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ISSUES

ENDING THE PANDEMIC

Dr. Akilah Weber is a board-certified physician who has worked with thousands of patients in San Diego County. Experience has taught her that bureaucracies can get stuck in their ways, and that sometimes you have to fight for innovation in a crisis. In the State Assembly, Dr. Weber will fight to:

Expand At-Home Testing

Collecting a testable sample is easy and can be done by almost anyone at home. Test kits should be widely available at the grocery store or by mail. Public drop boxes would provide a safe alternative to in-person testing.

Provide the First Dose Fast

Emerging evidence shows that the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine is extremely effective. To get people vaccinated quicker, California should ensure as many people as possible get at least one dose, with a second dose coming when available.

Never Waste Vaccinations

There should never be a dose of this vaccine wasted. If people miss their appointment and excess vaccines are available, eligible people should be rapidly notified so that they can be vaccinated.

IMPROVING PUBLIC HEALTH

INVESTING IN PRIMARY CARE

Millions of Californians do not have a primary care physician, either because they lack insurance, lack information or access to care, or feel that they do not need one. But the evidence shows that many long-term health problems develop over time, and access to primary care can improve outcomes and prevent dangerous conditions later. Dr. Akilah Weber will push for investments in primary care clinics and services to improve public health and reduce long-term costs.

CLOSING THE GAPS IN CARE

Californians from different economic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds experience extreme differences in healthcare access and quality. These inequities lead to systemic failures, including higher rates of infant mortality, chronic health conditions like diabetes and heart disease, and reduced life expectancy. Dr. Akilah Weber will work to improve equity in healthcare and increase healthcare coverage in underserved areas.

ECONOMIC RECOVERY

Helping workers, employers, and families

COVID-19 has forced thousands of businesses to close, and many local restaurants and shops are struggling to stay afloat. More than 100,000 San Diego County residents have lost their jobs since the pandemic started. Dr. Akilah Weber believes that Sacramento can and must do more to help families now and to help our local economy recover. Dr. Weber will advocate for:

High-impact grants

that are designed to help old businesses stay open and help new businesses start up.

Streamlined permitting

to enable small business owners to reopen and expand quickly to meet new demand.

Increased direct payments

to support struggling families and workers looking for new employment.

Infrastructure investment

to put people to work, support local businesses, and rebuild our aging roads and utilities.

Education opened up the world to me, and as a mom of two boys, I want them to have every opportunity possible. Every child deserves a great school.”

DR. AKILAH WEBER

GREAT SCHOOLS & LIFELONG LEARNING

As an educator at the UC San Diego School of Medicine, a volunteer STEM teacher, and a mother of two school-aged kids, Dr. Akilah Weber has a deep commitment to education. She believes that great schools are a foundation for healthy communities, and that investments in schools pay dividends for generations. In the Assembly, Dr. Weber will fight to:

A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT

Dr. Akilah Weber believes that a healthy environment and public health go hand in hand. She knows that pollution is a leading cause of serious health problems, from respiratory conditions to life-threatening cancer.

In the Assembly, Dr. Weber will fight to:

REDUCE POLLUTION & CARBON EMISSIONS

Dr. Weber believes that polluters should be held accountable for the damage they cause and pay to remediate it. She supports strong environmental standards including in auto emissions, manufacturing, and power production.

DEFEND OPEN SPACES & NATURAL RESOURCES

Dr. Weber sees California’s open spaces and natural resources as a national treasure, and is committed to protecting them. Overdevelopment is a major contributing factor to devastating wildfires, and our open spaces are critical resources for outdoor recreation and health.

INVEST IN CLEAN ENERGY & PREVENT WILDFIRES

Dr. Weber is committed to transitioning away from fossil fuels that are causing climate change. Renewable energy infrastructure will lead to less frequent and less dangerous wildfires, cleaner air, and a healthier environment for every Californian.

JUSTICE AND CIVIL RIGHTS

Dr. Akilah Weber is deeply committed to the fight for justice for all communities and the advancement of equity in public policy. In the State Assembly, Dr. Weber will work to:

Reform Criminal Justice

and combat systemic racism to improve public safety and ensure that every Californian can rely on just outcomes and fair treatment.

Defend Reproductive Freedom

and a woman’s right to choose while closing the systemic gaps in access to reproductive healthcare.

Advance Voting Rights

so that every Californian can participate in the electoral process and make their voice heard.

Fight for LGBTQ+ Equality

and anti-discrimination protections to ensure that no one has to live in fear of expressing who they are.