ABOUT DIANE

Diane Dixon spent 40 years in the private sector as a business executive before being elected to the Newport Beach City Council in 2014. She is serving her second term as Mayor, and has served as Chair of the Water Quality and Tidelands Committee and as Chair of the Finance Committee.

Fiscal responsibility and government transparency have been the hallmarks of her time at City Hall. Diane’s leadership has helped her city deliver budget surpluses, pay down pension liabilities, improve public safety, and complete infrastructure projects on time and within budget and greater cooperation between residents, businesses, and government to resolve community problems.

Diane has actively engaged city residents, holding 24 town hall meetings, working closely with local business owners and residents to solve community problems, and initiating numerous neighborhood and community improvement programs. She has worked to successfully add citizen members to the City’s Finance Committee and launch independent audits of City projects.

A regional leader, Diane currently serves as President of the Association of California Cities-Orange County. She previously served as an Alternate Director of the San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor Agency.

Diane has been an active member on several philanthropic community-based boards of directors for nearly four decades, including United Way Orange County, YMCA, public television, USC Board of Councilors and Alumni Association, educational institutions, child service agencies, and health-related organizations.

During her 40-year business career, she spent 30 years as a senior executive at a Fortune 300 public company, where she was responsible for the company’s global communications, marketing communications, and corporate philanthropy. She managed the intersection of business and government, forging connections among business, government, communities and nonprofit organizations.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts with honors in political science from the University of Southern California.

Diane has been married for 44 years to Pat Dixon, a career prosecutor who currently serves as Special Counsel to the Orange County District Attorney. Diane and Pat’s daughter, Colleen, is a former prosecutor with the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. Colleen and her husband, Graves, are the parents of Diane and Pat’s three grandchildren.

THE ISSUES

DIANE ON THE ISSUES THAT MATTER TO CALIFORNIA’S 74TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT

FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY

Californians are taxed at higher rates than citizens in almost every other state, yet our state government is a failure in so many ways.  As Mayor and City Councilwoman, I’ve helped to deliver budget surpluses and reduce our pension liabilities. I have ensured the implementation of rigorous management practices that have prevented major program cost overruns. My 40-year business career, including 30 years as a senior executive for a Fortune 300 public corporation has provided me deep expertise in disciplined fiscal management, long-term planning, investor responsibility and customer-responsive, quality service.  

As your voice in the State Assembly, I will:

  • Work to reduce waste, duplication and abuse in the State Budget
  • Stop tax increases – California families and small businesses already pay too much.
  • Oppose bait-and-switch funding schemes that redirect taxes and fees away from what voters approved.
  • Reduce unfunded pension liabilities
  • Oppose changing Prop. 13 to create a split roll
PUBLIC SAFETY

AB 109, Prop 47, Prop 57, and other laws that allow the early release of inmates and the reduction of criminal sentences are endangering California families. AB 392 and other bills that make it harder for police to do their jobs simply make it easier for criminals to escape justice.I have a proven track record at City Hall, where I have taken a proactive approach to help our exceptional police and fire departments keep our neighborhoods and communities safe and secure. I have brought residents, business owners and the police together to identify and implement the newest approaches to effective crime prevention and pursuit of offenders, and to increase the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of emergency services, including restoring four police officer positions that were eliminated in the 2008 recession.

As your voice in the State Assembly, I will:

  • Work to overturn recent state laws that have caused the release of thousands of dangerous criminals.
  • Support our law enforcement officers who risk their lives to keep us safe.
  • Stand up for the rights of crime victims.
TAXES

California’s economy will not recover fully from the pandemic as long as we are the highest taxing state in the nation.

I support reducing the tax burden on small and medium size businesses and on middle income families. I also support reducing government fees that discourage home-building and business expansion.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

We must protect our district’s greatest environmental assets, especially our beaches, harbors, and bay. As a businesswoman and mayor, I understand how to work with businesses and residents develop common-sense solutions that protect our environment without resorting to overly burdensome regulation. Having served as Chair of the City’s Water Quality and Tidelands Management Committee, I have a strong understanding and appreciation of the long-term investment necessary to protect our waters.

As your voice in the State Assembly, I will:

  • Support efforts to protect our water quality along our district’s beaches and in our district’s harbors and bay.
  • Work to ensure the maintenance, repair, and replacement of sea walls and other vital infrastructure to protect our environment.
  • Oppose lifting restrictions on oil drilling within California’s coastal waters.
EDUCATION

California ranks near the bottom when it comes to public education. That is not acceptable.

I’ve served on the boards of educational institutions and child service agencies, so I know how nonprofit organizations can work together with our local school districts to improve our local schools. As a mother and grandmother, I know the importance of parents working closely with teachers to ensure the best possible education for our children.

We must strengthen public schools and allow greater local control because local communities and parents working together with local schools and teachers are the people who best understand the needs of their children. We must hold our public schools to the highest standards while also allowing parents the choice of how best to educate their children.

As your voice in the State Assembly, I will:

  • Work to increase local control and end the one-size-fits-all approach to education
  • Increase classroom funding by reducing bureaucracy
  • Hold everyone involved in education accountable and insist on excellence
HOMELESSNESS

The state has spent nearly $3 billion over the last two years to address the homeless problem, yet the problem only gets worse. Why? Because the Sacramento politicians refuse to deal with the root causes of homelessness – namely drug abuse, alcohol abuse and mental illness. I support a compassionate approach based on facts and focused on these underlying causes – better treatment, better care, no excuses for criminal activity. Then we can transition people into jobs and permanent housing.

BUSINESS AND THE ECONOMY

My opponent voted in favor of Assembly Bill 5, which has ended young careers and destroyed the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of hard-working independent Californians. AB 5 was a direct attack on small business people and independent entrepreneurs and it must be repealed.

AB 5 is just the latest bad law from Sacramento. State government has created roadblocks to business growth through high taxes and fees and onerous regulations. Too many job creators have been driven away to other states. Workers have been hurt by state policies that favor big unions and make it difficult to get a professional license and to start a small business.

As your representative, I will be a voice for job-creators and entrepreneurs; work to unwind unnecessary rules and regulations and fight for you to reduce taxes and fees.

Paid for by Dixon for Assembly 2022, FPPC ID #1435365

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