On The Issues
Rebuilding California’s Economy
Senator Chang is leading efforts to save jobs and small businesses in an economy that has been severely damaged by the COVID-19 shutdown.
Helping Small Businesses Survive The COVID-19 Shutdown
Senator Chang helped small businesses stay open by working with them to get Small Business Association loans.
Expediting Retraining Program For Unemployed Workers
The COVID-19 economic shock will reverberate for years as employers adjust to the problems caused by the pandemic. To help people get back to work, Senator Chang believes the state must provide retraining for jobs in industries that have thrived during these challenging times.
Protect Small Businesses From COVID 19 Lawsuits
Protecting businesses like grocery stores and pharmacies, which have been allowed to stay open as essential businesses, from lawsuits related to the coronavirus.
Protecting Existing Jobs
By working to repeal AB 5, Ling will help create new jobs, protect existing ones, promote economic freedom and give millions of Californians the flexibility to create their own schedules, work when and where they want to as well as determine what they work on and how much they earn.
If successful in helping repeal AB 5, Senator Chang will help save one million California jobs and give millions of Californians the flexibility to create their own schedules, determine how many hours they want to work and how much they earn.
Source: Co-authored SB 806.
Senator Chang co-authored SB 238 to fix a regulation that killed tens of thousands of jobs and is one of the biggest obstacles for unemployed Californians seeking what little work is available.
Eliminating Disincentives For Telecommuting
Telecommuting during the COVID-19 shutdown helped thousands of workers keep their jobs and helped businesses service their clients and customers.
Senator Chang believes we need to change workplace rules to recognize at-home work locations so workers can remain productive, have more flexible schedules and better protect themselves from COVID-19.
Helping Families Survive
Reducing The High Cost Of Living
Concerned that the economic problems caused by COVID-19 combined with California’s already high cost of living is hurting too many families, Senator Chang is working hard to keep taxes down, make health care more affordable, prevent government from wasting tax dollars, and make college more affordable.
Helping The Unemployed
Senator Chang and her staff helped those who lost their jobs file unemployment claims with California’s Employment Development Department (EDD) so they could get the help needed to pay their bills.
Fighting Price Gouging On Essential Items
By co-authoring SB 1196, Ling fought price gouging for essential cleaning, medical supplies and food.
Providing Paid Leave
Senator Chang authored SB 943 to authorize Paid Family Leave benefits to help parents who needed to stay home to care for a child whose school has closed due to COVID-19.
Helping Essential Workers
Ling supported our front-line workers by pushing to provide paid leave for those forced to quarantine and extending hotel vouchers to healthcare workers and first-responders.
Source: Bipartisan Letter to Governor Newsom.
Providing Child Care For Essential Personnel
By advocating for child care for children of doctors, nurses, and other essential medical personnel, Ling worked to help them provide for their families while keeping us safe.
Source: Communication with the Governor’s office.
Requiring Equal Pay For Equal Work
Senator Chang supported the “California Fair Pay Act” to ensure women are paid the same as men when doing the same work.
Source: SB 358.
Expanding Family Leave
Ling voted to expand family leave so employees can take time off with pay when a member of their family becomes ill.
Source: AB 908.
She also supported AB 500 which requires schools and community colleges to provide at least six weeks of full paid maternity leave for employees.
Feeding The Hungry
Ling partnered with La Brea Bakery to distribute more than 36,000 Baccia White Loaves, Telera Sliders, and Holiday Stuffing Rolls. More than 30 different organizations benefit from the food distribution ranging from Senior Citizen Centers, Food Banks, Community Resource Centers, Community Colleges, school districts, and churches.
Helping Home-Bound Seniors
Senator Chang and staff helped seniors who could not leave their homes sign-up for meals on wheels.
She also organized a drive to collect essentials to help seniors who were home-bound by the COVID 19. By distributing pasta, pantry items, canned goods, bottled water, paper towels, toilet paper, hand sanitizers and basic cleaning supplies, Senator Chang helped some seniors avoid shopping trips that may have put them in harm’s way.
Helping People Deal With COVID-19 Created Credit Problems
Senator Chang helped those who could not pay their credit card bills, mortgage or rent because of COVID-19 and protect their credit ratings.
Giving Renters A Tax Break
Ling co-authored SB 248 to increase the amount of the renter's tax credit and makes it refundable.
Cutting Government Waste
As a city council member, Ling balanced every budget, built a $17 million reserve, increased funding for law enforcement and never raised taxes.
To help stretch city tax dollars, Ling cut her own city council pay and benefits and used her own money on travel to Washington to advocate solutions for 57/60 Freeway interchange congestion. As a State Senator she also refused a pay increase when one was offered to all Senators.
In the State Assembly, she pioneered the use of new technology and services like Uber and Airbnb to save tax dollars and better provide essential services at a lower cost.
Solving Health Care Problems
Responding To The COVID 19 Crisis
Senator Chang helped enact bipartisan emergency legislation to improve the state’s health care response and protect the most vulnerable by:
• Increasing hospital bed capacity
• Purchasing essential medical equipment
• Protecting hospitals, nursing homes, and other facilities most vulnerable
• Providing lifesaving services to Californians isolating at home,
• Reducing the spread of COVID-19 in homeless populations,
• Ensuring child care facilities remain open and clean
• Providing masks to doctors, nurses and grocery store workers
• Expanding the number of nurses available to fight the pandemic
• Funded temporary relocation of seniors in adult care facilities to mitigate the risks and effects of COVID-19 clusters that emerged in some nursing homes.
Sources: SB 89, SB 117.
Protecting Front-Line Workers
• Collected and donated masks and isolation gowns to health care and grocery store workers.
Keeping Health Care Costs Down
As a project manager for a health information systems firm, Ling helped train physicians, system administrators, and medical staff at various hospitals across Southern California.
She is now using that experience to help reduce the costs of health care while increasing access.
Ling helped make California the first state to prohibit drug companies from paying other companies not to bring less expensive generic medicines to the market. These anti-competitive practices have cost consumers and taxpayers $3.5 billion a year.
Source: AB 824.
Reducing Tax Bills Of Middle-Class Care Givers
To reduce the tax bill for family members who are caring for a sick loved one, Ling co-authored AB 251, the Middle-Class Family Caregivers Tax Credit Bill.
Making Care More Affordable
To help low and middle-income Californians afford health care coverage, Ling backed SB 65 to establish the Affordable Care Access Plus Program.
Implementing Tax Credits For Senior Health Care
By co-authoring AB 856, Ling worked to reduce senior’s tax bills through tax credits for senior home health care costs not paid by insurance.
Addressing The Homeless Problem
Senator Chang has worked across party lines to lead the fight to end street homelessness, break down barriers to building more housing, and get people the treatment they need.
She is also working hard to protect families from some of the problems created by the large number of homeless.
For example, she opposes the needle giveaways which have led to thousands of needles being discarded in our parks, rivers and neighborhoods and injuries to innocent children.
She has also written legislation to target the theft of packages from porches and residences as well as car break ins. Unfortunately, these crimes often go hand in hand with higher homeless populations.
Helping Homeless Veterans
To get homeless vets, the services they need, Ling authored legislation to provide funding for local services geared to reducing homelessness for veterans and homeless youth.
Getting Homeless Students Into Shelter
By supporting AB 58, Ling strengthened efforts to help homeless students and their families get off the street and into shelter.
Getting Homeless Children Into The Programs They Need
Ling co-authored AB 16 to create and fund programs to help get homeless children off the street and into homes.
Improving Educational Opportunities
As President & CEO of the Youth Science Center, Ling helped strengthen Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum in the region.
On the Executive Board of the Cal Poly Pomona-Partners in Education, she advocated for improved teacher training.
Exposing Misuse Of Lottery/Education Dollars
To fight government waste and better fund our schools, Senator Chang successfully called for an audit of the state lottery that exposed misuse of $36 million in tax dollars.
Source: Orange County Register, May 19, 2020.
Strengthening Vocational Training
By backing SB 451, Senator Chang helped enact a new law that requires professional development career and vocational counseling for students pursuing college and career technical education.
Making College More Affordable
Senator Chang co-authored AB 1307, The College Opportunity Act to provide students the opportunity to attend high-quality colleges and universities, who would otherwise not be able to attend. Diversifies the higher education options available under the CalGrant so students attend school where they are most likely to succeed.
Keeping Taxes Down
100% Rated By The California Taxpayers Association
Leading Successful Efforts To Defeat $29 Billion In Tax Increases
Source: SB0 8, SCA 5, SB 16, SBX1 1, SB 591, SBX2-13, SBX2 14, AB 1335, AB 1203, ABX2-18, AB 464.
Protecting Proposition 13
Ling’s good work to protect Prop 13 and keep property taxes down has earned her the endorsement of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.
Co-Authored The “Affordable Gas For California Families Act”
Ling knows times are tough. That’s why she fought to stop a potential $0.76 per gallon gas tax hike. Senator Chang also opposed the $52 billion gas and car tax hike passed by recalled Senator Newman.
Source: SB 1.
Protecting Neighborhoods From Crime And Drugs
Crippling Drug Dealers And Child Pornographers
Senator Chang worked with law enforcement to create a new law that cripples criminal organizations involved in dealing drugs, human trafficking, and child pornography.
Combating Human Trafficking
Ling’s first action in the Senate was to reinstate funding for anti-human trafficking funds that were stripped out of the budget. Ling also authored SB 35 to reconvene the California Alliance to Combat Trafficking and Slavery (California ACTS) Task Force so law enforcement can more effectively fight human trafficking.
Helping Victims Of Human Trafficking
To successfully provide essential services to victims of human trafficking, she authored SB 991.
Preventing Child Abuse
Ling helped establish child abuse prevention training in state schools for the first time ever.
Source: AB 1058.
Fighting Domestic Violence
Ling worked with Women Escaping a Violent Environment to prevent domestic violence by stopping abusers from using GPS tracking to stalk women.
Source: AB 1407.
Helping Our Veterans
Help Our Veterans Get Good Jobs
To give our veterans a greater opportunity to get a job once they leave the military, Senator Chang co-authored AB 1383 and AB 160.
Ensure Veterans Have Housing
Sadly, tax dollars committed to helping our veterans are too often wasted. That’s why she introduced AB 388 to ensure that funds spent on veterans housing are spent as efficiently and effectively as possible. That way we can help as many veterans as possible.
Waiving Pet Adoption Fees
Senator Chang authored SB 245 to waive public shelter pet adoption fees for veterans and make it easier for them to have companions. This bill was recently signed by the Governor.
Reducing Security Deposits For Veterans
Senator Chang co-authored SB 644 to help those in the military get into housing without paying high security deposits they can’t afford.
Fixing Broken Immigration Laws
Ling Ling Chang’s parents moved from Taiwan to America so they could live the California dream and provide opportunity for their children.
They came to this country legally, worked hard, played by the rules and gave Ling Ling and her siblings the kind of opportunity that only America provides. Ling grew up and attended local schools in our community. She wants to protect the California dream and believes our immigration system is broken and is badly in need of repair.
By co-authoring a measure to honor the Voting Rights Act, Ling is fighting discrimination in voting.
Demanding Justice For All
Increasing courtroom access to interpreters for those who do not speak English, helps ensure our justice system works for everyone. That’s why Ling backed AB 1002.