District 6 —California State AssemblyNovember 8, 2016 —California General Election
California State AssemblyDistrict 6
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- Public Safety
- Pro-Business Tax and Regulatory Reform
- Education Reform
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- Improving CA infrastructure for water supply, traffic mitigation, and public safety
- Creating new good paying jobs
- Expanding opportunites in education so our young people can compete in the global economy
I am just like you; one of "We the People”. In my professional career, I worked in everything from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies, so I understand the challenges they face in today’s political climate and economy. In 2009, I was diagnosed with cancer. During my treatment I realized that life truly can be too short. When I became healthy, my purpose shifted towards doing something positive to help people. So I am here today, hoping to give back to the community that has given me so much.
My life's experiences, professional expertise, technical knowledge, negotiating skills, common sense, and relationships in the Assembly uniquely qualify me to be an authentic representative of "We the People". They position me as the best candidate to get things done for us in Assembly District 6. I am willing to commit to the enduring principles on which America was founded: responsible government, fostering industry and the drive to excel. This District needs new, fresh, bold and principled leaders who have the courage, and dedication to support and adhere to those principles. We need a representative whose motivation for seeking elected office is not driven by what's best for the special interests, but rather, the desire to serve “We the People” as a public servant.
Born in Southern California and raised by a single mother, Brian Caples learned early on the value of hard work, perseverance, and love. He was identified as gifted early in life and spent most of his formative years studying and learning all he could. He is truly a seeker and desires to do good. He has used this education and knowledge to further his career goals working in the Silicon Valley.
In 1997, Brian graduated from a technical school earning a certification in Local Area Networking. He worked as a server for a large 50's style diner chain while paying his way through school. The dot come era was just beginning, and his career began in a small consulting company that managed networks for realtors and title companies. He found he had a natural aptitude for computers. He then moved into a position with a company that ran a stock exchange style market for the California electricity industry. Something he had no previous experience in. Brian worked closely with the CALPX and CAISO managing day ahead and real time scheduling. It was a great opportunity for Brian to learn and understand how the energy system works in CA. Brian plans to use this understanding to maintain reliability and sustainability as we move towards our green energy goals.
After 5 years there, Brian moved up and worked in a Fortune 500 company who was a leader in online credit card transaction processing. He managed several key projects and worked in teams to solve complex infrastructure problems. It opened up a new world of understanding for him of financial markets, banking, and credit. He was able to interface with all of the major payment processors/credit card companies and learn how their processes work. Brian plans to use this experience in project management and problem solving to build our infrastructure in California.
Brian moved up and accepted a job as a technical sales person at an industrial computing company. He had no real experience in sales, but was able to use his technical background to interface with an elite world of scientists and engineers. That is where the majority of his success was in business. As a technical sales person, his job was to negotiate multimillion dollar contracts. He was able to present ideas clearly, and communicate value propositions effectively. His contacts were made up of executive level boards and committees. His clients were NASA, Los Alamos, Raytheon, Boeing, and many other government sub-contractors. His position required a high level of integrity, as most of the projects they worked on were top-secret. The position required frequent contact with engineers and management of design specifications. His work required a close attention to detail, and the most important skill in sales- listening. Brian plans to use his skills of negotiation and listening to work with the scientists, engineers, and legislators to identify and create a better future for California.
While Brian had a good amount of success in business, he always felt like something was missing. He felt he lacked fulfillment in his life. About 5 years ago, Brian was diagnosed with cancer. In that moment, his whole life changed. He became much more present to the idea that life is truly precious and fleeting. It became clear that Brian had another purpose in this world besides the acquisition of material wealth and possessions. Brian realized his purpose here is to support positive change for ourselves and future generations.
Now that Brian is healthy and ready to live his goal of making a difference, he has chosen public service as the path he will take moving forward. As Brian is not a career politician, he faces many challenges. He feels up to these challenges, stating, "I have had to deal with more difficult things before." Brian is a survivor. He truly desires to provide value to the community, and support the voters in a way that has never been possible before. Brian knows he can transcend the barriers of politics, Republicans vs Democrats, so that we can unite in working towards our common goals.
In 2013, Brian created a bipartisan organization to address CA water problems. He has shown that he can succeed in bringing people together to solve complex problems and achieve real results for our State. We now have the word "water" in the Democratic party platform for the first time in part due to his efforts.
Brian believes that by working together we can create a society that works for every one. He is committed to working with all sides to address the issues facing us in California. As a cancer survivor, Brian has fought some tough battles in his life and won. California needs some one like him that will fight to make California the best that it can be.
- Assembly Speaker- Anthony Rendon
- Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones
- California Nurses Association
- Assembly member Ken Cooley
- Assembly member Kevin McCarty
- Placer County Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery
- Assembly member Jim Cooper
- Assembly member Kansen Chu
- Twin Rivers School Board MIke Baker
- Twin Rivers School Board Walter Kawamoto
- Roseville City School Board Gary Miller
- WUSD Trustee Norma Alcala
- Roseville Joint Union High School Board Rene Aguilera
- Roseville Planning commision David Larson
- Assembly member Mariko Yamada ret
- UAW Postdocs
- Los Rios Community College Federation of Teachers
- California Federation of Labor
- United Domestic Workers
- Communication Workers of America
- Sacramento-Sierra's Building and Contstuction Trades Council
- Sacremanto Central Labor Council
- United Steel Workers
- International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
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.
One of the most pressing issues that currently faces California is how we are going to manage and allocate our water resources. Considering the absolute necessity of water for human life and economic activity, we need to elect representatives who are going to work to find solutions that provide enough water for all Californians. What we do not need are short-sighted decisions like the "Twin Tunnels" currently being proposed which would create absolutely no new water, would despoil thousands of acres of prime farmland, and would only exacerbate existing water pressures and shortages in Northern California.
This is why I created a bi-partisan organization to bring together recognized experts; in coming up with innovative and intelligent solutions as to how to best manage California's water resources. We need experts to develop solutions to our water problems not politicians. We need people like me in government who are passionate about advocating for those common sense solutions that will help all Californians have adequate access to water. The WDIC alternative to the "Twin Tunnels" BDCP aligns the principles of small government, effective spending, and maintaining the health of the Delta.
Balancing the co-equal goals setforth in law must be achieved if we are to plan effectively for long term drough situations. Any solution to manage our Delta water must include 5 key factors:
- Account for the natural variation in precipitation
- Restore the natural flow of water through the Delta, both in pattern and quantity
- Protect Northern California water rights and water quality
- Address the legitimate needs of Southern California residents and San Joaquin Valley farmers
- Be self-regulating and not rely on complicated agreements which can only lead to litigation
I also firmly believe that water is a fundamental human right that must be protected. The California Constitution Article X requires that " the water of the State be but to beneficial use to the fullest extent of which they are capable, and that the waste or unreasonable use or unreasonable method of use be prevented, and that the conservation of such waters is to be exercised with a view to the reasonable and beneficial use thereof in the interest of the people and for the public welfare"
CA Water Code Section 106 delcared that "it is the established policy of this State that the use of water for domestic water is the highest use and that the next highest use is irrigation."
CA Water Code Section 106.3 (a) further defines that "every human being has the right to safe, clean, affordable, and accessible water adequate for human consumption, cooking, and sanitary purposes."
Given these established policies and laws, it will be my job as a legislator to uphold those laws, and to ensure that moving forward we designate appropriate water resources to satisfy the public need for water, and that the public never faces shortage situations, eliminate fines and prevent future cost increase for public use of water.
What are your top three fiscal priorities, recognizing the need to balance the state’s income with its spending?
I grew up in a household that had to make every penny count. We abhorred waste. I will take those same values of thrift and respect for the hard work that goes into every tax dollar to do everything I can to make sure our state government is a responsible steward of our public monies. It is time to return to a mindset in which our representatives continually strive to cut waste and operate as efficiently as possible. Being a public servant entrusted with the public purse comes with the grave responsibility of doing everything one can to make sure public money is well spent. I will be proud to work diligently to curb extravagant spending and restore fiscal responsibility back to our state government. My top 3 fiscal priorities will be:
1. Addressing waste, fraud, and abuse of public monies by Caltrans
2. Addressing unreasonable Administrator salaries in public agencies
3. Reforming the RFP/RFQ processes to prevent sweetheart deals, cost overruns, and failed deliveries
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.
I believe that no person working full time should live in poverty. I believe that every worker deserves to live with dignity and not depend on public assistance to provide for their survival needs. This issue has been addressed by the State legislature with the recent passage of the increase to the State minimum wage over the next 7 years. According to the Department of labor, the arguments against raising the minimum wage are not based in fact. In a letter to President Obama and congressional leaders urging a minimum wage increase, more than 600 economists, including 7 Nobel Prize winners wrote, "In recent years there have been important developments in the academic literature on the effect of increases in the minimum wage on employment, with the weight of evidence now showing that increases in the minimum wage have had little or no negative effect on the employment of minimum-wage workers, even during times of weakness in the labor market. Research suggests that a minimum-wage increase could have a small stimulative effect on the economy as low-wage workers spend their additional earnings, raising demand and job growth, and providing some help on the jobs front."
Another common argument is that raising the minimum wage will drastically increase the cost of goods in California. I would assert that prices for goods have continue to rise even though the minimum wage has not changed. When we look at other countries that have substantially higher minimum wages for fast food workers like Denmark for example, where workers at McDonalds receive over $20 per hour, paid vacation time, and paid sick leave- the cost of value meal is only slightly higher than that of the USA where workers are paid less than half. Personally, I would rather pay slightly higher prices for goods if it means that the nearly 20 percent of people who are living in poverty in California can get off of public assistance programs and be able feed their family.
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?
It is no secret that we have a broken campaign finance system in America. In a recent PPIC poll, a study found that 84% of Californians want more transparency into who is attempting to influence policy and buy elections in California. In the post Citizens United era contributions to political campaigns have skyrocketed making raising money the core focus of how a legislator spends their time. The costs to run an effective campaign now have become prohibitive for qualified candidates to run for office. That is contrary to our founding fathers intentions who envisioned a government that is of the People, by the People, and for the People.
Unfortunately, our efforts to provide more disclosure have had unintended consequences. Requiring campaign finance disclosure now presents yet another barrier to entry for candidates seeking to do their civic duty and hold elected office. While I remain committed to improving transparency, I recognize that disclosing contributions is not enough. We must take steps to address the root of the problem. That is why I support reversing the disastrous Citizens United ruling and other court decisions that have declared that corporations are people, and that spending money in elections is free speech. In order to address the root problem, which is the costs to run an election and the undue burdens raising money creates, I am in support of moving to public financing of elections. A recent study showed that if every tax payer in California paid a meager $8 each per year, there would be adequate funding to support public financing of elections.
another possible solution is to reduce the size of our Assembly and Senate Districts. CA has some of the largest Districts in the nation. Our Senate Districts are larger than our Congressional Districts. Not only does it create an issue where huge amounts of money are needed to run a campaign, but it diminishes the ability of the representative to effectively represent their constituents. What is good for the people in one part of the District, might be completely different than the needs of another. We must look for ways to reduce District sizes to make them more manageable and provide better representation for the individual needs of the areas they represent.
Until such time that we can reverse Citizens United, or we move to public financing of elections, we must continue to provide more transparency into campaign spending. That means that we must pass legislation like AB700, SB1349, and SB254. Governor Brown should have signed AB1200 which despite overwhelming support by our legislature to provide more transparency into the procurement process and state spending, was vetoed. Californians have no way to know who is lobbying for billions of dollars in government contracts because they don't have to register as lobbyists. What we have is a situation where the foxes are guarding the hen house. This is one of the most important issues of our time, and how we respond will determine the future of our state and country.
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