My parents succeeded in the classic California way: through hard work and public education, so it's no surprise that I became a schoolteacher, school administrator, and PTA mom. My passion for public education drew me to politics. And that's still my passion today.
I was a local mayor and the only Democrat on my city council. So I know about bi-partisanship. Together, we balanced the budget, supported our schools, helped local businesses prosper, and preserved open space.
I am still committed to that same co-operative spirit in the Legislature. Even amid today's fierce partisanship, there are moments of bi-partisan accomplishment, like recent bills to reform public pensions, strengthen worker's compensation, and stop frivolous lawsuits against small businesses. We also built consensus on key district issues like extending the Metro Gold Line.
Many of my own bills have enjoyed bi-partisan support, including those to protect seniors from abuse, promote technical education, protect consumers, help small businesses, and improve community college student access.
Still, there's no denying that partisanship has reached troubling heights in recent years. One example is the increasingly bizarre tone of the campaign against me. I'm used to campaign mudslinging. But I've never seen this level of deliberate falsehood.
Partisanship continues to devastate our public schools, community colleges, and universities. We simply cannot afford more cuts. That's why I strongly support Proposition 30 on Tuesday's ballot.
Reviving our economy, reversing the damage to our schools, and rebuilding California's infrastructure are my highest priorities. I believe I have the track record, experience, and skills to help find sensible solutions. I would be honored to have your vote.
State Senator Carol Liu
1322 Verdugo Blvd.
La Canada, CA 91011