Affordable housing should not be seen to be dependent on market forces as many in the business arena view it. Affordable housing is a human right to live in a human dwelling at an affordable price. As one of the candidates for the California Assembly, District 36, I have always advocated and fought for the rights of citizens to live in a home or apartment that is priced at a level their income can afford. I view this as an inalienable right.
When I am elected, I will see to it that all modes of Gentrification will end. Gentrification, or anything like it, make it less affordable for the average family to afford where they would live.
For an issue on which so many of us agree—the rent is too damned high, especially in Assembly District 36. There isn’t even a clear partisan divide on the affordability crisis. As a political issue, housing doesn’t scan neatly along any traditional political lines. Instead, it divides people diagonally, drawing seismic fault lines through traditional liberal blocs and marking alliances between conservatives and progressives in ways that “bipartisan” doesn’t fully convey.
Our children are our most important asset and preparing them for their future, our future, will enjoy my focus and attention when I’m elected. I would like to first recognize the California Teachers Association as the strongest advocate for teachers, counselors, school librarians, social workers, psychologists, and nurses. I also applaud these K-12 educators, community college faculty and education support professionals!
As such, I commit to work with their teachers and leaders, regardless of whether they work for a public-school district or a charter school, in providing the best instruction to those students in need of general instruction, at-risk populations, and student assessment. I will stand with CTA on protecting collective bargaining. From advocating for fair pay, adequate working conditions, workday, benefits package, and calendar, the CTA their members can count on Lourdes Everett Assemblywoman AD 36 as a friend.
Affordable Health Care
As a candidate for the California Assembly District 36, Lourdes Everett believes that everyone deserves access to the highest quality care and that meaningful health care reform is essential. For years, Mrs. Everett has fought to improve care and is committed to doing so in the future.
As a wealthy nation, there is no excuse to leave millions of people with no health insurance coverage. Without meaningful reform, the number of uninsured will rise. In addition to the uninsured population, a growing number of individuals and families are under-insured and have difficulty affording healthcare costs--including premiums, deductibles and co-payments--or are not covered for necessary services. According the American Journal of Medicine, medical problems caused 62% of all personal bankruptcies filed in the U.S. in 2007.
Surprisingly, 78% of those filers had medical insurance at the start of their illness, including 60.3% who had private coverage, not Medicare or Medicaid. These statistics only underscore the reality that covering the uninsured is only part of the answer. To truly provide coverage for all, we must enact insurance reforms that ensure that benefits are meaningful and cannot be arbitrarily revoked or denied.
When millions are uninsured, we all pay the price: higher insurance premiums, out of control health care costs.
Minimum Wage Amount
As of 2019, the statewide minimum wage in California is: $12.00 per hour for employers with 26 or more employees; and $11.00 per hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees. 4 California's state minimum wage overrides the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.
Unfortunately, the California minimum wage increased to $10.50 per hour on January 1, 2017 for businesses with 26 or more employees, and then increase each year until reaching $15 per hour in 2022. It is illegal for California employers to pay employees less than the minimum wage.
If an employer violates minimum wage laws, you can recover the money you are owed in a wage and hour lawsuit. If the violation affects numerous employees, a wage and hour class action lawsuit may be appropriate. But many cities and counties in California have a higher minimum wage. For example, in the City of Los Angeles as of July 2019, the minimum wage is $14.25 per hour (or $13.25 per hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees.
As Assemblywoman of the AD 36, When elected and in my first 180 days after assuming my position of Assemblywoman AD 36 I will develop, introduce, and work with my other assembly colleagues to increase the minimum wage in California to 15.00 an hour, effective immediately.