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June 7, 2016 —California Primary Election

California State Senate — ” Mark Westwood, Candidate for District 23

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Mark Westwood

Democratic
Radio General Manager
26,300 votes (15.4%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Education - Improving Quality and Access to Education I believe a solid education and good training is the foundation a strong vibrant economy is built upon.
  • Quality Jobs - Improving the Quality of Life for Working Families. A strong working economy is the engine to a great California.
  • Expanding Access to Health Care - Healthcare is a system, not just insurance coverage. We need a health care system, not just managed insurance.

Experience

Experience

Profession:General Manager - KCAA 1050 AM & 106.5 FM - CNBC Radio
General Manager, Broadcast Management Services (2014–current)

Community Activities

3rd Vice Chair, Native Sons of the Golden West - Arrowhead Parlor 110 (2016–current)
E-Board Member, California Democratic Party (2014–current)
1st Vice Chair, San Bernardino County Democratic Party | Central Committee (2013–current)
Vice Chair | Former President, Yucaipa-Calimesa Democratic Club (2015–current)

Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and California Counts, a public media collaboration. (4)

Climate changes and the continuing drought worry many in California. What new strategies do you believe would ensure that California is able to both satisfy its water needs and protect the environment? Please be specific.
Answer from Mark Westwood:

Education and public awareness is key to approaching our water challenges. We must move away from procuring huge lawns. 70% of California's water is spent on landscaping. Xerescaping, is one great approach to helping California's water crunch..We can easily solve our water problems by being alert and aware of wasting water.

California is at the forefront of environmental policies that ensure clean air, clean water, clean soil, waste reduction, and protection from toxic substances. Awareness of California’s environmental policies is key to understanding evolving approaches to addressing the issue of environmental protection and all that it encompasses. We must protect California's fragile deserts, and beautiful coastlines. We must make sure that Central California, the bread basket of the world remains fertile and prosperous. 

Many Californians are concerned about the influence of money in politics. What can the state legislature do to ensure that decision-making by elected officials is not swayed by moneyed interests at the expense of constituents?
Answer from Mark Westwood:

 I support transparecny in campaign financing, and capping the amount that can be spent on a candidate by a corporation.  Corporations are not people, and they should be held accountable and should be forced to publically announce when then spend more than $1,000 on any candidate or campagin. 

Candidates should be forced to publically announce when when they receive contributions from anyone over $1,000. 

There are a variety of proposals to raise California's minimum wage. Many of these proposals face opposition from business groups who are concerned that they would kill jobs. Do you support increasing the minimum wage in California?  In your answer please explain your position on the relationship between wages and jobs with specific reference to the situation in your district. 
Answer from Mark Westwood:

 

I think this question was possed before California raised the minimum wage to $15 an hour. However we have to keep in mind that Californias mimimum wage will be $15, while the Republicans in government insist on keeping the middle wage at $7.25 per hour. 

I support a livable wage for all of California's worker. Training and educaton is key to decreasing unemployment, and under employment. 

What are your top three fiscal priorities, recognizing the need to balance the state’s income with its spending? 
Answer from Mark Westwood:

Education. We must extend Proposition 30, which was approved by 7,000,000 voters when it was approved. It has brought in $68 milliion dollars into the State's bank accounts for education. 

 

Affordable Housing. We can not let the American Dream of Home ownsership disspear in California. One approach is to separate the home appraiser from involved Real Estate Brokers and property owners who want to use homes for speculation, rather than family residences. We should approach this in much the same way as insider training on Wal Street. 

 

Infrastructure. We must and can building better transportation not only for communting, but for the moving and distribution of durable goods and products. Building infrastructure not only benefits us from a transportation perspective, but also from the stand point that it create the jobs that fuel our economy. 

Political Beliefs

Homelessness

Summary

Homelessness | Helping others is not socialism. It's social responsibility!

 

Many Californians are just a paycheck or two away from Homelessness. It is foolish not to recognize that homeless it not going away, and unfortunately it is expanding!

And so are the problems that come with it that we all face together. Homelessness is not a "them," it is an "us" problem. There are more and more homeless families, Seniors, homeless women,  and sadly, more children under 16 years of age than ever. 

 

Redlands Unified School District reports that there are over 1800 homeless children in the district. School Districts all across Senate District 23 and California report similar, large numbers of homeless kids. Homelessness is diverse, knows no boundaries, ages, and effects all kinds people. In Sacramento, I will speak up as a strong advocate on behalf of those with the least. If you haven't stood behind a food line, donated food, or helped to feed the hungry your success is only half finished. 

 

 

Candidate Contact Info

Email westmarkx1@gmail.com

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