Candidate for California Lieutenant Governor June 7, 2022 Primary Election
Candidate for California Lieutenant Governor June 7, 2022 Primary Election
COMMITTED TO ACHIEVING AND MAINTAINING A HEALTHY, EDUCATED, SAFE AND ECONOMICALLY THRIVING CALIFORNIA
I am vaccinated and I encourage everyone to do so as soon as possible. I wear a mask when I feel doing so is necessary. I also wear a mask when verbally requested, even when I don't think it's necessary. I would allow for indoor dining and similar activities without requiring vaccination or a mask. Our children must be taught in-school. I would not require that teachers be vaccinated, or that students wear masks, but I would honor a district's decision to require such if they felt it was necessary. The same goes for requiring vaccinations to attend concerts and sporting events. Those decisions should be made by each district, county, or establishment and not by the Governor of California unless absolutely necessary.
I am fiscally conservative. That means I do not spend money I don't have. That means I pay off debt before incurring more debt. That means living below my means. I invest conservatively and avoid unnecessary risk. I expect my government to do the same. California's 2022-2023 budget must focus on education, infrastructure, job creation, and healthcare, and when I say infrastructure, I don't mean a misguided and mismanaged high-speed rail from Northern to Southern California.
I shall never support an act that discriminates against a person's race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age, or sexual orientation, whether you are a citizen of the United States of America, or not. You should never be precluded from military service, marrying another person or adopting a child based solely on whether you are straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual or other. Love for another human and the desire to spend your life with them transcends gender.
The number of businesses that left California in 2021 is disturbing. There were more relocations in the first half of 2021—74—than in all of 2018 or 2020. Nestle USA moved from Los Angeles to Arlington, VA. Oracle moved from Redwood City to Austin, TX. Tesla moved from Palo Alto to Austin, TX. Facebook/Meta is leasing large office space in Austin, Texas and Apple has nearly completed a 1-billion-dollar campus in Austin, Texas. Why? California is the most regulated state in the country, has the second highest business tax rate, and the second highest cost of living. As Chair of the California Commission for Economic Development I will support and bring back businesses!
One-third of all Californians are on Medi-Cal. I propose adding higher income brackets that correspond with an increased cost for services. Medi-Cal is not the best insurance, and your choice of providers are limited, but it works, and it can be expanded to cover all who want it. Private health insurance options will still be available, and if you want better insurance coverage than what Medi-Cal offers, go get it. Eligibility for Medi-Cal should require permanent residency in California, and all benefits and providers should be set forth in a website. All notices should be sent electronically unless specially requested to be mailed.
A good education is life changing; a good education system is infinitely more. I will lend support to any effort to keep children and adults learning through high school and beyond. That said, I expect that any money earmarked for education be used wisely. I expect teachers, schools, and school districts to be held to a level of accountability. I realize that school is not for everyone, and thus I am an advocate of high school students transferring to vocational-technical schools. I support the decision to offer two years of free community college, and feel that a similar program should be offered for vocational-technical schools.
Every high school in America should have a required class called Life Skills that touches upon such topics as automobile maintenance, budgeting, check writing, cooking, community service, credit, cybersecurity, etiquette, first aid, household repairs, insurance, local government, negotiation, nutrition, parking and traffic citations, social media safety, stress management, survival skills, and taxes.
I believe that climate change and global warming are real and that a fair and balanced approach to reducing greenhouse gases is necessary. I believe that forest mismanagement and deforestation are problems that must be addressed. California has been making great strides to combat climate change and global warming, but the issue is a global one, and must be addressed by a coalition of nations. I have reservations with opening up the Keystone XL Pipeline but am open to the discussion.
I don't carry or own a gun, but I've considered doing so, especially in times of civil unrest. If you clear a background check, you should be free to buy a gun, provided you register it, and don't carry it in public unless you have a concealed carry permit to do so. As for possessing currently banned semi-automatic assault weapons, I see no compelling reason unless you are on the open seas and fearful of pirates. On land, only the police and military should be wielding such weapons.
Many in California live in two income households and yet are still unable to own a home. Even with historically low interest rates, they still rent. We must build more affordable homes and pass laws like Prop 19 (2020) to avoid property tax disparity. I will work to make the California housing market affordable again!
The economy, drug and alcohol addiction, and mental illness, such as schizophrenia, are all causes of homelessness. My mother had schizophrenia and ended up living in a board and care facility. We need more of those, dispensing medication if needed, to get people off the streets. I'd also create college dorm-like facilities using resident floor monitors to help enforce specific rules (ie. no smoking, no drug use, no violence, etc.).
I will never miss an opportunity to thank a service member for their service. Never. We must take proper care of those who have defended our country. I believe that anyone should be allowed to join the military as long as they meet a standard set of physical and mental requirements. I would not ban a person from military service simply because they are transgender.
I believe in voting for change, and then honoring that vote. For example, if the residents of California vote for a death penalty, I would not support an Executive Order that refused to honor that vote. In fact, I would do everything in my power to honor the vote. I would also work to ensure that our Governor not issue illegal Executive Orders.
Minority lives matter, they matter a lot, but that is not the issue. Police brutality, systematic racism, and the lack of economic opportunity facing minorities are the issues. What are we going to do about it? The answer lies within your own community. Band together, learn and understand the problems your community faces, create a plan of action that includes your elected officials, and follow it. Change will follow.
If you are living in the United States of America and desire to stay and become a U.S. citizen, there should be a clear and efficient path for you to do so. That does not mean that all persons will be granted citizenship, but it does mean that all persons will be given an opportunity to meet the necessary requirements. I have personal experience with the inefficiency of our immigration system in connection with the adoption of my daughter Melinda from the Federated States of Micronesia.
I am not a user, and I would advise against using unless as a last resort to deal with a medical condition. With that said, I believe California voters made the right decision in legalizing marijuana. The tax proceeds generated should be used for the benefit of the areas where the tax was paid. It's time for the Federal government to follow suit, and legalize marijuana.
I will never vote to ban abortion, and believe the decision by the United States Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973) was the correct one. That said, I would advise against abortion, and would present all viable alternatives. If a woman still chooses abortion, within the parameters of Roe v. Wade, the decision should be honored.
I believe in Good and am searching for God. I believe that if you do good, and you be good, that good things will follow. I have reached out for God in times of despair, so I must believe in God, yet the attorney in me wants empirical proof of an all mighty being who can answer my prayers. I have read Lee Strobel's "The Case for Christ." I'm still searching. For now, I intend to be the best person I can.
I love California. I have driven the state from top to bottom many times. I have experienced all that California has to offer. I love the weather, I love the scenery, I love the people, I love the lifestyle. Admittedly, I don't love the traffic, higher taxes, current gas prices, and certain decisions by our elected officials, and as to those issues, I will work tirelessly to fix them.
The Lieutenant Governor chairs the California Commission for Economic Development and is a voting member of the Board of Regents of the University of California, the Board of Trustees of the California State University system, and the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges system. The Lieutenant Governor also sits on the Calbright College Board of Trustees, is President of the Senate, serves on the State Lands Commission, is Acting Governor whenever the Governor is absent from the state, and automatically becomes Governor if a vacancy occurs.
I'm a civil trial attorney who's represented clients in California for 25 years. Except for a year working as a Staff Attorney for the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Federated States of Micronesia, my entire life has been spent living, working, and raising my 5 children in California. I've served on the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Greater Long Beach and the Long Beach Bar Association, been a mediator, arbitrator, and Temporary Judge, and a youth sports coach and referee. I know and will do what is best for California. You've read my beliefs, and if you believe like me, then believe in me. LET'S DO THIS TOGETHER !!!