An update for California's 76th Assembly District: We WON the Primary!
I'm California's Elizabeth Warren, running for State Assembly to represent my neighbors in Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Vista, and Camp Pendleton, and I'm thrilled to report that we finished FIRST out of 7 candidates in the "Top 2" primary, with more than 26% of the vote!
Even more exciting: we won without any money from big corporations or special interests. We won because of everyone who believed in our vision for a better California--friends who walked precincts with us, made phone calls, knocked on doors and talked to neighbors.
As we head into November, I'm optimistic we can win if we work hard and talk to MORE voters. Here in California we embrace diversity and instinctively seek social justice. We prioritize public education and technology. We invest in the health and well-being of our people and the planet.
We want and deserve stronger communities, quality of life, and hope for tomorrow. And together, we must take a principled stand for our shared values.
- We need workforce housing. We must solve California's housing emergency. Communities are stronger when we live where we work. Commuting takes a toll on our time, our financial resources, our families, our quality of life. It hurts communities when workers we rely on live far away and can't get to their jobs in an emergency. We need our teachers, nurses, police, firefighters, sanitation workers, electrical workers and others to live nearby. Communities are stronger when we're all invested. And housing must be affordable so we have money to spend on other things that stimulate our local economies.
- We must invest in our small businesses. We can create more stable economies if we focus on growing local manufacturing, construction, farming, and service industries, and support the many individually-owned retailers that are the life's blood of our communities. When we "act local" we create safeguards against the overarching threat of globalization, and minimize the impact of "too big to fail."
- The cost of maintaining our state infrastructure should not be borne solely by individual taxpayers and small businesses. Giant corporations, out of state companies, and others doing business here must pay their fair share to California for the infrastructure that helps them profit.
- We must close the Prop 13 "corporate loophole" while preserving and expanding protections put in place to ensure that individuals are never "taxed out" of our homes. Closing the "corporate loophole" would bring in an estimated $9 billion in annual tax revenue--money we can invest in education and infrastructure.
- For communities to thrive we need people to be healthy and functioning. The current health care system is broken. To fix it, we must remove the profit motive. We need guaranteed healthcare now. If a "Medicare for All" style healthcare bill hasn't passed by the time I'm elected, I'll introduce it, and fight until we get it passed.
- We must invest in our kids. Public education should begin with preschool and continue through college, trade school, or professional training. We must prepare the next generation to be productive and self-sustaining--not bury them under decades of crushing debt before they get started.
- We must take decisive action to slow Climate Change, eliminate dependency on fossil fuels, ban fracking, address water rights and conservation, protect our shoreline, offer energy consumers a choice, and grow the green economy. There is no "planet B."
- We must protect threatened wildlife and mandate the humane treatment of all animals--from farm to pets.
QUALITY OF LIFE
- I oppose unfair taxes that place an undue burden on young people, middle-income workers, senior citizens, veterans, small businesses and everyone struggling for a basic quality of life. Taxes are not fair if they create a hardship, forcing individuals to make choices about basic essentials.
- The fuel tax punishes workers who can't afford electric vehicles and are forced by high housing costs to live far from their jobs. We can find better ways to raise funds that don't break the backs of hard working people struggling to survive.
- We must close California's disgraceful $79 billion gender wage gap. Equal pay is basic logic. When women have more disposable income, local economies will thrive as we will create more demand for goods and services--and more jobs.
- Every worker deserves an honest day's pay for an honest day's work. When workers earn a living wage, everyone benefits and our economy can thrive. Healthy capitalism has an implied social contract--business, workers, and consumers are interdependent. When big corporations won't pay a living wage to workers, yet give giant bonuses to executives or move profits offshore, they are being fiscally irresponsible to the local economies responsible for their success.
- We can't allow giant corporations to exploit contract labor loopholes to avoid paying worker benefits and matching taxes. When they get away with these slick maneuvers, the rest of us pick up the tab.
- We must end corporate welfare. Small businesses deserve our support. But highly profitable, giant companies such as Walmart exploit labor loopholes to keep wages and hours down. They then train workers to rely on local public assistance programs--shifting their cost of doing business to the taxpayers--and the honest small businesses that DO pay matching taxes for their employees.
HOPE FOR TOMORROW
- Veterans deserve our gratitude. They should not be cast aside when battlefield trauma (physical or otherwise) interferes with their ability to function. Those who've served honorably deserve to live here and receive veterans' benefits.
- Protecting immigrants, people of color, and all communities targeted for hate, sends a powerful message that here in California, all are welcome, all are valued, all are equal.
- Seniors on limited incomes--especially those living alone--are among our most vulnerable residents. We must provide simplified access to caregivers, information, advocacy and other resources, to ensure that all seniors know there is a safety net, and how to find it.
- California must ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), no matter what happens in Congress.
- We must find practical solutions to homelessness that preserve individual human dignity and include steps for transitioning from emergency shelter to affordable permanent housing for every person who wants it.
- It's time to shut down the for-profit, private prison pipeline. No more "guaranteed occupancy" contracts with companies that profit from immigrant detention, longer sentences for nonviolent offenders, inadequate staffing, and cutbacks to food and medical care. Incarceration should not be a profitable enterprise that exploits the workers and the incarcerated.
Together, we CAN make a difference!