Anna's Priorities

On the Issues

Affordable Housing

Creating housing opportunities for families of all income levels is a passion of Anna’s.

While on the Salinas City Council she championed an innovative first time home buyers program, a progressive inclusionary housing ordinance, and helped to develop over 2000 affordable housing units in the city. As the Secretary of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency under Governor Jerry Brown, Anna worked to distribute 65 million dollars to reduce veteran homelessness, and to create opportunities for disabled veterans to have housing that is accessible and where they can lead independent lives. Anna worked to establish new funding for affordable housing and community sustainability projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and was an advocate for the inclusion of rural communities in the grant process. Governor Brown said Anna Caballero served, “with distinction and a real sense of public service.” Anna was honored by the League of California Cities Past Presidents in 2015 who awarded her the “Lifetime Achievement Award” for her significant and unique contribution to the state or community over an extended period of years.

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Anna spent 19 years in the public school system in California and in the end graduated with a law degree from UCLA.

Anna knows the value of a good public school education, and that’s why she is a dedicated supporter and has visited over 200 classrooms to encourage students to work hard and dream big. Through her many years of public service, Anna has helped to rebuild crumbling schools, saved libraries from closing, has pledged to prevent further cuts by the state to local schools, expanded access to kindergarten, supported vocational education and voted to extend state student aid to undocumented immigrants who have filed for legal residency. Through MANA, an Association of Mexican American women, she raised scholarship money for young women continuing onto higher education, and as a Rotary member has done the same. Anna will always support our kids, teachers and public education.


Anna Caballero knows we need good schools to help break the cycle of poverty. As an Assemblywoman in 2010, Anna signed a pledge to prevent any further cuts to education. She also voted to restore over $11.2 billion in funding owed to schools and community colleges. Anna expanded access to Kindergarten and wants to further expand access to early childhood education for low-income children.

Anna Caballero is a strong supporter of our kids and schools As Mayor, Anna helped save library funding and created programs to reduce childhood asthma rates. As a Member of the Assembly, she signed a pledge to prevent more school cuts and secured funding to fix schools contaminated with mold and asbestos. We can always count on Anna to protect public schools.

Anna has supported every legislative initiative that supports Dreamers and their access to education, including financial aid to support higher education for Dreamers.

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Gang Violence-Crime

Anna Caballero works with first responders to protect our families.

Anna started Partners for Peace, a non-profit dedicated to developing effective violence prevention strategies by focusing on literacy, early childhood education and strengthening families and children. Anna convened a select committee on youth violence prevention and held hearings all over the state to examine the issues facing cities and rural communities, and the best practices being utilized to reduce crime. Anna also authored a bill that would have exposed parents and other adults to criminal charges if they recruited minors to join a gang, and she helped to secure millions of state funding for gang violence prevention programs. She was awarded the Crime Fighter Award from Fight Crime: Invest in Kids California and Legislator of the Year Award from the California State Sheriff’s Association. When Anna was Mayor of Salinas, violent crime reached an all-time low. Keeping kids and communities safe is one of Anna’s highest priorities.

Anna supports law abiding citizens right to own a gun. But she also supports common-sense reforms to prevent more violence on our streets, such as a ban on military-style assault weapons, a ban on bump stock firing devices and prohibiting people on the no-fly list from buying a gun. As our next State Senator, Anna will work to fun anti-gang violence programs and put more officers on our streets.

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Anna supports building medical schools UC Merced and Fresno State University as a way to bring doctors to the Valley communities.

She understands when a person has to drive hours to a hospital or to see a specialist, it puts their health in jeopardy. Increasing access to healthcare for everyone in the Salinas and Central Valley is a priority for Anna. Anna will focus on prevention through early intervention clinics and consider options to reduce the cost on working families. Anna understands we must provide real care for families who rely on emergency rooms for their primary healthcare needs. Anna has dedicated her life to helping people lead better lives. She has worked with people across central California as the first female Mayor of Salinas, Assemblymember and member of Governor Jerry Brown’s Cabinet. As our next State Senator, Anna is committed to fighting to improve healthcare.

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Homelessness and Poverty

Anna Caballero wants to end poverty and homelessness.

Through her work with Governor Jerry Brown, Anna helped make housing more affordable for veterans and working families across California. As our Assemblymember she passed the Housing and Emergency Shelter Trust Fund Act, allocating $300 million for affordable housing and transportation. She also passed a bill allocating $200 million in Park Bonds and incentivizing cities to build affordable housing. But she knows we have so much more to do to help low-income families be successful. Anna wants to expand the affordable housing programs to more veterans and families and provide subsidies for more people to attend community college and increase their earning power.

Anna always stands with hard-working families. Civil rights icon and Labor leader Dolores Huerta praised Anna as a hard-working public servant who has dedicated her career to improving the lives of others. Anna provided legal assistance to farmworkers in need of fair representation. In the Assembly, she passed a bill streamlining the creation of farmworker housing and took a 10% pay-cut in her Assembly salary in order to show solidarity with other government workers whose salaries were being cut. And as Mayor and Assemblywoman, Anna brought people together to turn our budget shortfall into a surplus, helping our Veterans find an affordable place to call home, driving violent crime to an all-time low.

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Anna Caballero strongly opposes trump’s policy of separating children.

As a mother and grandmother, Anna was heartbroken to see children separated from their parents. In the Assembly, she voted to make California a sanctuary state to try and prevent this from happening.


Immigrant families are the backbone of our rural economy.  We need to keep families together and provide a path to citizenship for those who contribute to our communities. She will fight to protect Dreamers and ensure our local economy has the workforce it needs.


She believes everyone should have a voice in our government and will bring people together to solve problems. Anna will fight for all of us.

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Right to Water

Anna has lived in a farming community for over thirty years and understands the importance of water to our economy as well as our families and our health.

That’s why she has worked to improve local access to water and protect our water quality. During the drought years she traveled throughout the state to learn about regional water issues and to support farm workers, farmers and small business owners who were affected by the lack of water. She was the co-author of the 2010 water bond legislation entitled “Safe, Clean and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act of 2010” and worked with Republican colleagues to get the necessary 2/3 votes needed to pass in the legislature. She was on the bipartisan/bicameral committee that wrote and she voted for a series of bills to create a statewide ground water monitoring program, a statewide conservation program, a commitment to improve the delta water supply and restore the ecosystem and to stop illegal water diversions. The American Society of Civil Engineers and the California Water Agencies honored Anna in 2010 for her commitment to improving California’s water system.


Anna Caballero has a proven record protecting our water resources. Anna has served our community for thirty years, as Mayor of Salinas, Assemblywoman and Cabinet Secretary for Governor Jerry Brown. She worked on water issues at the local and state level and understands the need for balance between urban and rural water needs. She understands our district feeds the country and water quality and availability is crucial to the local economy.

Anna Caballero believes our first priority must always be clean drinking water for every family. During California’s historic drought, water availability has become even more important. Investing in water infrastructure to conserve, store, clean, recycle and reuse storm water and wastewater is critical. Anna wants to use new technology and the best research to ensure all communities have the highest water quality available.

Anna Caballero worked on a bi-partisan committee to solve our water problems. Anna was the co-author of a statewide bond passed by the legislature. The Bond provided money for improvements to the delta, water storage, conservation, cleaning contaminated water, water recycling and desalination and watershed improvements. Anna is the leader we need working for us in Sacramento.

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When Anna was a cabinet secretary, the state Agency she oversaw made it easier for small businesses owned by disabled Veteran’s to get state contracts.

She ensured that $65 million dollars to reduce veteran homelessness was allocated efficiently statewide. She also helped veterans and their families have access to affordable, stable housing as well as counseling, health clinics, disability benefit advocacy and family and childcare services. She is proud to have helped nearly 700 returning veterans and their families find housing in our area. Anna supported the Vietnam Veterans Park and Memorial in Salinas, voted to allocate city resources to build it and has attended the ceremony held there every Veterans Day since the memorial was created over 20 years ago. As a member of Governor Brown’s cabinet she expedited state approvals for the Veterans Cemetery in Monterey County. In the State Senate Anna will expand the affordable housing programs to more veterans and their families. And, working with local veteran’s organizations, she will provide subsidies for more service members to attend community colleges as well as four-year colleges to increase their earning power. Anna will always be there for our veterans.

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Women and Equality

As the first female Mayor of Salinas and the highest-ranking Latina in the Brown administration at the end of her service, Anna has been a trailblazer for women’s right and equal pay for equal work.

She received a 100% rating from Planned Parenthood for every year she was in the Assembly. She was given an Award of Excellence by the California State Commission on the Status of Women and the Monterey County Commission on the Status of Women. She has been recognized by the Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce earning the “Athena” award for her commitment to community service.

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