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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 55

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Keith Girolamo Cascio

Software Developer
22,277 votes (16.3%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Public safety is a balance and it has shifted too far to where we do not protect our most vulnerable. FBI data suggests it is counterproductive to racial equity for elected officials to give the appearance of disparaging law enforcement agencies.
  • Los Angeles housing policy should follow research and data, but policy makers should be skeptical when presented with cheaply-obtained research results, paid for by agenda-driven uber-charities, with recommendations that contradict our intuition.
  • To nurture students of all ethnicities and races, our future, we should generously fund schools. But our hard-earned tax dollars only benefit the students when combined with budgetary accountability we must demand of our education professionals.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Software Engineer
Software Engineer, Google (2010–2022)
Member of the Board, Republican Party 54th Assembly District Central Committee — Elected position (2020–2022)
Programmer / Analyst, UCLA (2002–2010)

Education

Duke University Bachelor of Science, Computer Science (2001)

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 middle and low income people in California?
Answer from Keith Girolamo Cascio:

We Republicans believe in competition and we believe that reasonably affordable housing in Los Angeles County for someone like yourself (or myself) could be achieved by tweaking and rebalancing how communities compete to attract you and your family. It is possible, and necessary, for policymakers to get creative in this space because it is a severe problem and folks are leaving California.

As you know housing trends in California are greatly influenced by the famous "Third Rail" of California politics, 1978's Proposition 13, which helped a lot of folks, but ultimately grants enormous advantages to families already established in California. These are the Big Winners of the game created by Prop 13. They speak of "cashing out their golden California ticket" when they sell.

One proposal to directly address your concern is the following: modify state law so that a community can opt-in (by a formal plebiscite in that community) to a gradual revocation of Prop 13 with each new transfer of property, and in exchange, local schools immediately get preferential funding.

For the sake of argument, let's say this change was ushered in by a new ballot proposition named "Prop 23".

This proposal is typically Republican in that it puts the action bottom-up into the hands of the citizens, market-style, instead of top-down Big Government-style, it doesn't coerce action, and it doesn't change the rules on folks who already planned their lives in order to win the golden Prop 13 game. But it allows energetic younger families to get better rewarded for what they are contributing to the state and to the community. Theoretically, as years pass, there would be "Prop 13 communities" in Los Angeles County that would miss out on the most energetic young families, and "Prop 23 communities" that would attract a higher concentration of these desirable families. Competition would intensify and it would speed up the process. Directly addressing your concern, our estimate is, as a side effect, that home sale prices would decrease in the "Prop 23 communities", making them more affordable (but of course, without a future Prop 13 advantage for these home buyers). Over time, this new system would change the character of real estate in California.

Carbon neutrality

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.

No answer provided.
What programs or strategies would you suggest to meet the educational needs of young, low-income Californians?
Answer from Keith Girolamo Cascio:

I suggest we listen to heroic California teachers such as Rosalva Ochoa De Santos who have been working their entire careers to improve LAUSD.

What programs, proposals, projects, or legislation would you support to meet the water needs of all Californians?
Answer from Keith Girolamo Cascio:

I support rainwater harvesting, catchment hydrology and an expansion of nuclear power in California, which will power desalination.

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Videos (2)

Oct 20 interview. This is a series of videos interviewing candidates for state and local races. This video journeys to the California State Assembly District 55. It covers the communities of Mar Vista, Culver City, Century City and surrounding areas. Keith Cascio is a moderate pro-choice Republican with a preference for data-driven public policy who hopes to attract like minded individuals across party lines to help him win public office.

— October 25, 2022 VBS and Van Tran

Oct 3 interview on VBS Vietnamese TV with former CA Assemblyman Van Tran, special thanks to VBS Founder Joseph Nguyen and Jo Reitkopp

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