We all know that there is a rising deficiency of realistically priced housing in the coming years, based on present migration and income trends. In other words, millions of people will be fiscally strained by housing costs and will be likely living in crowded, insufficient, and perilous housing. Unfortunately, there is no decent inexpensive housing, health outcomes are subordinate, children cannot perform academically well and dropout before graduating, unemployment rates are greater, and financial presence is worse.
Cities in California need to take market-based tactics that generate worthwhile plummeting costs. Below are four methods that I commend:
- Expose Property
The best thing government can do to produce affordable housing is to make additional land obtainable, desirable land that puts underprivileged individuals near opportunities. Placement affordable housing on the fringes of rural areas runs the threat of fortifying poverty, rather than improving it. Cities and towns need to shadow transit-oriented progress which is housing constructed around new public transit stations, open up unexploited public property, and have polices intended to get expansion started earlier like higher taxes for land that sits idle. This tactic will permit developers to construct more solidly in return for obligations to make more affordable housing available.
- Extraordinary spaces for extraordinary living.
Enlightening the efficiency of the construction industry would be beneficial in manufacturing additional housing components offered, instead of dwindling behind other productions. We need to systemize more characteristics of home design, and doing further assembly off-site then moving it into place. The off-site engineering method advances value and allows the contractor to diminish schedules by consuming fragments conveyed as necessary, rather than waiting for them to be contrived on site.
- Promote Rent Control
Most cities in the state of California have some system of rent control law. These rent control laws fluctuate, they normally limit the amount of money by which a landlord may upsurge a tenant’s rent each year. I believe that the there should be rent control in all of our communities, so families don’t have to move housing units and jobs periodically.
- Improved Financing
Cities can aid low income populations afford new homes by reducing barriers to finance, mainly in the emerging world. The three methods that I suggest are 1) decreasing the cost of distributing loans, 2) reducing the cost of subsidy mortgages, and 3) setting up required funds that propose below-market interest rates.
In conclusion, affordable housing is an extremely significant matter that is distressing people in California. I believe that these four approaches can encounter the housing gap for all. Regardless of exertions to address the affordable housing gap, it endures to develop and its effects are dispersing, possibly initiating greater damage to citizens and economies.
Study Impact of Automation
This point speaks deep in my heart; the lamentable automation of today’s industry. It’s harder and harder for us to fight against the rise of technology for more and more factories are opting for machinery to better and faster produce and design products. We really are running out of time in this so convoluted market. Thus, here is what I will do should I have the honor and privilege to be your governor.
Work with multination corporations:
- I will work with multinational corporations and put limits on how much automation they can bring to the state.
- I will charge high taxes on new machinery per company.
- I will require a percentage of employees to be hired per company. For instance, companies should have minimum 70% workforce as opposed to 20or 30% some companies now have.
- I will also implement restrictions on imported machinery. Any machinery to be utilized by a factory will have to be made in California.
- I will open up new markets offering tax breaks and financial incentives for companies that hire more workers.
- I will offer financial incentives for startups companies to do business in California not only in Silicon Valley, but across the state.
- I will also offer financial incentives for companies from other states to come open up their factories here in California, the Golden State.
- I will pass a state law that will require companies to compensate every worker whose job is lost because of automation statewide
Work with Californian workers:
- I will work with every Californian worker to opt for other jobs if their unemployment was because of automation.
- I will work with law makers to open up job training workshops to better allocate workers.
- I will raise unemployment benefits for every worker in California if automation is the cause of their unemployment.
- I will work with the federal government to help veterans get ahead in the work market securing better jobs for them and their families.
- I will work with my cabinet officials to properly regulate these rules signed by me from Sacramento.
- I will honor my pledge to every Californian worker that I will fight for them and their job to keep them employed for the forcible future.
The state of California is going through a transportation disaster, with congestions, overwhelming commutes and major negative effects on our environment, economy, and quality of life. To solve this issue we need to invest in alteration of public transit to make commuting more efficient, safe, and healthy. Our government needs to considerably fund and prioritize our public transportation.
Local funds are used for capital and operational purposes and to match federal and state sources.
Regional funds are for development, organizing and allocating funds for local and regional projects. For example, the State Transportation Improvement Programs funds 75% towards metropolitan planning organizations and regional transportation planning agencies.
State funds are used for new capital developments such as the extension of transit systems and new highway lanes, and conservation overheads such as street and highway resurfacing.
Federal funds are used for new interstate highways, railroads and bridges.
- Personally, I would suggest that we would be the leading state to promote safer air quality by biking to work or using public transportation.
- Increase safety and mobility, especially for our elderly population.
- Eliminate greenhouse gas; so we can improve public health and air quality.
- Guarantee that rural communities have access to public transportation systems.
FUTURE OF TRANSIT in California:
Hyperloop- creates new mode of travel, less congestion, cheaper, redefines economic engine clusters and can potentially run all over the nation.
Driverless Cars- Less deaths due to drunk driving and this would also help people who do not drive motor vehicles for example, our elderly or disabled population.
Waterpower/electric cars- will improve our air quality and we will have more charging stations instead of gas stations.
Uber/Lyft- There will be less car owners and more people using their apps to get a ride. This will also improve air quality. However, we need to find funding gaps created by the sales tax on cars.
Expanding Bart- Bart tracks will soon reach Antioch, San Jose, Livermore, central valley and southern California. This will give more communities a better chance to be connected.
LA’s new transit system- The people mover system will transport people by rail to LAX and people will be able to pay using the GoLA app and will be completed by 2024.
More bike lanes- Healthier individuals and no air pollution.
Single Payer Health Care System
Legislation must be committed to ratify a law that would establish an inclusive, single payer health care platform for the benefit of everyone in California.
- The state of California would substitute private medical insurance with a government health care system covering all 38 million residents.
- Single payer systems make health care more affordable and efficient because they eliminate the reams of paperwork.
- Medicare is often held up as a model of what a single payer system might look like.
The Mendacious Politics of Sanctuary Cities
By Dr. Harmesh Kumar
The current clime of today’s politics isn’t providing justice when it comes to the diverted policies of Sanctuary Cities. Lamentably, our politicians both republicans and democrats have not validly asserted what the underlying problem is, instead what they have done is to play politics at the expense of Californian citizens and immigrant families at large. Being in the mental health profession for 33 years, I would like to say to both parties that “enough is enough.” I indisputably won’t fall into this game for political circus meanwhile not solving the issue at hard. Thousands of families want answers and not demagoguery; they want transparency and not politics of fear that so frequently divides us.
The local police in these cities face opposition and distrust from community leaders and residents in low income neighborhoods where respect for authority has historically strained and threaten the safety of our local officers. The cooperation between local and federal authorities on immigration enforcement increases tension and incites fear in our youth for their family’s safety and future. This is considered counter-productive when our Attorney General Jeff Sessions moves to call an end to U.S. “sanctuary cities” in the center of undefined immigration policies and legislation.
This is how if I am elected by you as your Governor, I will once and for all deal with this issue keeping Californian families safe, but also protecting undocumented families and their children.
The U.S. Department of Justice looks to cut federal grants to sanctuary cities as these public funds provide programs that aid low income families in communities facing gentrification and a lack of affordable housing. This confrontational attitude does not help anyone. We need to find solutions to our complicated problems and that is what good and honest leaders do without fear and with courage. If an undocumented individual is living in California peacefully and wholeheartedly abiding by the laws of the state, then he/she should have nothing to fear. I have personally met hundreds of people in line legally to get the permanent residency but it takes years to get the proper permanent visa due to the lack of sincerity from our Congress to deal with Immigration policies more effectively.
Now only people who love this confusion is my attorney friends because they make more money from poor people who are scared and confused due to the lack of clarity in our immigration policies. Let’s not forget thousands of undocumented families do massively contribute to the economy of the state without at times collecting any taxes back. The same is the case for employment based visas. They contribute to California’s economy. Now, if undocumented individuals are committing felonies I myself don’t think the state should get involved with Homeland Security agents. I believe these individuals should be deported if they are undocumented, plain and simple; our citizens deserve more from us, the leaders of our communities. Let’s stop calling Sanctuary Cities a harbor of criminality and no rule of law.
Everyone is welcomed to California as long as our state laws are abided by and protected. With our confusing policies we are also sending another message to criminals that if you are committing crimes in our home state then we will not punish “you” so that you can continue to become bolder in damaging our properties and lives. In psychological terminology we know that when parents (State and Federal Governments) are fighting among themselves then children do not get the most effective advice and they adopt dysfunctional ways and lead a troubled life. However, when parents are together helping the child understand the pros and cons of their behaviors in real life and they get the same feedback from the both parents then they turn out to be good and productive members of the community that is how it was before this commercial political correctness and sugar coating started by so called “political pundits” through their political consulting companies.
We can also see how every medicine even though it will be bad for our children and their bodies but it is sugar coated with very pleasant fruit flavors by pharmaceutical companies so that children can get “hooked” on these medications when they are children and they will continue to buy those medications when they become adults. In the same way, our state politicians are inciting people not to listen to our federal agencies then they are giving the message to those trouble makers not to worry, they will not be touched even if they are committing crimes. We know that punishment to be effective; it should be instant and not delayed. All peace loving individuals are frustrated with the kind of politics they see around them and sometimes are falsely labeled as “racist”, even though they are some who are emboldened by our politicians to spread the venom of hatred during this confusion as we saw the example at UC Berkeley protests leading to riots few weeks ago. Too much analysis by blaming the other party does lead to paralysis and this is what is happening in our local communities.
We are spending too much money on our keeping us safe or managing these demonstrations in our cities, state and national capitals but of no benefit to those who are looking for affordable housing, affordable health care, elder care and those who are looking for quality education and child care for their children. The mental health of our communities is being negatively impacted as we see so many people becoming homeless with mental and physical disabilities on our streets and also in jails as our current system of care or safety net is of “no use” to them.
Let’s bring sincere and honest servants in political arena who wants to really serve people rather than themselves or their masters. We need to be aware and tell our politicians to stop playing politics in the name of “Sanctuary Cities” and not get us divided.
Investment in Infrastructure
What do we need to do?
Our nation’s infrastructure tasks withstand significant but answerable. Through tactical, sustained venture, courageous leadership, unselfish preparation, and cautious preparation for the essentials of the future, America’s infrastructure will be enhanced and refurbished. California’s infrastructure cannot be mended and efficient on governance and modernism alone. In order to be prepared for future generations we must increase investment and not postpone such an investment because it will be a greater cost in the long run and there will be more risks that future generations cannot afford.
We must increase investment from all levels of government and the private sector by:
- Putting the trust back into trust funds.
- Fix the Highway Trust Fund by raising the federal motor fuel tax.
- Approve programs to advance specific groups of deficient infrastructure and support that obligation by completely funding them in a practical, ordered method.
- Americans must be prepared to pay taxes and fees that reproduce the maintenance and improvement of all infrastructures including our transportation, water, and waste and energy services.
Leadership & Planning
Strategic investment will only be conceivable with management, development, and a clear vision for our nation’s infrastructure. Leaders from all ranks of government, business, labor, and nonprofit organizations must come organized to guarantee all reserves are spent prudently, ordering plans with critical welfares to the economy, public safety, and value of life, while also scheduling for the costs of building, operating, and maintaining the infrastructure for its whole duration.
- Necessitate all developments to use life cycle cost analysis and develop a plan for financing the project, including its maintenance and operation.
- Generate enticements for state and local governments and the private sector to capitalize in conservation, and to advance the efficiency and performance of prevailing infrastructure.
- Advance tools to safeguard that projects most in need of investment and maintenance are ordered, to influence inadequate funding sensibly.
- Rationalize the project authorizing procedure across infrastructure subdivisions, with precautions to protect the natural environment, to deliver greater lucidity to governing requirements, bring precedence projects to reality more rapidly, and protect cost savings.
- Detect a pipeline of infrastructure plans attractive to private sector investment and public-private partnership.
Invest in Human Development
It’s very important to invest in Human Development. Human Development alone deserves a better and an in-depth approach under my administration. I would like to start by saying, I will make it a top priority in my first 100 days. Therefore, allow me to explain how I’ll do just that.
Investment in Education:
I will make education affordable by pulling more funding to afterschool programs to assist low income families across the state. I will also make teachers are motivated to teach their students and stir in them a desire to grow and compete in the 21st century job market.
I will design a committee to investigate and report back to me on how to best invest in low income neighborhoods in the state to make more school building helping UC and CSU system respectively. I want to see innovation and creativity to be the beacon of our pride statewide. I will be that leader this state is waiting for.
Investment in Families:
I will invest in programs to assist families with counseling and family programs. Lamentably, once divorced parents are split it makes very hard on their children who truly suffer as a result of their parents’ decisions. I will invest in relation development helping every Californian couple to get ahead in our state.
I will work with psychologists across the state and will provide the best of assistance so families don’t have to split and children have to suffer any longer. I know California needs a strong leader and I am that leader once and for all. This investment in families will happen within my first 100 days.
Investment in job training:
I will put together a group of silicon valley experts within my first 100 days and design the best job training in the country helping struggling male and female breadwinners get better higher paying jobs to assist their families pulling them out once and for all from the poverty line which has been afflicting many families across the state.
I will design groups across the state to train skills from computer science, nursing, psychology, math, lab technician skills highly needed in today’s job market. These job training will be free of cost as long as these trainees do pursue jobs once having gone through our job training.
How do we fix it?
We should switch to a 401(k) style defined contribution plan for new employees. This approach would lower costs for the state of California while proposing many other benefits.
- Increases: stability, transparency and certainty of the yearly aid expenditures obligatory of the government like Taxpayers.
- Guaranteeing full funding of the system.
- Providing workers better plan transferability and greater autonomy to capitalize their retirement money.
- Eliminating political impact from investment decision-making.
The State of California must understand that substantial reform can solve such a significant issue. California should shift to a distinct contribution retirement system with aids similar to those established in the private sector for all future government employees.
- Achieve an assessment of wages and benefits presented in the private sector and regulate state employee compensation to convey it in line with this standard.
- Close the defined-benefit annuity plans for state employees and enroll all new employees in defined-contribution plans for pensions and other post-employment benefits (OPEB) such as retiree health care and dental benefits.
- Necessitate employees who have formerly retired to forfeit their retirement checks while they are on the state’s payroll to circumvent double-dipping.
- Initiate pre-funding OPEB obligations for employees already in the existing system, with the decisive objective to attain full subsidy.