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State of CaliforniaCandidate for Governor

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Desmond Silveira

Senior Software Engineer
4,630 votes (0.1%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • From the moment of conception until natural death, every human being is entitled to protections under the law, to just treatment and to equitable consideration.
  • Support economic policies that expand opportunities for the poor, and rebuilding and supporting a vibrant middle class, the erosion of which is a fundamental threat to our democracy.
  • Work to fix the ecological deficits of the past, act as responsible managers in the present, and ensure for future generations a planet that is healthy and thriving.



Profession:senior software engineer
Lead Software Engineer, iCrossing (2008–2009)
Senior Software Engineer, (2004–2008)
Senior Software Engineer, Los Angeles Times (2008–2008)
Intermediate Software Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratories (JPL) via Northrup Grumman IT (2001–2003)
Software Engineer, GE Harris Harmon Control and Information Systems (1999–2001)


California State Polytechnic University, Pomona Bachelor of Science, Computer Science (1999)

Community Activities

National Committee, American Solidarity Party (2016–current)
Den Leader, Boy Scouts of America (2012–2013)
CCD Teacher, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church (2002–2003)

Questions & Answers

Questions from KQED and League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (5)

There is a shortage of affordable housing in California. How would you approach addressing California’s housing crisis? Please include specific proposals.
Answer from Desmond Silveira:

The greatest housing shortages in the state exist in locations that have rent control.  Though this is a local decision, as it should be, it greatly exacerbates the problem of housing availablity in the communities that adopt it.  At the state level, I would work toward making housing more affordable by encouraging more housing developments, thus increasing the supply, and decreasing the market rate.

Question 2

California has some of the richest people in the country and some of the poorest. What would you do to reduce income inequality in California?

No answer provided.
Question 3

Currently there isn't enough money in the state retirement system to pay for all the benefits promised to government workers. What would you do as Governor to address the state’s unfunded pension liability?

No answer provided.
How would you describe your feelings about charter schools? Are you in favor of any changes in the way the state governs charter schools?
Answer from Desmond Silveira:

I support the right of families to choose the best methods for educating their children, be they public, charter, private, parochial or home-based education.

California and the federal government have disagreed about enforcement of immigration laws. Do you support California’s current ‘Sanctuary State’ law? If not, why not? Are there additional strategies that you would pursue as Governor?
Answer from Desmond Silveira:

I support a generous policy of welcoming immigrants fleeing persecution and violent conflict within their countries of origin, including a call for the United States to fulfill its obligations under international law in regards to the treatment of refugees and those fleeing inhumane conditions.  I support providing safety and opportunity for all immigrants who currently reside within California, including equal access to driving privileges and higher education.

I support the santuarty state status of California, because the state and local governments have the right to make their own decisions in regard to resource expenditure when it comes to immigration enforcement.  It doesn't make sense for the state to spend the level of resources that the federal government requests of us, especially when immigrants are being unfairly blamed as a scapegoat for society's problems.  However, though I think it's economically unwise, I do fully support the rights of local governments to opt out of the santuary status.

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