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This is not simply a housing issue. Before we can solve the homelessness crisis in California, we must first recognize that the definition of the word “homeless” also encompasses a number of categories including the mentally ill, the drug addicted, and the criminally vagrant. If we are to be serious about this issue, we must come up with solutions that are specific to each category. The homeless crisis has had a significant impact on our local environment and our communities. We are a compassionate people, but compassion must be balanced with common sense. This is about protecting our communities and helping the less fortunate get the assistance they require.
What has happened to all the money so far? Californians already pay among the highest taxes in the Nation. Prop 13 is a landmark piece of legislation that was enacted to protect the rights of property owners by capping the tax rate at 1.25% of the value of the property. With property values already at an all-time high, any changes to Prop 13 would have a significant, immediate and devastating effect on our state’s economy. Some estimates state that property taxes will likely double if there are any changes to Prop 13. Sacramento must find ways to spend the billions of dollars they already receive in a more sensible manner.
Another Sacramento job killer. We have all known that the the California politicians in Sacramento have been at war with business. But now we learn that they are also at war with the workers. If someone has a skill or service to offer, and if they negotiate in good faith with a business or entity that needs that skill or service, the government has no right to interfere with that transaction. The government must never complicate an individual’s rights to earn a living. AB5 is yet another cash grab by greedy politicians that do not respect or value the meaning of work. AB5 is a disaster that must be immediately repealed.
Let’s agree on the definition of terms first. When politicians change the definitions of words, it becomes difficult to have a reasonable debate on the topics. Like many American’s, I am an Immigrant. I am for the orderly and legal flow of immigration to this country from people who want to be a part of the American story. It is not reasonable or sustainable to place the burden of cost on the California taxpayer for a seemingly endless influx of people into our State. Many hard-working Californians are struggling to take care of themselves, we cannot require them to take care of the world. We need order at the border.
It’s the biggest subject no one is talking about. CA in continuously in and out of drought conditions. Although we seem to out of the drought for now, we will most certainly experience another period of low water supply in the future. Sacramento continues to tighten the regulation on water usage, but water conservation is not the only answer. Throughout our district alone you can see a record number of new constructions for luxury condos and apartments. The demand on our water supply will significantly increase, but we have done very little to capture new water by way of building new damns, aqueducts, or reservoirs. Instead, Sacramento keeps restricting water usage among the citizens and especially the farmers of California.
Parents are best equipped to make decision for their children. Every child has the right to a quality education that will prepare them for success in tomorrow's competitive environment. A child should not be sentenced to a failing school based on their zip code. Parents must have the ability to choose from a variety of options with regards to their child’s education. From a quality public school, private school, charter school, or if desired, home school. Additionally, parents must not be forced to have their child’s education be indoctrinated with age inappropriate and overly sexualized content. A young child’s education must not be the domain of a political agenda.
For a State as big and as diverse as California, I believe that we should have diversity in political thought. Many people in California feel diminished, marginalized, and even tossed aside. These are the good hard working, tax paying, family raising, law abiding citizens that have an opposing view of the Super Majority leadership. Together we will fight forward and bring balance back to Sacramento.
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