Press Releases

Dear Governor Newsom: First, we would like to thank you and your administration for continuing to provide updates regarding COVID-19 (commonly referred to as “coronavirus”) to the public. These updates have been helpful to a public eager to hear of the government’s overall preparedness and what actions the state is taking. We recognize that state and local health agency employees are working hard to communicate information to the public, treat infected persons, and minimize the spread of COVID-19. In addition, we applaud the actions the state has taken to reduce economic hardships that…
SACRAMENTO- Six members of the Assembly Republican Caucus have introduced bills to address California’s energy and environmental challenges. This package includes budget requests, vegetation management plans, electrified public transit and a park expansion project. These bills will better the lives of all Californians.   Republican Leader Marie Waldron (R-Escondido) submitted a budget request letter to secure money for vegetation management near streets and roads, in an effort to prevent vehicles from sparking roadside brush that could turn into a wildfire. “California’s natural beauty must…
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron (Escondido) issued the following statement in response to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s State of the State address:  “I applaud Governor Newsom for making homelessness a priority. We have fought for grater funding to care for mentally-ill Californians and improved access for substance use disorder treatment, health care and shelter.“Cutting red tape and using funding with intentionality is critical to achieving the results we need. We must have accountability.“It’s time to bring all levels of government together to address the most pressing…
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron (Escondido) issued the following statement in response to California State Transportation Agency Secretary David S. Kim’s contradictory press release defending his attempt to raid road money in pursuit of a radical anti-car agenda: “Secretary Kim is deceiving the people of California. How can he say he’s not raiding our road money in one sentence, then turn right around and say we need to cut road projects and ‘direct available resources’ elsewhere? “It’s disturbing that he claims this raid on our road money ‘is simply the right…
Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron of Escondido announced her bill to improve California’s community mental health system, Assembly Bill 1352, was signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom recently. Local mental health boards can better support patients by voicing concerns about county decisions and independently evaluating their community’s mental health needs, services and facilities, she said. “California has a behavioral health crisis,” Waldron said. “Across the state’s 58 counties, there are 58 different mental health delivery systems with no statewide best practices and no voice in the…
This week Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron announced her bill, AB 1398, to require transparency from the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) when spending taxpayer funds. The bill will require SANDAG to hold a series of public meetings and earn the approval of two-thirds of voters before making substantial changes to its spending plan. “Unfortunately, SANDAG cannot be trusted to look out for people in all parts of our diverse county,” said Waldron. “Our community deserves confidence that their tax money is being used appropriately and that SANDAG is keeping its promises to…
On June 5, I joined 119 State Senators and Assemblymembers on the South Lawn of the Capitol as we participated in the 4th annual California Nonprofits Day to recognize and honor the nonprofits that do so much to improve our communities and enhance the lives of thousands of Californians. This year I was very pleased to recognize REINS Therapeutic Riding of Fallbrook as my Nonprofit of the Year. Led by Executive Director Deborah Shinner and Program Director Shauna Jopes, over the last 35 years REINS has become the largest therapeutic riding program in San Diego County and is ranked among the…
Today, Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron (Escondido) celebrated Juanita Hayes as the 75th Assembly District Woman of the Year. Hayes is an accomplished career woman with over 25 years in the corporate world and in education. She has taken the skills she learned in her busy career to enrich the lives of others in through involvement in her community and non-profits. “It’s my privilege to honor Juanita for her accomplishments in leadership, education and philanthropy,” said Waldron. “Hayes has been nationally recognized for her career and her continued devotion to nonprofits. It’s…
Today, Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron issued the following statement in response to news that the Department of Motor Vehicles waited a month to notify Californians about the federal government’s rejection of the state’s REAL ID residency verification process and continued to issue cards that it knew would require additional documentation:   “It’s completely unacceptable that the DMV knew about this issue for a month before even acknowledging something was wrong. The DMV has only been requiring one form of identification to verify residence (current lease, utility bill, etc) but…