District 16 —California State AssemblyNovember 8, 2016 —California General Election
California State AssemblyDistrict 16
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- Improve education: reform the rigid teacher tenure system, support children and great teachers, and put California students first in UC admissions.
- Rebuild smarter infrastructure: stop High Speed Rail and the Twin Tunnels, and invest in roads and public transportation and smarter water infrastructure.
- Require fiscal discipline: pay down debt and get our financial house in order, rather than go on a spending spree.
In her first term in the Assembly, Catharine has lived up to her pledge to be a different kind of legislator – one who works across party lines to get things done. She wrote legislation to better prevent child abuse in schools, to make the Bay Bridge oversight authority more transparent and accountable, and to offer veterans support in finding new careers when they return to civilian life. All these bills passed with unanimous, bipartisan support and were signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. She has authored legislation to improve California’s transportation system and water infrastructure; modernize California’s schools so all children, regardless of the zip code they live in, can receive a great education; to make higher education accessible and affordable for California residents, and to make the state more accountable and financially disciplined with taxpayer funds. It’s no surprise the Contra Costa Times said, “Baker shows the Legislature there’s room for bipartisanship.”
An active parent leader in local schools, Catharine served on numerous local school improvement committees and on a preschool board. She is a Trustee with the Diablo Regional Arts Association, supporting arts education opportunities for families and school children. She is active in local Scouting with Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, serving as an archery instructor and camp volunteer. As small business counsel at Hoge Fenton Jones & Appel law firm in Pleasanton, Catharine’s practice is helping local small businesses and non-profit organizations get started and succeed.
Catharine is a native Californian. She earned her BA degree from the University of Chicago, overcoming cancer her senior year to graduate Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her JD degree from UC Berkeley School of Law. Catharine is married to her college sweetheart, Dan, and they have two school-aged children, twins.
- Chad Mayes, Assembly Republican Leader
- Gloria Romero, Former California State Senate Democratic Majority Leader
- Ron Brown, Environmental Leader, Retired Executive Director, Save Mt. Diablo
- Anne White, Member, Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District
- Michael Metcalf, Mayor, Town of Moraga
- Dave Trotter, Vice Mayor, Town of Moraga
- Phil Arth, Councilmember, Town of Moraga
- Teresa Onoda, Councilmember, Town of Moraga
- Roger Wykle, Councilmember, Town of Moraga
- Bruce K. Burns, Superintendent, Moraga School District
- Eve Phillips, Vice Mayor, City of Orinda
- Jean Follmer, President, Lafayette School District Board
- Chris Wenzel, Member, Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District
- Suzy Pak, Member, Lafayette School District Board
- John Marchand, Mayor, City of Livermore
- Stewart Gary, Vice Mayor, City of Livermore
- Steven Spedowfski, Councilmember, City of Livermore
- Laureen Turner, Councilmember, City of Livermore
- Bob Woerner, Councilmember, City of Livermore
- Chuck Rogge, Clerk, Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District
- Kate Runyon, Member, Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District
- Darlene Gee, Councilmember, City of Orinda
- Dean Orr, Councilmember, City of Orinda
- Bob Simmons, Councilmember, City of Walnut Creek
- Cindy Silva, Councilmember, City of Walnut Creek
- Richard Carlston, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Walnut Creek
- Denise Jennison, Member, San Ramon Valley Unified School District
- Ken Mintz, Clerk, San Ramon Valley Unified School District
- Mark Jewett, Vice President, San Ramon Valley Unified School District
- Greg Marvel, President, San Ramon Valley Unified School District
- Harry Sachs, Councilmember, City of San Ramon
- David Hudson, Councilmember, City of San Ramon
- Scott Perkins, Vice Mayor, City of San Ramon
- Bill Clarkson, Mayor, City of San Ramon
- Mark Miller, Vice President, Pleasanton Unified School District
- Jerry Pentin, Councilmember, City of Pleasanton
- Arne Olson, Councilmember, City of Pleasanton
- Karla Brown, Councilmember, City of Pleasanton
- Kathy Narum, Vice Mayor, City of Pleasanton
- Jerry Thorne, Mayor, City of Pleasanton
- Justin Wedel, Councilmember, City of Walnut Creek
- Greg Enholm, Vice President, Contra Costa County Community College District
- Steve Mick, Member, Alamo MAC
- Ann Struthers, Chair, Alamo MAC
- Kathy Coppersmith, Member, Alcalanes Union School District
- John T. Nejedly, Member, Contra Costa County Community College District
- Tim Farley, Secretary, Contra Costa County Community College District
- President Vicki Gordon, President, Contra Costa County Community College District
- Christine Deane, Vice President, Contra Costa County Board of Education
- Mark Peterson, Contra Costa County District Attorney
- Supervisor Mary Piepho, Contra Costa County
- Supervisor Karen Mitchoff, Contra Costa County
- Supervisor Candace Andersen, Contra Costa County
- Loella Haskew, Mayor, City of Walnut Creek
- Jill Winspear, Member, Alamo MAC
- Karen Stepper, Mayor, Town of Danville
- Renee Morgan, Vice Mayor, Town of Danville
- Don Tatzin, Councilmember, City of Lafayette
- Traci Reilly, Councilmember, City of Lafayette
- Brandt Andersson, Councilmember, City of Lafayette
- Mike Anderson, Vice Mayor, City of Lafayette
- Mark Mitchell, Mayor, City of Lafayette
- Beverly Lane, Vice President, East Bay Regional Parks District
- Greg Tomlinson, Member, Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees
- Dan Cunningham, President, Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees
- Mike Doyle, Councilmember, Town of Danville
- Doreen Wehrenberg, Councilmember, City of Dublin
- Kevin Hart, Councilmember, City of Dublin
- Dave Haubert, Mayor, City of Dublin
- Robert Storer, Councilmember, Town of Danville
- San Francisco Chronicle
- Republican Party of Alameda County
- Republican Party of Contra Costa County
- Pleasanton Weekly Newspaper
- Log Cabin Republicans
- National Federation of Independent Businesses
- Blackhawk Republican Women, Federated
- Livermore Independent Newspaper
- California Correctional Peace Officers Association
- California Women's Leadership Association PAC
- East Bay Times Newspaper
- Humane Society
- California Parks and Recreation Society
- Crime Victims United
- Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce
- Doug Miller, Former Alameda County Veterans Affairs Commissioner
Climate changes and the continuing drought worry many in California. What new strategies do you believe would ensure that California is able to both satisfy its water needs and protect the environment? Please be specific.
For more detailed information on the policy issues in my platform I invite you to visit my website at www.bakerforassembly.com/issues. Please share with me any feedback or questions you have on specific policy issues or the information provided.
What are your top three fiscal priorities, recognizing the need to balance the state’s income with its spending?
If elected, what solutions do you propose to deal with the high cost of living in the Bay Area?
There are a variety of proposals to raise California's minimum wage. Many of these proposals face opposition from business groups who are concerned that they would kill jobs. Do you support increasing the minimum wage in California? In your answer please explain your position on the relationship between wages and jobs with specific reference to the situation in your district.
Many Californians are concerned about the influence of money in politics. What can the state legislature do to ensure that decision-making by elected officials is not swayed by moneyed interests at the expense of constituents?
What steps are needed to improve region-wide transportation planning and the growing traffic congestion?
Below are the top contributors that gave money to support the candidate(s).
- Cheryl's top priority will be improving our public education system. She will work to attract and retain more high quality teachers, reduce class sizes, and improve education funding so all students receive a quality education.
- Cheryl will continue to be a champion for women and families. As a councilmember, she helped to secure funding for prenatal care and mammograms. In the Assembly, she will fight for equal pay for equal work and affordable healthcare.
- Cheryl believes we should do everything we can to protect our natural resources, including the Delta, by standing up against the twin tunnels. She will stand up to big oil companies and fight for tougher regulations on greenhouse gas emissions.
A teacher, mother and public servant, Cheryl Cook-Kallio learned about service from her dad, a career Navy man and her grandfather, a man who fought in WWI and then found a way to enlist again so he could serve in WWII with his son.
A celebrated public school teacher, respected Pleasanton City Councilmember and tireless community activist Cheryl has fought to: enhance public education, increase a ordable housing options, improve streets and roads, and make our community safer.
As a teacher Cheryl was dedicated, providing our youth with the best foundation possible to be successful in the 21st century. She spent 39 years educating our youth and was recognized with honors for her excellence in the classroom.
Cook-Kallio served eight years on Pleasanton’s City Council. During her time as Vice-Mayor and Councilmember she led the way to increase a ordable housing, expand parkland and implement curbside recycling. Working with regional transportation agencies, Cheryl improved streets and roads, finding solutions to traffic gridlock.
Now retired from the classroom, Cheryl serves as a Boardmember to the Pleasanton Partnership in Education Foundation, member of the CA Civic Learning Task Force Advisory Board, a member of the Teacher Advisory Board for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s iCivics Foundation, and as the Northern California Senior Consultant for the Center for Civic Education.
Cheryl earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte and her Masters of Arts degree in U.S. History with an emphasis on the U.S. Constitution from San Jose State University.
She holds teaching credentials in Social Science and English, with a supplemental credential in Spanish. Cheryl and her husband John, a retired teacher, live in Pleasanton. They are the parents of four children.
- President Barack Obama
- Planned Parenthood & NARAL Pro-Choice California
- League of Conservation Voters
- Trustee Vivien Larsen, Ohlone College Board
- Trustee Teresa Cox, Ohlone College Board
- Councilmember Edi Birsan, Concord
- Trustee Sarah Butler, Orinda Union School District
- Trustee Carol Brown, Orinda Union School District
- Board President Craig Bueno, Livermoore Valley Unified School District
- Director Angela Ramirez Holmes, Zone 7 Water Agency
- Director Paul Sethy, Alameda County Water District
- Trustee Ann Crosbie, Fremont Unified School District
- Ro Khanna
- Senator Dianne Feinstein
- Trustee Joan Laursen, Pleasanton Unified School District
- Trustee Jamie Yee Hintzke, Pleasanton Unified School District
- Trustee Valarie Arkin, Pleasanton Unified School District
- Supervisor Scott Haggerty Alameda County
- Trustee Greg Bonaccorsi, Ohlone College Board
- Trustee Carlo Vecchiarelli, Chabot-Las Positas College Board
- Senator Loni Hancock
- Assemblymember Rob Bonta
- State Senator Bob Wieckowski
- Assemblymember Susan Bonilla
- Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León
- Congressmember Jerry McNerney
- Congressmember Mark DeSaulnier
- Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom
- Assemblymember Tony Thurmond
- Assemblymember Kansen Chu
- Board of Education Marlon McWilson, Alameda County
- Board of Education Eileen McDonald, Alameda County
- Supervisor Richard Valle, Alameda County
- State Board of Equalization Fiona Ma
- Assemblymember Phil Ting
- Assemblymember Susan Eggman
- Assemblymember Bill Quirk
- California Professional Firefighters
- East Bay Women's Political Caucus
- NARAL Pro-Choice California
- Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
- Equality California
- National Organization for Women
- California League of Conservation Voters
- Planned Parenthood NorCal Action Fund
- California Teachers Association
- California Nurses Association
- National Women's Political Caucus
Below are the top contributors that gave money to support the candidate(s).