Georgette Gómez believes that it’s outrageous that half a million Americans are sleeping on the streets every night. As City Council President, Georgette made affordable housing one of her key priorities. She wrote an ordinance outlawing landlords from discriminating against low-income families and the housing action plan she led the City Council to adopt jump-started the construction of homes that working families can afford. In the Assembly, Georgette will be a tenacious advocate for ensuring more homes are constructed so all incomes levels can afford a roof over the head, not just the rich.
Georgette Gómez supports universal healthcare. In the State Capitol, she will fight for a Medicare for All program so that everyone has access to the health care they need. When Georgette was growing up, there were times when her family couldn’t afford health insurance, and her parents had to choose whether to go to the doctor or pay rent. Georgette believes that no one should ever be denied health care because they are unable to afford it. In Sacramento she will take on the prescription drug companies that continue to gouge working families, and fight for funding to expand access to care in underserved communities.
Tackling the Climate Crisis and Pollution
Georgette Gómez knows we are facing a climate emergency. That’s why she supports a Green New Deal to tackle the climate crisis and create millions of clean energy jobs. As a community organizer that fought back against corporate polluters, Georgette learned that change comes from engaging the community. We have a climate crisis and we must act now. Georgette is pushing for full implementation of San Diego’s landmark Climate Action Plan, which puts the city on the path to 100% clean energy. In the State Capitol, Georgette will continue to be a champion for building a sustainable, equitable future.
Gun Safety Laws to Save Lives
Georgette Gómez understands that gun safety laws save lives. Too many innocent lives have been lost to gun violence. As City Council President, Georgette worked to pass a gun safety law requiring trigger locks on guns. Georgette is a strong supporter of gun violence prevention and will push for tougher universal background checks, a ban on military-style assault weapons and closing the gun show loophole.
Investing in Public Education and Making College More Affordable
Georgette Gómez grew up attending San Diego public schools. She understands how crucial it is for the state to invest in public education to ensure that every child has a well-rounded, quality learning experience and the opportunity to succeed. She will oppose any cuts to public school funding and supports greater investments in public schools to ensure that students and teachers have the resources they need to close the achievement gap that persists today. As a graduate of San Diego State University, Georgette supports efforts to make college more accessible and affordable for every deserving student regardless of their family’s income, including making greater investments in community colleges and career training education. And Georgette knows that the cost of college is too high, leaving students with crushing student loan debt. That is why she supports canceling student debt for low- and middle-income families.
A Fair Economy
While working families are struggling to make ends meet, the wealthiest corporations in history are paying their workers low wages without benefits and nothing in taxes. This is an unfair economic deal that starves our schools and robs workers of the opportunities they want to give their families better lives. Most Americans are working longer and harder for less. In the Assembly, Georgette will fight to create jobs that pay living wages, push to strengthen unions, and ensure that we are providing workers with important quality of life benefits such as paid vacation time, retirement benefits, paid sick leave, and paid family leave.
Defending Immigrants and Refugees
Georgette Gómez is the daughter of immigrants from Mexico and knows first-hand the struggles that new arrivals face in this country. The United States was built by immigrants like the neighbors, friends, and family members living here in our community. Georgette knows that our current immigration system is broken and exploitative. In the Assembly, she will fight to make sure California leads the way in welcoming immigrants and refugees. As Council President, she put San Diego on record to oppose Trump’s border wall. Georgette is a longtime supporter of comprehensive immigration reform and a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. She led the City of San Diego’s legal effort to oppose Trump’s lawsuit against Dreamers.
Expanding Public Transit
Georgette Gómez grew up taking the city bus from her home in Barrio Logan. As the chair of the Metropolitan Transit System board, Georgette was a champion for expanded and equitable public transit. As City Council President, she fought for increased transit funding, new bike lanes, and electronic buses for San Diego. Since leaving office, she has advised SANDAG in developing a regional transportation program that is more accessible to our community and that cuts San Diego’s reliance on fossil fuels. In the Assembly, Georgette will make investments in public transit and clean vehicle infrastructure a priority.
Reforming the Criminal Justice System
Georgette Gómez believes our broken criminal justice system is a civil rights issue. Our justice system disproportionately arrests, prosecutes, and sentences people of color in this country. We need more community policing, more trust between neighborhoods and police, and real meaningful criminal justice reform. In Sacramento, Georgette will fight for treatment programs for non-violent drug offenders, eliminate mandatory minimums, end cash bail, and increase funding for the mental health and addiction services that are proven to reduce incarceration and future crime.