Current Job: Chief Financial Officer/Food Company
Top 3 Priorities if Elected:
PRIVATE SECTOR JOB CREATION
Private sector jobs can be created in California by changing the anti-business environment we now have to one where we embrace commerce and employers. This horrible environment was created by overly burdensome regulations and provisions in laws that allow lawyers to extract large settlements for technical infractions that in reality are not harming anyone, and if they are, can easily be remedied and the employer/ business should be able to do so. I intend to implement the change necessary by seeking out colleagues in the legislature, no matter what side of the aisle they sit on, that want to bring about positive change in California and want to end their two-year term knowing that they helped turn California around with a winning track record. I, in turn, will be sensitive to their constituents and work with them to achieve some of their goals, as long as they help California.
Education can be fixed by:
1) Getting Sacramento out of and more money into the classroom. Right now, approximately 40% of funds allocated per student by the state are used to fund bureaucracy in Sacramento. Shut those offices down and spend it on great teachers and classrooms. We also need to get back to a relevant and meaningful core curriculum that will enable students to learn what they need to get into good trade schools and colleges, and be employable when they graduate. The current situation is that we have saddled the learning environment with mandates that have nothing to do with teaching reading, writing, arithmetic, and effective communication.
2) Enable local school boards to get rid of ineffective teachers and administrators. Right now it is virtually impossible and grossly expensive to fire inadequate educators, and that needs to stop. Empower those officials at the most local level to make decisions about what is best for their schools, as long as adequate learning is occurring in a safe environment.
Higher education is impossibly expensive in California. Even upper-middle class families cannot afford to put their children through school, much less a student being able to work their way through college, and everyone else in-between. We must either immediately reform the UC, state, and community college systems, by severely reducing the administrator to educator ratios, reducing the number of majors offered to only those that have a high correlation to a graduate getting a job, or sell off the UC and state college systems to the private sector and start a new system that is more efficient and focuses on teaching skills and has a compensation structure more in-line with the private sector.
STABILIZE CALIFORNIA'S FINANCES
We can stabilize California's finances by
1) growing revenues, 2) shrinking government, and 3) leveling our spending over boom and bust cycles, and limiting any growth to the rate of inflation.
Growing revenues can be done by getting people back to work and off of entitlement programs. This can be accomplished by attracting more companies to the state of California, developing a great work force through training and education, and through safe use of the natural and created resources we have in the state.
We can shrink state government by reducing the number of regulatory agencies, boards and commissions that seemingly only add to the problems businesses have with California. All new programs need to evaluated by their true benefits and actuals costs to the taxpayers in the near and long term.