2018 Endorsements - East Contra Costa County

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LOCAL CANDIDATES

 

Board of Equalization, District 2

 

 

MALIA COHEN

Malia Cohen is running to represent District 2 on the California State Board of Equalization to put people's interests before special interests. As President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Malia has fought to even the playing field. She’s taken on special interest groups like Big Tobacco, Big Soda, Big Oil -- and won. She’s running to bring that same fight to the Board of Equalization to make sure our tax dollars are well-spent.

Malia has been a fearless advocate for working people throughout her career. As Supervisor, Malia championed the $15 minimum wage, invested in affordable housing, fought for reproductive rights and women’s safety, and successfully advocated to provide children with healthcare.

State Assembly, 11th District

 

 

JIM FRAZIER

Jim Frazier, a former local small-business owner, was elected to the California State Assembly in November, 2012 to represent the 11th Assembly District. He is Chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee and a member of the Accountability and Administrative Review, Insurance and Veterans Affairs Committees, as well as Chair of the Select Committee in Improving Bay Area Transportation Systems, and Chair of the Select Committee on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Frazier became involved in public service after a family tragedy. On December 16, 2000, his two daughters were in a head-on auto collision caused by black ice on their way to Lake Tahoe. The accident was fatal for his oldest daughter, and left his younger daughter in critical condition. This unfortunate tragedy sparked Frazier’s interest in highway safety and transportation infrastructure improvements, which led to his further involvement in public service.

State Assembly, 14th District

 

 

TIM GRAYSON

Assemblymember Tim Grayson learned common-sense values from his family. He was raised by his father (a Teamster), and his mother (a public transit worker). He was the first in his family to earn a college degree. The East Bay has been his home for 17 years, where he and his wife, Tammy, are raising their two children. As the City of Concord’s police chaplain, Tim worked with survivors of violent crimes, with first responders and their families, and co-founded the region’s Family Justice Center to support victims of domestic violence, child and elderly abuse, and human trafficking. As a former Concord Councilmember and Mayor, he put taxpayers first by balancing our city’s $90 million budget, leaving 30% in reserve for emergencies while keeping taxes low. He is proud to have created over 1,700 new living wage jobs in Concord. Upon re-election, Tim plans to continue bringing the same common sense and out-of-the-box thinking back to Sacramento.
Antioch City Council

 

 

JOY MOTTS

As a single mom, Joy Motts chose to raise her daughter in Antioch. But like many Antioch residents, she says she didn't choose youth violence, illegal dumping, and stagnant business growth.

As one of the first women steelworkers at US STEEL, Joy is no stranger to hard work with positive results. While the City has expanded housing development in Southeast Antioch, it has neglected older parts of our community.

Joy led a $56 million modernization of Antioch High School that resulted in renovated classrooms, improved safety and security measures, a new library and cafeteria, upgraded athletic facilities and replaced inefficient building systems.

Joy says, "Now it’s time to modernize Antioch by moving beyond the basics and making strong investments in code enforcement, cracking down on illegal dumping and homelessness, preventing youth violence, building a vibrant downtown and bringing pride back to our community."

 

 

TONY TISCARENO

 

Brentwood City Council

 

 

JOHN FINK

 

 

 

JOHNNY RODRIGUEZ

 

Oakley City Council

 

 

MIKE DUPRAY

Mike Dupray graduated from High School in 1971, served in the Navy from 1972 to 1976. He received training in the Navy for basic electronics and advanced underwater weapons. Mike received training for EMT and firefighter skills at Rancho Seco Nuclear Power plant and took Nuclear Physics, math and science courses related to health physics and radiation protection at various nuclear facilities nationwide. He has been a qualified ANSI 3.1 and DOE qualified Radiological Controls and Health Physics Technician since 1980. He has spent the last 15 years at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as an EHS Engineer and Principal Radiological Control Technician.

Mike has served 3 years on the Contra Costa County Transit Authority Citizens Advisory Committee appointed by the Oakley City Council. He has reviewed all of Contra Costa County Municipalities Growth Management Plan (GMP) Compliance Checklists and am familiar with City Planning. He has attended and completed the City of Oakley’s Leadership Academy and is acquainted with all of the current City Council Members. He knows the GMP issues and State requirements. He is familiar with the Fair Political Practices Commissions rules and regulations. He knows how the City is planning and what future projects are planned. He can see how the growth of the City is progressing and how to keep it smart.

 

 

SUE HIGGINS

Sue Higgins has been married for over 30 years to Roy Higgins. They have two children, Nate and Marisa. Sue graduated from the University of Minnesota Mankato with a Bachelor of Science degree in Corrections and Sociology. A native of Iowa, she relocated to Contra Costa County in 1987, and after living in four communities, she settled down in Oakley in 1999.

Sue worked as a counselor at Drake House in Pleasant Hill from 1988 to 2000, where she supervised adolescent girls. She continued her education, graduating from Contra Costa Community College’s nursing program and since 2004, she has been an orthopedic surgical nurse, currently with Kaiser Antioch.

Sue knows how to work with a variety of people, often in challenging circumstances. She is a team player, and is willing to work together for the greater good. She is actively involved in the community through Relay For Life, Friends of Oakley and Operation Access. Her crochet group donates gift items to local seniors each Christmas.

Pittsburg City Council

 

 

SHANELLE SCALES-PRESTON

Shanelle Scales Preston is a lifelong public servant with lifelong roots in our Pittsburg community. With her years of working at different levels of government, Shanelle understands what it takes to bring Federal, State, and Local agencies together to get the job done. She is a tireless advocate for our community.

Shanelle was born in East County and raised her whole life in Pittsburg. Her family previously moved to Pittsburg for from the south work at Camp Stoneman and the Steel Mill. Shanelle’s father worked in construction and started his own small business and her mother worked at the local glass factory. Shanelle is a proud graduate from Los Modanos Elementary School, Hillview Jr. High School, and Pittsburg High.

Shanelle learned from her parents the importance of hard work and community service. That is why she has dedicated her whole life to public service and giving back to the Pittsburg community. She is active in her church and is a founding board member of the Pittsburg Youth Development Center.

Throughout her career, Shanelle has been a fearless advocate for everyday people who have fallen on hard times or are having troubles navigating difficult government bureaucracies. With over 20 years of public service Shanelle has been a tireless volunteer for Pittsburg and has had settler career working for both Congressman George Miller and Congressman Mark DeSaulnier.


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SCHOOLS CANDIDATES

 

County Schools Superintendent

 

 

LYNN MACKEY

Lynn Mackey has devoted her life to helping our students overcome their own hardships, excel in school and thrive as adults. She believes every child deserves the opportunity to succeed and be prepared for college, career and life.

Lynn is a seasoned teacher and administrator with a Master's degree from Cal State East Bay in Educational Leadership and has over twenty years of experience working directly with the County Superintendent at the Contra Costa County Office of Education.

Lynn will bring an experienced educator’s perspective to the job of County Superintendent because she is an educator, not a politician.

County College Board, Ward 3

 

 

REBECCA BARRETT

Rebecca Barrett is a Concord-native who graduated from Concord High, attended Diablo Valley College (DVC) and transferred to UCLA. After graduation, she launched an accomplished career in education policy, workforce development and public affairs.

Rebecca served all of California’s students as the Principal Advisor to the State Superintendent of Education. Then, after working in the Department of Education, Rebecca launched her own small business that trains budding local leaders to get involved in their community. She also mentors DVC students and cultivates youth leadership.

If elected, Rebecca's priorities will be to:

  • IMPROVE ACCESS & AFFORDABILITY
  • EXPAND CAREER PATHWAYS, &
  • BOOST SCHOOL SAFETY
Antioch School Board

 

 

ELLIE HOUSEHOLDER

Ellie Householder grew up in Antioch’s Sycamore community and attended AUSD from Kindergarten to 12th grade in some of the worst school facilities in Antioch. Although her high school career began at Antioch High School, after her family lost their home during the Great Recession, she transferred to Prospects High. Though devastated, she still worked hard and played by the rules in order to earn her high school diploma at the age of 16 and later graduated from U.C. Berkeley with honors.
 
After earning her degree, she began her educational career at the U.S. Department of Education as a legislative affairs analyst in Washington, D.C. Later, she pursued her passion to serve low-income students, with similar backgrounds to her, professionally through different charitable organizations. Currently, Ellie is an educational consultant and has served clients like AUSD, while pursuing her postgraduate degree in Public Policy at U.C. Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy. As an educational consultant for AUSD, she worked on a variety of educational research projects including Antioch’s local control and accountability plan.

Ellie says, “My heart is in Antioch. I am a product of AUSD schools. I know my community, I love my community, and that’s why, I need your help in BUILDING STRONGER, BETTER SCHOOLS!”

 

 

SHAGOOFA KHAN

Shagoofa's parents fled war torn Afghanistan and the lack of opportunity in Pakistan to emigrate to the United States. Her parents raised Shagoofa and her 4 siblings in what she calls, "the greatest city I’ve ever known, Antioch!" Shagoofa has lived her entire life in Antioch, attending public schools from K through 12th grade. She finished at Dozier-Libbey Medical High School with honors, and is currently working to complete her undergraduate studies.

Shagoofa has watched her parents go from public assistance to home-ownership. They instilled strength and compassion in her after watching them raise her siblings including her special needs brother. This is why she has been actively engaged with AUSD’s Local-Control Accountability Plan, the Dozier-Libbey School Site Council and more.

Shagoofa says, "Now is the time to build a school system that families want to come to and supports students and teachers. Let’s move AUSD beyond the basics and make serious investments in building STRONGER, BETTERS schools for you, your family and future generations of East County residents."

Brentwood Unified School Board

 

 

THUY DAOJENSEN

At the age of four, Dr. Thuy ("Twee") DaoJensen was a boat refugee and escaped with her family from Vietnam. They were rescued by an American naval ship in the Pacific Ocean which took them to a refugee camp before they resettled in the United States.

Thuy learned to speak English in an American public school. Thuy believes that the core principle that all children should have access to quality public education and educational opportunities, regardless of their race, socio-economic status, or immigration status, is so important to maintaining our shared values in American democracy. Thuy excelled in school and later obtained a doctorate in education. Before moving back to California, she was a university professor in education where she taught diversity and equity courses, preparing future teachers to work with students from racially and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

As a concerned parent with two children in Brentwood public schools, Thuy has been attending Brentwood School Board meetings. Thuy believes that while the School Board members are well intentioned, it is clear they have limited experience in the modern education system and lack an in-depth understanding of the way public education works. In addition, Thuy is a PTA officer and recently attended the annual California PTA Legislation Conference in Sacramento to lobby state legislators to increase public school funding. As a former university professor of education and elementary school teacher, she has the educational expertise required to serve as a Brentwood School Board trustee to make the critical budget decisions that promote equitable funding that will benefit Brentwood students in the long term.

Mount Diablo Unified School District
Due to filing rules, these candidates have already been declared the winners in the November 2018 race and will not appear on the ballot.

CHERISE KHAUND  

DEBRA MASON  

LINDA MAYO  

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SPECIAL DISTRICTS CANDIDATES

 

Diablo Water District

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PAUL S. SEGER

Paul and his wife Nancy moved to Oakley in 2006, when captivated by its small town charm and its sense of community. They love the outdoors, their dogs, horses and ducks.

He earned his Economics degree from California State University, Long Beach and his History/Social Science Teaching Credentials from Humboldt State. In addition to teaching in the classroom, Paul coached high school football, track and soccer, until retiring from teaching to become more active as a community organizer.

Currently Director of “The Garden” in Brentwood, a community garden which serves the disabled, senior citizens and low income families; run by at-risk youth.

Paul is running to offer voters an honest choice; standing for responsible local government.


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LOCAL MEASURES

 

Measure J

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MDUSD BOND

VOTE YES!

If approved by voters, funds from Measure J would improve student safety and campus security, expand vocational and career technical education and classrooms, upgrade computers and engineering classrooms, improve technology and science in classrooms, upgrade fire alarm and emergency communications systems, and repair and replace aging roofs and outdated plumbing and electrical wiring.

Measure R

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CANNABIS TAXATION

VOTE YES!

Measure R asks voters to approve a tax that will apply only to businesses that grow, manufacture, distribute, or sell marijuana in the unincorporated area of the County. This tax will not affect businesses located in cities. The taxes these businesses would pay are projected to generate about $1.7 to $4.4 million in annual revenue for the County. This revenue will be used to regulate the cannabis industry, protect public resources, and help fund public safety, health and other vital public services. If Measure R is approved, the County can immediately begin regulating the establishment and operation of commercial cannabis businesses in the unincorporated area in accordance with three previously approved County ordinances.

Measure W

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ANTIOCH QUALITY OF LIFE

VOTE YES!

Our quality of life in Antioch is improving. Measure W renews existing voter-approved funding for public safety, upgraded police and code enforcement, programs to keep youth active and out of harm’s way.

The Antioch Police Officers’ Association strongly urges a YES on W to continue funding for police patrols, 911 emergency response, youth violence/gang prevention, traffic enforcement patrols, and rapid responses to disasters. Without continued voter approval, cuts will likely be made to City services, including police services.

YES on W strengthens code enforcement, cleaning up blight, road repairs, youth/senior services, and attracting new businesses/jobs to Antioch. With parents commuting hours to work each day, YES on W also provides programs that will keep kids out of trouble, while providing them safe/healthy places to learn/play.

By law, Measure W requires that every dime stays in Antioch — the County or State CAN’T TAKE ANY of these monies. YES on W gives Antioch taxpayers control over every tax dollar, including tough fiscal accountability, independent financial audits and community oversight — ensuring all funds are spent responsibly.


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FEDERAL CANDIDATES

 

U.S. Senator

 

 

KEVIN DE LEÓN

Senator de León is the son of a single immigrant mother who supported her family in the San Diego barrio of Logan Heights working as a housekeeper and other pick-up jobs. He was the first in his family to graduate from high school and college.

He attended U.C. Santa Barbara and graduated from Pitzer College at the Claremont Colleges with honors. He is a Rodel Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a guest lecturer at the University of Southern California. He has one daughter.

Working for both the National Education Association and the California Teachers Association, Kevin fought for additional funding for schools in low-income neighborhoods, more school construction, and health insurance for children. He fought against schemes to take funds from public schools through taxpayer-funded vouchers and academic censorship in public schools.

U.S. Representative, 9th District

 

 

JERRY MCNERNEY

Jerry McNerney, small businessman and renewable energy engineer, was inspired to run for Congress by his son Michael, who joined the Air Force after 9/11. Michael called his Dad after receiving his absentee ballot and saw that no one was running against the incumbent at the time. “Dad,” Michael said. “People should have a choice. I’m serving our country and you can serve our country as well by running for Congress.”

As a small business owner and father, Jerry knows how much of a struggle it can be to make ends meet during difficult times, and at one point took out a second mortgage to pay for his children’s college education. He has experienced extended times of unemployment and understands what it is like to worry about providing for your family in these difficult economic times.

With his family’s support, Jerry began his journey to serve as the representative for the 9th Congressional District. Thousands of people joined his efforts and helped him to victory. Thanks to everyone’s hard work and support, he was sworn into office on January 4, 2007.

During these tough times, and with so many families struggling, Jerry knows that it’s wrong for Congress or big corporations to benefit at our expense. He has voted against pay raises for members of Congress and he wrote the bill to close tax loopholes used by corporations to ship American jobs overseas. He’ll keep working hard to bring new jobs to our area.

U.S. Representative, 11th District

 

 

MARK DESAULNIER

Mark DeSaulnier was sworn-in to the 114th Congress in 2015. He represents California’s 11th Congressional District which includes the western, central and southern areas of Contra Costa County. He currently serves on the Education and Workforce Committee, and the Committee on Oversight & Government Reform’s subcommittee on Transportation and Public Assets.

DeSaulnier has served at the local level on the Concord City Council, as Mayor of Concord and as a 3-term Contra Costa County Supervisor. He was elected to the State Assembly in 2006 where he served one term and received the distinction of being the first freshman in history to chair the Assembly Transportation Committee. DeSaulnier was elected to two terms in the California State Senate in 2008 and 2012.

In his time in office, DeSaulnier has taken a leadership role on a variety of key issues including government reform, labor, transportation, the environment, health care, local government, and public safety. In the Senate, his top legislative priorities included: working to reform state governance; safe and efficient roads and highways; allowing companies to organize as more community-active corporate citizens; protecting public health; reducing Californians’ exposure to tobacco; protecting homeowners from foreclosure; tightening up the parole system and oversight of sex offenders; making it easier for people to donate life-saving bone marrow and organs; and fighting abuse of prescription narcotics.


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STATEWIDE CANDIDATES

 

Governor

 

 

GAVIN NEWSOM

Gavin is widely recognized for his bold willingness to lead – repeatedly developing, advocating, and implementing innovative and groundbreaking solutions to some of our most challenging issues.

On a wide range of topics including same-sex marriage, gun safety, marijuana, the death penalty, universal health care, access to preschool, paid family leave, technology, criminal justice reform, sugary drinks, and the minimum wage, Gavin stuck his neck out and did the right thing, which often led to sweeping changes when his policies were ultimately accepted, embraced, and replicated across the state and nation.

Gavin’s top priorities are economic development (creating jobs and reducing poverty), education (increasing affordable access to quality schools at all levels), protecting the environment, and justice – ensuring California continues to lead by example while actively resisting any attempt by the Trump administration to take us backwards.

Attorney General

 

 

XAVIER BECERRA

Xavier Becerra is the the 33rd Attorney General of California, and the first Latino to hold the office in state history. A staunch advocate for hardworking families, Xavier has brought decades of experience to defend the rights of nearly 40 million Californians. Since taking office in January, Becerra has taken the Trump Administration to court to defend the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). He’s led the fight against the discriminatory Muslim travel ban, the EPA’s illegal delay of air quality standards, and the ill-conceived wasteful plan to build a wall along the California border.

Becerra has announced multi-million dollar settlements on behalf of Californians harmed by bad over-the counter medications, wire fraud scams, and compromised credit card information. He has secured tens of millions of dollars in debt relief for students who were taken advantage of by predatory for-profit colleges. And he prevented Big Oil giant Valero from taking over a petroleum distributor which could have led to higher gas prices at the pump.

The first in his family to attend a four-year college, Becerra graduated from Stanford University in 1980 and received his juris doctorate from his alma mater in 1984. Following law school, he worked for a legal services agency representing the mentally ill. In 1987, he was appointed as a California Deputy Attorney General. And in 1990, he was elected to the California State Assembly. Becerra is married to Perinatologist Dr. Carolina Reyes and they are the proud parents of three daughters: Clarisa, Olivia and Natalia. Born in Sacramento, Becerra is the son of immigrants — a construction and clerical worker — who taught him the value of working hard to earn a chance to get ahead.

Controller

 

 

BETTY T. YEE

A native of San Francisco and a proud product of its K-12 public schools, Betty Yee was born to immigrant parents who established a laundry and dry cleaning business in the Parkside District of San Francisco and operated it for 30 years. The second oldest of six children, Betty grew up speaking no English at home. As with her siblings, when not in school, she worked the counter of her parents’ business, interacting with customers and often translating for her parents with vendors as well as conducting the financial transactions for them. From minding the family business when young, Betty now minds the store for California as its Controller.

Betty is a proud product of the San Francisco public schools, crediting her skills to her junior high school English and Math teachers. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley and holds a master’s degree in public administration. Betty’s commitment to hard work and service were influenced heavily by her upbringing and strong sense of community. Her commitment to service and her experience working in the family business inspired her to enter public service so she may do her part to be sure the doors of opportunity remain open to Californians and their families to succeed and thrive.

Dedicated to attaining full civic participation by all communities, Betty has a strong commitment to mentoring and supporting women, youth, and those from our diverse communities of color who are seeking to enter or are pursuing opportunities in public service or elected or appointed office. Previously, she generously volunteered her time to serve on the board of directors of California Women Lead, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing leadership training, networking opportunities, and policy discussion forums for women serving in or seeking elected or appointed office and women leaders in the private sector.

Insurance Commissioner

 

 

RICARDO LARA

Throughout Senator Ricardo Lara’s career, he’s always stood up for working families and against injustice, even when doing so was difficult or unpopular. Grounded in his East Los Angeles upbringing and raised by a factory worker and a seamstress, Ricardo has built a record on bringing people together around tough challenges and delivering results that improve people’s lives.

As a graduate of LAUSD schools and a lifelong resident of Southeast Los Angeles, he knows first-hand the challenges facing the immigrant and working class communities he represents in the 33rd Senate District.

Dubbed by the Los Angeles Times as the "Point man in the push for immigrant rights," Senator Lara in 2016 engineered the successful statewide campaign to allow for multi-lingual education in California's schools. He was also one of the key leaders behind a landmark effort to grant driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants in California. This legislation is more important than ever, now that Donald Trump has instructed border patrol agents that they may deport undocumented immigrants for the "crime" of driving without a license.

Significantly, if elected, Senator Lara would be the first openly gay statewide elected official in California. Currently, Senator Lara serves as Chairman of the Appropriations Committee of the California State Senate, considered to be perhaps the most influential committee in the California State Senate.

Secretary of State

 

 

ALEX PADILLA

For forty years, his father worked as a short-order cook and his mother cleaned houses. With their hard work as an example, Alex attended local public schools and went on to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

In 1999, at 26, he was elected to the Los Angeles City Council to represent the community where he grew up. In 2001, his colleagues elected him to the first of three terms as Council President, the youngest member and first Latino to serve in this capacity. In 2006, Alex was elected to the California State Senate, where he chaired the Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications; and the Senate Committee on Elections and Constitutional Amendments.

Over the course of eight years, he successfully authored legislation on telecommunications, broadband deployment, energy and energy efficiency, grid modernization, education, job creation, environmental protection, food safety, seismic safety, and a host of other issues.

In 2015, Alex was sworn in as California Secretary of State. In this role, he is committed to modernizing the office, increasing voter registration and participation, and protecting voting rights.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

 

TONY THURMOND

Tony was born at Fort Ord in Monterey, California, to a mother who immigrated here from Panama to become a teacher and a father from Detroit who came to Fort Ord as part of his army service in Vietnam. Tony’s father left the family when he was just a young child. Tony next saw his father when Tony was 39 years old. Tony’s mother raised her four children as a single mom until she became too sick to do so. When Tony was six years old, his mother lost her battle to cancer.

Tony and his brother moved to Philadelphia to live with a cousin who raised them as her sons. This amazing woman provided the brothers with a safe home and made sure they got a great education. It was his public school education that helped Tony to become a 20-year social worker and ultimately to be elected to serve on a City Council, a School Board, and now in the California State Assembly.

Tony has deep roots in education. Between 2008 and 2012 he served on the West Contra County Unified School Board. He oversaw truancy prevention programs, supported school-based mental health programs, and launched a program called CEO Youth to teach entrepreneurship and life skills to disadvantaged students. Tony has deep roots in education. Between 2008 and 2012 he served on the West Contra County Unified School Board. He oversaw truancy prevention programs, supported school-based mental health programs, and launched a program called CEO Youth to teach entrepreneurship and life skills to disadvantaged students.

Tony is a graduate and former student body president of Temple University. Assemblymember Thurmond did his graduate work at Bryn Mawr College (Bryn Mawr, PA) where he received dual Masters Degrees in Law and Social Policy and Social Work. Tony is the proud parent of two public school students. They are his inspiration and a constant reminder about the promise of our neighborhood schools and the strong future that every child deserves.

Treasurer

 

 

FIONA MA

Fiona Ma is a Certified Public Tax Accountant and currently serves on the California State Board of Equalization, where she works to protect the rights for taxpayers while also ensuring that California collects its fair share of tax revenues.

As one of two Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) to ever have served on the Board, Fiona understands the challenges that businesses and taxpayers face today. As Chair, she has worked tirelessly to uphold the highest level of integrity in government and fought to increase accessibility, accountability, and transparency at the Board of Equalization.

Fiona previously served as a San Francisco Supervisor. She authored the landmark Local Business Enterprise ordinance on behalf of women and minority business owners and passed legislation to tackle human trafficking.

Prior to her career in public service, Fiona worked as an accountant for Ernst & Young, before leaving to start her own accounting practice. Fiona has been licensed in California as a Certified Public Account (CPA) since 1992.


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STATEWIDE PROPOSITIONS

 

Proposition 1

HOUSING ASSISTANCE BOND

VOTE YES!

The Act will first and foremost build and preserve affordable homes, including supportive housing, for veterans, working families, people with disabilities, Californians experiencing homelessness and others struggling to find a safe place to call home. This is also an opportunity to create 137,000 jobs and pump $23.4 billion into California’s economy. The Veterans and Affordable Housing Act tackles top priorities for Californians - building homes, creating jobs and boosting the economy.

Proposition 2

HOUSING FOR INDIVIDUALS
WITH MENTAL ILLNESS BOND

VOTE YES!

Proposition 2 will provide permanent supportive housing linked to treatment and services to help people with serious mental illness who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless.

Proposition 4

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CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS CONSTRUCTION BOND

VOTE YES!

This bond will allow children’s hospitals to expand, upgrade and improve their facilities and reach, meaning more kids will have access to the specialized, life-saving care they need. The bond also helps children’s hospitals acquire the latest technology and life-saving medical equipment, giving doctors the tools to save more children’s lives.

Proposition 5

PROPERTY TAX TRANSFER TO REPLACEMENT PROPERTY

VOTE NO!

Prop 5 takes upwards of $1 billion each year from schools and local services – from fire and emergency response to health care – to give new tax breaks to a select few Californians.

Proposition 6

ELIMINATE ROAD REPAIRS AND TRANSPORTATION FUNDING

VOTE NO!

Prop 6 would eliminate funding for more than 6,500 bridge and road safety, transportation and public transit improvement projects currently underway throughout California.

Proposition 7

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YEAR-ROUND DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME PERIOD AUTHORIZATION

VOTE YES!

Changing our clocks twice a year has proven to be hazardous to our health and public safety. Proposition 7 is a required step in the process to stop the biannual time changes that harm health and safety of workers and their families.

Proposition 8

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REGULATE KIDNEY DIALYSIS CHARGES AND CAP INCOME

VOTE YES!

Proposition 8 will push dialysis corporations to spend more on patient care and stop extreme consumer overcharging, which can help lower healthcare costs for all Californians.

Proposition 10

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EXPAND LOCAL AUTHORITY FOR RENT CONTROL

VOTE YES!

The Affordable Housing Act, or Prop 10, is a ballot measure that will give local communities the power to adopt rent control necessary to address the state’s housing affordability crisis by repealing the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act. Costa-Hawkins prevents cities and counties from applying rent control to apartments built after 1995 or to single-family rental units and condos. It also allows landlords to raise the rent as much as they want when a unit becomes vacant.

Proposition 11

COUNTIES TO PAY OVERTIME FOR PRIVATE AMBULANCE SERVICES

VOTE NO!

Our emergency providers are among the best trained professionals in the nation. This initiative does not add significant levels of training beyond what is already being conducted. It does not provide the appropriate mental health provisions to mitigate the PTSD providers face as a result of what is seen on the job. Prop 11 is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. While purporting to be about protecting public safety, this initiative is simply about changing the labor code to protect one private company, American Medical Response, from civil litigation for alleged violations of California law.

Proposition 12

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ANIMAL CONFINEMENT STANDARDS

VOTE YES!

Prop 12 would require cage-free housing and improve space requirements in California for three types of animals who are typically confined in tiny cages on factory farms: baby veal calves, mother pigs, and egg-laying hens. It would also ensure that veal, pork, and eggs sold in the state come from operations meeting these modest standards.


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