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Placer CountyCandidate for Supervisor, Supervisorial District 5

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Michael Babich

Entrepreneur/Educator/Businessman
7,922 votes (36.37%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Develop and implement a business plan-like approach to the homeless dilemma
  • Balance budget based upon revenue-in / revenue-out and restore authorized funds to Fire Districts
  • Create economic stability through a clear, concise, & convenient transportation plan and workforce housing

Experience

Experience

Profession:Biotech Business Founder / Professor / Entrepreneur
Co-Founder and VP Development, Mission Therapeutics (2001–current)
Part-Time Faculty, Sierra College (2006–current)
Clinical Professor (Volunteer Series) and Visiting Faculty, Department of Internal Medicine, National Cancer Institute-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center (2003–2016)
COLONEL, US Army Reserves (1978–2008)
President, American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, Great Lakes Chapter — Elected position (1999–2001)
Strategic Planning Committee, Winnebago County (IL) School Board — Appointed position (1997–2000)
Vice Chair & Grant Peer Review Committee, American Heart Association — Appointed position (1993–1999)
Vice Chair, Research Policy and Allocations Committee, American Heart Association — Appointed position (1995–1998)

Education

Marshal Law School, Chicago, IL Certificate, Patent Bar Review (2000)
University of California, San Francisco Post-Doctoral Scholar, Medicine (1991)
Universityof Kentucky PhD, Biomedical Sciences/Pharmacology (1987)
Eastern Kentucky University B.S. and B.A., Biology and Chemistry (1978)

Community Activities

Please refer to website www.MichaelBabich.org, Over 500 entries categorized such as local to international Invited seminars, conferences, symposia; student and research mentorship, etc (1991–current)

Biography

Awards & Honors

  • “My Favorite Teacher” for Northern California (Federation of Republican Women, North. Div.), 2009
  • Instructor of the Quarter, Heald College, Dec 2009
  • Elected to the Hall of Distinguished Alumni, Eastern Kentucky University, 2000
  • NASA Summer Faculty Fellowship in Aeronautics and Space Research, 1995 and 1996: Stanford University Visiting Scholar and NASA-Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA
  • American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET), Young Scientist Travel Award, 1992
  • ASPET Student Travel Award, 1983 and 1985
  • Dozens of commendation letters and certificates of appreciation from scientific and lay communities (e.g., Veterans Affairs Medical Center, academic and civic organizations)

Military Awards:

  • Meritorious Service Medals (1999 and 2008), U.S. Army Commendation Medals (1980, 1987, 1991, 1995), Army Achievement Medal (1989), several commendation letters and certificates of appreciation

Career Highlights

Military

  • Colonel, US Army Reserves (Retired)
    • Began 30 year military career on active duty as a Platoon Leader in the 101st Airborne/Air Assault Division, and then continued in Reserve units located in California, Texas, Kentucky and Wisconsin
  • Over 16 of years in command and key staff positions

Business

  • Recipient of National Institutes of Health: Small Business Innovation Research grant award
  • Chief Scientific Officer and VP Business Development; Mission Therapeutics (start-up company to develop cancer treatments and diagnostics; www.Mission-Therapeutics.com)
    • Clinical trials entered for adenocarcinoma vaccine; approval obtained by the World Health Organization and UC Davis
  • Built & sold a diagnostic testing laboratory (CommuniCorp Testing)

Academia

Teaching:

  • Faculty appointments at University of California, Davis and Sierra College
  • Lay articles authored include:
  • “New school year, old troubles: Education and politics in California” Placer Sentinel newspaper and at OpEdNews.com
  • “Desalination-energy harnessing industrial units: An observation on obstinate obstacles” a Top Rated article, SCRIBd.com
  • “A bold proposal on public compensation” Auburn Journal, Editorial 3/1/2016

Research:

  • Over $1 million in competitive grants and funding for several biomedical research projects
  • Over 100 peer-reviewed articles, papers & presentations, and patents

 

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • The Foresthill Fire Protection District Firefighters

Organizations (4)

  • Placer County Republican Party
  • Libertarian Party
  • Lincoln Club of the Sierras
  • Auburn Area Repbulican Women Federated

Individuals (1)

  • Not actively sought (I want no "fingerprints" entering office) though several have come forward

Political Beliefs

Position Papers

KEY ISSUES

Summary

1. SPENDING

2. The NORTH LAKE TAHOE “Conundrum”

3. BUSINESS

4. WATER and ENERGY & Northern SIERRA NEVADA PRESERVATION

5. HOMELESS DILEMMA

I won’t pretend that promises can be made to all people, but I can say that serving our District is a natural extension of my proven background.  My record is to move away from divisive “left vs. right” arguments to a “right vs wrong” conversation.  We are no further ahead on our water and energy crises after decades of discussion, education is being removed from local control, and personal and county rights are being disregarded systematically.

Can we increase business in Tahoe yet decrease traffic? Yes.  Can we generate water and energy, yet preserve our beautiful chosen land? Yes.  But it takes novel ideas and creativity to move forward with efficiency to solve today's problems.

I have real-world experiences needed to address those and other problems on our minds: Infrastructure, public safety, a thriving business climate, healthcare, the environment and the homeless situations.

The list can be exhausting, but details on some of the key issues are presented further below.

SPENDING

The 2015-16 Placer County budget was approved as a balanced $803 million. Unfortunately, it is difficult to predict the final income – and so there was a deficit this past year between revenue vs. expenditures.

My experience has helped prepare me to be a wise steward of our tax dollars.  We’ve had unfunded liabilities and a growing pension budget. And although “the laborer is worthy of their wages”, what is a fair amount?

According to the most recent data (2014) available from Transparent California, the average pay for the top half of Placer County’s 2,294 full-time employees is about $105,000; the median for all employees is $70,512 ($97,481 with benefits). What about the rank-and-file employees?

Now that our property tax has gone back up which adds to the County’s revenue, why are we still closing vital community assets such as the Meadow Vista library?

Transportation tax.  The Placer County Transportation Planning Agency has proposed a ½ cent, 30-year sales tax to fund rail and road improvements.  Should that pass, we need a defender...much has already been earmarked for outside of OUR District!

Public Safety is one of the roles of local government.  The needs of the various departments must be matched with appropriate funds.  For example, our fire districts are currently operating in a crisis mode, and a solution cannot wait any longer. The use of funds from the Local Public Safety Protection and Improvement Act of 1993 (i.e., “Prop 172”) and PILT (Payment In-Lieu of Taxes) must be evaluated.

The Foresthill Firefighters have endorsed me, and I am very grateful for their support.  Please read my "Financial Support and Crisis of Fire Districts" statement.

The NORTH LAKE TAHOE “Conundrum”

I see the Sierras from my front porch.  The Lake Tahoe region is one of the primary reasons that our family chose to live in Placer County, when I could have “set up shop” literally anywhere in the country.

However, the North Lake Tahoe area has several challenges. Among them are issues at odds with each other: Preserve the environment; stimulate business; decrease traffic; gainful employment.

Work-force housing is scant.  Seasonal jobs and national economics contribute to unreliable incomes.  Many workers, even permanent, must commute long distances.  Some even live in Reno, where much of their remaining disposable income is spent instead of right here in our district.  Placer County can provide incentives to meet the needs and objectives of the future tenants, the builders and developers, and local community [e.g., the county (we the people) owns considerable land; property taxes can be waived and graduated in over time].

Incentives for a thriving economy must be supported by Placer County government.  Furthermore, tax dollar revenues and their “return-on-investment” must be transparent and understandable to the average person.

Traffic:  Did you ever get stuck in traffic on I-80 between Auburn and Lake Tahoe area? Perhaps on the way up to, or returning from a ski trip?  Or how about in the middle of summer as we wrestle with those Bay Area motorists?

The Placer County Transportation Planning Agency has proposed sales tax for rail and road improvements.  But much of that has already been earmarked AWAY from Tahoe residents.

What about a Bay Area-Tahoe Region-Reno/Sparks mass transit system (e.g., train) for high personnel and freight movement? It is not currently feasible due to financial and other restrictions, plus a focus on that high speed “train to nowhere”. We should explore the option of the Winter Olympics as a catalyst to develop a system that will benefit people in our District with a minimal environmental footprint.

The result?  1) Generate more business along that corridor (e.g., more people can travel) 2) less pollution 3) less traffic.

BUSINESS

Our Supervisors can be idea-to-enterprise enablers by developing policies and legislation that are more business friendly and remove barriers to growth and owner sovereignty.

Some regulations have aided in workplace safety and to protect the natural beauty and history of our place. However, there are clearly some regulatory controls and legal obstacles that only serve to hinder business.

A case in point is briefly discussed under the "Water & Energy: Northern Sierra Nevada Preservation" section below, in which a company tried to establish a desalination-wave energy harnessing company in California. After a few years of effort, they left our state and its business obstacles. So now Texas gets the water, the energy, and the jobs.

California is rated among the top states in the U.S. for entrepreneurial activity, yet we are also ranked 49th in terms of the worst governmental burden to businesses (according to the Small Business Enterprise Center and the Kauffman Foundation). Thus, for whatever reason, in spite of the anti-business atmosphere, innovators want to establish themselves in California.

I can attest to this first-hand as being among those entrepreneurs and businessmen who want to see California thrive.

WATER and ENERGY & Northern SIERRA NEVADA PRESERVATION

California needs energy, water, and continued care for our unique environment. These objectives do not have to be contradictory to each other.

Desalination-wave energy harnessing facilities.

An idea presented in 2009 won against the critics, skeptics, and so-called politicos. In just a short time the idea has proven correct in this vision of generating water, energy, and private sector jobs.

My 2009 paper "Desalination-energy harnessing industrial units: A representative observation on obstinate obstacles" was later highlighted in a Popular Mechanics article and, in May 2010, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued "the first permit in the history of the United States" to install a commercial wave-powered facility on the Texas coast. In an ironic twist of fate, it was awarded to a company that left California.

California has therefore lost jobs and an opportunity to exploit this novel approach that could be part of the solution to the issues about meeting our water and energy needs while preserving the environment.

HOMELESS DILEMMA

There is currently no complete solution to the situation, but the symptoms that can lead to homelessness can certainly be treated in a way that actually reduces the economic burden on Placer County residents.

I prefer to work towards a solution rather than wait for one to drop in my lap to just vote on (or even vote to delay). In short, we should implement a modified “Homeward Bound” program, and Utah’s successful “Workforce” housing initiative. We can learn from the failed practices enacted by San Francisco, Portland, and other cities (e.g., on March 22, 2016 the SF Supervisors tried to pass a resolution for Gov. Brown declare it as a state of emergency). Thus, I initiated a draft business plan on the subject. It is acknowledged that there may be alterations in the plan and other valuable input is needed, but the time for thoughtful action is now.

Background: Homelessness affects a myriad of health, safety, and budget issues in society.  Over a year ago Placer County paid for, and received, a report that indicated “services offered by a variety of providers throughout the county lack a cohesive plan that will move homeless people off the streets and into stable environments where they can receive needed services”. Furthermore, the number of chronically homeless is increasing and is almost three times the national average.

Thus, our homeless situation is about to reach a critical situation, both in reality and from a P.R. perspective.  It is an unnecessarily large and terrible burden for our local residents, and can impact tourism. It will take a long time to repair our currently fine reputation if this is left unresolved for very long.

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