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GovernorState of CaliforniaJune 5, 2018California Primary Election

June 5, 2018California Primary Election

State of CaliforniaGovernor

About this office

The highest elected official in California: Oversees most state departments and agencies. Prepares annual state budget. Approves or rejects new state laws.

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Senior Software Engineer
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  • From the moment of conception until natural death, every human being is entitled to protections under the law, to just treatment and to equitable consideration.
  • Support economic policies that expand opportunities for the poor, and rebuilding and supporting a vibrant middle class, the erosion of which is a fundamental threat to our democracy.
  • Work to fix the ecological deficits of the past, act as responsible managers in the present, and ensure for future generations a planet that is healthy and thriving.
Profession:senior software engineer
Lead Software Engineer, iCrossing (20082009)
Senior Software Engineer, YellowPages.com (20042008)
Senior Software Engineer, Los Angeles Times (20082008)
Intermediate Software Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratories (JPL) via Northrup Grumman IT (20012003)
Software Engineer, GE Harris Harmon Control and Information Systems (19992001)
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona Bachelor of Science, Computer Science (1999)
National Committee, American Solidarity Party (2016current)
Den Leader, Boy Scouts of America (20122013)
CCD Teacher, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church (20022003)
1.
Question 1

There is a shortage of affordable housing in California. How would you approach addressing California’s housing crisis? Please include specific proposals.

Answer from Desmond Silveira:

The greatest housing shortages in the state exist in locations that have rent control.  Though this is a local decision, as it should be, it greatly exacerbates the problem of housing availablity in the communities that adopt it.  At the state level, I would work toward making housing more affordable by encouraging more housing developments, thus increasing the supply, and decreasing the market rate.

2.
Question 2

California has some of the richest people in the country and some of the poorest. What would you do to reduce income inequality in California?

No answer provided.
3.
Question 3

Currently there isn't enough money in the state retirement system to pay for all the benefits promised to government workers. What would you do as Governor to address the state’s unfunded pension liability?

No answer provided.
4.
Question 4

How would you describe your feelings about charter schools? Are you in favor of any changes in the way the state governs charter schools?

Answer from Desmond Silveira:

I support the right of families to choose the best methods for educating their children, be they public, charter, private, parochial or home-based education.

5.
Question 5

California and the federal government have disagreed about enforcement of immigration laws. Do you support California’s current ‘Sanctuary State’ law? If not, why not? Are there additional strategies that you would pursue as Governor?

Answer from Desmond Silveira:

I support a generous policy of welcoming immigrants fleeing persecution and violent conflict within their countries of origin, including a call for the United States to fulfill its obligations under international law in regards to the treatment of refugees and those fleeing inhumane conditions.  I support providing safety and opportunity for all immigrants who currently reside within California, including equal access to driving privileges and higher education.

I support the santuarty state status of California, because the state and local governments have the right to make their own decisions in regard to resource expenditure when it comes to immigration enforcement.  It doesn't make sense for the state to spend the level of resources that the federal government requests of us, especially when immigrants are being unfairly blamed as a scapegoat for society's problems.  However, though I think it's economically unwise, I do fully support the rights of local governments to opt out of the santuary status.

Republican
Policomedian - Serious politics mixed with comedy.
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  • Helping people to get rich using #CESP5 method.
  • Setting up Community Empowered Safety Plan in all cities to combat riots, terrorism and crime.
  • Spreading #CESP worldwide to enable world peace.
Profession:Policomedian - Serious politics mixed with comedy.
Libertarian
Entrepreneur/Transhumanist Lecturer
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  • Provide a universal basic income via monetizing unused federal land (not raising taxes)
  • Decriminalizing all drugs and ending the war on drugs
  • Lowering taxes dramatically across the state
Profession:Entrepreneur & Libertarian Futurist
Self employed Entrepreneur real estate & Transhumanist Lecturer, Zoltan Istvan (2010current)
2016 Transhumanist Party Presidential nominee, Transhumanist Party — Elected position (20152016)
Columbia University Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy and Religion (current)
Advisor, Transhumanist Party (2016current)

Zoltan Istvan is often considered the world’s leading transhumanist and a top Libertarian futurist. Zoltan began his futurist career by publishing The Transhumanist Wageran award-winning, #1 bestseller in Science Fiction and Philosophy. The libertarian-minded novel has been compared to Ayn Rand’s work many times in major media and was a Top 5 Amazon book. During the 2016 elections, Zoltan interviewed with Gary Johnson to potentially be his preferred Vice Presidential running mate. Zoltan is also a well known technology journalist and a former filmmaker for the National Geographic Channel. As a successful entrepreneur, The New Yorker cited Zoltan made a "small real estate fortune." Zoltan also has executive experience via his former position as a director at a major wildlife nonprofit, WildAid. In total, Zoltan’s public work has received hundreds of millions of views, much of it through his political activism. He is running for California Governor for the Libertarian Party in 2018. Zoltan has spoken at the World Bank, the World Economic Forum, Microsoft, and been the opening Keynote at the Financial Times Camp Alphaville. He is a graduate of Columbia University, and lives in San Francisco with his physician wife and two young daughters. In a 5000-word feature on Zoltan, The New York Times wrote Zoltan is “polite and charismatic” and has a “plausibly Presidential aura.”

1.
Question 1

There is a shortage of affordable housing in California. How would you approach addressing California’s housing crisis? Please include specific proposals.

Answer from Zoltan Istvan:

There's a shortage for one reason and one reason only: Government regulation of the building industry is out of control. I made my money in real estate I know how difficult and practically insane it is to get anything done. The California housing crisis can be fixed by eliminating 75% of the regulation for builders. Only keep the most essential safety requreiments. Within a few years, a great majority of the housing woes will be over. And of course there will be a boom for the CA economy too.

2.
Question 2

California has some of the richest people in the country and some of the poorest. What would you do to reduce income inequality in California?

No answer provided.
3.
Question 3

Currently there isn't enough money in the state retirement system to pay for all the benefits promised to government workers. What would you do as Governor to address the state’s unfunded pension liability?

Answer from Zoltan Istvan:

I would make a promise to pay all agreed pensions, but stop any new type of benefits. Quite simply, we need to be more fiscally responsible, and that begins with hard choices. But for those pensions that exist, I would utilize federal land and monetize it to help pay for existing pension concerns and liabilities. I would absolutely not raise taxes. 

4.
Question 4

How would you describe your feelings about charter schools? Are you in favor of any changes in the way the state governs charter schools?

Answer from Zoltan Istvan:

I would highly encourage charger schools, and I believe that if a tax payer pays into the system, then the certain part of that money should go towards the education opportunities of their choice, including charter school, public education, private schooling, etc. We need more control of our educational choices. 

5.
Question 5

California and the federal government have disagreed about enforcement of immigration laws. Do you support California’s current ‘Sanctuary State’ law? If not, why not? Are there additional strategies that you would pursue as Governor?

Answer from Zoltan Istvan:

I support California being a sanctuary state, and I would encourage far more open border policies. I have easily the most open border policies of any CA gubernatorial candidate--and I propose better technology to monitor people so we can keep tabs on who comes across the border. Ultimately, I simply believe people should live where they want. But I would not give any welfare resources to the illegal immigrants, and I will not allow homelessness. You are welcome to come to California, but you must not be a burden on the state, nor be a burden on the public. 

Like many entrepreneurs, I became a libertarian because of one simple concept: reason. It just made sense to embrace a philosophy that promotes maximum freedom and personal accountability. “Hands off” was my motto—and in business, if you wanted to succeed, those words are sacred. But “hands off” applies to more than just good entrepreneurial economics. It applies to social life, politics, culture, religion, and especially how innovation occurs.

I’ve been a passionate science and technology guy—an advocate of radical innovation—ever since I can remember. In college, I focused on the ethics and challenges of science for my Philosophy degree. But my stories for National Geographic and my witnessing of the Great Recession viscerally reminded me that government and the growing fundamentalism in Congress was desperately trying to control innovation and progress—even at the expense of people’s health, safety, and prosperity. With plenty of free time after the sale of my business to mount a challenge, I decided to take science and technology into the public and political realm; I decided to make a run for the U.S. presidency in 2016 as the self-described “science candidate.”

I knew I couldn’t win the election, but it was a great way to awaken many Americans to the desperate plight of our country’s increasingly stifled science and innovation sector. My experience in media has helped propel my candidacy. I spoke at the World Bank, appeared on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, was interviewed by the hacker collective Anonymous, and consulted for the U.S. Navy about technology, among other things. Even 2016 Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson invited me to interview as his possible vice president. Alone in his New Mexico house, we talked shop for 24 hours solid. He chose Governor Bill Weld as his VP, but I left Johnson knowing I would soon be making a stand for the Libertarian Party.     

Due to the fact I was arguably the first visible science presidential candidate in American history, I ran a very centric, science and tech-oriented platform, one that was designed to be as inclusive of as many political lines as possible. With leadership comes some compromise, and I veered both right and left (mostly left) to try to satisfy as many people as I could, even when it meant going against some of my own personal opinions. I believe a politician represents the people, and he or she must never forget that—or forget the honor that such a task carries.

One thing I didn’t stray from was my belief that everything could be solved best by the ‘scientific method’—the bastion of reason that says a thing or idea works only if you can prove it again and again via objective, independent evaluation. I’ll always be a pragmatic rationalist, and reason to me is the primary motivator when considering how to tackle problems, social or otherwise. I continue to passionately believe in the promise of using reason, science and technology to better California and the world. After all, the standard of living has been going up around the globe because of a singular factor: more people have access to new science and technology than ever before. Nothing moves the world forward like innovation does.

Yet, in the political climate of 2018, few things seem more at risk as innovation. A conservative, religious government stands to overwhelm California with worries about radical tech and science, such as implementing Federal regulation that stifles artificial intelligence, driverless cars, stem cells, drones, and genetic editing.

Sadly, the same could be said of immigration, women’s rights, and environmental issues. Then there’s America’s move towards expanding its already overly expensive military, which you and I pay for out of our pockets so that generals can fight far-off wars. America can do better than this. California can do better than this.

And we must. After all, the world is changing—and changing quite dramatically. Even libertarians like me face the real possibility that capitalism and job competition—which we always advocated for—won’t survive into the next few decades because of widespread automation and the proliferation of robot workers. Then there’s the burgeoning dilemma of cyber security and unwanted tracking of the technology that citizens use. And what of augmenting intelligence via genetic editing—something the Chinese are leading the charge on, but most Americans seem too afraid to try? In short, what can be done to ensure the best future?

Much can be done. And I believe it can all be done best via a libertarian framework, which is precisely why I am declaring my run for 2018 California governor. We need leadership that is willing to use radical science, technology, and innovation—what California is famous for—to benefit us all. We need someone with the nerve to risk the tremendous possibilities to save the environment through bioengineering, to end cancer by seeking a vaccine or a gene-editing solution for it, to embrace startups that will take California from the world’s 7th largest economy to maybe even the largest economy—bigger than the rest of America altogether. And believe me when I say this is possible: artificial intelligence and genetic editing will become some of the first multi-trillion dollar businesses in the near future.

We can do this, California, and it doesn’t have to be through stale blue or red political parties, which have left many of us aghast at the current world. It can be done through the libertarian philosophy of embracing all that is the most inventive and unbridled in us—and letting that pave the way forward. A challenging future awaits us, but we can meet it head on and lead the way not just for California and America, but for all of humanity.

— April 2, 2018 World Fair Nano

Zoltan Istvan dicsussed the Future of Basic Income via his Federal Land Dividend

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Virtual Reality Manager
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  • Board of Regret (Regents): The governor of California will no longer have the power to appoint the 18 regents for the nine UC campuses. The members of the Board of Regents will be elected by the students of the UCs. Increase CA school funding.
  • Mandating that each health care insurance company gives each customer a FREE health care monitoring device. Opening a public health record database for companies to use artificial intelligence to better predict customer's health future.
  • Ban Social Media K-12. Legalize Sports Gambling. Lower State, income, and gas taxes. Create centralized profiles of all office holders's money activity and their progress towards their platforms they advocated for during election season.
Profession:Virtual Reality Manager
Virtual Reality Manager, Virtual Reality Company in San Francisco, California (20172018)
Ambassador, HBO (20162017)
Consultant, Dream Out Loud Productions (20162016)
UCLA Bachelors, Major-Economics. Minor-Film and Television (2017)
Tennis Competitive Player, United States Tennis Association (20092018)
Tennis Competitive Player, United States Tennis Association (20092018)
Indus Member, Indus UCLA (20142017)
President, Indian Student Alliance (20102013)
1.
Question 1

There is a shortage of affordable housing in California. How would you approach addressing California’s housing crisis? Please include specific proposals.

Answer from Shubham Goel:

 Local zoning, outdating laws, long approvals, and massive lack of housing has caused prices to astronomically soar and cause longterm California residents to leave the city. A McKinsey study states we need 3 million more housing units by 2025 to keep up with capacity. First thing we should do is to allow 100 percent residential development on vacant commercial zoned properties as many of these properties have available space and land. Los Angeles does this and they are the fastest-growing housing production in California right now. Also we must reduce the approval/rejection time of housing projects to 6-12 months so that local jurisdictions can make quicker decisions and building can be completed quicker. I will enforce this w/ a punishment of a $30,000 fine for 3 repeat offenses and a loss of local authority for development projects for a 4th. I also strongly support and propose an amended Senator [Scott] Wiener’s SB 827 bill that allocates for 4-8 story transit housing within .5 miles of transit in San Francisco. I would like to amend his bill to include tech companies that have more than 2,000 employees, tech companies that are coming into California with 500-plus employees. We will include a vacancy tax and have anti displacement provisions. This will now compensate for these companies bringing all these jobs without creating housing for them. This solution will create millions of housing units for California, lower the price of the housing market and increase mobility in California as more people using transit.

 

In addition, we will use 3-D printing technology to create low cost affordable housing to massively increase our housing supply.

2.
Question 2

California has some of the richest people in the country and some of the poorest. What would you do to reduce income inequality in California?

Answer from Shubham Goel:

Ax the tax and let’s relax: We are in a budget surplus of about $6 billion and now it is the time to reward the grieving Californian taxpayers. We don’t need more tax revenue but much better allocation of our budget. I will help enact huge tax cuts for California and lower regulations on small businesses to encourage economic growth. Sales tax will go from 7.25 percent to 5 percent. Top marginal income tax rate will go from 13.3 percent to 4.9 percent. Property tax rate will go from 0.75 percent to 0.5 percent. Lowering taxes for all people will help stimulate the economy. 

Force each health insurance company to provide a health monitoring device out of their profits to each of their patients. This will save billions in preventive costs in healthcare for people who struggle to afford premiums and deductibles. 

 

Venture California: We will create a venture capital fund of $100 million that will invest in California companies that help fix the water shortage problem, housing crisis and healthcare epidemic. Water has become an extremely scarce commodity that California is in desperate need of for droughts, fires and farms. We must use innovative strategies with these funded companies, such as desalination. An increased demand for housing and outdated regulations has destroyed the housing market and made affordable housing nonexistent for Californians. We must pursue efficient building strategies with companies to effectively increase the supply of housing in California. Lastly, we must invest in companies that will develop and create the next generation of health and medical devices. This will improve health and cut health care costs.

3.
Question 3

Currently there isn't enough money in the state retirement system to pay for all the benefits promised to government workers. What would you do as Governor to address the state’s unfunded pension liability?

Answer from Shubham Goel:

I will cut many inefficient projects that are currently being enacted in california and redistribute money and create new forms of tax revenue from the legalization of state wide gambling. 

I will legalize statewide gambling and that will generate billions in dollars in tax revenue which we can divert some of to the unfunded pension liability. If we are legalizing weed to capture the tax revenue then it makes no sense to keep gambling illegal in california as well. 

I will also defund the 10 billion dollar abysmal Water tunnel as it will not be effective in any capacity at solving out water crisis. 

The Great High Speed Railway Trainwreck: We must defund the high speed railway. The high speed railway train is the most inefficient project in California. I will defund and cut the project completely for California. The budget and timeline dramatically changes every couple of years. The budget was $40 billion in 2004 and now it’s reported that the budget is over $77 billion. We were assured that private investors will pay a significant part of this train, but not many private investors have stepped up, which means the burden will continue to fall on the taxpayer. 

With these reallocated funds we will pay 5% including the interest of the unfunded liabilities annualy.

4.
Question 4

How would you describe your feelings about charter schools? Are you in favor of any changes in the way the state governs charter schools?

Answer from Shubham Goel:

The State needs to create boards for each charters comprised of the parents of students who attend those schools. Those parents will provide detailed anaylsis of the school's agenda and actions to the state who will have the power to defund the charter school based on those reports. 

Any charter school that is found to be negligent with enrollment policies that discourage out of community students to join will be defunded after the 3rd finding. 

 

 

5.
Question 5

California and the federal government have disagreed about enforcement of immigration laws. Do you support California’s current ‘Sanctuary State’ law? If not, why not? Are there additional strategies that you would pursue as Governor?

Answer from Shubham Goel:

We need to streamline the immigration office in California to expedite the immigration process. 5 Billion dollars needs to be reallocated from our inefficient funds including the water tunnel, high speed trainway will be distributed towards UCSIS in order to account for the increased number of applications. 

 

We also should digitalize the whole process and automate many steps as the physical mailing and handling of papers slows down the process exponentially. 

Improving HealthCare dramatically with insurance companies giving free monitoring devices and opening a public database

Summary

Improving HealthCare dramatically with insurance companies giving health free monitoring devices to customers and opening a public database of health records. This public database will be used by health care companies who will use the data with artificial intelligence to better predict patients health futures.

Also I will mandate that every single health care insurer provides a free IOT (internet of things) health monitoring medical device to patients. The patient can choose a device from a assortment of options and these devices will provide real time data to the doctor and to the patient themselves. This will cut health care costs dramatically as the patients will now be able to actively monitor their health much better from anywhere while also having a faster more streamlined connection with their doctor and digital records.

 

Health care has several inefficiencies that can be improved which will lower costs and provide better care for the people of California. The first thing I will do is mandate that the government releases health care data of willing Medicare and Medical patients into a public database so that California health insurers who use artificial intelligence can use the data to predict health situations of new patients much better. The public database will be open to anyone willing to donate their health data. This will lower costs as a whole and will save billions through preventive measures. Also I will mandate that every single health care insurer provides a free IOT (internet of things) health monitoring medical device to patients. The patient can choose a device from a assortment of options and these devices will provide real time data to the doctor and to the patient themselves. This will cut health care costs dramatically as the patients will now be able to actively monitor their health much better from anywhere while also having a faster more streamlined connection with their doctor and digital records.

Board of Regents being chosen by the UC students instead of the governo

Summary

Board of Regents being appointed by the students intead of the Governor. This will prevent corruption and encourage massive representation and transperancy. 

 Board of Regret (Regents): The governor of California should no longer have the power to appoint the 18 regents for the nine  UC campuses. The members of the Board of Regents will be elected by the students of the UCs. This will make the Board more accountable, transparent and representative of the UC students and campuses they reside over. This will fix disturbing issues like Janet Napolitano, the president of the UC system, hiding $175 million last April from students, the board mishandling funds and regents being financially corrupt.

Centralized Transparent Profiles for all office holders in California.

Summary

Digitalized and centralized profiles of all california office holders that shows their previous financial transactions and their progress towards their platforms they advocated for during election season. 

GovBook: All office holders in California will have a transparent digital profile on the governor’s website. This will show their economic interactions for the past 10 years with regard to money and donations they have received from any sources, including the people who control them and investments they currently have. It will also include the platforms they advocated for during their election cycle and will comment on their progress toward completing them. This will keep all of them accountable with their decisions, corruption and ineffectiveness and give the people of California a much better idea of whom they are being represented by.

— April 30, 2018 Shubham Goel

Youngest candidate, Shubham Goel, describes his previous experience and why that will help him fix the state for all people.

— April 30, 2018 Shubham Goel

Shubham Goel's platform, Board of Regret, where he states that the board of regents will be appointed by the students of the UC's instead of the governor. The board holds so much power over the UC's so this will be great for accountability, and transparency for the students. 

Democratic
Retired Educator
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  • do away with law that makes excellent citizens lock up their guns. have law that allows all f.b.i. vetted persons to carry a loaded weapon on their person.
  • i am pro-women 100%. have the same rights as the men. women alone are in control of their bodies....no freaks tell them right or wrong.
  • do away with open marijuna law and apply government marijuna law making possession a violation of the law.
Profession:doctor of psychology....teacher and administra
Republican
Judicial Assistant
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  • I plan to beautify the inner cities and make the schools in the inner cities, elite quality, and add training centers.
  • I would like to see the life of Californians made easier by removing obstacles that impact quality of life, such as over taxation and over regulation.
  • As Governor, I will work to protect and defend Californians in the areas of cybersecurity, public safety, disaster preparedness and border security.
Profession:Judicial Assistant/Veteran
Judicial Assistant, Los Angeles Superior Court (2004current)
Court Clerk/Federal Magistrate Clerk, Los Angeles Municipal Court/Federal District Court (19902000)
SSgt, US Air Force/Air National Guard (19841993)
Area Manager/Personnel Manager, Target Stores Inc. (19871990)
Manager, The Broadway Stores, Carter Hawley-Hale (19831987)
Websters University 6 Graduate credits, Masters in General Administration (1986)
University of Maryland 21 Graduate credits, Masters in General Administration (1985)
California State University, Los Angeles Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Political Science (1981)
Military Family Volunteer, March Air National Guard Attack Wing (20012015)
Cub Scout/Boy Scout Leader, Boy Scouts of America (20002015)
Libertarian
Recording Artist
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  • Tax relief including but not limited to tax cuts and reduction in government spending.
  • Improve social conditions regarding education, homelessness, etc.
  • Strengthen relationship with public by holding state representatives accountable.
Profession:Recording Artist / Rapper
Los Angeles Recording School Recording Engineering, Sound recording engineering (2005)

Transitioning his desire to make a change in the world through music as the rap artist known as QBall, to becoming the human rights activist “Governor Wildstar”, Libertarian candidate Nickolas Wildstar now pursues to make a change through politics. As the first Libertarian governor of any state in the US, Nickolas Wildstar seeks the opportunity to establish California as the foundation for a world free of poverty, conflict, and scarcity as ‘WE THE PEOPLE‘ have been demanding. This 20 year working class professional aims to minimize taxes, drastically reduce government’s wasteful spending, and restoring the right for citizens to make their own personal choices regarding education, healthcare, and our own bodies. Join Nickolas Wildstar and be sure to become part of this monumental opportunity to establish a true republic in this great democracy!

Total money raised: $15,581

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

1
Employees of Morning Star Company
$5,000
2
Employees of William H. Brickner, PhD
$4,000
3
Libertarian Party of California
$1,000
4
Employees of Mackintosh & Mackintosh, Inc.
$800
5
Employees of CEO
$250

By State:

California 97.67%
Ohio 1.20%
Wisconsin 0.80%
Georgia 0.32%
97.67%

By Size:

Large contributions (79.93%)
Small contributions (20.07%)
79.93%20.07%

By Type:

From organizations (8.03%)
From individuals (91.97%)
8.03%91.97%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.
Democratic
Educator/Youth Advocate
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  • Invest in education, cradle through career.This means:prenatal care,paid maternity & paternity leave,affordable childcare and universal preschool,move CA to the top 10 in per pupil spending for K-12,build more colleges,make college tuition free again
  • Housing for the homeless & affordable housing for ALL: emergency moratorium on large rent increases and no cause evictions; rapid re-housing for our homeless and build one million affordable homes in eight years with a concentration near transit hubs
  • Improve the health and safety of all Californians: pass SB562 - universal healthcare; combat climate change and provide clean air and water for all, criminal justice reform and gun violence protection.
Profession:Youth Advocate, Educator, Policy Advisor
Speaker, Consultant on Education and Public Policy, Self (20082016)
Executive Director, National Institute of Educational Leadership, Washington, D.C. (20032005)
State Superintendent of Public Instruction, California State Government — Elected position (19952003)
State Assemblywoman, California State Legislature — Elected position (19861994)
Account Manager, then Corporate Planner, Pacific Telesis Group, San Francisco (19791986)
City Councilwoman, Union City City Council — Elected position (19801986)
Professor of Political Science, Ventura College, De Anza College, Cañada College (19721979)
Professor of Political Science,, DeAnza College, Cupertino (19731979)
Golden Gate University Honorary Doctorate, Humane Letters (1999)
California State University Honorary Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, Lifelong Learning (1998)
University of California, Santa Barbara Masters, Political Science (1971)
University of California, Davis Bachelors Degree, Political Science (1969)
Carlmont High School, Belmont, CA High School Diploma, General (1965)
1.
Question 1

There is a shortage of affordable housing in California. How would you approach addressing California’s housing crisis? Please include specific proposals.

Answer from Delaine Eastin:

 

California has the largest number and percentage of homeless individuals in the nation. We have the lowest percentage of homeowners of any state in the country. We have the oldest children living at home with their parents. Roughly 33% of renters spend half their income on housing. Not only is this costing our economy billions, Delaine understands that it is just plain wrong to force so many families into poverty when it is a fixable solution. We must:

1.   Housing for the homeless & affordable housing for ALL. Inequality is growing, with one in four children living in poverty. Our high poverty rate is partially caused by the high cost of housing in California. It will take years for us to build our way out of this situation, which means we need to take immediate steps to curb the loss of our current affordable housing stock while we look to build a million or more affordable  units in eight years.

a.    Emergency moratorium on large rent increases and no cause evictions -- Repeal Costa Hawkins and implement emergency legislation to restrict rent increases and condominium conversions while we deal with the severe housing shortage. We cannot afford to let the problem get worse while we seek long term solutions.

b.    Rapid re-housing for our homeless -- Our homeless crisis affects us all. From deadly outbreaks of hepatitis to massive increases in sexual assault, child abuse and domestic violence, the situation is dire and needs focused coordination between agencies so that people can secure shelter while we build our way out of this crisis. This includes a large expansion of housing vouchers, eliminating housing discrimination, and using hotels, motels, tiny houses and cooperative housing to help people get immediate shelter.

 

c.     Build one million affordable homes in five years with a concentration near transit hubs -- We need a statewide housing plan that links housing, jobs and transit with both carrots and sticks to ensure implementation. Cities that haven’t met their obligations to provide workforce housing should be forced to supplement the costs for transit in the short run, to improve mass transit accessibility, and to expand affordable workforce housing for people who work in that community

2.
Question 2

California has some of the richest people in the country and some of the poorest. What would you do to reduce income inequality in California?

Answer from Delaine Eastin:

 

 There used to be an old adage, an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay (at least if you were a white male.) When Delaine was young, 30% of the country was unionized, including her own as her father was a machinist, and the middle class thrived. Over the past several decades, productivity has skyrocketed and corporations have made billions, but more and more is being hoarded at the top as union membership has fallen to historic lows. Today, only 10% of the country is in a union, and Janus vs. AFSME threatens to lower this even further.

Over the decades, workers have seen reduced or stagnated compensation, all while living costs such as housing, healthcare, childcare and education have skyrocketed. This is unsustainable. California must have a full court press on the issues of income inequality.

This means working to lift wages, pay equity for women, helping families secure affordable housing, childcare and preschool that doesn’t cost the same as a mortgage, healthcare for all, providing excellent k-12 education and free college tuition again.

Whether you’re a machinist in Modesto, a teacher in Tulare, a laborer in Los Angeles or a techie in Silicon Valley, California needs to be a place where you can buy a home, send your kids to college, and live a comfortable retirement. 

 

3.
Question 3

Currently there isn't enough money in the state retirement system to pay for all the benefits promised to government workers. What would you do as Governor to address the state’s unfunded pension liability?

Answer from Delaine Eastin:

 

There used to be an old adage, an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay (at least if you were a white male.) When Delaine was young, 30% of the country was unionized, including her own as her father was a machinist, and the middle class thrived. Over the past several decades, productivity has skyrocketed and corporations have made billions, but more and more is being hoarded at the top as union membership has fallen to historic lows. Today, only 10% of the country is in a union, and Janus vs. AFSME threatens to lower this even further.

Over the decades, workers have seen reduced or stagnated compensation, all while living costs such as housing, healthcare, childcare and education have skyrocketed. This is unsustainable. California must have a full court press on the issues of income inequality.

This means working to lift wages, pay equity for women, helping families secure affordable housing, childcare and preschool that doesn’t cost the same as a mortgage, healthcare for all, providing excellent k-12 education and free college tuition again.

Whether you’re a machinist in Modesto, a teacher in Tulare, a laborer in Los Angeles or a techie in Silicon Valley, California needs to be a place where you can buy a home, send your kids to college, and live a comfortable retirement. 

4.
Question 4

How would you describe your feelings about charter schools? Are you in favor of any changes in the way the state governs charter schools?

Answer from Delaine Eastin:

Last year I joined the NAACP in calling for a moratorium, and I am the only candidate that I know to do so. I am also not taking charter school developer or charter school PAC money (I am also the only candidate not taking corporate money). Here is the article: https://medium.com/@delaineeastin_13262/california-needs-a-moratorium-on-charter-schools-b9bab2f44add

 

When I was in the Assembly I authored one of the first charter school bills as charters were being proposed. My bill had more oversight, including requiring teachers to be credentialed and greater accountability.  Unfortunately, the Republican governor signed a colleague’s bill which had little accountability and is in part responsible for the problems we have today. Some charters cherry pick high achievers and do not accept special needs students, while others find excuses to expel or turn away low achieving children. Because of lax accounting requirements, some charters have redirected taxpayer dollars to charters that are not following the auditing standards regular public schools are held to. The fact that one-third have gone out of business is telling. We must have a moratorium on new charter schools and tighten up the oversight and ensure they are not allowed to buy public lands or public buildings, buy the principal a convertible, as did happen, or to charge children from another country $30,000 a year to attend a charter high school while guaranteeing the families there would be guaranteed admission to UC Berkeley upon graduation, as happened in Livermore.

 

 

5.
Question 5

California and the federal government have disagreed about enforcement of immigration laws. Do you support California’s current ‘Sanctuary State’ law? If not, why not? Are there additional strategies that you would pursue as Governor?

Answer from Delaine Eastin:

"Our Dreamers and our DACA Californians are as American as I am. And I am proud California became a sanctuary state." Delaine Eastin

Delaine's father was born in Kentucky and he was fond of saying that "Californians are people born somewhere else who came to their senses." In 2015, the most current year of data, 27% of California's population was indeed, born somewhere else. California is home to more than 10 million immigrants with half of California’s children having at least one immigrant parent.

California is the second most diverse state in the country, and Delaine considers it our greatest strength. Immigrants are the most entrepreneurial people in our country. They dream and do and sacrifice to give their children the American dream. 

Delaine strongly supports California’s status as a Sanctuary State. She believes we must provide a path to citizenship for DACA recipients that includes granting protected status to their parents, and that the very idea that the government would betray these amazing young people by targeting their parents is anti-American. Family is everything.

Regarding workplaces, our state Attorney General has said the state will fine any business that voluntarily cooperates with ICE. As Governor, Delaine would certainly support this to make sure that our undocumented (and documented) workers are protected from the predatory behaviors we have witnessed the federal government take.

Under the Constitution, state and local governments have every right to refuse to help enforce federal law. In cases like Printz v. United States (1997) and New York v. United States (1992), the Supreme Court has ruled that the Tenth Amendment forbids federal “commandeering” of state governments to help enforce federal law. Most of the support for this anti-commandeering principle came from conservative justices such as the late Antonin Scalia, who wrote the majority opinion in Printz.

Few if any federal grants to state and local governments are conditioned on cooperation with federal deportation efforts. The Supreme Court has long ruled that conditions on federal grants to state and local governments are not enforceable unless they are “unambiguously” stated in the text of the law “so that the States can knowingly decide whether or not to accept those funds.”

Throughout Delaine's career she has stood up for all Californians to live with dignity and to be treated with respect. As State Superintendent she stood strong against Governor Pete Wilson after the passage of Prop 187. He ordered Delaine to have teachers act as immigration agents. When Delaine said no he threatened to have her recalled. She joined the lawsuit against Prop 187 and they won. Delaine also opposed Propositions 209 and 227. In her race to serve a second term as Superintendent, she was specifically attacked for being a strong supporter of bilingual education.

Total money raised: $944,219

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

1
Delaine Eastin
$100,449
2
Employees of Ponderosa Homes
$15,250
3
Employees of University of California, Davis
$11,591
4
Bank of America and employees
$9,053
5
Employees of Neo Philanthropy
$8,250

By State:

California 92.28%
Massachusetts 3.71%
Delaware 1.02%
Washington 0.85%
Other 2.15%
92.28%

By Size:

Large contributions (93.85%)
Small contributions (6.15%)
93.85%

By Type:

From organizations (4.12%)
From individuals (95.88%)
95.88%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.
— April 17, 2018 Campaign

Meet Delaine in this one minute video and hear why she is running to be California's next governor!

— April 17, 2018 Campaign (video clip)

A clip from a debate where Delaine states her position that we must reduce prescription drug prices (Delaine takes no money from any corporations, including drug companies)

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  • Modernize the 1957 state water policy: implement water recycling to increase water stock in all city reservoirs, "light desalination" (the way the sun makes clouds), ban fracking, ban water bottling for private profit.
  • Afforable housing: regulate AirBnB hotel-systems such that the owner must live in the house for at least 6 months a year, repeal Costa Hawkins, build public housing.
  • Abolish private prison slavery & end mass incarceration. Free everyone who is in prison for crimes which are no longer illegal.
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Total money raised: $9,500

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

1
Employees of Lightning Creek
$5,000
2
Employees of Institute of Energy Studies, UC Davis
$2,000

By State:

California 100.00%
100.00%

By Size:

Large contributions (100.00%)
Small contributions (0.00%)
100.00%

By Type:

From organizations (0.00%)
From individuals (100.00%)
100.00%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Josh's platform is based on two principles: maximize equality of opportunity, and minimize harm.

We will take no money from corporations.

Josh has made a special pledge to take absolutely no coal, oil, or fracking money.

Corporate-free and people powered.

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  • Invest in affordable housing, emergency shelters and supportive services to help keep people out of poverty. I will make the wealthy will pay their fair share, cut taxes for the working class and reform Prop. 13.
  • Invest in public education, early childhood education, K-12, special education, hold charter schools accountable to state standards and free four year community college.
  • Pass Single Payer to stop people from going bankrupt, losing their homes, businesses and their retirement money because their insurance keeps canceling them.
Profession:CEO/Educator/Artist

Klement Tinaj is 28-years old and lives in Los Angeles, CA. Mr. Tinaj received his Masters Degree in 2015 and now he is running for Governor of Califorina (D). As a CEO, Mr. Tinaj knows first hand that we need to invest in jobs and the economy. We must stop pushing away small bussinesses who employ more than 50% of our local residents. Higher taxes and too many regulations are destroying our economy and pushing our working class people out of the state. 

As a School owner, Mr. Tinaj knows that giving tax breaks to the wealthy forces us to cut afterschool programs, early childhood education programs, social security and job training. As the governor, Mr. Tinaj is commited to investing in public education including early childhood education, K-12, Special Education and Free-Four Year Community College. As an Educator, Mr. Tinaj knows that California needs at least 1.1 million educated workers by 2030 to keep our economy moving forward. 

Mr. Tinaj is a bright new leader with the vision and powerful voice who is willing to fight for single payer, affordable housing, 100% Renewable Energy, Cut Taxes, Reform Justice, Fix our education, balance the budgets and save for the future. For more information please check out his "Ten-Point Action Plan" on his website: www.KlementTinajForGovernor.com.

His goal is to inspire the young, give hope to the working class and a voice to the voiceless. Mr. Tinaj quoted "I want my students to look at me and be like, if my teacher can do it, I can do it. I will bring back the benefits and healthcare programs to the eldery and our veterans. I will veto any tax increase that will come across my desk and invest in jobs and our economy. I will help people out of poverty, invest in the working class and help small bussinesses survive. To my classmates and other college students who are leaving Califorina or who are struggling to pay for thier college, here is my message to you. As your next governor I will make  all 114 community colleges free so you and your friends can sit in your dorm room and follow the same steps of the man who started facebook from his Harvard dorm room. For those students who are one step away from being homeless, facing poverty or can't afford to live on campus becasue of the skyrocketing tuitions and you live in your parents house. You can follow the same steps of those two college students who started the greatest computer firm from their parents garage behind thier house". 

"As your governor I pledge to fight for your future, libery, justice and equal opportuity for all. It's time to act now to build a better tomorrow. "

Tinaj released his "Ten-Point Action Plan" coverning the issuess that matters the most to our communities: 

 AN ACTION PLAN THAT MATTERS TO OUR GENERATION THE MOST:

 

1. STATE WIDE RENT CONTROL & AFFORDABLE HOUSING

 Repeal Costa Hawkins Rental Act & Ellis Act.
 Invest in Affordable Housing Development.
 Invest in permanent housing, emergency shelters and supportive services for the homeless. 

 

 

2. HEALTH CARE FOR ALL
-Pass Single Payer and stop people from filing bankruptcy, losing their homes, losing their business, and spending their retirement money to get healthcare because their insurance refuses an ultrasound and the insurance cancels.
-Stops discrimination based on your age or current health status.
-Ensure health care that is affordable for every Californian.

3. WATER TECHNOLOGY
-Maintain our service and underground water.
-Maintain our water supplies, recycling supplies, reservoirs and completing the state water project.
-Invest in Water Technology because wasted water from our leaky pipes is skyrocketing our economy.

4. REFORM THE TAX SYSTEM
-We pay the highest taxes in the nation, gas tax 12%, rate on the personal income 13.1%,
minimum combined sales tax 7.5%.
-To keep business, homeowners and college graduates in California we need tax reform
including proposition 13.

5. REFORM THE EDUCATION SYSTEM
-Invest in Early Childhood Education.
-Invest in Public Schools and Special Education.
-Hold Charter Schools Accountable to meet States Standards.
-Free-Four Year Community College.

6. JUSTICE REFORM
-A Fair Social, Economic and Criminal Justice for all.
-Stop “additional and considerable” threats to law enforcement.
-Proper training for law enforcement.
-Stop the war between poverty and racial justice.
-Reform Prop. 47, Prop. 57, and AB 109 to stop human trafficking, rapes, murders, repeat
offenders and other violent crimes in our communities.

7. TRANSPORTATION
-Traffic, poor roads, and car repairs are taking time from your work, friends & family.
-Invest in public transportation including: transits, railroads and 564 brides.
-Build quality and affordable transportation for all.
-Expanding our roads and highways.

8. 100% CLEAN RENEWABLE ENERGY
-Clean environment, clean air, clean water & clean power.
-Build new industries to fight global warming and pollution.
-Make California the most energy-independent state by protecting our natural resources
and building sustainable, safe and caring communities in all 58 counties of California.
-To protect our water, air, health and climate we must STOP turning our forest acres into
industrial zones. We must STOP fracking our future.

9. JOBS & ECONOMY
-We must STOP chasing jobs and small businesses away.
-We must reform our current taxes and regulations to keep jobs and workers.
-We must invest in Energy – (solar, wind and renewable energy) creates more jobs, makes our nation’s power supplies more secure, and also reduces our dependence on dirty fossil fuels.
-We must invest in Water Technology – creates more jobs and puts a long-overdue stopper in our wasteful water systems.
-We must invest in Public Transit – creates more construction jobs, solves the traffic
problem and helps people get to work on time with fewer costs.
-We must invest in Agriculture Industries who employees hundreds of thousands of people, by investing in water technology because leaky pipes and poor agriculture irrigation is not the bright future for our agriculture industries.
-Invest in small businesses, who employees about 50% of the state private work force.
-Invest in more education and health care facilities, to build on a work force educated by quality employment, educational and economic opportunities.
-Invest in growing the economy, creating jobs for the working class and raise the living
standards for all.
-I believe in public investment that grows the economy for a long run and not short-term programs.

10. BUDGET
-Stop late and unbalanced budgets.
-Stop useless spending.
-Pay Back our Debt $443 Billion ($218B in retirement | $126B in bond | $64B in
infrastruction | $22B in deferred payments | $6.8B federal unemployment fund | $4.1B in “inter fund”).
-Keep track of the budget, keep our checkbooks balanced and save for the future.

       
Email tinajforgovernorcommittee@gmail.com
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  • Revamped the high-speed rail system
  • Repeal the gas tax that has been bestowed upon us in the last several months
  • California will not become a sanctuary State and we will take a look at the immigration issues
Profession:Retired truck driver/business owner
OTR truck driver, Southern Refrigerated Transport (20092018)
Business owner, Lassen Modoc Express (20122018)
Lassen Community College Associates degree, Construction management (1981)
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  • Guarantee housing for all: Ban evictions • Overturn anti-tenant Costa-Hawkins and Ellis Laws • Healthcare for All: Support Single-Payer • Tax major companies, banks, military contractors for a pro-people state budget • Full rights for immigrants now
  • Prosecute police abuse; End mass incarceration • End fracking & offshore oil drilling • Regulate agribusiness water use to ensure clean drinking water for communities • Promote policies to end racism, sexism & anti-LGBTQ bigotry
  • Strengthen union rights • Make state universities free • Fully fund Childcare & Senior Care • Money for Jobs, Not for War!