In Marin / CONVERSATION
At Sutter Health’s Novato Community Hospital,
we’ve added prominent bay area orthopedic
physicians to our growing program. Along with
anesthesiologists who specialize in your personal
pain management, you’ll receive a whole team of
physical therapists, orthopedic nurses and case
managers – partnering with you through your
hospital stay and home recovery. Expert care every
step of the way, it’s just another way we plus you.
Bone and joint care,
now more experts in Marin.
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the wrath of the interests that didn’t want
someone new, fresh and independent up in
Sacramento. That was not fun; in fact it was
searingly painful. But while it would have been
easier to have my path paved in gold, I would
never trade it for what I have experienced.
Dealing with the here and now, what do you
consider to be the greatest challenges currently
facing the State of California? There is no doubt
about it, funding higher education and K– 12
is our most critical challenge. Our children
deserve the finest-quality education. California’s
future depends on it. We have underfunded
our universities and made them unaffordable
for many middle-class families. Reinvesting in
institutions of higher learning is a high priority.
Funding higher education at the appropriate
level will require prioritizing this investment in
our future. I believe we have the leadership in
the state capital to do that.
What are other statewide challenges? The
drought has to be high on the list of challenges
we face. A reliable water supply is critical. This
November, voters passed a water bond. The
Legislature has also allocated money for
drought programs and passed historic legislation to manage groundwater. But there
is much more to be done. For example, we
also have to reduce water demand through
conservation and increased use of recycled
water. And importantly, we must prepare
for the next recession. We need to continue
paying down California’s wall of debt. We
have to control spending in order to continue
funding for education and other vital public
services. Passing Proposition 2 (the rainy day
fund) is a very good start.
What are your legislative goals for 2015?
I plan to pursue legislation to address
California’s most pressing issues as well as
those of special concern to North Bay com-
munities. Sea level rise, environmental
The drought has to be
high on the list of challenges
we face. A reliable water
supply is critical.