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June 7, 2016 — Elecciones Primarias de California

Asamblea Estatal de CaliforniaCandidato para Distrito 68

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Kostas Roditis

Republicana
Hombre de negocios, comisionado municipal
3,528 votos (3.6%)
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Dar la capacidad a los dueños y futuros dueños de hogares de pagar por única vez un impuesto del 8 % sobre el valor de su propiedad y no volver a pagar impuestos sobre la propiedad de nuevo. Así como fortalecer la Propuesta 13 para los dueños de hoga
  • Reforma de pensiones: debemos eliminar las pensiones gubernamentales. No son sustentables y necesitamos crear una política 401(k) para los empleados del estado.
  • Disminuir los impuestos: disminuir la tasa individual y corporativa a una tasa fija del 5 % que comenzará en $25,000. Esto hará que los trabajadores que tienen ingresos por debajo de la línea de pobreza no paguen impuestos, de igual forma, esto dismi

Experiencia

Experiencia

Profesión:Presidente/CEO de American Ground Transportation
Presidente/CEO, American Ground Transportation (2004–actual)
Comisionado municipal, Ciudad de Anaheim, Comisión Cultural y de Herencia — Cargo designado (2011–actual)

Educación

California State University, en San Diego (UCSD) Licenciatura en, Ciencias Políticas/Relaciones Internacionales (2004)

Actividades comunitarias

Member and Club President, Anaheim Hills Rotary Club (2007–2014)

Preguntas y Respuestas

Preguntas de 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. 
Respuesta de Kostas Roditis:

I believe we can have business friendly regulations while protecting the environment. We can strive to save water and be more protective of our resources. At the same time when our businesses and farmers need more water we let billions of gallons of rainwater drain into the ocean without collecting it as effectively as we could; we squander our precious resources and lose great opportunity to solve our problems efficiently and effectively.

For instance, if we became more efficient collecting rainwater locally we would not only save money but we would save electricity. Did you know that the largest use of electricity in California is used in moving water? If we focus on smart local solutions like this we can actually address our environmental issues to help businesses grow and strive.

Last summer I had a wonderful opportunity to take a motorcycle trip throughout California. I went to Big Bear, Sequoia Forest and Park, Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, Lassen Volcanic National Park, California Redwoods, hiked the Lost Coast, and came back home down PCH. I love nature and its beauty. I love our beautiful coastline and want to protect it for generations to come.

I love our environment just like you do, and I don’t want to see it destroyed. I don’t believe that extreme environmental regulations are the answer.

I believe that Sacramento views these issues and takes on single-purpose solutions instead of benefiting from multi-purpose solutions that will solve many problems and save us money at the same time.

 

I truly believe we can protect our environment by removing extreme environmental regulations that do little to protect the environment, while at the same time destroying our economy and jobs.

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?
Respuesta de Kostas Roditis:

The best way is to find out the candidates character not just they policies. A person of character and principles will not be swayed by moneyed interests.  Here is my position on the transparency:

I will have an open door policy with you. I believe that in order to properly represent you I have to be accessible to you. This is why I provide you with my cell phone number (714-928-8294). I am your representative and am here to serve you, not political elites in Sacramento. We both know that I will meet with groups or organizations as part of my job. This does not mean that I have abandoned my pledge to serve you. But I promise you that I will be transparent in all of my actions. I promise to post my schedule of every meeting and conversation I have, so that you can see with whom I am meeting and what we are discussing.

For example the post might look something like this:

June 7, 2016 @ 11:00 AM to 11:25 AM meet with John Smith and Jane Smith from ABC Taxpayers Organization to discuss AB123. Discussion included lowering taxes for small business owners as well as manufacturers. ABC Taxpayers Organization can be contacted at 916-555-1212 or for more information you can visit their website at www…

 

I believe having and open door and transparency policy available to you will earn your vote and your trust on the June 7th primary ballot. 

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. 
Respuesta de Kostas Roditis:

No, I do not support a minimum wage in California. The minimum wage no only kills jobs but lower purchasing power for most people. By increasing the minimum wage to $15 per hour a worker currently at $15 per hour would lose purchasing power and fall to a minimum wage status and thus losing purchasing power. As the minimum wage increase the cost of products and services will go. So even if you are making $20 per hour your purchasing power will decrees and you will probably be making the equivalent of $17.50 in today's dollars. To keep the same purchasing power your income of $20 would have to move between $22.50 to $25.00 per hour to keep the same purchasing power. The consequence will be more people below the poverty line, cost will increase, and fewer jobs will be created. The free market will best determine the proper wage for workers. 

What are your top three fiscal priorities, recognizing the need to balance the state’s income with its spending?
Respuesta de Kostas Roditis:
  • Reform Pension: Eliminate pension plans and implement a 401(k) plan for state employees
  • Reduce Size of Government: Give more local control to cities and municipalities. 
  • Cut Spending

I believe that every single family has to live within a budget and so should the government. If any of us were to run our finances like Sacramento does, we would find ourselves in financial ruin in just a few years. Instead we just keep borrowing and putting our burdens further and further down the line, the time will come where we will not be able to pay our debts and obligations.

 

My philosophy is simple. Spend from what you make. Without spending it all, take some and put it away for emergencies or pay off some of your debts and liabilities. I believe that is what we ought to be doing Sacramento.

 

Therefore, I promise you that I will never vote for a budget which isn’t balanced and I will never vote for a tax increase. It’s time we got our financial house in order and I promise you I will lead the fight in Sacramento on your behalf. 

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New Property Tax Option

Summary

My proposal is to give homeowners the option of Prop 13 property tax protection or the option of paying an 8% one-time tax and never pay property tax as long as you own your own property. 

My proposal is to give homeowners the option of Prop 13 property tax protection or the option of paying an 8% one-time tax and never pay property tax as long as you own your own property.

The problem is many people believe they are land owners but we don’t actually own the land. In reality, we pay a large sum of money in order to lease the land from the government. The lease essentially comes in the form of a property tax.

For instance, depending on the jurisdiction, if you owe property tax the government can seize your home and sell it to keep all the earnings from the sale of the home, or they can sell your home to pay off your tax lien and at the same time tack on a sky high administrative fee associated with the sale of your home; many times resulting in nothing really left for the homeowner. In the end, you lose everything for a few thousand dollars of unpaid taxes.

I believe a change should occur. One of my platforms is that any homeowner that wishes to actually own their property outright can pay a one-time fee of 8%, like a sales tax on their property and will never have to pay property tax on their property as long as they own it. Since, most people own their homes for only three to five years before selling it, it would make greater financial sense to pay the Prop 13 tax rate, but if they choose at any point in time to become the sovereign land owner of their property they can pay that 8% fee and never have to pay property tax on their property as long as they own it.

So who is covered in this proposal? My plan will only apply to owner-occupied residential properties which currently makes up approximately 39% of all properties. Investment and vacation residential properties (approximately 34%), and commercial properties (approximately 28%) will not be eligible for this program.

What will happen to my property taxes if my children inherit my property? If your child inherits your home and wishes to live in the home as an owner-occupied residence then your child will simply have to pay a 1% one-time transfer fee which is associated with the value of the property and they too will never have to pay property tax as long as they own and reside in the home.

So what does this mean for you?

·         As retirement approaches you won’t have to worry about how you are going to make it. For example, will I have to sell my home and move out of State because I can’t afford to live on my retirement and pay thousands of dollars a year on property tax?

·         You can rest assured as you are raising your family and looking down the road to retirement that you won’t have to pay this huge sum of money each year and you can put it away towards retirement, or your child’s college fund, or you can finally save enough money to open up your own business.

·         With the savings, you could put it towards your mortgage and pay off your home in 15 years instead of 30 years. Thus, saving hundreds of thousands of dollars.

·         You can have a parent stay home and raise the children instead of relying on daycare and that second income. Or you can use that extra money to pay for daycare if you so wish.

·         Take a much needed vacation or buy yourself a new car.

 

There are so many things you can do and I want to give you the freedom to live your life the way you want to without the constant financial worries we all face day to day. 

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