made a serious omission from our progressive priorities: we have yet to fully address California’s growing water crisis.