#MediCALForAllCalifornians

Our health is the top priority, for all people, with no exceptions.  In a pandemic and long after one is gone - our health must be protected.  And as healthcare is a human right - it remains critically important that we ensure such health protections cover all people in the State of California with an intentional focus and addition support on all marginalized and underserved populations previously and historically excluded from receiving quality care - including low-wage workers, the Disabled, health workers, independent contractors, Veterans, California Indians & Indigenous peoples, Black and Latinx communities, our Elders, LGBTQ and Gender Noncomforming Folx, Rural communities, the Poor, Migrant populations, our currently incarcerated peoples, unhoused & our housing insecure.

Healthcare is a human right and #OurCalifornia must have a Governor and government that reflects & protects this basic tenent.

We cannot allow the duopoly, electeds or their wealthy donors to continue to place their best interests over ours.

We cannot let a Governor dine indoors with health insurance lobbyists and corporatists who intend to & can raise our premiums by up to 40% in 2021 just because they can.

We cannot have our healthcare tied to our employment.

We cannot continue to allow Californians to go into insurmountable debt for experiencing a basic human condition - sickness.

We cannot continue to allow people to ration critical and life saving medication because they cannot afford the prescription.

We cannot continue to peacefully exist under for-profit healthcare - in this pandemic and long after.

No more.

#OurCalifornia deserves better and it’s time we have a government and Governor that agrees.  As your 2022 Gubernatorial candidate, I intend to End Poverty in California, and this is how I believe #MediCALForAllCalifornians will help us achieve this:

  • I will Reject all campaign cash, donations and dark money from health insurance, lobbyists, big pharmaceutical corporations
  • Elevate legislation that will provide every Californian in the State with free at point-of-service care within a single-payer MediCALsystem in the State:
    • Be it enacting HB 562, California’s Healthy CA - Single Payer MediCAL for All Bill;
    • Working with by Senators Lara & Atkins, with Principal Coauthors Senators Galgiani and Weiner & Assemblymembers Bonta & Gomez, Coauthors Senators Allen, McGuire and Skinner & Assemblymembers Chiu, Friedman, Kalra, McCarty, Nazarian, Stone and Thurmond and any other interested State Assembly & State Senators to create new legislation for another Single-Payer MediCAL for All Bill;
  • Creating the #MediCALForAllCalifornians by expanding full MediCAL coverage immediately to all Californians and ensuring #OurCalifornia receives comprehensive healthcare coverage, free at the point-of-service including but not limited to:
    • COVID-19 Specific:
    • COVID-19 testing and treatment;
    • COVID-19 Protective equipment;
    • Expanded hospital capacity, especially prioritizing rural areas, territories and tribal lands being hit hardest;
    • Waive and/or ensure insurance companies reimburse all pandemic surprise bills #OurCalifornia has received which are not covered by AB 72  - specifically ambulance, and air ambulance charges which can amount to tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars;
    • Commandeer any private hospitals for COVID-19 care whenever necessary for #OurCalifornia;
  • #MediCALForAllCalifornians will cover medical, dental, hearing, vision, and home- and community-based long-term care, in-patient and out-patient services, mental health and substance abuse treatment, reproductive and maternity care, mobility aids and assistive devices, prescription drugs, and more;
  • Transform our healthcare system, products, service and care received for #OurCalifornia.  These 5 major shifting techniques are proven and will significantly improve population health, client care,  and ensure cost-avoidant practices for the State:
    • Enable proactive, preventive & predictive care over the reactive “sick” care system based on the episodic, acute care model most currently receive;
    • Promote personalized care instead of one-size fits all approaches, ensure healthcare services are client-centered;
    • Decentralize healthcare locations instead of our current corporate institution-centered focus;
    • Empower patient involvement in their health and health journeys with agency, input, and empathy rather than paternalistic, dismissive or shaming experiences often had;
    • Promote value-based care for clients over volume-based care of clients;
    • Develop a statewide agenda on health equity;
  • We live in a society of health “fast fixes” and are overprescribed because our health is constantly commodified by for-profit corporations.  The amount of medication we are prescribed can become an expensive & vicious cycle of never ending medication, constantly treating new side effects, ineffective medication, unnecessary medication, addiction  & deteriorating quality of life.  It’s critical that we completely transform our healthcare system, especially for Elders, the disabled, women after childbirth & other high-risk patient populations, that are overprescribed by enabling proactive, preventative, predictive & quality care;
    • Create legislation that bans and financially disincentivizes medical practitioners from big pharmaceutical tactics of:
      • Prescribing harmful, unnecessary medication to all Californians; additional sanctions applied when conduct occurs with Elders, the Disabled, Women and Childbirth and all other high-risk populations;
      • Misdiagnosing & prescribing for MediCAL & Medicaid billing purposes; additional sanctions applied when conduct occurs with Elders, the Disabled, Women and Childbirth and all other high-risk populations;
  • Stop the pharmaceutical industry from price-gouging #OurCalifornia and ensuring all Californians pay no more than a total $250 a year for all medicines needed by Californians under our new  #MediCALForAllCalifornians, the enactment SB562 & the fulfillment of Governor Newsom’s unkept promise and budgeted 2020-2021 proposal that California become the first state in the nation to establish its own generic drug label, making those medications available at an affordable price to the state’s 40 million residents;
  • Address shortages and ensure every public hospital within our #MediCALForAllCalifornians health care system is equipped with the necessary life saving supplies and medication required to perform life saving procedures;
    • As most shortages involve older drugs that cost less, manufacturers are left little financial incentive to continue to produce them, I will use the prosecutorial, legislative & manufacturing options at my disposal to hold corporations accountable, competitive, and produce the supplies our hospitals need;
  • Expand State-funded medical and pharmaceutical research;
    • Expand State research and clinical trials on medical marijuana’s ability to treat PTSD, anxiety disorders, nerve pain, and chronic pain with Veterans;
    • Expand State research on the development of medication for rare diseases for-profit pharmaceuticals have previously denied when it was deemed unprofitable for them;
  • Waive and/or ensure insurance companies reimburse all surprise bills #OurCalifornia has received which are not covered by AB 72  & AB1611;
  • Commit to accelerating the discovery of personalized, targeted, safer and more effective therapies and treatments for cancer.  Expanding State research and the interdisciplinary approaches of computational biology, clinical pharmacology, functional genomics & robotics to identify new drug targets and potential cures with research nonprofits powerhouses, like Cure First;
  • Commit to transforming communities into healthy spaces through the restoration of our land, air & water.  And strengthening our interconnectedness for a healthy planet and healthy California through environmental stewardship of the Indigenous Environmental Stewardship & Reclamation Department;
  • Commit to transforming our healthcare system for our communities with sustainable and proactive health care throughout  every locality;
  • Waive all past & present medical debt as a result enacting HB 562, California’s Healthy CA - Single Payer MediCAL for All Bill or any other Single Payer MediCAL bill as a result of #MediCALForAllCalifornians;
  • Waive all past & present “surprise medical billing” not included within California’s 2017 legislation - specifically surprise ambulance and air ambulance costs incurred during medical emergencies which are not fully covered by insurance;
  • Eager to work with the California Lifting Children and Families out of Poverty Task Force to ensure all recommended strategies can be funded and achieved for #OurCalifornia through public policy, action & the robust social safety nets we deserve in our resilient and sustainable communities;
  • Support Federal legislation from Senator Bernard Sanders that would create a secure public credit registry to replace our current for-profit credit reporting agencies and prohibit medical care from counting against a person’s credit score;
  • I am eager to work with Justice in Aging, United Indian Health Services, Cycles of Change, ALRP, Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo, California State Rural Health Association (CSRHA), Rafiki Coalition, Roots Community Health Center, California Coalition for Mental Health, California Aging and Disability Alliance (CADA), Futuro Now, HIP, CureFirst, Policy Link, Human Impact Partners, African American Health Institute of San Bernardino County, Alliance for a Better Community, Comité Cívico del Valle, Asian & Pacific Islander Health Forum, Outlet, Life Eldercare, Children NowBlack Women for Wellness (Reproductive Justice Policy Work), Lavender Seniors, Health Equity Guide, California Black Women's Health Project, California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, Maitri, Jewish Family and Community Services, California Disability Services Association (CDSA), Community Health for Asian Americans, Hope Center, School-Based Health Alliance, California Women’s Law Center, California Collaborative for Long Term Services and Supports, Soledad Enrichment Action, Access: Women’s Health Justice, Building Healthy Communities, 4Kira4Moms, Migrant Clinician Network, California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions, Alliance for Californians for Community Empowerment, Institute for Policy Studies & all other grassroots and impactful organizations, activists, advocates and pillars in research, community outreach & culturally competent care to ensure the needs of ALL are met in #OurCalifornia;
  • State Deputization of chosen grassroot nonprofits who are successfully providing dynamic and critical social services to #OurCalifornia to act as an extension of our government in expanding their work and services with the funding, staffing and State recognition they deserve;
    • Will participate within the State Jobs Guarantee;
  • In the true spirit of Upton Sinclair’s End Poverty in California campaign, I will call on fellow Citizens, Socialists, Governors, and fellow Socialist Gubernatorial campaigns across this country to adopt and implement the same.

Green New Deal

The health of our land, air, water and bodies are interconnected.  

The scientific community has said in extremely clear terms that we have till 2030 to transform our energy system away from fossil fuels to sustainable and efficient energy, if we expect to leave this planet healthy and habitable for ourselves, our children, and future generations.

In recent years, Californians have witnessed and endured the deadly consequences of our climate crisis and public policy failures. Extreme weather events like record-setting heatwaves, record-setting wildfires, record-setting droughts, and record-setting floods have devastated and upended entire communities in every locality.  Fracking has been linked to recent record-setting earthquakes which caused record-setting fires surrounding nuclear sites. Smoke from our million-acre megafires travelled around the world and still remains in Californians lungs and skies.  These extreme weather patterns and events have caused widespread health emergencies, exacerbated land loss, amplified predatory land speculation, destroyed local economies, devastated ecosystems, taken lives and threatened the livelihoods of millions in #OurCalifornia.  We cannot continue to move from one life-threatening, one ecosystem-threatening, one economy-threatening incident to the next.  We need a new way to respond. We need a new way to care for our Planet and our State.  We need a new way to care for ourselves.  And our responses to one existential crisis must not fuel another.

It is imperative that we counteract climate change, our health *and* our economic crises by investing in ourselves and our communities to ensure a just recovery, resiliency, and sustainably healthy futures.  I believe that we can provide State Guarantees which provide quality employment, housing, healthcare while we build infrastructure to provide us with resilient and sustainable communities.

No more.

I recognize that many localities and underserved populations across our State have historically been excluded from economic prosperity - I intend to elevate your needs and amplify your voices to ensure this Green New Deal leaves no Californian behind.  I will End Poverty in California.  Our Green New Deal will counter systemic inequities by directing long term and sustainable investments in rural localities; in working families; Black, Brown & Indigenous People who reside in frontline communities; our frontline communities; our Poor; our Disabled; our Elders. This Green New Deal will hold Energy Corporations and the wealthy who own them accountable.  When #OurCalifornia’s most marginalized are protected and succeed, we all win. This Green New Deal is for us ALL and will invest in us ALL. 

I have developed an eight-year, Statewide mobilization effort for this Green New Deal centered around #OurCalifornia’s justice, equity and resilience.   It is time to invest in ourselves and  in innovative public works that benefit us ALL. 

As your gubernatorial candidate for 2022, I proudly call for our government, and our communities to reimagine justice and ensure public safety for all Californians.  I intend to End Poverty in California, and these are the Green New Deal along with  environmental justice policies and the vision I believe will help us achieve this:

  • Fast-track a just and 100% complete transition to renewable energy, especially wind, solar & water;
    • The State will obtain respective California Indian Consent for all new land altering projects completed on stolen land.
    • Ensure environmental justice remains at the forefront of #OurCalifornia’s Green New Deal
      • Ensure a just transition and redress for frontline communities, especially under-resourced & underserved groups across localities: Rural communities, Communities of Color, California Indians, the Disabled, Children and our Elders;
      • The State must fund a Green/Sustainable Energy & Utility Plan for all 109 Federally Recognized & 55 non-Federally recognized tribes in California that each of California’s First Nations develop:  Including, but not limited to telecommunications (including high speed internet and wireless) infrastructure, electricity, & any other infrastructure support California’s First Nations determine as necessary.
      • Prosecute energy bad actors that harm the health, land, water or air of #OurCalifornia through careless actions, standard processes, or outdated equipment.  My government will no longer place the expectation of #OurCalifornia to subsidize the clean-ups of energy bad actors and they will be sanctioned accordingly.
    • Ensure workforce rehabilitation for all current employees within the oil, gas, fracking & nuclear energy sectors to State clean renewable energy:
      • Provide State-Paid workforce redevelopment for unionized employment transfers  in sustainable energy public sectors;
  • Create a new Indigenous Environmental Stewardship & Reclamation Department to work with ALL of California’s 164 First Nations to determine what they’d like to see this department become, do, protect, and how we can authorize California’s Indians in leading it.  
    • Creating a Statewide Seed Bank & Library run by Indian/Native Peoples at every level from all Federally & Non-federally recognized lands
    • Local Seed Bank & Library Local and native species for preservation identified by Tribes, Clans, Native Peoples in each County/Region to strengthen permaculture, biodiversity & ensure California’s Climate Resilience
    • Collaborate with the State Attorney General to hold Energy & Resource Extraction Large Corporations accountable for Corporate Crimes, Environmental Crimes, Suppressing Tribal Sovereignty, and Environmental Injustices;
      • #LandBack ex. - California Edison spaces (and any other Energy/Utility/Resource extraction  Corp that owns forest in State Parks) – returning those IMMEDIATELY to California Indians to become protected tribal land and ensure environmental stewardship;
      • #LandBack ex. All Private Water Bottling Company Locations (Arrowhead, Nestle, Pure , Dasani, etc.; - returning those IMMEDIATELY to California Indians to become protected tribal land and ensure environmental stewardship because #WaterIsLife;
      • See #SoakTheRich & Corporate Accountability for further details
    • Fires are a way of life for California - however the severity and duration of the natural disasters we’ve seen in recent years have as much to do with rises in temperature, droughts, as much as Federal and State mismanagement and legislation.  More importantly, California Indians and First Nations have long been stewards of our environment and have been spiritual practicing rights with cultural burns, and the weakening of Tribal Sovereignty.  No more.  The State of California will meet California Indians and First Nations Land and Forest Rehabilitation needs (specifically through funding, legislation) where both our State and Federal Government do not. State Legislation must reflect California Indian needs, spiritual practices, and environmental stewardship.
    • The State of California must meet Sovereign States’ Fish, Wildlife and Recreation needs (specifically funding) that the Federal Government does not. State Legislation must reflect California Indian needs, spiritual practices, and environmental stewardship.
    • As the FY2019 Federal Budget proposed to eliminate the BIA Tribal Resilience Program, which helps increase tribal capacity to address the effects of climate change, the State of California must fully cover (and expand) all services this program provided under California’s new Indigenous Environmental Stewardship & Reclamation Department. State Legislation and action must reflect California Indian needs, spiritual practices, and environmental stewardship.
  • Unlike previous spills, hazardous leaks, and toxic sites that remain a public health hazard without EPA enforcement and accountability to address the magnitude of harm caused and clean-up required, and #OurCalifornia’s funded responses and financial liability for Corporate actions we didn’t cause, I believe the People of this great State deserve better.  In #OurCalifornia’s full and complete transition my government will mandate energy and resource extraction Corporations fully fund future isolations, impoundments, stabilizations, open channel flows, excavations & environmental assessments along any other processes required to address and ensure their Corporations safe withdrawal, harm reduction, sustainably engineering complete restoration & stewardship.  Furthermore, as our State has increasingly expanded fire seasons and damage - fires at these imperiled hazardous waste & superfund sites could release toxins ranging from acid mine drainage to radioactive smoke into our communities, water, and air to impact our State, States of the US and other countries around the world - our failure to act will harm countless people.  It is a Corporation’s responsibility to finally and fully address the harm they have caused us, our communities, our Planet and future generations.  They can more than afford it:
    • To be completed and approved both by the Indigenous Environmental Stewardship & Reclamation Department & California government environmental & restorative agencies;
    • Utilizing the Provide my Office of the Attorney General with the resources to formally investigate and prosecute  all Energy & Resource Extraction Corporations for defrauding the government, environmental act violations, lobbying for significant influence and favor of our government officials & corruption, ceasing all contracted use of State land;
      • Applying sanctions when found responsible for violations of the law will include restitution and up to public domain allotments, public trust & forfeiture to transition all large Public and Private waste management corporations into a customer-owned cooperative belonging to every resident of #OurCalifornia;
      • Energy & Resource extraction corporations will fully fund a resource extraction escrow account *per site* with future funds generated from the interest off that principle.  These funds will be transferred into an operating account, which the State of California will pull from to complete environmentally restorative maintenance and monitoring;
  • Expand State Public Lands, State conservation efforts, and State conservation investments so we can truly begin to heal our land, water, air and ultimately the health of #OurCalifornia as we are all interconnected; 
  • It is time #OurCalifornia says YES to Investing in our Public Utilities and returning them to the Public:
  • Invest in sustainable Publicly-funded and Publicly-Owned Green Fleet Transit and Transportation for resilient communities positively impacting our climate health in #OurCalifornia; (solar? Food-oil based? Hydrogen?)
    • Instead of relying on automotive corporations and luring them in with significantly high tax dollars from #OurCalifornia in the form of subsidies, I want to build our own green fleet with manufacturing factories owned by the State.
    • Green Jobs! Green Jobs! Green Jobs!
      • Bus design by UC or Cal State program graduates (civil engineering, mechanical engineering, design, etc)
      • Manufacture every piece of this bus in California - from the nuts to bolts, to spacers, handlebars, to windows, to seats, to radiators and wheels.  
        • Localities heavily impacted by Corporate disinvestment and economic downtowns will be prioritized first with factories and well-paying manufacturing jobs  
      • All Green Fleet employment will be unionized
    • Ensure every locality has a minimum fleet of 500 by 2026
    • California riders will ride free - we are subsidizing our own public transportation instead of corporations providing electric personal vehicles for the wealthy who move our employment to Texas.
    • The State will also purchase any failing privatized public transportation systems - repurposing those buses; upcycling engines and interior with Green Fleet manufactured parts built by #OurCalifornia Green Fleet Factory & Lineworkers
  • #OurCalifornia Customer-owned Cooperatives for Energy
    • Immediately end all easement rights and State contracts for fossil fuel; Reacquiring all State land leased or occupied by any private oil, gas, fracking, electric and nuclear corporations;
      • Strengthening Tribal Sovereignty, ensuring #LandBack & expanding Indigenous Environmental Stewardship & Reclamation Department  opportunities by removing Corporations and Private Energy and/or Resource Extraction Equipment from Tribal Lands;
    • Cease all State and locality land use for Corporate resource extraction and end State permit programs which enable this resource extraction and the proliferation for Corporate Energy Bad Actors who remain unaccountable for the harm they create;
      • Strengthening Tribal Sovereignty, ensuring #LandBack & expanding Indigenous Environmental Stewardship & Reclamation Department  opportunities by removing Corporations and Private Energy and/or Resource Extraction Equipment from Tribal Lands;
    • Safely disarm existing State oil, gas, fracking & nuclear energy stockpiles in the State of California;
    • Build the necessary infrastructure to achieve a just & 100% complete transition to renewable energy, especially wind, solar & water
    • Replace and upcycle current energy facilities, waste facilities and incineration plants to become multi-use facilities that combine heat, power waste-to-energy (biomass) plants with functional, fun, green communal spaces. Think #Copenhill, but make it relevant to meet Cali communal needs in each locality;
  • #OurCalifornia Customer-owned Cooperatives for Water
    • Immediately end all easement rights and State contracts for Private Corporations privatizing public water sources from public land;
      • Nestle, Arrowhead, Crystal Geyser, PureLife, Aquafina, Dasani, etc.
    • #WaterIsLife: Cease all State and locality land use for Corporate resource extraction and end State permit programs which enable this critical resource extraction and the proliferation for Corporate Energy Bad Actors who remain unaccountable for the dynamic harm they create to the People of our great State;
      • From improperly disposing of toxic wastewater to leave localities with arsenic ponds,  to plundering our already drought-ridden California mountain springs and municipal water stores for Corporate profit, our public water is privately sold across the country and globe while #OurCalifornia suffers;
    • Strengthening Tribal Sovereignty, ensuring #LandBack & expanding Indigenous Environmental Stewardship & Reclamation Department  opportunities by removing State Water Initiatives, Private Corporations and Private Resource Extraction Equipment from Tribal Lands;
      • Ensure all current and future infrastructure plans obtain IESRD approval and First Nation consent;
    • Return our public waterways back to the public, invest in publicly-controlled water systems & expand/improve infrastructure for resilient & healthy communities;
    • Build the necessary infrastructure to achieve a just & 100% complete transition to renewable energy and protect our water
  • #OurCalifornia Customer-owned Cooperatives for Waste: 
    • Immediately end all easement rights and State contracts for Private Corporations privatizing public waste for private profit and public harm;
    • Build the necessary infrastructure to achieve a just & 100% complete transition to renewable energy, especially sustainably using our waste as an energy source
    • Replace and upcycle current energy facilities, waste facilities and incineration plants to become multi-use facilities that combine heat, power waste-to-energy (biomass) plants with functional, fun, green communal spaces. Think #Copenhill, but make it relevant to meet Cali communal needs in each locality;
  • #OurCalifornia Customer-owned Cooperatives for Telecommunications:
    • Immediately end all easement rights and State contracts for Large Corporations privatizing public telecommunications for private profit and public detriment;
    • Cease all State and locality land use for private Corporate occupation and end State permit programs which enable this critical resource to be abused, mismanaged and the proliferation for Corporate Telecommunications Bad Actors who remain unaccountable for the dynamic harm they create to the People of our great State;
    • #HighSpeedBroadbandForAllCalifornians
    • Build the necessary infrastructure to achieve a just & 100% complete transition to renewable energy, inclusive of all #OurCalifornia’s telecommunications needs

Tax Fairness Commission

In the midst of a pandemic and economic crisis, we don’t have time to be anything other than bold and visionary.  In order to End Poverty in California, I know that we need sweeping tax reform.  I believe the plans detailed below within the Tax Fairness Commission will support #OurCalifornia and will bring about the robust safety net and positive socioeconomic changes that our State needs to see during this declared State of Emergency and long after.  Furthermore, I believe the Tax Fairness Commission can End Poverty in California.

I can’t make paying taxes pleasant, but the very least the State can do is make it simpler, equitable and our tax foundation’s core principle - the ability to pay.

Multiple nonpartisan tax fairness organizations and our own Federal government have long confirmed that taxing investment income at significantly lower rates than salaries and wages has lost $1.3 trillion over the last 10 years. We can see the inequities and inequalities of California’s tax code playing out with tax breaks, changes in income from capital gains and dividends, loopholes, and outright tax evasion - all of which are heavily utilized by California’s wealthy.  

High-income households and large Corporations benefit most from California’s Tax Breaks to the tune of more than $63 billion dollars in lost State revenue each year, which is an amount equivalent to more than 40% of the 2019-20 State or California General Fund budget. And that’s before legal loopholes and blatant tax evasion.

Still, the largest contributor to increasing income inequality both in our State and our Nation has been taxation changes in income from capital gains and dividends  which solely benefit the wealthy.  As a result, both our Federal & State governments have previously upheld austerity tactics on the poor to compensate for the wealthy not paying their fair shares. In fact, 30 percent of income inequality is due to unfair taxes and subsequent budget cuts to social services and benefits.  It is time this changes.  

As this COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic crises have shown us, the wealthy and the Corporations they own in this State have seen their wealthy rise astronomically, while #OurCalifornia saw 25% unemployment, struggled to remain in our homes and regularly relied on charitable food lines to keep food on our tables.  California Billionaires saw their net worth jump $313 Billion, averaging an additional 45% increase, 7 times the State’s Revenue Shortfall for both 2020 & 2021; resulting in the State of California & locality governments significantly cutting critical public services.  This has always been unacceptable, and yet cruelty is compounded as Governor Newsom has allowed this  to continue during a pandemic and economic crises of these proportions.

No more.

It’s time for the wealthiest Americans and big corporations to pay their fair share of taxes. When they take unfair advantage of the many loopholes in the tax code the rest of us pick up the tab.

Instead of cutting education funding for our children, adults & futures, instead of postponing critical infrastructure repair across the State, instead of cutting MediCAL during a pandemic, instead of forcibly shuffling our unhoused, failing to protect small businesses, renters and homeowners only to say that we have no other recourse… TAX. THE. RICH.  AND. CLOSE. THE. LOOPHOLES.

The point is to create a Tax Fairness Commission (TFC) during this declared State of Emergency & Impacted Parties Council within TFC with the goal of keeping the TFC long after the pandemic and economic crisis ends for the betterment of society and for the futures of #OurCalifornia.

As your gubernatorial candidate for 2022, I proudly call for our government to implement this policy. I intend to End Poverty in California, and these are the Tax Fairness Commission policies and the vision I believe will achieve it:

  • Part 1: Close State of California Individual & Corporate Tax Loopholes effective immediately:
    • Increasing Large Corporation Taxes & reducing their substantial tax breaks;
    • Increasing the tax on business revenue over $100million from 9% to 25%;
    • Close Commercial & Corporate tax loopholes for property to be taxed at current market value;
    • Increasing the tax on business revenue over $100million from 9% to 25%;
  • Part 2: End State subsidies immediately to any corporation that utilizes offshore accounts;
  • Part 3: End State subsidies to any corporation that has significant CA labor violations, class action suits, or outstanding and unresolved labor infractions (Ex. SpaceX & Tesla lost multiple class actions, unresolved hazardous conditions for both the State & OSHA, etc.);
  • Part 4: #OurCalifornia Individual Tax Reform:
    • No increase in State Personal Income Taxes for any Californian with an annual income under $350,000:
      • All Californians individually making $20,000 - $49,999 per year individually, or $40,000 - $99,999 per couple, will receive an additional State obligatory minimum tax refund of 25% of their earned income;
      • And all Californians making $50,000 - $75,000 per year individually, or $100,000 - 150,000 per couple, will receive an additional State obligatory minimum tax refund of 15% of their earned income;
    • Create and implement temporary income tax code applied to annual income tax brackets of $350,000, $500,000 & $1,000,000;
    • Create and Implement a Wealth Tax on California’s Top 4%.  Our Billionaires and Millionaires (790,200 of 39.51 million Californians):
      • A modest 3% wealth tax from those 165 Californians alone would provide the State and #OurCalifornia, $21.711billion for desperately needed public services and programs;
    • Simplify Tax Filing with Postcard and Precision Withholding;
  • Part 5: #OurCalifornia Small Business Tax Reform:
    • Expanding #OurCalifornia’s Capital Access Program for Small Business under the Public Bank of California;
    • Simplify Small Business State Tax Filing to One Page;
  • Part 6: Create a Public and Transparent TFC Impacted Parties Council which allows for feedback, representation, research and the opportunity to create legislation to better the lives and futures of #OurCalifornia; Limitless but critically needed TFC-Funded possibilities include:
    • TFC-funded #ChildcareForAll
    • TFC-funded Locality Infrastructure Revitalization Initiatives that Californians within individual localities need
  • In the true spirit of Upton Sinclair’s End Poverty in California campaign, I will also call on fellow Socialists, Socialist Governors, and fellow Socialist gubernatorial campaigns to adopt and implement the same in the hopes of again inspiring previously successful End Poverty in Oregon and End Poverty in Washington campaigns.  I will call on fellow Socialists, Socialist Governors, and fellow Socialist Gubernatorial campaigns across this country to adopt and implement the same;

I am proud to have connected our Policies and Executive Orders for this Tax Fairness Commission and its subsequent sweeping tax reforms and policy positions to precedent of previously passed CA legislation, bills currently making their way through California State Legislature, policy insight from the California’s own Public Policy Institute, California Budget Center, Americans for Tax Fairness, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, recent David Binder Research polling with an approval rating from 70% of Californians to taxing millionaires more during this pandemic, and look forward to working with some of the greatest minds in taxing reform & economic justice including California’s very own Darien Shanske, JD, PhD & MA.

As Governor, I will:

  • create a Tax Fairness Commission; 
  • tighten tax code and legislation to ensure the Wealthy and Large Corporations pay their fair share; 
  • simplify filing procedures by reducing State bureaucracy and wasted taxpayer time; and 
  • reduce taxes owed by both small businesses and individuals earning under specific economic thresholds.

These are policies and action plans that finally address our State’s glaring inequities and favoritism of the wealthy.  

As your Governor, I intend to End Poverty in California, and this is how the Tax Fairness Commission will help us achieve this:

Part 1: Close State of California Individual & Corporate Tax Loopholes effective immediately

#OurCalifornia have all seen “10 tax secrets of the Rich they don’t teach you anywhere”and countless other pieces along those lines, with well known and shocking secrets.  The wealthy write off yachts, helicopters, and mega-mansions, and still find ways to write off practical things like cat food expenses, but it’s important to understand that those articles skim the financial truth. The rich really DO manage their money differently, file taxes differently, all while legally and illegally evading their social obligations because they’ve lobbied our politicians and governments over recent decades to ensure their racket can continue.  

The top 1% are cheating us out of a quarter-trillion dollars in taxes every year.  This looting is well documented within the Congressional Budget Office report which found that between 2011 and 2013, $381billion in taxes went unpaid every single year.  Couple that data with recent Harvard University research showing that the top one percent of income earners are responsible for 70% of the tax gap, and we can all see the full picture:  the wealthiest of the wealthy are depriving the American and Calfiornian public of around $266 billion of the owed tax revenue every year.

The Tax Code within our State and Country no longer adheres to the core principle of the ability to pay – the idea that taxes should be based on a person’s capacity to pay taxes.  Furthermore, our State and Federal Tax Code don’t reflect how the wealthy make or keep their money.  This must change.

There are a plethora of nonpartisan organizations that have done the work for decades announcing how we can right those wrongs.  While many of these are applicable for Federal tax reform, many of these are also applicable under CA Tax Code.  And in these unnecessarily trying times of both a pandemic and economic crisis, it’s important that Californians have a Gubernatorial Candidate who fully supports federal and State Tax Legislation Overhaul.  Policies that Americans for Tax Fairness, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities,  California Budget & Policy Center, & the Public Policy Institute of California have recommended the following policies which I would implement as your Governor:

  • Tax income from investments like work income or as physical property;
  • Cap tax deductions at 28% for the wealthiest Americans;
  • Strengthen the estate tax. Close the income tax loophole that lets wealthy people avoid capital gains taxes by holding their assets until they die.  Their heirs then escape paying taxes on these gains.End/close grantor retained annuity trusts (GRATs) loophole & tax break that’s used to pass along considerable assets tax-free. (These are used heavily and favorites of the Waltons, Sheldon Adelson, wealthy Silicon Valley and Wall Street Financiers); 
  • Enact an Inheritance Tax;
  • Pass the Buffett Rule.  The Buffett rule, inspired by billionaire Warren Buffett, would require millionaires to pay a minimum tax rate of 30%.  This will guarantee that the wealthy will not pay a smaller share of their income in taxes than a middle-class family pays.  It would raise $72 billion over 10 years;
  • Close Wall Street’s carried interest loophole. Wealthy private equity managers use a loophole to pay the lower 23.8% capital gains tax rate on the compensation they receive for managing other people’s money.  Clothing this loophole ensures they pay the same rate as others at their income level who receive their compensation as salary. This would raise $17 billion over 10 years;
  • Eliminate the payroll tax loophole for S corporations.  This loophole allows many self-employed people to use “S corporations”to avoid paying payroll taxes entirely.  This tactic was used by Newt Gingrich and John Edwards to avoid taxes, closing the loophole would require treating this income as salary rather than profit, making it subject to payroll taxes.  This would raise a minimum of $8 billion over 10 years within the State of California;
  • End the California Tax Statute which allows taxpayers conducting a wholly intrastate unitary business to choose between filing on a separate or combined reporting basis. Create legislation which mandates combined reporting — which would force companies to file a single tax return for their entire business and restrict their ability to move money around simply to avoid state taxes.
  • Reinvigorate the corporate tax code by raising rates, closing loopholes, repealing incentives and applying strong economic sanctions including asset forfeiture when Corporations offshore profits and outsource jobs;
  • End tax breaks for wealthy businesses, including special real-estate provisions and various unproductive tax breaks primarily used by large corporations and the rich;
  • Tap new revenue sources, such as taxes on Wall Street speculation, Carbon pollution, Toxin pollution, etc;
  • End Pass-through business deductions;
  • End preferential rates for capital gains and dividend income by raising their rates to match ordinary income– wages and salaries
  • Tax code could impose a “mark-to-market”system, which levies tax annually on the gain in value of assets that high-income individuals hold, whether or not they are sold.
  • Repeal the “stepped-up basis”tax break, which enables wealthy people who have avoided capital gains taxes on the growth of assets during their lifetimes to pass them to their heirs free of capital gains tax
    • By taxing the unrealized capital gains of affluent households when appreciated assets are transferred to heirs. Since future tax liability on unrealized capital gains would no longer be eliminated at death, affluent owners of valuable assets would have less incentive to defer tax by waiting to sell them; instead, they would be more likely to sell the assets when it made economic sense to do so.
  • Address Other Provisions Encouraging Capital Gains Tax Avoidance. Limit the amount of capital gain that a taxpayer can defer through “like-kind exchanges” to $1 million per year and disallow the like-kind exchange loophole for sales of artwork or other collectibles. 
  • Opportunity zone and qualified small business stock tax breaks directly benefit wealthy investors and usually fall well short of producing socially beneficial investment or outcome on a substantial scale, I would endorse substantially reform and tightening of opportunity zone tax breaks — and devote the freed-up resources to public investments more directly benefiting underserved and marginalized populations and communities in each of our 58 counties in California.
  • Pursue a parallel effort to rebuild California’s State Tax Board and System to be what we need– for tax compliance, for our futures, for #OurCalifornia  dramatically increasing the CA Tax budget, enabling it to devote substantially more staff to audits of the wealthy to ensure that extreme wealth does not slip through the cracks, and make the valuation process is less complex for #OurCalifornia and prone to avoidance.
  • Deputize nonprofit organizations like the nonpartisan California Budget Center & the Public Policy Institute of California

Part 2: End State Subsidies Immediately to any Corporation that utilizes offshore accounts or who utilize subsidiary offshores to evade taxation

The State of California must stop providing subsidies (#OurCalifornia tax dollars) to Corporations that ship jobs and their profits offshore. It’s time to reinvest in California, reward local actors with these incentives and reinvest in #OurCalifornia to create jobs here.  True leadership and socioeconomic reform will lead us to better;

When big corporations use tax havens to dodge paying their fair share of taxes, #OurCalifornia picks up the tab.  We pay higher taxes and are left with a larger deficit or fewer social services. Tax dodging by large corporations further harms our small businesses that play by the rules and pay their taxes. 

It’s time we level the playing field and hold large Corporations, and the Rich who own them accountable.

  • End Deferrals
  • End California State Subsidies to any Corporation operating in California that 
  • End Corporate tax haven loopholes used: 
    • To shift Federal and State profits to tax havens through subsidiary offshores;
    • To sell the right to patents and licenses at low price to subsidiary offshores, which then “license” back to the US/Californian parent company at a steep price for the right to sell products here - a Large Corporate goal of transfer pricing and active finance exceptions; 
    • To buy a foreign firm and then claim that the new, merged company is also foreign. Inversion (a tactic often used by Apple, Amazon, etc.) allows them to pay almost nothing in taxes in any country around the world;
  • Utilize the Office of the Attorney General to investigate and apply economic sanctions to any Corporation operating in the State of California that has or continues to avoid paying their full State Tax Percentage which can include but are not limited to asset forfeiture

Part 3: End State Subsidies Immediately to any Corporation that has significant California Labor violations, Class Action Suits, or Outstanding andUnresolved Labor Infractions

When we say we value workers, we support workers and the labor movement, and we are working to strengthen #OurCalifornia during this pandemic and long after – we cannot continue to provide subsidies to abusive and reckless employers. 

  • I will end subsidies (#OurCalifornia tax dollars) to corporations that have significant CA labor violations, OSHA violations, class action suits or substantial outstanding and unresolved labor infractions.  Supporting workers, essential or otherwise, means we hold employers accountable for their actions – not rewarding them with Californians hard earned tax dollars to continue to abuse workers or the system created to support them;
  • Expand financial support for California’s Department of Labor and Attorney General Office to promptly investigate and respond to complaints involving labor and OSHA violations including but not limited to wage theft, safe & healthy working conditions, the right to organize, et. al;
    • Apply economic sanctions appropriate for the severity and of the abuses of Workers with outcomes including but not limited to Worker damages, State fines, asset forfeitures;
  • It’s time to reinvest in California and invest in #OurCalifornia by supporting workers, the labor movement and employers who abide by the rules to create and promote safe and healthy work environments;
  • Incentivize Corporations who abide by the rules with favorable tax incentives and initiatives;

By holding Corporations accountable to their Workers and the State of California - we all win.  It’s time to reinvest in California’s economy and in #OurCalifornia by supporting workers, the labor movement and employers who abide by the rules to create and promote safe and healthy work environments.  

Part 4: #OurCalifornia Individual Tax Reform

I can’t make paying taxes pleasant, but the very least the State can do is make it simpler, equitable and adhere to our tax foundation’s core principle - the ability to pay.

In creating the Tax Fairness Commission I will tighten State tax code and legislation to provide sweeping tax reform to End Poverty in California and create resilient and self-sustaining communities and localities for #OurCalifornia.  I will ensure the Wealthy and Large Corporations they own pay their fair share; simplify filing procedures by reducing State bureaucracy and wasted taxpayer time; and reduce taxes owed by both small businesses and individuals earning under specific economic thresholds. 

As you Governor I will implement the following legislation for #OurCalifornia’s Individual Tax Reform:

  • No increase in State Personal Income Taxes for any Californian with an annual income under $350,000
    • All Californians individually making $20,000 - $49,999 per year individually, or $40,000 - $99,999 per couple, will receive an additional State obligatory minimum tax refund of 25% of their earned income.
    • And all Californians making $50,000 - $75,000 per year individually, or $100,000 - 150,000 per couple, will receive an additional State obligatory minimum tax refund of 15% of their earned income.
  • Create and implement temporary income tax code applied to annual income tax brackets of $350,000, $500,000, $1,000,000+
  • Create and Implement a Wealth Tax on California’s Top 4% to ensure our Billionaires and Millionaires (1,580,400 of 39.51 million Californians) pay their fair share
    • A modest 3% wealth tax from those 165 Californians alone would provide the State and #OurCalifornia, $21.711billion for desperately needed public services and programs;
  • Simplify State Tax Filings to a Postcard. Utilizing a precision withholding system successfully used in other countries, individual filers would receive a postcard summarizing their withholdings and taxes due. Overpayments will be automatically directly deposited, and amounts due can be automatically withdrawn or scheduled from bank accounts. #OurCalifornia deserves to spend less time worrying about unnecessarily complex and stressful paperwork - so we can all get back to literally anything else. 
    • Work with the Federal IRS & California Franchise Tax Board to streamline current processes to ensure that we all are paying what we can afford to pay for the resilience of our communities and ending California’s top 4%  legal and illegal tax evasion practices by reducing loopholes, improving State revenue and significantly strengthening State sanctions for ALL bad actors.
    • Given the State’s access to employer W-2s, W-9s, Form 1099s, Recorded Capital Gains and Losses, the State will streamline current processes with employers, investments, and wealth accruals to  compute and print:
      • how much each taxpayer earned in the previous year,
      • how much State tax was withheld
      • how much will be refunded or is additionally owed 
      • If a Californian agrees with the postcard totals - no additional filing is necessary.
    • If a Californian disagrees with the totals, they may go directly into their local IRS office to personally correct the issue, or submit initial disputes/corrections online via CA State IRS Tax portal secured with Blockchain.

Part 5: #OurCalifornia Small Business Tax Reform

Small businesses make up 95% of all businesses within the State of California and employ almost 48% of the state's workforce, and making sure small businesses can continue to play an essential role in #OurCalifornia’s regional economies and industry sectors are essential for all our benefit.  When small businesses can thrive, they’re capable of generating annual local payroll, community investment, and State exports. 

That being said, the Tax Foundation ranks California as the 8th highest State with combined corporate income taxes in 2020.  According to California Budget & Policy Center, the share of corporate income paid in State Taxes has declined by more than half when reviewing data from 1980 to 2017.  Furthermore, Large Corporations paid no more than 4.2% of their California profits in corporate taxes for 2017.  The burden and responsibility of business taxation has fallen on small businesses in California who do follow the law. 

No more.

I believe that small businesses deserve additional support as California’s Large Corporations continue to evade taxation and their social responsibilities. I believe we should provide incentives to small businesses to reduce the emotional strain of our current economy, create initiatives to address small business disinvestment in our great State.  Again, I can’t make paying taxes pleasant, but the very least the State can do is make it simpler, equitable and adhere to our tax foundation’s core principle - the ability to pay.

In creating the Tax Fairness Commission I will tighten State tax code and legislation to provide sweeping tax reform to End Poverty in California and create resilient and self-sustaining communities and localities for #OurCalifornia.  I will ensure the Wealthy and Large Corporations they own pay their fair share; simplify filing procedures by reducing State bureaucracy and wasted taxpayer time; and reduce taxes owed by both small businesses and individuals earning under specific economic thresholds. 

As you Governor I will implement the following legislation for #OurCalifornia’s Small Business Tax Reform:

  • Support small business in the State of California by reviewing and solidifying the Small Business Classification “Exemption List” for Large Corporate Exploitation and Evasion tactics.  Remove Large Corporations who lobbied for small business classification and in turn are negatively impacting small business and #OurCalifornia;
  • No increase in State Business Income Taxes for any small business in California 
    • Keep a flat tax rate or Adopt a graduated income tax on Corporations which favors small business?
      • Drop from 8.84% to 7% for all California small businesses (gig economy Corporations are ineligible)?
      • OR Adopt a graduated income tax on Corporations? 
    • Would it be better to have a reduction for:
      • End the “CA double tax” for small businesses under a specific income threshold 
      • self-employed income?
        • All self-employed small business owners in California with an annual personal income under $65,000 will receive an additional State obligatory minimum tax refund of 50% of their earned income
        • All small businesses owners in California with an annual personal income under $130,000 will receive an additional State obligatory minimum tax refund of 25% of their earned income.
        • Or end the State’s double taxation for small businesses at both the Corporate and personal income levels? 
      • Special incentives for California Small Businesses, esp. micro businesses? (all gig economy Corporations are ineligible) 
    • Interdepartmental Collaboration with the State of California Small Business Crisis Assistance Department to assist with all current and future declared State of Emergencies:  
      • Will provide material support for Small Businesses severely impacted by current COVID-19 and economic crises.  Will use data to identify at-risk small businesses for future material support initiatives and needs;
      • Create pathways in each locality for small business feedback and supportive legislation;  
      • Incentivize small businesses to remain in the State and revitalize localities in need; 
      • Small Business Pandemic Response Initiatives available for safety compliance with COVID-19 or any other future pandemic the State of California faces;
    • Expanding #OurCalifornia’s Capital Access Program for Small Business under the Public Bank of California;
    • Simplify Small Business State Tax Filing to One Page with the precision withholding system and streamlining processes for small business owners.  Time not spent on taxes can be time spent on their business, development and growth;

Part 6: Create a Public and Transparent TFC Impacted Parties Council which allows for feedback, representation, research and the opportunity to create legislation to better the lives and futures of #OurCalifornia;

  • TFC-funded #ChildcareForAll
  • TFC-funded #SNAPForAll
  • Empowering direct democracy within localities for TFC-funded Locality Infrastructure Revitalization Initiatives that Californians within individual localities need

In the true spirit of Upton Sinclair’s End Poverty in California campaign, I will call on fellow Citizens, Socialists, Governors, and fellow Socialist Gubernatorial campaigns across this country to adopt and implement the same.


Native Californians

As a proud member of the of the Chickasaw Nation, I am all to familiar with the oppression of settler-colonies and settler-colonists; the never ending fights for rightful recognition,  tribal sovereignty, food sovereignty & land which belongs us; the sociopolitical injustices of poverty, health disparities, gender-based violence & death at higher rates than any other population in this country consistently imposed upon us from systems beyond our control.  And yet greater than all this - we are still here. We are proud. We are resilient.  And running as the 2022 Governor of California, I know the time has come for us all to receive what is long overdue, what is owed… the truth and absolute redress.

We are on stolen land.  

From the Spanish arrival in 1492 to the US occupation of California in 1846, and every moment since -  California Indians have brutally endured settler colonialism. California Indians’ reality has largely been based on foreign invasion, historical domination by Christian churches—particularly the Catholic missions, forced cultural assimilation, dispossession of Indigenous lands, and genocide.  All of these acts were justified in the Doctrine of Discovery, which was the sole foundation of the Monroe Doctrine and Manifest Destiny.  These doctrines remain entrenched in our government, our legislation, our society - these doctrines still paternalistically dictate every aspect of California Indian life land and genocide.

The Gold Rush of 1849 drastically changed the physical, social & cultural landscapes of this State forever.  Almost immediately, the settler colony and US Government promptly began forcing California Indians off their land in order to make room for the incoming swarm of white settlers and their slaves.  As California entered the Union in 1850, Senate Bill 54, misnomered An Act for the Government Protection of Indians facilitated removing California Indians from their rightful lands, separating at least a generation of children and adults from their families, languages and cultures, while also indenturing California Indians to Settler Colonists for life.  By 1851-52, only a year after the state of California entered the Union, the federal government of the settler-colonists negotiated 18 treaties with California tribes guaranteeing lands of 7.5 million acres, tribal sovereignty & rights.  By March 1852, both our California Assembly (35-6) & Senate (19:4) voted to oppose these treaties and submitted their oppositional resolutions to California’s US Senate refusing to ratify the treaties.  The US Senate overwhelmingly rejected the treaties and terminated federal recognition and the internationally protected rights of 41 California tribes - leaving them without any land or legal protections.  First Nations who were “granted” these protections were again forcibly moved and ended up on small settlements called rancherias - only a fraction of these US-determined settlements maintained federal recognition - most rights were rescinded and didn’t last.  

Simultaneously as the Federal Government refused to honor the treaties, Governor Burnett proudly proclaimed in 1851  “That a war of extermination will continue to be waged between the races, until the Indian race becomes extinct.” Using Article VII of the California Constitution, Governor Burnett called upon the Los Angeles, San Diego, Modoc, Siskyou, Tulare, Klamath, Shasta & El Dorado County Sherriffs to lead multiple militias on “Expeditions against the Indians” from 1850-1861 in which mass-murder, Indian Prisoners of War, child kidnappings & “Apprenticeships” flourished.

We are on stolen land.

Our Federal, State & local governments have intentionally reduced tribal sovereignty - continually invalidating, overriding or simply ignoring international treaties and dispossessing land and water whenever it has suited our illegally occupying powers without California Indian consent, appropriate compensation or redress.  And it has always suited our illegally occupying powers when land, minerals, capital or resources are involved.  

Shortly after California became an illegal State of an illegally occupying force, gold was found. From 1849 to 1869, 80% of California’s Indians were exterminated. And though some died because of the illegal seizures of their land or diseases spread from new settler-colonists, 100,000 were murdered in cold blood with more than 27,000 taken as slaves, including 7,000 children.  These slaves were legally classified as forced & indebted laborers by white settlers who paid bonds for their crimes - often existing on their rightful tribal and sacred land - classified under State law as vagrancy, or merely as apprenticeships. In 20 years, 130,000 California Indians fell victims of multifaceted policies of genocide sponsored by the state of California and gleefully assisted by its newest citizens.  The State of California spent an obscene $1.7million during the Gold Rush, personally commissioning the murders of 16,000 California Indians.  For context, when that $1.7million is adjusted for present day inflation it totals $52,917,390 - or 97.4% of the State of California’s revised 2020-21 Budget and Summary of Solutions - all used to mass murder California Indians because settler-colonists felt it was their religious right to do so.

The State of California and our governments have intentionally withheld land rights, denied food sovereignty & connections to the land since this State was formed.  California Legislature enacted Senate Bill 80, of 1852, which prohibited the erection of weirs, dams, fences, set or stop nets, or any other obstruction to the run of Salmon in any river or stream in the State and the only exception to this law was California Indians.  Yet time and time again, our State has specifically denied water access for both cultural and spiritual practices.  By creating disconnects to land, water, cultural and spiritual practices our State continues to deny treaty rights, force assimilation and actively participates in genocide.

A new study from Píkyav Field Institute and U.C. Berkeley’s Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, is exploring the profound lack of food access among tribal members in the northwestern corner of California.  The study found that 92% tribal members face at least some level of food insecurity—compared with 11.8% of all U.S. households.  Study after study has shown that access to healthy food is critically low in Native communities across the California, and our country - all of which are linked directly to the denial of land and water rights, along State and Federal legislation that dictates what and how California Indians are allowed to exist.  As similar data can be found throughout the Indian Country in our State - this is clearly a reflection of our settler state actions and the outcome of genocidal policy. 

Indigenous food security is dependent on tribal sovereignty and we cannot continue to fail ourFirst Nations.  When First Nations have tribal sovereignty, they can finally attain and achieve food sovereignty, health, security & strengthen connections to their sacred land.

Pipeline after pipeline, violent mineral resource extraction after extraction - our State has permitted Corporations and the wealthy who own them to perpetuate settler oppression, significant reduction of tribal sovereignty and unspeakable environmental injustices that California Indian & Indigenous Peoples have long bore the weight of in frontline communities.  We have continuously allowed the desecration of sacred land - and our State has maintained overwhelming profits at the expense of California Indian exploitation.

We are on stolen land. 

The epidemic of Murdered, Missing Indigenous Women & Girls (#MMIWG) is not a recent phenomena.  Aside from California State Legislation that legalized and/or provided no justice or recourse for extensively documented child kidnappings, there has long been a criminal underworld involving the trafficking, torture & murder of Imdigenous Women and Girls in our State.  Local journalists published extensively on the topic, while Locality and State supreme courts upheld legal validity of stolen girls dating back to 1850 - including murdering their parents to obtain legal consent for their labor and sex trafficking. Every faction of our government has since continued to fail in defending and protecting the sacred and the innocent.  From California laws formally binding California Indian children as Apprentices, Clerks & Servants for life,  to SCOTUS precedent of 1978 Oliphant v. Suquamish, which has since cleared the path for justice denied as no Citizen of the United States can be held criminally responsible for any crime committed in Indian Country, including #MMIWG.  Native & Indigenous Women are 10x more likely to experience gender-based violence including trafficking, rape & murder than all national averages for women in the United States.  The vast majority (96%) of American Indian/American Native female and two-spirit victims of sexual violence experience violence at the hands of a non-Native perpetrator.

According to most recent census data, California is home to more people of Native American/Alaska Native heritage than any other state in the Country.  That being said, California Indians are approximately now 1.8%  of California’s population - and continue to face the largest legal, political, socioeconomic & environmental injustices in our State.  It isn’t by chance.  Today 55 tribes in California lack federal recognition, more than 20 percent of non-recognized tribes nationwide, according to the Government Accountability Office.  To this point, every Governor of California and Government within our State and Country have failed California Indians, First Nations & Indigenous Peoples horrifically.   There has been no real effort to overturn laws knowingly built upon the Doctrine of Discovery & Manifest Destiny in the same manner no Governor or State government has ever intended to #HonorTheTreaties.  The electeds of our State have all in fact furthered significant harm to California Indians, First Nations & Indigenous Peoples by continuing the outright denial of Tribal Sovereignty by continuing to place interests of settler-colonists, corporations & capital first on stolen land.

We are on stolen land and it is well past time we acknowledge that Californians have privileges that arise from the historic and ongoing settler oppression of Indigenous peoples. This settler privilege means our economic security, our citizenship, sense of relationship and entitlement to the land, our physical and mental health, our cultural integrity, our family values, spiritual lives, professional goals are not physically impossible to achieve without the territorial theft of California Indians.

No more.

As your Gubernatorial Candidate for 2022 I intend to place Californian Indians, First Nations & Indigenous Peoples first.  I, and my government, will work tirelessly to strengthen tribal sovereignty, returning what has always been and will always rightfully belong to California Indians. 

I am proud to support the City and People of Eureka in their efforts to return ancestral and spiritual lands back to the Wiyot Tribe, as they are the first local government to return tribal land in the United States, but understand this isn’t a practice that should be left to the wait, whims and resistance of localities or our current settler-colonial legislation - the State of California and the United States government are responsible for these abject policy failures and the permission of continued genocide on California Indian and Indigenous Peoples across this country.

As such, I intend to decolonize, implement #LandBack and begin to create the relationships and outcomes which have long been denied to California Indians at the hands of our illegally occupying government and People.  I will confront ongoing territorial dispossession and address the direct links and risks dispossession of the land from government, corporate and private parties has had on the lives, health, economic vitality, psychological well-being, and cultural integrity that California Indians experience, placing their Existence and rights at the forefront of all I and my government do..

174 years of ethnic cleansing campaigns, many of which are still active today. This is Californian history and these are our Californian truths.  Long and complex truths of the last two centuries that involve a documented Public-Private partnership of systems intentionally designed with surgical precision to deny California Indians’ right to exist.  Theological settler-colonial doctrine binds all past and present laws and actions from both the US & State of California government. Doctrine weighted in Supremacy and subhumanity - doctrine that refuses to respect or value all things Indigenous.  So time and time again, California Indians, all First Nations and Indigenous Peoples in this country, are routinely denied equity, opportunity within our settler-colonial systems.  Our truths must be told, they must be fully taught & they must be changed.

Present day circumstances for most California Indians are not a question of individual choice, but outcomes of deliberate and systemic action and inaction which successfully continues to deny California Indians equality and equity under state, federal and international law.

I also understand that our State government and the actions permitted from within as settler-colonists have extended well beyond our settler-made borders significantly impacting Native populations nationally and internationally.  I will also work tirelessly to ensure the rights of all Indigenous Peoples are further protected in and past our borders.   Our government’s modus operandi requires a systemic overhaul.

There are moral, social & economic debts that must be paid by both the State of California and the United States of America. These debts are owed to California Indians and Indigenous Peoples. The State of California and my government have an obligation to right these wrongs, beginning to make California Indians and Indigenous Peoples whole.  This begins with our truths, apologies & most importantly - redress. 

As your gubernatorial candidate for 2022, I proudly call for our government, and our communities to prioritize honoring the commitments, treaties, land and rights of California Indians and Indigenous Peoples. abolish the prison industrial complex - and that begins with policing.  I intend to End Poverty in California, and this is how I believe putting California Indians & First Nations first will help us achieve this:

  • Strengthening Tribal Sovereignty & decolonization
    • Create State legislation that returns supreme legal authority, political and economic power to California Indian Tribes, Indigenous Peoples and First Nations on stolen land.
      • This legislation will specifically challenging the SCOTUS precedent of Johnson v. McIntosh 1823, in which the Supreme Court adopted for the United States the "right of occupancy" version of colonial sovereignty, a premise that relies upon the Doctrine of Discovery, and the theological Divine Right of Settler-Colonialism to justify settler-colonialism despite the fact Divine Rights are not accepted or permitted elsewhere in United States law;
      • Work with First Nations to identify and repeal in their entirety any remaining State or locality legislation that is built upon the foundation of Doctrine of Discovery & Manifest Destiny;
      • Create State legislation which forbids the reduction of any current or future rights for California Tribes and Imdigenous Peoples within the State of California;
    • Ensuring all that #LandBack entails.  As settler colonialism continues to uphold policies which are crimes against humanity with past and present day California Indians, and has resulted in the utter destruction of this land as a result of our illegal occupation, greed and neglect, my government will return the land back to original caretakers & stewards of our lands since time immemorial;
      • California #LandBack will not hold any settler-colonist stipulations, like that of the United States Federal Government dictating what crops, infrastructure, policing mechanisms and every other limitation placed on California Indians for the sole purpose of our settler-colony limiting tribal sovereignty;
    • California must #HonorTheTreaties of both our 109 Federally recognized and 55 non-Federally (formerly) recognized California Indian tribes:
      • Requiring a new State vote to challenge the initial 1851 California Assembly & California Senate rejection of California Indian Treaty Ratification - specifically for the redistribution of 7.5million acres of land returned by the State of California to California Indians;
      • Creating legislation that honors the 18 unratified 1851-52 Treaties for California as a bare minimum - of the reparations and redress owed and work with leaders from all 164 California Indian Tribes and First Nations to expand California State protections under new and honored Treaties of 2020;
      • Creating State legislation that rectifies intentional harm with the 1891 Federal "Act for the Relief of the Mission Indians in the State of California” which still reduced tribal sovereignty by giving railroad & oil corporations a primary interest in all reservation land grants awarded by the State;
  • As Governor, I would meet with ALL of California’s 109 Federally & 55 Non-federally recognized tribes and Peoples on their land to fully understand their needs, rightful concerns in order to begin the process of rebuilding trust in our Government and Elected Officials;
    • In speaking to and working with all 164 California Tribes, I would like for the State of California to host a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to address the historic and present injustices perpetrated against California Indians. This testimony must be elevated within our State’s history, education & commitments to our First Nations.  The ultimate goal of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission would be to create calls to action which the are California Indian-led & -created for my government to begin to fully implement;
  • Authorize Reparations & Redress for Settler Colonization. This redress and program initiatives listed below are in no way complete, but I believe will begin to bring parity to all 164 California Indian First Nations now and State commitments for future Indigenous  generations by addressing:
    • Stolen Land; 
    • Continued failure to #HonorTheTreaties; 
    • State legislation which was created with the sole intention of weakening Tribal Sovereignty;
    • Federal acts which stripped unalienable rights, Sovereignty, federal recognition and as a result federal treaty obligations from land to support services;
    • State legislation that intentionally imposed cultural and physical genocide; 
    • The State’s support of Federal legislation that intentionally imposed cultural and physical genocide; 
    • Indian Residential Schools and the physical, sexual & psychological violence and trauma caused; 
    • State-sanctioned Indian Removal; 
    • Enslavement & Forced Child Separation; 
    • Intentional underdevelopment of Tribal land, Federal and State programs & financial obligations - all meant to further reduce Tribal Sovereignty and force assimilation which is both cultural and physical genocide;
    • Centuries of Violent & Incessant Resource Extraction and Exploitation;
    • State-sanctioned Environmental Injustices and further reduction of Tribal Sovereignty which is both cultural and physical genocide; 
    • Chemical Warfare; 
    • Intentionally violent acts to reduce food Sovereignty; 
    • Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women & Children;
  • Create State legislation affirming that California States reparations for California Indians and Indigenous Peoples do not deduct from or reduce Federal Indian & Native reparations, nor do they detract from Federal obligations.  A Federal debt is still owed;
  • The State must promote Self-Determination by honoring and funding each of California’s 164 Nation’s individualized economic development plans and needs;
  • Recognizing and strengthening Tribal Sovereignty means creating a Tribal Embassy in the State of California. This Tribal Embassy will further formalize State-to-State responsibilities and government relations:
    • My government will encourage all California Indian First Nations to construct the mission, objectives and preferred outcomes of this Embassy - including involving other tribes and First Nations across our country’s stolen land;
    • With consent,  the State of California and would like to use the Embassy as the vessel to apply SCOTUS precedent of McGirt v Oklahoma, we intend to#HonorTheTreaties with #LandBack, return all incarcerated First Nation members to Tribal Courts to ensure justice, financially support any California Indian program/department expansions, & also examine broader implications for taxing, zoning and other government functions across the State of California;
  • Recognizing and strengthening Tribal Sovereignty means creating Tribal Consulates in the State of California.  These consulates will also allow Tribal Nations & Governments to advocate for & support their citizens living within the California State border and across this country’s stolen land;
    • My government will encourage all California Indian First Nations to construct the mission, objectives, programs, services and preferred outcomes of these consulates - including involving other tribes and First Nations across our country’s stolen land;
    • With consent, the State of California would like to use the Tribal Consulates as a home to the Indigenous Data Sovereignty Database. Inspired by the National Congress of American Indians 2018 – the IDSD would be home to all accurate interagency data (Tribal, State, Local & Federal) which will drastically reduce non-notifications due to misclassifications, a lack state-to-state communication, and poor access to data regarding tribal citizens who Tribal nations must have the ability to advocate for their citizens living in urban areas, esp. if/when they commit a crime, are harmed, missing, killed or murdered;
  • The State of California will promote self-determination in  California Indian-led research, continue comprehensive data analytics, community work and Indian research on #MMIWG;
  • The State of California will fully fund a Tribunal for Murdered, Missing Indigenous Women & Girls to hear and record testimony of the violent epidemic faced by Indigenous Women, Girls, their Families, their Communities & First Nations 
    • The State of California will implement California Indian-created policy to address the violence of #MMIWG.  We must #ProtectTheSacred & #DefendTheSacred;
  • Create California State Legislation that authorizes additional Tribal power, funding, and resources to investigate, prosecute and convict non-Indians who commit crimes on California Indian Land, specifically challenging Supreme Court ruling and genocidal precedent Oliphant v Suquamish as all of California is stolen California Indian land:
    • Create specific legislation that addresses #MMIWG and authorizes Tribal Courts to prosecute non-Indians who commit gender-based violence or are believed to be involved in trafficking of tribal members on tribal lands by tribal courts.
  • In acknowledging the previous failures of federal and California state governments, laws, and policies to recognize tribal sovereignty our previous systems intentionally limited funding opportunities for economic growth, underdevelopment of physical infrastructures, and access to capital in Indian Country.  My government will right these wrongs through direct California Indian Funding Initiatives and Expanding Financial Access for 164 First Nations of California that promote Self-Determination:
    • Create new State-to-State legislation that allows tribal governments to use future tax and program revenues to borrow money from the Public Bank to make investments (same as the State of California does);
    • Equity licensing;
    • Creating accessible and well-funded State alternatives to the Native American Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Assistance Program, intended to leverage and attract capital for investments (which is often unavailable to First Nations or underfunded);
    • Mandate further financial training for ALL financial institutions operating in the State of California about tribal sovereignty, the absence of a politically independent judiciary, and tribal commercial laws. Hold financial institutions accountable for their conduct w/ future prosecution by the State’s Attorney General should they violate State and Federally protected rights;
    • Our California State Public Bank will ensure access to California Indian capital for California’s 164 Indian Nations:
      • Can admit trust land as collateral
      • Public Bank funding will promote Self-Determination
    • Will provide steady, equitable, and non-discretionary funding directly to California’s 164 tribal nations to support the public safety, health care, education, housing, and economic development of Native tribes and Peoples to alleviate dependency of Federal funding which has never fulfilled/kept its promises.  This funding will promote self-determination.  And my Government will #HonorTheTreaties;
  • As the State of California implements #MediCALForAllCalifornians, the State will also bring parity with other State-to-State health programs and facilities, such as Veterans Health Administration, and Urban Indian Health Centers. The State will also include additional self-determined funding for job training of any medical needs each individual California Nation may need to address previous shortages, including but not limited to mental health, Native medicine, etc.;
  • As the State of California implements #UniversalHousingForAll, the State will also bring parity with other State-to-State housing programs and facilities for California’s 169 Nations.
  • The State of California will appropriate sufficient funding for BIE schools to allow the BIE to bring all BIE schools up to their standards of habitability for their students and to attract, recruit, and retain teaching staff in BIE schools. In addition, the State of California will condition ongoing funding on BIE development of policies and programs accountable for provision of equitable and culturally responsive educational opportunities, and to achieve student performance results;
  • Challenge the federal government to provide more consistent, transparent, and deferential consultation with tribal governments and strive to reach mutually agreed solutions when working with tribes on infrastructure planning and the use and development of natural resources that occur in California as it is ALL Indian land, and will always affect Indian communities. The State of California will withdraw support, funding and involvement to #HonorTheTreaties;
  • The State of California will obtain respective California Indian Consent for all new land altering projects completed on stolen land;
  • Create a new Indigenous Environmental Stewardship & Reclamation Department to work with ALL of California’s 164 First Nations to determine what they’d like to see this department become, do, protect, and what State Power and authority we can authorize California’s Indians in leading it.  Potential projects that would be nice to see come from this:  
    • Collaborate with California Indian Tribes to create legislation which ensures parity for ownership, access, tribal & food sovereignty from the government of State of California for all California Indians;
    • Immediately end all State actions and defund all projects which violate the Senate Bill 80, of 1852 - specifically “precluding any California Indian tribes from fishing in accordance with custom heretofore practiced by them.”
      • I stand in Solidarity with the Winnemem Wintu First Nation and oppose the expansion of the Shasta Dam Raise.  It is in direct opposition to the initial bill & believe since its erection violates State law, it must be challenged.  I also oppose the Shasta Dam raise as it will further deny the Winnemem Wintu First Nation their ability to practice cultural and spiritual traditions;
      • I stand in Solidarity with all First Nations in the State currently fighting State Legislation and geo-engineering which has/will directly impact their connections to the land, their ancestors, cultural & spiritual traditions;
    • State & Locality Seed Bank & Library with Local and native species for preservation identified by all 164 Tribes and California Indians in every County/Region of California to strengthen permaculture, biodiversity & ensure California’s Climate Resilience;
    • Collaborate with the State Attorney General to hold Energy & Resource Extraction Large Corporations accountable for Corporate Crimes, Environmental Crimes, Suppressing Tribal Sovereignty, and Environmental Injustices;
      • #LandBack ex. - California Edison spaces (and any other Energy/Utility/Resource extraction  Corp that owns forest in State Parks) – returning those IMMEDIATELY to California Indians to become protected tribal land and ensure environmental stewardship;
      • #LandBack ex. All Private Water Bottling Company Locations (Arrowhead, Nestle, Pure , Dasani, etc.; - returning those IMMEDIATELY to California Indians to become protected tribal land and ensure environmental stewardship because #WaterIsLife;
      • See #SoakTheRich & Corporate Accountability for further details
    • Fires are a way of life for California - however the severity and duration of the natural disasters we’ve seen in recent years have as much to do with rises in temperature, droughts, as they do with both Federal and State mismanagement and legislation.  More importantly, California Indians and First Nations have long been stewards of our environment and have been spiritual practicing rights with cultural burns, and the weakening of Tribal Sovereignty.  No more.  The State of California will meet California Indians and First Nations Land and Forest Rehabilitation needs (specifically through funding, legislation) where previously both our State and Federal Government have not. State Legislation must reflect and elevate California Indian needs, cultural & spiritual practices, and environmental stewardship;
    • The State of California must meet Sovereign States’ Fish, Wildlife and Recreation needs (specifically funding which promotes Self-Determination) that the Federal Government does not. State Legislation must reflect and elevate California Indian needs, cultural & spiritual practices, and environmental stewardship;
    • As the FY2019 Federal Budget proposed to eliminate the BIA Tribal Resilience Program, which helps increase tribal capacity to address the effects of climate change, the State of California must fully cover (and expand) all services this program provided under California’s new Indigenous Environmental Stewardship & Reclamation Department. State Legislation and action must reflect and elevate California Indian needs, cultural & spiritual practices, and environmental stewardship;
  • #KeepItInTheGround: we will end all State-sanctioned/funded resource extractions and exploitations (mining, fracking, water redirection, etc) & ensure all Native lands & Peoples are the first to receive Green New Deal infrastructure, and complete financial support that strengthens Tribal Sovereignty:
    • Study the impact of the State’s sustainable transition and frequency of Gender-based violence often brought by oil field man camps as the State ends resource extraction;
  • As recently as two centuries ago the State of California had more language diversity than all of Europe with well over 200 Indian languages spoken.  Our State and Country have spent more money erasing California Indian languages than it has saving them.  From white-settler colonization, to various State and Federal programs which violently forced assimilation for both cultural and physical genocide.  The State of California will fully fund a California Indian & Native Language Protection & Preservation Program for all 164 recognized First Nations. This program can include:
    • Child and adult immersion programs;
    • Translation apps & video games; 
    • Online classes;
    • Radio & talk show;
    •  and any other platform or technique chosen by California Indian tribes;
  • I recognize the division and alienation of Indian land and assets both by the government, private citizens & corporations had and continues to have devastating consequences for California Indians:
    • Indian land belongs in Indian hands - and I fully support #LandBack and our government must #HonorTheTreaties;
    • Ensure land tenure protections to all California Indians and First Nations are strengthen and the heir property loopholes and vulnerabilities which developers consistently use to legally acquire Indian land are closed;
    • Formally investigate and prosecute predatory developers who have acquired land through Heirs’ property loopholes.  Accountability involves redress and #LandBack.
    • Californian Indian Wills Initiative will ensure that all California Indians will receive financial and legal support to complete a living will, with the goal of obtaining 100% completion from all participants to ensure total protection. 
      • California Indian wills can be updated through this initiative as often as needed;
      • This Initiative will also provide land-grant extension agents to all California Indians enrolled in the program for additional assistance, support & land protection:
        • Land-grant extension Agents will be assigned 1:4;
  • The State of California must promote and fund self-determined Food Sovereignty and the development/expansion of California Indian Food Systems. California State Legislation and action must reflect California Indian needs, support First Nations financially to achieve this, and respect Tribal Sovereignty;
  • The State must fund a Green/Sustainable Energy & Utility Plan for all 164 California tribes in California that each of these First Nations develop:  Including, but not limited to telecommunications (including high speed internet and wireless) infrastructure, electricity, & any other infrastructure California’s First Nations determine to be necessary;
  • UC’s must pay reparations to First Nations for damage caused by their active arms of settler-colonial policies, expansion and explicit harm;
  • Create an interagency initiative which offers State Advocates that provide culturally competent assistance for California Indian veterans and families  - regardless of their proximity to VA facilities - to obtain their rightfully earned VA benefits.
    • Should these benefits continue to be denied by the Federal Government, create State legislation which extends and adjusts current GI Bill & all other VA benefits to all descendants of California Indian American Veterans who served in WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam or any wars thereafter who were denied meaningful access to their rightfully earned benefits.  Such legislation would compensate California Indian Veterans and their families for the withheld benefits to which they and their relatives were legally entitled and were unjustly denied while also formally addressing the racial wealth gap. 
  • Call for Federal legislation which extends and adjusts current GI Bill & all other VA benefits to all Veterans, families & descendants of California Indian American Veterans who served in WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam or any wars thereafter that were denied their rightfully earned benefits.  Such legislation would compensate California Indian Veterans and their families for the withheld benefits to which they and their relatives were legally entitled and were unjustly denied while also formally addressing the racial wealth gap.
  • I am eager to work with all 164 California Indian First Nations, Sister Song, American Indian Movement - Southern California, Sogorea Te Land Trust, Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples, Cultural Conservancy, Women’s Earth AllianceYurok Agricultural Corporation, Pikayiv Field Institute, Tribal Youth Ambassadors of the CIMCC, the Wishtoyo Foundation, Indigenous Circle of Wellness, Black Earth Farms, National Urban Indian Family Coalition, California Indian Environmental Alliance, Friendship House, Indian People Organizing for Change, California Rural Indian Health Board, International Indian Treaty Council, Mixteco Indigena Community Organizing Project, Native Dads Network, Sovereign Bodies Institute, Bay Area Native American Health Center, Save the Klamath Trinity Salmon, United American Indian Involvement, inc., Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival, California Indian Museum and Cultural Center, Hoʻopae Pono Peace Project, Resources Legacy Fund, & other grassroots and impactful organizations, advocates, activists and pillars in Indigenous rights, decolonization, tribal sovereignty, food sovereignty, health, cultural preservation, labor, human rights, gender-based violence, and research communities to ensure the needs of ALL California Indians, Indigenous Peoples and First Nations in #OurCalifornia are inclusive and sustainably met;
  • State Deputization of chosen grassroots nonprofits who are successfully providing dynamic and critical social services to #OurCalifornia to act as an extension of our government in expanding their work and services with the funding, staffing and State recognition they deserve;
    • Will participate within the State Jobs Guarantee Program;
  • In the true spirit of Upton Sinclair’s End Poverty in California campaign, I will call on fellow Citizens, Socialists, Governors, and fellow Socialist Gubernatorial campaigns across this country to adopt and implement the same.

Small Business Support

For the last two decades small businesses have led California’s economic growth.  COVID-19 and the subsequent economic crises are threatening economic security & the endurance of small businesses. 

Before the pandemic, California’s leaders and PR Boosters convinced themselves, and maybe the rest of us as well, that the State had developed a sustainable economic model.  This pandemic and economic crisis have proved this to be false.  Furthermore, we have had a State Government which has failed to support small businesses at every step of the way.  COVID-19 and the subsequent economic crisis have left our State’s small entrepreneurs, particularly in underserved communities, left facing major readjustments, many may never reopen again.   

As a small business owner myself, I know that these crises have hit every corner in every small business sector, with rippling effects that will likely impact us for many many years to come.  And yet, perhaps most immediately threatened, are the small businesses that focus on serving local residents in local communities.  Restaurants for example, detail a devastating reality that our government and Governor continue to fail.  According to the California Restaurant Association, more than 90,000 restaurants are owned and operated by independent proprietors, employing 1.4 million food service workers,  generating more sales tax than any other industry in the State of California, and some 60% of those 90,000 restaurants are owned by People of Color.  Data shows that over 60% of restaurants have closed as a result of these crises and circumstances from government response, however CRA is predicting that a minimum of 30% of our local restaurants will never return without direct government assistance.

Unlike the privileged PPP Loans that Governor Newsom assured for his personal restaurant group with the Gettys’, data confirms that over 98% of small businesses across the country, and in California, have received no Federal support with PPP Loans. Expansive & impactful California State support remains nonexistent.  This is unacceptable.  We cannot pride ourselves on diverse local Californian economies when we have allowed local businesses to shutter and incentivized private equity and chain retailers to take their place. 

I, and my government, will not look out for Wall Street.  Our focus and allegiance is to Main Street. We cannot lose the charm & identity of our communities to large corporations who don’t know us or care to. I believe small businesses (businesses and Corporations with less than 500 employees - excluding gig economy Corporations) deserve protections in these unnecessarily trying times.  As your Governor, I would use the California  Emergency Services Act (2 CCR § 8550-8669.7) and the authority vested to me in 2 CCR § 8567a & 2 CCR § 8569-8570 in order to mitigate the effects of our declared States of Emergency both for COVID-19 and our economic crisis by implementing the following to build and maintain a resilient small business economy:

  • State of California Small Business Crisis Assistance Department to assist with all current and future declared State of Emergencies:  
    • Will provide material support for Small Businesses severely impacted by current COVID-19 and economic crises.  Will use data to identify at-risk small businesses for future material support initiatives and needs;
    • Create pathways in each locality for small business feedback and supportive legislation;  
    • Incentivize small businesses to remain in the State and revitalize localities in need; 
    • Small Business Pandemic Response Initiatives available for safety compliance with COVID-19 or any other future pandemic the State of California faces;
  • California State-Paid COVID-19 employee protocol training and compliance certification checks; 
  • California State-Paid workforce redevelopment initiative to expand employment opportunities for #OurCalifornia to begin working again:
    • Two  (2) Percentage Point Reduction in State Taxes for every subsequent  year all COVID-19 redevelopment staff remain employed for up to five (5) years after the declared COVID-19 & Economic Crises State of Emergency have ended;
  • Provide a full Commercial rent/mortgage cancellation applied to each small business in the State of California when #OurCalifornia Economic Recovery Task Force workplace and worker material conditions are met;
  • Provide a full eviction moratorium for both residential and commercial properties occupied by small business owners for the duration of these COVID-19 and Economic crises declared States of Emergency, and for one full year following. Receive a 5.0 COVID-19 Eviction score;
  • In the true spirit of Upton Sinclair’s End Poverty in California campaign, I will call on fellow Citizens, Socialists, Governors, and fellow Socialist Gubernatorial campaigns across this country to adopt and implement the same.

Given Governor Newsom’s declared States of Emergency and his Constitutional authority, there is nothing logistically stopping Governor Newsom from adopting and immediately implementing all of these policies for the small businesses in the great State of California, and for #OurCalfironia.  I call on him to do so immediately.


Protecting Workers and Material Working Conditions

COVID-19 has placed unique ramifications on workers across the State, and my government believes we are obligated to not only address but protect workers during these times when prior State governments and electeds have failed.  We need to raise the floor for everyone, permanently.

If we truly want to get the 6th largest economy in the world back moving again, I recognize we can’t do this until the pandemic is under control.  And we cannot get the pandemic under control until we protect essential workers.  It is extremely disrespectful for elected officials such as our Governor to say they value essential workers, yet remain unwilling to put in the money, work, and policies to actually protect and value said essential workers.  This is critical to both reducing the spread of the virus within our homes and communities, minimizing the strain on our healthcare system, and ensuring we have a workforce for California’s small businesses.  Our government wasting our tax dollars on fighter jets and nice words written in smoke for essential workers did not provide the necessary PPE or hazard pay that essential workers were calling for.

Many of the workers keeping us alive right now are migrants, the Poor & our Working Class: agricultural, domestic, warehouse, delivery, gig workers, hospitality and more. These vulnerable folks have long been excluded from full healthcare and social support. We must also protect and value these workers who are now – finally – understood as essential.  That means full and equal access to all income support, healthcare, and labor protections.

During this COVID-19 pandemic, economic crisis and declared State of Emergency I will remain committed to ALL workers of this great State.  As your Governor, I would use the California  Emergency Services Act (2 CCR § 8550-8669.7) and the authority vested to me in 2 CCR § 8567a & 2 CCR § 8569-8570 in order to mitigate the effects of our declared States of Emergency both for COVID-19 and our economic crisis by implementing the following:

  • A monthly Essential Worker Cash Bonus of $1500/month; 
  • Additional two week vacation pay dispensed by the State of California, and 
  • With the highest risk to contract COVID-19 being on the frontline in our workspaces and consistent interaction/proximity to customers, Automatic inclusion and full coverage for MediCAL at no-cost is critical for essential workers regardless of employee status (covering massive gaps that the 2020 Yes on Prop 22 vote just permitted with gig workers and their families)
  • Medical debt forgiveness for Essential Workers and their families during this time regardless of employee status (covering massive gaps that the 2020 Yes on Prop 22 vote just permitted with gig workers and their families)
  • Providing Death benefits for all Essential Workers regardless of employee status (covering massive gaps that the 2020 Yes on Prop 22 vote just permitted with gig workers and their families)
  • Make the essential workforce environment as safe as possible*, including but not limited to:
    • Expanding Executive Order N-51-20 for all Workers and employers not covered under the Federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act;
    • Ensuring that Employer liability isn’t shielded as a result of Essential Status when employers are not compliant with OSHA, CDC, Department of Labor, State/County Public Health standards, guidelines or recommendations and then holding those employers accountable with strong State sanctions/consequences enforced by the State Office of the Attorney General;
  • Have an Economic Recovery Task Force that is worker-focused and worker-led (unions, labor representatives & actual workers on the ground) across all industries.  This new task force will determine pro-worker conditions, safety measures, eligibility, complaint/review/investigation  procedures with outcomes enforced by the State Office of the Attorney General
    • As Newsom’s efforts in creating an Economic Recovery Task Force are co-chaired by a Billionaire, with fellow millionaires and billionaires occupying 42 seats at the table while Unions &  Labor Leaders sit in 13; Silicon Valley outnumbering Small Businesses; and a glaring failure to include any Essential Workers and impacted communities a seat at the table. #OurCalifornia’s exclusion played a direct role in Governor Newsom’s failures for reopening and the recovery of our economy. 
  • Fix the unemployment lags to ensure all individuals who file receive notification of unemployment insurance within no more than 2-4 weeks.  Californians dependent on unemployment insurance during a pandemic and economic crisis have been left waiting 6+ months to hear their UI application was accepted - that is 6+ months of state-sanctioned poverty.  #OurCalifornia needs their money – they have paid into our system and deserve to be treated with respect, compassion, and dignity.  It’s far too important to fail #OurCalifornia when the State knew of unemployment’s logistical shortcomings for over a decade, failed to ever plan for a recession, or implement prompt and effective fraud prevention measures.  One full year into our COVID-19 pandemic, our Employment Development Department and State budget funding is still harming Californians in need.
  • In the true spirit of Upton Sinclair’s End Poverty in California campaign, I will call on fellow Citizens, Socialists, Governors, and fellow Socialist Gubernatorial campaigns across this country to adopt and implement the same.

Given Governor Newsom’s declared States of Emergency and his Constitutional authority, there is nothing logistically stopping Governor Newsom from adopting and immediately implementing all of these policies for the Workers in the great State of California, and for #OurCalfironia.  I call on him to do so immediately.


Food Justice

Decisions are being made that place profits over the lives and existence of people in this Country and our great State. In valuing profits over people, our current governments continue to fail at protecting the most vulnerable members of our society and compounding the harm on #OurCalifornia. COVID-19 has exacerbated poverty and unemployment levels which have had devastating impacts on food justice. Millions of people are newly experiencing food insecurity, alongside those who were experiencing food insecurity before the COVID-19 crisis began.

During this COVID-19 pandemic, economic crisis and declared States of Emergency I will remain committed to ALL Californians.  As your Governor, I would use the California  Emergency Services Act (2 CCR § 8550-8669.7) and the authority vested to me in 2 CCR § 8567a & 2 CCR § 8569-8570 in order to mitigate the effects of our declared States of Emergency both for COVID-19 and our economic crisis by implementing the following:

  • Expand small farmer land access, farming resources and State support;
    • I believe that direct involvement and consistent avenues via State/public contracts designed to support small farmers will not only strengthen small farmers, but diversify and strengthen economic ties in and between localities;
      • Prioritize California Indian & Farmers of Color who have been historically and disproportionately excluded from land access and farming resources - both federally and locally;
      • This expansion and support will greatly reduce current pressures and financial strains of small farmers unable to compete with the substantial resources available to Big Ag firms. I also realize that additional and local support will be needed for community members, local farmers and small businesses to build resilient and sustainable communities as current economic systems are not conducive for the People, for #OurCalifornia to thrive;
    • State Public Banking program will proudly provide small farmers operating within the State of California and all our Sovereign Nations within with low-cost interest loans to meet community needs;
    • Provide land-grant extension agents to all Farmers enrolled in the program for additional assistance, financial support & protection and actively work to end small farmer exploitation and address agricultural corruption;
      • Prioritize California Indian and Farmers of Color who have been historically and disproportionately excluded from land access and farming resources - both federally and locally;
      • Land-grant extension Agents will be assigned & available at a ratio of 1:4 for California Indian and Farmers of Color historically and disproportionately excluded from land access and farming resources - both federally and locally;
  • Instead of authorizing and activating the use of our National Guard on unconstitutional curfews & peaceful and nonviolent protesters exercising their 1st Amendment rights and the funds that wasted, we’d call on the National Guard to assist directly with supply chains from farm-to-table;
  • State funded program expansion and workforce protections for all workers in the Food Service industry through an expansion of N-51-20, to provide employees from all large and small employers in the State, as well as all independent contractors in the food sector industry impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with two weeks of State paid sick leave and two weeks State paid quarantine leave to address workers’ health and reduce the spread of this virus, filling a gap left by federal and state relief;
  • Work with the & other grassroots organizations and pillars in the farming community to ensure the needs of ALL our small farmers are met in #OurCalifornia;
  • Public Markets
  • Creating an additional #OurCalifornia #SNAPforAllCalifornians program that expands both SNAP participant and food/supplies coverage to ensure it is no longer means-tested but truly robust collective welfare. The coverage will include, but is not limited to:
    • Hot food inclusion
    • Menstrual and sanitary products
    • Diapers
    • Baby Formula
    • Organic Produce & Fruits
    • Sustainably/Locally Sourced Meats
    • Organic Dairy 
    • Juice & Organic Juice
  • Expand public and farmworker collectives;
  • Utilizing eminent domain we will purchase public land plots (larger and small)  to return spaces to communities for pesticide-free urban farming for public use and consumption; 
    • Ex.  Returning the South Central LA Farm to Angelenos;
    • Participants must undergo training focused on “regenerating the soil, ecosystem, and local community”
  • Utilizing eminent domain we will purchase public land plots (larger and small) to return spaces to communities for pesticide-free community gardens and opportunities to expand for public use and consumption;
    • Participants must undergo training focused on “regenerating the soil, ecosystem, and local community”
  • Implementing community gardens on every State property for public use and consumption;
  • Legalizing community gardens at all Universal Housing & State Public Housing sites in the State of California;
  • Eager to work with the California Lifting Children and Families out of Poverty Task Force to ensure all recommended strategies can be funded and achieved for #OurCalifornia through public policy, action & the robust social safety nets we deserve in our resilient and sustainable communities.

Mask Mandates, Mass-testing, Science-backed Public Health Restrictions, Fully Funded Contact Tracing & Vaccinations

Countries across the globe were able to drastically reduce the duration of economic shutdowns and slow the spread of the virus through mask mandates,  mass-testing and other economic practices.

In alignment with the Harvard Global Health Institute & Brown School of Public Health, I called for mass-testing before Governor Newsom re-opened back in May 2020 , as the only true means of safely reopening, reducing the spread and ensuring the health of #OurCalifornia.  When we have a Governor who has failed us at every pivotal moment during this pandemic - we compound our suffering.  Since, lives have unnecessarily been lost, we’ve seen COVID19 infections only increase & our economy has significantly been impacted as a direct result of his failures, humanity and lack of leadership.   

The State has failed in its public health messaging and went from claiming it was science-based to completely arbitrary restrictions which the wealthy and politicians continue to be exempt from.  Unlike our current Governor, I will not bend or waiver to the pressure of large corporations and the wealthy.  I will not waiver for our health or our safety.  We can protect both our health and economy - #OurCalifornia is far too important not to.

As your Governor I would use the California  Emergency Services Act (2 CCR § 8550-8669.7) and the authority vested to me in 2 CCR § 8567a & 2 CCR § 8569-8570 in order to mitigate the effects of our declared States of Emergency both for COVID-19 and our economic crisis by implementing the following:

  • Fully fund Public Health Departments in every locality to ensure they have the staff and resources required to address this pandemic and contact tracing needs; 
  • Utilize all public-private partnerships to ensure masks, face shields & sanitary supplies are made at a 3:1 ratio for all Californians at no-cost; 
    • Respecting Tribal Sovereignty & ensuring redress, fund and/or provide all supplies and necessary counts/ratios requested by all 164 First Nations of California Indians;
  • Ensure mass distribution of masks, face shields & sanitary supplies are available at all State & Locality offices, and can be mailed directly to all higher risk populations currently self-isolating;
    • Deputize local grassroots organizations that successfully work with underserved and marginalized populations from Siskiyou to Imperial County to effectively distribute goods and services to those most in need personally;
  • Utilize all State research, manufacturing options & public-private partnerships to ensure two step testing process is available and provided to every Californian who wishes to be tested for COVID-19: Ensure production of 4 tests made per Californian;
    • Respecting Tribal Sovereignty & ensuring redress, fund and/or provide all supplies and necessary counts/ratios requested by all 164 First Nations of California Indians;
    • Free Mass-testing would begin with Rapid Antigen Tests.  These tests are cheaper than PCR tests, use the same technology as pregnancy tests, and can provide results in 15-30 minutes.  These tests are capable of accurately determining individuals who are COVID19 negative, or do not have the virus, by 99.99%.  However these rapid antigen tests lack complete accuracy in correctly determining COVID19 positivity with similar accuracy. As rapid antigen tests are correctly identified COVID-19 positivity 96% of the time - additional measures are needed as 4% of people being incorrectly identified as having/not having COVID19 is critical both for initial contraction and community spread;
      • Additionally, using a standard PCR or blood tests to confirm all the Rapid Antigen Test COVID19 positive results, and random sampling all others will establish a more accurate picture of who has the virus, especially among asymptomatic people - the largest population of COVID-19 infections in our State;
    • For all higher risk populations currently self-isolating, be it Elders, the Disabled, or those with pre-existing conditions, Lucira At-Home Testing Kits could be mailed directly to their place of residence.  These testing kits are capable of accurately determining individuals who are COVID19 negative, or do not have the virus, by 99.99%.  However Lucira’s testing kit lacks complete accuracy in correctly determining COVID19 positivity with similar accuracy. As Lucira’s At-Home Testing Kits are correctly identified COVID-19 positivity 94% of the time - additional measures are needed as 6% of people being incorrectly identified as having/not having COVID19 is critical both for initial contraction and spread;
      • Additionally, working with Public Health Departments to safely administer a standard PCR or blood tests to for all self-isolating individuals to confirm all the Lucira At-Home Testing Kit COVID19 positive results, and random sampling all others will establish a more accurate picture of who has the virus, especially among asymptomatic people - the largest population of COVID-19 infections in our State.
  • Ensure public health messaging begins and remains science-based, humane & ethical approaches:
    • #StayAtHome orders are essential to reducing spread during peak pandemic spikes, and I support these with Universal Housing protections & Direct Cash Assistance
      • Universal Housing Protections:
        • Cancellation of rent/mortgage for all Californians
        • Immediately housing all unhoused Californians
        • Ensuring safe alternatives for at-risk populations: overly-populated residences, survivors of partner/intimate violence, etc
      • Direct Cash Assistance:
        • $1000/month to 
    • General Harm Reduction Methods based in science with public health data to support State expectations:
      • General population wearing masks;
      • General population social distancing;
      • Opportunities for full 14-day quarantine in safe and separate locations (large hotels staffed with public health officials for check-ins and check-ups) after direct contact with someone who is COVID19 positive; 
      • Frontline & Essential worker Quarantine support available (also at large hotels staffed with public health officials for check-ins and check-ups) after potential customer/client COVID-19 positive interaction;
      • I know the fear and anxiety frontline & essential workers have returning home from work and possibly infecting loved ones they share living spaces with; my government will act with intention, recognizing and fully supporting the sacrifices essential workers make by providing opportunities for harm reduction and reduction of clusters by making alternative/quarantine housing options available to all workers;
      • Mandate travel 14-day quarantine for all domestic and international travel at same large hotel facilities;
      • Ensure criteria and mandates for businesses to open are feasible for both small and large firms to fulfill:
        • Small Business Assistance Compliance w/ Sanitation & Public Health Support
        • No exemptions based on business annual income (which typically favors elites and large firms), political donations, etc
      • Politicians who fail to abide by benefits receive public ethics investigation, required community restitution to a formal right to remove/recall process;
      • Businesses who fail to abide by State criteria will be investigated by Public Health and can receive sanctions ranging from restitution to license revocation;
  • Ensuring the State assists in effective public vaccine distribution through all public and private means at my disposal to ensure the vaccine is available to all Californians without extended wait times or delays if they wish to take the vaccine;
    • Ensure the roll out of the vaccine is funded for both phases of the vaccine.
  • Understanding that initial vaccine trials were extremely limited in ethnic and medical diversity, ensure a public and transparent long-term study of vaccination outcomes and ensure Californians remain supported in their overall and long-term health post-vaccination (if taken);
    • Hold large pharmaceutical corporations responsible should there be patterns in long-term outcomes which jeopardize the health or well-being of Californians;
  • In the true spirit of Upton Sinclair’s End Poverty in California campaign, I will call on fellow Citizens, Socialists, Governors, and fellow Socialist Gubernatorial campaigns across this country to adopt and implement the same.

Given Governor Newsom’s declared States of Emergency and his Constitutional authority, there is nothing logistically stopping Governor Newsom from adopting and immediately implementing all of these policies for #OurCalfironia.  I call on him to do so immediately.


Pre-K-12 Public Education

The successes of our children, our communities, and our futures directly correlate to the support we extend to every Californian.  This is #OurCalifornia.  Governor Newsom’s Failed Promises and the #OurCalifornia Way must still be addressed and adopted immediately.  His failure to do so only compounds the harm done to Workers, families, and communities across the State during this pandemic.  

California can and must take care of us ALL.  We can no longer afford the economic inequalities of the past or present.  We need bold vision and immediate action. #OurCalifornia expects it. #OurCalifornia demands it.

When workers, labor leaders, unions and communities are given seats at the table, when they’re involved from the beginning to end – there’s smarter, safer, healthier & more equitable outcomes for all Californians.  This is #OurCalifornia and this is the framework that would be used for our schools re-opening.  

In reviewing 8 countries currently achieving success in their re-opening processes during the pandemic, I identified 11 criteria that each country has built their educational models and policies around (Appendix A).  While some results and specific policies vary, there remains striking similarities in most responses and outcomes.  Through this analysis, I selected policies, approaches, and a framework with the most success, safety, and overall worker and community satisfaction as it aligns with #OurCalifornia.

Specifically, the satisfaction and successes of a collective approach achieved in Denmark’s COVID19 Educational Model are goals my plan works towards and incorporates.  This type of approach is bold, radical, and unlike anything California has done before.  It is inspiring to think what this involvement could produce for our teachers, administrators, childcare providers, staff, labor leaders, unions, students, parents, local communities & local governments during and long after this pandemic has passed.  The framework acknowledges that a local collective is best at determining what is best for their local community, but needs State support to fund and see those policies.  This type of empowerment and flexibility to achieve safety measures increased buy-in for the policies they created, strengthened support for all school staff, and ensured communities felt safe in returning their children to schools, and thus returning to work themselves.  #OurCalifornia needs the support and the funding to address re-opening safely - this is the responsibility of the Governor of California.

California’s pre-COVID world wasn't situated on a level playing field.  This is all too apparent when reviewing public education differences, access, facilities, and funding across the State.  Compounding these stark differences and disadvantages, COVID19 and our subsequent mandated closures across the State have impacted communities differently.  While Governor Newsom’s anticipated budget cuts may be similar – their outcomes will not be equitable, or just.  Now is the time to invest in #OurCalifornia with equitable funding, services, and educational programs ALL our communities deserve.

It is unfortunate that, for decades, our government has led marginalized populations and underserved communities to believe that we must compete for a limited and finite amount of services and support available, while large corporations are provided endless resources and minimal accountability.  There has always been enough for us all – it will take bold vision for reorganization with gubernatorial powers, ballot measures, short term financing, an equitable tax plan & and new leadership to achieve it.  

I believe that: 

  • schools and childcare facilities should reopen, and do so safely for all students, parents, teachers, staff, and communities involved;
  • a public school standard start should be the goal and timetable each school, district and public health office should be relying upon – not some date that’s rushed or decided from the Governor’s Office;
  • the State has an obligation to appropriately fund local districts for staffing needs, school and community-based locations, modernization, and all logistics for social distancing and safety measures to be achieved;
  • the State has an obligation to appropriately fund and support childcare facilities for staff, staffing needs, and for all social distancing measures to be achieved;

When workers, labor leaders, unions and communities are given seats at the table, when they’re involved from the beginning to end – there’s smarter, safer, healthier & more equitable outcomes for all Californians.  Investing in ourselves in this moment is an investment in #OurCalifornia’s present and futures are calling for it.  This is #OurCalifornia and these are the benchmarks and policies that would be used for our schools reopening.  

  • My #OurCalifornia plan for public pre-K-12 schools reopening is tiered and simple enough.  This plan acknowledges that a local collective is best at determining what is best for their local community.  This type of empowerment and flexibility to achieve safety measures increases buy-in for the policies they themselves created, strengthens support for all school staff, and ensures communities can feel safe in returning their children to schools, and thus returning to work themselves.  #OurCalifornia needs the support and equitable funding to address reopening safely - this is the responsibility of the Governor of California.  The plan has a foundation that must be complied with across the State for any public education system to reopen and is based on:
    • 4 State mandated requirements must be met in order for public pre-K-12 schools and facilities to be eligible for reopening;
      • The State of California is required to provide masks, mandate mask use on the premise, provide sanitation supplies, cover the costs of trainings, marketing materials, and any additional staffing, logistical and resource needs #OurCalifornia’s school districts, classrooms, and community-based locations need as a result of COVID19;
      • Revamping K-12 outdated public educational environment for physical spaces and structures that ensure a maximum of 12:1 student to teacher ratios - not including Educational Support Professionals & School Climate Specialists;  And to abide by physical distancing:
        • All classrooms in the State of California will reduce teacher to student ratios of a max 12:1 for the duration of the academic school year, not including additional student support staff required per classroom, with furniture  positioned to meet CDC recommendations;
          • This reduction in class sizes will also result in a significant expansion and employment opportunities to #OurCalifornia for pre-K-12 teachers, Education Support Professionals & School Climate Specialists;
        • School transport seating will be altered to reflect 6ft width apart.
        • Ensure expansion of community-based locations that can meet the needs of smaller classrooms, educational structure, public safety and community wellness;
        • Call for the immediate federal restoration of Qualified Zone Academy Bonds (QZABs), which allow schools to finance renovations, repairs and investments in technology at below-market rates and without interest.  This is a means to improve national public health and quality of services provided at the local level with our tax dollars;
        • Mandate school modernization in any packaged effort to address current infrastructure failures, address structural inequities, environmental health hazards & improve energy efficiency and use renewable sources of energy in public schools;
      • All schools must have reopening, quarantine, staff protection and closure policies. Quarantine and closure policies must be minimally in alignment with County Public Health Departments, State of California COVID-19 responses, and CDC guidelines;
        • County and community infection levels must remain at or below Phase 2 reopening standards, for school districts, individual schools & community-based locations to remain open;
        • Approval from the County Public Health Office & school district that the benchmarks from both the county and collective are met.
        • Ensuring COVID19 health & safety protocols in place throughout the school year as infection peaks are expected to continue.
        • Ability to monitor the school progress in minimizing infection and spread.
        • Ability to alter in-person classes or care should another shutdown occur without significant disruption to learning;
      • Collaboration from the local collective (teaching & support staff, administration, community members, labor leaders & unions) in creating plans to reopen essential for and relative to the needs of the local community - as what’s critically needed for Red Bluff Joint Union School District may look very different than the needs of San Diego Joint Unified School District. This collective will identify and agree to modernization needs, ensuring our public schools are brought up to EPA & CDC health standards, and any other essential requirements, safety protocols, and community standards needed.  And as time is of the essence, this will need to begin as soon as possible;
      • Again I believe that our local communities are capable of achieving greatness when our government supports and equitably invests in public education, teachers, Education Support Professionals and School Climate Specialists;
    • My #ChildCareForAll plan acknowledges that a local collective is best at determining what is best for their local community.  This type of empowerment and flexibility to achieve safety measures increases buy-in for the policies they themselves created, strengthens support for all school staff, and ensures communities can feel safe in returning their children to childcare, and thus returning to work themselves.  #OurCalifornia needs the support and the funding to address reopening safely - this is the responsibility of the Governor of California.  The plan has a foundation that must be complied with across the State for any public childcare facilities to reopen and is based on:
      • 4 State mandated requirements must be met in order for public pre-K-12 childcare facilities to be eligible for reopening;
        • The State of California is required to provide masks, mandate mask use on the premise, provide sanitation supplies, cover the costs of trainings, marketing materials, and any additional staffing, logistical and resource needs #OurCalifornia’s school districts and community-based locations need as a result of COVID19;
        • Revamping pre-K-12 the educational/childcare environment for physical spaces and structures that ensure a maximum of 12:1 student to childcare staff ratios and to abide by physical distancing:
          • This reduction in class sizes will also result in a significant expansion and employment opportunities to #OurCalifornia for pre-K-12 child care staff;
          • School transport seating will be altered to reflect 6ft width apart.
          • Ensure expansion of community-based locations that can meet the needs of smaller class sizes, educational structure, public safety and community wellness;
          • Call for the immediate federal restoration of Qualified Zone Academy Bonds (QZABs), which allow schools to finance renovations, repairs and investments in technology at below-market rates and without interest.  This is a means to improve national public health and quality of services provided at the local level with our tax dollars for any public school who provides childcare services;
          • Mandate school modernization in any packaged effort to address current infrastructure failures, address structural inequities, environmental health hazards & improve energy efficiency and use renewable sources of energy in public schools;
        • Ensure TFC-Funded and State Jobs Guarantee Nanny employment positions as another alternative to childcare facilities - as a means to reduce the spread, minimize health risks, and ensure quality service to children, families and our communities alike;
        • All childcare facilities must have reopening, quarantine, staff protection and closure policies. Quarantine and closure policies must be minimally in alignment with County Public Health Departments, State of California COVID-19 responses, and CDC guidelines;
          • County and community infection levels must remain at or below Phase 2 reopening standards, for school districts, individual schools & community-based locations to remain open;
          • Approval from the County Public Health Office & school district that the benchmarks from both the county and collective are met.
          • Ensuring COVID19 health & safety protocols in place throughout the school year as infection peaks are expected to continue.
          • Ability to monitor the school progress in minimizing infection and spread.
          • Ability to alter in-person classes or care should another shutdown occur without significant disruption to learning;
        • Collaboration from the local collective (child care & support staff, administration, community members, labor leaders & unions) in creating plans to reopen essential for and relative to the needs of the local community - as what’s critically needed for Scott Valley Unified School District may look very different than the needs of Santa Barbara Unified School District. This collective will identify and agree to modernization needs, ensuring our public schools are brought up to EPA & CDC health standards, and any other essential requirements, safety protocols, and community standards needed.  And as time is of the essence, this will need to begin as soon as possible;
        • Again I believe that our local communities are capable of achieving greatness when our government supports and equitably invests in #ChildcareForAllCalifornians.

#MediCALForAllCalifornians

We cannot remain #SaferAtHome during a pandemic and economic crises when #OurCalifornia has seen record unemployment of over 25% and astronomical costs for general and COVID-19 care.  I recognize that our current for profit system provides substandard and extremely expensive service which cannot continue during this pandemic or after.

For Californian’s privileged to still have insurance because of their employment, there have been a range of unexpected costs, insurance declines of coverage, and costly premiums.  For each and every Californian who has lost their job, the government provides an unrealistically expensive alternative known as COBRA when we do not have income.  For those Californians who remain underinsured or uninsured, resources are extremely limited for general and COVID-19 healthcare.

Our health is the top priority, for all people, with no exceptions.  In a pandemic and long after one is gone.  And as healthcare is a human right - it remains critically important that we ensure such health protections cover all people including essential and low-wage workers, health workers, independent contractors, Veterans, Black and Latinx communities, LGBTQ and Gender Noncomforming Folx, Migrant populations, our Elders, the Disabled, our currently incarcerated peoples, unhoused & housing insecure and all  marginalized and underserved populations.  

As your Governor I would use the California  Emergency Services Act (2 CCR § 8550-8669.7) and the authority vested to me in 2 CCR § 8567a & 2 CCR § 8569-8570 in order to mitigate the effects of our declared States of Emergency both for COVID-19 and our economic crisis by:

  • Utilizing Gubernatorial Power to override California State Speaker’s Vote, Anthony Rendon, and supporting which was introduced by Senators Lara & Atkins, with Principal Coauthors Senators Galgiani and Weiner & Assemblymembers Bonta & Gomez, Coauthors Senators Allen, McGuire and Skinner & Assemblymembers Chiu, Friedman, Kalra, McCarty, Nazarian, Stone and Thurmond and enact HB 562, a single-payer MediCAL for All;
  • Creating the #MediCALForAllCalifornians by expanding full MediCAL coverage immediately to all Californians and ensuring #OurCalifornia receives comprehensive healthcare coverage, free at the point of service including but not limited to:
    • COVID-19 Specific:
  • COVID-19 testing and treatment;
  • COVID-19 Protective equipment;
  • Expanded hospital capacity, especially prioritizing rural areas, territories and tribal lands being hit hardest;
  • Waive and/or ensure insurance companies reimburse all pandemic surprise bills #OurCalifornia has received which are not covered by AB 72  - specifically ambulance, and air ambulance charges which can amount to tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars;
  • Commandeer any private hospitals for COVID-19 care whenever necessary for #OurCalifornia; 
  • Medical, dental, hearing, vision, and home- and community-based long-term care, in-patient and out-patient services, mental health and substance abuse treatment, reproductive and maternity care, mobility aids and assistive devices, prescription drugs, and more;
  • Transform our healthcare system, products, service and care received for #OurCalifornia.  These 5 major shifting techniques are proven and will significantly improve population health, client care,  and ensure cost-avoidant practices for the State:
    • Enable proactive, preventive & predictive care over the reactive “sick” care system based on the episodic, acute care model most currently receive;
    • Promote personalized care instead of one-size fits all approaches, ensure healthcare services are client-centered;
    • Decentralize healthcare locations and instead of our current institution-centered focus;
    • Empower patient involvement in their health and health journeys with agency, input, and empathy rather than paternalistic, dismissive or shaming experiences often had;
    • Promote value-based care for clients over volume-based care of clients;
  • Stop the pharmaceutical industry from price-gouging #OurCalifornia and ensuring all Californians no more than a total $250 a year for all medicines needed by Californians under our new  #MediCALForAllCalifornians & an enactment SB562;
  • Waive and/or ensure insurance companies reimburse all surprise bills #OurCalifornia has received which are not covered by AB 72  & AB1611;
  • In the true spirit of Upton Sinclair’s End Poverty in California campaign, I will call on fellow Citizens, Socialists, Governors, and fellow Socialist Gubernatorial campaigns across this country to adopt and implement the same.

Given Governor Newsom’s declared States of Emergency and his Constitutional authority, there is nothing logistically stopping the Governor Newsom from adopting and immediately implementing all of these policies for #OurCalfironia.  We call on him to do so immediately.