The Federal Government plays a part in California water allocation and use through a variety of laws. What, if any, legislation would you support in an effort to handle water shortages caused by the current and any future drought?
Water scarcity is a fact of life in California. Water innovation such as public and private investment in water reclamation and desalination will help to alleviate local shortages. These practices have the ability to turn low value water into freshwater suitable for human use and consumption. Improved management of groundwater resources can protect this precious resource. Modernization of the State Water Project can help ensure that less transported water is lost to evaporation.
Should immigration laws be changed? What changes would you support? Please explain why.
The current immigration policy is bewildering and needs an overhaul. A plan that is similar to Ronald Reagan's can address undocumented immigrants currently living in this country. An enhanced system of green cards will allow more workers to legally enter this country and help to revitalize the economy. Laws are needed to protect immigrants from workplace violence and crimes. For those who enter the country with documentation, the process of becoming a citizen should be streamlined; though, civics tests and some knowledge of English can be maintained.
What, if anything, does the U.S. need to do in order to address national security and terrorism? Please explain your answer in detail.
Additional use of intelligence from satellites and drones can help the US develop and coordinate a national security policy to address terrorism. To the extent that US agents can infiltrate and understand terrorist groups, US resources can be used in targeted ways. Modernizing and safeguarding the US nuclear weapons system also ensures that these weapons can be used as a powerful deterrent.
The political climate in Washington, D.C. has been extremely partisan in recent years. In that kind of atmosphere, what would you do to get things done while in office?
I'm a negotiator and that's one of the reasons I am running for office. I'm willing to work hard to create win-win solutions in Congress. For example, all Members have an interest in meeting their district's needs. While fire abatement is a necessity in the San Diego region, development of tornado warning systems and shelters are major issues in the Midwest. Collaboration can work to meet the needs of each region.