Paid for by Marggie Castellano for CA Senate D-36 2018

ISSUES

HEALTHCARE ACCESS, AFFORDABILITY

Make healthcare more affordable and accessible, by protecting those with pre-existing conditions, opposing the healthcare age tax and lowering prescription drug costs to ensure that local families stay as healthy as possible. I'll also fight to improve heathcare services for veterans to ensure that they can always affordably and accessibly obtain the care they need.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS

Combat climate change and protect our air and water by stopping offshore oil drilling, removing nuclear waste stored at San Onofre and investing more in clean, renewable energy like wind and solar energy power to create jobs and protect our environment.

 

GREAT SCHOOLS, COLLEGES

Invest more in local neighborhood schools -- not bureaucracy, shrink classroom sizes, expand the use of technology in the classroom, hire more teachers, enact tuition free community college and make higher education at our CSU and UC campuses more accessible and affordable.

 

MORE GOOD JOBS

Create an economy that works for everyone, with more good-paying middle-class jobs. We can do this by helping small businesses grow, and investments in job-training and vocational education opportunities, to give working families the tools they need to land a good paying career and build a middle class life.

 

IMPROVE EMERGENCY RESPONSE

Build a strong emergency alert system to prepare our communities for extreme weather events, including hiring more firefighters and investing more in the latest in public safety technologies to enhance neighborhood security, public health and to combat the growing threat of climate change, including wildfires. 

 

EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL

Eliminate discrimination in all forms by advancing equality in every aspect of our society, including equal pay for equal work, protections for women in the workplace and against domestic violence, civil rights protections for LGBTQ people, instituting paid family leave and affordable childcare for working parents, as well as ensuring equality in the housing market for all.

 

WOMEN'S HEALTH RIGHTS
Protect women’s reproductive healthcare rights, and ensure access to birth control, funding for Planned Parenthood, and access to safe and legal abortion.

 

REDUCING GOVERNMENT WASTE

Improve our government services by reducing waste, cutting red tape, enhancing transparency through open data programs all while making government more responsive, open and accountable to taxpayers.

PROMOTING SCIENCE, RESEARCH

From healthcare to transportation industries and more, it is vital that we increase investments in research and development to help ensure California maintains its status as a global leader in technology and human development. This will bolster our economy and put our state on path to lead when it comes to developing medical breakthroughs for diseases like cancer, Alzheimer's, technologies that improve human quality of life and much more. In the Senate, I'll also push for a Research-Based Advisory Board that will use scientific research to advise on public policy.

 

EXPANDING AFTER SCHOOL AND EXTRACURRICULAR PROGRAMS 
Fight for more funding for after school programs and extracurriculars like sports and arts programs. For too many students, the time out of the classroom can be the riskiest and we must give our young people the healthy, safe outlets they need to succeed. 

PRIORITIZING STEM EDUCATION
The next generation of jobs and industries will require much more than just reading, writing, and arithmetic. We must increase funding for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) programs in California's schools.

REGULATING SOBER LIVING FACILITIES
The opioid crisis is a public health epidemic and is increasingly impacting our Southern California community. It needs a comprehensive, but ethical response. In the State Senate, I’ll fight for common sense state regulations for Residential Recovery Facilities to protect both the person in recovery and the neighborhood residence around such a facility.

FIGHTING AGAINST COSTLY TOLL ROADS

Proposals to extend the toll roads in communities like San Clemente would not  only disturb our Orange and San Diego County communities and wilderness,  but studies have also shown that they will be costly projects with no real evidence that they’ll reduce traffic.