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California State SenateCandidate for District 26

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Baron Bruno

No Party Preference
Real Estate Agent
23,119 votes (12.3%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Bridge the partisan gap and put PEOPLE before political party agendas, corporate profits and special interests.
  • Reducing, rescinding, and repealing the onslaught of over-regulation, out-dated laws, overly restrictive rules. Bring back freedom!
  • Make mental health a bigger priority in order to curb drug use, gun violence, as well as academic and social injustices and expenses.

Experience

Education

Thunderbird School of Global Management Master's Degree, International Business (MBA) (2010)
University of Arizona Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Finance (1992)

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (5)

What do you think the State should do to encourage affordable housing for all Californians?
Answer from Baron Bruno:

The government is always getting in the way, even though their intentions may be worthwhile.  Special interests always seem to make their way into any "solution" for affordable housing.  Like 2016's HHH proposal that mandated that the funds approved for new affordable housing be built ONLY with union laborers (who charge 3x the prices that other licensed contractors would charge).

So we are building 1/3 the number of housing units than we could have.  

Lowering the onerous permitting process and handcuffing "rich" developers is NOT the answer.  Prices are determined by 2 factors: supply and demand.  We here in California, have always had very high demand for housing......so the only variable left to change is SUPPLY.  How do we increase supply?   Build more housing.


Who gets in the way of building more housing?  Yep, you guessed it: the government!  I'm not advocating for lowering accountability or compromising on health and/or safety issues, but I am sincerely concerned about the role government has played in our massive shortage of available (and buildable) housing units.   

Rent control is NOT the answer either.  Artificially "creating" a market by only capping revenues (rents) for owners and NOT capping expenses, puts building owners in a tough spot.  If they can't raise rents, then they will have to find a way to make a living as building owners.  Renters who choose to stay in their rent controlled apts forego other personal and professional opportunities because they feel "trapped".  This is no way to live.  

Building higher density (smaller homes, apts and condos) will add more supply. When you add more supply, prices go down.  We also need to look at modifying State financial programs that are geared to help people afford home ownership, so that more can qualify.  

WE need to bring more private and public entities together instead of our polarized two party system which has NOT provided any collaborative ideas or solutions.  This is NOT a winner take all game, and our politicians need to wake up and get involved. 

According to a "Civility In America” survey, 75% of Americans believe that the U.S. has a major civility problem. If you are elected what will do to address this?
Answer from Baron Bruno:

R-E-S-P-E-C-T........remember that song?    There is no longer any respect in our communities: for law enforcement, for our teachers and administrators, for business, civic and religious leaders.....WHY?   Because they haven't been LISTENING!   I relate this issue back to the massive (soon to be catastrophic) failure of our 2 party political system.   It has hyper-polarized our communities, especially online and with our young people.

People "at the top" who are supposed to be role models, have become more and more self serving and motivated by profits vs. helping, educating and INSPIRING those around them, especially the "less fortunate", people of color, youth, and mentally and physically disabled.

Our educational system in Los Angeles is abysmal!  Yet another blatantly obvious sign that School Board members, Teacher's Union "leaders", and well paid (aka over paid) educational "leaders", have all turned the spotlight on themselves, and their own well-being, vs priortizing their jobs, agendas and energies where they belong: helping educate our young people and providing them with the resources, skills, education, and opportunities for a brighter future.

Having a proven creative collaborator like me in Sacramento, and eventually in D.C., will help turn our educational system and restore the civility and American Dream to more people who are feeling left out and left behind. 

Climate changes, and the shifting between very wet weather and drought, worry Californians. What strategies would allow your district to both satisfy its water needs and protect the environment? Please be specific.
Answer from Baron Bruno:

Having our water supply controlled by one political party, makes me think of North Korea and Germany 1939.  This is incredibly foolish and dangerous.  Policians continue to be reactionary and not VISIONARY.   That's why we need INDEPENDENTS like me involved, who don't have an outside (and/or corporate financed) agenda, but instead when I get elected, I can have an unbiased interest in keeping our water (and other natural resources) from being squandered.   

I am AGAINST putting a neuro-toxin like fluoride in our municipal water supply.  Do a Google Search on "who sponsored the first fluoriditation study in the United States in 1931"   It was ALCOA (Aluminum Corp of America).  What is the toxic by-product of aluminum manufacturing that they were literally kicking into rivers, lakes and streams?   ---- Yes, you're correct, it is sodium fluoride.    With effective lobbying (paying off politicians), now we've all been told that putting fluoride in the water helps poor people who can't go to the dentist regulary.  Really?     If you still have any faith in what govts do to our water supply, see what happened in Flint, Michigan.  Also check the warning label now on every box of fluoride toothpaste sold in America. 

Since the 26th State Senate District encompasses most of LA County's coastal regions, it is critical that we protect the ocean and our beaches from toxic runoff, waste items like plastic, and look at more common sense solutions like rain water capture (grey water) and be prepared for aberations in the weather BEFORE they happen, AND educate the voters on what they can do to protect themselves and their families.

Educating young kids at an early age will instill better habits as they get older.  We should be teaching the youth in our communities the environmental impact they have and how they can personally improve their communities and be more aware of the RESULTS of their action - or INaction. 

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

California is a very diverse place, and we have Federal and State laws that protect us from discrimination, abuse and illegal and unethical practices.  Those who might be struggling financially might not have access to the same educational programs and resources.   As an INDEPENDENT, I would play a vital role in bridging the gap between "tax and spend" Democrats and "hyper-conservative" Republicans.

This is an area where our local, state and national business owners can/should provide support (whether there are tax incentives or otherwise).  Dumping public tax dollars into a "problem" isn't really finding a "solution".  

First we need to priortize the most critical issues (health, safety, etc), then look at what public funds are available, then look at setting up public/private partnerships, and/or private donor programs (like one of my favorite non-profits called DonorsChoose.org).   These groups bridge the gap between urgent in-class needs directly from teachers, with private citizens and businesses who have available financial (and non-financial) resources to get them the materials they need.

I would also like to see some of our "rich" kids in "private" schools also partner with "poor" kids in "public" schools, and perhaps do some sort of "switch" for a week, and allow everyone to co-mingle as well.  This will be an eye opening, empowering and emotional experience for everyone involved, which, in my opinion, will naturally help strengthen our communities so the "have's" can see first hand what the "have not's" are having to deal with....and the "have not's" can see what they can have if they work hard, get the resources they need, and form lasting friendships and experiences that will carry with them into adulthood".

Currently there isn't enough money in the state retirement system to pay for all the benefits promised to government workers. What would you do as Senator to address the state’s unfunded pension liability?
Answer from Baron Bruno:

REALITY CHECK PEOPLE:  False promises from Republicans and Democrats of the past are now coming back to haunt us.  This is so unfortunate because these politicians, yet again, have been dishonest, unreliable, and have blatantly hurt the very people who voted for them.  Why do we continue this circle of 2 party madness when we can elect INDEPENDENT people like me with NO party agenda, who will speak the truth (even if/when it hurts), but will get the job done....together. 

I don't believe that we can simply turn off the spigot and say "tough luck"....that's not right.  But, the retirement system and "entitlements" of yester-year, have to come to an end.  Govt officials (no matter how long or short their tenure) should NOT be given preferential treatment vs those in the private sector.  That's NOT the function of govt (contrary to the beliefs of our over-paid politicians who get a dailiy per-diem on top of their six figure salaries).  Do a Google Search to see how much Sherriffs and other public employees make by going to transparentcalifornia.com.  You might want to sit down first.  And you wonder why California has such a massive deficit, the highest taxes in the nation, the lowest affordability of housing, and a state retirement system on the verge of bankruptcy.  

We need to wake up and stop the bleeding.  Raising taxes is easy. Any num-nut politician can put that on their resume.  Cutting spending is NOT easy, and it will infuriate people who are used to cushy lifestyles and benefits that they have been getting from we, the taxpayers, for so long.  There is so much bloated govt expenses, especially in CA, that we have no oversight, no one checking the expense registers to root out FRAUD, WASTE, and ABUSE.

When elected, I will increase fines and penalties for ANYONE trying to (and continuing to) rip off money from the people of California!  If there is no RESPECT, ACCOUNTABILITY, or DISCIPLINE in enforcing our laws and protecting the people you promised to protect, then I would strongly encourage our existing politicians to step aside and let people like ME who really care, STEP UP, and get the job done!   It takes COURAGE and COMMITMENT, which I have!

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Total money raised: $4,400

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