District 1 —California State SenateNovember 8, 2016 —California General Election
California State SenateDistrict 1
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- Bringing jobs to my district-light manufacturing, public works projects, biomass. Rural CA has gone witthout an effective voice in the Senate forr years; we can improve our standing without any fiscal impact to the tax payer.
- CA Senate District 1 must elect a representative who can work with the legislature in Sacramento; this will allow for legislation that addresses rural issues, instead of a more urban agenda.
- While job creation is my top priority, this district faces a healthcare crisis. With Medicare and Medi-cal our primary type in coverage, we must make sure we reimburse providers in order to keep them and attract new ones.
- United Commerical Food Workers local 8
- PlacerCounty Democratic Central Committee
- Sacraamento Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO
- Northeastern California Building & Construction Trades Council
- Nevada County Democratic Central Committee
- Shasta County Democratic Central Committee
- Shasta County Democratic Women's Club & Friends
- California Teachers Association
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 must increase our surface water storage; Sites Reservoir is a shovel ready project that has a minimal environmental impact. Sites is off stream storage; there is no stream or river being restricted, Sites simply pumps water off of the Sacramento River during high water or flooding conditions. While there is always some habitat lost when creating any man-made reservior, the new habitat created makes this neutral in my opinion.
With an ever increasing population, CA must use common sense when introducing new agricultural crops into an already water critical cycle in the valley. Water intensive crops are not responsible agricultural choices in areas that have ongoing water supply issues. The northern Sierra, and Sacramento River watershed cannot be responsible for solving our drought cycle's. Conservation needs to improve; southern California water users must live with their water means.
Since northern California has most of the states water, I support a plan that would bring economic benefit back to our district in order for us to improve our water infrastructure.
Environmentally, we must reduce the fuel load in our forests; this would decrease the ever present threat of wildfire, while creating jobs in the biomass industry. Returning our forests to a healthy state allows for the re-sequestration of carbon, thus improving our air quality. Climate change is real, there is no longe any debate among mainstream scientists in the field. I believe this Senate District has the potential to lead CA in green energy and green business; all it will take is the right voice in Sacramento. Solar, wind, biomass, are all important as we move forward in the 21st century; we need a representative who will work with Sacramento to find common ground on issues that are important to our rural district.
What are your top three fiscal priorities, recognizing the need to balance the state’s income with its spending?
1. We must elect an effective Senator from this district; one capable of working with a Democratic controlled legislature. Northern California is rural; we need to construct our state budget so that there exists more balance between an urban agenda and the needs of our rural areas.
2. Creating jobs in our rural region that will allow our citizens to make a living; this will reduce the demand on government provided services. At the same time, getting our population "better" employment will increase our tax base.
3. Making sure our seniors (Medicare) and our Medi-cal insured population have access to quality healthcare. This district is facing a healthcare crisis; we need to make sure that providers are being reimbursed fairly and on time. This will allow providers to accept patients, it will keep providers from relocating, and it will allow new providers to relocate to our region. The health of our population in this district must be a priority.
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.
Generally, I support raising the minimum wage; I do believe there are "certain" small businesses that we need to keep an eye on, to ensure we are not forcing them out of business. Many small businesses in rural areas are family owned and operated, with just a couple of employee's. These bsinnesses operate on small margins, and a wage increase of 50% or more could potentially be devestating. This is an example where a one size fits all policy does not work in a state that has two totally different dynamics, urban and rural.
I would propose an exemption for small business, based on the number of employees. My district has many small rural communities; many of the businesses are owned locally, we cannot be an instrument of harm in these communities. While I fully support an recognize the need for my fellow citizens in this districts to earn a more sustainable wage, forcing their employer to shut their doors is not going to help.
That is why my priority, if elected, would be to bring better jobs to our rural district. I would not be running if I did not believe with all of my being, that this goal is within reach and reason, with the right person representing this 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?
Every elected legislator could sign a pledge to keep elections out of the hands of "dark money" influence. We need a Constitutional Amendment overturning Citizens United; California can lead the nation in pushing for this legislation at the federal level. California can also pass legislation requiring more stringent disclosure laws; the people have the right to know who is attempting to purchase influence in Sacramento. Candidates can pledge not to accept donations over $1,000 dollars from any single source; at the end of the day, the voters themselves can send our elected representitives a message, they can vote for candidates who will represent the people, not special interests and Corporate America.
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A voice for SD 1 in Sacramento
The prevailing feeling in rural California is that we have no representation in Sacramento; our voice is not heard, it is drowned out by an urban based legislature and their urban agenda.
I am a moderate Democrat, one who has lived in rural northern California most of my life. I was born in Eureka, moved to Weaverville when I was 8, and now the Redding area is home. I am a gun owner, I support 2nd Amendment rights; not withstanding the Constitutional position on gun rights, I see this as an urban/rural issue. People in my district are often forced to provide for their own protection, with police response times in many areas can be over an hour. Many of my rural friends and neighbors are hunters and they shoot recreationally; these are rights I will not vote to restrict or take away. I am an advocate for privacy rights and private property rights; many of us live in rural areas because we like to maintain our privacy. I have a BS in social Science, I have lived an interesting life, with a diverse background in having done several completly different things to earn a living. I am not a career politician, I only decided to run for this seat because I truly believe I can make a difference in the lives of my fellow citizens.
With that said, we have not been effectivelty represented in Sacramento. Aftter 8 years, our incumbent Senator has consistently voted no against almost every bill authored by the Democratic controlled legislature. Folks, this is not representation, it is partisan politics, and it leads to ineffective representation. As a moderate Democrat, I have the ability to sit down with those in power and find common ground that benefits my district. I do not go into the Senate with a history of voting against everything. Electing someone who is from the party in power, does several things; it sets the tone that this district is finally serious about getting a voice in Sacramento; secondly, it is simple logic that you get more by cooperation that obstruction.
During the 1960's and early 1970's, this was a democratic region; we had public works projects, our mills were running, and we had more manufacturing than we do today. With the decline of timber, this region began its slow slide to where we find ourselves today; we need a voice that can get and hold the attention of the legislature, making them see that rural California is different than urban California. While they all realize that there exists a difference, realizing and understanding are two different things; someone who is reasonable and willing to work with them can educate them about our differences and our needs. This is representation; working for the good of the people I was hired by to be their voice in Sacramento.
Again, I am running beecause I love the district I live and, and I care about my friends and neighbors. I am not doing this because I am a career politician, I have no ego to feed, I truly believe I can improve the quality of the lives of the people in this district. Our district has been neglected far to long; I do not believe this was intentional, it is directly related to a legislative process where we had no leadership from our district, only a voice of disention. If elected, I will make sure that this district regains the losses of the past 5 decades; this starts with jobs, infrastructure improvements, and making our district a leader in the emerging green energy and green business revolution that is leading the way in the 21st century. We have the space, we have the workforce, we have water, and we are located along one of the busiest Highway's in the nation, I-5. We are centrally located between the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Portand, and Seattle. With the right representative, I truly believe that we have opportunities to improve the lives of our rural communities, without harming our rural way of living.
Will this be easy, no, but if I thought I could not deliver, I would not be running. I have learned in my life that you accomplish most, when you work together with others for the benefit of all. California is at its best when all of California is thriving; while my policies will be directed toward improving my district, they would be applicable for all of California. Finding solutions that imporve the employment opportunities for low wage earners; reduce red tape for small business; use the power of government to incentivize employer's to relocate or expand to regions that need that economic development. My job in Sacramento is to make sure your voice is heard, your interests are looked after, and your quality of life is improved. Regardless of political party affiliation, we are all in this together; we do not have to agree on every issue, we only need to agree that we need to be heard, our region needs improvement, and our rural way of living is protected.
The only promise I can make is this; I will go to Sacramento and work for you, the people. When I am not in Session, I will be out in the district talking to all of you, listening and taking back to Sacramento your concerns and needs. At the end of the day, being a democrat, Republican, Independent, it really does not matter; what matters is the willingness of your elected representative to work with the legislature as it exists, to find common ground, to fight for rural needs and issues, and to improve the quality of life for every person in this district. This I can do.