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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 46

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Roxanne Beckford Hoge

Republican
Businesswoman/Actor
28,784 votes (20.7%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • to institute zero-based budgeting for the entire state budget
  • to make California's economy more robust by reducing taxes and regulation
  • to continue to protect Prop 13 by finding funds wasted elsewhere

Experience

Experience

Profession:Business owner and working actor (tv, film, voice)
Actor, Various -- https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0065735/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1 (1989–current)

Education

Davidson College Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Psychology (1986)

Biography

Roxanne Beckford was born in Kingston, Jamaica. She emigrated from the island in the late 70s, graduated from boarding school in South Florida, and from Davidson College with a degree in Psychology in 1986. After working in public and community relations in Miami for Citibank and the Rouse Company, she arrived in Southern California in the late 80s to become a working actor. She has done that now for over twenty years, starting out playing Whitley's cousin on A Different World and continuing to appear in television and movie roles even while marrying her husband and having and raising four children. Her IMDB page can be found here.

After her marriage and the addition of the surname Hoge, Roxanne and her husband Bob  founded a maternity clothing website in 1998.  Their foray into the world of the internet and brick-and-mortar retail has lasted almost two decades, and taught them many lessons about entrepreneurship and the practical effects of government regulation.

She became a citizen of the United States after the turn of the century and keenly appreciates all the wonders of this great nation, especially all that California represents.

 

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (4)

What do you think the State should do to encourage affordable housing for all Californians?
Answer from Roxanne Beckford Hoge:

I wrote an extensive Op Ed on this very subject. Whatever government does results in higher expenses and less availability. So I would ask the State to stop helping quite so much. Details can be found here -- https://www.dailynews.com/2018/08/20/our-elected-officials-shoulder-much-of-the-blame-for-californias-homegrown-housing-problem/. 

According to a "Civility In America” survey, 75% of Americans believe that the U.S. has a major civility problem. If you are elected what will do to address this?
Answer from Roxanne Beckford Hoge:

The California State Legislature has a major civility problem. Over the past two years, we've discovered that rude and sexually harassing behavior is the norm in Sacramento. If elected, I will behave in a way that reflects the dignity of the office and which respects the people who voted for me to represent them.

Part of the lowering of our quality of life in California is due to the policy of rewarding bad behavior -- illegal border crossing, felonies which are now misdemeanors, treating our streets like bathrooms. I want to allow law enforcement to enforce the law. The only way we have a society is by all following the compact. That means that the rule of law is my top priority, and everyone should be subject to the same rules and consquences for breaking them.

Good manners come from the home, and government should not be in the business of getting between parents and their children. Instead, let parents parent!

Climate changes, and the shifting between very wet weather and drought, worry Californians. What strategies would allow that your district to both satisfy its water needs and protect the environment? Please be specific.
Answer from Roxanne Beckford Hoge:

The water plans put forth by gubernatorial candidate John Cox (https://abc30.com/politics/john-cox-focused-on-water-during-valley-visit/3784646/) and the Legislature's GOP Assembly and Senate caucuses are a good start. What we should not due is institute a water tax. Eighty percent of our water is flushed out to the Pacific Ocean instead of being captured. If we turned to technology (desalinization plants, for example) and building reservoirs, we would be in much better shape, both in terms of our needs and in protecting the environment.

What programs or strategies would you suggest to meet the educational needs of the youngest and most poverty stricken Californians?
Answer from Roxanne Beckford Hoge:

The current state of California's K-12 educational system is a crying shame. We've fallen very far from our past when we were the envy of the nation. Now we regularly rank in the bottom few states. We can't take too much time to solve this problem -- children are being failed on a daily basis and need rescuing now. Here's how I would start:

  • Let parents choose where their kids go to school
  • Money should follow the child, whether via a voucher or other program
  • Remove the many frivolous requirements on schools -- focus on teaching English and Math, for a start
  • Remove the bloated bureaucracy from school administration so that money can go to the classroom
  • Recognize that the public sector teachers union's priorities are teachers, not children
  • Support Marshall Tuck

This is a long and complex issue, as are so many others. I urge voters to attend debates and forums where we can see the differences between the candidates for each office, including this one.

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $27,176

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

1
Employees of C&M Metals, Inc.
$4,400
2
Employees of System Property Development Co.
$1,500
3
California Trailblazers
$1,408
4
Employees of Dunn, Pariser and Peyrot
$1,000
4
Employees of Law Office of Julie Heimark
$1,000
4
Employees of Teneo Holdings
$1,000

More information about contributions

By State:

California 93.54%
New York 4.04%
Florida 1.21%
Connecticut 0.81%
Other 0.40%
93.54%

By Size:

Large contributions (91.10%)
Small contributions (8.90%)
91.10%8.90%

By Type:

From organizations (7.91%)
From individuals (92.09%)
92.09%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

  • Common sense is missing from Sacramento
  • Let parents parent 
  • Let builders build
  • Let law enforcement enforce the law
  • Californians deserve better roads, lower taxes, and choice in education


I believe that the Founders of this great country got something very right when they intended civilians to move from their normal lives to serve for a time in government and then to move back again to live under the laws and rules they created. Career politicans and unelected bureaucrats have wreaked havoc on our once golden state. We need to grow business and to shrink government. Most of all, we need to return California to being a high-trust society, in which we are all agreed that we follow the laws as written and do not allow certain groups to escape consequences that would ensnare an average citizen.


If elected, I promise to work to reduce the legal and regulatory burden on those of us who have chosen to stay in California and to unleash the power of the private sector to create solutions to our challenges. Nothing good can happen while we navigate homeless encampments on our streets, and are told we can no longer keep anything at all in our cars, lest we become targets. I believe in Broken Windows policing, and creating the expectation that bad behavior will be punished.


In summation, my political philosophy is to get out of the way and let people lead their lives without the onerous burdens of excessive taxation and regulation. In other words, I am a classic liberal.



 

Position Papers

Affordable Housing in California

Summary

There's a lot of discussion of the lack of affordable housing in California, and how to solve the problem. Hint: entrusting those who created the issue with solving it isn't the way to go. This is an Op Ed by Roxanne Beckford Hoge, first published in the LA Daily News in early October. 

We see the headlines daily — California has an affordability problem when it comes to housing. People have to live further and further away from their jobs, and even a median-priced condo is out of reach for many. Since this affects so many of us, and since California now has about a fourth of the nation’s homeless population, compassionate people want to do something. But that something could make a bad situation even worse. As former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, says, “the best way to make something expensive is for government to make it affordable.”

After emigrating from Jamaica as a child and settling in Florida, I came to California as soon as I could. Our amazing state — with its lack of humidity and flying bugs — has always been attractive to aspiring actors, creators and entrepreneurs, so a higher cost of living was expected as a down payment on living the California Dream. What’s happening now, however, is causing sleepless nights for many.

First, we need to understand how we ended up with this problem. California has lots of people willing to build, so how did we not keep up with the clear demand for so long? For years, the state has consistently added about half the housing needed to keep pace with the population. Our elected officials shoulder much of the blame, by constraining supply due to mandates and regulations. Now, of course, they’d like to be part of the solution. Central planning, however, has never worked, even though it’s been tried in myriad ways and in many different variations.

The first hurdle that politicians enacted was the California Environmental Quality Act. Instead of being used to address real environmental concerns and protect our unique topography, it’s often used as a cudgel to enact wage and other concessions from developers. Over a third of the lawsuits filed under CEQA have to do with housing. This, of course, adds costs and delays to development, and gives pause to anyone considering building in the state.

The environment and our desire to protect it has led to another barrier to maintaining an adequate supply of housing as well, even though the case can be made that our “extreme green” policies make life even more unaffordable for our poorest citizens. Vehicle miles traveled has been added as a consideration of environmental impact, which is why so much new development is now in single-family home neighborhoods that are balking at their new, high-density project proposals. Many people who settled in California specifically chose not to live in places like Manhattan, and like the freedom and open spaces their cars and backyards give them, even as districts around the state put us on road diets and pitch neighborhood transit plans.

Due to the insatiable appetite for tax revenue to stem the looming tide of unfunded pension liabilities, many municipalities have found an easy source of funds in developer fees. The impact fees that builders pay before they ever turn over a shovel of dirt are the highest in the nation.

What, then, can we do to increase the supply of housing to come close to matching the demand?

Thomas Inman, restating a principle of the Hippocratic School, said: “Practice two things in your dealings with disease: either help or do not harm the patient.” Elected officials should take heed. Instead, this year alone, they’re looking to add more straws to the camel’s back. In May, the California Energy Commission approved a policy mandating solar panels be put on all new housing, again adding to California’s already highest-in-nation materials, labor and regulatory building costs.

And now, Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian has proposed Assembly Bill 1857, a bill that “would change the goal of California’s structural safety codes from one that provides ‘emergency egress’ to one that provides ‘functional recovery’” at a yet-to-be-determined cost. In a press release touting the proposed legislation, Mr. Nazarian said “We are already dealing with a severe housing crisis across California. It’s just common sense to make new buildings stronger and safer.” It’s also common sense to note that this new mandate would make housing even more unaffordable than it already is, and that the seismic standards in the state already focus on saving lives in an earthquake.

 

 

These are but two examples of the ever-growing requirements placed on construction.

We need to remove the obstacles for developers who would like to build — and yes, to make a profit when they do. They are building units based on math that must add up. When people propose a certain number of “affordable” units be part of a development, it just increases the cost of the “unaffordable” ones. Decreasing impact fees, eliminating or reducing the ability of groups to use CEQA as a form of extortion and stopping the ever-increasing number of mandates on housing construction would go a long way toward increasing supply, and thus, slowing the rise in costs.

Let builders build. Sometimes, the solution is that simple.

 

Videos (5)

What The Heck Are We Voting For In California? — May 27, 2018 Roxanne Beckford Hoge

I have a very basic, very quick tutorial for all 12 offices we are voting for in the June 5 primary election. We all need a refresher now and then!

What are all these endorsements in my mail? — May 27, 2018 Roxanne Beckford Hoge

We are being inundated with mail whenever there's an election. What are these giant postcards?

Would you want to start a business in this state? — May 27, 2018 Roxanne Beckford Hoge

Tom Manzo of the California Business and Industrial Alliance shows us the California Labor Law Digests from 1957, 1997, and present day.

— September 13, 2018 Roxanne Hoge For Assembly 2018

I'm a regular person. I'm a naturalized US Citizen who emigrated from Jamaica. I am not a career politician. The best way to get to know me is to spend one minute and 56 seconds with me. And please find me on Twitter or Facebook to ask any questions.

— November 3, 2018 Roxanne Hoge for Assembly 2018

No hablo muy bien el español, pero si lo prefieres, estoy dispuesto a intentarlo. No soy un político de carrera. Soy una madre que se postula para representar a nuestro distrito en Sacramento.

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