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State of CaliforniaCandidate for GovernorNewsom Replacement

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Joel Ventresca

Retired Airport Analyst
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Enact high quality healthcare & education, cradle-to-grave, for all residents.
  • Reverse growing economic inequality & expand economic democracy.
  • Reinvent California into the first zero-carbon emissions state in the nation.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Retired Airport Analyst & Administrator
International Airport Analyst, Administrator & Safety Security Risk Expert, City and County of San Francisco International Airport (1987–2018)
City and County of San Francisco Environmental Commissioner, Commission on San Francisco's Environment — Appointed position (1994–1997)

Education

University of San Francisco Master in Public Administration Degree, Public Administration (1985)

Community Activities

President, Coalition for San Francisco Neighborhoods (1992–1994)

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (3)

How would you address California’s need for affordable housing for low- and moderate-income earners? Please include specific proposals.
Answer from Joel Ventresca:

I will build large-scale multi-unit permanent affordable housing in major cities near transit services. I will campaign for the adoption of a statewide ballot measure so counties and cities can have rent control to stabilize and reduce rents. I will push to reduce evictions, displacement, and gentrification. I will change laws, regulations, and policies to bring down the cost of building new housing and to significantly expand the supply of housing.

How would you address the issue of California’s residents who are unhoused? Please include specific proposals.
Answer from Joel Ventresca:

I will end homelessness and poverty with comprehensive programs.

What programs or legislation would you support to meet the water needs of all Californians?  Please include specific proposals.
Answer from Joel Ventresca:

I support increasing supply through water conservation, desalination, underground storage, and recycling projects. Environmental, agricultural, and other stakeholders will be pulled together in an advisory group to advise the new governor on changes to law, regulation, and policy on minor and major issues related to drought and water issues.

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $9,300

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

1
Joel Ventresca
$9,300

More information about contributions

By State:

California 100.00%
100.00%

By Size:

Large contributions (100.00%)
Small contributions (0.00%)
100.00%

By Type:

From organizations (0.00%)
From individuals (100.00%)
100.00%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Political Beliefs

Position Papers

Joel Ventresca for California Governor 2021 Platform

Summary

Restoring, Reinventing & Reimagining the Golden California Dream: Advancing Groundbreaking Opportunity, Sustainability & Majority Electoral Support.

Restoring democracy; Reinventing government; Reimagining capitalism.

Create just, livable & flourishing California for all.

Enact high quality healthcare & education, cradle-to-grave, for all residents. Raise minimum wage to $16-an-hour. End homelessness, poverty & mass incarceration with comprehensive programs. Pass best tenant protection, civil rights, gun safety & police reform laws in the nation. Increase taxes on wealthy individuals & corporations. Eliminate taxes & fees on small businesses for 5 years. Build large-scale multi-unit permanent affordable housing.

Reverse growing economic inequality & expand economic democracy.

Disempower top 1% economic elite. Empower nonviolent mass movements. Reduce inequities, disparities & the gap between rich & poor. Challenge corporate & tech agendas.  Restructure energy utilities into a full-service consumer-owned statewide public power system that operates efficiently, reliably, sustainably & safely with 15% lower rates. Remake California into the first zero-carbon emissions state in the nation. Cease fracking & oil drilling. Convert to non-nuclear 100% clean renewable energy. Establish free public transit.

Rejuvenate inclusive & diverse participatory democracy.  

Remove corrupt influence of private money from politics by mandating 100% publicly-funded candidate campaigns & elections. Prohibit elected representatives from meeting with lobbyists. Halt government waste, fraud, abuse, inefficiency, mismanagement & corruption. Make safety, security, opportunity & well-being accessible to all. Confront bias, discrimination & bigotry.

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