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.
I believe that we need to build new dams in strategic places though out Califonria. We also need to build the infrastructure required to deliver rain water and runoff to those dams. We can, and should, build a pipeline that will connect most of the dams from Northern California to Southern California to ensure maximum water capacity is achieved for our drought years. Incentives to convert to Desert landscapes and swimming pool-less backyards should be given.
Climate change is eal and unless we curtail it, it will continue to get hotter and hotter. We also, need to turn away from fossil fuels, and natural gas. We need to install solar panels, wind mills and use water currents to create electricity instead of increasing CO2 levels and continue to create the greenhouse effect. We can also invest in clean energy, mass transportation and turn our vehicles into electric cars. When we can get a reliably, self-driving vehicle that can be programed to go where it's programed to go, we'll be able to make almost all failies a one-car family and Carbon Monoxide levels will drop even more drastically. All this is achivable within a few years. I will work toward setting the conditions that will make it happen.
What are your top three fiscal priorities, recognizing the need to balance the state’s income with its spending?
Wherever there are bloated and obselete agencies, we'll either absorb them, re-structure and streamline by not back-filling empty positions. I do not beleive that we need to subside big corporations. It's not the amount of money that we are spending that is the problem, it is the value and return to our investments that we need to look at. We want to be lean but not mean when instituding budget cuts that will affect the lives of employees and their families or the general public.
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.
If inflation had kept up with wages, many experts believe that wages would be over $26 an hour. While it may be true that at first, business may suffer from the increase, government can help small business by subsiding or giving tax credits the first year and, if needed, the second year. However, we live in a consumer driven economy and most people have to consume just to survive. The more money they have, the more they will consume with their expendible income. Businesses should thrive.
I support a living wage. Some cities require a higher wage than $15 an hour. It is important to remember that this is the MINIMUM amount of money , we believe a person should be making just to make ends meet. The increase, will also mean that families will no longer be eleigible for some social programs and that may mean more savings for California.
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?
We need to pass laws that will make Publicly funded elections a reality in California. We need to ban government officials from being able to go to work as lobbyist for their big money donors for at least five years after they leave office. A State holiday to allow all the people of California to vote can help by making lawmakers subject to the voters. A shorter campaign season makes it so that politicians govern instead of fund -raise. We have term limits to prevent corrupt politicians from staying on for life but if we get big money out of politics, the Voter will hold bad politicians accountable and boot them out. California has been a progressive State and if we set the example, other states will follow suit.