Policy Positions

MAIN FOCUS

Economy

Universal Basic Income and tax reform, with a negative income tax. A California public bank with accounts for all residents, overseeing an Office of Innovation to spur future technologies and Equity Fund for investment in community-owned businesses. Net neutrality, copyright reform, worker protections, regulation and protection of the legal cannabis industry. Oil extraction tax, with a reduced state gas tax.

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Housing and Infrastructure

Expanding access to housing and improving housing affordability, with an emphasis on mixed-use development near transit corridors. Improving public transportation, including high-speed rail. Transition to a post-carbon energy generation. Break up PG&E, with California owned transmission grid and locally controlled distribution grids. Building desalination capacity to generate freshwater.

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Education

Free preschool, smaller class sizes for K-12, programs to ensure college accessibility to all students, a California History requirement, and bilingual education for all. Guaranteed transfers from high schools and community colleges for good students, and reduction in the cost of postgraduate degrees. Funding for the arts, increased support for educators, as well as paid family leave.

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ALL POLICY POSITIONS

Civil Rights

Protection for all people from discrimination and harassment. Guaranteed reproductive rights and care. Programs to address structural racism and the exploitation of First Nations. Inclusion and protection of seniors, people with disabilities, those dealing with housing insecurity, and other populations vulnerable to abuse and exploitation.

Environment

Expand the cap-and-trade system to more domestic and international allies. Conduct a feasibility study on ways of dealing with sea-level rise. A transition toward a circular economy where possible. Bans on bee-killing pesticides and an emphasis on local-based agriculture. Elimination of certain extraction and forestry methods.

Healthcare

Simplify existing medical programs in California into a Medi-Cal-for-all system. Greater healthcare access for rural communities and all other traditionally underserved communities in California, with emphasis on preventative care. Tax credits for caregivers to sustain multi-generational communities.

Legislative and Electoral Reform

End corporate personhood. Campaign finance reform with contribution limits by individuals and corporations. Instant runoff voting. Convert the Senate to proportional representation, and add members to the Assembly.  Give more power to counties and encourage them to work together on common regional challenges.

Autonomy and Independence

Protect and expand California’s existing autonomy with increasing moves toward true sovereignty. The transfer from the federal government of all land within California’s borders. Implement a California national service program. Call a constitutional convention to improve the California Constitution in ways that encourage and build toward independence for the California Republic with the consent of the United States.

Immigration

Humane immigration policies, no wall, no use of state employees for federal immigration enforcement, and expanded guest worker programs formulated by each county to meet its needs. Creation of a California residency permit program regardless of United States immigration status.

Rule of Law

Protection of privacy and “right to be forgotten” from public sites. End mass government surveillance, particularly those targeting members of specific ethnic or religious groups. Criminal justice reforms, especially the bail system, with the elimination of qualified immunity and transfer of funding to non-police agencies. Gun regulation by county with a state licensing system, similar to automobiles. Decriminalize recreational drugs and ban civil forfeiture.