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Democratic Party County Central Committee — Democratic PartyCandidate for Member, Assembly District 15 Alameda Portion

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George Perezvelez

Appointed County Central Committee Member
15,087 votes (4.43%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • I will advocate for health care, ending homelessness and affordable housing (particularly veterans, seniors and youth)
  • I wil advocate and Lobby for a criminal justice system that provides fair and equitable treatment for all in furtherance of public safety for our communities. Eliminating all racial, gender and economic disparities within the criminal justice system.
  • I will advocate for improving California’s public education system by correcting years of insufficient funding, to adequately provide for universal preschool through 12th grade, and increase access to higher, career and technical education

Experience

Experience

Profession:Hopitality Director/ Public Safety Advisor
Police Commissioner, City of Berkeley (2005–current)
Hospitality Director of Operations, Mourad, Mongtomery Restaurant Partners LLC (2020–current)

Education

NACOLE (National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement Certificate, Law Enforcement Oversight Practitioner (2019)
Johnson and Wales University A.S Hospitality and Culinary Management, Hospitality and Culinary Management (1992)
Clark Universty, Worcester Mass. Bachelors of Arts (B.A.), Political Science (1988)

Biography

In addition to my volunteer work as a sworn appointed public official in the state of California, I am employed as a Hospitality Director of Operations and Public Safety Advisor in the Bay Area.   I was b orn in Santurce, Puerto Rico in 1964. Moved to the Continental United States in 1983 to attend college in Worcester, Massachusetts. Served in the Navy, earned a Veteran designation and was honorably discharged in 1993. I moved to California and the Eas Bay from Atlanta in 2002. 

Commissions and Community Involvement:

Current member and founding Chair of the BART Police Oversight Agency (Citizens Review Board)
Current senior member and Chair of the Berkeley Police Review Commission
  Current Member of the Alameda County Fire Advisory Commission
Past member Berkeley Commission on Labor

Current Treasurer and Executive Board member of the East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club
Current member Berkeley Democratic Club
Current member Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club

Alameda County Democratic Party Central Committee AD15 Vice-Chair and Delegate. SD9 delegate. Appointed to the Finance Committee.
Member CA Democratic Party Finance Committee, DEM2020 Working Group
CA Democratic Party Veterans Caucus Northern Vice-Chair

Current member in good standing of the following organizations:

CA Democratic Party Chicano Latino Caucus
CA Democratic Party Environmental Caucus
CA Democratic Party LGBT Caucus
CA Democratic Party Progressive Caucus
CA Democratic Party Veteran Caucus

ACLU Northern California, Bay Area Chapter, Sierra Club, Human Rights Campaign, Juntos Unidos, NAACP, EQCA, NACOLE

Former writer under “Alameda County Progressive Examiner” for the Examiner

Education:
 
United States Navy, Veteran, Submarine Fleet
Culinary School, AS, Johnson & Wales, Charleston, SC
George Washington University (Pace Program), Washington, DC
Clark University, Worcester, MA, Political Science

 

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Honorable Buffy Wicks, Assembly Member AD15
  • Honorable Nancy Skinner, California State Senator SD9
  • Honorable Betty Yee, California State Controller

Organizations (2)

  • Berkeley Democratic Club
  • East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club

Elected Officials (2)

  • Honorable Libby Schaff Oakland City Mayor
  • Honorable Jesse Arreguin, Berkeley City Mayor

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Diversity, Inclusiveness, Transparentcy and Accessibility are the foundations of my political philosophy.

I am a long-time East Bay resident who is committed to the advancement and progress of our county and all of its communities.

As a Progressive and social justice conscious Democrat, I believe that I have a moral and ethical obligation to the advancement and betterment of our communities, society and country, and that as my everyday commitment and passion, engagement in the process of moving our progressives values, economic justcice and equality for all forward is essential. 

Affordable housing, healthcare, veterans rights, LGBTQI equality, full funding for eduaction, criminal justice reform, environmental stewardship, worker/union rights, immigrant rights and fiscal responsibility are the issues I advocate for at the central committee, party, commissions and City Councils throughout the county. 

I have long been a Champion of minority rights and equal representation and accessibility issues, particularly in the Latino and LGBTQI communities, and hope to increase minority and community awareness of, and interest in, the political process. As a member of various political and community-based organizations, I have advocated for representation for all (particularly to combat discrimination based on race, religion, economic status, gender, immigration status or sexual orientation).

The Alameda County Central Committe needs and deserves members that are representative of  all the 15th Assembly District. That diversity must be of voices, ideas and should mirror the breath of our East Bay communities. 

 

 

 

Position Papers

Worker/Union Rights

Summary

Strong worker rights and unions are the foundation to a robust inclusive economy creating viable communities 

I support a statewide living wage indexed for inflation. We support employer-provided defined benefit pensions as an essential part of retirement security. I strongly advocate for tax reform that eliminates corporate welfare and create an equitable tax system for all California working families. I support Labor Agreements for private and public sector infrastructure projects that provide employment for local hires and returning veterans. I believe in collective bargaining and the right to organize supporting enforceable organizing agreement. I oppose so called “Right to Work” laws which deny workers the chance to build strong unions. I support the boycott of all employers who have permanently replaced striking workers. I support protecting the collective bargaining rights of both public and private sector workers and support binding arbitration for police and firefighters and other workers not allowed to strike. We stand for the right of all workers to earn a living wage and reject wage-based discrimination. I believe in an 8-hour workday with daily overtime and oppose any efforts to repeal the 40-hour workweek. I advocate for parental leave, paid sick days and vacation days for all workers and the protection of California's Paid Family Leave law. I advocate for workers safety programs with adequate and appropriate penalties for unsafe working conditions to include the safety regulations to address workplace violence. I believe in collective bargaining and the right to organize.   

Criminal Justice

Summary

Eliminate all racial, gender and economic disparities within the criminal justice system to end mass incarceration in California prisons and jails.

I am oommitted to eliminating all racial, gender and economic disparities within the criminal justice system to end mass incarceration in California prisons and jails. I believe in a full ban of the carotid restraint or any chokeholds. We support laws that will hold enforcement officers accountable for misconduct. I advocate for the implementation of a minimal use of force policy respecting the sanctity of life. I advocate for the creation of local civilian oversight for all law enforcement agencies and insist on independent investigators. I support the universal use of police body and dashboard cameras and prisoner compartment cameras during all custodial interviews to ensure transparency and accountability. 

Environmental Justice

Summary

Climate change ia a crisis that will impact all communities 

I believe that climate change is a crisis, a national security aspect and one of the most important issues affecting California. I support a green new deal: A comprehensive energy security and climate protection law calling for full decarbonization of the United States economy running on net-zero emissions by 2050, creating millions of good jobs; investing in green infrastructure and industry; securing clean air and water, climate and community resilience, healthy food; and, access to nature for all.

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