DeSaulnier announces legislative effort to end poverty

New caucus comes on 50th anniversary of Johnson's 'War on Poverty'

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson declared a war on poverty. Now, Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) is firing some new shots in that old war.

DeSaulnier recently created the Ending Poverty and Inequality in California (EPIC) Caucus. Its mission is to reduce the number of people living in poverty and to increase economic opportunity for all Californians.

The caucus includes both Democrats and Republicans in the state House and Assembly, and aims to address inequality and poverty by analyzing data and writing new legislation.

"As we continue our economic recovery, we must renew the mission to end poverty. For millions of Californians there is still no way into the middle class," DeSaulnier said. "We have an opportunity to ensure that the California dream is an opportunity for all, and not just for a select few."

Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has been named co-chair of the EPIC Caucus.

"The causes of poverty are numerous and complex, and an overwhelming number of Californians continue to face countless barriers to exiting poverty and establishing better futures for themselves and their families," Stone said. "With this effort we hope to take a comprehensive approach to solving this multifaceted problem that affects so many of the state's residents."

Senator Ellen Corbett has joined the caucus, along with fellow state senators Jim Beall, Noreen Evans, Loni Hancock, Carol Liu, Bill Monning, Holly Mitchell, Alex Padilla, Lois Wolk, and Roderick D. Wright.

Also on board are assemblymembers Luis Alejo, Toni Atkins, Susan Bonilla, Steven Bradford, Rocky Chávez, Wesley Chesbro, Lorena Gonzalez, and Adam Gray.


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Posted by tim
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jan 9, 2014 at 6:15 pm

hang on to your wallets.

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Posted by Johm
a resident of Bonde Ranch
on Jan 10, 2014 at 11:58 am

So a guy wearing a $300 Ralph Lauren sweater is going to cure poverty by studying stats and writing legislation? We really are dumb for electing these people and therefore deserve what we are getting.

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Posted by liberalism is a disease
a resident of Birdland
on Jan 12, 2014 at 6:33 pm

liberalism is a disease is a registered user.

This is what happens when the dems run the state. The false appearance of caring for the poor and downtrodden turns into the inevitable lifelong handouts that keep these lemmings voting democrat, so their handouts never end. It's a sad cycle these lifetime losers find themselves on, but that's what the dems are counting on........

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Posted by Healthy Libertarian
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 13, 2014 at 2:22 am

The best alternative is to give the rich and the large corporations as many tax breaks as possible. Then they can better invest in foreign operations that will increase their wealth. Then they can live freely even if most of the populace doesn't, because most of the populace are losers.

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Posted by right wing nuts
a resident of Birdland
on Jan 13, 2014 at 6:42 pm

There is old compassionate lid again… Lets thank our Jerry for leading our state to a surplus… after lid and the terminator, its a wonder that California is on the way back!

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