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Greg Conlon

230,944 votes (3.1%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Create jobs by providing income tax incentives (reducing the tax rate fro 35% to 5%) to bring back $2 trillion that could increae one to two million new jobs.
  • Fix immagration issues by strengthening our borders, enforcing the terms of visas legally issued when they expire, reduce Federal funding to all so-called Sanctuary cities and enforcce the E-verify system to be sure all jobs are provided to American
  • Balance the Federal budget by cutting administrative expenses in all agenies except those that are performing securty, military or safety functions.



Profession:Businessman, Attorney, CPA, Accountant and Veteran
Business Consultant, Self-employed (2001–current)
President and Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commisiion — Appointed position (1994–1999)
Commissioner, California Transportation Commission — Appointed position (1996–1998)
Partner and Certified Public Accountant, International Public Accounting Firm (1959–1991)
Officer/Pilot, U.S. Air Force (1956–1959)


University of San Francisco J.D. (2000)
University of Utah B.S., business and accounting (1955)

Community Activities

Board member or Committee member of my Church, Church (1992–current)
Committee Member of Finance and Audit as well as the Rail Committee , Town of Atherton, California (2006–current)
Committee member of each Committee , Town of Atherton, California (2006–current)
Establish and help operate two Charter Schools in City of Alameda, Ca., Alameda Community Center (1991–1993)
Volunteer Board Member or Chairman/ Treasurer for Non-profit agenies, Self Help for the Elderly (1980–1992)


Greg is a businessman, an attorney licensed in Washington D.C., a CPA and a former veteran as a Air Force Officer and pilot.  He served as a former Commissioner to the California Public Utilties Commission where he served two years as its President and for two years on the California Transportation Commission as a Commissioner.  He was a partner in an international acacounting and consulting firm where he served clients as a CPA and business consultant and he was later a business consultant to both large and small businesses.  In addition to his experience in the public sector on the two California Commissions he also served on several non-profit agenies and schools, including Self Help for the Elderly in San Franciso where he served on the Board for over 10 years.  This agency provided social service to almost 20,000 seniors and served 1,000 lunches a day to the same seniors. In addition he served on the Board of Pineview Housing that built a senior housing project for 80 people in San Francisco.  He help originate and operate two Charter Schools in the City of Alameda serving almost 800 students.  He contines serving on Boards or Committees in his Town of Atherton and in his Church.     

Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and California Counts, a public media collaboration. (6)

Do you support the use of a federal carbon tax on the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by the use of fossil fuels (such as coal, oil and natural gas) as a means to both slow climate change and to reduce the deficit?  Why or why not?
Answer from Greg Conlon:

The main emitters of carbon dioxide are Chian and India.  I would review carefully the treaties that are enforce and those proposed in the future to be sure that these two countries and any other that are strong emitters to be sure they are doing their share in reducing the emission of carbon dioxide.  In addition I would want to explore the use of standardized nuclear plants for the future to reduce the emission of carbon gases by coal,oil and natural gas plants.

What is your stand on gun control laws at the federal level?  Please explain the reasoning behind your position. 
Answer from Greg Conlon:

I believe that the U S Constitution provides everyone the opportunity to own guns for both self defense in their homes and recreational use under safe conditions. 

I support the Second Amendment for the two reasons just mentioned.

Is the Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement good for California?  Would you vote to support it?  Please explain why or why not.
Answer from Greg Conlon:

All trade ageements should be reviewed to be sure they are fair to the U S companies trading with a particular country now.  Extreme tarriffs restricting import fess like the Smoot Hartly Act of the 1930's I believe caused the depression or certainly added to it.  I would not want to go down that street.  I would be sure that countries importing into the U S are not illegally supporting private companies be able to lower their pricies and put U S companies out of business. 

At the federal level, should recreational marijuana be legalized? Why or why not?
Answer from Greg Conlon:

I believe that marijana should not be legalized because it will start users down the drug track of becoming serious users of hard drugs that our nation is now facing in many states. . 

The Federal Government plays a part in California water allocation and use through a variety of laws.  What, if any, legislation would you support in an effort to handle water shortages caused by the current and any future drought?
Answer from Greg Conlon:

At this point in time I would call for more stoarge and reserviors to be able to take advantage of the rain and snow as much as possible.  I would also review the enviormental endangered species laws to be sure we are not going to far in retricting economic activity in the fishing and timber industry in California and to reduce the risk of drought. 

Should immigration laws be changed?  What changes would you support?  Please explain why. 
Answer from Greg Conlon:

I believe this country should protect its borders and not allow people to enter without a reasonable legal basis to do so with a passport or visa.   Therefore we need to strengthen our borders to be sure that people are only admitted if they have a legal basis to do so. 

Also I would advocate better monitoring and review of all legal visas issued that the person returns to their home nation or obtains a legal green card or work permint to stay in the country.  My understanding that of the 11 million illegals in the U S today aobut 40% entered into the U S with legal visas or student or work permits.  We need to monitor they visas when they expired to be sure the people return to their country or gain another legal basis for staying.  Otherwise many are taking high paying jobs from our citizens illegally.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $63,121

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

Greg Conlon
Employees of A Wilsey Properties
Employees of Ernst & Young
Employees of Law Office Of Mark Watson
Employees of O'brien Homes
Employees of Oak Investment Partners

More information about contributions

By State:

California 94.92%
Nevada 3.39%
North Carolina 1.69%

By Size:

Large contributions (93.50%)
Small contributions (6.50%)

By Type:

From organizations (1.69%)
From individuals (98.31%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Greg has a philosophy of giving back to the community that was instilled in him during his business career always trying to serve in his communities, his church and non-profit agenies.  His philosophy is supporting free enterprise and competition but recognizing the need to give back to the community inwhich he lives and works.  He started out his leadership activity becoming an Eagle Scout at very young age and serving on his high school student council during his high school experience.  After high school he attended the University of Utah again taking a leadership role running for Student Body Vice President and becoming an officer in the Air Force ROTC.  After college he served in the Air Force as an officer and a pilot before beginning his private sector experience discussed obove. 

His political philosophy is to rely on the private sector to grow the economy and provide economic growth that creates necessay jobs to keep people employed at the same time helping people help themselves rather than trying to take care of everyone who is able to take care of themselves.  He recognizes that certain people who are unable to work need assistance from the social agencies or the public agencie of the government. 

Greg has been dependent on his self since he graduated from high school, since his parents were unable to provide assistance to him in college or thereafter.  His hard work and perseverance allowed him to be successful to raise his family and provide for them.  He has prepared himself to serve in the public as a U S Senator and is looking forward to that opportunity. 



Position Papers

Greg Conlon's Comments on California's Higher Education Problems that need to be addressed



This paper explains the current situtation of the UC System's decrease in funding from the State and how it is handling it by increasing out-of-state an out-of-country students admissions who pay higher tuition fees.  The paper makes recommendations on what Conlon believes could help solve the financial issues. 






(Palo Alto, CA) - California is taking away an outstanding educational opportunity from some of its best and brightest high school graduates by limiting their access to the University of California system. US News and World Report ranks UC Berkeley and UCLA  20th and 23rd in the nation, yet 30% of their students come from out of state.  That amounts to approximately 8,500 students each out of a total of 27,000 to 30,000 students, respectively. While out-of-state tuition costs $36,000 per year, or $23,000 more than in-state tuition, this additional revenue supports only about 6% of UC System’s expenses.                                   


Is this really what we want to do — give away about 17,000 spots a year in these two schools to out-of-state and out-of-nation students and deprive our own top students of this educational opportunity and future high-paying jobs?.  My answer is no.  The State of California has decreased its funding of the UC System in total from 18% of the State's general fund in the late ‘70's to 11 to 12% today.  These decreases compare with increases in health and human services, corrections and rehabilitations, and K-12 education from 60% to 80% of the State's General Fund expenditures.  These statistics are available from a Study of Public Education in California by the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund. 


Meanwhile other universities that are ranked equal or higher than our two top public universities are charging about $10,000 more per year (average $48,000 per year) in student fees.  So not only are we giving away these top spots to non-state students, we are doing it at a discount compared to similar top 20 universities in the nation (see US News and World Report Rankings).  


As a candidate for the U. S. Senate, I believe a federal policy regarding issuance of student visas to out-of-nation students can positively address the inequity of educational opportunity for California’s equally qualified best and brightest students.  I propose that out-of-nation students (who are primarily from China and India) be subjected to requirements similar to those currently imposed for issuance of "Green Cards" for foreign persons to obtain work visas.  My recommendation is that each University would have to demonstrate that there are no equally qualified in-state students, based on test scores and GPA, who could fill the available slot for admission. Only then would student visas be issued. While the loss of higher tuition revenue would have an impact, I believe we can find ways to make up much of the lost revenue.  First the California legislature should try to increase appropriations for the UC System and reverse the trend of the downward spiral.  Second, based on my experience in both the private sector as a businessman and CPA and my public sector experience as President of the California PUC, it is not out of the question to find some savings to recover some of the 6% in the University System expenditures.  

This is not an easy problem to solve but by addressing this issue we can increase the chances for California’s best and brightest to receive a high-quality education and gain access to future high-paying jobs right here at home.

U S Supreme Court issues recent decision continuing the logic that has caused a negative impact on Northern California.


This postion paper is in the form of a letter to the editor on how the U S Suprem Court's recent decision in Evenwel v Abbot has caused a negative impact on the timber and fishing industries in Norther California.  It also discusses why the Court should reverse its decision in order to better protect the interests of rural California by giving these areas more political representatives in the State Senate. 


Letter to the Editor or Opinion Letter April 9, 2016:


US Supreme Court issues a recent decision continuing the logic that has caused a negative impact on the timber and fishing industry in Northern California


U S Supreme Court in its recent decision  (Evenwel, v Abbot, Governor of Texas) continues supporting the 1964 Case of Reynolds v. Sims where the Supreme Court upheld that "The Equal Protection Clause" of the U S Constitution "requires that the seats in both houses of a bicameral state legislature must be apportioned on a population basis."   The Supreme Court  decision stated "a State may draw its legislative districts based on total population."  This decision does not require that only the use of population basis be used to apportion state legislative districts and related maps.  It uses the terminology "one-person, one-vote" to describe this rule.   Over the ensuing decades, the Court has several times elaborated on the scope of the one-person, one-vote rule.  Finally it decided in another case, Brown vs. Thomson in 1983, that the Court would allow deviation in the method of apportionment as long as the deviation, between the largest and the smallest is less than 10%.  The Court has held that the maximum deviations above 10% are presumptively impermissible.  One later decision allowed a 16% deviation in order to accommodate the State's interest in "maintaining the integrity of political subdivision lines.”  The State of Hawaii was allowed to deviate because of its geographic island separation. 

Northern California counties were severely impacted by the 1964 "Sims" decision because they had to redraw their California Senatorial Districts, (as did the entire State), using total population from the U S Census Bureau rather than using the eligible or actual registered voters or just using county lines, i.e., one Senator per county.   This had a dramatic impact from Sacramento north causing a loss of seven Northern California Senators from the State Senate.  This loss in Senators caused an extreme transfer of political power in the State Senate from Northern California counties with very low population towns and cities to large metropolitan urban centers like Los Angeles County.  Today there are only 4 Senators out of 40 representing most of Northern California (excluding the San Francisco and Sacramento area) while there were 11 Senators before the 1964 decision in Sims and the subsequent reapportionment. 


Although this loss of political power by Northern California is hard to measure I believe that State legislation in the 1970s and the Federal legislative changes over the years have had a dramatic impact on both the timber and fishing industries in these counties.  I reach this conclusion from my experience traveling through six of these Northern California counties two years ago when campaigning for State Treasurer.


The fallacy of the use of total population rather than political boundaries like counties makes no sense in a bi-cameral government where there are two bodies--a house or assembly and a senate.  The house or assembly should be elected by population as it is in the U S House of Representatives and the Senate body should represent the different government sub-bodies normally counties within a state.  This logic follows the practice in the Federal Congress where the U S Senators are based on two per state, not on some equal population formula as is the House of Representatives with about 800,000 persons in each District.  If the Federal U S Senate were apportioned by the equal population formula called for in the "Sims case" decision and the recent "Evenwel case" New England states would likely have only one or two Senators instead of the 8 or 10 they have today and California with its large population would have 12 U S Senators.


Hopefully the U S Supreme Court will recognize its use of population apportionment for both houses of a bi-cameral State government is inconsistent with the Federal apportionment of two Senators per state. Instead States should be allowed under the 10th amendment states rights to come up with their own apportionment process for the second house (usually the Senate) in a bi-cameral legislature. One of these processes would be to use the county boundaries within the State to reapportion each Senatorial District. 


Greg Conlon, Wash. D.C., Attorney


Candidate for U S Senate in California




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