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Assemblywoman Suzette Martinez Valladares, R-Santa Clarita, has rejected a salary increase approved for legislators, saying she doesn’t want to take a pay bump as thousands of her constituents are still struggling amid the economic fallout triggered by the pandemic.
“Many of my constituents are struggling and not receiving the government services they need. With this in mind, I am denying the approved legislative pay increase,” [Valladares] wrote.
'"While there are some good items in the budget draft, we need to do more to get Californians the help they need—lowering the skyrocketing cost of living, addressing and making housing and healthcare more affordable and accessible, and fixing the problems that led to many workers not getting the benefits they earned,' [Valladares] wrote in an email statement."
"Valladares also obtained Assembly approval of bills providing domestic violence reporting material in four additional languages, supporting the safe reopening of theme parks, exempting local forest management practices from environmental laws, and funding universal preschool in California."
"AB 267 builds on California’s long-term goal of building resilient forests and increasing wildfire prevention. With an outpouring of bipartisan support, AB 267 passed the Assembly last Thursday and is now headed to the Senate."
“This bill protects the integrity of California’s elections and helps keep out foreign contributions that undermine our democratic process,” said Valladares in a prepared statement. “I thank my colleagues for recognizing that these illegal contributions cannot go unnoticed or unpunished.”
“This project has gone 30 years and our community has grown exponentially since we first rejected this mine,” said Valladares. “The people who will be most impacted by this should have a say. The voices of our families and businesses need to be heard, and the SCV and surrounding communities are now one step closer to getting that opportunity.
“Our community is particularly vulnerable to wildfires because we are so close to the Angeles National Forest and the Los Padres National Forest.,” Valladares said. “And because these forests are owned by the federal government, California needs to coordinate with them to improve our wildfire resistance.
“We have to be looking at policy from a perspective of making the cost of living and the affordability better for everyday Californians,” Valladares said.
"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."