- Member of Governor Jerry Brown's Cabinet 2011-2015
- Former City Council Member and Mayor of Salinas
- First Elected to the State Assembly in 2006
- Lifelong Democrat
- Delivering results for our communities for over 30 years
Anna Caballero has a thirty-year legacy of public service in our community. She graduated from law school and moved to Salinas to provide legal services to farmworkers. Her and her partners made the commitment to open an office in Salinas and Hollister to provide legal services to working families at a reasonable price. She also started a non-profit called Partners in Peace to develop strategies to reduce youth and gang violence. At the request of her housing association she ran for Salinas City Council and served for 7 years; where she focused on affordable housing, strengthening the business and commercial opportunities for growth, the redevelopment of downtown, and providing more parks and recreational space for kids and families. She became the first female Mayor of Salinas in 1998 and raised over $80,00 in private funds to fund the city libraries, and put a ballot measure on the ballot to raise money for essential services during a state budget crisis.
Anna was elected to the State Assembly in 2006 and continued to focus on meeting the needs of local residents. She made it easier for farmers to utilize their land to build farmworker housing, gave local government more time to commit redevelopment dollars to rehabilitate affordable housing units in their communities and created a parks grant incentive for park poor communities who build affordable housing. She facilitated the transfer of state land to a local community to assist in the expansion of the waste water treatment facility, and facilitated in obtaining funds for a water agency to assist in upgrades and much needed technology. She was also able to access much needed gang intervention funds to help reduce gang violence in the region, creating a partnership with the Highway Patrol and the Department of Justice. She voted to extend state student aid to undocumented students applying for citizenship. And she took a 10% pay-cut in her Assembly salary to show solidarity with other government workers whose salary was cut due to the budget.
Most recently, Anna joined the administration of Governor Edmund G. Brown as a cabinet Secretary of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency. Under her leadership, 65 million dollars was allocated to build housing and provide services for homeless veterans, families struggling to make mortgage payments could access assistance to refinance their homes, and new funding criteria was established for affordable housing and sustainable communities, including rural communities, which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Her charge as Secretary included the oversight of the largest civil rights department in the country, the protection of consumer rights through the licensing of over 3 million individuals and businesses in California, and the development and maintenance of affordable housing statewide. Governor Brown said Anna Caballero served, "with distinction and a real sense of public service." During her time working with Governor Brown, Anna was the highest-ranking Latina in state government.
Anna has been a tireless advocate for children, families, farmers, veterans, workers, the disabled, seniors and teachers. She has been a mentor to many young local leaders and community activists, many of who now serve in elected office in their cities and counties. Her leadership has inspired generations of young leaders to work hard, and help build a strong community for the future.
Santa Cruz Sentinel, Monterey Herald, and Salinas Californian Endorse Anna Caballero!
We recommend a vote for Caballero, largely as a result of her extensive governmental experience. She has served as city councilwoman and mayor of Salinas, as well as in the Legislature. Since her defeat, she has worked closely with Gov. Jerry Brown as California Business Consumer Services and Housing Secretary, establishing the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program. We think that her knowledge of government and her close relationship with the governor will help serve the people of the district well.
– Santa Cruz Sentinel and Monterey Herald
All 5 San Benito County Supervisors Endorse Anna Caballero!
Anna Caballero is the best candidate to represent us in Sacramento. For the past 5 years she has worked side by side with the Governor to turn this state around. She's principled, she's fair, she knows how to deliver results. We're with Anna!
– San Benito County Board Chairman Robert Rivas
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Right To Water
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. During a Special Session called by the Governor to work on water issues, Anna was the co-author of a statewide bond passed by the legislature and signed by the Governor. 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.
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. 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.
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 Assemblymmber she passed the Housing and Emergency Shelter Trust Fund Act, allocating $300 million for affordable housing and transportation including: $1.1 million for Monterey County, $242,000 for San Benito County, $3.4 million for Santa Clara County, and $702,000 for Santa Cruz County. 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. When she first moved in Salinas in the 1970’s, 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.
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 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. Keeping kids and communities safe is one of Anna’s highest priorities.
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.
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 farmworkers, 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.
Honoring those who have served our nation is important to Anna. She was an early supporter of the development of a Vietnam Veterans Park and Memorial in Salinas, and voted to allocate city resources. As a member of Governor Brown’s administration she ensured that the state approvals necessary for the Veterans cemetery at Fort Ord in Monterey County were completed on time, allowing the project to move forward. As Secretary of Business, Consumer Services and Housing she was instrumental in ensuring that the 65 million dollars to reduce Veteran homelessness was allocated efficiently and statewide. Anna worked to ensure that veterans and their families benefit from affordable, stable housing opportunities as well as drug and mental health counseling, health clinics, disability benefit advocacy, and family and childcare services. As a member of the Governors Interagency Council on Veterans, Anna made sure that the department that licenses professionals in California could count service in the military towards the license requirements, allowing veterans to get a job quickly upon return to civilian service. She also made sure that disabled veterans who owned a small business could get hired by the state so that state contracts could support the veteran owned business.
Woman and Equality
As the first female Mayor of Salinas and the highest-ranking Latina in the Brown administration at the time 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 and the California Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League 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.
On the Salinas City Council and as Mayor, Anna helped develop
a health care project to reduce asthma, diabetes and obesity in
local communities and to increase accessibility to quality health
care for low-income residents. Understanding that all health
issues are related, and that many times residents are afraid to
get the exercise they need because of the threat of violence in
the community, Anna worked extensively to reduce gang and
domestic violence by building partnerships in the community to
combat the root causes. She founded Partners for Peace to focus
on violence as a public health issue, not a suppression issue.
Participants were encouraged to get health check ups, to
exercise, eat healthy, and work together to keep the community
Understanding that there is a need for comprehensive healthcare coverage, in the Assembly, Anna voted for single-payer health care. She is proud of the success of Covered California, millions of families and children now have health coverage, but she knows that there is still work to be done. There is a need for more health care providers, more work on education and disease prevention, a need for rural health clinics and clinics located in disadvantaged communities, a higher reimbursement rate for medi-cal and a need to extend coverage to more families.
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