In My Own Words

Obamacare isn’t imploding in California, despite Trump’s efforts

November 1, 2017

Covered California’s open enrollment period begins Wednesday, and Californians need to know that the state’s health insurance marketplace is open for business.

Until Jan. 31, Californians can sign up for quality health care coverage, and current members can change plans or see if they qualify for extra financial help.

The Trump administration wants to confuse consumers and discourage enrollment. You may have heard that the Affordable Care Act’s enrollment period is being reduced to 45 days and the ACA website will be shut down on Sunday mornings.

Sacramento can’t miss science center opportunity

September 11, 2017

By Richard Pan and Gary S. May

Special to The Bee

The Great American Eclipse enticed many of us to put down our phones, set politics aside and take in the wonder of an event that won’t take place again in the U.S. for seven years. As two science geeks – a physician and an engineer – we couldn’t help but wonder who among those schoolkids watching from playgrounds and rooftops would choose a career in science or even astronomy.

SB 877 would give California answers to many violent deaths

September 27, 2016

By Richard Pan and Lois Wolk

Somebody’s friend, parent or child – an average of 16 people each day – dies violently in California. These deaths are investigated by police, coroners, doctors and others. There may be a story in the newspaper or on television at which we shake our heads at the tragedy of it all. But it doesn’t have to stop there; we can prevent violent deaths if we have the data to understand the root causes.

SB 877 would give California answers to many violent deaths

September 15, 2016

By Richard Pan and Lois Wolk

Somebody’s friend, parent or child – an average of 16 people each day – dies violently in California. These deaths are investigated by police, coroners, doctors and others. There may be a story in the newspaper or on television at which we shake our heads at the tragedy of it all. But it doesn’t have to stop there; we can prevent violent deaths if we have the data to understand the root causes.

New Vaccine Law Making Schools Safer by Re-establishing Community Immunity

August 5, 2016

In the coming weeks, as summer vacation gives way to school, more than a half million children across California will take their seats in kindergarten classrooms for the first time.

In past years, about 35,000 began the school year without the benefit of vaccines that guard themselves and their classmates against deadly communicable diseases. But this school year will be different, and for many parents, it offers hope for safer schools.

New vaccine law making schools safer by re-establishing community immunity

August 5, 2016

By Richard Pan

In the coming weeks, as summer vacation gives way to school, more than a half million children across California will take their seats in kindergarten classrooms for the first time.

In past years, about 35,000 began the school year without the benefit of vaccines that guard themselves and their classmates against deadly communicable diseases. But this school year will be different, and for many parents, it offers hope for safer schools.

New vaccine law making schools safer by re-establishing community immunity

August 5, 2016

By Richard Pan

In the coming weeks, as summer vacation gives way to school, more than a half million children across California will take their seats in kindergarten classrooms for the first time.

In past years, about 35,000 began the school year without the benefit of vaccines that guard themselves and their classmates against deadly communicable diseases. But this school year will be different, and for many parents, it offers hope for safer schools.

Recruiting to Fill California’s Diversity Gap

June 9, 2016

I have been fighting for a state workforce that reflects the diversity of our state and community. With many state workers approaching retirement and an increase in available state jobs, I wanted to be sure the opportunity to get state jobs included minority communities in the Sacramento region.

Last summer I called the state’s Department of Human Resources (CalHR) and Government Operations to a hearing at the state capitol, along with employee and civil rights leaders, to ask what was being done to achieve a diverse workforce.

Giving Every California Youth a Fair Shot at Success

April 27, 2016

My parents immigrated from Taiwan to the United States to obtain an education that allowed my family to be in the middle class.  My parents worked hard to contribute to the prosperity of this country and give their children the opportunity to be successful professionals.  In California, we have invested in the University of California (UC), the California State University (CSU), and our community colleges so all Californians can reach their potential and contribute to the prosperity of our great state.  Collectively, we recognize that California’s most valuable resource is our human talent.

October 22, 2015

Legislators were skeptical, and some reporters thought it was a trick. We were proposing progressive social policy to help farmworkers get health care that would actually subsidize the state’s general fund, not the other way around.

But with Senate Bill 145, we proved the impossible was possible. And Gov. Jerry Brown has signed the legislation into law for the next five years.