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State of CaliforniaCandidate for Governor

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Joel Ventresca

Retired Airport Analyst
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Enact free, universal, high-quality healthcare, education prekindergarten-through-college, childcare & job training fully-funded by wealthy individuals & corporations, government revenues, and high-income workers.
  • Raise minimum wage to $18.50-an-hour with no exceptions & annual upward cost-of-living adjustments. Everyone who works full-time 40-hours-a-week will make over $38,000-a-year.
  • End homelessness, poverty, gender-based violence, mass incarceration, the death penalty, the war-on-drugs & institutional racism.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Retired Airport Analyst & Administrator
Airport Administrator, Safety Security Risk Expert & Analyst, 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)
Aging Department Head Assistant & Aging Specialist, City and County of San Francisco Aging Commission (1981–1984)

Education

University of San Francisco Master in Public Administration Degree, Public Administration (1985)
University of San Francisco Bachelor of Arts Degree, Government (1978)

Community Activities

Chair, San Franciscans for Public Power (1990–2001)
Executive Board Member, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 790 (1991–1997)
Director, San Francisco Tomorrow (1985–1996)
President, Coalition for San Francisco Neighorhoods (1993–1994)
President, Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council (1987–1988)

Biography

New Transformational Leadership & Fundamental Change is Coming.

Since 1995 as a San Francisco peaceful warrior champion, I fearlessly battled the Most Corrupt Machine in America that amassed unprecedented power & wealth, rigged the economic & political system to make the superrich richer, and caused ever-expanding criminal prosecutions.

34 Years of Exceptional Award-winning Public Service: Administrator, Safety Security Risk Expert & Analyst building the industry-leading City and County of San Francisco International Airport into an economic powerhouse creating 300,000 jobs & $62.5 billion in business sales annually (1987-2018); Department Head Assistant & Aging Specialist reorganizing the City and County of San Francisco Aging Commission into a model city department (1981-1984).

Prior Impactful Leadership Positions: 2021 Most Qualified California Gubernatorial Democratic Candidate; 2019 Democratic Party Runner-up for San Francisco Mayor; City and County of San Francisco Environmental Commissioner; President, Coalition for San Francisco Neighborhoods; Executive Board Member, Service Employees International Union (790); Environmental Justice Pioneer; Nationally-known Successful Community Organizer.

50 Years of Activism & Accomplishments: Organized the winning coalition that passed the most restrictive commercial office highrise growth control law in the nation; Started term-limits for politicians on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors; Defeated corporate welfare sports facilities promoted by the superrich; Headed the public power movement in San Francisco; Testified before Congress against privatization of national parks; Led the effort to close the last two fossil-fueled burning power plants in San Francisco; Crafted open government law; Drafted detailed plan to cleanup radioactive-contaminated closed military bases; Adopted the first landmark City and County of San Francisco Sustainability Plan.

Media Characterizations: “hero”; “incorruptible”; “courageous”; “tough”; “principled”; “honest”; “liberal”; “left”; “empathetic”; “personable”; “knowledgeable”.

 

Family & Education: Son of extraordinary mother &  Italian American science teacher; Married Asian American immigrant; Step-grandfather to African Americans, Cambodian Americans & Filipino Americans; Related to signers of the Declaration of Independence & Constitution; Jesuit-educated; Master in Public Administration, University of San Francisco.

 

As a prominent, popular, public-interest 99% game-changer Inclusive-Populist-Progressive-Democrat, who received over 297,000 votes in California elections, I will govern as America’s most effective progressive governor.

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California (4)

What policies or proposals would you support to reduce the number of people who are homeless and to prevent people from becoming homeless in California?
Answer from Joel Ventresca:

As the Governor of California, with a New Groundbreaking Equal-Opportunity-for-All-to-Succeed Platform (www.joelventresca.com), I will:

End homelessness, poverty, and economic inequality.

Enact free, universal, high-quality healthcare, education prekindergarten-through-college, childcare & job training fully-funded by wealthy individuals & corporations, government revenues, and high-income workers.

Raise minimum wage to $18.50-an-hour with no exceptions & annual upward cost-of-living adjustments (everyone who works full-time 40-hours-a-week will make over $38,000-a-year).

Launch a government-funded and government-directed massive relief program to provide decent shelter, food, and clothing to all 160,000 homeless individuals in California while providing targeted healthcare, treatment, assistance & services.

Place, with due process, homeless individuals who are a danger to themselves or others into a humane setting with appropriate monitoring & treatment.

Change state law to allow counties and cities to pass tenant protections & rent control to freeze or bring down rents.

Provide emergency financial help to tenants and homeowners facing eviction and foreclosure for up to three years.

Build large-scale multi-unit permanent affordable housing.

Eliminate taxes & fees on small businesses for five years.

Grow the economy by creating new jobs and building new public infrastructure.

What policies or proposals would you support to encourage and develop sources of electrical power that will reduce the release of carbon into the atmosphere while still being affordable for all residential consumers?
Answer from Joel Ventresca:

 

California, the most populous state in the nation with the 5th largest economy in the world, is not doing enough to slow down or stop global warming.

As a former City and County of San Francisco Environmental Commissioner and as governor of California, I will:

Reinvent California into the first zero-carbon-emissions state in the nation.

Restructure energy utilities into one full-service consumer-owned statewide public power system that operates efficiently, reliably, sustainably & safely with 15% lower rates.

Convert to non-nuclear 100% clean renewable energy.

Establish free public transit getting people out of cars and onto public transportation.

Complete the bullet train between Los Angeles and San Francisco getting people out of airplanes and onto trains.

Cease fracking & oil drilling.

Eliminate greenhouse gas emissions and gas-powered vehicles.

Promote the manufacturing of zero-emission electric vehicles in California to bring down costs.

Build large-scale solar & wind generation throughout the state.

Big Oil in California received 2,849 new fracking, oil & gas drilling permits between 2019 and 2021 while California is 60 years behind on its climate goals.

The California legislature has not passed a single significant climate change law in the last three years. The group California Environmental Voters assigned its first “D” grade to California for failure to address climate change in 2021.

What policies or proposals would you support to help those who have lost homes and jobs to wildfire?
Answer from Joel Ventresca:

Mismanaged California investor-owned utilities that cause wildfires must be held accountable and make their victims whole again economically.

For wildfire destruction not related to investor-owned utilities, California state government should financially assist those impacted by wildfires.

As governor, I will:

Restructure energy utilities into one full-service consumer-owned statewide public power system that operates efficiently, reliably, sustainably & safely with 15% lower rates.

Triple the wildfire workforce dedicated to fighting & containing wildfires.

Triple the resources dedicated to wildfire prevention.

California has some of the richest people in the country and some of the poorest. What policies or programs do you support to help those in the lower income categories in California?
Answer from Joel Ventresca:

The worst homelessness, poverty rate, and economic inequality in the nation is in California.

As governor, I will:

Launch a government-funded and government-directed massive relief program to provide decent shelter, food, and clothing to all 160,000 homeless individuals in California while providing targeted healthcare, treatment, assistance & services.

End poverty by changing law, regulation, and policy to move every household and family above the poverty level.

Disempower the top 1% economic elite.

Increase taxes on wealthy individuals and corporations.

Reduce the gap between the rich and the poor.

Enact free, universal, high-quality healthcare, education prekindergarten-through-college, childcare & job training fully-funded by wealthy individuals & corporations, government revenues, and high-income workers.

Raise minimum wage to $18.50-an-hour with no exceptions & annual upward cost-of-living adjustments.

Establish free public transit.

End gender-based violence, mass incarceration, the death penalty, the war-on-drugs & institutional racism.

Pass best tenant protection, civil rights, gun safety & police reform laws in the nation.

Build large-scale multi-unit permanent affordable housing.

Eliminate taxes & fees on small businesses for 5 years.

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Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Incorruptible*Independent*Berniecrat*Democrat.

The governor of California, the most populous state in the nation with the fifth largest economy of the world, has executive authority to lead state government while working with the state legislature and the electorate. The California Governor works to change legislation, regulation, and policy.

As the new Democratic Governor of California, I will restore, reinvent, and reimagine the Golden California Dream by implementing a new groundbreaking Equal-Opportunity-for-All-to-Succeed Platform.

As governor, I will:

Enact free, universal, high-quality healthcare, education prekindergarten-through-college, childcare & job training fully-funded by wealthy individuals & corporations, government revenues, and high-income workers.

Raise minimum wage to $18.50-an-hour with no exceptions & annual upward cost-of-living adjustments.

End homelessness, poverty, gender-based violence, mass incarceration, death penalty, war-on-drugs & institutional racism.

Pass best tenant protection, civil rights, gun safety & police reform laws in the nation.

Build large-scale multi-unit permanent affordable housing.

Eliminate taxes & fees on small businesses for 5 years.

Increase taxes on wealthy individuals & corporations.

Reverse economic inequality & expand economic democracy.

Disempower top 1% economic elite.

Empower nonviolent mass movements.

Reinvent California into the first zero-carbon-emissions state in the nation.

Restructure energy utilities into one full-service consumer-owned statewide public power system that operates efficiently, reliably, sustainably & safely with 15% lower rates.

Convert to non-nuclear 100% clean renewable energy.

Establish free public transit.

Cease fracking & oil drilling.

Reduce inequities, disparities & the gap between rich & poor.

Challenge corporate & tech agendas.

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.

Reopen Robert Kennedy murder investigation.

Launch advertising-free, public interest-oriented, high-value alternative media (television, radio & print) completely-funded by taxing corporate media & big tech 2.5% of gross sales in California annually.

Create just, livable & flourishing California for all.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Position Papers

Restoring, Reinventing & Reimagining the Golden California Dream

Summary

A New Groundbreaking Equal-Opportunity-for-All-to-Succeed Platform by Joel Ventresca, Candidate for California Governor 2022

As the new Democratic Governor of California, I will:

Create a just, livable & flourishing California for all.

Enact free, universal, high-quality healthcare, education prekindergarten-through-college, childcare & job training fully-funded by wealthy individuals & corporations, government revenues, and high-income workers.

Raise minimum wage to $18.50-an-hour with no exceptions & annual upward cost-of-living adjustments.

End homelessness, poverty, gender-based violence, mass incarceration, death penalty, war-on-drugs & institutional racism.

Pass best tenant protection, civil rights, gun safety & police reform laws in the nation.

Build large-scale multi-unit permanent affordable housing.

Eliminate taxes & fees on small businesses for 5 years.

Increase taxes on wealthy individuals & corporations.

Reverse economic inequality & expand economic democracy.

Disempower top 1% economic elite.

Empower nonviolent mass movements.

Reinvent California into the first zero-carbon-emissions state in the nation.

Restructure energy utilities into one full-service consumer-owned statewide public power system that operates efficiently, reliably, sustainably & safely with 15% lower rates.

Convert to non-nuclear 100% clean renewable energy.

Establish free public transit.

Cease fracking & oil drilling.

Reduce inequities, disparities & the gap between rich & poor.

Challenge corporate & tech agendas.

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.

Reopen Robert Kennedy murder investigation.

Launch advertising-free, public interest-oriented, high-value alternative media (television, radio & print) completely-funded by taxing corporate media & big tech 2.5% of gross sales in California annually.

Restore democracy.

Reinvent government.

Reimagine capitalism.

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