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California State SenateCandidate for District 37

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Katrina Foley

Mayor/Consumer Attorney
68,952 votes (24.7%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Homelessness & Affordable Housing: My first priority as Costa Mesa’s directly elected mayor was to change the city’s approach to resolving homelessness. Our model in Costa Mesa can be replicated in other cities to address this crisis.
  • The Environment: California must continue to act to protect our future air and water quality. In Sacramento, I will fight to protect the 37th Senate District’s incomparable natural beauty, including defending our coastline from offshore drilling.
  • Education and Job Training: I will fight tirelessly in Sacramento to improve our neighborhood schools and ensure that California’s PreK-12 public schools have the resources to prepare students for the 21st century economy. 



Profession:Mayor of Costa Mesa and Consumer Attorney
Mayor, City of Costa Mesa — Elected position (2018–current)
Councilmember, City of Costa Mesa — Elected position (2014–2018)
Mayor, City of Costa Mesa — Appointed position (2016–2017)
Board Member, Newport Mesa Unified School District Board of Trustees — Elected position (2010–2014)
Councilmember, City of Costa Mesa — Elected position (2004–2010)


Seattle University School of Law Juris Doctor (J.D.) (1996)
University of California at Los Angeles B.A., English (1992)


Katrina Foley is a community leader, successful businesswoman and attorney who became Costa Mesa’s first directly elected Mayor in November 2018. Katrina also served as Mayor in 2016-2017, and has been on the Costa Mesa City Council for 11 years.


Previously serving on the Newport Mesa Unified School District Board of Trustees from November 2010 to November 2014, Katrina’s focus is on making local Orange County communities better for families.


Katrina is President of The Foley Group, A Professional Law Corporation in Newport Beach. The Foley Group, PLC provides services in contract negotiations for artists and athletes, civil business and employment litigation, and non-profit compliance matters. In 2001 and 2004, Katrina was honored by Women in Leadership and the National Association of Women Business Owners’ at the annual Remarkable Women Awards event.


Her service on local and regional boards and agencies includes the following: serving on the Travel Costa Mesa and Toll Corridor Agency Boards, and liaison to the Newport Mesa Arts Commission, Cultural Arts Committee, Bike and Walkability Committee, Pension and Finance Advisory and Special Districts Committee, as well as the Orange County Fair. As a City Councilmember from November 2004 to November 2010, Foley served as the Chair to the Redevelopment Agency and City Council liaison to the following: the Orange County Fair, Newport-Mesa Unified School District, Youth in Government Program, Child Care and Youth Services Committee, Cultural Arts Committee, and Santa Ana River Trail Blue Ribbon Committee. She also Chaired the Coast Community College Measure M Oversight Committee and was recognized as the Orange Coast College Citizen of the Year.


A proud graduate of Head Start and a Pell Grant recipient, Katrina understands what it is like to grow up in a family facing financial challenges. As the daughter and wife of union members, Katrina has always stood with California’s workers and working families in their efforts to organize and collectively bargain.


In law school, Katrina established the school’s first women’s resource to serve domestic violence victims and chaired the women’s law caucus. The small clinic is now a well-established, for credit clinic run by the law school. Katrina was the City of Costa Mesa’s first pregnant Planning Commissioner. At that time, she initiated changing tables in the restrooms and a nursing station for employees at a new IKEA development.


Katrina has two sons in college who attended Costa Mesa Public Schools. She lives in Costa Mesa with her husband of 28 years Casey, a local teacher.

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California (4)

Describe what proposal(s) you would support to alleviate the shortage of affordable housing for all income groups in California?
Answer from Katrina Foley:

I'm already doing this work as Mayor in partnership with our Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris who has endorsed our campaign.  We must plan for housing near job centers so that we reduce the commute and create a more liveable community.  We are in desperate need for low and very low income housing, as well as work force housing.  Low income housing in Orange County means that a family of 4 cannot make more than $80,000 annually.  A lot of families fall into that category and can't find housing here in Orange County.  Plus, we must move people from shelter to tranistional and permanent supportive housing.  I am the candidate with the most experience in this area and once elected to the State Senate I will pull all of our local Mayors and City Managers together to create a regional housing plan.  We can't continue to work like we all live on an island. We must act now to address and if we don't pull a plan together that protects traditional neighborhoods and reduces traffic while still meeting the housing demands, the State will start dictating where we build and how much.  No one locally will be happy.  Support me and I will use my 16 years of local experience to create a solid plan that is a win win for everyone. 

Here is a recent article about some plans I'm working on now.

What programs or legislation would you support to meet the water needs of all Californians?
Answer from Katrina Foley:

Each county is different and we must address with different approaches.  I will work with stakeholders to ensure that clean, safe drinking water is available throughout the the State.  We have some good models here in Orange County for reclaimation.  Also, we must reduce PFA's from entering our groundwater.  That's why I support Congressman Harley Rouda's PFAS User Fee Act of 2019, H.R. 2570, to hold PFAS polluters accountable for their role in a nationwide contamination crisis.

To reach a goal of carbon neutrality by 2045, as set forth in a 2018 executive order what, if any, proposals, plans or legislation would you support?  Please be specific.
Answer from Katrina Foley:

My electric vehicles for all plan will help us reach that goal faster.  We need to incentivise cities and counties to install charging stations throughout their communities, especially in dense apartment housing areas.  We also need to provide tax rebate incentives to car owners to encourage widespread transition to electric vehicles.  Right now, only wealthier residents can afford.

Additionally, as Mayor, I proposed and our council voted for a resolution to oppose off shore oil drilling, and support HR 763 the Energy Innovation and Carbon Divident Act.

Finally, we must reduce use of plastics and create a meaningful climate action plan for California that others can replicate.  

According to the California Legislative Analyst’s Office, we spend over $81,000 per individual who is incarcerated.  Other than incarceration, what ways can the State address safety and justice?
Answer from Katrina Foley:

Rehabilitation, education, and training is key at all levels.  We must fully fund public education.  We must start early to identify at risk students and redirect them toward a more positive path. I support increased apprensticeship programs. Funding more counselors in our public schools and more profesionally licensed mental health and addition treatment practicioners instead of fly by night insurance scams that currently exist in all the sober living homes in Orange County is also key. 


As a former school board member, PTA & Booster President, and mom of 2 college age sons, I know first hand the need and I know how to fix it. 

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $575,140

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

Employees of Keller/Anderle LLP
Complete Management Solutions, LLC
UFCW 324
California Labor Federation
California Professional Firefighters
California State Council of Laborers
Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC)
Professional Engineers in California Government
Southern California Pipe Trades District Council 16
State Building & Construction Trades Council of California

More information about contributions

By State:

California 93.58%
District of Columbia 3.51%
Nevada 1.68%
Maryland 0.54%
Other 0.68%

By Size:

Large contributions (97.06%)
Small contributions (2.94%)

By Type:

From organizations (55.97%)
From individuals (44.03%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

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