Ron Birnbaum for Assembly | Parks/Greenspace – Soccer
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Parks/Greenspace – Soccer

I love futbol (ok – soccer), and as the child of two immigrants from Argentina and as a youth soccer dad and ref, it has always been a big part of my life. Soccer connects me to my family in Argentina, like it does for so many fellow first-generation and immigrant Californians. As your legislator, I will promote youth soccer as a vital activity that fosters exercise, community, mentoring, and fun. It builds connections between immigrant communities and their countries of origin—but also brings us all together.

I grew up playing baseball and basketball too, but if it were up to me, I would make soccer the state sport of California! At the very least, we will have an annual COPA 51 to celebrate soccer and community in District 51.

During a time of national crisis in political leadership and with all the problems we face, it may seem frivolous to bring up soccer. But access to outdoor recreation is critical to promoting the health and well-being of Californians—to reduce chronic illness, fight the epidemic of childhood obesity and type II diabetes, increase productivity at work, and create social, economic, and racial justice.

Many neighborhoods in the 51st Assembly District lack access to safe parks and open space, while others have abundant resources for recreation. We live in one of the most racially, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse districts in the state (and in the country). We all deserve to enjoy the outdoors. I will fight to make sure every home has easy access to green space. I would love to hear from you about how AD 51 can make outdoor spaces that work for you and your family.

I will fight to preserve and add to greenspace within the district. Needed new housing should not reduce greenspace (and that includes Walnut Canyon in Mount Washington!).

I look forward to seeing you on the soccer fields! And you know as a referee I am carrying a special red card just for Donald Trump. Fuera Donald!