PLATFORM

"I come from proud a family that has been involved with public service for as long as I can remember. I want to work for you. We need to create more living wage jobs, improve our schools, and make public safety - especially getting un-registered and unlicensed guns off the streets, a top priority. With nearly a decade of government experience, I know what it takes to find solutions, navigate the complicated governmental agencies, and get things done."
LIST OF ISSUES
Education

The first experiences we have with our government is in the field of education.  We learn about math, language, history, science and art, but we also learn that our government is our tool, our servant, and our charge all wrapped into one.  It can help us to achieve more than we ever could have on our own, but we also have to keep our eyes open at all times, because it is the worlds best open source governance, so much like the ever avoided Wikipedia, we need to MAKE SURE, it is working the way it is supposed to, and that no one is in there messing things up just for the fun of it.

As you are surely aware by now, I am and have always been a fierce advocate of ensuring we build and maintain the best education system that we can afford to.  It is literally our future.  Our children can have the best education in the country, because out of all the states of the union, we are blessed enough to live in the best one!  We have the money, we have the people, we have the will, and with me representing you, we will also have the representation, the wherewithal, the skill, and the vote. 

 

Don't leave our children's futures up to shoddy guess work, by someone who has never owned a business, never worked at a school, never presided over an educational body, never got his way in Old Sacramento, is an outlier, and despite his best intentions, is in the party that has made it its business to attack and try to derail education throughout the country.

Diversity

As the White House moves to strip every mention of the transgender population, save one very specifically exclusionary rule, hatched from the schemes of a heart filled with hate and fear, take heed for we who fight God's fight here on earth and try to accept the burdens of a life led by love and acceptance, are not giving up our grand work.

I am a believer, I am a Jewish American and I follow the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, but I understand that I have made a personal choice in the matter, based on my family and the values I was raised to accept.

Not everyone in my community is Jewish.  It would be unethical of me to try and impose MY religious views on anyone.  My job as an elected public servant is not to force my religious views down the throats of my neighbors.  I will stand firm against those that try to hijack the government for their own selfish and shortsighted purposes, and let me assure you, there is plenty of that going around in this strange new political climate we find ourselves in.

I am going to defend your rights as individuals, regardless of my disposition to a more conservative and traditional lifestyle.  Because The Constitution demands it, and my morality affirms it.

Gay, straight, bi, transgender, asexual, green, purple, alien, whatever you are, or however you find yourself, know I have your back because you ARE equal. 

Victims of Violent Crimes

I can not believe we are still not doing a good enough job protecting victims of violent crimes from their perpetrators!  This loophole must be closed!

I will immediately draft a bill to create a statute and codify into state law that no victim of a violent crime shall ever be ordered to pay their perpetrator restitution, alimony, or child support.  I am a family law attorney, and I see case after case where an abusive and violent person will exploit the system to further intimidate, harass, and control their victims.  No more!  Not on my watch!

I will include retroactive reversal of such orders and only a special review can alter the status quo I establish.  On a case, by case basis, we can address special issues where perhaps both parties were abusive and violent, and where they both are neither victim or sole wrongdoer.  Family Law, is very intense and very detailed because all families are different, and every case is unique, I am not going to overlook that. 

If the will of the people permits, I may even include a provision that will impose a revers order (against a perpetrator attempting to abuse the system to further abuse their victims).

Housing

There is really no reason to have homeless people, ever.  We live in an "Automation Nation", and along with these advancements in tech, manufacturing, and agriculture, we experience displacement of our labor forces, and this leads to increases in houselessness and poverty.

I think its time we put our public SERVANTS to work making a plan that we can ALL agree on.  A plan that keeps the streets safe and clean, reduces crime and poverty and puts lots of people to work.

Veterans NEVER deserve to be left out in the cold.

Children NEVER deserve to be left out in the cold.

Seniors NEVER deserve to be left out in the cold.

The disabled NEVER deserve to be left out in the cold.

Healthcare

We obviously need to develop a state plan to address our growing healthcare needs while putting an end to the insurance system's outrageous prices, and administrative waste in the industry.

Its time for California to set the pace, again.  Lets lead the way so the nation can see how its done.  Universal care, for less, by demanding an end to the greed and corruption that runs rampant.

If we refuse to act, or fail to act, the results are the same, a more expensive, and less complete system, covering less for more.  It must stop, and insurance rates must conform.

Environment

Regardless of your position on Climate Change, we are stuards of the earth, like it or not.  It is literally the only home we have, and we are tasked with caring for it, that it may by as full of wonder and diversity of life, as the way we found it.

So lets work together to make sure we have clean air, earth, and water, and to set standards, and boundaries, with fair consequences, that detour abuse and neglect.

DCFS Reforms

We are all aware that something is wrong, and that it is costing us the lives of the most precious gift, our children, our future.  It must STOP, now.

I will demand that a public oversight board be established and granted with the power to create checks and balances, and reform mechanisms, including punitive and legal remedies, to end the systemic corruption and willful disregard of our families and their well being.

Enough is ENOUGH!  I can not stand to see one more family destroyed because of an over-exaggerated sense of superiority or because a small mistake was made, or because of personal biases and prejudices!

If someone is hurting children, they must be made to stop and be offered help in overcoming their issue, including social workers.

As a state, we need to change OUR vision on this broken system, and some of its faulty ideas.  We need to decide to focus on reuniting and strengthening families whenever possible, removing the incentives to tear families apart.  Not all families can be fixed, but many of the families that are torn apart were never broken, to begin with.  Parents sometimes need help learning better ways to deal with trauma, or addiction, or even the day to day stresses of family life, we should be helping them learn and grow, not unnecessarily traumatizing small children with knee jerk reactions.

Small Business Incentives

I always work tirelessly to represent my local small business, they are the cornerstone of our communities.

If re-elected to the Steae Assembly, I will draft state-level incentives programs for counties and municipalities to join me in my support of local small business.

I often hear from small business owners (I mean really small, like a business with less than 20 employees), that various obstacles make opening and running a very small business hard, but these tough little guys are a major source of our states higher-paying jobs.  We need to develop a plan to incentivize the various counties and municipalities to streamline, or expedite opening or expanding our local very small business, and to adopt new best practices designed intentionally to promote the creation and retention of new very small business.

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