Reimagining Justice & Ensuring Public Safety

Although our State, our Nation, our society claim to profess an obedience to law, crime remains widely committed throughout our society.  Five decades of data prove police only solve 2% of major crime.  Equally alarming, based on decades of data the President's Commission on Causes and Prevention of Violence estimated that only 1.5 percent of the perpetrators of the millions of crimes committed annually end up in county jails, state or federal prisons.  

Every aspect of our injustice system has failed us all.  Data has shown for decades that our methods of policing, courts & prisons have failed as deterrents of crime and as rehabilitative institutions.  So what is the purpose of police, our judicial system, county jails, and state prisons if they regularly fail our Communities?  What is their purpose if we fail Victims, Families & Survivors of crime? What is their purpose if we fail those who committed the crime - both those who enter the prison industrial complex and the other 98% who don’t? These institutions perpetuate antiquated concepts of crime, justice and rehabilitation.  Social metaphors providing false senses of security and opportunities so we may continue to ignore systemic societal ails that caused many of them in the first place.

I am a prison industrial complex abolitionist.  I realize the term seems rigidly absolute and extreme.  It isn’t.  

The prison industrial complex is a term used to describe the overlapping interests of our government and for-profit industries that use surveillance, policing and imprisonment as solutions to our economic, social and political problems.  Our prison industrial complex is a mutually reinforcing web of relationships that exploit communities, our incarcerated & formerly incarcerated. As a prison industrial complex abolitionist I have a long-term vision and a practical policy program calling for both an end to our prison industrial complex and government investment in jobs, education, housing, health care, critical social services and sustainable environments — all the elements that are required for a productive and violence-free life that so many communities in California lack.

Life is precious. And as an abolitionist I, others, ask ourselves how we can resolve these inequities and get people the resources they need long before they turn to the commission of a crime. Especially since these inequities manifest themselves into literal health hazards that threaten our very existence in communities across our State.. 

Literal health hazards are seen as Central Valley ranks as the worst air quality in the nation, to the constantly leaking/exploding oil refineries of Richmond and Carson. Literal health hazards are seen in the federally confirmed fracking water  and radioactive waste contaminating the Lost Hills, Fruitvale, Taft & McKittrick communities and nearby aquifers to the 100+ cities across California with lead poisoning rates 2x or more higher than Flint, Michigan.  Health hazards are seen in dilapidated yet expensive housing, to the 3-5+ year waitlists for affordable public housing across the State.  Literal health hazards are seen in defunding public health and critically needed social services for decades.  Health hazards are seen in localities across our State defunding public education and reinvesting those same very resources into more police and the school-to-prison pipeline - to the point of law enforcement personnel drastically outnumbering guidance counselors, nurses, social workers, and additional support staff for students.  Health hazards are seen in the militarization of our police, state-sanctioned violence, extrajudicial killings, our incessant overpolicing of the Poor & a criminal injustice system that constantly gets it wrong. 

Furthermore, our prison industrial complex works exactly as it is designed to - it is not broken.  In its operational success lies the raw truth - the prison industrial complex is incapable of being reformed.

Again I repeat.  Life is precious.  Yet so many of us feel sick, disrespected, belittled, & ignored.  Why is our government furthering the belief that our lives, our communities here are not precious?

No more.

To guide us in this moment, we need to hold central that Abolition is both a vision and a political strategy that encompasses and incorporates every thread of our social fabric.  Fervent calls for abolition can be found in every aspect of our society, from to Federal Judges across this country to advocacy lawyers to human rights organizations to community activists to peace advocates to religious books and teachings to our incarcerated to our formerly incarcerated through to surviving families - we all know our carceral state is not the way.  Our responses to "criminal" behavior must be directed not only at the individual committing the crime, but also directed to the malfunction & inequities of the individual's environment—our community. When funded appropriately our communities, absolutely not the prison industrial complex, have the solutions we need to resolve harm and end state and interpersonal violence. 

It's time to stop talking about reforming policing, our courts, and our prisons with empty platitudes and half measures.  It’s time to start working for their complete and absolute abolition.

It’s time to dismantle the largest state carceral system in this country and replace prisons with a variety of alternative programs - community based programs that work and provide true restorative justice to all stakeholders.

It’s time to begin creating a full and complete alternative to prisons by building the kind of society that does not need them: An equitable redistribution of power and resources so that individuals, the community & functioning systems can equally address both burglary by the poor and embezzlement by the wealthy.

It’s time to build a stronger sense of community, one that can support, truly rehabilitate and reintegrate those who commit crimes while providing restorative justice to Survivors, surviving families & impacted communities. And equally as important, we must End Poverty In California by ensuring a robust system of social services that can enable safe, secure, healthy, for #OurCalifornia. 

Our government has come to rely on grandiose and wasteful systems that harm individuals, our communities and our opportunities for resilient and sustainable futures.  I can’t say that I have all the answers, but I can wholeheartedly say we deserve better than what we currently have because it isn’t helping any of us.  Our carceral system has consistently shown an inability to address safety, meet the needs of all stakeholders in #OurCalifornia, reduce crime, or rehabilitate individuals who commit crime.  If our carceral state has never met or achieved its goals - it is time we find alternatives that will.

Communities should determine for themselves what public safety looks like. Rather than providing a top-down blueprint for what a neighborhood with safety and well-being for all must look like, communities should be allowed to develop themselves, and create the tools and the resources to establish mechanisms of accountability, safety, and healing that work for them all, that work for #OurCalifornia.

As an abolitionist, I am calling for swift and radical changes - changes that will transform our prison industrial complex as we know it into what #OurCalifornia deserves… funding for life-affirming infrastructure, spaces that amplify equity for communal crimes and harm to all impacted parties, restorative justice, resilient communities with robust social safety nets and empowered members of our communities creating safe, secure, healthy, sustainable and equitable spaces for themselves.  As an abolitionist, I know these are conditions that allow us to not only survive but thrive.  When #OurCalifornia’s most marginalized are protected and succeed, we all win.  

As your gubernatorial candidate for 2022, I proudly call for our government, and our communities to abolish our prison industrial complex.  We need to reimagine justice and ensure public safety for all Californians.  I intend to End Poverty in California, and this is how I believe reimagining public safety and changing our priorities with policing, legislation and our injustice system, state-sanctioned imprisonment, parole and re-entry system will help us achieve this:

Policing

The first police departments in this country formed out of slave patrols in the South & hired hitmen to suppress labor movements in the North, both unironically based on denying human rights to uphold capital gains for the wealthy.  The State of California’s history of law enforcement officers is not much different.  Police in localities across the colony, and eventual State, were self-appointed enforcers of the Fugitive Slave Act, the Indian Removal Act & remained hired hitmen to suppress labor movements.

Furthermore, the historical connections of law enforcement officers to Supremacy movements and ethnic cleansing campaigns in this State is astounding.  County Sheriffs Departments across the State, from San Diego to Los Angeles to Klamath were responsible for creating and leading the California Militia. Sheriff’s County Deputies led and controlled extremely violent and State-sanctioned California Militia units responsible for well-documented war crimes on California Indians for decades including rape, torture, lynching, trafficking, fire campaigns, scalping, & genocide. The California Militia found time to suppress striking miners, bricklayers, and commit mass-murder in events like the “July Days” the name of protecting capital.  Eventually these same California Militia Companies & units spawned individual city police departments. These newly formed departments terrorized migrant workers, unhoused populations, and publicly tortured people with disabilities.  This is a sentence that still applies today, some 170+ years later.  

In the following century, policing agencies in our localities continued to expand in size, power, outright public corruption, and racial injustice. By 1968, the Kerner Commission reported that nearly half of the urban uprisings since 1965 were sparked by instances of police use of excessive force. The federally commissioned report also advocated for the creation of jobs, improved housing, and an investment in education in urban cities that had been neglected of tax funded services provided to white communities. President Lyndon B. Johnson ignored those recommendations in favor of expanding policing and incarceration. Every President and Governor of California has since ignored those recommendations and further expanded policing and incarceration.

Since the implementation of the 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, both federal and independent data continues to prove that investing billions of tax dollars into programs that embed police into our communities (DOJ’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)) does not reduce police violence, crime, nor repair years of injustice or community relations.  California’s law enforcement are armed with more than seven billion dollars’ worth of surplus military equipment off-loaded by the Pentagon to our 509 law-enforcement agencies since 1997.

To say that many good or even admirable people are law enforcement officers, that they are dedicated and brave public servants may all be true, yet and still the argument fails to address both the nature, scale of the crisis and the legacy of centuries of racial injustice. The best people, with the best of intentions, doing their utmost, cannot fix this system from within and have not succeeded in doing so despite centuries of reforms.  The system continues to exploit and extract exactly as it’s supposed to. 

Policing agencies began and continue to be a tool used to maintain capitalist social order - deconstructing this and their harm is long overdue. Fear-mongering #DefundThePolice and abolition movements will be amplified by my positioning in this race, and they are meant to distract from the fact that:

  • our current systems consistently fails all our communities;
  • state-sanctioned violence of our prison industrial complex is extremely profitable for the wealthy in this State and our Country;
  • defunding public education, housing, infrastructure, healthcare and opportunities for peaceful lives and communities continues to be unproblematic for the State or local governments to do when the Poor, and especially People of Color are involved;
  • decades of data show police solve only 2% of crimes committed in this country;
  • overpolicing specific populations does not reduce crime or increase public safety;
  • unaccountable law enforcement and systems that enable this will not be reformed; 

#OurCalifornia pays taxes and it isn’t horrific, frightening or audacious to say the People of this great State deserve to have a say in where their tax dollars are spent on resources and programs they wish to receive.  There’s nothing to fear from resilient and sustainable communities. The Poor, gender nonconforming, the Disabled, our unhoused, and especially Black, Brown, and Indigenous Peoples have carried the burdens and repercussions of an unjust government and unjust system.

No more.

The call to defund the police is a call for all communities to finally have all the resources and services afforded wealthy communities.  The time for abolition of our injustice system is now. And to guide us in this moment, we need to hold central that abolition is both a vision and a political strategy.  Part of this strategy is recognizing and actualizing that we cannot call for reforms that further entrench and legitimize policing in any form as a solution to social, economic or political problems. When #OurCalifornia’s most marginalized are protected and succeed, we all win. And as a prison industrial complex abolitionist, the reforms I am calling for are aimed at diminishing the political, economic & social power of policing.  

As your gubernatorial candidate for 2022, I proudly call for our government, and our communities to abolish the prison industrial complex - and that begins with policing.  We need to reimagine justice and ensure public safety for all Californians.  I intend to End Poverty in California, and these are the policies and the vision I believe will achieve it:

  • Fully support the will of Californians, localities and #DefundThePolice movements across the State should they choose reinvestment in communities across #OurCalifornia with services, programs and support needed that are community driven;
  • Create annual State budgets that #DefundThePolice and reinvest State funding into futures that cultivate safety with life-affirming infrastructure and unarmed non-police teams as effective alternatives to policing, including but not limited to:
    • Community-led public safety systems;
    • Rapid response teams;
    • Mental health specialists - trained in culturally responsive de-escalation, working with individuals with disabilities, restorative justice, and more - responding to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis;
    • Trauma-informed crisis intervention teams trained to disarm, de-escalate and connect individuals to services;
    • Community-based transformative and restorative justice processes that address the root causes of harm and violence;
      • Ex. Restorative justice circles led by intersectional feminist organizations for domestic violence and gender-based violence Survivors;
    • Addiction Specialists;
    • Community-led & traffic patrol/response;
    • Community mediators, as employees of the local public health department, who are trained in mediation, applied psychology, conflict resolution and relationship management for minor community disputes;
    • School climate specialists—trained in culturally responsive de-escalation, working with students with disabilities, restorative justice, and more—who can intervene in emotionally or physically volatile situations and act with the best interests for all students involved;
    • Expand locality non-emergency numbers (511) for concerned community members to call instead of 911 and dispatch any of the above unarmed individuals to respond;
  • As we are 1 of only 14 States in this country to have this, repeal California’s Law Enforcement Officer’s Bill of Rights (CA’s Public Safety Officer Bill of Rights Section - 3303) - its sole intention and use in practice to protect American law enforcement personnel from investigation and prosecution arising from conduct during official performance of their duties, and provides them with privileges based on due process additional to those normally provided to other citizens;
  • As no federal statute explicitly grants Qualified Immunity and it is a judicial precedent in absence of the law that was established by the Supreme Court to shield law enforcement officers who defy the Constitution - I will create legislation that explicitly denies Qualified Immunity and its applications in the State of California to all law enforcement officers;
    • Law enforcement officers and agencies will be bound to and compliant with the United States Constitution and face the consequences of their actions and choices;
  • Create a publicly accessible database, LEO Public Conduct Database, of all law enforcement officer complaints (formally lodged and community-based) in the State of California for complete transparency, employment sanctions and finally end loopholes that allow law enforcement to be rehired in other localities after previous termination;
    • In funding this reliable State tracking and reporting of all complaints and incidents there will be specific data and review available on harassment, extortion, assault, sexual assault, excessive use of force, and use of deadly force by law enforcement officers, whether lethal or not; 
  • Create State legislation that requires all law enforcement officers in the State of California responsible for taking out $20million Personal Liability Coverage Policy as they must be personally responsible for civil settlement amounts for law enforcement officers found responsible for violating constitutional and civil rights, damage, excessive force, assault, sexual assault, fraud, theft, falsification of reports or any loss of life - ending multimillion taxpayer funded settlements for law enforcement officers’ continued misconduct;
  • Fund a Statewide public service program available in all localities that clearly informs Californians of their detailed rights when interacting with law enforcement officers and agencies;
  • Create State legislation which suspends the use of paid administrative leave for law enforcement officers under investigation;
  • Create legislation that withholds pensions of law enforcement officers involved in excessive force, and utilizing restorative justice reinvesting those funds into communities directly harmed by those violent and unnecessary actions;
  • Create State legislation that classifies Police Unions as special interest lobbying.  This classification allows for alignment with protecting our democracy and banning elected officials from receiving campaign funding or donations in this our State;
  • Ensure State legislation implements hiring & employment practices applicable for all law enforcement agencies operating in the State & holding these agencies accountable for failing to meet or uphold these standards. Hiring and employment practices include, but aren’t limited to:
    • Ensure hiring, promotion, transfers is in alignment with standards set for all State Law Enforcements Officers. Employment offers must be equally weighted on relative testing passed and if applicable, an unproblematic record within the LEO public conduct database;
    • Increase education requirements for employment eligibility for all law enforcement officers operating within the State;
    • Ensure officers involved in domestic violence 
    • End training practices that justify the use of escalation and excessive force, ie shouting “gun, gun, gun”
    • Hypervigilance within stressful situations become vicious cycles for law enforcement to fail to address their health and compounds risk for all parties in communities when they’re unable to read situations or respond appropriately to others. I would increase psychological evaluations and without penalty encourage time off for any law enforcement officers to heal;
    • Capping law enforcement officer overtime accrual and overtime pay for military exercises - ensuring public accountability;
    • Withdraw participation in police militarization programs;
  • Ban all locality law enforcement agencies’ ability to utilize civil asset forfeiture - as a predatory tool abused on the Poor to then militarize unaccountable policing agencies;
  • Call for the federal repeal of 1033 program;
  • Ban use and immediately end all contracts for by any State of California department or locality government/public office including but not limited to Stingray, Dirtbox and any other similarly invasive surveillance program bound to be abused by our governments without federal legislation to protect the privacy of residents of the United States;
  • Ban use and immediately end all contracts for facial recognition technology by any State of California or locality within government/public office including, but not limited to Clearview, Palintir, Snowflake,  and any other similarly invasive surveillance program abused and/or bound to be abused by our governments without federal legislation to protect the privacy of residents of the United States;
  • Create legislation that withholds 5yrs of State & locality funding for each Law Enforcement Department’s violations of:
    • Excessive civil rights violations, including but not limited to spying and predatory policing tactics (ex LAPD’s Operation LASER), falsifying police reports, etc;
    • Failure to fully submit all relative data to LEO Public Conduct Database;
    • Abusing overtime cap;
    • Department Body Camera Abuses;
    • Illegal use of non-authorized surveillance methods - be it facial recognition or other mass surveillance techniques conducted illegally, Stingray, Dirtbox, Palintir, Clearview, Snowflake et.al.;
    • Unprofessional conduct which warrants department investigations by Federal Agencies;

Legislation and Our Unjust Legal System

California State legislation and our courts have long been used to criminalize and prey on members of our communities most in need of services, protection & government support. Policing funnels into and is strengthened by our legislation and legal system.  They mutually coexist to support one another.  Historically, and still today, our legislation and unjust legal system are used as predatory tools that provide vastly different sets of systems, justice and outcomes:

For those with capital & those without.

For those with property & those without.

For those from specific ethnic or cultural backgrounds & those who are not.

For those who conform to rigid gender and sexual roles & those who do not.

This has always been our way.  State laws determined who was a slave, freedman, indebted servant, apprentice, clerk, based on miscegenation laws was based solely on ethnic & cultural identity.   State law and locality courts determined which settler-colonist had the right to ownership of trafficked and stolen Indigenous children.  Under California’s Fugitive Slave Law, our California Supreme Court determined freedmen had no right to justice and could be deported back to Southern States to live the rest of their lives as slaves.  Special commissioners were paid more to deport Black Freedmen & Women, than to release them - thus a majority of these specially commissioned trials resulted in deporting Freedmen, Women & Children back to the South for two decades.

Our State’s legislation has legalized atrocities to humanity, many of which are the outcome of policy failures and horrible intentions.  Still in localities across this State, we criminalize extremely human and common situations unworthy of criminal labels, incarceration and state fees.  A massively disproportionate number of police calls and arrests in cities across the State involve chronically homeless populations - in spite of them totaling less than 3% of our State’s population.  Right now, police response, court appearances and imprisonment for homelessness, recreational drug use & legal-age consensual sex work are all driven by city, county and State laws criminalizing it.  It’s a waste of resources, an abuse of human behavior and common existence.

No more.

The calls to deconstruct this unjust legal system and concepts of safety must involve action and radical change within our courts and legislation.  In order to abolish our prison industrial complex, we must call for all communities to dismantle legislation and court structures that deny us all the resources and services and opportunities for peace often afforded wealthy communities.  

We must dismantle our unjust legal system and rebuild with life-affirming infrastructure that enables and empowers us to serve all our communities the way we are supposed to serve them all.  I have a responsibility now, in running for Governor and elevating other seats of power, to push for that transformative, non-incremental change at every turn.  The time for abolition of our injustice system is now. And to guide us in this moment, we need to hold central that abolition is both a vision and a political strategy.  Part of this strategy is recognizing and actualizing that we cannot call for reforms that further entrench and legitimize policing in any form as a solution to social, economic or political problems. When #OurCalifornia’s most marginalized are protected and succeed, we all win.  And as a prison industrial complex abolitionist, the reforms I am calling for are aimed at diminishing the political, economic & social power of policing through legislation and all facets of our courts.

As your gubernatorial candidate for 2022, I proudly call for our government, and our communities to abolish our prison industrial complex, reimagining justice and ensuring public safety for all Californians.  I intend to End Poverty in California, and this is how I believe reimagining public safety and changing our priorities with decriminalizing homelessness, decriminalizing personal possession of all narcotics, decriminalizing sex work, defunding our police state and legal system and abolition of pretrial predatory bail risk assessment systems and pretrial detainees will help us achieve this:

Decriminalizing Homelessness

There are nearly one thousand “anti-homeless” codes and ordinances in the State currently used by local legislators, law enforcement officers and judges within our carceral state to target and criminalize a human circumstance. A majority of these vagrancy laws have long been found unconstitutional - both by SCOTUS and the California State Supreme Court - yet legislators, law enforcement officers and judges in all our localities are eager to utilize this legislation to terrorize unhoused Californians. 

As your gubernatorial candidate for 2022, I proudly call for our government, and our communities to abolish the prison industrial complex - and that includes our legislation and legal system.  We need to reimagine justice and ensure public safety for all Californians.  A lack of public and affordable housing is both an abject policy failure and public health issue.  Our unhoused deserve to live with dignity and our government must protect the human rights for all in #OurCalifornia. I intend to End Poverty in California, and these are the decriminalization policies and the vision I believe will achieve it:

  • Using the authority and precedence of the SCOTUS decision Martin v Idaho (2019) and the State of California’s current unavailability of temporary, permanent or affordable housing, I will ban all legislation which criminalizes a human circumstance to bolster our jail populations for an expanding carceral state.  #OurCalifornia needs services not jails or criminal records;
  • Formally apologizing for our Governments’ actions, predation and failures.  This apology will include pardoning all active sentences, waiving all fees & expunging all criminal records any #OurCalifornia residents who were targeted by localities or the State with unconstitutional vagrancy & anti-homeless laws;
  • Ensuring permanent public housing is available to every resident in our State under my #UniversalHousing program;
  • Expanding the Whole Person Care Program to ensure social support services are provided to those in need (current or new to the WPCP system) as we all cope with this pandemic and economic crises in our State.  People fall out of orbit, but most are resilient and can achieve greater for themselves and our society when given the opportunities to heal and thrive;
  • Ban heavily used legislative loopholes and currently legal maneuvers used by localities and courts to ensure State Psychiatric admission and care through our prison system;
    • With immediately ending this process and ensuring State and locality use of #MediCALForAllCalifornians for all individuals in crisis, or need of long-term mental healthcare - we will provide paths to critical care and peace without police, courts or prisons;
  • Create a publicly accessible database, LEO Public Conduct Database, of all law enforcement officer complaints (formally lodged and community-based) in the State of California for complete transparency, employment sanctions and finally end loopholes that allow law enforcement to be rehired in other localities after previous termination;
    • In funding this reliable State tracking and reporting of all complaints and incidents there will be specific data and review available on harassment, extortion, assault, sexual assault,  excessive use of force, and use of deadly force by law enforcement officers, whether lethal or not; 
  • Unarmed community-led policing alternatives and changes in State legislation is both humane, practical & cost-avoidant. This will also substantially reduce the State’s current court size and response times improving the right to a speedy and fair trial;

Decriminalizing Personal Possession of All Narcotics

In 1971, President Richard Nixon declared drugs to be "public enemy number one" and launched a War on Drugs that continues to ravage our communities and countries across the world today.  It has been an unjust and immoral tactic employed by the United States government to justify anti-Socialist wars, and empower criminal enterprises abroad to destabilize the Global South for substantial political power and profit of the system.  At home, the War on Drugs have been used as a tool to effectively splinter peace movements, increase drug use, decrease public safety and reinforce exponential expansion of our prison industrial complex.

Our system is not broken - it’s working exactly as intended and it will continue to exploit us all unless we make systemic change happen.  The U.S. has both the world’s highest incarceration rate and among the highest rates of illegal drug use - that’s not by mistake.  Decades of research has found strict and excessive criminal punishment to be an extremely small deterrent to drug use, if it exists at all.  As a result, drug prohibition has failed to reduce drug use. We are actively sacrificing our tax dollars, public health & public safety - and for what?

Portugal decriminalized personal possession of all drugs in 2001 in response to high illicit drug use, and now has significantly lower rates of all drug use than the European average. They’ve substantially decreased overdoses, drug-related suicides as well.  Equally as important, are the resounding effects and improvements for users overall health, reduction of HIV, Hepatitis, all other blood-borne and sexually transmitted infections among users through humane and effective community-led, community based programs that emphasize harm reduction and ensuring those who need help, can safely seek it and get it.   All of this greatness was achieved without jeopardizing the safety of children - Portugal’s post-decriminalization has seen reductions in drug consumption from minors.

It’s a humane, just, compassionate, healthy and cost-avoidant policy.  Decriminalization puts #OurCalifornia’s tax dollars to better use.  Arresting, prosecuting and imprisoning people for drug-related offenses is expensive and counterproductive to the communities we’re trying to build if we continue to criminalize a public health concern.  

Drug use is roughly comparable across ethnic and racial groups in our State and our country, however People of Color are significantly more likely to be stopped, searched, arrested and imprisoned with harsher sentencing for drug-related offenses

Though overall arrests for marijuana-related offenses have fallen since the pass of 2016’s Prop 64, arrests of Black people for marijuana possession have significantly increased.  While Black Californians make up 6% of the State’s population, the racial disparities in arrests and those being detained is undeniable. Data from 2016 shows that Black Californians represented 32% of those being arrested and detained for marijuana.  While data from 2019 shows that Black Californians now make up 43% of those still being arrested and detained for marijuana - 4-5times their White Californian counterparts - despite legalization.  These racial disparities mirror trends nationwide with other States who have legalized marijuana and are an absolute reflection of societies and governments that devote more police resources to controlling and over-policing Black communities.  Furthermore, the data proves that legislation alone is not enough to undo racially-biased policing and predatory practices of the legal system in #OurCalifornia that are based on personal discretion of drug enforcement, prosecution and sentencing of People of Color, especially Black, Brown & Indigenous Peoples.  Inherent bias, be it racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic, will always result in the overrepresentation of the Poor, and People of Color, especially Black Californians, being arrested and incarcerated.

Billions and billions of our tax dollars are wasted annually on law enforcement agencies and our legal system without any positive impact on public safety, public health or drug use.  Our State’s legislation and legal system intentionally heightens the risk of drug users and the general public contracting HIV, Hepatitis and other bloods-borne and sexually transmitted infections by not having harm reduction policies in place.  State and federal data shows that failed drug screening tests, personal possession, missed appointments & unpaid fines remain the largest reasons California parolees return to prison - technical violations of parole rather than committing an alleged crime.

Our State continues to rely on extremely expensive drug enforcement, prosecution, sentencing, imprisonment, parole violations & re-sentencing with ineffective government spending on drug treatment and further incarceration for absolutely no reason.  This system isn’t effective, reduce crime or improve public safety. Our government is continuing this circular justification of defunding other public services at our expense while failing to resolve any issues they claim they need additional funding for.

No more.

Because criminalizing drugs does not really prevent drug use, decriminalizing does not really increase it.  Respect will.  Dignity will.  Protecting human rights will.  Recognizing personal autonomy will.  Significantly expanding effective community-based programs will.  When #OurCalifornia’s most marginalized are protected and succeed, we all win.

Drug use and drug dependency are a public health concern - not a crime. I support the full decriminalization of drug use - it has proven more humane, far more effective, just and cost-avoidant than criminalization.  Furthermore, it addresses predatory tactics of our legal system and the racial disparities inherent to the War on Drugs. Oregon was the first State in this country to decriminalize all drugs in November 2020 and I believe that California should be the second in November 2022.

As your gubernatorial candidate for 2022, I proudly call for our government, and our communities to abolish the prison industrial complex - and that includes our legislation and legal system.  We need to reimagine justice and ensure public safety for all Californians.  Data shows that drug use is a public health challenge to be successfully  managed, not a war to be won.  Drug users and drug dependent individuals deserve to live with dignity and our government must protect the human rights for all in #OurCalifornia. I intend to End Poverty in California, and these are the decriminalization policies and the vision I believe will achieve it:

  • Support the full decriminalization of drugs within the State of California;
  • Mitigate significant racial, ethnic and economic disparities associated with drug enforcement, prosecution, sentencing and imprisonment; 
  • Formally apologizing for our Government's actions, predation and failures.  This apology will include pardoning all active sentences, waiving all fees & expunging all criminal records any #OurCalifornia residents who were targeted by localities or the State for all crimes involving drug possession and/or use;
  • Protect the human rights of people who use drugs by treating them with dignity, providing equal access to all Ending Poverty In California services;
  • Adapt laws to ensure if/when #OurCalifornia uses drugs they have access to justice and do not face punitive or coercive sanctions for personal use;
    • Ensure the principle of proportionality is applied for drug-related crimes, and ensure the State has put in place public health-based alternatives to incarceration, administrative penalties and other forms of corrective action.
  • Working to end the intersecting forms of stigma and discrimination to drug users and drug dependent people in #OurCalifornia that hampers access to healthcare, harm reduction, legal services, education, employment and social protection services, or when interacting with law enforcement; 
    • Ensuring environments drug users and drug dependent people who need assistance who need this assistance are more likely to seek it and get it
  • Include, support, fund and empower communities and grassroots organizations - including organizations and networks of people who use drugs - in all aspects of the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of drug policies and programs, as well as the design and delivery of HIV, health, and social protection services;
  • Undertake a rebalancing of investments in drug control and funds saved from law enforcement agencies and our legal system now freed from expensive drug enforcement, prosecution, sentencing and imprisonment to ensure sufficient funding for human rights programs and health services, including comprehensive packages of harm reduction, HIV services, community-led responses and social enablers;
    • Reinvest substantial sums of monies previously used on drug enforcement to pay for new community-based harm reduction efforts in all localities across the State on a scale that can be easily, voluntarily and confidentially accessed by all people who are drug dependent - including but not limited to:
      • Drug treatment rehabilitation centers;
      • Opioid substitution therapy;
      • Needle-syringe programs;
      • Methadone and other medication-assisted treatment, which is endorsed by the American Medical Association;
      • Naloxone - including injectable and nasal forms;
      • Safe consumption rooms;
  • Ensure use of social contract modalities for engaging allied grassroots organizations for the delivery of community-led and community-based harm reduction services;
  • Reduce overdose death rates, HIV, viral Hepatitis,blood-borne and sexually transmitted infections within the State;
  • Ensure that all people who are drug dependent have access to noncoercive and evidence-informed drug dependence treatment that is consistent with international human rights standards;
  • Ensure that all users of drugs within #OurCalifornia have culturally competent care and fully accessible to the full range of healthcare services needed:
    • Access to prevention, testing, and life-saving treatment for HIV, viral hepatitis, blood-borne and sexually transmitted infections;
    • Ensure adequate availability and appropriate access to opioids for medical use to reduce pain and suffering;
    • Facilitate access for people who use drugs to HIV, sexual and reproductive health needs through an integrated, people-centered approach that is gender-responsive and youth-friendly;
    • Ensure that #MediCALForAllCalifornians/SB562 systems are structured in a way that makes services accessible and acceptable to people who use drugs, including both integrated and stand-alone services, as needed
  • Fund research to analyze the data of our State’s decriminalization, specifically our successes and strengths, areas of improvement, and policy or application blindspots, along with tangible and nontangible cost-benefit analysis;
  • Create a publicly accessible database, LEO Public Conduct Database, of all law enforcement officer complaints (formally lodged and community-based) in the State of California for complete transparency, employment sanctions and finally end loopholes that allow law enforcement to be rehired in other localities after previous termination;
    • In funding this reliable State tracking and reporting of all complaints and incidents there will be specific data and review available on harassment, assault, excessive use of force, and use of deadly force by law enforcement officers, whether lethal or not; 
  • Ensure that the California Cannabis Advisory Committee allows for a consortium of small cannabis farmers and marijuana industry leaders of color to review, audit and create legislation to ensure the industry is not structured by the State to favor large corporate interests when the industry in our State has been built off the backs of small farmers and People of Color;
  • Support legislation that fully legalizes all drugs:
    • As a means for State regulation and socioeconomic benefit;
    • I stand in Solidarity to reduce the violence and harm endured by people in Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Colombia, Peru, Costa Rica, Afghanistan & Mexico as a result of our government-funded international drug trades and genocidal criminal enterprises. We all deserve opportunities for economic prosperity and to live in peace;

Decriminalizing Sex Work

When an adult makes a decision of her, his, or their own free will to exchange sexual services for money, that is not sexual violence - that is sex work.  Sex work is the consensual exchange of sex between adults. Human trafficking and sexual exploitation of children are two entirely separate issues which are both serious human rights abuses and crimes and which should always be investigated with predators held to account.

However when the State insists upon criminalizing adult, voluntary, and consensual sex – including the commercial exchange of sexual services – it is incompatible with the human right to personal autonomy and privacy. When we can protect and empower our most marginalized communities, we all win.

Sex workers are far more vulnerable to violence, including rape, assault and murder from predators who see sex workers as easy targets because our current system intentionally leaves them unprotected.  When we as a society continue to stigmatize their work, dehumanize their existence and dismiss their calls for sociopolitical support and action - we impose further harm on human beings by denying human rights, dignity & equality under the law.  

Criminalization consistently undermines sex workers’ ability to seek justice for crimes against them - including substantial abuse and exploitation from law enforcement officials.  There’s over century of data in our State that shows law enforcement officers harass sex workers, extort bribes, physically, verbally and sexually abuse sex workers. Furthermore, criminalization decreases the likelihood they will seek or receive help from police.  Our criminalized environments further increase risk and significantly reduce options for sex workers to work in safe locations.

Two-Spirit, Trans, non-binary & gender nonconforming people, especially Black, Brown & Indigenous Peoples, bear the brunt of overpolicing and criminalization of sex work - whether they are sex workers themselves or not.  The harassment, stops, arrests and detaining of people for #WalkingWhileTrans or merely existing in our State is a horrific trend.  Furthermore, the overpolicing of Poor and BIPOC communities, means that Black, Brown & Indigenous Two-Spirit, Trans, Non-binary & Gender Nonconforming sex workers *and* non-sex workers bear the brunt of this harm with needless, violent & fiscally irresponsible interactions with law enforcement officers.

UNAIDS, public health experts, sex worker organizations, and other human rights organizations have found that criminalization of sex work also has a negative effect on sex workers’ right to health.  California law enforcement officers and prosecutors have routinely used a sex worker’s possession of condoms as evidence to support prostitution charges. A practice by our State which ultimately incentivizes sex workers to not carry condoms for fear of arrest.  Yet in their lines of work, not having condoms significantly increases the likelihood of engaging in an exchange of sexual services without protection.  Our State’s legislation and legal system intentionally heightens the risk of contracting HIV and other sexually transmitted infections on marginalized communities.

Criminalization of sex work reduces personal and public safety, strengthens criminal enterprises and exploitative measures, drastically reduces the health of sex workers, and wastes our tax dollars on ineffective and unnecessary actions.  

No more.

Our government has no business forcibly involving itself on acts between consenting adults - and utilizing legislation and our legal system to do so is a waste of tax dollars and public resources. I support the full decriminalization of sex work with the State of California.

Decriminalizing sex work maximizes sex workers’ legal protection and their ability to exercise other key rights, including to restorative justice and health care. Legal recognition of sex workers and their occupation maximizes their protection, dignity, and equality.  Data also shows that decriminalization can help reduce crime, including sexual violence, against sex workers and the general public.  When #OurCalifornia’s most marginalized are protected and succeed, we all win.

As your gubernatorial candidate for 2022, I proudly call for our government, and our communities to abolish the prison industrial complex - and that includes our legislation and legal system.  We need to reimagine justice and ensure public safety for all Californians.  Sex workers deserve to live with dignity and our government must protect the human rights for all in #OurCalifornia.  I intend to End Poverty in California, and these are the decriminalization policies and the vision I believe will achieve it:

  • Ensure full decriminalization of sex work;
    • Supporting SB233 and further expansion of the bill for full decriminalization;
  • Ensure California State legislation clearly distinguishes between sex work and sex crimes - like human trafficking and sexual exploitation of children.  
    • Clarity and distinctions will help protect both sex workers and crime victims in our State and hold predators, Corporations who knowingly violate these laws accountable;
  • Formally apologizing for our Government's actions, predation and failures.  This apology will include pardoning all active sentences, waiving all fees & expunging all criminal records any #OurCalifornia residents who were targeted by localities or the State for all laws which criminalized sex and sexual services between consenting adults;
  • Maximize sex workers’ legal protection and their ability to exercise their human, constitutional and civil rights in a nondiscriminatory fashion.  
  • Provide legal recognition of sex work as an occupation, maximizing their protection, dignity & equality.
  • Elevate California’s first Sex Workers Union to ensure the protection of human and labor rights of sex workers within our State within the State Union Department;
    • Protect sex workers’ right to organize, collective bargaining, labor rights, labor relations law, 
  • Work with grassroots sex worker organizations, sex workers & sex work labor leaders to create California’s first Sex Workers’ Union.
    • Empower the Sex Workers’ Union to create legislation and community-based programs that address discrimination based on socioeconomic, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, or immigration status affecting sex workers in our State;
    • Empower the Sex Workers’ Union to create legislation that addresses workplace safety, health, successful business models & critical support systems currently lacking for sex workers in our State;
  • Reinvest funding from previous criminalization efforts into sex-worker led and community-based initiatives for public education and all needed support services;
  • Reinvest funding from previous criminalization efforts into sex worker-led research to analyze the data of our State’s decriminalization, specifically our successes and strengths, areas of improvement, policy or application blindspots, along with tangible and nontangible cost-benefit analyses;
  • Create a publicly accessible database, LEO Public Conduct Database, of all law enforcement officer complaints (formally lodged and community-based) in the State of California for complete transparency, employment sanctions and finally end loopholes that allow law enforcement to be rehired in other localities after previous termination;
    • In funding this reliable State tracking and reporting of all complaints and incidents there will be specific data and review available on harassment, extortion, assault, sexual assault,  excessive use of force, and use of deadly force by law enforcement officers, whether lethal or not; 
  • Ensure full access and use of #OurCalifornia’s Ending Poverty In California services, including but not limited to:
    • Restorative Justice;
    • #MediCALForAllCalifornians;
    • #UniversalHousing;
    • Collective organizing, labor rights and safe working conditions;
    • Nutrition & #SNAPForAll;
    • #ChildcareForAll;
    • State Jobs Guarantee;
    • Public Education & workforce development;
  • Support repeal of SESTA/FOSTA and its tech applications and encourage State Legislation which challenges SESTA/FOSTA, specifically:
    • The government has no place in the consensual behavior of adults, and the bill’s significant targeting of legal, already marginalized and underserved populations of legal sex workers - especially those who are LGBTQ, BIPOC or Poor is not something I support;
    • As it stands, SESTA/FOSTA’s regulatory structure is currently only feasible for the largest tech companies as a result of their extensive legal resources.  Smaller networks and firms in the State of California, and the country, are often incapable of navigating or complying with this law - thus reducing innovation and legal content.  My government intends to support small business, spur innovation and increase legal  content;

Abolition of our Police State and Legal System

We have long been a Police State.  So with the rise of:

  • Big Tech, 
  • the militarization of local police, 
  • legislation that enables officers to abide by an entirely different playbook, 
  • and constant expansion of our prison industrial system with legislation, overpolicing, for-profit prisons and our government’s reliance on slave labor

Our government has come to rely on grandiose systems that harm individuals, our communities and our opportunities for resilient and sustainable futures.  As a society, we must realize that we do not have unlimited resources. Too many of our tax dollars have been diverted under the outright lies we’ve been told about crime and public safety.  Too many of our resources are being taken up by mass incarceration, expansive government systems which legitimize themselves no matter how harmful, and this incessant punitive policing of “the other.” 

Our State and localities have been hyperfocused on expanding systems that support overpolicing by defunding mental health services, defunding housing, defunding public education and denying food security.  Our State and localities have allowed Corporations to poison our air, our water, our soil, our bodies for profit — to violently extract resources from the ground and for a profit.  Our State and localities have intentionally failed to address these ills of our communities, our society as a whole because they are actively creating conditions in which our living and learning environments are filled with hazards.  When a State’s focus is on how it can sustain and support itself - and not its People... it’s time to reevaluate our State’s government and Governor.

Members of my community, members of your community, members across #OurCalifornia is now engaging with this criminal legal system at a disproportionate rate because our State’s finite resources are being used against us.

We have to dismantle and rebuild in a way that is going to enable us to serve our communities the way we are supposed to serve them. I believe that we all have a responsibility now to take our government and our communities back.  #OurCalifornia is powerful, and it’s time we ALL hold our electeds to account - the ones who have a seat at tables we’ve long been denied, to push for that transformative, non-incremental change at every turn. It is going to take everybody, from all different professions, to commit to doing this work, making some mistakes along the way and getting it right for us to see a change. This is a movement of, for and by the People.  We cannot rely on legislation and the legal system that got us here to get us out of this neoliberal hellscape.  

No more.

Most elected officials are not activists or community organizers. However the time has now come now where we can no longer afford to have people with such exaggerated positions of power within our legal system be one thing - their designated titles of government/public service.  We must move past being a prosecutor, district attorney, judge, clerk, bailiff, attorney general and fully commit to being a public servant for our communities.  That means advocating for food security and sovereignty, recognizing and combatting the environmental injustices of our frontline communities, supporting complete tribal sovereignty and anti-racist policies, addressing our affordable housing shortage, and working to end policies and remove harm from the system that impact ALL our communities.  This time is now.

We must earn the trust of our communities, of our most marginalized and we cannot do that with transforming our work, our efforts and the outcomes of our legislation and legal system.  The sentiment of wanting to defund the police is really about reinvesting in community, and in many cases across our State, finally investing in poor communities, rural communities, urban communities, Black and brown communities for the first time.

As your gubernatorial candidate for 2022, I proudly call for our government, and our communities to abolish the prison industrial complex - and that includes our legislation and legal system.  We need to reimagine justice and ensure public safety for all Californians.  I intend to End Poverty in California, and these are the policies and the vision for our legislation and legal system I believe will achieve it:

  • Actively work to decrease and ultimately erase the footprint of our current criminal legal system, including but not limited to: a complete re-evaluation of our penal code; biased system applications of the severity of alleged crimes committed, pretrial risk assessment, & sentencing - as data consistently shows the Poor and specifically People of Color receive significantly higher bail, harsher criminal statutes and sentencing; Minimum mandatory and maximum sentencing statutes;
    • Similar to efforts and outcome of Realignment - AB 109, reclassify the way the State looks at crimes to effectively eliminate the possibility of prison time, from penal to motor vehicle codes.
    • Divest from previously ineffective and costly overpolicing efforts to reinvest in new community-led and community-based systems that will allow all communities and localities across this State to thrive;
    • Work with grassroots organizations, abolition activists, members of our legal system & community members to ensure just transitions that meet the needs and demands of this moment with fully transparent audits and State support of systemic change of legislative and legal system needs for #OurCalifornia;
    • As data shows that a minimum of 4 out of 10 individuals entering the justice system are disabled, we must transform ableist courts, including predatory and punitive measures which have been proven to penalize disabled populations;
    • Elevate effective community-led initiatives and programs that will dismantle the prison industrial complex and permanently decrease our legal systems’ footprints, and provide restorative justice to all harmed by crime;
    • Legislation and penal code changes will significantly reduce policing structures, government and docket loads for most courts within our State which are extremely wasteful, and counterproductive as data has long shown they create additional crime;
    • Reinvestment of those funds to begin addressing the resilient and sustainable communities #OurCalifornia needs with entirely new legislative and non policing, community-based, community-led alternatives to uplift our communities - especially our most marginalized - and End Poverty In California;
  • Create a publicly accessible database, Courts Public Conduct Database, of court officials’ complaints (formally lodged and community-based) in the State of California for complete transparency of conduct, actions and data.  These court officials can include but are not limited to: District Attorneys, Prosecutors & Judges;

Abolition of Cash Bail, Predatory Pretrial Bail Risk Assessment Systems and Reliance of Pretrial Detainees

According to data from the Federal Reserve, raising $400 for an emergency (health, auto, housing, family, etc) would be hard for just about half of all Americans. Yet, across this country & our State, a person’s ability to often pay $400 or more determines who stays in jail before trial and who returns home.  So it should be no surprise then that decades of California data consistently has shown that a minimum of 55% of people in our city and county jails are there because of an inability to pay their determined cash bail.  

California’s current bail system enables judges to set bail such that it would be unaffordable to the defendant:

  • without a finding that the defendant would actually pose a threat to society,
  • without considering the defendant’s ability to pay, and
  • without considering non-monetary alternatives.  

These obscenely high & fixed amounts assigned penalize the Poor - as wealthy defendants walk free.  This two-tier system criminalizes poverty and is a structural linchpin of mass incarceration and racial inequality.  

California’s bail industry is an unnecessary and largely unaccountable $2 billion industry that profits from trapping people both inside and out of jail, and often for long after their charges with the courts have been resolved.  With its well-documented predatory and exploitative practices, California’s private and public bail industry extracts massive money from our communities with the fewest resources - the Poor & marginalized populations. Factoring in the impact of pretrial detention on families, communities, and social services, the true economic cost of this crisis on local communities is estimated to approach $14 billion annually

The median bail amount in California ($50,000) is more than five times the median amount in the rest of the nation (less than $10,000).  And as such, according to the Department of Justice, California has relied on pretrial detention at 21 percentage points more than the rest of the United States.  Decades of data also confirm that Indigenous, Black, & brown people are more likely to be detained with arbitrarily higher cash bail amounts than white people for similar charges and criminal histories.   Bond schedules in one California study, identified local arbitrary bond schedule amounts for public intoxication ranging from $75 to $10,000 where white people received significantly lower bail amounts, making it bail roulette for Indigenous, Black and brown people.  Testing for racial discrimination in the parametric model used in a number or pretrial risk assessments concluded that being Black increases a defendant’s odds of being held in jail pretrial by 25%.

The Partnership on AI has found pretrial risk assessment tools are often invalid, inaccurate, or biased in predicting real world outcomes because these tools are simply using the wrong metrics. Many algorithms are programmed to measure the likelihood of an individual incurring another arrest, not whether they are a threat to public safety.  Additionally, algorithms are likely to reflect the existing biases and oppressive practices of overpolicing and criminalization of the Poor and historically marginalized communities. 

The economic, psychological & social impacts devastate families and entire communities for generations, guts the presumption of innocence, and applies very real penalties for poverty.  And the penalty for poverty in the State of California’s justice system is being caged in city/county jails as a pretrial detainee.

The longer pretrial detainees remain in our city and county jails - the more harm we do to them.  

California’s cash bail system and current risk-assessment alternatives often leads to the detention of people who do not pose a real threat to public safety.  Pretrial detainees are presumed innocent under the law, yet still suffer the same documented harms of incarceration.  Individuals who are arrested still require basic needs which often go unmet in the jails across our localities, and could be better met outside California’s justice system and carceral state.  One in five jail inmates has a serious mental illness, and a minimum of two in five incarcerated in jails require medication. According to multiple Supreme Court of the United States cases the State of California has lost - our jails and prisons are systemically negligent in providing constitutional minimums of healthcare, including medication and appropriate medical and psychiatric treatment with incarceration officials deliberately indifferent to the needs of individuals under State care.  Only 11% of people with substance-use disorders in the justice system receive any type of treatment.

Our unjust legal system also preys upon pretrial detainees living in poverty to accept unjust or wrongful convictions.  Data confirms that detained defendants are 25% more likely to plead guilty than similarly situated releases, and are 43% more likely to be sentenced to jail, receiving jail sentences that are more than twice as long on average.  Furthermore, data shows that the longer pretrial detainees remain in our horrifically brutal and unconstitutional spaces, the more likely they are to commit future crimes, meaning that incarceration has a very real criminogenic effect and does not promote or increase public safety. These differences persist even after fully controlling for the initial bail amount, offense, all demographic information, and criminal history characteristics.  State-sanctioned imprisonment causes more crime.   

The toll this crisis takes on #OurCalifornia is catastrophic, and the burdens are levied almost exclusively on the Poor, and disproportionately on Communities of Color, marginalized and underserved populations.  People who are jailed pretrial often wait months, even years, for their cases to resolve. And in that time while they wait for an unjust system to determine their innocence or convict them of crimes they may not have even committed, the Poor lose their jobs, homes, children, and critically essential community ties.  Being a pretrial detainee risks the same sexual violence, deterioration of mental and physical health, and the infliction of lasting trauma - same as individuals convicted of crimes in our jails and prisons.

Again, the longer pretrial detainees remain in our city and county jails - the more harm we do to them.   

In RE: KENNETH HUMPHREY, on Habeas Corpus, the First District Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled in 2018 that the pretrial detention of Kenneth Humphrey unconstitutional because “a defendant may not be imprisoned solely due to poverty.” Should the ruling be upheld, it may constitute an existential challenge to the state’s bail system. Concurrent challenges—motivated in part by high rates of pretrial detention in California relative to the rest of the nation—have all been posed by the Judicial Council, Attorney General and state legislature. 

And with direct and immediate reaction, California’s bail industry launched a three-pronged attack to ensure the protection of their $2 billion industry.  Substantial lobbying, November 2020’s referendum to repeal SB10 and an initiative quietly filed to grant bail constitutional protection.  While corporate lobbying still remains, the initiative filed to grant bail constitutional protection was promptly dismissed.  There were a range of opponents to the referendum to repeal SB10, also known as Prop 25 on the November 2020 ballot, including the California Bail Agents Association, the American Bail Coalition & the California Peace Officers’ Association - however the most notable opposition were civil rights advocates, the Partnership for AI, the California Conference of the NAACP and countless others stated that the algorithm should not be used for release decisions, and the SB10 does not sufficiently address racial biases inherent to our criminal justice system.  Since Proposition 25 failed, Senate Bill 10 was rejected resulting in the retention of cash bail in the State.

California’s current pretrial risk assessment algorithms fail to reduce the volume of people who are arrested and often digitally replicate systemic and historic oppression by relying on data built from a history of criminalizing the Poor, our disabled, Indigenous, Black, brown & gender non conforming bodies.  As algorithms, risk assessment tools are designed to learn from these rules and their consequences using biased data collected by biased individuals working in an oppressive system. 

Forty-nine of California’s 58 counties use pretrial risk assessment tools alongside bail.  California localities use a range of assessment tools including extremely controversial technology specifically created for parolees - COMPAS.  The Correctional Offender Management Profiling for Alternative Sanctions - COMPAS, was created specifically to help probation and parole officers determine the level of supervision required for an inmate upon release however has been shown to be predictively invalid, and scores are designed to be different based on race and gender - so all other factors being equal, risk assessment results will differ based on race and gender alone.

Our current injustice system operates under the standard premise that risk assessment tools are objective and inherently neutral because they are based on data.  Our overreliance on this prison technology will not disrupt or reform our existing criminal injustice system - but instead create forward progress in the same inequities that our criminal injustice system was built upon. The State’s incessant investing in pretrial risk assessment actually diverts resources away from more critical reforms, exacerbates inequity, bias and blatant inaccuracies in the system - just to maintain the same levels of policing and biased applications of the law.

Our current injustice system relies on judges and lawyers to be unbiased with equitable applications of the law and understand the complexities of how these algorithmic predictions function in order to make fair interpretations of the data they’re presented.  Meaning individuals with the most power to preside over a case, a person’s freedom must effectively interpret statistical information, confidence intervals, and error bands, and be well-versed in the uncertainty of the results. 

California’s current risk assessment algorithms and tools take into account personal characteristics like age, sex, geography, family background, and employment status. As a result, two people accused of the same crime can receive sharply different bail or sentencing outcomes based on inputs that are beyond their control—with no way of assessing or challenging the results.

No more.

Nonincremental and systemic change to our criminal justice system requires careful thought, consideration and intention to ensure public safety and the human rights all in #OurCalifornia is entitled to. Accordingly, the abolition of cash bail cannot be replaced with equally problematic algorithms that fail to address our justice systems structurally inherent biases on the Poor, communities of Color & marginalized populations.

Risk assessment tools can help create a more just society, but only if they utilize an abolition framework, which envisions the use and implementation of technology to reduce the role of incarceration and policing in the criminal justice system through alternatives that address the underlying causes of crime and promote public safety.  When these tools are framed in abolitionist praxis, pretrial risk assessment can help begin to create a justice system that is fair, effective, and rehabilitative. 

Furthermore, increasing the State’s use of successful and effective non-cash bail & nonpolicing alternatives is essential to ensuring just and equitable treatment under the law, while ensuring decarceration of pretrial defendants.  The Pretrial Services Agency (PSA), an independent federal agency with a 45-year track record, is widely regarded as the gold standard of pretrial criminal justice reform. Even without bail, PSA has a phenomenal track record with 90 percent of released defendants appearing at all of their scheduled court dates and 91 percent remain arrest-free between pretrial release and their trial date.  It can be done and I refuse to allow Bail Corporations and Policing structures amplify unfounded fears in the face of critically necessary change that #OurCalifornia deserves.

As your gubernatorial candidate for 2022, I proudly call for our government, and our communities to abolish the prison industrial complex - and that includes our legislation and legal system.  We need to reimagine justice and ensure public safety for all Californians.  I intend to End Poverty in California, and these are the policies and the vision for our abolition of cash bail, predatory pretrial bail risk assessment systems and reliance of pretrial detainees that I believe will achieve it:

  • As findings bolster a growing body of evidence that risk assessment tools are not effective at reducing the use of money bail and pretrial incarceration and have little impact on racial disparities in pretrial release rates, we must audit and compare all 49 counties’ pretrial risk assessments currently used in the State of California to provide greater accountability, transparency and feedback for #OurCalifornia;
    • Utilizing/Expanding Stanford’s Risk Assessment Factsheet to audit and compare pretrial risk assessments within the abolitionist framework;
  • As algorithms are proprietary, they are not subject to State or federal open government laws.  Create new legislation that changes this specifically for any algorithmic pretrial risk assessments used in the State of California within our justice system;
    • As the pretrial risk assessment tool will be subject to State open government laws a defendants will now be able to challenge the validity of the results 
  • Mandate algorithmic & nonalgorithmic pretrial risk assessment tools are recreated utilizing abolitionist metrics if they are used in the State of California.  These abolitionist metrics will align with a broader effort to both increase public safety and reduce the role of incarceration in California’s prison industrial complex including.  These metrics and tools include, but are not limited to:
    • Account for the biases in crime data that stem from this Nation’s, State’s & localities' settler colonist & racist history and the criminalization of historically marginalized communities;
    • Account for inherent gender and racial bias (with added point accumulation in COMPAS)
    • Should not consider arrests that do not result in convictions while assessing the risk that someone will commit a dangerous crime if released before their trial;
    • Account for inherent and unequal punishment of Poverty in order to not violate the equal protection clause & ensures input questions do not include the consideration of employment history and financial resources;
    • Should not factor demographic, socioeconomic background, family characteristics and neighborhood crime rates which may serve as a proxy for race. Because these variables and weighted outcomes are highly correlated with race, their inclusion in assessments often have a racially disparate impact;
    • Should adopt a narrow range of questions, such as strictly based on past or present criminal behavior, and individual assessment of a defendant’s conduct, mental states, and attitudes;
  • Pretrial risk assessment tools require effective governance, transparency, assessment and accountability. Algorithms cannot exist behind a veil of secrecy, and must be made accessible for public examination, debate, and ongoing regulation both inside and outside the courtroom by plaintiffs, defendants, and the general public.  To ensure independent, objective, nonpartisan and inclusive reviews, create a California State Pretrial Risk Assessment Commission for independent, objective and nonpartisan review and governing body:
    • The CSPRAC will include members from:
      • The Judicial Council;
      • Pretrial Detention Reform Workgroup;
      • California Bar Association;
      • Nonpartisan Policy Organizations;
      • The Partnership on AI
      • Our Incarcerated
      • Members of the General Public
    • Review outcomes of State research on Stanford’s Risk Assessment Factsheet to audit and compare the 49 pretrial risk assessments currently used in this State;
    • Determine validity and effectiveness of pretrial risk assessment tools to be used in the State;
    • Create legislation that regulates pretrial risk assessment tools both in and out of the courtroom;
  • Ensure State legislation places meaningful and intentional limitations on the use of risk assessment information in order to protect against due process violations and unintentional, unfair, biased, or discriminatory outcomes inherent to our current injustice system:
    • Risk assessment tools must clearly distinguish between and detail the types of risks being assessed;
    • Risk assessment scores must be accompanied by detailed descriptions of how they were calculated—ie “audit trails”—and all of the information necessary to enable a reproducible calculation of a particular individual’s risk score;
    • Courts should not be allowed to rely on proprietary risk assessment tools if a vendor refuses to disclose information about how the risk assessment tool was developed;
    • The California Judicial Council must define processes by which defendants get access to risk assessment information and can challenge both the risk assessment tool and/or their score;
    • The Judicial Council must place limits on the use of the pretrial risk assessment information in additional proceedings;
    • Courts must not use information generated from a pretrial risk assessment tool if it has not been evaluated and found to satisfy criteria that independent scientific research confirms will accomplish our government’s desired public policy goals—and if the results of such review have not been published and shared with defendants;
    • Pretrial risk assessment information must be used only to aid in the assessment of what conditions of release are appropriate;
    • Pretrial risk assessment tools, and court officials, should not consider arrests that do not result in convictions while assessing the risk that someone will commit a dangerous crime if released before their trial;
  • Create legislation that mandates judicial consideration and weighted use of non-cash bail alternatives to ensure the Constitutional rights of arrested individuals is not a penalty for the Poor;
  • Fund nonpolicing alternatives that are community-based and community-led caseworkers for released defendants, particularly the higher risk individuals, who may have lower barriers to success;
    • Ensure defendants with physical and mental health needs are met by referrals to community counseling partners;
    • Connect defendants directly to their local EPIC office to provide help with employment and housing in order to help disrupt cycles of poverty and crime;
    • Ensure courts do not immediately issue bench warrants for a defendant’s failure to appear, and de-escalate the need for police intervention. Conduct a "failure to appear investigation," which includes phone calls to the defendant, the defendant's family/associates, to other jurisdictions and even to hospitals, if the defendant has known health issues;

State-Sanctioned Imprisonment in California

Prisons do not keep up safe, nor do prisons reduce crime.  To the contrary, data has consistently shown our methods of mass incarceration needlessly expand our government, government spending, criminal enterprises, and substantially harm the labor market which denies our communities opportunities for peace, safety, health or wealth.  Though the discussion of criminal justice and mass incarceration often takes place at the federal level, the vast majority of people who are incarcerated in the United States are incarcerated by state authorities.

California has the largest prison system and network in this country.  Only coming second to higher education in this State (our UC, Cal State & Community College Systems) - California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is the second largest government employer in California.  And specifically the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is home to the largest amount of prisons, correctional facilities,  fire camps, juvenile justice facilities, detention centers, health facilities and rehabilitation clinics in the country.  This is not by mistake - but design.

This network is expansive. Having been cultivated from a horrific history and violent practices of California missionaries, bolstered by convict leasing, racist legislation, mass incarceration and bureaucratic tools of social control - the CDCR is home to 33 adult correctional institutions, 13 adult community correctional facilities, and 8 juvenile facilities in California.  Pre-COVID, these 54 facilities housed 123,000 incarcerated individuals, just slightly below the Supreme Court mandated target of the State’s 137.5% maximum design capacity, which by all accounts and basic math is still substantially overcrowded.  

As the Supreme Court mandated target applies systemwide, and not to individual prisons, the State of California & CDCR have chosen to keep a number of their spaces well above 100% occupancy.  13 of the 35 state-owned facilities individually operate from 137.5% - 200+% capacity.  And about 15,000 additional inmates are not counted in the institutional population because they are housed in camps or in one of the eight contract facilities that the state does not own. Four contract facilities are privately operated; three are publicly operated by the cities of Delano, Shafter, and Taft; one is privately owned but operated by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.  The State also formerly housed incarcerated individuals out of state—more than 10,000 in 2011— however all had been returned to facilities in California by June 2019.  And in a drudgingly slow and lethal response to COVID-19, the State & CDCR have reduced population numbers to a 30-year low - with 99,929 incarcerated individuals still imprisoned under State care - numbers that place our carceral state as a whole still operating over 100% design capacity, with individual facilities still well over the 137.5% Supreme Court mandate.

Our carceral state is what it has always been - a shameful effort to maximize populations under California State care for maximum profit of the wealthy, corporations & the government.

California’s first mass incarceration system was instituted by Franciscan missionaries, who later in conjunction collaborated with the US ARMY, California legislators and 303 California Militia units in operating a system of twenty-one California missions that echo from colonial past into our carceral present.  Mass murder, surveillance, sexual violence, corporal punishment, and overt denial of humanity were all means of control used constantly within the initial 21 California missions to colonize the bodies, minds & spirits of California Indians.  In the name of Doctrine of Discovery and later the Monroe Doctrine and Manifest Destiny: came the colonized transformation of Indigenous people to baptized Catholic workers enduring imprisonment for life with forced and unfree labor.

These missions remained used by the State’s newly recognized government in 1850, California legislature and 303 California Militia units under the misnomered legislation “1850 Act for the Government and Protection of Indians” for at least an additional two decades.  While missions were heavily used as one of many lethal means of Indian removal, localities also began creating their own jails via boats & brick-and-mortar.  Governor John McDougal insisted that a state prison was needed to isolate the worst villains from society, so our State’s first prison, San Quentin, was erected in 1851. San Quentin initially housed mostly California Indians, Freedmen the State falsely determined were runaways, and striking or combative Chinese and White laborers.  Bank robbers and outlaws, although prominent throughout the state, were few and in between in San Quentin initially.  And the rich were rarely prosecuted, let alone imprisoned for their crimes which were often well documented and reported.  Shortly thereafter, California legislature passed the 1851 “Act providing for securing of State Prison Convicts,” where a private contractor would provide security and care to convicts in exchange for the right to sell their labor.  Convict leasing gained widespread use and support in direct response to the abolition of slavery after 1865 across the United States and subsequent reconstruction era.

From 1851-1944, the legislature organized the State's four prisons into one adult penal system which included minimum and maximum security facilities - but the State remained one of the largest and most profitable convict leasing producers in the country for manufacturing, agriculture, service & government enterprises.

California’s cheapest and most productive labor workforce resides under the control of the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation.  And even in this pandemic and subsequent economic crises, California’s prisons, jails & detention centers remain extremely profitable at the expense of #OurCalifornia.  Private corporations are incentivized to lobby for policies that maximize prison populations in order to sustain a business model that is only profitable because they are allowed to exploit artificially deflated labor costs. Over 4,100 corporations profit from mass incarceration in United States - and a minimum of 513 California Corporations deny #OurCalifornia employment opportunities so they can continue to exploit artificially deflated labor costs, keep operating costs low and sell cheap goods to government agencies, private companies and the general public. 

Our carceral state is what it has always been - a brutally expansive system whose sole intention is to exploit substantial labor for obscene profits of private corporations and the government.

Other sentiments of 1851 remain present in our carceral state - people who have committed crimes and/or who are disabled as a class, are unworthy of liberty or rights. This has been and continues to be reflected in our State’s history of eugenics on marginalized populations under State care, or the State’s generally unconstitutional and inhumane treatment.

Dr. Leo Stanley, documented eugenicist and San Quentin’s Chief Surgeon from 1913-1951, performed over 10,000 testicular implants while at San Quentin, thousands of lobotomies, and thousands of forced sterilizations.  He was not alone in actions.  In fact, eugenics within the State’s carceral system was extremely common for Californians who were deemed “unfit to produce” - a label that regularly befell the physically or mentally disabled, Women, Black, Brown and Indigenous individuals.

This 1909 California eugenics law traditionally and disproportionately forced Women of Color under the State’s care to unknowingly surrender their complete reproductive capacities.  While the law was repealed in 1979 - this practice and predation on Women, specifically Black, Brown & Indigenous Women has continued well through the last decade in our prisons, juvenile justice facilities, detention centers, health facilities and rehabilitation clinics.

Since 2006, the state's prison medical care system has been in receivership after a Supreme Court ruled in Plata v. Brown that the state failed to provide a constitutional level of medical care to its prisoners.  And as of 2009, the state has also been under a Supreme Court order to reduce prison overcrowding to no higher than 137.5% of total design capacity.  To maintain federal compliance, California has begun placing and housing a number of our incarcerated out of the State.  

These spaces operate above maximum capacity on #OurCalifornia’s dime.  Averaging around $81,000, housing an incarcerated individual in California now costs #OurCalifornia 138% more than a year at California’s most expensive private university with room, board & other fees combined - and for what?  For the last decade, the State annually spends hundreds of millions of dollars each year in class-action litigation costs alone, and additionally pays hundreds of millions of dollars for violating Constitutional rights, and abhorrent treatment of State incarcerated, parolees and incarcerated juveniles.  Horrific abuses in California’s prison system persist despite decades of court orders meant to curb violations of prisoners’ civil and constitutional rights - especially incarcerated individuals who are disabled

City, County & State report after report have identified willful neglect, malice, overcrowding, cruel and unusual punishment by our carceral state for failing to provide basic needs and sanitary spaces - and all before Covid-19.  The treatment endured by prisoners during this pandemic has been nothing short of horrific and heartbreaking.  The pandemic laid bare our State’s dysfunction, and the State’s widespread abuse of individuals within our county jails, State prisons, medical facilities, rehabilitation clinics & detention centers.  Long before Los Angeles County was a national COVID-19 hotspot - some of the State’s county jails, prisons & detention centers had infection rates of 1 out of every 3 - a rate that remains today for many of the prisons, jails & detention centers across the State.  COVID-19 death rates are 240% higher than any other identified community in the State based on a lack of basic services, sanitation, social distancing, and failed quarantine methods.

Coronavirus outbreaks in San Quentin, AdelantoLancaster, Corcoran, California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, High Desert, California Health Care Facility, Avenal, California Men’s Colony, Central California Women's Facility, California Medical Facility and countless others underscore California’s continued unconstitutional, cruel and inhumane treatment of prisoners.  Furthermore, advocates have confirmed that about 50% of California’s incarcerated that have died from COVID-19 in our government’s custody were disabled.

Our carceral state is what it has always been - constructed to exploit and deny human rights of our most marginalized in their care.

And even through 2020, legislation permits California city & county jails offer pay-to-stay, or self-pay, jail programs - where affluent incarcerated people can rent upscale jail cells with luxury amenities including private spaces, clean linens and Queen-size mattresses, laptops, flat-screen TVs & even pay for work-release options.  These incarcerated people, often referred to as “clients” or “customers” can bring in their own food, clothing and a wide range of other personal items.  What initially started out as a legislative antidote to overcrowding has evolved into a two-tiered justice system that allows people convicted of all crimes, including violent felonies (identified as injurious or sex crimes), to buy their way into safe and extremely comfortable jail stays. The average cost of a stay was $1,756 per day - with stays ranging from a day to years.  Ultimately, large sums of money afford luxury, convenience and most importantly… an acknowledgment of humanity regardless of the crime.  City jails across California go as far as promoting options to pay for safe, clean and respectable living spaces - openly acknowledging the benefits of their paid alternatives and fiscal enterprise because “serving a commitment in jail is a highly disruptive experience and can negatively affect a person’s career and their ability to provide for their family…we provide options to traditional incarceration that help address these concerns.” Therein lies the truth - the Poor are not worthy of such opportunity, freedom, forgiveness or respect.  Pay-to-stay jail programs are the direct juxtaposition of the brutality, squalor, horrifically abysmal medical care and countless other cruel and inhumane conditions that remain permanent features of public jail systems for the Poor across this State. There remains two vastly different state-sanctioned justice systems and state-sanctioned carceral states that revolve around the State’s determined value of an individual’s worth.

Our carceral state is what it has always been - constructed for two distinctively justice systems - a pleasant one for the wealthy, and an exploitive horror of injustice for the Poor.

No more. 

We must dismantle our carceral state and rebuild with life-affirming infrastructure that enables and empowers us to serve all stakeholders in our communities, and rehabilitate individuals in the way we are supposed to finally end cycles of crime and violence in communities across #OurCalifornia.  In running for Governor, I have a responsibility now to push for that transformative, non-incremental change at every turn.  

The time for abolition of our injustice system is now. And to guide us in this moment, we need to hold central that abolition is both a vision and a political strategy.  Part of this strategy is recognizing and actualizing that we cannot call for reforms that further entrench and legitimize policing in any form as a solution to social, economic or political problems. When #OurCalifornia’s most marginalized are protected and succeed, we all win.  And as a prison industrial complex abolitionist, the reforms I am calling for are aimed at diminishing the political, economic & social power of policing through the largest prison network in the country.

As your gubernatorial candidate for 2022, I proudly call for our government, and our communities to abolish the prison industrial complex - and that includes our carceral system.  We need to reimagine justice and ensure public safety for all Californians.  I intend to End Poverty in California, and this is how I believe reimagining state-sanctioned imprisonment I believe will achieve this:

  • Defund the largest prison network in the country - the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation;
    • Ensure that our incarcerated within State Psychiatric Care, Medical & Rehabilitation finally receive the same level of premium quality and service as all others in the State under #MediCALForAllCalifornians;
      • Finally and fully address the 2011 Supreme Court of the United States mandate to ensure Constitutional rights to healthcare within our carceral state;
  • End the State & Carceral System’s reliance upon prisons as a means to remove individuals in mental health crises from the general public and admit them to State psychiatric care through the California Department of  Corrections and Rehabilitation;
    • We must transform ableist prisons and the actions within them.  Predatory and punitive measures, including California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation solitary confinement and variations of it, which have been proven to have devastating harm disabled populations under State care;
    • Reorganize the expansion of State Psychiatric Care, Mental Health & Rehabilitation under #MediCALForAllCalifornians without affiliation or attachment to our injustice system as many within our State Psychiatric Prisons are not criminals - merely disabled people without residential environments able to meet their needs of care;
    • Create and appropriately fund a network of small Therapeutic Farms that are long term farm-based residential programs providing effective and holistic approaches to mental health and addiction within a community setting:
      • With max occupancy of 30 residents per Therapeutic Farm, our goal is to ensure premium levels of service and care in order to empower self-reliance & self-worth in supportive and natural community settings. 
      • Therapeutic Farms will focus on long-term, residential treatment for schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, failure to launch, addiction, and many other psychiatric disorders through a variety of therapies including: 
        • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT);
        • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT);
        • Trauma-Focused  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT);
        • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT);
        • Behavior Modification;
        • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT); 
        • Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR);
        • Empowering individuals to enhance therapy and treatments with creative tools  like Eagala, animal-assisted psychotherapy,  narrative therapy, ecotherapy
      • These Therapeutic Farms will be in counties across the State for individuals struggling with mental health and addiction issues and offering multifaceted support with services including:
        • Ranch-based work therapy;
        • Psychiatry;
        • Individual therapy;
        • Group Therapy;
        • Medication management;
        • Team-advising model;
        • Wide variety of fitness, wellness, sports and arts offerings/activities;
        • Transition services;
        • AA/NA/MA, SMART, & Refuge Recovery;
  • #FreeThemAll. It is ethically, socially & economically the right thing to do as our current carceral system fails us all.
    • Prioritize high risk incarcerated individuals within all State early release programs; 
    • Immediate decarceration for all nonviolent criminal and civil crimes;
    • End the State & Carceral System’s reliance upon prisons as a means to admit individuals in mental health crises and ensure proper and appropriate placement within spaces trained to work with disabled individuals;
    • Unduly long prison terms are counterproductive for public safety and contribute to the dynamic of diminishing individual or public good. Reduce long-term sentencing, and re-evaluate minimum mandatory sentencing as a whole;
    • Ensure that rehabilitation, violence prevention and harm reduction remain at the forefront of the new systems which we build for community members who commit crime:
      • The 2019-2020 CDCR budget for both adult and juvenile rehabilitative services and administration totaled $491,235,000 out of the CDCR’s $15.5Billion budget.  That’s a measly 3.17% dedicated to rehabilitation.  And applied to the 126,293 adults and children in the CDCR’s care for that year - rehabilitation costs averaged out to be $3889.65 per person in CDCR care (out of the $122,873.72 it costs #OurCalifornia to keep each individual incarcerated for the year within our facilities). 
    • Identify alternative community-led and community-based programs and measures to reinvest funding for criminal offenders, in and out of the carceral state, that effectively and humanely address all stakeholder needs;
      • True rehabilitation means investment and that will never be achieved with 3% of all total budgeted costs - i believe we need an absolute minimum of 50%;
    • Commit to changing State budget priorities that defund and underinvest in educating children and young adults, especially those in high-poverty neighborhoods, that defund and underinvest in affordable housing, that defund and underinvest in quality employment and labor market development all to reinvest in the expansion of our carceral state and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.  This is not sound economic policy and this is extremely inhumane in the ways it targets the Poor in #OurCalifornia;
      • Abolitionists, Community Activists & nonpartisan economic policy powerhouses like the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities all agree that a multifaceted approach improves public safety, reduces crime and increases the economic health of our most marginalized communities across the State;
        • expanding access to high-quality preschool;
        • reducing class sizes in high-poverty schools; 
        • revising state funding formulas to invest more in high-poverty neighborhoods;
        • reclassifying low-level felonies to misdemeanors;
        • expanding the use of mandatory alternatives to prison (such as fines and victim restitution);
        • shortening jail and prison terms;
        • and eliminating prison sentences for technical violations of parole/probation, and/or for new non-felony crimes committed;
  • Ending the California Prison Industry Authority (CALPIA), as it is a self-supporting state entity operating California's correctional industries in a manner similar to private industry and profitable enterprise that creates exploitive conditions for artificially deflating labor costs and supplying said labor to exploitive Corporations and government entities.  
    • The CALPIA is overseen by the Prison Industry Board, which acts much like a corporate board of directors;
    • CALPIA has three statutory objectives:
      • 1) develop and operate manufacturing, agricultural, and service enterprises that provide work opportunities for offenders under the jurisdiction of the CDCR; 
      • 2) create and maintain working conditions within enterprises similar to those which prevail in private industry to assure offenders assigned therein the opportunity to work productively to earn funds and to acquire or improve effective work habits and occupational skills; and
      •  3) operate work programs for offenders that are self-supporting through the generation of sufficient funds from the sale of products and services to pay all program expenses, and which provide goods and services to be used by the CDCR, thereby reducing the costs of its operation;
    • Although CALPIA receives no annual appropriation from the Legislature - this private industry denies #OurCalifornia quality employment opportunities by artificially depressing labor costs which Corporations and government entities consistently choose over us;
  • Create legislation which ensures all county and city jails have State oversight;
    • Immediate release of individuals not convicted of a crime within all city & county jails.
    • Align jail purpose, action and services to the new State level of standards and support locality paths of abolition;
    • Ensure accountability and conduct review boards are community-led with full authority over funding, employment & compliance through State legislation;
  • Create legislation to repeal the California law that authorizes pay-to-stay programs in county and city jails across the State.  This amounts to two vastly different justice systems at play here with extremely different incarceration experiences and outcomes - a luxurious one for the wealthy, and an abhorrent one for the poor;
    • Specifically, according to Section 1203.1c(a) of the California Penal Code, inmates may be ordered by the court—if they have the financial wherewithal—to pay for the cost of their incarceration in the county jail;
  • Revise current policy for Community-led Deadly Force Review Boards:
  • Revise current policy for Community-led Joint Use Committee:
  • Follow the lead of the San Francisco Treasurer’s Office and end the privatization and obscene markups resulting in predatory revenue generation off the Poor, and specifically incarcerated individuals’ support networks - which are primarily low-income Women of Color, within all State, County and City carceral spaces including but not limited to:
    • Phone calls;
    • Commissary;
  • Empower inmate-elected Advisory Councils to assist in the creation of new policies to ensure humane treatment, just action & prompt responses for resolution from the community and State;
  • Increasing community-based human rights monitors within every State-operated jail, prison, detention center, rehabilitation clinic & medical facility to document and publish research on the fundamental injustices from administrative corruption to guard brutality to general life inside under State care observed within & to guarantee our incarcerated the right to organize and have greater self-rule;
  • Expanding Quality of Life Reforms within every State-operated jail, prison, detention center, rehabilitation clinic & medical facility.  Specifically new or improved programs that provide better opportunities for education, therapy, drug and alcohol treatment, workforce redevelopment training, art, athletics, and structured social activities;
  • Expanding the right to vote to all Citizens of California - including incarcerated peoples:
    • Prisons /Jail /Detention Center populations are included in redistricting and gerrymandering  efforts, and Citizens deserve the right to vote on issues which impact them and their communities;
    • The time is now for California to join the growing national movement to strengthen our democracy by empowering everyone — regardless of their present or past involvement with the criminal legal system — to have their voices heard and counted;
  • Officially recognize California’s prison labor as labor entitled to State protections & the State’s minimum wage of $25/hr;
  • California has the largest transgender prison population in the country, with 1,203 trans people incarcerated as of February 2019.  I will end the standard practice of housing according any incarcerated to their gender assigned at birth - this practice is not gender-affirming or life-affirming;
  • End substance possession & substance use rule violations of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation - as it is a form of criminalization that is incongruent with my decriminalization of personal possession of all narcotics;
    • Whether coping with trauma, depression, addiction, or general isolation from incarceration -  substance possession & substance use rule violations are punitive measures forced upon individuals within an inhumane and unconstitutional system that does not properly care for individuals under their supervision;
  • Formally apologizing for our Governments’ actions, predation and failures in State-sanctioned eugenics and the forced sterilizations of Men and Women, but especially the intentional targeting of Black, Brown & Indigenous Women with forced sterilizations that illegally continued through the last decade within our State’s carceral network:
    • This apology will include pardoning all active sentences, waiving all fees, expunging all criminal records and appropriate redress and compensation for any #OurCalifornia residents who were targeted by localities or the State with decisions that denied their humanity and worth over alleged crimes and mental health;
  • End the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) optional partnership with ICE;
    • This is a tactic repeatedly used to leave individuals indefinitely incarcerated in the federal system after individuals have completed California sentencing. And especially during this pandemic this policy has already proven lethal;
    • This willful act by the State and Governor also directly benefits unaccountable private for-profit prisons through bed-minimum schemes and indefinite/lifetime labor pools to further exploit and traffick humans. 

Parole & California’s Re-entry System

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has this hyperfocus on imprisonment - as evident by the budgeting priorities.  So much so that overpolicing of parolees and newly freed Californians can almost ensure parole revocation and re-incarceration.

California’s re-entry system does not safely or successfully place, house or ensure workforce rehabilitation and employment for all newly freed individuals from their care.  With an operational budget that reaches 7.16% of the total budget -  the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation parole & re-entry system has never been funded to fully assist individuals who are critically in need.

Our parole and re-entry system feeds the prison industrial complex - it isn’t about stemming crime or ensuring success of our formerly incarcerated. 

Incarceration annihilates an individual’s current and future earnings potential.   Being convicted of a crime (both misdemeanors and felonies) regularly disqualifies people from employment, housing, loans and voting.  National data shows that each year in prison reduces the odds of post-release employment by 24% and substantially increases the odds of living on public assistance.  These overarching collateral consequences constantly penalize individuals who have served their time - further marginalizing people in need and in poverty.

Although California’s parole and re-entry services utilize a variety of rehabilitative and re-entry assistance programs - being severely underfunded and still relying upon punitive measures and overpolicing of the Poor results in a patchwork system that makes returning to jail or prison much more likely.  And there are multiple options the State can choose to get a parolee there for suspected criminal activity.

Our parole and re-entry system feeds the prison industrial complex - it isn’t about stemming crime or ensuring success of our formerly incarcerated. 

A parolee charged with violating parole by committing a new crime can be reimprisoned on significantly less evidence than it takes to constitutionally convict “beyond a reasonable doubt.” The procedures of parole revocation also lead to less rigor in requirements of proof, & can include illegally obtained evidence. Instead of the unanimous (or near unanimous) jury required in criminal trials, only one or two parole board members or hearing officers need to be persuaded in many jurisdictions across the State. Rights to counsel and cross-examination are significantly more restricted than in a criminal trial, and evidentiary standards are also significantly less stringent. 

Again, parole revocation in lieu of prosecution is not the only official response to suspected criminal activity by parolees. The

parolee may be prosecuted and parole is revoked; but, however, most often a parolee may have their parole revoked for a violation of a "technical" condition of their parole - and not a crime.  These technical conditions are often:

Data confirms that the root cause of these parole violations typically stem from poverty, a lack of resources and support services, unmet health needs, overpolicing and racial bias with arbitrary application of law. Abject policy failures and systemic issues stack insurmountable odds against individuals trying their best to not return to a state-sanctioned cage.

Our parole and re-entry system feeds the prison industrial complex - it isn’t about stemming crime or ensuring success of our formerly incarcerated.  

COVID-19 and the subsequent federal mandates forced the State of California to comply with early release to further reduce our jail, prison, rehabilitation & detention center populations.  State officials, county probation officials and underfunded nonprofits were not prepared for an influx of individuals to be released.  California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation failed to finalize parole plans, ensure support teams, re-entry success.  California’s patchwork re-entry system remains incapable of finding transportation, housing, food and other services for thousands of newly released individuals from State Care.  California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation was incapable of providing effective care, constitutional healthcare, or complying with CDC guidelines or quarantine measures - and as a result our prisons, medical facilities, detention centers & rehabilitation clinics have extremely high COVID-19 contraction & death rates.  Many of the individuals who were exposed to the virus as a direct result of unconstitutional and inhumane care the State provided - were released into motels, group homes and the community without appropriate care to reduce the spread, or any social services to assist them in their new transitions.  

Pre-COVID and during this pandemic, State officials and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation have failed our newly freed, our communities and #OurCalifornia.

No more.

The post-carceral process cannot remain punitive, enforced by policing arms of the State.  We must achieve truth in our sentencing standards and ensure that our newly freed are given the resources they need to thrive upon their return to our communities and to#OurCalifornia. 

We must ensure our post-carceral experiences promote growth, Rehabilitation, self-reliance, restorative justice and true progress.  The State can no longer contribute to furthering environments where crime and recidivism flourish.  The State and Corporations can no longer be allowed to profit off our communities and deny us all our rightful opportunities to finally thrive with well-funded community-led  and community-based programs and the robust social safety nets that can provide us the resilient and sustainable communities we deserve.

As your gubernatorial candidate for 2022, I proudly call for our government, and our communities to abolish the prison industrial complex - and that includes the punitive system rife with overpolicing and wasted state expenditures of California’s parole and and post-carceral re-entry system.  We need to reimagine justice and ensure public safety for all Californians.  I intend to End Poverty in California, and these are the policies and the vision I believe will achieve it:

  • Complete and immediate abolition of parole:
    • Sentences are based on justice, not prediction that formerly incarcerated individuals are safe for early release to the community;
    • Ending parole entirely as we know it achieves truth-in-sentencing;
    • Parole abolition ends the the punitive means and separate adjudicative system that enables:
      • Overpolicing;
      • Lower thresholds and standards of proof for alleged new crimes committed; &
      • The constant supervision of bodies and communities of the formerly incarcerated - specifically the Poor, Black, Brown & Indigenous communities across #OurCalifornia;
  • Automatic Conviction Relief: Immediate State clearance of Californian criminal records for all misdemeanors & some felonies after time/service completed, i.e., so there’s no need to apply or petition for relief of charges or history anymore;
    • This is a financially excessive measure used as another means to penalize individuals long after their time has been served.
    • And specifically, this burden is often carried by the incarcerated individuals’ support networks - which are primarily the Poor, and low-income Women of Color across the State.
  • End overarching collateral consequences and restore post-carceral employment rights in credentialed/specialized carceral workforces, ie EMTs, Barbers, CalFire can hire former felons who were credentialed/trained in CA’s prison fire program etc
  • End overarching collateral consequences of incarceration, post-carceral instability & insecurity with opportunities for economic security and professional advancement through the State Jobs Guarantee program;
  • End overarching collateral consequences of incarceration, post-carceral instability & insecurity with our Universal Housing Guarantee;
  • Divest from arrests, overpolicing and incarceration for supervision violations while investing in increasing access to jobs, housing, social services, and voluntary, community-based substance use disorder treatment and mental health services—all services that have a record of improving public safety, strengthening people and fostering resilient communities ;
  • Invest in community-led and community-based organizations that emphasize work in restorative justice, community corrections, & effective re-entry services including:
    • Intensive wraparound services;
    • Comprehensive case management; & 
    • Connecting our newly freed and/or formerly incarcerated to all available services in their local Ending Poverty in California office;

As an abolitionist, I know these are all conditions that allow us to not only survive but thrive.  When #OurCalifornia’s most marginalized are protected and succeed, we all win.  

As your gubernatorial candidate for 2022, I proudly call for our government, and our communities to meet this moment and build the futures we deserve.  I believe reimagining public safety and changing our priorities with policing, legislation and our injustice system, state-sanctioned imprisonment, parole and re-entry system will help us achieve this.  I am eager to work with the TJI Justice Project, Survived and Punished - CA, Drug Policy Alliance, California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance, Advance Peace, California Coalition for Women Prisoners, The ARC - CA, Essie Justice Group, the Partnership on AI, California Victims’ Services Unit, Urban Peace Movement, Asian Law Caucus, Transgender Gender Variant and Intersex Justice Project, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, California Prison Focus, Decarcerate Alameda County, Arab Resource and Organizing Center, School of Liberty and Liberation, Prisoner Advocacy Network, Movement Alliance Project, MediaJustice, Pretrial Services Agency, Anti-Police Terror Project, Californians United for a Responsible Budget - CURB, Transitions Clinic, Causa Justa Just Cause, Critical Resistance - Los Angeles, Dream Defenders, Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective, Flying Over Walls, Families United to End Life Without Parole, California Cannabis Advisory Committee, The Partnership for Safety and Justice, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Community Ready Corps, All of Us or None, Center for Community Alternatives, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth - RJOY, Anti-Recidivism Coalition, Worth Rises, California ReEntry Program, Castro Community On Patrol (CCOP), Al-Otro Lado, California Prison Focus, Californians for Safety and Justice, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, Root & Rebound Reentry Advocates, Cure Violence, Ella Baker Center, HOMEY, Dream Corps: #Cut50, Coalition for Police Accountability, The Fortune Society, Detentions Watch Network, Incarceration Nations Network, Grassroots Policy Project, Initiate Justice, Sustainable Economies Law Center, ACLU California Center for Advocacy and Policy, Justice Teams Network, Rosenberg Foundation, Penal Reform International, BlackOut Collective, A New Way of Life Reentry Project, Public Welfare Foundation, Legislative Analyst’s Office, California Families to Abandon Solitary Confinement, Open Society Foundations, the California Wellness Foundation, Institute for Policy Studies & so many other impactful and effective organizations, activists, advocates in human rights, healthcare, social justice, education, restorative justice, and abolition to usher in transformative and nonincremental systemic change to reimagine public safety and invest across #OurCalifornia in the resilient and sustainable communities we deserve.

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 and 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.


Honoring Our Commitment to Veterans

In the last four decades we have witnessed the Federal Government defund and privatize our Veterans Affairs, we have witnessed Veterans become on of our largest unhoused populations in the State - giving us the dishonor of having the highest populations in the country, we have witnessed foreclosures from the Bankruptcy King, Steve Mnuchin, steal homes from Veterans and Active Duty Service Members, we have witnessed bureaucratic red tape which delays or denies critical treatment and essential benefits, and we have witnessed an astronomical rise in suicide of our Veterans.  This is unacceptable.  These last four decades have shown us we cannot wait on our Federal Government to do what is right or just, when it comes to honoring the commitment of Military Service Members.

No more.

As a State, we have a moral obligation to provide the best quality care and services to those who have put their lives on the line.  My government and I are ready to lead by example, and expand State support to all Military Service Members in California and ensure every Veteran, and their family members get the benefits that they are entitled to receive on time and without further delay.  When #OurCalifornia’s most marginalized are protected and succeed, we all win.

The government of #OurCalifornia will expand and improve Veterans Affairs in the State of California.  As your Governor, I intend to End Poverty in California, and this is how I believe Honoring our Commitments to Veterans will help us achieve this:

  • Ending Veteran Homelesness through #OurCalifornia’s Universal Housing for All program;
  • Working with Veterans Affairs to build dedicated Veterans Housing facilities and solutions to meet the range of needs of our Veterans and/or their families in this State;
  • Create anti-discrimination legislation which mandates all property management in the State of California accept VA housing vouchers;
  • Creating an Veterans Interagency Services Committee to:
    • Audit California’s VA processes and implement State and Locality best practices for VA, Labor, Healthcare & Housing;
    • Reduce bureaucratic red tape and paperwork by allowing forms to be shared between agencies - reducing time, stress & work from our Veterans & representatives working on their behalf;
    • Expand Veteran employment through the State Jobs Guarantee Program;
  • 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; 
  • Increasing State contributions for necessary expansion of VA services - including but not limited to:
    • California State VA Advocates that assist and ensure Veterans are receiving their rightfully earned benefits;
  • Expand State research and clinical trials on medical marijuana’s ability to treat PTSD, anxiety disorders, nerve pain, and chronic pain with Veterans;
  • As an alternative to habit forming, ineffective, and high risk opioids, expand HB562 health coverage to include medical marijuana prescriptions for Veterans;
  • According to VA data, American Indians served in the military pre-Sept 11th at a higher rate than any other ethnic group in this country - yet also have the largest denial of benefits based on VA policy restricting meaningful access:
    • Create an interagency initiative which offers California Indian State VA 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.
  • Creating State legislation which extends and adjusts current GI Bill benefits to all Veterans, families & descendants of millions of Black American Veterans who served in WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam or any war thereafter who were unjustly denied their rightfully earned GI Bill & all other Veterans benefits.  Such legislation would compensate 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. 
  • Calling for Federal legislation which extends and adjusts current GI Bill benefits to all descendants of millions of Black American Veterans who served in WWII, the Korean War, or Vietnam who were denied the benefits of GI Bill.  Such legislation would compensate Veterans and their families for the withheld benefits to which their relatives were legally entitled and were unjustly denied while also formally addressing the racial wealth gap. 
  • I look forward to working with Santa Cruz Veterans Alliance, Veterans for Peace, Farmer Veteran Coalition, Brave New Foundation, Coming Home Project, Disability Rights Advocates, Farmer-Veteran Coalition, National Veterans Foundation, Inc. (NVF), Operation Homefront, RAND Corp., Swords to Plowshares, United Through Reading, National Sustainable Agriculture CoalitionVeterans Village of San Diego, Institute for Policy Studies & other grassroots and impactful organizations, pillars in the veterans, labor, health, housing, peace and research communities to ensure the needs of ALL in #OurCalifornia are inclusive and sustainably met;
  • 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.

Universal Housing

Public housing within this State is absolutely disgraceful.  A majority of the facilities are in serious need of repair, and the wait lists average 3-5 years unable and incapable of meeting the immediate needs of #OurCalifornia in their greatest moments of need.  There’s many a reason our State government and localities have failed the People of California, there’s: settler-colonialism, land speculation, outright racist legislation which has defunded, devalued and denied Black, Brown & Indigenous communities housing through miscegenation & redlining, general mismanagement, political corruption with land, construction and development contracts that reflect it, the #FairclothAmendment, and then there’s private equity & foreclosures.

Land speculation and the very essence of it’s exploitation dates back to wealthy settler-colonists violently removing California Indians from their rightful homes, communities and sacred land for their personal profit - and always done with the full support of the illegally occupying federal government, Colony and eventually State of California’s government supporting this genocide.  We are on stolen land. 

From both the Colony and State of California’s miscegenation laws - California Indian, Black, Chinese and Mexican residents were outright denied basic housing afforded white settler-colonists pre-Civil War through the reconstruction era.  California’s housing opportunities again took an extremely racist turn for the worse with President FDR’s New Deal HOLC program which federally legislated and defunded housing in and around communities of color - specifically, Black, Brown, Indigenous & multi-ethnic/racial communities.   By color coding communities, FDR determined who would be  appropriately funded to receive federal, state and locality monies, tax revenues, loans, private lending & provided emergency lending to avert foreclosures for millions of families - it also determined who would be defunded and redlined.  This program remained federally intact for 35 years.  It was found to be unconstitutional, but remained one the most powerful tools to segregate American cities and determine who could own propertiesMost property records across the State still have racially restrictive language and exclusionary rules about who could purchase, own & rent the property - known as racial covenants.  And in spite of its unconstitutionality - many banks, land speculators & landlords still operate under and utilize illegal and unconstitutional redlining practices today in our State.

Housing is a human right which has been denied at the hands of our government and the wealthy. 

California has a long and dated history of politicians filling their coffers, personal bank accounts and investment portfolios with illegal and unethical practices surrounding land speculation, donors & ensuring government contracts with land, construction and development for housing.  Rural towns to the urban metropolis, our electeds have managed to somehow maximize expenditures with minimal public benefit to show for it.   Public housing that has long broken that trend has historically been all-white middle class communities like Compton, Long Beach, Richmond, San Francisco, Oakland, Fresno, Bakersfield & smaller rural towns across the State - direct beneficiaries of redlining.  While redlining was later found unconstitutional, and thus illegal, the process is still used by banks and locality governments alike through the defunding social services and devaluing of property from Communities of Color, with the reinvestment in wealthier White Communities.

California voters passed Article 34 to the state constitution in 1950 requiring community approval before any low-income housing projects could be developed in any locality in the State.  Ever since, permission and majority approval has been required for shelter of the Poor - while exclusive cul-de-sacs, gated communities and luxury apartments can be built without community consent. 

Since about 1970 however, our State and localities have consistently mismanaged an extended and increasing affordable housing shortage.  Strong economic growth created hundreds of thousands of new jobs (which increases demand for housing) and the insufficient construction of new housing units to provide enough supply to meet the demand caused current housing to substantially increase.  California Supreme Court first observed, in Green v. Superior Court (1974) “a scarcity of adequate low cost housing in virtually every urban setting [in California]” which only worsened in the following decades.

Housing is a human right which has been denied at the hands of our government and the wealthy. 

President Clinton approved HUD legislation that determined the federal government & HUD would no longer fund the construction or operation of new public housing units with Capital or operating funds if the construction of those units would result in a net increase in the number of units the PHA owned, assisted or operated as of October 1, 1999.  This legislation became known as the #FairclothAmendment or #FairclothLimit, meaning all public housing torn down or newly constructed must be kept at a 1:1 ratio of the federal government’s willingness to address its Peoples’ population and needs… from 1999.  California has compounded our affordable housing crisis because we rely upon a federal government that refuses to move past 1999, while we the People live in the year 2021 and have seen significant population growth and wealth inequality skyrocket when compared to the 1999 thresholds. 

California Judges determined the general act of foreclosing on homes is illegal - many a judge across this country determined the same through case law by 2006.  But that didn’t stop our very own Bankruptcy King, Steve Mnuchin, OneWest, JP Morgan, Wells Fargo, Bank of America and countless other enormous banks from foreclosing and illegally foreclosing on #OurCalifornia’s homes.  People, families, communities across our State were devastated - and with no place to turn because of an economic crisis and… Poverty.  Private equity rose out of the ashes of our misfortune and Frank Dodd deregulation finding new ways to exploit housing.  So much so, that private equity has played a major role in exacerbating our State’s affordable housing crisis, and doing so for an obscene financial gain for their shareholders - and all at the expense of California’s marginalized and most in need.  As Corporations were green lit to abuse the Poor and those in economic distress, our very own Attorney General, Kamala Harris, repeatedly failed to protect Californians.  Banks were later found federally responsible for re-redlining and denying critical relief and development opportunities afforded systemically to wealthy white communities by targeting underserved communities with surgical-like precision - specifically the Poor and Communities of Color - across the State during and after our 2008 housing crisis and market crash.

Housing is a human right which has been denied at the hands of our government and the wealthy. 

Recent incremental and neoliberal attempts to resolve our housing and homelessness crises across the State have only succeeded in filling the coffers of politicians, their donors who all just happen to be the wealthy and in construction, development, real estate speculation.  Case and point, Los Angeles County recently raised taxes with Prop HHH - to provide a $1.2 billion dollar bond measure to proactively address Los Angeles City & County needs by providing permanent 10,000 housing to our unhoused.  From a city audit 3 years later - with all the money spent there were still no permanent housing facilities built, and no projects for permanent housing facilities near completion. Prop HHH was over budget, and had reduced the projected permanent housing goal to around 5,873 housing units with the median cost of $531,373 per unit, some pricing well over $700,000.  After following the money with price tags like this, it comes as no surprise that the monies had been distributed to connected donors in consulting, financing, construction, development, and real estate speculation to provide temporary and bridge housing which the bill was not intended for.  Similar exploitative schemes have been reported in San Francisco, Sacramento, San Diego & a number of other localities across the State - while other localities have simply refused to spend any of their millions allocated to address their homelessness crisis like Imperial County.  Localities have been allowed to exploit the Poor, abuse the people’s trust and misuse tax expenditures because the State and our federal government have also been complicit in doing the same.  

Our government and our neoliberal State-created legislation is no different.  California Department of Housing and Community Development’s analysis of a general housing shortage of 3.5 million housing units - data has proven this to be false based on incorrect vacancy rates and double counting to exaggerated targets.  However in almost immediate response, this incorrect data was used to justify draconian bills SB35, SB838, SB330 & SB167 which have all exacerbated the State’s affordable housing & homelessness crises while directly benefiting wealthy and donors in construction, development & real estate speculation at the expense of #OurCalifornia.  Furthermore, these bills have had outcomes of “which encourage excessive market-rate housing development at the expense of affordable housing.”  A win for in the wealthy, and political donors in consulting, financing, construction, development and real estate speculation while #OurCalifornia suffers. 

The McKinsey Global Institute provided data that mirrored this incorrect claim of a general housing shortage of 3.5 million using an entirely different flawed methodology, a claim that our current Governor ran on during his election campaign and again with his “Marshall Plan.”  He promised to prioritize our affordable housing and homelessness crises, taking our taxes under the guise of creating 3.5 million permanent affordable housing facilities by 2025.  The reality of matter is affordable housing & permanent supportive housing production has declined substantially during his neoliberal governorship, when compared to prior Governors, and #OurCalifornia is currently on track to meet 2018 affordable housing needs by 2050.  It should then also come as no surprise that those who are immediately benefitting from these abject policy failures are political donors who all just happen to be wealthy and in consulting, construction, development, and real estate speculation.

Housing is a human right which has been denied at the hands of our government and the wealthy. 

Never-ending real estate speculation, the expansion of private equity, needless expansion of market-value housing, abject policy failures at the federal, state and locality levels, coupled with constantly rising rents has resulted in the severe commodification of housing and predatory markets.  

Case in point, in the Pre-COVID era of 2019.  

These are housing injustices by any and every calculation - and that is pre-COVID. 

COVID-19 has decimated our underserved communities, our marginalized communities, #OurCalifornia.  And the State’s response and protections have been as lackluster and superficial as all their previous responses.  Given banks prior violations of the law with redlining, and 2007’s  re-redlining and illegal foreclosures, we have no reason to believe banks will not try to exploit Californians again during this pandemic and subsequent economic crises.  Past and present, in our greatest times of need, our Governor and our government have failed us all, and especially failed our Poor, our underserved communities, our marginalized, #OurCalifornia.  These failures are costing us our health, our happiness, our families & friends, our communities, our tax dollars, our economies, our lives and our futures.

Our government has provided patchwork solutions that do not resolve people’s needs, nor do they provide housing or economic stability.  The Governor’s COVID-19 relief bills and executive orders merely postpone payments for individuals who can’t afford rent and mortgages.  So what happens when all the rent is due?  Emily Bender, chair of the American Bar Association’s COVID-19 Task Force Committee on Eviction, said “We are setting up millions of people for long-term harm and a horrific cycle of economic and housing instability.”  People who could barely afford paying rent each month pre-COVID, will have 12+ months worth of rent to pay without a significant income to cover these costs?! The ripple effects of millions of Californians further entrenched in poverty can crash our economy, devastate our communities, and topple the patchwork infrastructure our government has provided.

The Governor’s eviction moratorium only covers a select few evictions, ensuring protections for a small sliver of California tenants currently.  Tidal waves of evictions will be given the green light as time progresses because there is no true eviction moratorium.  Evicting millions of Californians during and immediately after a pandemic does not resolve our current housing crises - it compounds them while significantly favoring the wealthy, private equity & real estate speculation.

No more.

Investing in programs that End Poverty in California and holistically protect all of #OurCalifornia’s residents, children, communities and environment is both basic and radical - it’s also smart and effective economic policy. When #OurCalifornia’s most marginalized are protected and succeed, we all win.

Ending poverty for #OurCalifornia is not only the moral, ethical & compassionate thing to do - it is cost avoidant. In California, data has proven for decades now that providing homes for the unhoused saves taxpayers millions of dollars in publicly funded healthcare costs, ER visits and long-term hospitalizations, policing, imprisonment.  The 10th Decile Project proved all this, while also significantly improving the overall health of Los Angeles County’s most vulnerable residents  - the same residents who also had the highest Medicaid costs of all users in the region.  It’s a method that has worked so well and provides constant results that for-profit healthcare providers are adopting it across the country to improve care and save themselves massive money while they continue to exploit the government and general public for obscene amounts of wealth. The State of California even adopted its own version with the Whole Person Care Program - the only downfall? It remains significantly underfunded and insufficiently used.

To counteract the dominant & predatory narratives around public housing and all the places #OurCalifornia calls home... I am proud to introduce visionary solutions to decommodify housing, protect and expand the availability of quality permanent supportive housing, introduce State public housing, address real estate speculation & predatory housing abuses our legislation allows, and enable quality affordable home ownership as the radical and critically essential steps to finally ending homelessness, housing insecurity, and housing unaffordability in the State of California.

We must be bold in introducing sweeping policies to address our State’s decades-long homelessness and affordable housing crises, and finally provide the living spaces #OurCalifornia deserves. As your Governor, I intend to End Poverty in California, and this is how I believe my plans for Universal Housing will help us achieve this:

  • State of California Universal Housing Guarantee - As housing is a Human Right, my Government has the obligation to protect this right by ensuring every resident of California has the right to public housing.  This universal housing guarantee will provide a variety of decommodified housing styles based on the diversity of housing needs within our State - be it disabled, family, single occupancy, urban, rural, and natural housing options.  This will be achieved  through:
    • Immediately housing all of California’s unhoused populations by no later than 2024 with a variety of housing options to meet our unhoused’s permanent supportive housing needs including cost-avoidant and affordable options of  modular rooms, tiny homes, communes in natural settings, working therapeutic  farms, family housing, and traditional apartment complexes; 
    • Including large investments into State public housing/social housing cooperatives, which will be protected from commodification; held by community land trusts;
    • Timely construction, ethically sourced, and cost effective public housing expansion
      • Creating Statewide legislation ending pay-for-play corruption schemes within State & localities from housing development and construction at exorbitant prices for substandard & extremely delayed facilities under consequence of sanctions including nationalizing/asset forfeiture.
    • Reallocation and utilization of current empty spaces owned by State, including all State & Locality Department facilities which remain unused, underused, or mismanaged; be it thousands of empty homes which sit empty under CalTrans ownership to the City of Los Angeles’ waste of the vacant Parker Center denying public housing with costs absorbed by a nonprofit to instead transfer already new public city offices to a demolished and rebuilt newer space costing taxpayers an additional $1.5billion dollars.
    • Reallocation and utilization of spaces recently acquired from Private Equity, Real Estate Speculators & Schemes, Financial Institutions, & Housing Developers
  • Construct all future State public housing that is fully ADA-accessible and compliant and sustainable:
    • Expansion of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973:
      • Instead of 5%, mandate 35% of all dwelling units are fully ADA-compliant, including for hearing and visually impaired
    • Expansion of The Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 (FHAA)
      • All ground floor and additional units will be ADA-compliant and adaptable
    • Working with State ADA to build and expand dedicated residential and community care service solutions in close proximity of all new State public housing to meet the range of needs of #OurCalifornia’s Disabled and/or their families in this State;
  • Expanding California’s Whole Person Care Program to ensure social support services are provided to those in need (current or new to the system) as we all cope with this pandemic and economic crises in our State.  People fall out of orbit, but most are resilient and can achieve greater when given the opportunities to heal and thrive;
  • Ensure all newly constructed retail rental housing within the State of California matches the wealth population percentages - the State and locality’s constant allowance of Luxury Market Rate builds has exacerbated our affordable housing crises in the last 3 decades, decreased sustainability and led to excessive waste of public land, materials & funds to benefit the wealthy;
  • Reducing property taxes by10% for homeowners who own one (1) single home in State of California with an address property value under $650,000; 
  • Strengthen accountability, enforcement and sanctions for State violations for landlords who:
    • Exist as slumlords;
    • Utilize the tenant blacklists;
    • Rely on redlining practices to maximize their personal profits with exorbitant rents for substandard housing for the Poor and  Communities of Color;
  • Increase opportunities for #OurCalifornia to purchase and own; 
    • Develop homeownership pathways through tenant “right to purchase” legislation;
    • Close loopholes to end Corporate abuse of State Legislation for new complexes built within the State at Luxury Market Rate.  Cap new builds with Luxury Market Rate to 15% of all new housing facilities in every locality across the State;
  • 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; 
  • Repeal Costa-Hawkins;
  • Repeal and/or challenge the constitutionality of Article 34 of the California State Constitution as it is discriminatory and only mandates community approval of affordable housing & State public project developments - not the tens of millions of single-family homes that have since sprouted across California.  This law punishes the Poor and remains weighted against Black, brown and Indigenous People’s denial of housing as a human right;
  • Repeal and/or challenge the constitutionality of AB1505 of the California State Constitution as its zoning mandates, land use and mandating an extremely small percentage of residential housing units are reserved for occupied by “moderate-income, lower income, very low income, or extremely low income households or by persons and families of low or moderate income.”   This bill does not address or resolve our affordable housing crisis, our homelessness crisis, or lack of public housing options, but instead legalized gentrification.  And as gentrification is already imposed upon Poor, Black, brown and Indigenous communities experiencing housing inequities - the State’s compliance in targeting Poverty,marginalized and underserved communities is unconscionable;
    • Additionally, to comply with the law, landlords can provide spaces to “moderate income individuals” and deny critically essential housing spaces to Californians with “low, lower, or extremely low incomes or their families” furthering the economic caste system in our State.  
    • Individuals most impacted by newly built housing are often those most in need.  This bill forcefully dislocates entire communities of Color under the guise of “revitalization.”
    • This bill promotes market-rate housing units which the State has an overabundance in, and immediately increases the wealth of political donors, lobbyists, consultants, construction & development firms at the expense of affordable housing, State public housing & permanent supportive housing spaces;
  • Impose a statewide ban on local developer loopholes through the Mello Act (7 CCR § 65590) and others which permit rent stabilized buildings to be converted into mixed-use buildings, hotels, and AirBnB short-term rentals which has historically favored the wealthy, Big Corporations & Private Equity while reducing the availability of rent-controlled spaces; 
    • Prosecute and enforce sanctions on any individuals or Corporations who violate this ban with outcomes including but not limited to asset seizure, damages for impacted parties & costly State fines
  • Provide my Office of the Attorney General with the resources and support to formally challenge the constitutionality of the Federal #FairclothAmendment maintaining public housing construction must be built with a 1:1 replacement of public housing that existed in 1999, ultimately denying any new public housing in spite of:
    • Constant population growth;
    • Limiting the State and local government from effectively responding to Constituent needs;
    • Growing corruption within commodified and predatory housing industries; and
    • SCOTUS Constitutionality with the precedent of Martin v Boise
  • Provide my Office of the Attorney General with the resources and support to formally investigate and prosecute the business practices of Private Equity, Real Estate Speculators, Financial Institutions and Housing Developers for violations of the law: be it Housing, Financial/Banking, Discriminatory, Corruption:
    • Placing State sanctions on Corporations found responsible for violations of the law, including inability to operate within the State of California, and the return and redistribution of said corporate-owned housing spaces back to the public
  • Deputize the California Reinvestment Coalition to work alongside my Office of the Attorney General in finally holding America’s largest financial corporations accountable for devastating California communities and California housing;
    • Challenge the Constitutionality and Real-life application of Foreclosures that have occurred in this State for decades
      • A premise with Judicial Precedent that has been agreed upon by both Federal and California State & Federal Judges, and State Supreme Courts across the country
    • Redlining, the dominance of Re-redlining in the post-Great Recession era & through analysis to ensure re-redlining has not occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic crises;
    • Applying sanctions when found responsible for violations of the law will include public domain/asset forfeiture - transferring all Public and Private housing and financial corporations into State-owned spaces which will be utilized and available to every resident of #OurCalifornia.
      • Investigation & Prosecution sets the foundation to ensure housing will transition from the commodified and predatory entity it was into equitable and rightful spaces they should have always been.  
      • Investigation & Prosecution will also hold private citizens and government officials financially and socially accountable for their willful action in allowing redlining and discriminatory housing practices to continue.  We cannot move forward when significant corruption remains in our government and society.
  • Provide my Office of the Attorney General with the resources and support to formally investigations and prosecute all current housing and financial institutions which have violated the Unruh Act of 1959, Rumford Act of 1963 for State violations of redlining, re-redlining and all other discriminatory housing practices within the State;
    • Applying sanctions when found responsible for violations of the law will include public domain/asset forfeiture - transferring all Public and Private housing and financial corporations into State-owned spaces which will be utilized and available to every resident of #OurCalifornia;
    • Investigation & Prosecution sets the foundation to ensure housing will transition from the commodified and predatory entity it was into equitable and rightful spaces they should have always been;
    • Investigation & Prosecution will also hold private citizens and government officials financially and socially accountable for their willful action in allowing redlining and discriminatory housing practices to continue.  We cannot move forward when significant corruption remains in our government and society;
  • I look forward to working with Trans Justice Funding Project, Our Trans Home SF, California Coalition for Rural Housing, OpenHouse, The Village, Women Organizing Resources Knowledge + Services, People’s City Council, Coalition On Homelessness, West Valley Homes Yes, St. Mary’s Center, California Center for Cooperative Development, Services Not Sweeps, La Cooperativa Campesina, Youth Service Bureau of the Redwood Community Action Agency, Wayfinder Family Services, Brown Bag Coalition, Western Center on Law & Poverty, Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy, The Q Foundation, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (LCCRSF), APIENC, Street Watch LA, Grace & Mercy Lodi, AIDS Legal Referral Panel, California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC), Maitri, California Farmworkers Foundation,Disability Rights California, Los Angeles Community Action Network, Tenants Together, San Pedro Neighbors for Peace and Justice, Sins Invalid, Disability Justice Culture Club, Koreatown For All, Líderes Campesinas, Sacramento Homeless Organizing Committee, Asians and Pacific Islanders with Disabilities in California - APIDC, Ground Game LA, SELAH Neighborhood Homeless Coalition, We The Unhoused, Invisible People, Bend the Arc - Jewish Action, The Los Angeles Alliance for Human Rights, California Reinvestment Coalition, Grassroots Policy Project, Sustainable Economies Law Center, Institute for Policy Studies & all other grassroots and impactful organizations, tenants unions, activists, advocates and pillars in the housing, design, human rights, and research communities to ensure the needs of ALL 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.

Free Press

Local communities are alerted to government fraud & corruption, corporations dumping toxic waste in local waterways, sex trafficking, public safety needs, policy failures, and so much more.  Local journalism keeps the government and corporations accountable, and can shine lights on who and what we all really are. Local journalism connects us and all the dots. 

However Billionaires and Private Equity firms continue to purchase our local media only to defund, and drastically alter the content, quality, voice & benefit of local news for communities across #OurCalifornia.  We deserve better.  Local journalism must be treated as the public good it is in order to hold power to account.  As your Governor I will:


Protecting & Strengthening Democracy

From our State’s voting process to legislation that allows corruption and technological invasions of privacy and an ever-expanding police state - our democracy is regularly weakened.  The denial of democracy for some in this State is a denial of democracy for us all and it doesn’t have to be this way.

Our voting process is expensive, riddled with corruption and typically unsatisfying to voters because it's hyper partisan, doesn’t truly represent the will of the People or our electorates needs, and has yet to provide meaningful and systemic change.  

Government at every level has made it harder to vote through a variety of means - reducing our democracy into a sick sacrifice of 3-8 hours waiting in lines and polling stations with more broken than functioning machines for some while others have valet, no wait and hors d’oeuvres.  We continue to have two distinctly different experiences and systems in the State - one for the Poor and one for California’s top 4%.

The Supreme Court of The United States reversed century-old campaign finance restrictions - enabling corporations and other outside groups to spend unlimited amounts of funds on elections. A decision that has had devastating consequences and 

repercussions for American democracy and the fight against political corruption.  Unironically, the majority of justices initially wrote that independent spending cannot be corrupt, or a substantive threat of corruption, and that such spending would be transparent.  11 years of democracy weakened later - all these assumptions that have proven to be wildly incorrect.  Voting in California is now being determined not by what is in our best interests - but the amount of money and lies that can be injected to influence our decisions.  From individual candidates to dark money, corporations and special interests to pay their ways onto the ballot, and buy our electeds. Our government is already privatized.

We need to return our democracy back to #OurCalifornia and we cannot do this by clinging to policies that have weakened our voices, our votes, our communities and our government.  

Wealthy donors, corporations, and special interest groups have long had an outsized influence in our elections.  Upton Sinclair’s 1934 Socialist campaign for The Governor Ending Poverty in California was such a threat to finally addressing the needs of the Poor that the establishment changed the game.  The California Gubernatorial race of 1934 enabled the traumatic birth of modern, corporate-financed (and unnecessarily vicious) political campaigning.  It’s only right that #OurCalifornia’s 2022 Ending Poverty in California campaign brings it all full circle.

#OurCalifornia deserves transformative and nonincremental systemic change - it’s time we make it and it’s time we take our government back. When #OurCalifornia’s most marginalized are protected and succeed, we all win.

I believe that we can protect and strengthen our democracy through a multidimensional approach that is both practical and radical.  As your Governor, I intend to End Poverty in California, and this is how I believe protecting & strengthening our democracy will help us achieve this:

  • Protecting Democracy, the Will of the People & Our Voting Process by:
    • Making Voting Day a Paid State Holiday;
    • Creating legislation that bans disinformation/misinformation campaigns for all ballot measures and electeds at every level in the State as;
    • Returning public elections in the State of California to the public.  Publicly funded elections dramatically reduce waste, allow for equitable coverage and funding for all candidates interested in running.  Publicly funded elections can end the extreme favor provided to individuals with massive backing from major political parties, large corporations and further democratize the vote;
      • Create legislation which challenges the U.S. Supreme Court decision, Buckley v. Valeo, and requires that all candidates running for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, State Legislative Offices, & all judgeships in the State of California to use public financing programs, specifically clean elections programs, and abide solely by state solicitation & expenditure limits:
        • Ban the solicitation of campaign finance from PACs, SuperPACs, major political parties, unions, lobbyists, corporations, and special interest groups;
          • Electeds should represent and be beholden to the People. our communities, #OurCalifornia;
    • Creating State of California Legislation which challenges the SCOTUS precedent for the sole purpose of overturning Citizens’ United as it erodes our Democracy, the will of the People, and has exponentially expanded the unaccountability of Large Corporations;
    • Extending state registration timelines to alleviate voter registration purges;
    • Ensuring legislation that ends the diversion of no-party preference voters to provisional ballots and provide real paper ballots to all registered voters as California is an open primary State;
    • #FreeTheVote - the right to vote in this country should be elevated and we must protect this right to vote and accessibility to do so for all underserved and marginalized populations in this state - this includes incarcerated peoples and those on parole;
      • Furthermore, incarcerated peoples are counted for gerrymandering and redistricting purposes via the Census.  Their voices and their existence cannot continue to be ignored;
    • Ensuring the right to vote to all eligible and registered Californians & remove all voter disenfranchisement methods employed by the State & duopoly to limit the voice of the People;
    • Increasing accessibility and options for our disabled voters to fully participate in the ways which they prefer (mail-in, in-person, etc):
      • Ensure ALL in-person voting locations are fully-ADA accessible, and increase ADA voting booths per polling location and ensure #CripTheVote
    • Creating legislation that bans further locality permanent elimination of polling locations across the State without 60-day notice; 
    • Appropriately funding the election process to ensure voting at any designated polling station in the State takes no more than 15 minutes; 
      • This will require an expansion of voting booths, paper ballots & staffing;
      • Poll workers - Part-time State employment (?)
    • Working with Redding’s own Center for Election Science to bring forward the responsive government that #OurCalifornia deserves: one that is Constitutional, accurate, equally weighs votes, and combats the influence of corporate money in politics:
    • Bring back paper ballots, ending taxpayer subsidized and unnecessarily expensive computer ballot machines through companies such as Electronic Systems & Software (ES&S)  & a number of others which breakdown, have routine computer glitches that delay the overall day-of voting time and experience at polling places, and/or are questionably linked directly to politicians in office:
      • End politicians benefiting directly or indirectly from conflicts of interests, and potential corruption at the expense of #OurCalifornia with private corporations used for our elections;
      • End a standard practice of under-printing paper ballots for the substitution of provisional ballots; ensure legislation that provides each registered Californian to vote with one paper ballot;
      • #OurCalifornia can sign and submit their paper ballot;
      • Utilize blockchain for ballot counting, ballot receipts and voter/ballot confirmation to ensure transparency, validity & the highest protection available;
  • Ending Political Corruption and improving Accountability & Transparency of our Electeds by:
    • Creating legislation that allows any member of #OurCalifornia to submit formal complaints for formal public ethics investigation of any California Elected’s conduct unbecoming of their position, ties to political corruption, pay-for-play schemes, or personal financial gain;
      • If found responsible the elected can receive sanctions including but not limited to: community restitution, forfeiture, recall/impeachment;
  • Instituting term limits on all California elected positions in the California State Assembly, California State Senate, California’s Federal Congressional seats & Gubernatorial seat;
  • Ending Technological Invasions of Privacy & the expansion of our Police State by:
    • Banning the use and immediately end all contracts for Stingray, Dirtbox and all other similar surveillance programs by any State of California or locality within government/public office as it infringes upon our privacy and Constitutionally protected rights;
    • Banning the use and immediately end all contracts for facial recognition technology (Clearview, Palintir, Dahua, etc) by the State of California or locality within, be it government/public office/public servant as it infringes upon our privacy and Constitutionally protected rights;
    • Challenging the Constitutionality of the National Defense Authorization Act (2011) & (2014) which allows for the indefinite detention by the United States government of its own citizens under the authority of the President.  This law which President Obama authorized is a direct assault and undermining of habeas corpus and a historic assault on American liberty and functioning democracy;
  • I look forward to working with Center for Election Science, Grassroots Policy Project, Sustainable Economies Law Center, Change Congress, Institute for Local Government, Every Voice and Public Campaign, Common Cause, Sunlight Foundation, Represent.Us, Institute for Policy Studies & other grassroots and impactful organizations, pillars in governmental ethics, transparency, democracy, investigative journalism,  human rights, and research communities to ensure the needs of ALL in #OurCalifornia are inclusive and sustainably met;
  • 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.

State Jobs Guarantee

The State of California has failed us.

Our labor laws and protections have failed us.

Many of our electeds base their legislation, votes and political successes on private corporations.

We see this in how our tax dollars are given to employers that abuse their labor, that deny labor rights, and they do so for their sole profit.  This dates back to California’s pre-State status with miners, and corporations that exploited both foreign and domestic labor for railroads, mining, rubber, construction & farming.  It’s a history with outcomes engrained into our current structures that are driven by privatization & corporate profit.

#OurCalifornia deserves better.

Every Californian deserves the a respectable job, chosen from a variety of sustainable fields that support our communities, our resilience & #OurCalifornia.  We deserve: liveable wages, broad and robust  benefits including the return of pensions, and the protected opportunity to have Solidarity with fellow Workers across our State and Country.  There are enough resources and opportunities for us all.

I recognize however that with the creation of such a State program that guarantees expansion of our labor, we must ensure the government acts with intention, sustainably and minimizes fiscal waste.  While some current State departments are essential, some positions, purposes, expenditures and outcomes do not reflect their initial purposes and intentions.  As your Governor, I will be utilizing previous and new fiscal and organizational audits for a complete State government reorganization.  This reorganization will be grounded in data, public good, and benefit ALL Californians as it will also ensure every State Department within our government can also participate within this State Jobs Guarantee program.

We deserve systems and government programs that are appropriately funded, effective, safe, meet our needs, increase sustainability and resilience in our communities, minimize fiscal waste, strengthen the 6th largest economy in the world & end the apparent pay-for-play corruption from government officials - elected or otherwise. This State Jobs Guarantee will guarantee these rights and protections for Every Californian and be another means to ensure we permanently End Poverty in California.  When #OurCalifornia’s most marginalized are protected and succeed, we all win.

As your Governor, I intend to End Poverty in California, and this is how I believe a State Jobs Guarantee & structural reorganization will help us achieve this:

New and Expanded State Departments:

  • The creation and expansion of the following State Departments
    • Expanded California State Library
    • State of California Office of Unionization
      • Supporting the creation and expansion of Unions (including Sex Workers)
      • In honor of the 1995 #JusticeForJanitors movement, Solidarity in the protection needed by the State for illegal actions and Hewlett-Packard Corporate leaders creating a fake union to suppress true Union participation, all unions will be certified with the State to ensure legitimacy and protection of Workers’ Rights
      • The State will not grant certification to Police/Law Enforcement Unions. The State will classify them as special interest groups currently ineligible.
        • Police unions fundamentally differ from all trade unions in America and have historically worked to oppress the American Labor Movement.
        • As police defend Capital and Property rights, police have remained foot soldiers of the Wealthy’s desires, exacerbating poverty, upholding racism and cultures of extreme State violence.
        • Law enforcement officer unions also exclusively protect the interests of their members, without consideration for other workers, also sets police unions apart from other labor groups as they do not connect their labor to larger justice movements that fight for and uplift all workers;
        • Police unions shield law enforcement officers who have abused their authority and public trust.
      • Act as a hub to connect legislators to workers in this State and increase understanding their needs;
      • Act as a hub to identify industry-level collective bargaining and ways to improve material working conditions for All Workers in the State
      • All Union Members and certified unions can contribute and participate in the creation of legislation and critical program support for Union Workers in #OurCalifornia
      • Collaborate with California Legislature’s Women’s Caucus for bills like Senate Bill 1383 which extend workers in small businesses with the same 12 week unpaid family leave protections to workers currently receive in large businesses;
    • 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.
      • 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;
      • Collab thru OIG & AG for Eminent Domain/Adoptive Forfeiture for Corporate Crimes:
        • California Edison spaces (and any other energy/utility Corp that owns forest in State Parks) – returning those IMMEDIATELY to Native Peoples to become tribal land.
        • Collab thru OIG & AG Eminent Domain/Adoptive Forfeiture for Corporate Crimes (Seize it one way or another) ALL private water bottling company locations (Arrowhead which steals water from the San Bernardino Mountains, Nestle & Starbucks which steal water across the State) – who pay pennies (if they pay at all) to drain a public and essential resource - water;
      • 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;
    • Tribal Embassy:
    • Tribal Consulates:
    • State of California Open Data Department - resilient communities are transparent
      • Expose and release what every level of our government is doing and detail how it is working or not working for us in simpler ways;
    • #OurCalifornia EPIC offices
      • State Dept offices in each locality that have resources, referrals & immediate program support to End Poverty in California for all in #OurCalifornia;
      • Research;
      • Creation and reforms of Public policy initiatives to effectively address and end poverty in 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;
      • Policy Initiatives:
        • #MediCALForAllCalifornians
        • #SnapForAllCalifornians
        • #UniversalHousingForAllCalifornians
        • #ReproductiveJusticeForAllCalifornians
        • Reinvesting in  #PublicEducationForAllCalifornians
        • #BroadbandForAllCalifornians
        • #ChildcareForAllCalifornians
        • State Jobs Guarantee
        • Public Market
        • Public Bank
        • Funeral Services
    • State of California #ADOS Department
      • Research
      • Economic State Redress
      • ADOS Wills Initiative & Land- grant Extension Agents
      • Rectifying Redlined Communities through reinvestment of housing, healthcare, re-evaluating and correcting present and long-documented devaluation of Black property and assets,
      • K-12 Curriculum & Textbook Revisionist Review & Replacement
      • Support HR 1636 which establishes a Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys,
      • Promote State legislation to close the racial wealth gap for #ADOS
    • State of California Development/Infrastructure/Construction/Creation
      • Possible nationalization/municipalization of resources (cement, wood, copper, steel, etc) for the purpose of future State projects ?
        • If not nationalization/municipalization - ensuring some obnoxiously low & contracted rate ?
      • Allow interagency communication and auditing and public input to reduce fraud, overcharging, pay-for-play corruption schemes & unnecessarily wasteful expenditures/projects which have previously kneecapped previous governments and public projects;
    • Reproductive Justice for the Underserved & Marginalized
      • Research;
      • Policy Development;
      • Compose and Publish a State Resource Guide for Holistic Treatment Options by County for Reproductive Justice for the Underserved & Marginalized;
      • Addressing COVID-19 barriers to reproductive health care in the State of California promptly through expansion of information & public service announcements, #MediCAL For California nsC rights &  transportation assistance;
      • Hire Culturally-Competent Care Consultants who work with Local Public Health Departments, Private + Public Hospitals and Clinics to appropriately train Sexual Health and Reproductive Health on the needs of #OurCalifornia’s underserved & marginalized communities - specifically including but not limited to Trans/Gender Non-binary/Nonconforming, Black Maternity & Infant Mortality, California Indian Maternity & Infant Mortality, Intersectionality of #OurCalifornia’s Poor, Environmental Injustice & Healthcare disparities;
      • Support grassroots organizations and local community mutual aid efforts to include but not limited to:
        • Diaper Banks;
        • Intimate Hygiene, Tampon, Sanitary Napkins & Condom Bank;
        • LGBTQIA sexual and reproductive health services;
        • Specifically Trans, Gender Non-Binary & Gender nonconforming sexual and reproductive health services including Transitioning, Hormone Replacement Therapy;
      • Receive complaints and determine economic sanctions for hospitals, clinics & healthcare service providers in the State failing to serve or provide reproductive justice to #OurCalifornia;
    • Department of Direct Democracy
      • Ensure public access, government transparency & accountability, public ethics complaints & investigations of electeds, ballot measures, legislation, voting
    • ADA Compliance
    • Public Bank of California
    • #OurCalifornia EPIC offices in each locality
  • Expansion of:
    • Department of Labor
    • Department of Industrial Relations
      • Division of Labor Standards Enforcement
    • Office of the Attorney General
    • Public Health
    • Department of Developmental Services
  • Complete overhaul of:
    • California’s Office of Digital Innovation (ODI) - appropriately fund and altar current responsibilities. Like ensuring State data is shared appropriately between necessary departments (and reducing bureaucratic red tape for Californians in need of service and assistance), fixing the catastrophic delays of our Unemployment Insurance program “upgrades” and doing so in house.  Need entirely new database creations for data collection and public involvement in law enforcement misconduct cases, public ethics complaints filed against California elected officials, TFC-Impacted Parties Council, etc
    • Department of Education
    • Department of Food and Agriculture
    • Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Shutter the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to bring about community based alternatives
  • End State collaboration and defund all monies from the statewide growth lobbi and McKinsey & Co. collaborator, California Forward.

Guaranteed State Jobs

Work with the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division to ensure all State Jobs Guarantee employment positions and training are Title I ADA compliant for all state and local government & deputized grassroots organization employers.

  • Doulas
  • Home Care & Midwives programs (promoting Black, California Native, Latinx, Asian/Pacific Islander Women to expand culturally competent and accessible healthcare)
  • Therapeutic Farm Staff & Administration
  • Weapons Range & Certification Specialist
  • Open Data Engineers
  • Software Engineers
  • Data Scientists
  • Interpreters
  • Data Analysts
  • Systems Developer
  • Construction/Infrastructure Development & Repair
    • Pipe layers
    • Laborer
    • Tradesman
    • Superintendent
    • Carpenter
    • Engineer
    • Iron worker
    • Pipe fitter
    • Product worker
    • Journeyman
    • Operator
    • Clerks
    • Etc
  • Green Fleet Transit Factory & Manufacturing
  • Green Fleet Transit Bus Driver
  • Public Market Worker
  • Social Worker
  • Childcare Worker
  • Nanny
  • Logistics & Delivery
  • Community-led public safety systems;
  • Rapid response teams;
  • Mental health specialists - trained in culturally responsive de-escalation, working with individuals with disabilities, restorative justice, and more - responding to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis;
  • Trauma-informed crisis intervention teams trained to disarm, de-escalate and connect individuals to services;
  • Addiction Specialists;
  • Community-led & traffic patrol/response;
  • Community mediators, as employees of the local public health department, who are trained in mediation, applied psychology, conflict resolution and relationship management for minor community disputes;
  • School climate specialists—trained in culturally responsive de-escalation, working with students with disabilities, restorative justice, and more—who can intervene in emotionally or physically volatile situations and act with the best interests for all students involved;
  • Expand locality non-emergency numbers (511) for concerned community members to call instead of 911 and dispatch any of the above unarmed individuals to respond;
  • School Nurses
  • School Counselors
  • School Psychologists
  • Public Banker
  • California Indian Veterans Affairs State Advocates
  • Variety of Deputized grassroot nonprofit employment positions

I look forward to working with Sustainable Economies Law Center, California Calls, Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education; California Domestic Workers Coalition, USDA Coalition of Minority Employees, Community Alliance with Family Farmers, Women’s Earth Alliance, California Farmers Union, California Farm Bureau Federation, La Cooperativa Campesina, Gender Spectrum, Líderes Campesinas, Empower Prep, Comité Cívico del Valle, Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy, California Rural Legal Assistance, California Farmworker Foundation, Grassroots Policy Project, The LIFT Fund, CURB Equality California Institute for Policy Studies & other grassroots organizations, all trade unions, along with pillars in the labor, human rights, and research communities to ensure the needs of ALL in #OurCalifornia are inclusive and sustainably met.

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.


Breaking Up Big Tech

Big tech companies Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, and Google not only wield overwhelming market, social, and political power, and have thus far operated with complete impunity.

Large tech corporations have consistently violated Constitutional rights, federally protected civil rights, federal antitrust laws, and are found consistently to violate our privacy for the highest bidder. These monopolies have used their power to crush small businesses, innovation & choice. These monopolies have instated illegal and unethical working conditions for their workforce. These monopolies have targeted civilians and amassed data collection to assist in inequitable healthcare, housing, credit & employment opportunities. These monopolies have pushed low-income families and people of color out of their neighborhoods. These monopolies have collaborated with War Criminals & expanded our Police State. These monopolies have denied democracy and meddled in elections across the globe.  These monopolies evade Federal and State taxes with billionaire CEOs that hoard obscene wealth from their labor workforce and society as a whole. These monopolies have bought and paid for politicians and legislation to maintain the status quo.

Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Google and others have impacted every single aspect of our lives and have not been held accountable for the devastating harm they continue to commit. This is far too much power to vest in these for-profit corporations, whose first and obligations will always be to their profits and stockholders and not #OurCalifornia.

No more.

The likes of Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft and Google continually prove they are too big to be managed responsibly and need to be fundamentally transformed. Our Planet, our country, & #OurCalifornia deserves better. We all deserve our privacy. We all deserve peace. We all deserve ethical and just labor practices. We all deserve free and fair elections. And we all deserve to have equitable access to information with the opportunities that result from it - knowledge, professional development, fair housing, fair employment, just credit opportunities, and socialization.

For these reasons it is absolutely imperative to step and break up Big Tech Monopolies and their Corporate Empires.  When #OurCalifornia’s most marginalized are protected and succeed, we all win.

As your 2022 Governor of California, I intend to End Poverty in California, and this is how I believe breaking up Big Tech Monopolies and protecting #OurCalifornia can achieve that:

  • Rejecting their lobbyists and corporate cash
  • TFC - Taxing these robber barons appropriately
  • Support legislation implemented that targets and reduces executive economic inequality:
  • Support legislation that targets social inequality caused or exacerbated by large corporations:
    • Housing speculation & housing displacement;
    • Environmental injustice & frontline communities;
  • Investigation & Prosecution sets the foundation to ensure our government has addressed Big Tech and their Corporate empires’ corruption, mismanagement and that our government works to ensure it doesn’t continue. It sets precedent and warns others of the outcomes for bad actors. It allows the public to again have competitive and ethical markets for consumption of public goods;
  • Provide my Office of the Attorney General with the resources and support to formal investigations and prosecute Big Tech firms and their Corporate empires for:
    • Defrauding customers and the government:
    • Privacy Violations:
    • Suppressing Industry Wages;
    • State Tax Evasion;
    • Violating Constitutional & Civil Rights;
    • Eroding our democracy;
    • Antitrust:
      • My Office of the Attorney General will bring federal antitrust suits on the Tech Goliaths - specifically Amazon, Facebook, Google & Microsoft - on behalf of #OurCalifornia (“parens patriae”) and on behalf of the State as a purchaser;
        • These corporations are too large & have become monopolies.  They must be investigated, prosecuted and held accountable when it is determined they are violating current antitrust laws;
        • Applying sanctions when found responsible for violations of the law which will include restitution and up to forfeiture.  The sole purpose is to transition all Big Tech corporations operating in our State into small worker-owned cooperatives or public cooperative belonging to every resident of #OurCalifornia;
    • Unethical/illegal business practices:
    • Lobbying for significant influence and favor of our government:
    • Corruption:
    • Applying sanctions when found responsible for violations of the law will include will include restitution and up to public domain/asset forfeiture - transitioning all Big Tech corporations in our State into small worker-owned cooperatives or the general public belonging to every resident of #OurCalifornia;
  • Fundamentally transforming Big Tech Monopolies and their Corporate Empires:
    • Break up these corporate empires into small, manageable and ethical corporations that:
      • Reassess operations and ownership overseas to return power to Workers internationally;
      • Provide full-time employment status for moderators and exploited contract workers;
      • Expand worker influence over major company policies;
      • Have the potential for worker-owned cooperatives or municipally-owned public enterprises;
      • Provide more equitable and transparent pay structures;
      • Provide at least one board seat to a Union member;
      • The right to speak to the press without retaliation or firing;
      • Expand transparency for the depths and uses of deep marketing, protect users, information and ensure antitrust law compliance;
      • Redress and redistribution of wealth among Workers & Impacted parties;
  • Implement the Algorithmic Bill of Rights to ensure we have legislation that is relevant, timely and responsive to the expansive powers that Big Tech has become, protecting #OurCalifornia from Big Tech & its abuses;
    • Ensure future legislation is applicable to modern technology and operations;
    • Implement legislation to address algorithm use, manipulation & dominance that diverts more than 70% of all Internet traffic through Facebook and Google;
  • Formally investigate and prosecute Zuckerberg’s currency project Libra;
  • Support the federal repeal of SESTA/FOSTA and its tech applications and encourage State Legislation which challenges SESTA/FOSTA, specifically:
    • The government has no place in the consensual behavior of adults, and the bill’s significant targeting of legal, already marginalized and underserved populations of legal sex workers - especially those who are LGBTQ, BIPOC or Poor is not something I support;
    • As it stands, SESTA/FOSTA’s regulatory structure is currently only feasible for the largest tech companies as a result of their extensive legal resources.  Smaller networks and firms in the State of California, and the country, are often incapable of navigating or complying with this law - thus reducing innovation and legal content.  My government intends to support small business, spur innovation and increase legal content;
  • Eager to work with AFL-CIO, SEIU United Service Workers West & SEIU Local 1877, Alphabet Workers Union, Communications Workers of America, Silicon Valley Rising, Teamsters Local 853, Working Partnerships USA, Roots Action, Accountable Tech, Media Justice, Out In Tech, Institute for Policy Studies & all other labor unions, grassroots and impactful organizations, activists and pillars in the tech ethics, accountability, investigative journalism, transparency, labor, human rights, and research communities to ensure the needs of ALL in #OurCalifornia are inclusive and sustainably met;
  • 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.

Food Justice for #OurCalifornia

California produces nearly half of the nation's fruits and vegetables, yet pre-pandemic, yet we were home to the largest adult and child populations of food insecure in the nation, with an extensive network of food deserts across the State. During this pandemic and economic crisis an entirely new and much larger population of Californians found themselves in food bank lines.   This disparity and disconnect has been an intentional and centuries long act - both of public and private enterprises that seek to commodify and exploit the very thing we need most - locally grown & pesticide-free food.  Californians cannot live full and healthy lives while lacking access to locally grown and quality produce, meats, and dairy; while we are sick from Big Ag filling the ground, our water, our air & our food with pesticides.

We cannot achieve food justice for #OurCalifornia without protecting the tribal and food sovereignty of California Indians & Indigenous Peoples.

We cannot achieve food justice for #OurCalifornia:

  • without protecting small farmers and ensuring public-contracts and expanding small farmer State-funded opportunities.
  • without addressing Big Ag corruption and environmental injustices they’ve caused.
  • while exploiting farmworkers.
  • by maintaining means-tested government food programs.
  • by maintaining a war on the Poor.
  • by denying communities the spaces and opportunities to sustainably grow.

Continuing down these predatory paths have limited our abilities to create the sustainable and resilient communities we deserve.

No more.

Since 2014, locally- and sustainably-produced food has been the fastest growing sector of U.S. agriculture and it is time that all in #OurCalifornia participated in and benefited from this farming revolution. When #OurCalifornia’s most marginalized are protected and succeed, we all win.

Food justice must remain a top priority for every community in #OurCalifornia and it will require new paths with a multilayered and intersectional approach to achieve it sustainably for us all.  As your Governor, I intend to End Poverty in California, and this is how I believe ensuring food justice for #OurCalifornia will help us achieve this:

  • Ensure that #LandBack territories have full protections and international rights afforded by tribal sovereignty:
    • Create legislation that bans the State of California or United States Federal Government from dictating the types of food, crops, or sustenance developed on said land. All #LandBack properties can achieve true food sovereignty because my government will honor and elevate tribal sovereignty;
    • Challenge federal law which dictates what can and cannot be grown on tribal land;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • Challenge the National Labor Relations Act;
  • Developing just and pragmatic policy for undocumented migrant workers in the State of California that expand current protections and services by:
    • Legalizing the status of undocumented migrant workers as a means to increase visibility, protection and combat informal economies that exploit both migrant and non-migrant labor. and reduce the deterioration of general working conditions;
      • Ban State & Locality departments from openly cooperating with ICE & DHS;
    • Deputizing local grassroots organizations successfully meeting migrant worker needs in localities and across the State;
    • Working directly with trade unions, migrant worker collectives and migrant labor activists to create expansive & inclusive legislation;
    • Increasing funding and resources for Information & Consumer Campaigns, so that migrant workers and the general public are aware of both their Federal and States rights;
    • State prioritization of data; Involving local grassroots organizations, migrant worker advocates and activists are directly involved in conducting research and can assist in creating policies for migrant workers in #OurCalifornia;
    • Ratifying the Migrant Workers Convention;
    • Safeguarding the right of migrant farmworkers  to organize;
    • Building capacities through empowerment.  In order to prevent and stop exploitation and abuse, migrant workers must be able to effectively exercise their rights. With the State empowering and developing migrant workers’ leadership capacities - we counteract a system of dependency, and allow for migrant workers to actively engage in and influence the decision-making processes affecting their lives. These capacities are essential if workers are to become agents of their own rights;
    • Increasing investment in State workplace inspection - and specifically in sectors where migrant work is exploited;
      • Promptly enforcing appropriate sanctions for corporate bad actors, illegal actions and abusive employers;
    • Employment inclusion within the State Jobs Guarantee Program;
  • Provide my Office of the Attorney General with the resources and support to formally investigate and prosecute Big Ag firms and their Corporate Empires for the environmental injustices they’ve caused, violating Constitutional & Civil Rights, Unethical/Illegal Business Practices, and lobbying for significant influence and favor of our government officials & corruption:
    • Investigation & Prosecution sets the foundation to ensure our government has addressed Big Ag and their Corporate empires’ corruption, mismanagement and that our government works to ensure it doesn’t continue. It sets precedent and warns others of the outcomes for bad actors. It allows the public to again have competitive and ethical markets for consumption of public goods;
    • Applying sanctions when found responsible for violations of the law will include restitution and up to public domain/asset forfeiture - transitioning all Big Ag corporations in our State into small worker-owned cooperatives or customer-owned cooperatives belonging to every resident of #OurCalifornia;
  • 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 & Public Housing sites in the State of California;
  • 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

Protecting Workers and Material Working Conditions

Despite the immense wealth generated by Silicon Valley, real estate speculators, and entertainment elite - a majority of the State’s recent growth has come from low-end service businesses.  According to Marshall Toplansky, a researcher at Chapman University, 80% of all jobs created in the State of California over the past decade paid less than the state median income and half of those are well under $40,000.  These are not living wages, and these are jobs that often provide minimal employee benefits - if they provide any at all.

Long before COVID-19 and the subsequent economic crises, Workers in #OurCalifornia experienced wage theft and looming threats of debt, starvation and homelessness which are intentional features of US-ian poverty. Compounding matters, US capitalism refuses to count the unemployed properly because that would expose the disposability of large sections of the workforce and abject policy failures.  To End Poverty in California my government intends to address the systemic and fundamental operations of California’s economy and how it preys on the Poor - and specifically Workers.  This pandemic and crisis have exponentially compounded these issues, while threatening the physical safety and health of our workspaces.

#OurCalifornia’s Workers deserve a Government and Governor who recognizes the very real struggles we’ve all faced, and is committed to improving material working conditions and expanding Worker protections during and post-COVID-19.

I believe that we cannot continue to provide Corporate Welfare at the expense of workers in this State.  For too long we’ve seen corporations we’ve catered to, provided subsidies to, & reduced taxes only to leave our great State crushing workers and negatively impacting our economy.

No more.

My government is not interested in expanding the dependence on government, but a dependence on ourselves.  I believe #OurCalifornia and government can make it so that the key elements of sustaining a quality and comfortable life are available to all and provided collectively by society: healthcare, food & shelter. Without these looming threats which inherently place profits over people, Workers have more freedom over their place of Labor, workers can join or create companies, businesses and collectives themselves that value their worth. Again, I believe it is critical that we are not dependent on government, but dependent on ourselves to do and be better for us all.  Workers in #OurCalifornia deserve healthy and safe working conditions and protections from the State government must be at the forefront of any economic and social agendas.  When #OurCalifornia’s most marginalized are protected and succeed, we all win.

I remain committed to the workers of this great State, and as your Governor, I intend to End Poverty in California. This is how I believe protecting Workers and material working conditions in California will help us achieve this:

  • Creating a State of California Union that protects all workers’ rights in the State without affiliation or required enrollment/membership in independent unions (like AFL-CIO, SEIU, ILWU, NUHW, etc.).  This Union would have no membership fees and ensure that worker’s rights and labor law remain at the forefront of #OurCalifornia.  As such:
    • All Californians, regardless of work status, will be fully covered under our new #MediCALforAllCalifornians program so both employers and workers can focus on other collective bargaining needs without the threat of ever losing quality healthcare coverage or it’s obscene costs again;
    • Ensure all Californians have respectable jobs in a variety of sustainable fields with liveable wages and a pension with our State Job Guarantee Program;
    • Increase the State minimum wage to $25/hr:
      • Create small-business sliding scale assistance program where the State assists in achieving the $25/hr mark for small businesses based on previous annual income, profit & labor relation status;
    • State-paid two-week vacation;
    • Twelve-Week Paid Care Leave: In addition to FMLA or Disability, Care Leave offers all workers in the State stability and peace of mind to focus on what matters - needed time.  Care Leave allows workers to take up to an additionally paid twelve weeks off for:
      • Personal disability or serious health condition(s);
      • Time to care for a family member;
      • Additional time to bond with a new child;
      • Spend further time with a family member preparing for military service overseas;
    • Strengthening/expanding the opportunity for independent unions;
    • Ensure the State of California has comprehensive labor relations laws of its own. Including but not limited to:
      • Strengthen California’s Right to Work Act with Enforceable Measures and Sanctions applied to business bad actors;
      • Decriminalization of sex work and the creation of a California Union for sex workers which contributes to the creation of labor law protections and safety measures that support adult small content creators, independent workers, and reduce exploitation;
      • Expand firm-level collective bargaining rights to industry-wide collective bargaining rights;
      • Expand State legislation for workers' control,
      • Strengthen Worker-led safety committees which can hold Corporations accountable to both State and Federal Laws when violating our #OurCalifornia’s Right to Organize, OSHA, EPA, Labor & Labor Relations laws;
      • Deputize nonprofit organizations such as California’s own Sustainable Economies Law Center & California Center for Cooperative Development to strengthen and expand extensive worker-owned cooperatives;
      • Expanding the Mechanics’ Lien, which has a 100% collection success rate in a number of pilot programs, to all operating businesses within the State of California;
  • Ensuring all workers have respect and labor protections under the State Law of California means ensuring our most marginalized populations are protected. This is not only moral, compassionate & cost-avoidant, but substantially improves all in #OurCalifornia’s right to safety, security and reduction of state-sanctioned harm and violence.  Full labor protection for marginalized communities is an investment and commitment to human rights that our State must make. Furthermore, protecting marginalized workers in the end affects and improves the work environments and well-being of all workers across the State of California - we all win when our most vulnerable and marginalized are protected. California’s most marginalized workers include, but aren’t limited to:
    • Disabled Workers
      • Addressing labor abuses and illegal practices regularly experienced by individuals with disabilities from employment discrimination, sub-minimum wage compensation, retaliation et. al. by holding employers accountable;
        • Completing the backlog of labor complaints and incomplete investigations through interagency support of both State ADA, Disabilities Services, Labor & federal EEOC support (if necessary) impacting all disabled working populations in the State;
      • Enable the State to expand current protections and services by:
        • State prioritization of data; Involving local grassroots organizations, disability advocates and activists are directly involved in conducting research and can assist in creating policies for disabled workers in #OurCalifornia;
        • Increasing funding and resources for Information & Consumer Campaigns, so that workers with disabilities and the general public are aware of both their Federal and States rights;
        • Building capacities through empowerment.  In order to prevent and stop exploitation and abuse, disabled workers must be able to effectively exercise their rights. With the State empowering and developing disabled workers’ leadership capacities - we counteract a system of dependency, and allow for disabled workers to actively engage in and influence the decision-making processes affecting their lives. These capacities are essential if workers are to become agents of their own rights;
        • Increasing investment in State workplace inspection - and specifically in sectors where patterns arise of labor is exploitation of the disabled;
          • Promptly applying appropriate sanctions for corporate bad actors, illegal actions and abusive employers;
        • Ensuring Disabled Workers within our State are given safer and healthier workspaces and that their labor is respected with liveable wages under the new State Minimum Wage and State Jobs Guarantee program;
        • Work with the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division to ensure all SJG employment positions and training are Title I ADA compliant for all state and local government employers;
    • Migrant Workers
      • I will contribute to the development of a just and pragmatic policy for undocumented migrant workers in the State of California. There is an urgent need to find a complete, not our currently superficial, solutions to the ongoing exploitation and abuse of these workers here and that can only be achieved through systemic change and a candidate rejecting worker exploitation of one of the most profitable workforces in the State;
      • Enable the State to expand current protections and services by:
        • Legalizing the status of undocumented migrant workers as a means to increase visibility, protection and combat informal economies that exploit both migrant and non-migrant labor. and reduce the deterioration of general working conditions;
          • Ban State & Locality departments from openly cooperating with ICE & DHS;
        • Deputizing local grassroots organizations successfully meeting migrant worker needs in localities and across the State;
        • Working directly with trade unions, migrant worker collectives and migrant labor activists to create expansive & inclusive legislation;
        • Increasing funding and resources for Information & Consumer Campaigns, so that migrant workers and the general public are aware of both their Federal and States rights;
        • State prioritization of data; Involving local grassroots organizations, migrant worker advocates and activists are directly involved in conducting research and can assist in creating policies for migrant workers in #OurCalifornia;
        • Ratifying the Migrant Workers Convention;
        • Safeguarding the right of migrant workers  to organize;
        • Building capacities through empowerment.  In order to prevent and stop exploitation and abuse, migrant workers must be able to effectively exercise their rights. With the State empowering and developing migrant workers’ leadership capacities - we counteract a system of dependency, and allow for migrant workers to actively engage in and influence the decision-making processes affecting their lives. These capacities are essential if workers are to become agents of their own rights;
        • Increasing investment in State workplace inspection - and specifically in sectors where migrant work is exploited;
          • Promptly enforcing appropriate sanctions for corporate bad actors, illegal actions and abusive employers;
        • Employment inclusion within the State Jobs Guarantee Program;
    • Gender Nonconforming Individuals - especially BIPOC Trans, Non-binary & Two-Spirited Peoples
      • I support the realization of current legislation that protects all employees from gender discrimination in workplaces but recognize these privileges are often not afforded to those most in need in spite of our State & Federal legislation;
      • Enable the State to expand current protections and services by:
        • Employment inclusion within the State Jobs Guarantee Program;
          • State Jobs Guarantee adoption of real gender-inclusive policies which are both strategic and transformative;
        • Increasing funding and resources for Information & Consumer Campaigns, so that gender nonconforming workers and the general public are aware of both their Federal and States rights;
        • State prioritization of data; Involving local grassroots organizations, LGBT, Trans & Two-Spirit advocates and activists are directly involved in conducting research and can assist in creating policies for non-binary workers in #OurCalifornia;
        • Increasing investment in State workplace inspection - and specifically in sectors where gender non-binary work is exploited;
          • Promptly enforcing appropriate sanctions for corporate bad actors, illegal actions and abusive employers;
    • Sex Workers
      • I support the full decriminalization of adult consensual sex work. A State government that continues criminalizing adult, voluntary, and consensual sex, including the commercial exchange of sexual services, is incompatible with the human right to personal autonomy and privacy - both rights I intend to uphold to the fullest.  We must situate sex work within a framework of workers’ rights, a framework under which workers advocate together for economic, racial, and gender justice;
      • Ensure the immediate and full decriminalization of sex work & sex workers within the State:
        • Specifically creating legislation removing criminal penalties for selling and buying consensual sex between adults within the State of California;
        • Ensure Workers Rights & labor relations laws apply to Sex Workers;
        • Ban the overpolicing of bodies by law enforcement officers and their specific targeting of Black, Brown & Gender Noncomforming People;
        • Ensure police accountability to the public and restitution for Sex Workers impacted their actions;
        • Begin the immediate decarceration and record expungement of  Sex Workers;
        • Supporting the creation of the State and Country’s first Sex Workers Union;
        • Expand community outreach and education about sexual labor;
      • Support repeal of SESTA/FOSTA and its tech applications and encourage State Legislation which challenges SESTA/FOSTA, specifically:
        • The government has no place in the consensual behavior of adults, and the bill’s significant targeting of legal, already marginalized and underserved populations of legal sex workers - especially those who are LGBTQ, BIPOC or Poor is not something I support;
        • As it stands, SESTA/FOSTA’s regulatory structure is currently only feasible for the largest tech companies as a result of their extensive legal resources.  Smaller networks and firms in the State of California, and the country, are often incapable of navigating or complying with this law - thus reducing innovation, economic input and legal content.  My government intends to support small business, spur innovation and increase legal  content;
    • Incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals:
      • I support the equal and just wage compensation of incarcerated individuals working for the Prison Industry Authority, the Division of Juvenile Facilities, and the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
        • Artificially deflating labor wages places insurmountable obstacles that further poverty of incarcerated individuals, formerly incarcerated individuals, and the family/community networks that support them;
        • Artificially deflating labor wages places market exploitation amplifies corporate incentive to hire incarcerated individuals at significantly lower costs, creating greater profit for corporations and compounding harm for labor movements outside the Prison Industry Authority, Division of Juvenile Facilities, and the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation;
      • Ensure the immediate and full cessation of penalizing formerly incarcerated individuals through state-sanctioned overarching collateral consequences, restoring post-carceral employment rights in credentialed and specialized workforces including but not limited to:
        • Professional Licensing clearance
        • Ensure all Workers Rights & labor relations laws apply to Workers;
  • Enforce labor & safety violations within a timely fashion, holding bad actors accountable when they harm workers, our communities, our air, our land and our waterways;
  • 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;
  • Appropriately fund California’s Labor Commissioner’s Office, Bureau of Field Enforcement and the Attorney General to fully investigate and enforce wage theft with immediate results:
    • A landmark study of California wage claims between 2008 and 2011 found that just 17% of workers who won a Labor Commission judgment received even some of their pay. To avoid paying up, many of these employers shuttered their companies or hid assets, leaving workers nothing;
      • Increase and improve post-judgment collections through expanding prompt labor investigations of California’s underground economy and strengthening partnerships with community-based labor advocacy groups, expansion of the Bureau of Field Enforcement
      • Create legislation that expands the Mechanics’ Lien, which has a 100% collection success rate in a number of pilot programs, to all operating businesses within the State of California;
      • Enforce appropriate and sanctions promptly paid by the business/Corporation found responsible that include:
        • Full Restitution for the employee(s);
        • A sliding scale donation paid to relative-industry Union or Mutual Aid network;
        • State fee;
        • Substantial recidivism of documented and determined wage theft will result in asset forfeiture and return the business/corporation and all assets to the workers;
  • I am eager to work with The LIFT Fund, Disability Rights California, Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers’ Network, Maintenance Cooperation Trust Fund, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (LCCRSF), TransFocus Consulting, La Cooperativa Campesina, Líderes CampesinasCentral Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy, Empower Prep, Comité Cívico del Valle, California Rural Legal Assistance, Labor Community Strategy Center, Proteus Inc, Walk Free, National Employment Law Project, California Domestic Workers Coalition, Sex Worker Outreach Project, Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), Grassroots Policy Project, Sustainable Economies Law Center, Institute for Policy Studies & other grassroots and impactful organizations, activists, advocates, all labor unions, and pillars in the labor, human rights, and research communities to ensure the needs and material working conditions of ALL workers 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.

#SoakTheRich & Corporate Accountability

Marx correctly said that all profit is theft — meaning that if workers were paid the full value of their labor, there would be no profit. #OurCalifornia’s redress and my plan to End Poverty in California will specifically target the class of people who benefit from this theft.

Roving & intangible properties, from stocks to intellectual capital, enjoy all the state's protections but with no public benefit as they remain untaxed.

After decades of deregulation and corporate greed, California’s public & private enterprises are the epitome of mismanagement, massive revenue, and lethal icons for their respective industries - be it oil, gas, land speculation, nuclear, electric utility, water, technology, housing, entertainment, private equity, et al. - while #OurCalifornia is exploited with these Corporations intentionally and consistently harmful actions.

After decades of anti-labor legislation, movements & elected officials who favor these Corporations and the select few elites who own them, California’s workforce landscape has become riddled with anti-union law firms proudly promoting “extensive experience representing management in union representation campaigns.”  California’s physical landscape has been burnt, filled with acid, drenched in nuclear leaks, endured exacerbated droughts, reduced low-income housing and devastated frontline communities as a direct result of corporate greed & public unaccountability. Our State has failed to uphold previous rights to organize and upheld union-busting services and techniques applied in Amazon, Apple, Tesla, SpaceX, WalMart & other corporations in our State have acknowledged they use.

These Corporations and the wealthy who own them have  done so with impunity, and their wealth, their success, their investment gains have increased as a direct result of our suffering.

No more.

Without thorough investigations, strengthened laws and substantial sanctions that hold Corporations and the Rich who own them accountable, we cannot ensure California’s current neoliberal nightmare won’t happen again.  I believe we owe #OurCalifornia this assurance for all our futures as we work to build resilient and sustainable communities.

As your Governor, I intend to End Poverty in California, we must #SoakTheRich and I believe these are policies to ensure the corporate accountability necessary for us to achieve this:

  • Expanding the legislative authority of the Office of the Attorney General to finally work on behalf of #OurCalifornia and right the wrongs of Corporate Bad Actors, Lobbyists, Corrupt officials and the Rich who own them all;
  • Create State of California legislation which challenges the SCOTUS precedent for the sole purpose of overturning Citizens’ United as it erodes our Democracy, the will of the People, and has exponentially expanded the unaccountability of Large Corporations;
  • Enforce State of California Tax Evasion of California’s Richest -  Top 4% and their accountability, including tax law reform which penalizes tactics used by the wealthy, their compliance and accountability including, but not limited to:
    • Offshore accounts;
    • Outright refusal to pay taxes;
    • Attempted loopholes;
    • Apply substantial sanctions and utilize forfeiture to seize totals owed to the State and #OurCalifornia;
  • Create legislation that enables the State to try Large Corporations  within our State borders for crimes committed abroad, including but not limited to:
    • Tax evasion;
    • Crimes Against Humanity:
      • Military Industrial Complex;
      • Never-ending wars;
      • Environmental pollution;
  • Provide my Office of the Attorney General with the resources and support to formally investigate and prosecute Pacific Gas & Electric, Edison, & all other large regional private gas and electric utility corporations for defrauding their customers and the government, Antitrust, lobbying for significant influence and favor of our government officials & corruption, ceasing all contracted use of State land;
    • Investigation & Prosecution sets the foundation to ensure our government has addressed gas and electric utility service empires’ corruption, mismanagement and that our government works to ensure it doesn’t continue. It sets precedent and warns others of the outcomes for bad actors.  It allows the public to again have competitive and ethical markets for consumption of public goods;
    • 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 electric utility corporations into a customer-owned cooperatives belonging to every resident of #OurCalifornia;
      •  I stand in Solidarity with the 100+ localities currently attempting to convert PG&E into a customer-owner cooperative;
  • Provide my Office of the Attorney General with the resources and support to formally investigate and prosecute Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and all other large regional Public and Private telecommunications for defrauding their customers and the government, Antitrust, lobbying for significant influence and favor of our government officials & corruption, ceasing all contracted use of State land;
    • Investigation & Prosecution sets the foundation to ensure our government has addressed telecommunication empires’ corruption, mismanagement and that our government works to ensure it doesn’t continue. It sets precedent and warns others of the outcomes for bad actors.  It allows the public to again have competitive and ethical markets for consumption of public goods;
    • 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 Private telecommunication corporations into a customer-owned cooperative belonging to every resident of #OurCalifornia;
  • Provide my Office of the Attorney General with the resources and support to formally investigate and prosecute all Private Water 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;
    • Investigation & Prosecution sets the foundation to ensure our government has addressed private Water Extraction Corporation empires’ corruption, mismanagement of public utilities and that our government works to ensure it doesn’t continue. It sets precedent and warns others of the outcomes for bad actors.  It allows the public to again have competitive and ethical markets for consumption of public goods;
    • 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 private water extraction corporations into a customer-owned cooperatives belonging to every resident of #OurCalifornia and ending the sale of California’s water to the world to protect the precious resources of our State;
  • Provide my Office of the Attorney General with the resources and support to formally investigate and prosecute Waste Management & all other large regional or contracted Public and Private waste collection corporations for defrauding their customers and the government, lobbying for significant influence and favor of our government officials & corruption, ceasing all contracted use of State land;
    • Investigation & Prosecution sets the foundation to ensure our government has addressed waste service empires’ corruption, mismanagement and that our government works to ensure it doesn’t continue. It sets precedent and warns others of the outcomes for bad actors.  It allows the public to again have competitive and ethical markets for consumption of public goods;
    • 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;
  • Unlike previous spills, hazardous leaks, and toxic sites that remain a public health hazard, publicly funded response and financial liability, 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, complete restoration & stewardship.  It is their 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;
  • Provide my Office of the Attorney General with the resources and support to formally investigate and prosecute large entertainment firms and elites in Hollywood for defrauding the government, labor violations, rampant sex abuse, land speculation, lobbying for significant influence and favor of our government officials & corruption;
    • Investigation & Prosecution sets the foundation to ensure our government has addressed entertainment empires’ corruption, mismanagement and that our government works to ensure it doesn’t continue. It sets precedent and warns others of the outcomes for bad actors.  It allows the public to again have competitive and ethical markets for consumption of public goods;
    • Applying sanctions when found responsible for violations of the law will include restitution and up to public domain/asset forfeiture - transitioning all large Private entertainment corporations into a worker-owned cooperatives  or customer-owned cooperatives belonging to every resident of #OurCalifornia;
  • Provide my Office of the Attorney General with the resources and support to formally investigate and prosecute land speculation and large housing development firms for defrauding their customers and the government, labor violations, environmental act violations, land speculation, lobbying for significant influence and favor of our government officials & corruption;
    • Investigation & Prosecution sets the foundation to ensure our government has addressed land speculation and housing empires’ corruption, mismanagement and that our government works to ensure it doesn’t continue. It sets precedent and warns others of the outcomes for bad actors.  It allows the public to again have competitive and ethical markets for consumption of public goods;
    • Applying sanctions when found responsible for violations of the law will include restitution and up to public domain/asset forfeiture - transitioning all large land speculation & housing development corporations into customer-owned cooperatives belonging to every resident of #OurCalifornia;
  • Provide my Office of the Attorney General with the resources and support to formally investigate and prosecute Big Tech firms and their Corporate Empires for defrauding their customers and the government, violating Constitutional & Civil Rights, eroding our Democracy, Antitrust, Unethical/Illegal Business Practices, and lobbying for significant influence and favor of our government officials & corruption:
    • Investigation & Prosecution sets the foundation to ensure our government has addressed Big Tech and their Corporate empires’ corruption, mismanagement and that our government works to ensure it doesn’t continue. It sets precedent and warns others of the outcomes for bad actors. It allows the public to again have competitive and ethical markets for consumption of public goods;
    • Applying sanctions when found responsible for violations of the law will include will include restitution and up to public domain/asset forfeiture - transitioning all Big Tech corporations in our State into small worker-owned cooperatives or customer-owned cooperatives belonging to every resident of #OurCalifornia;
  • Provide my Office of the Attorney General with the resources and support to formally investigate and prosecute Big Agricultural firms and their Corporate Empires for poisoning our air, our land, our water and our foods with pesticides, manure lagoons, hazardous waste dumps & willful pollution.  They must be held accountable for environmental hazards and injustices workers and residents across this State, but especially in Central & Imperial Valley have long endured the painfully physical consequences of these environmental injustices while the toxic practices of these corporations continue to expand their already staggering wealth; for violating Constitutional & Unethical/Illegal Business & Labor Practices, and lobbying for significant influence and favor of our government officials & corruption:
    • Investigation & Prosecution sets the foundation to ensure our government has addressed Big Agriculture and their Corporate empires’ corruption, mismanagement and that our government works to ensure it doesn’t continue. It sets precedent and warns others of the outcomes for bad actors. It allows the public to again have competitive and ethical markets for consumption of public goods;
    • Applying sanctions when found responsible for violations of the law will include restitution and up to public domain/asset forfeiture - transitioning all Big Agricultural corporations in our State into small worker-owned cooperatives or customer-owned cooperatives belonging to every resident of #OurCalifornia;
  • Enact State Legislation that addresses and minimizes the existence of Private Equity through legal responsibilities, limitations & deductibility;
    • Create legislation which closes the basic loophole in the federal securities laws (particularly the 1940 Investment Company and Investment Advisers Acts) that allow the private equity industry to exist at all.
      • Require extensive disclosures of financial information from which private equity is now exempt under the basic loophole in the securities laws mentioned above.
    • Simultaneously support my Office of the Attorney General in challenging the Constitutionality of the 1940 Investment Company and Investment Advisers Acts, and their respective basic loopholes, which allow the private equity industry to exist at all.  And call on other States and Attorney Generals to do the same for the well-being and security of their constituents.
    • Create California’s own version of the  Stop Wall Street Looting Act introduced in our 2019 Senate
      • Ensuring State legislation establishes legal responsibility for private equity, by defining a “control person” as someone who owns at least 20 percent of the parent firm. As current laws allow the true owners to evade accountability for their actions. And “control persons” are also made personally responsible for violations of a range of federal laws, including labor laws and pension looting, as well as fraud.
      • Prohibit any capital distributions from target companies to private equity managers in the first 24 months of ownership.  Legislation with the sole purpose of  impeding private equity's “strip and flip” strategy of getting back all of its money and more on the front end.
      • Prevent abuses of the private equity bankruptcy process which serve shareholders and instead directs the bankruptcy court to approve the offer that provides the best job preservation, wages, and other terms of employment for workers;
      • Unmute the implementation in the “risk retention” provision of the Dodd Frank Act;
  • Provide my Office of the Attorney General with the resources and support to formally investigate and prosecute Private Equity firms and their Corporate Empires for defrauding their customers and the government, violating Constitutional & Civil Rights, eroding our Democracy, Antitrust, Unethical/Illegal Business & Labor Practices, and lobbying for significant influence and favor of our government officials & corruption:
    • Investigation & Prosecution sets the foundation to ensure our government has addressed Private Equity and their Corporate empires’ corruption, mismanagement and that our government works to ensure it doesn’t continue. It sets precedent and warns others of the outcomes for bad actors. It allows the public to again have competitive and ethical markets for consumption of public goods;
    • Applying sanctions when found responsible for violations of the law will include restitution and up to public domain/asset forfeiture - transitioning all Private Equity corporations in our State into small worker-owned cooperatives or customer-owned cooperatives belonging to every resident of #OurCalifornia;
  • Provide my Office of the Attorney General with the resources and support fully investigating all government officials who have lobbied and/or been bought by Utility, Energy, Resource Extraction Corporations & Private Equity and not acted in the best interest of their represented districts or the People of this great  State:
    • Investigation & Prosecution sets a proper foundation to ensure our government has addressed corruption and works to ensure it doesn’t continue - especially from politicians who have personally profited from it;
    • Applying sanctions when found responsible for violations of the law will include Statewide ban on any current and/or future governmental position, locality and/or State restitution not limited to asset forfeiture - we intend to redistribute the wealth illegally gained and return positions representing the People back to People of our great State;
  • Ensure Corporations are compliant with Federal and State safety, health and labor regulations & labor relations laws:
    • Investigation & Prosecution sets the foundation to ensure public utilities will become public customer-owned cooperatives and the public can again have a competitive and ethical market for consumption of public goods;
    • Applying sanctions to Corporations when found responsible for violations of the law will include restitution and up to public domain/asset forfeiture - transitioning all large corporations in our State into small worker-owned cooperatives or the general public belonging to every resident of #OurCalifornia;
  • 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.