Lori R. Saldana


FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT WWW.LORI4MAYOR.COM<br /> <br /> Despite the highly partisan nature of California politics, Lori has been a consensus-builder and an effective legislator. During six tough years in the state Legislature in Sacramento, Lori repeatedly built coalitions of Democrats and Republicans, and passed critical legislation signed into law by a Republican governor.<br /> <br /> Lori's Parents A San Diego native, Lori Saldaña grew up in Clairemont the third of four daughters. After her father retired from a 20-year career in the U.S. Marine Corps, Lori’s parents moved the family home to San Diego for good and settled in Clairemont in the 1960s. Lori’s experience as the daughter of a career Marine would later influence her legislative work on behalf of active-duty service members, veterans and military families.<br /> After retiring from the Marine Corps, Lori’s father Frank joined the staff of the San Diego Evening Tribune in 1966, becoming one of the paper’s best-known and respected reporters. A full 26 years later, Lori’s father retired again when the Tribune merged with the San Diego Union in 1992. Lori’s mother, Virginia, was an active school and community volunteer who encouraged Lori to become involved in public causes from an early age.<br /> <br /> Among the many bills penned by Lori during her time in the Legislature, one of the most notable is her work co-authoring California’s landmark Global Warming legislation. She served in the Environmental Caucus and was considered one of the state’s most influential environmental voices. In six years in the Assembly, Lori proved her commitment to conserving and protecting California’s natural resources, earning a 100% Sierra Club environmental voting record.<br /> <br /> Serving on the Veterans Committee, Lori wrote several pioneering pieces of legislation for veterans and military families.<br /> Lori is particularly proud of AB 599, a law which ensures California’s veterans have increased access to mental health services.<br /> In 2006, Gov. Schwarzenegger signed Saldaña’s California School-Age Military Dependents Act, designed to ease the difficulty military dependents face when transferring between school districts within California.<br /> <br /> This was followed in 2009 by the Military Families Educational Opportunities Act, relieving bureaucratic roadblocks military children face when transferring into California schools from states with different academic, placement, testing and graduation requirements.<br /> For her work on behalf of veterans, Lori was named the 2006 Legislator of the Year by the California Association of County Veterans Service Officers.<br /> <br /> FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT WWW.LORI4MAYOR.COM<br />