My top priorities are to improve public education, protect the natural environment, and create economic opportunity through support for clean energy, increased access to higher education, focus on housing production, and collaboration with organized labor.

– Mayor Cathy Murillo

Education

My top priorities are to improve public education, protect the natural environment, and create economic opportunity through support for clean energy, increased access to higher education, focus on housing production, and collaboration with organized labor.

The state legislature must be engaged in creating educational and economic opportunities for all Californians, with a focus on helping disadvantaged communities. I will prioritize increasing access to pre-school programs, improving K-12 pathways to academic success, and increasing enrollment in Cal State and UC systems – along with increasing funding for Cal-Grants and middle-class scholarships. Education helps lift up disadvantaged communities and improves their quality of life. Access to health care means a child comes to school every day, ready to learn and succeed, so we must support public health clinics and programs at the county level (as well as not-for-profit neighborhood clinics), and fund nutrition and after-school programs. Our students of color deserve language justice and mandatory classes in ethnic studies. Latinx, African-American, immigrant, and Asian Pacific Islander students must also see themselves reflected in their teachers and administrators, and in their school boards and elected officials in general. I will work for all these efforts as an assembly member.

Environment

I am especially proud of my record on the environment. The City of Santa Barbara has set a 100 percent renewable electricity goal by 2030, striving for this goal by implementing a Community Choice Energy program, educating the public about the need to conserve, changing fuel resources for our fleet, installing electric charging station in public parking structures and requiring them in private development, reducing energy use in city operations, and adding as much solar energy as we can to our desalination plant. The City has employed integrated pest management for years, with success and reasonable costs to the taxpayers. Our City is a Bee City USA and has eliminated the use of Roundup and other toxic chemicals. We also banned single-use plastic bags/straws and polystyrene products that harm the marine environment. I will take this record of accomplishment to Sacramento and work to be appointed to committees focusing on natural resource protection.

I believe that while we work toward becoming fossil-fuel free we need to ensure working families are not left behind in the transition. We need to invest in job training to allow for oil and gas workers to transition to cleaner energy jobs, encourage renewable energy industries to locate in parts of our state where the fossil fuel industry has been the primary employer, and engage organized labor in long-term planning of our state’s energy sources. As an assembly member – as I do as Mayor – I will work with the business community, economic development organizations, universities in the district, local governments, and private entities to promote green energy innovation, educational programs, and venture capital investment in new green energy generation and storage.

Economic Opportunity

I will also continue fighting for working families and strengthening the middle class; this means developing state law and policies that create jobs and provide housing opportunities. I am proud to have negotiated our project labor agreement with the City of Santa Barbara that will ensure good pay and safe working conditions. Our PLA policy is complemented by community apprenticeship fairs so that low-income families, women, and communities of color can take advantage of this pathway to job training and security. Our City provides a model housing program that can help address the housing crisis statewide – densities that ensure efficient use of space to prevent sprawl, high-quality architectural standards, and mapping in areas of public transit and proximity to commercial areas. I will promote incentives and reward for local governments to create housing. Overall, I will go to Sacramento to fight for social, environmental, and economic justice.