Vote Elizabeth Warren for Assembly 2018!

A MESSAGE FOR CALIFORNIA'S 76TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT.

I'm California's Elizabeth Warren, and I'm running for State Assembly to represent my neighbors in Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Vista, and Camp Pendleton. There is no incumbent, so this is anybody's race--and I'm optimistic we can win.

As Californians we live our values every day. We celebrate diversity. We embrace social justice. We are pioneers in 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. Together, we must take a principled stand for our shared values. 

STRONG COMMUNITIES

  • 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 by small businesses and individual taxpayers alone. The largest 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 and families 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. 

PEOPLE AND PLANET

  • 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 single payer bill hasn't passed by the time I'm elected, I'll introduce it again and fight until we pass it. 
  • 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, 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.

ECONOMIC RESPONSIBILITY

  • I oppose unfair taxes that place an undue burden on young people, middle-income workers, senior citizens, veterans, small businesses and everyone struggling so hard 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.  
  • 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. Highly profitable companies such as Walmart exploit labor loopholes to keep wages and hours down and train workers to rely on public assistance programs--shifting their cost of doing business to the taxpayers. 

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • 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!

Your neighbor,

Elizabeth Warren

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    My Story

    SOME PEOPLE ARE BORN TO LEAD; SOME ASPIRE TO LEAD;
    SOME OF US JUST WANT TO FIX THINGS.
    I came almost reluctantly to politics--fresh from years in the trenches as a fierce defender of economic, social, and environmental justice. I am running for office because I believe with my whole heart that we're all in this together, that everyone deserves a chance, and that the laws of California (and the nation) should be a reflection of our shared values--not something written by and for a privileged few. I stepped up to run for Assembly because I believe I can contribute. I took a long look at how things run in California and realized that after living, working, raising a family and fighting “the machine” for many years, I had accomplished all I could as a “civilian” and to accomplish anything more, I needed a “backstage pass.”
    In these uncertain times, California has a chance to lead America by example--but we can only do that if we elect people with the will to get it done. I have no plans for a political career--I just want to do my part to help solve some problems. And I can--with your help. I don’t claim to know it all--but I will do my homework, listen to my neighbors, and be your voice in Sacramento. Working together, we CAN improve our quality of life, strengthen our communities, and give our kids some hope.
    THE BIRTH OF AN ACTIVIST My story is not remarkable--in fact, it’s like that of many Californians. I began my career as a newspaper reporter then freelanced as a writer and editor for magazines, PR clients and more. As the internet became a part of our daily lives, I evolved into working in digital media, blogging and working for online social justice organizations. Like many families, my husband and I were early casualties of the mortgage crisis. That was a pivotal moment.
    We weren’t irresponsible people. We survived for a year before our funds ran out. Losing what little security we’d managed to amass left me determined to find out what the heck happened. My reporter’s instinct drove me to dig deep, and I learned more about banking and finance that I’d ever wanted to know. What I learned made me mad. The entire collapse--which was arguably orchestrated by Wall Street--was allowed to happen by the Congress we’d elected to look out for us. The same Congress that at the height of the mortgage crisis voted AGAINST allowing bankruptcy courts to forgive the “underwater” portions of mortgages for individual homeowners--even though that protection already existed for INVESTORS. The only ones not in on the joke were average people like us. What REALLY stung was learning how many members of our federal government actually profited personally.
    That’s what turned me into an activist. I was trained by MoveOn and worked with grassroots activists (many were moms like me) from coast to coast. Nurses, teachers, factory workers, waitresses, clerks, retirees and stay at home moms--we all became overnight experts on legislation. We achieved our greatest win in 2016 when we stopped Congress from voting on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) a trade deal that would have made corporations more powerful than governments. That success led to me getting more involved in politics at the state level, becoming a delegate, and talking with neighbors who urged me to run for State Assembly in California’s 76th District (Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Vista and Camp Pendleton.)
    I’ve been working and campaigning for a year now--longer than anybody in this race. All of our homework says I can win--but it’s not something I can, or should, do alone. This race has never been about me. It’s always been about US. All of us. We deserve a voice, and a chance. We CAN put power back in the hands of regular people. We can reshape our state government into one that trusts communities to make our own decisions--and then works with our communities to make sure we succeed. We can create a better quality of life for working families; we can make our communities stronger by helping people live where we work so we don’t lose hours a day to freeway traffic. And we can create hope--by investing in our kids, providing healthcare for all, respecting our veterans, caring for our elderly--the people whose shoulders we stood on and who now need our help to survive on fixed incomes in this cutthroat economy. We need to make sure our grandchildren will have a planet--one with air they can breathe and water they can drink. And where everyone is equal, everyone is valued, everyone is respected, and everyone is safe. We can create the California we want and it can stand as an example for America and the world. It’s genuinely within our reach. Together, we CAN make a difference!
    My name is Elizabeth Warren. I’m a journalist, a wife, a mom, a sometime cook and a dog lover. A regular person. I listen. I learn. I work hard. And I’m asking for your vote.
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    San Marcos Home in San Marcos, CA

    April 29 Meet & Greet

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