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.
We need long-term sustainable action plans that have permanent funding. 9/10 of the problem in California is misallocated resources. We need to meet the water needs of all in our community, including residential, commercial, agriculture, and secondary use. While in Sacramento, I would push for a desalination plant, owned by the public, that has proper levels of necessary minerals, such as magnesium. Would it not be better to refill our aquifers with good clean water, and not the chemically treated grey water with no knowledge of how it affects our land or our soil.
In my mind environmental concerns are at the heart of who we are as Californians, which is why it is important that we need to create solutions focused on long-term sustainability, and a balance between us and our environment.
What are your top three fiscal priorities, recognizing the need to balance the state’s income with its spending?
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.
In this district, but especially in Santa Cruz County, we have a lack of high quality, good paying jobs. In Santa Cruz we have moved from a manufacturing based economy to a service based economy, which does not allow for a high standard of living. People do not own their homes, can not afford to send their kids to college, and young adults graduating from college can not find gainful employment. In the last 10 years 5 million citizens and 9,000 businesses have left our state, never to return. While I am not opposed to workers making more money, we must be realistic. Business in our community already have a tough time contorting from the regulations imposed by Sacramento. I am in favor of a two prong approach. One where the workers make more money but combined with freeing business from heavy regulation so they can pay their employees better, and sustains our local economy and community.
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?