The race to represent the people of Burbank, Glendale and surrounding communities is over. I congratulate my opponent Mike Gatto in his election and wish him well in representing us.
What we have witnessed over the last several years is an alarming rate of joblessness, debt levels that exceeded any measure of repayment, consolidation of political power and a general pessimism about the future. The true magnitude of our problems can no longer be ignored.
I caution all those who have won election across our state to consider the enormous costs of the same old approach. We need to work toward a "jobs" climate that encourages the livelihood and success of our current resident employers and encourages others to come to California; we have worked for decades at being inhospitable to those that keep Californians working.