Kate Schwartz For Assembly - District 75

 

Health

Quality, affordable healthcare is a right, not a privilege. No family should ever face hunger, bankruptcy, foreclosure or any other hardship because a loved one is sick. Families and Seniors should never have to struggle to afford their prescription medications, dental and health care visits due to lack of coverage, high deductibles, and copayments.  

In the Assembly, I will work to guarantee every Californian has good, affordable healthcare, to lower the cost of prescription drugs, and to hold insurance providers accountable so that every Californian receives quality healthcare.

 

Housing

Californians are crippled by our state’s lack of affordable housing. It is essential for working families, our economy, our environment, and to reduce traffic that residents are able to find good, affordable housing near their schools and workplaces.

I am committed to eliminating the state and local stalemates regarding what and where to build that have impeded attempts to increase the availability of affordable housing while fiercely maintaining the character of our communities.  We must add convenient, affordable housing, but we must not do it at the expense of our communities. 

 

Habitat

California is leading America into a greener future, but more must be done to ensure that California, and the planet, are wonderful, beautiful places for future generations.

I will fight to preserve a clean future for our children and grandchildren.  I will work for incentives to make electric vehicles and solar panel installation affordable for working Californians. I will champion public investments in renewables and new technologies to create green jobs while protecting our environment and preventing overdevelopment.

I support our state’s role in the reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions, and improving preparedness related to climate change, such as water supply and wildfires.  Our transportation goal of reduction of vehicle miles traveled through the use of increased EV (Electric Vehicle) technology and mass transit systems connect our Climate Change goals with our Transit goals.  

 

Highways

We Can Find Solutions; Reduce emissions, improve safety and flow through the region.

Throughout our region and across our state we must increase the availability and convenience of electric vehicle charging stations so that driving an electric vehicle is an option for every Californian.

Long traffic commutes are hurting residents of the 75th Assembly District, and all Californians by keeping us from our lives, making us unhappy and worsening the environment. It is time we made real progress on mass transit and development of “Transit Hubs” for our region.

If I am elected I promise to invest in local infrastructure and transform our aging transportation network with 21stcentury improvements.

 

Homelessness

Housing is a human right.  Homelessness should be treated as a social crisis and a health problem.  It should not be criminalized and left as a problem for law enforcement.

As a behavioral health treatment professional, I have worked on the front lines of homelessness and have seen strategies that work and ones that do not. As your Assemblymember, I am committed to drastically reducing homelessness by combining proven government-driven solutions with government/non-profit/private partnerships that can develop and apply innovative new approaches cost-effectively.

I support California’s Housing First law as it is a research-based solution to reducing homelessness based on the concept that people require their food, shelter and safety needs met first in order to begin the path to personal stability.  This is a program that has demonstrated far greater successes than other approaches.  Supportive housing must include wrap-around social services to address problems of health and mental health/addictions, job training, transportation, and childcare needs.