OC Register on January 18, 2022
The quality of life in the Golden State has been in decline for a long time, and it’s only getting worse under the current Democrat supermajority in the legislature. Increased crime and homelessness, open border policies, high taxation, progressive social engineering in our public schools, out-of-control wildfires, rolling brownouts – it’s no wonder we’re now seeing a mass exodus of people and businesses out of this once-great state.
The Sacramento elites and their friends in Hollywood and Silicon Valley don’t care; they live safely in their gated communities in LA and the Bay Area, while the average middle-class family and local businesses suffer from crime, homelessness, taxation and overregulation.
This is all the result of the ill-conceived and dangerous progressive policies coming out of the Democrat supermajority in Sacramento.
If we’re going to turn this around, we desperately need fresh leadership in Sacramento that can put the arrogant self-serving Democrat politicians in check. I’ve been on the Newport Beach City Council since 2014, having served as mayor in 2016 and 2019. As a local elected official, I’ve seen firsthand how the policies coming down from Sacramento are affecting my community and communities throughout the state.
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