I was recently asked if I were elected to the California Senate, whether I would be just another Republican obstructionist. As we all know, when someone is taking a stand on principle, one side can perceive that individual as a hero while the other side perceives the individual as an obstructionist.
I believe that this question is very important, as the answer helps reveal my philosophy of good government. To answer this question, I first want to site an example from history, and then expound on that from my own experiences.Read more
There is an old quote that politics makes strange bedfellows. I am in one of those situations where I am in agreement with a group that I typically find myself in disagreement with.
Here in Contra Costa, we saw the County Supervisors vote to give themselves a 33% pay raise. In response to this selfish vote, the Contra Costa Deputy Sheriffs Association and the Contra Costa Public Employees Union have joined forces to pass a referendum to put on hold the 33% pay raise and put the matter before the voters.Read more
How Sacramento passes a new tax without you knowing or without them having to be held accountable for raising your taxes.
On January 1, 2015, there will be a new gas tax that Californians will have to pay.
This tax is imposed upon Californians by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). According to CARB, the purpose of this tax is to make fuel more expensive so that people will use less of it. However, CARB hopes that the increase in the price of gasoline is so small at first that California drivers will not notice. As such, once they get their foot in the door - be prepared for them to kick the door wide open.Read more
Two wrongs never equal a right.
Last Sunday five St. Louis Ram's players started a huge controversy. Rams tight end Jared Cook and receivers Kenny Britt, Stedman Bailey, Chris Givens and Tavon Austin entered the Edward Jones Dome with their hands raised above their heads just before the kickoff against the Oakland Raiders. These players were making a statement showing their support for Michael Brown who had been shot by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson earlier this year.
I remember as a young kid, sitting around the family table as each member of the extend family was saying what they were grateful for. It was something that my family did each year before we sat down for Thanksgiving turkey. For the life of me, I cannot remember any of the answers I gave. Hey, I was a kid, and I really took life for granted.
However, this year, I have an answer to that question that I will never forget. On September 21, I was about to compete in the Ironman Tahoe. However, at the last minute, the race was canceled due to the Forest Fires in the area and too much smoke in the air. I remember being real disappointed as I rode my bike from Kings Beach to Squaw Valley Ski Resort where my car was parked.Read more
Why is it that Sacramento feels like every time there is a sad story, that they need to rush in and pass new legislation to fix a perceived problem. Our legislators are supposed to be representing all the people in the district, not the special interests that can write the largest campaign contributions.
Just because you cut yourself once with a knife, it does not mean that you go through your house and throw away all the knives. However, this is what special interest tried to do this last year to Uber and Lyft.
This weekend, millions of teenagers will crowd theaters around this country to watch Katniss Everdeen definitely challenge President Snow authority. What is it about this story that is igniting the hearts and minds of the youth around the country? A movie does not become a blockbuster just because it has great actors and spends a lot of money on advertising. In order for a movie to become a blockbuster, there must be a story that ignites the hearts of a nation.
Contra Costa County, CA – November 5, 2014 - With Mark DeSaulnier’s victory last night in the US Congressional Election, he will now have to vacate his seat in the California senate. In light of this, Governor Jerry Brown will soon be calling for a special election for California State Senate District 7 that will occur early next year.Read more