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    POLITICS | Race for the 25th – California Appeals Court Says Uber & Lyft Must Comply With Smith’s Jobs-Killing AB5

    Smith continues to claim everything is just fine as Sacramento continues on path of crushing CA jobs during pandemic
    Valencia, CA – A California appeals court ruled yesterday that Uber and Lyft must comply with liberal Christy Smith’s jobs-killing AB5, which could force the services out of the state or have significant consequences for their hundreds of thousands of drivers and millions of users at the very least. Smith has joined her liberal Sacramento pals in dismissing the issue, saying everything will be fine if Uber and Lyft just comply with her disastrous bill, even as Uber says they will have to lay off hundreds of thousands of drivers and raise prices by up to 100% assuming they are able to avoid leaving the state altogether.
    “Liberal politician Christy Smith keeps lying to Californians who rely on the jobs and critical services that these rideshare companies provide,” said Congressman Mike Garcia (R, CA-25). “She says all the problems she’s created with her signature legislation will just disappear if Uber and Lyft are forced to adhere to AB5. In reality, her bill is going to crush hundreds of thousands of jobs and double the price of transportation for millions in the middle of a pandemic.”
    The ruling follows this week’s Wall Street Journal report that even if Uber avoids shutdown, AB5 will force the service to hire only a “fraction” of their 200,000 current California drivers and double prices for the millions, including many seniors, who rely on rideshare as a crucial means of transportation.
    Smith has already shown she has a tenuous relationship with the truth, promising Californians she wouldn’t raise taxes, before doing so to the tune of $3 billion in just one term in Sacramento. She told us AB5 wouldn’t crush California jobs, meanwhile her bill has already killed 70,000 jobs and is threatening hundreds of thousands more. Then, after voting to use 20 million taxpayer dollars during a budget deficit to go after small businesses and workers, she refused to vote on a repeal effort after the true consequences of her bill had become evident. She later lied about that too.
    “Smith cannot stop lying about the true effects of her policies. Californians are hurting, and the liberal Sacramento politicians like Smith are only making this crisis worse for our families and small businesses,” Garcia continued. “I am proud to co-sponsor a bill to preempt similar disastrous laws at the federal level because I know that Americans cannot afford to lose these jobs and be priced out of critical services.”


    Mike Garcia believes in a strong national defense and is a pro-business, pro-taxpayer, political outsider with nearly 20 years of service to this country as one of the first Super Hornet strike fighter pilots in the Navy and is a highly decorated US Naval Officer.  Garcia is a first-generation American whose father immigrated to the US in 1959 and has lived in the 25th district for nearly all of his life.  Garcia lives in Santa Clarita with his wife and two sons. He was elected to Congress on May 12, 2020, winning a Special Election with 55% and becoming the first California Republican to flip a Democrat seat since 1998.
    The 25th district encompasses the cities of Santa Clarita, Simi Valley, Palmdale, Lancaster and the northern part of the San Fernando Valley.  The median income is $76,866 and the ethnic breakdown is 45.8% White, 8% Black, 7.7% Asian and 35.3% Hispanic.

    To learn more about Mike and his campaign for Congress, visit https://ElectMikeGarcia.com.


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