In My Own Words

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.

Dental Care Should Be a Reality for Our Children

October 15, 2015

http://sacobserver.com/2015/10/richard-pan-dental-care-should-be-a-reality-for-our-children/

Benjamin Franklin said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and that doesn’t ring more true than with dental care.

Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease among children in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 40 percent of children have decay by the time they reach kindergarten.

Hometown Heroes

September 25, 2015

The entire Sacramento region is a community of many heroes.  We see neighbors and loved ones taking action everyday so others can be healthy and safe. On September 11, 14 years after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, more than 10,000 people in our community came together and honored three of our own who showed absolute courage by preventing a terrorist attack on a train in France.  We are still beaming with pride. 

State Fair Offers Best of Our State

August 5, 2015

What’s not to love about the California State Fair? Whether you come for the splash dogs, concerts, cooking demonstrations, scientific wonders, award-winning California wines or the funnel cake, the fair brings the best our state has to offer, right in our own backyard.

Vaccines are safe

June 26, 2015

When I ran for the State Senate, I pledged to work to make our communities safe and healthy. Shortly after being sworn in, measles spread from Disneyland across California and the country because too many children were not vaccinated against measles and other preventable contagious diseases. To prevent future outbreaks, I authored legislation, SB277, to require school children be vaccinated, unless a physician believes vaccination is not appropriate for the child.

April 14, 2015

Sometimes there are miracles in medicine. One of the most eagerly anticipated announcements in medical history was made 60 years ago last Sunday. The world learned that a vaccine for polio developed by a young scientist named Jonas Salk was safe and effective.

April 7, 2015

http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/op-ed/soapbox/article17750384.html

By Ed Hernandez, Richard Pan and Rob Bonta

We represent distinctly different parts of a diverse state, but we stand together when it comes to keeping communities safe and healthy, reducing the risk of illnesses associated with tobacco and increasing access to health care.