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HOMELESSNESS & HOUSING

Every Californian has the right to live safely in the community, but our streets are not safe for all. They are not safe for the tens of thousands of people living (and dying) on them; they too are our neighbors.

Senator Stern audited L.A. County’s homelessness and mental health system, uncovering ~$1 billion in bottlenecked taxpayer funds and a vicious cycle of hospitalization and incarceration for unhoused Angelenos facing mental illness and addiction.

Stern is leading efforts in Sacramento to break the impasse on homelessness with efforts to guarantee mental health and drug treatment services alongside short-term shelters and permanent supportive housing, which will dramatically increase the speed, consistency, and effectiveness of local services.

To tackle the housing crisis, Senator Stern pushes legislation to convert unused public and commercial buildings for affordable housing while resisting efforts to limit local control over risky developments in open space and wildfire zones

PUBLIC SAFETY

We have been offered a false choice: that defunding the police is necessary to end systemic racism in criminal justice. And that investing in alternatives to incarceration through drug courts, social work, and street medicine must mean violent crime should be without consequence.

Senator Stern wrote legislation to keep guns out of the hands of convicted criminals. He secured places of worship, schools, and other vulnerable sites after helping the community through mass shootings in Saugus and Thousand Oaks in addition to numerous hate crimes, including a recent deadly attack on a Jewish constituent carrying an Israeli flag.

Stern has also advanced mental health care innovations for first responders with post-traumatic stress injuries and developed new tools to free victims of human trafficking, stop organized retail theft, and crack down on extreme speeding.

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CLIMATE CRISIS

California has the opportunity to reduce pollution and our pain at the pump while also helping us weather the ever-growing threats of floods, fires, and extreme heat. We can accomplish this by breaking the fossil fuel industry’s monopoly over our energy bills and daily commute with more investments in infrastructure and innovation jobs of the future. 

Among more than 3,000 counties nationwide, Los Angeles is the most vulnerable to climate change and other national disasters like wildfires, floods, rising sea levels, and extreme heat. California is also the largest consumer of petroleum in the nation.

To remedy this growing issue of environmental injustice, Stern is leading the implementation of California’s Build Back Better plan to boost the electric vehicle industry, close Aliso Canyon, while sustainably securing L.A.’s water supply, clean up of the Santa Susana Field Lab, and developing an extreme heat reduction strategy for the San Fernando Valley.

After losing his home in the 2018 Woolsey Fire, Henry led local recovery efforts and passed legislation to fund new fire prevention strategies in the Santa Monica Mountains using nature-based buffers and safety upgrades for homes and the grid.

Stern is also a major wildlife and animal advocate, leading statewide efforts to ban trophy hunting and wildlife trafficking, and construct the world’s largest wildfire corridor across the 101 freeway at Liberty Canyon, along with linked critical habitat and open space at Triangle Ranch in Agoura Hills and Hidden Creeks in Chatsworth. His new legislation focuses on revitalizing the LA River and expanding parks and recreational space in the Sepulveda Basin.

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JOBS & AFFORDABILITY

As the architect of California’s Future of Work Commission, Stern helped establish paid family leave, childcare options, wage parity for women, and transitional kindergarten for all Californians. He also developed an innovative program to offer debt-free college for a year of public service.

During the pandemic, Stern converted his small but mighty District Office into a full-time casework operation, fielding more than 10,000 calls to assist constituents in need, including renters, working parents, small businesses, unemployed workers, isolated seniors, developmentally disabled students, and unhoused neighbors.

Stern’s recent achievements include expanding the California film tax credit while standing up for striking industry workers, and he is a lead author of the Senate’s climate infrastructure bond. 

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HEALTH CARE

For students surrounded by addiction, anxiety and depression, for seniors isolated at home or in understaffed nursing homes, good care first can be the difference between life and death.

While caregiving for his own family during COVID, Henry helped LAUSD obtain FEMA funding to cover 100 million meals distributed, the nation’s largest-ever food assistance push.  He also helped local labs provide testing and care to low-income patients, allowing them to see a clinician and access essential medical services.

Stern passed legislation to audit for-profit nursing homes to ensure taxpayers’ dollars aren’t subsidizing corporate profits while shortchanging the caregivers and the lives of those they care for.

Now, he is taking on the mental health risks facing kids from social media technology addiction with Sammy’s Law to the Let Parents Choose Protection Act of 2024, all to give parents new tools to protect their kids from growing threats online. 

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