Share Economic Prosperity

 

Our community has experienced unprecedented growth, but the benefits have not been broadly shared. Skyrocketing housing costs, growing inequality, structural unemployment, and worsening traffic threaten the very quality of life that we have worked so hard to build. I have worked in both Washington and California to address these growing concerns in any way that we can.

I have heard from many constituents about their struggle to continue living in our community with the quickly rising cost of housing. In fact, I spent a night in a homeless shelter, and I was struck by the number of families there with parents working one or two jobs but still unable to afford a home to call their own. No American should work full time and struggle to make ends meet. I have fought for federal housing vouchers and housing tax credits to build affordable apartments in our community. I have brought together renters, landlords, and other local leaders to discuss more local solutions to this problem. I have argued for increases to the federal minimum wage, so the rest of the country can follow California’s lead in implementing a living wage. I have also advocated for increases in cost of living calculations in Social Security for seniors who have been disproportionately affected by housing cost changes on fixed incomes.

Since the Great Recession, I have worked tirelessly to lift those in need, connecting over 8,000 job seekers with employers in our community at Job Hunters Boot Camps my office puts together. Our district has relatively low unemployment, but it can be difficult and discouraging for many who have been squeezed out of the workforce by technological and workforce changes. I have worked to connect constituents with employers looking to hire.

We live in a dynamic community, filled with economic prosperity. We must make sure to remember those who have been left out of this growth, and make sure they are lifted along with our local economy.