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California State SenateCandidate for District 30

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Martha Camacho Rodriguez

Teacher/Water Advocate
19,011 votes (15.7%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Affordable housing is an issue that must be addressed. Many Californians rely on policies that will increase supply and equitable access to the American Dream of home ownership that must be met.
  • Healthcare for all. I will support policies that will make this possible.
  • Corridor of Contamination is how our region is described. I will support and create policies that address our air, water and soil contamination. We must protect, enforce the quality and affordability of water.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Water Director/Teacher
Director, Central Basin Municipal Water District — Elected position (2018–current)
Trustee, Cerritos College Board of Trustees — Elected position (2016–2020)

Education

UC-Irvine Science Teacher Training UC-Irvine Science Teacher Training — Certificate, Science Teacher Training (2009), Science (2009)
National University Masters of Science (M.S.), Special Education (2003)
National University Bachelor of Science, Behavioral Science (1996)

Community Activities

Grassroots Educator/Director, SEE (Social Eco Education) (2005–current)
Water Ally, EJCW (Environmental Coalition for Water Justice) (2016–current)
Environmental Justice Ally, Food and Water Watch (2016–current)
Ally, Latino Marinos (Azul) (2017–current)

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California (4)

What programs, proposals, projects, or legislation would you support to meet the water needs of all Californians?
Answer from Martha Camacho Rodriguez:
I support AB 1668 a law that requires the State Resources Control Board and DWR to mandate the use of 42 gallons per person per day by 2030. It puts the burden on water agencies to incentivize and implement water efficiency and conservation measures. I would support legislation that made water conservation mandatory across the state, including priority use of nature based systems to bring the balance back to our streams, soils and underground aquifers. I addition I would support more education around greywater systems and their implementation, limit the cost and ease of acquiring permits by providing rebates based on the scale of the project. I would also support legislation that would fund the Dept of Public Health to help and fast track their investigation and implementation of direct potable reuse across the state to create water sustainability in an ever volatile climate of less wetter years and more dryer years.   Proposals to incentivize property owners to retrofit their older developments to increase efficiency and bring them in line with today's efficiency standards, thereby limiting our water losses through leaks and energy use. I would also support a proposal on reestablishing some of the loss of our wetlands.    

 

Describe what proposal(s) you would support to alleviate the shortage of affordable housing for middle and low income people in California?
Answer from Martha Camacho Rodriguez:

We know that being housed is connected to your level of health.  It is imperative that Cities look at progressive options in solving the affordable housing crisis.  A few things to consider would be to help make communities more inclusive and connected through inclusive zoning, fair housing laws, and access to public transportation.  This leads to improving economic and social wellbeing.  Several options to consider are:  Revitalizing Neighborhoods, The creation of affordable housing trusts, allocating funds to specific projects or delevopments through municipal bond elections,  offer incentives, tax breaks, which are supplemental to federal ones for the acquisition, rehabilitation or construction of rental housing targeted to lower-income housing and incentive programs which encourage private developers to increase supply of affordable housing.  Housing statistics tell us there are 31 vacant houses for each homeless person in this country.  The housing crisis is NOT caused by lack of physical structures  to house people; they are priced too high.  Around 88% of cities are getting failing grades on their housing elements.

What programs or strategies would you suggest to meet the educational needs of young, low-income Californians?
Answer from Martha Camacho Rodriguez:

Economic development can be addressed when we meet the educational needs of young, low-income Californians.  We must continue to provide pathways in the K-12 system that will lead students to educational pipelines that provide skills to get them ready for the labor force.  We must ensure that students are prepared and immersed in college/career readiness programs that provide them with hands on experience and exposure to paths that will engage, support and financially sustain them to be financially healthy individuals.

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 Martha Camacho Rodriguez:
    To each a goal of carbon neutrality by 2045, we would have to aggressively electrify our transportation grid. I would support proposals, plans or legislation that would build out and upgrade our electric grid to sustain more electric charging stations for cars in urban and city areas in parks, parking spaces, gas stations and sidewalks particularly in under-resourced communities. Though the cost of electric vehicles is coming down, we can do a lot more to incentivize first time car buyers and trade-ins of gas vehicles in fence line and underrepresented communities; solar panels on the rooftops of all business across cities with battery storage capacity, better incentives for low income families to install solar panels and increase greening of their neighborhoods with parks, covered bus stops or shelter, green walkways and sidewalks. Incentives should also include upgrades to wiring of older homes and buildings. Require landlords to retrofit and provide incentives for them to do so.   Tree canopies are extremely important in bringing us to our goal and I would support implementation in the increase of our trees.   

 

We must not forget our public transportation fleet and our ports. They too must be electrified, with incentives going to the long haul truck drivers who own their trucks, not to the companies who lease but don't make changes. Our freight trains should also be modified to electric to stop the reliance on diesel fuels. We should also look at how we invest in big projects, what is the carbon footprint of these projects.

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Political Beliefs

Position Papers

Housing Policy: Exploring the Challenges, Opportunities, and Governmental Responses to America’s Housing Crisis

Summary

While the majority of this white paper examines the existing federal housing policy infrastructure, this section highlights the relevant housing policy provisions of the recently enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES Act is the most substantial fiscal stimulus in U.S history, providing more than $2 trillion to bolster the healthcare system, support households, backstop businesses, and alleviate budgetary issues for state and local governments.

The Role of the Youth in Socio-Economic Development

Summary

According to the United Nations, people who fall within the 15-24 years age bracket are categorized as the youth. This was done specifically by UNESCO, taking into consideration the different definitions of youth in different countries in the world. To understand the importance of youth in society, it is crucial to look at the various roles they play (Lesko, 2013). This will give an insight into why the extent to which the youth are empowered in a country determines the socio-economic development rate of that particular country.

https://citi.io/2020/03/10/the-role-of-the-youth-in-socio-economic-development/

 

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