Op-Eds

In this August 2016 file photo, the dome of the state Capitol glows in the early evening in Sacramento. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)By: Assemblyman Tyler Diep on February 23, 2020 Innocent until proven guilty.  It’s a phrase we all know.  It’s said in every legal drama on television and by defense attorneys all across America. In our criminal justice system, the presumption of innocence is a legal and fundamental right where the burden of proof is on the prosecution. This is to protect the people from the government having too much power and being falsely accused for crimes and abuses… read more
      Sara Hayden poses for a photo with some of her medications at home Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in Half Moon Bay, Calif. Hayden lost her job as a data researcher because of medical problems and is now covered by Medi-Cal, as Medicaid is called in California. She has rheumatoid arthritis, and the medication she has to take to keep the disease in check cost thousands of dollars a month. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)  By: Assemblyman Tyler Diep on August 22, 2019 Californians across our state, including those in Orange County, who depend on life-saving medications are facing the threat… read more
By: Assemblyman Tyler Diep on March 22, 2019 In California, one of our crown jewels is the initiative process enumerated in our Constitution. The people, like you and me, have the right to directly ask our fellow Californians to decide through the ballot, issues that determine our future and fate.  Many say this is the “fourth branch of government” — empowering the people to be co-equal to the three branches of government and a way to keep them in check.  It’s also the people’s way to overturn bad decisions made by politicians in Sacramento. One of the best-known examples is Proposition 13,… read more
      Recruits get ready for the swearing-in ceremony of incoming Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes in Tustin on Monday, January 7, 2019. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)  By: Assemblyman Tyler Diep and Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Don Barnes on April 27, 2019 Imagine coming home from work one day to discover that the front door of your home is open. You don’t know why the door is open so you enter. As you begin to look inside, you realize that your home is not the way you left it as several things are out of place. Then you hear someone else is inside. And in your… read more
      By: Assemblyman Tyler Diep on February 22, 2019 Governor Newsom proudly declared in his State of the State address that we “need a fresh approach when it comes to meeting California’s massive water challenges.” I agree that there are serious water challenges in the state, especially when a significant number of Californians do not have access to safe and reliable drinking water. Some estimate that it’s over 1 million and mostly in the Central Valley, concentrated in poor and disadvantaged communities. As a state with the fifth largest economy, we owe it to those who do not have… read more
            By: Assemblyman Tyler Diep on January 29, 2019 In one of his first official acts as Governor, Gavin Newsom has declared hostility against one of the cities that I have the honor of representing in the Legislature: Huntington Beach.  Governor Newsom announced the lawsuit this past Friday, along with Attorney General Xavier Becerra, to litigate high density housing into our neighborhoods. Like many other immigrants, I still believe that owning a home is part of living the American Dream.  However, for the Governor to exclusively file suit against Huntington Beach is not… read more