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Steve Chavez Lodge

Retired Homicide Detective
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Public Safety including Homelessness, Eliminating the California Income Tax & Cost of Living, Water Storage and Retention
  • Creating Correctional Healthcare & Rehabilitation Centers within the prison and jail system to deal with the drug addicted, and alcoholism amongst the majority of homeless. Addressing mental health homeless with mental healthcare needs.
  • Bringing back the rule of law to California and reestablishing law and order. Violent habitual criminals must be separated from civil society.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Retired Homicide Detective / Business Owner
Owner / CEO, Lodge International, LLC (2020–current)
Senior Public Policy Advisor, City of Anaheim (2016–2018)
Senior Public Policy Advisor, City of Anaheim — Appointed position (2016–2018)
Business Development Director, Hill International INC (2010–2017)
Waste Management Commissioner, County of Orange — Appointed position (2015–2017)
Budget Commissioner, City of Anaheim — Appointed position (2014–2016)
Police Commissioner, City of Murrieta — Appointed position (2010–2012)
Gang Homicide Detective, City of Santa Ana Police Department (1982–2009)
Arctic Paratrooper, United States Army (1976–1979)

Education

Riverside College POST Advanced Law Enforcement Certification, Criminal Justice (1982)

Community Activities

Member of the Board of Directors, Orange County Global Medical Center (2017–current)
Special Needs Sunday School Teacher, Calvary Chapel East Anaheim (2012–2014)
Member of the Board of Director's, KidSinger Children's Charity (2010–2012)
Member of the Board of Directors, Santa Ana Police Officers Association (1985–2007)
Special Needs Sunday School Teacher, Calvary Chapel Murrieta (2000–2004)

Biography

 

I have dedicated most of my adult life to public service. Beginning with my military service as an Army Paratrooper, to fighting violent crime in the streets of Santa Ana, as a Gang Homicide Detective. I have worked hard for the people because I knew I was making a difference. I knew we were making the city safer.

My public service continued after retirement on city and county commissions as a budget commissioner, waste management commissioner, police commissioner and senior public policy advisor.  I am now a California small business owner and have felt the economic impact of the last 18 months. I have served on several company and charity boards of directors over the years and still serve on two of them today.

Football has always been a passion of mine and I enjoyed coaching several years YMCA football when my youngest son was growing up. Teaching my kids to be active in community was important to me and I had them assist me in the classroom while I was teaching special needs class at Sunday School. I share this with you because I want you to know my commitment to serving the public and the depth of my background, knowledge, and experience. I have what is needed do the job of California Governor the right way. I have been in the trenches and am battle tested.

Please stop and compare all the candidate’s resumes who are running for Governor. Then decide who is most qualified to do the job right, and who will fight for you the people of California and represent your views.

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 Steve Chavez Lodge:

The need for affordable housing is enormous in California. But like most problems in California it is government caused. The housing crises is a mixture of high taxes, fee's and restrictions on building, slow or no growth initiatives and people not willing to commute. The cost of building and with no building incentives is adding additional costs on housing. Moving inland away from the coast will lower the cost and make affordability more in sight for the lower income Californians. 

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

Let’s face it, the only way to solve the homeless crisis in California is to recognize the reasons and what is really causing this crisis. Retrofitting portions of the jails and prisons to safely and securely accommodate the drug addicted and alcoholics is a priority. Getting the mandatory treatment that they need is absolute. Any other plan without secure detox and rehabilitation is just political grandstanding and a complete waste of time and money. Housing does not work without treatment for the cause of their homelessness.

The mentally ill need our help in getting back to treatment and back on needed medications. Reopening some of the Mental Facilities is a must. It is time to show true compassion for the homeless, but with realistic expectations. They must own their rehabilitation along with the responsibility to themselves and to society. Much will be given, and much will be asked. If the individual fails to cooperate within their rehabilitation. Then the rule of law will be enforced, and like everyone they will be expected to follow the law.

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

California has not built a hydroelectric dam in 42 years. Yet California’s population has doubled from 20 million to 40 million people, all using water. Drought is not the problem, its water retention and storage. It is the primary duty of government to provide clean water, clean air, and infrastructure necessary to the public’s needs.  We will repair this broken system and make sure there is water for not only the public, but for businesses and the farmers in the central valley who grow our food. Government must return to its primary duties or our states standard of living will continue to fall.

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $1,000

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

1
Employees of Lodge International
$1,000

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

Political Philosophy

Modern Government has lost track of their core responsibilities. Getting back to what government’s role is in society is paramount in our states survival. Providing for the general welfare means infrastructure. Making sure that the Constitution is being defended and protected is such an important role that is in every elected and appointed officials oath of office. Providing for the safety of our citizens is a priority that can not be ignored. nothing else matters if we are not safe in our homes, work, schools, and public spaces. Bring back law and orders must be the number one duty of the Governor. 

Position Papers

Public Safety, Crime, Rule of Law

Summary

How we lost control and what we must do to bring back Law and Order to California

In the 1990’s crime was out of control. I was a cop on the street and ran nonstop from gang shooting to gang shooting everyday of the week. Record homicides rates and violence were seen. But with good police support from the community and a rule of law strategy using all the tools necessary, we reduce the crime rate to a trickle by 2005. In 2011 California took a directional change that has devastated the public’s safety.

From horrible public safety policies to even worse legislation. California watched the largest explosion of a homeless population in world history. The executive orders and legislation such as AB109, Propositions 47 and 57 have resulted in the largest release of violent convicted felons in the state’s history into every neighborhood in California. Crime is rising at an alarming rate. As a result, the public safety work of the past has been wiped out. Now we must start over again and use the proven strategies, new techniques, and technologies to battle back this crime wave. Rehabilitation & Healthcare Centers within the correctional system will help with the drug addicted, and alcoholism that infects the homeless population. There will be  a choice for rehabilitation through treatment or obey the rule of law.

Healthcare Rehabilitation & Healthcare Centers

Summary

Drug addiction, alcoholism and mental heath issue is the vast majority of the homeless population. I have a plan to mitigate the housing and rehabilitation problems plaguing the state.

Let’s face it, the only way to solve the homeless crisis in California is to recognize the reasons and what is really causing this crisis. Retrofitting portions of the jails and prisons to safely and securely accommodate the drug addicted and alcoholics is a priority. Getting the mandatory treatment that they need is absolute. Any other plan without secure detox and rehabilitation is just political grandstanding and a complete waste of time and money. Housing does not work without treatment for the cause of their homelessness.

The mentally ill need our help in getting back to treatment and back on needed medications. Reopening some of the mental health facilities is a must. It is time to show true compassion for the homeless, but with realistic expectations. They must own their rehabilitation along with the responsibility to themselves and to society. Much will be given, and much will be asked. If the individual fails to cooperate within their rehabilitation. Then the rule of law will be enforced, and like everyone they will be expected to follow the law. This method has been implemented in other states with success. We must make the commitment to deal with this issue for permanently, not the temporary band-aid fixes of trying to hide the homeless.

Proposition 13 The Howard Jarvis Initiative

Summary

The constant attacks to weaken or eliminate Proposition 13 must be stopped and our new generation of Californian's must be educated to its benefits for all of us.

 

 Proposition 13 enacted in 1978 protects ALL property owners from the government’s raising of their property taxes and is in fact a California Constitutional Amendment. We must turn the tide of what we see as government's endless appetite for tax and spend politics. They have been trying to weaken this amendment for years. They attempt to undermine our state constitutional amendments by using tricky ballot titles like “Helping the Schools or It’s for the Children, when all they are is tax increases that will go directly to the consumer in higher prices on everything. Remember how the lottery was going to save the schools forever, how did that turn out?

Let’s get back to common sense. We have not taken an active campaign to educate our children and grandchildren on the benefits of proposition 13 for all generations. Proposition1 13 is what makes middleclass and lower income residents home ownership possible. Without proposition 13 tax percentages would rise to what ever the supermajority in Sacramento would decide it should be. Our taxes could rise higher that the mortgage payment. This is what Illinois faces, stagnant prices for decades because of their property taxes. We must continue to fight and attempted changes or false information that is continuously thrown at Californian's 

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