CHRIS ON THE ISSUES
Chris has put partisanship aside to protect our country over his entire career. On the San Clemente City Council, he's worked across party lines to get things done. And working with administrations of both parties in the Department of Homeland Security and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. He’ll bring the same approach to Sacramento, working with Democrats and Republicans to do what’s best for San Diego and Orange Counties and the state of California.
As we emerge from the pandemic, instead of partisan fighting, he’ll do what he's always done – focus on independent, common sense solutions that get real results on the issues that impact local families most, including:
As the parent of three young children in our local public schools, Chris will invest in our public schools and ensure funds are directed to the classroom, not spent on bureaucracy. He knows how the pandemic has impacted local families and kids and he'll fight to keep our teachers kids safely in the classroom.
He’ll focus on programs that are proven to be effective for academic success, personal development and creating opportunity, including STEAM, early childhood education and career technical education (CTE) programs. He’ll also work to improve our higher education system and keep costs down so California students can attend our CSU, UC and community colleges around the state.
Chris has made the safety of our country his top priority as a Federal prosecutor and Homeland Security attorney, including working to train BORTAC officers. He knows that there is nothing more important than the safety of our communities and our families. He’ll fight to ensure our law enforcement agencies have the funding, resources, and support they need to keep our communities safe, pass common sense gun safety legislation and more. He will take on crime related to homelessness, while getting our local law enforcement out of the business of mental health care and drug abuse management, so they can focus on keeping our communities safe.
He has fought to expand funding for law enforcement and public safety in San Clemente. In the Assembly, he'll work to fully fund law enforcement programs and fight against funding cuts.
Chris understands that climate change is real, and he’ll support responsible and effective legislation to reduce greenhouse gasses, ensure cleaner air and water, and protect our coastline and oceans. Locally, Chris will work to address the issue of coastal erosion which is significantly impacting our coastal communities. On the City Council, he's been a leader on environmental issues - championing Community Clean Energy to increase the use of green energy choices and he's working with Congressman Mike Levin to protect our coasts.
In Sacramento, he'll work to improve our water infrastructure so communities, farmers and businesses around the state can survive and thrive through future droughts. But Chris understands that environmental legislation must not come at the expense of local businesses, so he’ll work to limit burdensome regulations, create new jobs in the renewable energy sector, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. He'll focus on incentives and programs to bring a cleaner environment and create green jobs. As a member of Rep. Levin's SONGS Task Force, Chris is also committed to ensuring the planned dismantling of the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant happens in a clean, safe and efficient manner.
Chris understands that local families are already stretched too thin and taxed too much. He’ll oppose new state taxes and work to reduce the tax burden on middle class families. This includes opposing unnecessary and harmful fees, charges and projects, such as the toll road in San Clemente. On Council, Chris has never voted to raise taxes on residents.
Chris is a vocal champion for reproductive rights and has proven he'll stand up to extremist efforts to restrict reproductive healthcare access. When a fellow San Clemente Councilmember introduced an extreme resolution to ban all access to abortion in the city, Chris, alongside hundreds of concerned residents from across the political spectrum, led the charge against the resolution and won. That's why he's endorsed by Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America.
Jobs & the Economy
Chris will work across party lines to improve our local and state economy, fighting to cut unnecessary red tape that prevent businesses from succeeding and regulations that are driving too many businesses out of state. He’ll also fight for tax relief for middle class families and small businesses, and will invest in the 21st-century workforce to ensure no one is left behind.
Housing & Homelessness
Chris will make addressing our housing crisis and reducing homelessness a top priority. On the Council, he led efforts to expand the homeless outreach program to help those experiencing homelessness get resources and keep our community safe. He'll work to pass legislation that gives people access to more affordable housing and helps get them off the streets and on the path to permanent housing.
Government Waste and Corruption
As a Homeland Security attorney, Chris has taken on corruption and examined bureaucracies for waste. In the Assembly, he’ll take that experience and be a steadfast steward for taxpayer dollars, ensuring they are used responsibly and transparently – even when it comes from his own party. He’ll spearhead the creation of a bipartisan Special Committee focused on investigating and reducing waste in the State Government, and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of state agencies.
Chris has been a vocal advocate for gun violence prevention and stronger, common sense gun safety laws to keep our kids and neighborhoods safe. In the Assembly, he will work to pass common-sense gun safety and gun violence prevention legislation including stronger background checks, protecting victims of domestic violence, implementing red flag laws, prohibiting “ghost guns”, and stronger safe storage policies. He will also work to keep guns out of our schools and hold gun manufacturers accountable. That's how he earned the distinction as a 2022 Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate.