Level the Playing Field

 

From passing legislation that mitigates gentrification to protecting undocumented immigrants, I’ve spent my career dedicated to serving underserved communities. If elected, I will use my position on the Board of Equalization to make sure communities that have been historically left behind get the fair shot they deserve. As a member of the BOE, I will fight to make government work for all, regardless of income level, immigration status, or county of residence. I will level the playing field by improving taxpayer education so all Californians know how changes to tax laws affect individuals, including how families may benefit from the Earned Income Tax Credit or tax relief following a natural disaster. I will also make taxpayer resources more accessible for non-English speakers and differently abled people. Amid rising housing costs and a lingering affordability crisis, we must strive for a more equitable California for all.

As a Board of Equalization member, I will:

- Ensure all individuals and businesses, regardless of which county they’re in, are guaranteed an equitable tax rate by the Department of Tax and Fee Administration

- Advocate for a tax structure that prioritizes affordable housing throughout the state

- Educate Californians on how to access the Earned Income Tax Credit, tax relief following a natural disaster, and other taxpayer benefits that are too often hard to understand and access

- Improve accessibility of taxpayer resources for non-English speakers or differently abled people

My record of success on leveling the playing field:

- Authored San Francisco’s Neighborhood Preference legislation, which works to stop displacement by setting aside 40 percent of all affordable housing in new development projects for those who live in the existing neighborhoods

- Authored the Fair Chance ordinance, a "ban the box" legislation barring employers and landlords from asking applicants to state their criminal history on applications

- Defended San Francisco's Sanctuary City status, and authored an anti-registry ordinance, prohibiting SF employees from aiding the federal government in creating a registry based on race, ethnicity or country of origin

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