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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election
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District 9California State SenateJune 7, 2016California Primary Election

June 7, 2016California Primary Election

California State SenateDistrict 9

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About this office

State senators introduce and vote on new laws, hold hearings, approve appointments to state agencies, and approve the state budget. They are elected to four-year terms.
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Democratic
University Educator
116,710 votes (47.8%)Winning
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  • Put California on the path to universal preschool so all children ages 0-4 have quality care and early education
  • Restore justice in our state and local criminal justice system with sentencing reform, re-entry support, less incarceration and prison alternatives for juveniles
  • Continue California's leadership on fighting climate change, protecting our environment protection and generating power from renewable energy
Profession:Lecturer, Public Policy UC Berkeley; Policy Fellow UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center, Institute for Transportation
Senior Policy Fellow, UC Davis, Institute of Transportation Studies and Energy Efficiency Institute (2015current)
Lecturer, UC Berkeley, Goldman School of Public Policy (2015current)
Assemblymember, CA State Assembly, AD15 — Elected position (20082014)
Board of Directors, East Bay Regional Park District — Elected position (20062008)
City Councilmember, Berkeley City Council — Elected position (19841992)
UC Berkeley Master's of Arts, Education (current)
UC Berkeley Bacherlor's of Science, Conservation of Natural Resources (current)
UC Berkeley Bachelors of Science (B.S.), and Masters of Arts (M.A.), Conservation of Natural Resources, Education (1989)
Board Member, Youth Alive (2015current)
Board Member, Center for EcoLiteracy (2010current)
Board Member, David Brower Center (2005current)
Member, Oakland Rotary (2015current)

A social justice advocate, energy and climate change trailblazer, and accomplished legislator, Nancy Skinner recently completed three terms in the State Assembly representing the East Bay cities along the I-80 corridor from Hercules to Oakland. Skinner currently teaches public policy at UC Berkeley, focused on policy interventions to address poverty and income inequality. She also serves as a Senior Policy fellow at UC Davis’s Energy and Transportation Institutes.

In the Assembly, Skinner served as Chair of three key committees: Budget, Rules and Natural Resources. As Budget Chair she oversaw the largest funding boost to childcare and preschool in over a decade; increased state support to our State University and UC systems, cut the number of juveniles incarcerated in state facilities by half, and established a new dedicated fund to reduce prison recidivism.

Skinner took on the Gun Lobby, successfully passing two groundbreaking gun violence prevention measures. To get corporations to pay their fair share, Skinner authored the bill that requires Amazon and other internet retailers to collect sales tax which is now bringing close to a $1 billion a year in new revenue to support vital services for California families. An environmental and climate protection champion, Skinner carried measures that doubled rooftop solar and renewable energy.

A graduate of UC Berkeley with a BS and an MA, Skinner co-founded the labor union representing graduate student instructors and was a leader in the UC South Africa Divestment movement.

Ms. Skinner began her public service in 1984 as the first and only student to be elected to the Berkeley City Council. On Council Skinner introduced the nation’s first Styrofoam ban and co-founded an international association of cities, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability. After her term on the City Council, Skinner served as Executive Director of ICLEI’s US office and International Director of ICLEI’s Cities for Climate Protection program which engaged cities worldwide to take action to stop climate change.

Skinner is a past member of the East Bay Regional Park District Board, a former small business owner and an advocate to increase women in elected office. She served on the Board of the East Bay Women’s Political Caucus and launched the statewide Women in Power Pac (WIP Pac) to support Democratic women.

Skinner and her husband, a retired city employee, are 40 year residents of Berkeley, her daughter Sirona and her wife, Sinead, live in Richmond. Three of Skinner’s eight brothers and sisters also live in the East Bay along with many nieces and nephews.

  • Robert Reich, Former U.S. Secretary of Labor
  • Marty Block, California State Senator
  • Jim Beall, California State Senator
  • John Perez, Former California Assembly Speaker
  • Toni Atkins, Former California Assembly Speaker
  • Anthony Rendon, California Assembly Speaker
  • Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf
  • Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • California Federation of Teachers
  • UPTE-CWA 9119 AFL-CIO
  • Contra Costa Building Trades
  • AFSCME District Council 57
  • SEIU California
  • International Brotherhood of Boilermakers
  • City of Alameda Democratic Club
  • California Women’s List
  • California Women’s Legislative Democratic Caucus
  • California Park & Recreation Society (CPRS)
  • Clean Water Action
  • California League of Conservation Voters
  • Heat & Frost Insulators, Local 16
  • IBEW Local 302
  • Oakland Firefighters IAFF Local 55
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, CA Chapter
  • Equality California
  • San Francisco Chronicle
  • Planned Parenthood Advocates Mar Monte
  • Sierra Club
  • California Labor Federation - AFL-CIO
  • Pauline Cutter, San Leandro Mayor
  • Women’s Political Committee
  • Asian Pan American Democratic Caucus of Alameda County
  • East Bay Brownie Mary Democratic Club
  • East Bay Women’s Political Caucus
  • Hercules Democratic Club
  • El Cerrito Democratic Club
  • East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club
  • Berkeley Democratic Club
  • City of Alameda Democratic Club
  • El Cerrito Democratic Club
Total money raised: $1,325,464

Below are the top contributors that gave money to support the candidate(s).

1
University of California, Berkeley
$17,020
2
SunPower
$14,050
3
SolarCity
$13,700
4
California Federation of Teachers
$13,500
5
Advanced Microgrid Solutions
$9,857

By State:

California 94.37%
District of Columbia 1.87%
New Jersey 0.53%
Nebraska 0.38%
Other 2.84%
94.37%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.09%)
Small contributions (0.91%)
99.09%

By Type:

From organizations (53.23%)
From individuals (46.77%)
53.23%46.77%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Assemblymember Nancy Skinner's Top (10) Legislative Accomplishments

Summary

As an Assemblymember, I took on a  number of key issues, most notably income inequality, ending corporate loopholes, gun-violence prevention, climate protection, education, criminal justice reform, and environmental stewardship. Please see this details of my key legislative successes below. 

 

INCOME INEQUALITY

Income Taxes on the Super Rich – AB 1130. My bill, AB 1130, the “Reagan, Wilson Share the Wealth Measure” restored income tax rates on millionaires to the rate they were under Republican Governor’s Reagan and Wilson. The California Federation of Teachers fought for these tax rates to be in Prop 30, which increased Prop 30 revenue by over $2 Billion a year.

Hungry Free Kids Act –AB 402. Children in our free/reduced price lunch program live in households struggling to make ends meet. CalFresh can help these families have access to daily nutritious meals, yet thousands are not enrolled. My bill makes it easy for these families to be enroll and receive the food assistance they need.

College Student Access to Cal Fresh – AB 1930. Low-income college students have it hard enough paying for tuition, housing and textbooks, I carried AB 1930 to give college students who were previously not considered eligible better access to food assistance.

ENDING CORPORATE LOOPHOLES

Internet Fairness – AB 155. Amazon and other Internet retailers refusal to collect sales tax was unfair to our main street businesses and kept money from our schools. AB 155 closed that loophole so sales like Amazon’s now give California close to $1 billion a year in new revenue to fund our schools and vital services.

Enforcing Workplace Safety – AB 1634. Dangerous conditions cited by California’s workplace safety regulator now have to be fixed right away, even if the employer appeals, so workers and communities aren’t put at risk.

EDUCATION

Childcare and PreSchool Expansion – 2014 Budget Bill. As Budget Chair I facilitated the largest funding increase for early childhood education in over a decade, enabling the State to enroll thousands more children in preschool and quality childcare.

Higher Ed Funding While Halting Tuition Increases – 2014 Budget Bill. Our UC/CSU systems suffered huge recession cuts resulting in student tuition and fee increases. As Budget Chair I worked for a larger state allocation to UC and CSU with language that would rescind the funds if UC/CSU increased student tuition.

Saving Energy Saving Schools – AB/SB 39. Schools spend millions each year on energy, my legislation provided every California school district Prop 39 funds to pay for energy upgrades; now money saved on utility bills can go back in the classroom.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

Foster Youth Detention – AB 2607. Foster kids get stuck in detention longer just for the ‘crime’ of not having a home, AB 2607 stopped the practice of using juvenile hall as a substitute for finding kids real homes.

Juvenile Justice – AB 999, included in 2011 Budget Bill. Guards in state juvenile facilities used ‘time-adds’ to unfairly prolong the time youth were incarcerated. Within three years of stopping ‘time adds’ the number of youth in state incarceration was cut in half.

Recidivism Reinvestment Fund - 2014 Budget Bill. Provided $100M for community services to support reentry of our formerly incarcerated; required inmates be issued State IDs and be enrolled in MediCal prior to being released; and eliminated the lifelong ban imposed on those sentenced for non-violent drug crimes from ever accessing CalFresh or CalWorks.

CLIMATE AND ENVIRONMENT

Doubling Rooftop Solar - AB 560. Expanded net metering so that homes and businesses could get credit on their utility bills for the electricity produced by their rooftop solar.

Electricity from Renewable Energy - SB X1-2. This bill set a 33% Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) requiring 33% of California’s electricity to be generated from solar, wind, geothermal and other renewable energy by 2020.

Energy Storage – AB 2514. Energy storage captures extra electricity produced by wind, solar and other renewable energy. My bill, AB 2514, makes sure our utilities utilize energy storage so we can put electricity to use when we need it.

Naming Eastshore State Park after Save the Bay Founder - AC 55. Our wonderful 8.5 mile ribbon of parkland along the eastern side of the SF Bay is now named after Save the Bay co-founder Sylvia McLaughlin, a worthy recognition of her significant leadership.

GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION

Gun Violence Restraining Orders - AB 104. The mother of the Isla Vista shooter saw the signs that her son was dangerous, my bill established a firearm restraining order so every family now has a tool to get guns out of the hands of those threatening violence.

 

 

Assault Weapons Loophole - AB 48. California’s assault weapons ban had a big loophole, it was perfectly legal to buy kits that converted guns into working like assault weapons. My bill, AB 48, made these ammo kits illegal.

Democratic
Youth Education Director
74,365 votes (30.5%)Winning
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  • I worked hard to make Education California’s top budgetary priority and the California Teachers Association (CTA) have endorsed me.
  • The Health, Safety and Welfare of our Children is another top priority and the California Nurses Association agree and have endorsed me.
  • More Middle Class jobs for our district and affordable housing for seniors and working families is another top priority.
Profession:Sandré R. Swanson California State Assembly 2006 -2012
Deputy Mayor City of Oakland, City of Oakland CA — Appointed position (20132015)
California State Assemblymember, California State Assembly — Elected position (20062012)
Chief of Staff for Congresswoman Barbara Lee, U.S. Congress — Appointed position (19982004)
Chair of the Alameda County Employee's Retirement Association, Alameda County Retirement Board — Appointed position (20012002)
District Director and Senior Policy Advisor for Congressman Ronald V., U.S. Congress — Appointed position (19731998)

 

Sandré R. Swanson served three successful terms as a Member of the California State Assembly. He was the Chair of the Assembly Labor & Employment Committee and was a vocal advocate for growing the middle class with sustainable jobs. Mr. Swanson also served on the Assembly Budget Committee, Sub-committee on Education Finance; Assembly Committee

on Utilities and Commerce and was the Speaker’s Appointee to the State Workforce Investment Board.

Mr. Swanson is passionate about the plight of troubled and at-risk youth.
As Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color, his committee’s work is widely used by the State today in its strategies for assisting young people. As a result of this work, in 2014 Mr. Swanson was invited to the White House by President Barack Obama and was requested to participate in the President's “My Brothers Keepers “ initiatives.

During his tenure in the Assembly, Mr. Swanson passed landmark legislation dealing with the atrocities of human trafficking—which he calls “modern day slavery.” His legislative work assisted with the development of programs for job training, housing and counseling for the victims of human trafficking—some as young as 12 years old. Several of his laws are prominently referenced on the California Attorney General’s web site. District Attorney offices are using these laws across our State to successfully prosecute human trafficking criminals in California today.

Following his work in the legislature, Mr. Swanson served as Deputy Mayor for the city of Oakland, California.
He worked successfully on growing the City's economy by developing small businesses and jobs. Before his election to the California State Assembly, Mr. Swanson served five years as Chief of Staff for Congresswoman Barbara Lee. Before that, he worked for 25 years as the District Director and Senior Policy Advisor for Congressman Ronald V. Dellums. He also served as Chair of the Alameda County Employee’s Retirement Association, Chair of the Oakland Civil Service Commission, and Chair of the Oakland Re-Use and Redevelopment Authority.

Early key endorsements of his campaign for the California Senate include key legislators currently representing the people of the 9th Senate district. They include the incumbent, Senator Loni Hancock, Assemblymember Rob Bonta, Assemblymember Tony Thurman and his campaigns Honorary Chair, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, and more.

Mr. Swanson is a native of Oakland he and his wife Anita have four children and five grandchildren. 

  • Congresswoman Barbara Lee
  • California Teachers Association (CTA)
  • Incumbent, Senator Loni Hancock
  • William Patterson Vice President, EBMUD Board, Director 6
  • Linda Handy, Peralta College Trustee
  • Dr. William S. Riley, Vice President, Peralta College Board
  • Meredith Brown, President, Peralta College Board
  • Nina Senn, Oakland Uni ed School District Board of Education
  • Surlene Grant, Vice Mayor, City of San Leandro (Ret.)
  • Courtland “Corky” Booze Councilmember, City of Richmond (Ret.)
  • Nathaniel Bates, Councilmember, City of Richmond
  • Kriss Worthington, Councilmember, City of Berkeley
  • Jesse Arreguin, Councilmember, City of Berkeley
  • Maxwell Anderson, Councilmember, City of Berkeley
  • Jim Oddie, Councilmember, City of Alameda
  • Frank Matarrese, Vice Mayor, City of Alameda
  • Nancy Nadel, Former Councilmember, City of Oakland
  • Jane Brunner, Former Councilmember, City of Oakland
  • Desley Brooks, Councilmember, City of Oakland
  • Abel Guillén, Councilmember, City of Oakland
  • Jean Quan, Mayor, City of Oakland (Ret)
  • Beverly Johnson, Mayor, City of Alameda (Ret.)
  • Marlon McWilson,Trustee, County Board of Education
  • Sheila Jordan, Alameda County Superintendent of Schools (Ret.)
  • Donald White, Treasurer/Tax Collector Alameda County
  • Fiona Ma, Chair, CA Board of Equalization
  • Jerome Horton, Member CA Board of Equalization
  • Assemblymember Mary Hayashi (2006-12)
  • Assemblymember Mike Eng (2006-12)
  • Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (2008-14)
  • Assemblymember Joe Coto (2004-10)
  • Assemblymember Sally Lieber (2002-08)
  • Senator Tony Mendoza
  • Senator Darrell Steinberg President Pro Tem (2008-14)
  • Assemblymember Tony Thurmond
  • Assemblymember Rob Bonta
  • Senate President Kevin de León
  • IBEW Local 595
  • Black Women Organized For Political Action (BWOPA)
  • The Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club
  • Oakland Fire ghters IAFF Local 55
  • Alameda Fire ghters IAFF Local 689
  • California Legislative Black Caucus
  • AFSCME District Council 57
  • SEIU California
  • Union of American Physicians and Dentists
  • Teamsters Joint Council 7
  • California School Employees Association (CSEA)
  • California Nurses Association(CNA)
  • California Teachers Association (CTA)
Total money raised: $673,582

Below are the top contributors that gave money to support the candidate(s).

1
SWANSON, SANDRE
$125,850
2
IBEW Local 595
$17,000
2
SEIU Local 1000
$17,000
3
Califonia Teachers Association
$16,700
4
Union of American Physicians and Dentists
$13,700

By State:

California 94.44%
District of Columbia 1.41%
Tennessee 0.78%
Minnesota 0.67%
Other 2.70%
94.44%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.16%)
Small contributions (0.84%)
99.16%

By Type:

From organizations (55.21%)
From individuals (44.79%)
55.21%44.79%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

The record will show, that as Chair of the Labor and Employment Committee and Member of the Assembly Budget Committee on Education, I worked hard to make Education California’s top budgetary priority. Thatis why the California Teachers Association (CTA) and The California School Employees Association (CSEA) have endorsed me for the State Senate. I was the leader in the fight to keep Redevelopment Agencies for affordable and senior housing because we are in a housing affordability crisis and I passed laws to reduce neighborhood crime.

I led the fight to keep the “Healthy Family Program” that provided healthcare for 740,000 poor children—and I worked for a healthy environment. The California Nurses Association (CNA) and the Union of American Physicians and Dentists support my record and have joined our campaign. I was the leader in the Assembly on protecting your pensions and retirement security. The Teamsters, SEIU, and AFSCME working families agree and are on our team. I am committed to student loan debt relief and have sponsored environmental justice efforts to stop the spraying of pesticides near schools, to stop illegal dumping in our community and support green jobs and wetland restoration. Our first responders, the City of Alameda and Oakland/Alameda County Firefighters have also endorsed me for State Senate.

I proudly led the State’s efforts to rescue our children from Human Traffickerssome children as young as 12 years old and I increased funding for wrap-around services for our most at-risk youth. I supported small business loans in underserved communities to increase employment opportunities and have been an advocate for Equal Rights and Civil Rights for everyone.

During the budget battles of the recession, I challenged those in leadership to keep the social safety net for the poor, the disabled, seniors and children.

That’s why I’m running for State Senate.

Sandré R. Swanson 

 

Candidate, California State Senate, 9th District 

 

Why I’m running for State Senate

Summary

Progressive Values For State Senate

 

Dear Friend,

Our community has a rich history of progressive politics and for being the conscience of California. I would like to continue that tradition and give a voice to our progressive values in the State Senate.

The record will show, that as Chair of the Labor and Employment Committee and Member of the Assembly Budget Committee on Education, I worked hard to make Education California’s top budgetary priority. That
 is why the California Teachers Association (CTA) and The California School Employees Association (CSEA) have endorsed me for the State Senate. I was the leader in the fight to keep Redevelopment Agencies for affordable and senior housing because we are in a housing affordability crisis and I passed laws to reduce neighborhood crime.

I led the fight to keep the “Healthy Families Program” that provided healthcare for 740,000 poor children—and I worked for a healthy environment. The California Nurses Association (CNA) and the Union of American Physicians and Dentists support my record and have joined our campaign. I was the leader in the Assembly on protecting your pensions and retirement security. The Teamsters, SEIU, and AFSCME working families agree and are on our team. I am committed to student loan debt relief and have sponsored environmental justice efforts to stop the spraying of pesticides near schools, to stop illegal dumping in our community and support green jobs and wetland restoration. Our first responders, the City of Alameda and Oakland/Alameda County Firefighters have also endorsed me for State Senate.

I proudly led the State’s efforts to rescue our children from Human Traffickerssome children as young as 12 years old and I increased funding for wrap-around services for our most at-risk youth. I supported small business loans in underserved communities to increase employment opportunities and have been an advocate for Equal Rights and Civil Rights for everyone.

During the budget battles of the recession, I challenged those in leadership to keep the social safety net for the poor, the disabled, seniors and children.

That’s why I’m running for State Senate.

I am respectfully asking you to join progressive champions like Congresswoman Barbara Lee, State Senate President Kevin de León, Senator Loni Hancock, Assemblymember Rob Bonta, Assemblymember Tony Thurmond and support our campaign for the California Senate.

I humbly ask for your support.

Sandré R. Swanson

Candidate, California State Senate, 9th District

Office Phone: 510-842-5930
 Join Team Swanson at: www.SandreSwanson.org

Democratic
Public Education Advocate
32,698 votes (13.4%)
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  • Producing the next leaders, employees, taxpayers and consumers of our state by providing stable, adequate and logical funding for our education system - from cradle to career.
  • Insisting on transparency in the allocation of our tax dollars, so they fund what our community needs - including education, transportation, affordable housing and support services for our most vulnerable populations.
  • Get special interests out of decision making - whether for our environment, our criminal justice system, or other critical areas. Be the voice of our district, NOT special interests/
Profession:Advocate for children and public education
Financial Consultant - part time while raising my children, Various start up companies in Silicon Valley (20002007)
Senior Consultant, Recruiting Manager, Accounting Solutions (19972000)
Associate Director, Summerbridge National (19941997)
Business Manager, Film and Video Service (19911993)
Consultant, Apple USA Product Marketing Communications (19901991)
Harvard University Masters in Business Administration (1988)
Duke University Bachelor of Arts, Public Policy Studies (1983)
Board Member, Board Chair (similar to ED as this is an all-volunteer org), Educate Our State (2011current)
Volunteer, National Charity League (2014current)
Court Appointed Special Advocate, CASA (19921995)

Katherine Welch is a long-time leader with Educate Our State, a statewide organization of tens of thousands of parents and other community members committed to improving California’s public schools. 

She is pro-choice, and is an advocate for children and families, racial justice, civil rights, the formerly incarcerated, veterans, the homeless, the environment, labor, immigrants, and the LGBT community. She believes we must demand transparency and accountability from our government, political campaigns and public servants. When we advocate for our most vulnerable populations, our whole community comes out ahead - from more robust mental health services, to housing and job training.

The California public school system’s increasing and long-standing financial struggles led Katherine to ask the question, “Why does California, the 8th largest economy in the world, have one of the worst funded school systems in the country?” Her answer was to join Educate Our State, to challenge the status quo and demand transparency, accountability and funding to improve our schools.

Since 2011, with Katherine’s work with Educate our State, and her advocacy in Sacramento, she observed that you don’t have to be a politician to run for office. She also realized that children, who do not vote nor do they have a wealthy interest group representing them, have no voice - and our state pays dearly when it does not take care of its youngest citizens. She realized her unique background and passion to improve our schools is just what is needed in Sacramento. She has never run for any office. Until now.

Katherine has a background in corporate finance and business management and gained valuable real-world experience working with both Silicon Valley start-ups and publicly-traded companies.

In the mid-1990’s Katherine joined Summerbridge National (now Breakthrough Collaborative) as the Associate Director. Summerbridge offers urban, under-served middle school students the opportunity to participate in academic enrichment programs in preparation for college, and offers high school and college students the opportunity to teach.

Katherine also served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for several years. A CASA is a guardian ad litem, a liaison between the providers of legal, social and therapy services and the dependent children in the legal system. A CASA also spends time with these children, similar to a big sister.

 

  • Commissioner Roberta Achtenberg, United States Commission on Civil Rights
  • The East Bay Times (formerly Contra Costa Times/Oakland Tribune)
  • Former State Superintendent Delaine Eastin
  • Jean Follmer, District Governing Board Clerk, Lafayette School District
  • Nancy Kohn Hsieh, Trustee, San Mateo-Foster City School Board
  • Suzy Pak, Board Member,  Lafayette School District
  • Chris Thomsen, Trustee, Sequoia Union High School District
  • Kalimah Salahuddin, Trustee, Jefferson Union HIgh School District School Board
  • Matt Haney, President, San Francisco Board of Education
  • Darcie Green, President, Santa Clara County Board of Education
  • Joe Ross, Trustee, San Mateo County Office of Education
  • The Children's PAC
  • EVOLVE-California, a community organization
  • Shona Armstrong, Parent leader, Oakland Unified School District
  • Bianca Forester, Teacher, Alameda Unified School District
  • Helen Dickey, retired, El Cerrito
  • Michelle Cantillo, Youth Advocate, San Leandro
  • Erica Gonzalez-Martinez, Registered Behavior Technician,West Contra Costa Unified
  • Marjorie Mendez, Education Advocate, San Pablo
  • Adam Sieff, formerly of Stanford Law School Mills Clinic Youth and Education Law Program
  • Hope Salzer, Co-Chair, Educate Our State Leadership Center (as Individual)
  • Marian Chatfield-Taylor, founder, Public Engagement for Public Schools
  • Kristina Lawson, former Mayor, Walnut Creek
1.
Drought

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.

Answer from Katherine Grace Welch:

 

I am a supporter of local strategies, like the proposed expansion of Los Vaqueros Reservoir in Contra Costa County, which could provide enough storage to provide drinking water to more than 1 million users.   I believe wetlands restoration is another area in which we can combat the drought and protect the environment.  I am also interested in looking at ‘water credits’. Our local water agencies can be doing more to encourage conservation by creating an exchange for drought water rations, similar to the carbon market. I believe it is a mistake for our local water agencies to back off on water conservation goals, while we had a wet winter, our drought is not over and there is the threat of a dry winter in 2016-2017.

2.
Money in Politics

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?

Answer from Katherine Grace Welch:

 

I am committed to campaign finance reform. In my advocacy in Sacramento, with all legislative offices as well as other governmental bodies and special interest groups, I can see there is an ‘entitlement’ culture where certain interest groups expect to be major decision makers. The voters pay the salaries of elected official and staffers, and they need to be accountable to their constituents, not special interests. I am committed to working with others in the legislature to enact common sense campaign finance reform. The only special interest in my campaign is children, and they and other vulnerable populations truly have no voice in Sacramento. Yet.

3.
Minimum Wage

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. 

Answer from Katherine Grace Welch:

 

As you know, the state recently passed minimum wage legislation, which will bring us to $15 per hour in 2022, or 2023 for small businesses. It is the nature of business groups to oppose minimum wage hikes, but I think history has shown that these wage hikes are a win for employees and for our economy, in term of increased demand for goods, and less reliance on government support. The state is currently subsidizing large low wage employers because the wage puts families below the poverty line. With regard to our district, we have successfully raised the minimum wage in several cities, and I believe a regional ‘supplemental approach’ is the way to address cities with a higher cost of living, while ensuring those with a lower cost of living are not unfairly burdened.

4.
Fiscal Priorities

What are your top three fiscal priorities, recognizing the need to balance the state’s income with its spending? 

Answer from Katherine Grace Welch:

 

  • Increase transparency in budgeting and allocation of state resources.
  • Return property taxes allocated to schools, to schools.
  • Work with stakeholders to return equity to our property tax structure while ensuring the revenue is shared from these reforms.
5.
High Cost of Living

If elected, what solutions do you propose to deal with the high cost of living in the Bay Area?

Answer from Katherine Grace Welch:

 

The high cost of living is a reflection of our thriving economy. The problem is, not all are sharing in this economic upturn. Efforts to ease the high cost of living must be multi-pronged. I will work to create opportunities to attract new businesses to our community, especially those that need workers with different skill levels, bringing jobs closer to where people live.  We must also address housing affordability.  The high cost of housing is a direct result of the Bay Area not keeping up with population growth in building housing.  I support Senator Wieckowski’s legislation allowing residents to build on an additional structure to current homes -- like an in-law unit -- to ease the lack of housing.  Finally, we must also improve transportation and transit infrastructure to make it affordable and easy for people to get to work.

 

 

6.
Traffic Congestion

What steps are needed to improve region-wide transportation planning and the growing traffic congestion?

Answer from Katherine Grace Welch:

I believe when we approach transportation challenges we need to do so with the long term view, and not be distracted by ribbon cutting projects. In addition, like many issues in California, we wait and wait as our population increases without the housing and transportation to support it.  It is like a family that doesn’t fix their leaky roof or maintain their dependable transportation, but instead goes out and buys an antique car to impress the neighbors. Our district and our state are challenged in part because gas tax revenues, used to maintain our roads, bridges and transportation infrastructure, have been declining for years due to higher mpg and electric vehicles. Measure BB, passed by Alameda county in 2014, is helping fund increasing support of our infrastructure, but due to declining state revenue we are unlikely to get the state match at the level we were hoping for. We need to look at more innovative solutions, including investigating taxes associated with use of our roads, while continuing to support the increase of high mpg and electric vehicles, as well as addressing the backlog of BART maintenance and the increase in riders. Potholes ruin our cars and our roads, and when BART doesn’t work well, commuters return to the roads. We must address these issues, as well as increase housing near transport hubs to reduce cars on the roads, while simultaneously making sure that we have the transportation infrastructure to successfully support those hubs. There is much work to do, and I look forward to tackling this issue and others if I am fortunate enough to represent you in the state senate.

Total money raised: $333,048

Below are the top contributors that gave money to support the candidate(s).

1
WELCH, KATHERINE
$176,069
2
Broadway Angels
$4,200
2
Camberview Partners
$4,200
2
Health Evolution Partners
$4,200
2
Tintri
$4,200

By State:

California 93.12%
Massachusetts 3.08%
Washington 0.91%
Texas 0.64%
Other 2.25%
93.12%

By Size:

Large contributions (98.89%)
Small contributions (1.11%)
98.89%

By Type:

From organizations (0.30%)
From individuals (99.70%)
99.70%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

I believe in the 'trickle up' theory - that when we provide security to the most vulnerable among us, they are better able to thrive, contribute, and provide stability to their family and community.

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Mayor/Teacher
20,287 votes (8.3%)
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  • Increase good paying jobs with benefits and retirement options
  • Reduce traffic congestion and improve transportation throughout region
  • Improve Quality of Education and Increase Career Technical Education for College Alternative
Profession:Mayor, Teacher
City Council/Mayor, City of San Pablo (2012current)
Teacher, West Contra Costa County Unified School District (2003current)
Mayor, City of San Pablo — Elected position (2015current)
City Council, City of San Pablo — Elected position (20122015)
Basketball Coach, Richmond High School (20042010)
Police Chaplain, City of San Pablo Police Department — Appointed position (19992004)
Cal Berkeley Extension CTE Teacher Credential, Courses for Teaching Credential (2011)
Assemblies of God - UBTC Certificate of Ministry, Pastoral Studies (1998)
Cal State East Bay (Hayward) BA Music, Vocal Pedagogy (1983)

Rich has served as Police Chaplain, Richmond High School Basketball and Tennis Coach, started Neighborhood Watch groups, is a CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Member, and has organized many community outreaches and  Parades jointly with other Churches, as well as organized Annual National Day of Prayer activities in his City. Rich was elected to the City Council in 2012, served two years on the League of California Cities' Housing and Economic Development Policy Committee, along with many other tasks, as well as attending the monthly Contra Costa Mayors Conference and the West County Mayors and Supervisors Group. He ran for the State Assembly in 2014 and came in 4th place in a field of 8 candidates. His Party rewarded his valiant efforts by welcoming him as a delegate and selected him to serve on the Platform Committee where he was instrumental in protecting the Traditional Marriage plank while supporting same sex couples' equal rights and privileges under the current laws. Rich also initiated the new plank of Freedom of Religion to be restored to CaGOP 2016 State Platform which Chairman Jim Brulte carried successfully through the floor at the Convention and saw it overwhelmingly approved. 

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Total money raised: $23,039

Below are the top contributors that gave money to support the candidate(s).

1
Palm Plaza Development
$4,800
2
California Trailblazers
$1,483
3
Five Star Cleaners
$750
4
McDonald's
$700
5
United States Postal Service
$600

By State:

California 96.93%
Arizona 2.56%
Michigan 0.51%
96.93%

By Size:

Large contributions (84.78%)
Small contributions (15.22%)
84.78%15.22%

By Type:

From organizations (43.17%)
From individuals (56.83%)
43.17%56.83%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

I'm running for the state Senate because I want to

  • More better paying jobs with benefits and retirement options
  • Reduce Traffic congestion on our Freeways - Extend BART to Crockett
  • Improve Education for all and Increase Career Technical Education
  • Support Public Safety, Veterans, Elderly, Physically and Mentally Challenged, etc.

I believe in

  • Free Enterprise
  • Limited Government
  • Indiviual Liberty
  • Traditional American Values
  • A Strong National Defense

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