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Tuesday, December 5, 2017 12:00 AM

Taking on the privatization of the Escondido Public Library

The City Council of the City of Escondido failed its community, failed the public library workers, and failed to follow the law.  


Sunday, October 22, 2017 12:00 AM

Blue Wave

The environment right now suggests that Republican incumbents are vulnerable. President Trump’s approval ratings are in the mid-30s, even amid a strong economy, and it’s hard to see how the environment will improve much for the GOP by next year. And one way Democrats have been responding to Trump’s various norm violations is by running for office and by record numbers!


Thursday, October 19, 2017 9:22 PM

City of Escondido sells out Library services

Our public library is no more.  It is now a corporate run concern whose company is answerable to its shareholders not the citizens of Escondido.  This decision will be challenged, and ultimately decided, in court.  It will be argued that the City Council’s decision is ultra vires (beyond the scope of their authority) and whose Board of Trustees is correctly entrusted with such decisions.  The Board of Trustees did not agree with this privatization of public services.  

 

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/communities/north-county/sd-no-library-vote-20171017-story.html


Friday, September 15, 2017 12:00 AM

Campaign Finance Reform

Right now, California has the chance to lead the nation in the fight to stop secret money from buying elections – by passing AB 249, the California DISCLOSE Act. AB 249 will strike a major blow against secret money by requiring ballot measure ads to clearly and prominently show the real names of their top 3 funders – the first bill in the nation to do so.


Wednesday, September 13, 2017 12:00 AM

A Temecula afternoon with Alan Geraci

Dan Stafford interview s Alan Geraci, Candidate for Assembly District 75, on behalf of the Temecula Democratic Club. 


Sunday, September 10, 2017 10:38 AM

The corporate media ignores climate change.

The corporate media covers the devastation of massive hurricanes Harvey and Irma 24 hours per day. The devastation is massive, historic and deeply concerning. But, the media reports the devastation while completely ignoring the rest of the story.

The science is simple. According to research meteorologists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, current climate models suggest that a rise in global temperatures may potentially lead to fewer hurricanes in the Atlantic basin, but those that do form would be more intense, thanks to warmer water near the ocean surface, and bring heavier rainfall because of increased moisture in the air.

Continuing to ignore the full breadth of the story is immoral and irresponsible journalism. Continued pandering to the fossil fuel industry is the reason but must stop if we are to ever develop the aggressive policies needed to save the planet.


Saturday, September 2, 2017 10:15 AM

An election integrity call to action

The California Senate is pulling a fast one on us.  Please take immediate action to stop this sharp practice. 


Wednesday, August 30, 2017 12:00 AM

San Diego County Board of Supervisors race shaping up


Thursday, August 3, 2017 12:00 AM

Voters' Bill of Rights

As an election integrity advocate, I support the California Voters' Bill of Rights.  Same day voting registration must be implemented for the 2018 election cycle.  


Thursday, August 3, 2017 12:00 AM

Campaign Finance Reform

Presentation at Fallbrook Democratic Club. 


Friday, June 30, 2017 12:00 AM

Public Schools Budget

California’s public schools receive funding from three sources: the state (57%), property taxes and other local sources (29%), and the federal government (14%). The proportion of funding from each source varies across school districts. The majority of revenue (almost 70%) is unrestricted general purpose funding. The remainder is restricted categorical state and federal funding earmarked for special programs and purposes such as special education, class size reduction, and the National School Lunch Program.

The Local Control Funding Formula is a law enacted in 2013 and can be the model for the nation as to how to distribute budgeted funds to the school districts based upon specific funding needs in each Community.  As your representative, I will meet with school district leaders and assess how to better implement this law through the California Department of Education.  


Wednesday, June 28, 2017 12:00 AM

The time for Universal Healthcare is now

Democrats like Speaker Rendon who take the money from Pharma and Insurance just expect the noisy progressives to fade away. This time he is wrong and noisy progressives will only get louder.


Friday, June 23, 2017 12:00 AM

Medicare for All

SB562 "Medicare for All" has been assigned to the Assembly Rules Committee for the remainder of 2017. This places the bill squarely as part of the 2018 election season. I will fight to make "Medicare for All" law for California.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017 12:00 AM

Ending Homelessness in California

San Diego has the fourth largest homeless population in the nation after New York, Los Angeles and Seattle. This problem has developed over many years and will take many years to solve. San Diego County had 17,500 people cycle through local homelessness programs between October 2015 and September 2016, far more than the roughly 8,700 the region’s annual homeless count in January has found over the last two years. San Diego already suffers from a relative lack of funding because of the federal government’s formula for doling out money to address homelessness, which provides San Diego the 22nd most money in the nation despite having the fourth largest homeless population. Until the federal government gets a clue, we have to continue to lead in California -- Homelessness is no exception.

According to the Regional Task Force on the Homeless Report dated April 2017, the numbers of chronically homeless persons in Inland North San Diego County (Escondido, San Marcos, Fallbrook) and Inland Orange County (Temecula) are increasing. The numbers of chronically homeless persons who are unsheltered is also increasing. Veterans make up 12% of our homeless population.

I support San Diego's central intake center which is expected to open in 2019, including a hotline for available beds, adding a few hundred more temporary shelter beds, renovating a downtown facility where homeless people can shower, and expanding the Downtown Partnership’s family reunification program. As your state representaive, I will work to find common ground solutions with the cities I represent, the property owners in our region and the organizations who will continue to spearhead the efforts. In California, there is no reason for any human being to be homeless.



Saturday, June 17, 2017 12:00 AM

Record heat and climate change policy

We will be experiencing record high temperatures in San Diego County this summer. It seems like every year we reach new extremes in our weather patterns.

15 years ago scientists were fighting the political forces to resist the data. Of course, the fossil fuel industry was engrossed in an "alternative facts" campaign to promulgate the notion that earth's climate is ever changing and that human activity does not matter, so continue drilling and burning those fossil fuels.


California is leading the nation in developing a comprehensive set of solutions to reduce global warming pollution in the state. The foundation for the state’s pollution-fighting activities is a 2006 law, the California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32), which calls for reducing the state’s global warming emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.


I will support our global participation with reducing our emissions and building a renewable energy system that will carry California into the next century. This is what fearless leadership requires.


Friday, June 16, 2017 12:00 AM

Environmental Justice

California leads the country for high environmental standards. We must not lose sight of this leadership role no matter how loudly the polluters scream. When we come together, we're unstoppable.


Thursday, June 15, 2017 12:00 AM

Support AB 14

I support campaign finance reform period. In California, we can lead the country on this critical matter. Forcing disclosure of dark money is a good place to start.

Support AB 14.


Saturday, June 3, 2017 12:00 AM

SB562 Passes the Senate... On to the Assembly

On a 23 to 14 vote, the California Senate put their stamp of approval on SB 562, a Medicare for all-type/single payer bill that would bring the dream of guaranteeing health care to all Californians – without the devastating out of pocket costs that force millions to skip needed care even if they are already paying premiums to insurance companies


Thursday, May 25, 2017 12:00 AM

Universal Healthcare is one step closer.

Our support to single-payer universal healthcare continues to lead the country toward what ultimately should be a national policy. 


Friday, May 5, 2017 1:06 AM

Support SB562 Universal Healthcare in California

The bill would establish a publicly run health plan that would cover everyone living in California — all 39 million of us — regardless of immigration status. Co-authored by San Francisco’s own, state Sen. Scott Wiener and Assemblymember David Chiu (among others), the proposal would pay for all medical expenses, including inpatient, outpatient, emergency services, dental, vision, mental health, substance abuse treatment, acupuncture and chiropractic care.
Under the proposed plan, everyone would be covered, from undocumented residents to Medicare and Medicaid recipients to employees who currently get their health insurance through work. The plan is truly free of charge — no co-pays or deductibles. And you will be able to choose your doctor from a huge list of providers, rather than an insurer’s network.


Committee to Elect Alan Geraci

FPPC # 1397082

 
 
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