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California State SenateCandidate for District 33

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Elizabeth C. Castillo

Registered Nurse
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Healthcare for All
  • Clean air, water and soil
  • Rent and mortgage forgiveness

Experience

Experience

Profession:Registered Nurse
Registered Nurse, FNS, Inc (2014–current)
Delegate, Los Angeles County Democratic Party — Elected position (2020–current)
Registered Nurse, Long Beach Memorial Hospital (2008–2019)
Member, Pacific Gateway Workforce Development Board — Appointed position (2017–2019)
Assembly Delegate 63 District, California Democratic Party — Elected position (2017–2019)

Education

Midwest Regional Children's Advocacy Center of Minnesota Certificate, Pediatric Forensic Nurse Examiner (2015)
California State University, Dominguez Hills Bachelor of Science, Nursing (2014)
California State University, Dominguez Hills Certificate, Public Health (2014)
Midwest Regional Children's Advocacy Center Certificate, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (2014)
Mount St. Mary's College Associates Degree, Nursing (2007)

Community Activities

Member, LULAC (2019–current)
Member, Healthcare for All-Los Angeles (2020–current)
Volunteer, Long Beach Community Table (2019–2019)
Volunteer, YWCA (2013–2013)

Biography

Elizabeth lives in Lakewood with her husband of nine years. Elizabeth has been a registered nurse for 12 years.  Elizabeth holds an Associate Degree in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and a nursing license in Public Health. For 12 years, Elizabeth worked at a large acute care hospital in the City of Long Beach. Elizabeth is currently working as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) serving patients in Los Angeles and Orange County.

As a registered nurse, Elizabeth understands the importance of protecting essential workers from being infected by a highly contagious disease. Moreover, Elizabeth recognizes the serious ramifications of not providing personnel with the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure they can perform their jobs safely and effectively.

Over time, Elizabeth has witnessed an increase in homelessness, lack of mental health services, environmental injustices, lack of access to healthcare, and the structural racism that exists in the black, brown, indigenous, and poor communities. 

 

Elizabeth will fight for legislation to grant rent and mortgage forgiveness. Elizabeth will fight for stronger worker protections the thousands of workers and their families in our 33rd district. 

 

Equality – Social Justice – Healthcare – Worker’s Rights -Environment 

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Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California (4)

Describe what proposal(s) you would support to alleviate the shortage of affordable housing for all income groups in California?
Answer from Elizabeth C. Castillo:

I would support development of more affordable housing units, low-income housing units and rent control so that tenants cannot be arbitrarily evicted by landlords who want to sell their property to corporate developers that want to profit and displace renters. If developers want to build large rental units they must be required to include at least 60% of affordable or low-income units and I would support these types of proposals.

What programs or legislation would you support to meet the water needs of all Californians?
Answer from Elizabeth C. Castillo:

I would support programs or legislation that would give water rights to Californians in each water district and allow them to make decisions over their water needs. I would support legislation that would prevent water purveyors from taking over water rights for profit. Water is a human right and corporations should not be allowed to control the water of residents and the ability to profit and pollute the water.

To reach a goal of carbon neutrality by 2045, as set forth in a 2018 executive order what, if any, proposals, plans or legislation would you support?  Please be specific.
Answer from Elizabeth C. Castillo:

I would support the Green Party's Green New Deal Plan that would quickly transition us away from fossil fuels by 2030 and towards 100% renewable energy. It is my belief that 2045 is not soon enough and we need to act boldly now in order to save our nation and world. If we moved away from fossil fuels our environment would improve and there would be less environmental health issues especially in the low-income communities that are most affected by environmental injustices. The Green New Deal would create millions of clean energy jobs and we could assist workers with the transition by providing full income and benefits until they are trained in clean jobs. I would also support a tax on polluters and hold their CEOs criminally accountable for the damage they allow their corporation to commit.

According to the California Legislative Analyst’s Office, we spend over $81,000 per individual who is incarcerated.  Other than incarceration, what ways can the State address safety and justice?
Answer from Elizabeth C. Castillo:

The State can address safety and justice by providing more funds and resources towards ending poverty instead of funding police departments which do not stop crime. As a forensic nurse I know that police are not stopping sexual assaults because they bring the patient to me to be examined after the assault has occurred. Police are not stopping burglaries, traffic violations, or other crimes but are receiving a large percentage of city budgets to pay their officers while so that they can brutalize and murder communities of color. These funds can go towards wrap around programs to help needy residents with mental health issues, housing issues, food, job training and education which will lift communities out of poverty and decrease crime.

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Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Too many poor and working families must decide between paying rent, buying food, or going obtaining medical care. Millions of hard-working families throughout our nation cannot afford adequate healthcare, nor necessary medications. The inability to attain healthcare results in millions of Americans with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, respiratory diseases, and heart disease. Due to socioeconomic injustices, our immigrant and Latino communities, which are the majority in our district, are negatively impacted by healthcare disparities. The COVID-19 pandemic, which is affecting Latinos particularly hard, has only exacerbated the health crisis in our communities. No human being, regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, social status, or any other diverse group, should ever be denied healthcare. The astronomical costs of healthcare have established a system exclusively for the wealthy and privileged and disregard the needs of 95% of Americans. We must fight for single-payer healthcare!

Corporations, like Carlton Forge, owned by world famous multi-billionaire Warren Buffett, have been polluting our air for decades with impunity. These polluters are located near schools, hospitals, and residential areas. Over the years, these polluters have been minimally sanctioned, which has resulted in the continuous poisoning of communities throughout the 33rd district. Hence, they have determined that it is cheaper for polluters to pay fines than to strive for clean energy machinery and processes. Again, our elected representatives have not championed our fight for clean air, land, and water. On the contrary, they have taken sizable political "donations" and enjoyed intertwined relationships with those polluting corporations. Those very relationships have resulted in increased wealth for the CEOs, which has allowed them to insert immense amounts of money to ensure the re-election of the politicians that continue to conspire and support the polluters. Meanwhile, the citizens of the 33rd district continue to be exposed to toxins that have resulted in life changing diseases such as cancer, asthma, chronic nosebleeds, and skin problems. We must put an immediate stop to the polluting corporations and enact strong, and lasting, anti-polluting legislation.

 

    -We must fight for healthcare for all, clean air, water and land!!!

Videos (3)

Single Payer HealthCare — October 7, 2020 Elizabeth C. Castillo

Health Care for All in California is urgently needed due to the pandemic and lack of access to medical treatment that is affecting the communities in the 33rd Senate District and all of California.

Rent Control — October 29, 2020 Elizabeth C. Castillo

Rent control measures are needed to prevent the arbitrary evictions of tenants.

— October 29, 2020 Rodolfo Cortes Barragan

Progressive nurse runs for California State Senate District 33 against Big Oil, Healthcare industry, Big pharma and real estate developer Democrat Senator Lena Gonzalez.

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