Sac Bee: Jim Frazier Q&A Now Available

The answers given by all Assembly District 11 Candidates are now available to view. Below, you will see the question and answers of Oakley Councilman and AD-11 Candidate Jim Frazier who I have officially endorsed on this blog as he is the only Contra Costa County Candidate.

With that being said, after reading all of the responses from each candidate, I believe the Sacramento Bee made the right call by selecting both a Republican and a Democrat to endorse–Jim Frazier and Mike Hudson clearly get it and understand our problems.

None of the other candidates are even in the same league as these two.

TAXES: Do you support the governor’s plan to raise taxes? Why or why not?

Jim Frazier: I am not an advocate of higher taxes. I would support a tax on “millionaires” as long as it would not affect our state’s ability to attract businesses and more jobs. I am an advocate of a balanced budget and spending tax money more efficiently.

RAIL: Do you support the plan to build a high-speed rail network in California? Why or why not?

Jim Frazier: In this economic times, no, I do not. Instead, we need to spend tax money on rebuilding roads and bridges and fixing potholes. Our infrastructure needs improving, and we cannot be frivolous with taxpayer dollars.

PENSIONS: Which actions do you support to reduce state and local government public employee pension shortfalls? Should any changes affect only newly hired employees, or should current workers be included?

Jim Frazier: In Oakley, I voted to eliminate retirement benefits for councilmembers; I also supported a two-tiered system so employees pay more into retirement. I support a ban on pension spiking, double-dipping and employees buying-back retirement benefits.

HIGHER EDUCATION: What actions do you support to make public colleges and universities more solvent? Higher tuition and fees? What should be cut, if anything?

Jim Frazier: College administrators’ pay is too high; they are not corporate CEOs – they are public servants. I wrote a letter to the president of CSU, East Bay, opposing his 10 percent pay hike especially when student tuition is skyrocketing.

PRIORITY: What problem will you tackle first if elected?

Jim Frazier: First priority is finances – spending our tax dollars efficiently. Every major program needs to be reviewed to determine its effectiveness and relevancy BEFORE it is funded with tax dollars. Balancing the budget is also a priority.

INFLUENCE: Which special interests at the Capitol have too much power? Explain.

Jim Frazier: I am concerned about the partisan bickering and gamesmanship at the Capitol around important issues. We need to stop the political chess game and define those challenges where we will work together to create solutions to our pressing problems.

Questionable Answers by Other Candidates

Here are a couple answers that I thought were interesting which is more than enough of reason not to cast a vote for Patricia Hernandez or Gene GanttKingetter deserves no votes even if he is a nice guy. I did not include Len Augustine because it was simple talking points with no real information.  He is pandering to both sides so someone like that is not worthy of a vote nor my time to promote what they say.

TAXES: Do you support the governor’s plan to raise taxes? Why or why not?

Patricia Hernandez: This plan shares the burden among all Californians but allows for a progressive tax on individuals earning more than a quarter million dollars per year. It acknowledges the economic strain that the working middle-class has already taken.

Note – she did not answer the question.

Gene Gantt: I supported his original tax measure. It would have put extra revenues in the general fund. The current measure limits taxes collected to specific uses and will not solve our budget problem. Now may not be the time to raise taxes statewide.

RAIL: Do you support the plan to build a high-speed rail network in California? Why or why not?

Patricia Hernandez: Yes, I support high-speed rail and other programs that reduce fossil fuel consumption and create quality jobs. It’s a win-win: good for California’s economic development and good for the environment.

PENSIONS: Which actions do you support to reduce state and local government public employee pension shortfalls? Should any changes affect only newly hired employees, or should current workers be included?

Gene Gantt: Employees are now paying more of the cost of retirement plans and more for health care and other benefits. As for including current and new employees in any retirement benefit changes, this is between the workers and the agency that employs them.

Patricia Hernandez: We must stop blaming public employees for the funding crisis California faces. We shouldn’t take advantage of tough economic times to strip public employees of their rights. Public employees are committed to the public; trust them to negotiate change.

HIGHER EDUCATION: What actions do you support to make public colleges and universities more solvent? Higher tuition and fees? What should be cut, if anything?

Patricia Hernandez: Education is the great equalizer – I came from a poor family, and it leveled the playing field for me. We should explore caps to executive salaries and eliminate bonuses for executives during economic down times. Education guarantees economic growth.

Gene Gantt: The cost to out-of-state students needs to be higher. The California taxpayer supports the higher education systems already through the tax structure. Higher tuition from out-of-state students should in no way give them any preference in enrollment.
PRIORITY: What problem will you tackle first if elected?

Patricia Hernandez: My top three priorities are education, job creation and mortgage solutions.

Note: they asked what will Patricia tackle first, she answered with her top three priorities.

INFLUENCE: Which special interests at the Capitol have too much power? Explain.


Patricia Hernandez: All special interests have too much power. The needs of California’s voters no longer hold a priority for politicians, since their priorities have shifted to campaigning and securing another term in office. This must change.

For a full list of Candidate responses, please visit the Sacramento Bee

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I call it like I see it . I love my city, I love my community and I want what is best for the people around me. Do the right thing, I will support you. Do the wrong thing, I will oppose you!
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