One hundred days ago, I stood inside Sacramento’s Golden 1 Arena, raised my right hand, and was sworn in as the assemblywoman representing our community. It was a surreal experience, not only the swearing-in, but also having it outside of the state Capitol in the home of the Sacramento Kings (I’m a lifelong Lakers fan).

As the granddaughter of farmworkers, and the daughter of an auto mechanic and educator, the journey and American dream story of my family was ever-present in my mind. As we address the myriad problems the state faces, ever-present are the lessons my family has passed on to me — hard work, empathy, and community responsibility.

In addition to all of us battling this pandemic, we have many challenges and I got right to work. From reopening our schools, working to mitigate Public Safety Power Shutoffs, protecting our most vulnerable, or getting Californians back to work, my first 100 days in office has been a very productive whirlwind.

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