We deserve fiscal accountability with our local governments. From the boards of education to city halls in our state there should be accountability when it comes when they ask for more money from the voters. These agencies may want money from the taxpayers, but have these agencies handled money effectively?
I am thinking if a school district is asking for a new bond above a designated amount of money while still paying on previous bonds above a figure of 500 million still owed, the district would need to be audited in its operations. Is the district masking its fiscal inefficiencies by borrowing more money as seen in Santa Ana Unified? Is there really an unmet need for these funds to be utilized in a new bond? A neutral party would be helpful for this accountability. The Proposition 39 bond advisory group does not really have much power after a bond is passed how school districts help plead voters to approve the bonds, but the goal is to provide the voters and the municipalities information before a bond is passed.
City halls would also be audited if they wanted to be bailed out by a sales tax increase or an implementation of an utility tax. If they want to increase their sales tax by a half cent or more, they would also have a forensic audit as well. We should know how our local governments could do better before they ask for the funds and after they receive the new funds approved by the voters of their communities.
I do find the topic of easing the digital divide a worthy topic to discuss even though my opponent and incumbent brought the issue first. How do we make technology affordable for low income and lower middle-class families is a good issue to ponder? Do we solve it as a government solution alone or do we solve it with private industry and private charity together with government.
Many individuals can buy the latest technology, but that also does generate e-waste when we discard previous generations of desktops and laptops. However, we should do collaboration efforts with high schools and community colleges to help train students with career skills in helping to assemble and repair computers to help deploy them.
Technology from 2012 and onward can run Windows 10 at a decent level enough for students to have a computer to type reports, browse web pages, do the family budget on a spreadsheet. Those choosing to buy an 8th or 9th generation Intel box for example could donate their 2nd or 3rd generation Intel parts so we can make refurbished computers for families not able to afford a desktop computer to help enter the modern world.
Microsoft does have low cost license programs to help a potential plan for schools and non-profits to work together to license these devices because we are helping low income families and helping to advance education as well.
If we can delay the discarding of e-waste for another 4-6 years that is a win for families and the environment.
There are programs in places such as Riverside, California. However we need to open the door for these opportunities in San Bernardino County and the San Gabriel Valley of Los Angeles County.
The campaign was there during the San Bernardino Yes on 6 rally on October 27th. I gave some signs to supporters in the eastern end of the 20th State Senate District which appreciated my presence.
You will likely see a video of myself shot for the Rialto Now blog about my race at that event.
Is there any undecided voters who are saying that I do not have my formal positions on the issues announced that you know of? I have my flyer available for download that you can share to your undecided friends and family so you can get a basic understanding about my campaign.
I am still answering emails from voters who want some clarification. Monday before Election Day I do expect I will get some emails and I will try my best to answer them before you head to the polls on Tuesday.
I am running for this seat to make sure the people of the 20th State Senate District have a choice instead of having our incumbent win by default. She may have delivered the pork for the district, but many of her votes were dreadful which led me to put my hat in the ring for the second time.
I do thank the voters during my first run for voting for me, and I hope more individuals jump on board in 2018.
There are many issues that I wish our incumbent voted for the opposite position such as the water rationing law of AB 1668. The problem is we are releasing so much water to the ocean where our farmers and residents could use the water instead. I don’t think elites such as my incumbent could run her household on 55 gallons of water per day per person either. The key should be WATER STORAGE, so we can have enough water to meet our growing population and agriculture industry.
SB 620 was another stinker that my opponent supported, this law basically does not force judges to give enhancements if you use a gun in a violent crime. Kill someone in cold blood with a gun, with our weakened judicial system you will likely get a sentence half as long.
AB 398 was a disappointing indirect tax on the people of our state. Commuters will likely face another 60 cents rise in their gasoline costs in 2021. With many people commuting to make ends meet, this will hurt our working families big time. Not all destinations have convenient public transportation routes as an alternative from the now costly gasoline. Also, after working an 8-9-hour shit, many people are not that enthusiastic to take twice as long to get home after work. I know my opponent loves sustainability, but it is not fiscally sustainable for many working people of our district.
There are plenty more bills where they came from, but I do not want to bore people either.
My aspiration is to help generate a climate where more equipped candidates will run in future years in our community. We function better where a diversity of ideas is showcased.
It is now October, many of you have received your vote by mail ballots particularly in Pomona. This is my update for the month and I am here to discuss a few things.
I will be at the Chino Tea Party meeting on October 13th. We meet at Archibalds in Chino Hills which is near the Chino/Chino Hills border at 9am. You can meet other candidates that cover our surrounding communities and perhaps pick up some signs from us as well.
Speaking on Issues
I was featured in an article on KVCR FM’s website a few weeks ago about the warehouse issue in Bloomington.
I discussed the mental health issue with an advocacy group dealing with mental health at Behavioral Health Action. The main takeaway from most of my points is we should use the revenue from that tax increase to fund mental health causes that has been collecting dust for mental health needs.
As Seen In Several Voter Guides
I was mentioned in several activist group voter guides in our district from the Chino Tea Party to the Redlands Tea Party Patriots as a candidate to vote for. I thank them.
Hello friends and supporters, campaign signs are being ordered and will be deployed to residences and businesses of the 20th district. I will also place a few at the Upland Republican Party headquarters as well for people to obtain them.
As of October 22, the Upland office at 222 N Mountain Ave Upland Suite 202 (near mountain and 9th street) has around 10 signs available for people to pick up. They are open M/W/SA/SU right now.
Any supporter who donated who lives in the district will get a sign reserved for them as well. I thank those who donated so far for my race.
In August I wrote the official opposition letter to Chaffey College Measure P which you can see on the county website and your upcoming sample ballot. I am trying my best to stand up for taxpayers in our community. With Democrats trying to kill off Proposition 13, we need to do our best to restrain tax increases as much as possible. 60 dollars for a 400-thousand-dollar home may be a small increase in your tax bill, but with other school districts in the past adding their charges it is another weeks’ worth of groceries you could have bought with that increase.
The best government is a government that is not severely bloated. Sacramento and local governments have a swamp just as much as in our nation’s capital. I am not that ignorant that some facilities must be repaired, but should we at least make a pledge to make the money last until the 2002 Measure L bond is paid off at the minimum. People think bond money is free money like the credit card promotional offers, but people must pay these costs in the long run.
As someone who would like to become a state legislator, I think there should be a better process when it comes to school bonds where the bond firm and the district must list the top 5 categories the proceeds of the bond would be used for and there would have to be two public information sessions about a proposed school bond. One during their normal meeting time and one during the opposite meeting time where if a district meets at 2pm, they would meet at 6pm for a public session.
Aside from the school bond issue, our incumbent has exited the legislature for the session and made so many horrendous votes. As your candidate against her, I hope to be used as your way to vent your frustration about all these bad votes during the last two years. I will be posting some links to some of the bad legislation that has happened during this session on my official campaign home page.
If you want future candidates from the Republican Party to challenge our incumbents we need your support. Candidates such as myself, Toni Holle and Christian Valiente would appreciate you telling your friends and family about us and possibly sending in a contribution for our races. We may not have six figures or more to run our races, but we absolutely would appreciate your support.
We have nearly three months until the election. My campaign is about giving the voters a way to vent their frustration with Sacramento in the way our incumbent state senator has voted on issues such as crime and taxes. If I did not run, we would have had her unopposed and that would have been very disappointing because the guy I beat died. I am not here to be everything to all people, but I would rather be honest. I believe our motorists should not be the ATM machine for our government when many of us are struggling to afford our commute to work and our home/rent payments with her SB 1 and AB 398 votes. August 15th will be the event in San Bernardino where you can hear from Carl the proponent of Proposition 6 and candidates such as myself.
I do plan to attend the next Chino Tea Party event on August 12th, if anyone has any issues that they feel need to be discussed let me know before or after the meeting. People are more than invited to give checks if desired there as well. 15421 Fairfield Ranch Rd, Chino Hills, CA 91709 9am is when the meeting begins.
My district includes two major churches and there are issues that many voters do find important this year when it comes to faith, life and values.
SB 320, the college abortion pill is coming closer to passage, since our legislator is the author it will be mighty difficult to ask her to reconsider her bill. However, tell your friends and family who live in other districts why the abortion pill should not have easier access in our college campuses when the pill is not exactly perfect for the woman herself where complications can happen.
AB 2943, I may have a divergent opinion on this bill compared to others in my political party, but I oppose the bill because I realize this bill will be likely overturned in the federal supreme court causing major damage to LGBT rights advocates and I highly recommend that the author pull the bill for the session. I may agree that there needs to be solutions to the issue, but the way the bill is written it is perceived as bringing a nuclear bomb to a fist fight. Personally, I do not want a costly and divisive campaign to repeal the likely law either. Even if you have the majority in the legislature the Democrats underestimate the religious conservative community in our state.
Money helps big time with political campaigns. Your donation can make a difference. Running on fumes is not fun either, I would like to see another 1600 dollars raised by fall. You can do monthly donations or one time donations via the website.
In addition to being candidate for State Senate District 20, I also sit as member on the state, Los Angeles and San Bernardino County Parties as your nominee for 2018. I am concerned about our future prospects as a state party, the same trajectory is not going to cut it.
I agree we got a decent cash injection in the last five years, but in exchange for the cash injection we sold our soul where many Republicans and people who lean to vote in our party lost the enthusiasm for our candidates after being served statewide candidates that had little or no difference to the Democratic Party choices.
We have to be different because people will want the real thing instead of a pale imitation. We want candidates and office holders to stand up against the state Democrats instead of jumping in the pool with them. Voter registration and voter education will be necessary as soon as possible so we can help get the electorate to make change. Continue reading “Better State Party Leadership Is Needed”