Public safety is the core service of government and should be prioritized as such. Unfortunately, it has been battered by state budget cuts. As a local government official, I dealt with the devastating impacts of Sacramento’s fiscal decisions that trickled all the way down to public safety budgets. Our police and fire personnel provide vital, life-saving duties, and employees within our criminal justice system supervise some of the most volatile offenders, yet they are consistently the victims of heavy budget cuts and staff reductions. This has to change in order to keep our communities safe.
Cities and counties should not be forced to shrink their public safety budgets to pay for Sacramento’s special interests and irresponsible spending practices. As a mother and a citizen, I want to make sure that our law enforcement officers and firefighters have the necessary equipment and resources to provide top-quality protection for citizens and to fight against gangs, drug-related violence, robberies, fire, and other dangerous threats.
As an Assemblymember, I will fight to reduce government waste in order to alleviate the pressure on public safety departments around the state to keep our homes and children safe.