We Must Do More

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Yesterday Governor Newsom delivered his Second State of the State—and it was my second time attending on behalf of #AD15!

His address emphasized our moment of urgency in California. Our homeless neighbors cannot wait. The quarter who need behavioral healthcare cannot wait. Housing cannot wait.

Governor Newsom is right—we *must* step up our game.

That means getting out of our own way when it comes to housing. Let’s pull out all the stops and commit to major reform—ending obstructions keeping us from building more homes in job-rich areas—while keeping equity front and center.

Governor Newsom elevated a necessary and fundamental truth: our failure to build more homes at all income levels fuels our housing and homelessness crisis. This recognition was the driving force for my “Missing Middle” bill—creating more homes for working families.

But we must do more.

Another critical stride for equity is the Governor’s landmark #CalAIM proposal—to transform Medi-Cal and lift up our most vulnerable.

Our unhoused residents, hungry kids, those caught in our criminal justice system—all deserve integrated care that doesn’t start and end with physical health.

I applaud Governor Newsom for his commitment to addressing Californians’ full spectrum of needs—from physical and mental health care, to hunger, to a roof over one’s head where we can feel safe.

It’s all interrelated—we know that—our state should reflect that.

I’m ready to keep walking the walk—and to continue working with Governor Newsom on our shared priorities—ending gun violence in our communities, increasing funding for schools, reforming our criminal justice system & ensuring we meet our climate change goals.

Onward, California!

Originally posted on Twitter. Re-posted with permission.


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Before being elected to the California State Assembly in 2018, Buffy worked as a community organizer, an advocate for kids, and a grassroots activist with experience at the local, state and federal level. She was born in a small town in rural California and grew up in a trailer, raised by working class parents who pushed her to work hard and think big.

Buffy is proud to have been an architect of President Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns. She is credited with innovating Obama’s grassroots organizing model – from right here in Oakland. In addition to playing a critical role in his momentous electoral victories, Buffy served alongside him in the White House. In her leadership role at the Office of Public Engagement, Buffy brought stakeholders and advocates from across the country together to support and eventually pass the Affordable Care Act, which has provided more than 20 million Americans with health care, including 5 million here in California.

Since arriving in Sacramento, Buffy has been a tireless advocate for working families across California, using her experience as an organizer and leader on policy to fight for and pass bills defending the rights and strengthen the livelihood of all her constituents.

Buffy lives in Oakland with her husband Peter and her two-and-a-half-year-old daughter Josephine, also known as JoJo.

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