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November 8, 2016 — Elección General de California
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Distrito 14Asamblea Estatal de CaliforniaNovember 8, 2016Elección General de California

November 8, 2016Elección General de California

Asamblea Estatal de CaliforniaDistrito 14

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State assembly members introduce and vote on new laws, hold hearings, and draft the state budget. They are elected to two-year terms.
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For this office, only the two candidates who get the most votes in the primary election appear in the general election. This is because of California's "top two" system. In some cases, the two candidates may be from the same political party.
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Demócrata
Miembro del concejo, capellán de policía
107,653 votos (61.5%)Winning
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  • Crear empleos y fortalecer nuestra economía será siempre mi prioridad. Trabajaré para defender a las familias de clase media y garantizar que nuestras pequeñas empresas puedan seguir creciendo, crear empleos y competir en economías innovadoras.
  • Como alcalde de Concord he trabajado siempre para manejar las finanzas de la ciudad de manera responsable, equilibrando el presupuesto de $90 millones y dejando un 30 % en reserva para emergencias. Lucharé por un presupuesto responsable que cubra nue
  • Estoy profundamente preocupado por los informes de políticas alarmantes y acciones en el sistema de la University of California (UC). Apoyaré los esfuerzos que garanticen que los estudiantes calificados de California sean aceptados en un índice aprop
Profesión:Concejal municipal, capellán de la policía
Miembro del Concejo, Concejo municipal de Concord — Cargo elegido (2010actualment)
Alcalde, Concejo municipal de Concord — Cargo elegido (20142015)
Police Chaplin, Concord Police Department (2007current)

I learned common-sense values from my family. I was raised by my father (a Teamster), and my mother (a public transit worker). I was the first in my family to earn a college degree. The East Bay has been my home for 16 years, where my wife, Tammy, and I are raising our two children.

As the City of Concord’s police chaplain, I work with survivors of violent crimes, with first responders and their families, and co-founded our region’s Family Justice Center to support victims of domestic violence, child and elderly abuse, and human trafficking.

As a Concord Councilmember and former Mayor, I’ve put taxpayers first by balancing our city’s $90 million budget, leaving 30% in reserve for emergencies while keeping taxes low. I’m proud to have created over 1,700 new living wage jobs in Concord. With your vote, I’ll bring the same common sense and out-of-the-box thinking to Sacramento.

Our State Capitol is a mess. Too many ‘leaders’ view raising taxes as a first solution, not a last resort. I am opposed to any increase in the gas tax and won’t give BART a new way to grab taxpayer money until they get their finances under control–and start operating efficiently.

I am a proud, common-sense Democrat who will put our residents and our taxpayers first. With your vote in November, I’ll put those values to work for you.

 

  • State Senator Steve Glazer (SD 7)
  • Former Congressman George Miller
  • Mayor Osby David (Vallejo, CA)
  • District Attorney Mark Peterson, Contra Costa County
  • Mayor Laura Hoffmeister, Concord
  • Sheriff David Livingston, Contra Costa County
  • Treasurer Tim McGallian, Concord
  • Treasurer Nancy Parent, Pittsburg
  • Supervisor Jim Spering, Solano County
  • Councilmember Laureen Turner, Livermore
  • Councilmember Brandt Anderson, Lafayette
  • Mayor Howard Geller, Clayton
  • Supervisor Karen Mitchoff, Contra Costa County
  • Councilmember David Shuey, Clayton
  • Councilmember Ken Carlson, Pleasant Hill
  • Councilmember Tim Flaherty, Pleasant Hill
  • Councilmember Lara Delaney, Martinez
  • Vice Mayor Jim Diaz, Clayton
  • Vice Mayor Renee Morgan, Danville
  • Councilmember Sal Evola, Pittsburg
  • Councilmember Pete Longmire, Pittsburg
  • Vice Mayor Michael Harris, Pleasant Hill
  • Councilmember Edi Birsan, Concord
  • Mayor Roy Swearingen, Pinole
  • Vice Mayor Debbie Long, Pinole
  • Councilmember Julie Pierce, Clayton
  • Councilmember Merl Craft, Pittsburg
  • Councilmember Ron Leone, Concord
  • Councilmember Newell Arnerich, Danville
  • Gen. Dan Helix (Ret.), Concord City Council
  • Concord Police Association
  • California Chiropractic Association, Contra Costa District
  • Iron Workers Local 378
  • Sheet Metal Workers Local 104
  • Electricians IBEW Local 302
  • Carpenters Local 152
  • Contra Costa Building & Constructions Trades Council
  • Napa/Solano Building & Constructions Trades Council
  • Pleasant Hill Police Officers Association
  • Pittsburg Police Officers Association
  • Martinez Police Officers Association
1.
Drought

Climate changes and the continuing drought worry many in California. What new strategies do you believe would ensure that California is able to both satisfy its water needs and protect the environment? Please be specific. 

Respuesta de Tim Grayson:

As Californians we enjoy living in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Yet our state and region continue to suffer from the severe impact of climate change, wildfires, drought, and floods.

During my time on City Council, Concord has instituted a first-of-its-kind special financing program for homeowners interested in energy savings renovations and drought-resistant landscaping A similar state-wide program is worthy of consideration.

We must work with partners in agriculture to ensure the strong innovation we have seen in recent years continues and that the industry is responding to increasing limitations and changes by the state with new technology and renewed strategies to managing more limited water supply. We also need greater accountability by state agencies that are responsible for tracking water usage and ensuring that partners who have rights to water usage are following the law.

In addition to continuing conservation efforts, we must seek long-term solutions to stalling the impact of climate change. We must further the proliferation of electric vehicles to improve air quality and combat climate change. I support measures to incent further use of this emerging technology.

I am proud of the changes I have seen in my community and we need to continue to encourage residents to change their lifestyles to save water every day through education and public service programs.

2.
Fiscal Priorities

What are your top three fiscal priorities, recognizing the need to balance the state’s income with its spending?

Respuesta de Tim Grayson:

 

We’ve come a long way in the last few years but we’re still facing serious issues. Without question addressing the issue of nearly $400 billion in unfunded liabilities has to be a top fiscal priority. It’s going to take a lot of work, but with responsible budgeting we can start to pay down these liabilities while still fulfilling our responsibilities. I balanced Concord’s $90 million budget every year with a 30% reserve for emergencies and spearheaded the Fiscal Sustainability Ordinance which mandated using all extra one-time funds to pay down our unfunded liabilities at the city level, so I know how hard it is, but I also know it can be done.

We also need to be responsible with spending and make sure that there actually is a balance between the state’s income and its spending. The 2014-15 budget was technically balanced but California still ended that fiscal year $175 billion in the red. We can’t continue to spend wildly and recklessly today and continue to literally pass the bill to future generations.

We need to make sure that the money the state is spending is being spent wisely and prudently. The State Auditor reported that Caltrans lacked accountability and wasn’t operating efficiently, and in a separate report the State Auditor found the University of California has been passing over academically qualified Californians in favor of out-of-state and foreign students who will pay more in tuition. We’ve also seen two UC Chancellors - with salaries of over $400,000 each - resign after reports of questionable or imprudent use of taxpayer dollars. Taxpayers aren’t a spigot to be turned on at the demand of state agencies for their whimsical desires.

 

3.
High Cost of Living

If elected, what solutions do you propose to deal with the high cost of living in the Bay Area?

Respuesta de Tim Grayson:

 We can best deal with the high cost of living in the Bay Area by promoting job creation, higher wages, and a robust economy. This was the goal of the “Concord First” policy I authored on the Concord City Council. That required certain developers on specific Concord projects to pay a living wage, hire local workers, and purchase a percentages of their building materials from local businesses.

They’re often over shadowed by San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland, but there’s no reason why Contra Costa and Solano counties can’t be part of an East Bay economic hub. As Mayor and Councilmember in Concord, I’m proud the city has been able to create more than 1,700 news jobs in our community, and we’ve seen a 7.1 percent increase in jobs from 2012 - 16. Living wage jobs need to be plentiful for our residents, and to make that happen we have to not only keep current businesses in California but attract new ones as well.

 

4.
Minimum Wage

There are a variety of proposals to raise California's minimum wage. Many of these proposals face opposition from business groups who are concerned that they would kill jobs. Do you support increasing the minimum wage in California?  In your answer please explain your position on the relationship between wages and jobs with specific reference to the situation in your district. 

Respuesta de Tim Grayson:

As Mayor and Councilmember in Concord I regularly hear from members of my community who are making $10 an hour. They have a difficult and often impossible time paying for housing, transportation, food, and other costs of living. Many have to take second and sometimes even third jobs to help make ends meet.

I am a proponent of raising California’s minimum wage, and during my time on Concord’s City Council I authored a policy that required developers on certain projects pay workers living wages. I believe we can pay responsible living wages while also ensuring a business friendly climate that enables job growth.

 

5.
Money in Politics

Many Californians are concerned about the influence of money in politics. What can the state legislature do to ensure that decision-making by elected officials is not swayed by moneyed interests at the expense of constituents?

Respuesta de Tim Grayson:

I am alarmed by the increasing influence of money in politics and I believe we need to demand greater transparency on all levels, starting with ending the effects of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. This is a nonpartisan issue that we must take action on in order to restore confidence in our government. We can take steps to tighten the laws surrounding contributions, like we did when I was on the Concord City Council.

I believe that corporations should not be treated like people in the eyes of campaign finance law. We need to secure strong, fair contribution limits, demand greater transparency and make use of live reporting technology and ensure that this information is shared with the public.

6.
Traffic Congestion

What steps are needed to improve region-wide transportation planning and the growing traffic congestion?

Respuesta de Tim Grayson:

California has the second-highest number of roads in “poor” condition in the entire nation. Parts of BART’s infrastructure, including its main fleet, are 40 years old. We cannot salvage our state’s economic future without improvements to our roads, highways, railways, and other modes of public transportation, but many areas throughout the state haven’t seen infrastructure improvements for over 30 years.

But we can’t just throw money at the problem. That’s a 20th Century “solution” to a 21st Century problem. We need to ensure we are directing appropriate and sufficient assets to the region’s infrastructure while also ensuring we are spending responsibly and efficiently. Caltrans needs to be held accountable for their inefficient spending decisions on road maintenance programs, and we need to rein in administrative costs so more can be spent on actual road and highway repairs and expansion. If there’s going to be a BART bond, it should include a requirement that the money be used for infrastructure upkeep and upgrades, not increases in executive salaries. But before that happens BART should be forced to review and rein in spending and improve the efficiency of services.

Reviewing current practices to find ways to increase efficiencies and better monitoring state spending on transportation should happen before there is any discussion of, let alone actually, increasing the gas tax and other taxes linked to transportation.

 

Dinero total recaudado: $767,819

A continuación, le presentamos los mayores contribuyentes que dieron dinero para apoyar al (a los) candidato(s).

1
Garaventa Enterprises
$22,000
2
State Building & Construction Trades Council of California
$17,000
3
IBEW Local 302
$16,600
4
Northern California Carpenters Regional Council
$15,000
5
California Association of Realtors
$8,500
5
California State Association of Electrical Workers
$8,500
5
California State Council of Laborers
$8,500

Por estado:

California 91.76%
District of Columbia 1.16%
Texas 1.01%
Michigan 0.91%
Other 5.17%
91.76%

Por tamaño:

Contribuciones grandes (99.78%)
Contribuciones pequeñas (0.22%)
99.78%

Por tipo:

De organizaciones (64.20%)
De individuos (35.80%)
64.20%35.80%
Fuente: Análisis de datos de la Secretaría del Estado de California de MapLight.

For more information on my views on important issues, please visit my website, graysonforassembly.com/issues.

I have posted extensive information on my positions and vision for our region.

Demócrata
Educador, director de parque
67,300 votos (38.5%)
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  • Luchar por una educación preescolar, de jardín de niños a preparatoria y educación superior asequible y accesible.
  • Proteger y preservar los recursos naturales de California y ofrecer acceso recreativo para todos.
  • Promover el crecimiento del empleo y aumentar las oportunidades económicas para todos los californianos.
Profesión:Educador, director de parque
Gerente de Desarrollo de Recursos y Mercadotecnia, diversidad e inclusión d, Oficina del presidente de University of California (2011actual)
Director de la junta/miembro de la junta, Distrito de Recreación y Parques de Ambrose — Cargo elegido (2006actual)
Sociedades de enlace educacional de las asociaciones corporativas, Oficina del presidente de University of California (20142015)
Coordinador del programa, oficina estatal de MESA, Oficina del presidente de University of California (20072011)
Universidad de las Filipinas Licenciatura en, Turismo (1981)
Founder & Chair, Friends of the Delta Trail (2007current)
President/Co-Founder, Bay Point Garden Club (2006current)
Member, Filipina Women's Network (2010current)
Member, Fil-Am Club of the Most Holy Rosary Parish Church, Antioch (2000current)
Block Captain, Neighborhood Watch, Bay Point (20062009)

My passion for providing young people with educational opportunities by building partnerships with business reflects the progressive and pragmatic leadership I will bring to the issues of college affordability, environmental protection and economic opportunity.

Born in the Philippines, I sang and recorded professionally, using my earnings to pay my tuition at the University of the Philippines, where I graduated with a bachelor’s degree. I immigrated to the US in 1988 and became a full-fledged citizen in 1994.

In 2000 I joined the University of California’s Math, Engineering, and Science Achievement Program (MESA). As a manager of this program, I helped educationally disadvantaged students pursue careers in the sciences and technology industries. I have served several roles at MESA since joining the University of California staff, including Program Coordinator and Manager of Marketing and Resource Development.

As a longtime advocate for community parks and open space, I am currently serving my third elected term on the board of the Ambrose Recreation and Park District, which provides recreation services to 28,000 residents of Bay Point and the Oak Hills community of Pittsburg.

I also serve as Chair of the Friends of the Delta Trail, and led advocacy efforts that secured $4.5 million for the Great California Delta Trail, which seeks to create a continuous trail network through five Delta counties while protecting sensitive habitat. I also serve as President of the Bay Point Garden Club and have been a Neighborhood Watch block captain.

I have long been active in Asian and Pacific Islander community organizations, including the Filipina Women’s Network. As the first Filipina elected to state or local government office in Contra Costa County, I was named one of the 100 most influential Filipinas in the U.S. 

I share her passion for public service with my husband, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, who represented the region in the State Assembly and Senate before winning statewide office in 2010. We live in the Contra Costa County community of Pittsburg and have two beautiful children, who have both now graduated from the University of California, Berkeley.

  • Lieutenant Governor of California Gavin Newsom
  • Assembly Member Susan Bonilla (incumbent)
  • California Teachers Association
  • California Democratic Party
  • CA Professional Firefighters
1.
Drought

Climate changes and the continuing drought worry many in California. What new strategies do you believe would ensure that California is able to both satisfy its water needs and protect the environment? Please be specific. 

Respuesta de Mae Torlakson:

As the Chairwoman of both the Friends of the Delta Trail and a Board Member of the Ambrose Recreation and Parks District, I have spent much of my life fighting for the preservation and protection of California’s environment. Now, especially with the troubles our state is facing with this endless drought, we Californians must band together and pass comprehensive, long-lasting solutions to ensure that future generations of Californians will be able to enjoy the same access to natural resources that we have today.

We have a serious water shortage, and I believe we need to take big steps to ensure the future of our water supplies and the quality of our drinking water across California. California’s drought is related to climate change, but not entirely. Large portions of our water supply and water quality problems fundamentally come from policy decisions. We need to cut back water usage on all fronts from personal conservation efforts, to agricultural innovation that reduces water usage, to increases in efficiency. We need a balanced approach between agricultural and municipal water conservation to meet our state’s water needs. We also need to increase groundwater management, water recycling, rainwater capture, and implementation of greywater solutions.

2.
Fiscal Priorities

What are your top three fiscal priorities, recognizing the need to balance the state’s income with its spending?

Respuesta de Mae Torlakson:

I understand the importance of stimulating economic growth and creating good paying jobs for Californians. A healthy job market will help expand economic prosperity to our local communities and enable families to lift themselves out of poverty. That being said, we need to cut waste and ensure that taxpayer dollars are being used wisely. This means restoring funding to vital public programs and services that were cut during the 2008 financial crisis. Primarily, we must increase funding for our public education, healthcare, and safety systems as well as allocate additional finds for water conservation efforts and preserving parks and open space.

If elected, my top three fiscal priorities will be making sure that businesses and the ultra-wealthy pay their fair share of taxes, ensuring that our state can further maintain a budget surplus, and making sure that our state has enough money saved in case of a future economic downturn. While dealing with fiscal matters is always a contentious affair, it is absolutely essential for our state to work out long-term fiscal solutions to better ensure the integrity and solvency of our state, so that any future economic downturns do not cause fiscal disasters like we all experienced in 2008.

3.
High Cost of Living

If elected, what solutions do you propose to deal with the high cost of living in the Bay Area?

Respuesta de Mae Torlakson:

As the cost of living in the Bay Area continues to skyrocket, many hardworking Californians are finding themselves unable to find a home to rent, let alone buy. Owning a house represents one of the fundamental parts of the American Dream, and I fully believe that all Californians should have a realistic chance at being able to afford a home of their own. Thus, we must take immediate action to expand affordable housing, increase funding for programs that offer permanent supportive housing, offer additional rent subsidies to those who are at risk of becoming homeless, and protect social security for our seniors so that they can receive increased benefits.

4.
Minimum Wage

There are a variety of proposals to raise California's minimum wage. Many of these proposals face opposition from business groups who are concerned that they would kill jobs. Do you support increasing the minimum wage in California?  In your answer please explain your position on the relationship between wages and jobs with specific reference to the situation in your district. 

Respuesta de Mae Torlakson:

I most definitely support increasing California’s minimum wage, and am very pleased to see our Governor sign a bill that will incrementally raise California’s minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next few years. I firmly believe that if someone works full time and earns minimum wage, they should not have to live in poverty. This change will help provide economic opportunities to hard working men and women and create a pathway to the middle class for thousands of families. The extended timeline for the wage increase will give businesses the time they need to adjust to the new policy. Moreover, increasing the minimum wage also addresses the inequality gap between men and women because a majority of people earning minimum wage are women.

5.
Money in Politics

Many Californians are concerned about the influence of money in politics. What can the state legislature do to ensure that decision-making by elected officials is not swayed by moneyed interests at the expense of constituents?

Respuesta de Mae Torlakson:

The influence of money in politics, which has only grown worse since the Supreme Court’s Citizen’s United decision, has proven to be an extremely corrupting influence on all levels of politics. Rather than keeping politicians responsive to the people, the current structure allows politicians to only listen and respond to the needs of small, wealthy interest groups instead of addressing the needs of all California residents. I firmly believe we must take steps to ensure that politicians are responsive to their constituents, not vested interests. Thus, I will fully support legislative actions to overturn Citizens United. I will not be swayed by special interests; that's why Walmart, the oil industry, and payday lenders have spent over 400,000 dollars to defeat me. It’s time we increase transparency and accountability and help put power back into the hands of the people.

 

6.
Traffic Congestion

What steps are needed to improve region-wide transportation planning and the growing traffic congestion?

Respuesta de Mae Torlakson:

California must have a modern and well -funded transportation system. California’s transportation needs are enormous. How many millions of hours are wasted while stuck in traffic congestion? What is the true price tag for having one of the very worst highway systems out of 50 states in terms of the conditions on the roads themselves?

Traffic and congestion cost our state’s residents over $30 billion per year. For the poor conditions of our roads, the cost alone for front end alignments and tire wear is over $500 per driver per year –way over what the average is among other states. The backlog of needed improvements and the maintenance to fix our highways and roads is over $100 billion.

There are no easy answers to getting the revenue needed. But somehow we must find ways to invest. I believe we should go to the voters and see if they are willing to invest in measures where they had a chance to vote on their priorities and where strong oversight committees are created to guarantee the money is spent well.

Voter approved Measure C and Measure J in Contra Costa County helped greatly - widening 680, SR 4, extending BART and finishing the fourth bore of the Caldecott Tunnel. Major projects and major improvements were constructed in a responsible and well managed way. The Contra Costa County Transportation Authority is currently working on another ½ cent plan to bring to the voters to generate another $2 to $3 billion in improvements.

Solano County cities and the Board of Supervisors are planning a measure for their voters to consider this June. Funds would be under local control and would be targeted to invest in local road needs.

I say we should look first at all efficiencies and money saving ideas we can generate through improved use of current transportation dollars.

After achieving the maximum efficiency, we should then give voters the choice to decide whether to invest in additional revenue streams that will get us to work on time, and home faster, and to have safer roads and improvements in our transit systems.

I see the gigantic needs and believe we must do more. I am supportive of the idea of exploring new or expanded revenue sources if the plans and priorities are brought to the voters to decide, and include strong independent oversight and third-party audits.

Dinero total recaudado: $918,332

A continuación, le presentamos los mayores contribuyentes que dieron dinero para apoyar al (a los) candidato(s).

1
University of California
$27,550
2
ThinkTank Learning
$21,000
3
SEIU Local 1021
$17,100
4
AFSCME California
$17,000
4
California Federation of Teachers
$17,000
4
California Nurses Association
$17,000
4
California Professional Firefighters
$17,000
4
California School Employees Association
$17,000
4
Professional Engineers in California Government
$17,000
4
SEIU California
$17,000
4
SEIU Local 2015
$17,000

Por estado:

California 97.86%
New York 0.74%
Arizona 0.67%
District of Columbia 0.50%
Other 0.23%
97.86%

Por tamaño:

Contribuciones grandes (98.22%)
Contribuciones pequeñas (1.78%)
98.22%

Por tipo:

De organizaciones (67.57%)
De individuos (32.43%)
67.57%32.43%
Fuente: Análisis de datos de la Secretaría del Estado de California de MapLight.

Mae Torlakson: Education, Opportunity and A Strong Economy

For the past 10 years, I have worked at the University of California Office of the President. I have worked to expand the Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) program to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds succeed in careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

Along with expanding college opportunities, I believe we must invest more in vocational education and job training programs in high school.

My passion for providing educational opportunities to young people by building partnerships with business reflects the leadership I will bring to the table as a member of the State Assembly.

I believe education is the key to opportunity for our students and is key to a strong economy. I have a plan to create more jobs in Contra Costa and Solano Counties. As part of my advocacy, I am pushing for a 4-year Cal State University at the Concord Naval Weapons Station to serve Contra Costa and Solano Counties with a comprehensive set of programs with Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. I will also work to establish incubator business space in the Concord Naval Weapons Station.

Eventos

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District 14 Assembly Forum — October 15, 2016 Contra Costa Television

Sponsored by League of Women Voters of Diablo Valley, League of Women Voters of West Contra Costa, and Contra Costa Elections Division.

On October 17, 2016, the League of Women Voters of Benicia and the AAUW Benicia-Vallejo (CA) Branch hosted a Candidates Forum at the Benicia Public Library. This video is about the District 14 California State Assembly candidates, Tim Grayson and Mae Cendana Torlakson

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