Senator Leyva Responds to Governor Newsom’s State of the State Address

Applauds Governor’s Focus on Impacts of Homelessness and Housing Instability

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) released the following statement in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s State of the State address to a joint session of the California State Legislature:

“As the Chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus, Senate Education Committee and California Legislative Women’s Caucus, I appreciate Governor Newsom’s continued commitment to improving the lives of women, children and families here in California.  There is no doubt that California must double down on investing in our most vulnerable residents and communities, including our community members that are homeless or lack stable housing.  I applaud the Governor’s belief that ‘the California Dream is for all’ and his unrelenting focus on solving the housing crisis in our state.”

“I thank Governor Newsom for devoting today’s State of the State address to the issue of homelessness, though I strongly believe that we must do more for California’s community college students that are having a very difficult time paying the true and full costs of attending college—including housing, food and transportation.  SB 291, which I introduced last year, seeks to make attending community college more affordable and keep students out of homelessness.  California’s commitment to offering two free years of community college is a worthy cause, though we now must recognize that community college students need to also be able to afford housing and other costs in order to truly succeed.”