All human beings must be allowed a say in decisions that affect their lives; no one should be completely subject to the will of another. With your support, I will work to improve public participation in every aspect of government and ensure that our public representatives are fully accountable to the people who elect them.
As Governor of the State of California, I vow not only to hear, but also to listen to the will of “We the people . . .” I will ask the residents and citizens of the State, to weigh in on important issues. My campaign funds will come only from individual small donations of the voters. Like all Green Party candidates for pubic office, I will not take money from Big Oil, Big Pharma, from other Corporations, from large or small businesses, or even from public employee unions, including police unions,
Therefore when elected to office, I will not be obligated to anyone other than the people of California who elected me. And I will continually listen to and serve all Californians, whether or not they voted for me.
I respect the power of The People's choice, and I accept the responsibility to make well informed decisions on their behalf. My administration will be transparent.
As a matter of a civil and a human right, all persons must have the opportunity to benefit equally from the resources afforded us by society and the environment. We must consciously confront in ourselves, our organizations, and society at large, any discrimination on the basis of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, age, nationality, religion, or physical or mental ability, and any other arbitrary forms of discrimination that deny fair treatment and equal justice under the law.
Therefore as Governor, I will serve all residents of the State of California. All residents! Discrimination of any type or sort in the State of California will have Zero Tolerance.
Having been discriminated many times myself, I know this pain, and I will not have others subjected to it!
To that and all California Department of Corrections or prisons will remain public, and will not be privatized. Those privatized prisons will be made public again.
Similarly local governments will not be allowed to enter into contracts with private companies that issue automated traffic tickets, especially where the company is paid a per-ticket commission.
Until male prisoner conduct out of sight of guards can be non-violently well controlled, or they can control themselves better, condoms must be allowed in prisons, for the containment of HIV/AIDS, Hep C, and any other communicable diseases. Most adults older than 60 know that mental health services in the USA, existing, very helpful and improving in the 1970s, became abysmal dwindling to non-existent since arch conservative Ronald Reagan's presidency from 1980 to 1988. The chance of good mental health services, above average sex education and sensual, non-sexual behavioral retraining happening inside prisons in the next 5-10 years remains non-existent as well. Perhaps by design this is an issue for another generation to address and solve. The tragic but necessary alternative before us all today is that condoms are cheaper and immediately available and should be distributed on-demand for free in prisons daily.
Rehabilitation of prisoners and their matriculation back into society must be the top priority along with staff and prisoner safety inside the prison. With effective rehabilitation programs in place, programs such as were started in the 1970s then disbanded in the 1980s and 90s, there is much less chance of recidivism when the prisoner is released. I worked as a nurse at both Rikers’s Island, and San Quentin, so I know the greater pain they suffer when there is no hope to escape the innumerable perversities of prison "culture"!
Within my first 100 days in office, planning for additional ex-prisoner half way houses will occur. These half way houses will provide continuing daily support and skills re-training for the less stable and less confidant recently released prisoners. The model for them which could be duplicated many fold would be the highly successful, decades old, Delancy Street. projects, a residential and work-space complex in SF near the waterfront. The classic cost-benefit analysis of prisoner recidivism and re-incarceration vs. their long-term if still slow readjustment to living somewhat normal productive lives in society should be done by appropriate academics and mental health professionals during this "half way houses expansion" evaluation and planning period.
Tazers will be forbidden in prisons and forbidden for use by state and local police forces, period! Pepper spray will be allowed for self-defense of law enforcement and the general public. As a nurse, I can’t begin to tell you what these things do to human beings, but it is nothing nice!
The bail system will be transformed, since it is morally wrong to prohibit economically disadvantaged pretrial detainees from being released, while detainees with money walk free. Risk of flight will be considered for all. Failure to appear will result in a bench warrant, and jail time.
Body cameras will be mandated equipment for all police officers statewide, and these cameras will not have an “off” button. All footage taken in the course of an officer-involved shooting or other violent incident will be released to the public, so long as the release would not interfere with an ongoing criminal investigation or prosecution.
No crimes will be prosecuted against suspects in cases where an officer has removed, or otherwise interfered with their body camera at anytime during their work shift. Statutory damages of $5000 will be provided by law for any civil rights plaintiff who is not provided footage reflecting the entirety of the officer’s work shift in the course of any criminal, civil or administrative proceeding mandating production of such bodycam footage.
Police Officers will be responsible for paying 10% of civil rights settlements and judgments arising from lawsuits against them. We need our police to have more “skin in the game” to help deter their misconduct.
This approach also relieves some of the financial burden on taxpayers, without unduly burdening recruitment and retention of police officers, or discouraging settlement of civil rights cases. Too often guns issued to police officers are “lost” under dubious circumstances and these guns later appear in criminal incidents, including homicides. Officers have a responsibility to “Protect and Serve,” with competence and integrity.
Therefore, I propose that if an officer loses their gun, they lose their job. Period! They will be ineligible to serve as an officer of the law in California for a period of two years, during which time their pay and benefits will be suspended.
I will eliminate California’s Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System, (CURES 2.0) which forces doctors an pharmacists to report every prescription of a controlled substance to the state, which maintains a searchable seven year history of such prescriptions for every California resident. (Accessible by certain state employees and others, including, in some cases, without a warrant!) Unlike the California Democrats who set up this system, I believe in patient privacy and the sanctity of the physician-patient relationship. It should be none of the governments damn business, for example, whether or not I, as a trans woman, am prescribed hormone therapy! Any person who is arrested, and says they are sick, or have an illness, must be taken to a hospital and examined, prior to incarceration. All to often this is overlooked, and ill patients die from not being medically attended to. This will end that! People who are serving time for non-violent marijuana crimes will be freed from incarceration. Annual overtime pay for every public employee will be capped at 100% of his or her annual salary. This proposal will eliminate the most egregious employee abuses (which tarnish the reputation of all of our dedicated public servants) and encourage managerial competence while preserving plenty of flexibility to meet public needs. An even more restrictive cap will be considered in the future. Officers will be allowed to wear white in the Summer, or as the weather allows, (including shorts) and beige in the Fall. Black uniforms will be eliminated in favor of the traditional blue, in order to improve officer-community relations. As Vietnam Veteran, I will work to improve the benefits and the circumstances of all veterans, including homelessness, health care, and accessibility to care for those who have PTSD, and make sure that all have access to care.
Human societies must function with the understanding that we are part of nature, not separate from nature. We must maintain an ecological balance and live within the ecological and resource limits of our communities and our planet. I support a sustainable society that utilizes resources in such a way that future generations will benefit and not suffer from the practices of our generation. To this end we must practice agriculture that replenishes the soil, move to an energy-efficient economy, and live in ways that respect the integrity of natural systems.
The State of California will divest itself of investments that unduly harm the air, ocean, water, and land. This includes Big Oil. The State of California will invest in all things Green: wind energy, solar energy, and hydroelectric energy.
It is essential that we develop effective alternatives to society's current patterns of violence. I will do everything in my power to demilitarize and eliminate weapons of mass destruction, without being naive about the intentions of other governments. Such things as divesting state funds from infrastructure projects supporting the national laboratories in California that develop such weapons.
We recognize the need for self-defense and the defense of others who are in danger. But people who cities and states empower to use force in our defense, given better training, can use less-violent ways and means and non-violent ways and means and do so most or perhaps all the time hostile individuals and groups are engaged. My gubernatorial administration will plan and begin implementing better training of jail and prison guards and city and state police forces so that they "instinctively" and wisely choose and use the least violent ways and means to stop hostile or deadly behaviors of others.
We promote non-violent methods to oppose practices and policies with which we disagree, and will guide our actions toward promoting lasting personal, community and global peace.
Where negotiations, arbitration, or mediation can be used, it will be the State of California’s policy to implement these tools first, and in all such situations.
Centralization of wealth and power contributes to social and economic injustice, environmental destruction, and militarization. Economic inequality is the highest it has been since the 1920s, the Roaring Twenties and, it turned out, the end of the USA's Belle Epoque of the late 19th century's super-rich such as but not exclusively banker J.P. Morgan and steel maker Andrew Carnegie who controlled most of politics in the eastern USA. We have too many more of such super-rich conservative trying to take over -- and arguable succeeding in taking over -- our federal, state, and many local governments today.
As governor I will seek ways and begin implementing ways of restructuring of social, political and economic institutions away from a system controlled by and mostly benefiting the most wealthy and powerful few, doing so in way which impose the least economic burden of such changes falling on the most disadvantaged in our society and on what is left of our middle class. This restructuring will transition our society "gently" but firmly to a much more participatory democratic society with more democratic business activities, and away from what is currently a highly bureaucratic system.
Governmental decision-making should, as much as possible, remain at the individual and local level, while assuring that civil rights are protected for all.
I support redesigning our work structures, including improving our corporate and business cultures, to in part encourage more employee ownership and management of those workplaces, thereby encouraging more workplace participatory democracy. The psychological and sociological fields related to Organization Psychology have improved enormously in the last 30 years. With proper funding those experts can produce "work place satisfaction and worker productivity increasing" training materials. Perhaps given appropriate but not excessive tax breaks, corporations, large and small business interested in but otherwise unable to purchase such training materials, can do so and afford to have their employees take "time off" to learn and practice these "team building" activities.
In general I support developing new economic activities and institutions that allow us to use technology in ways that are humane, freeing of human initiative, creativity and innovation, yet always ecological wise, and always responsive and accountable to communities and their and our mutual well-being. In such ways I support establishing a form of basic economic security open and available to all.
I call for moving beyond the narrow 'job ethic' to new definitions of 'work,' 'jobs' and 'income' towards a more cooperative and democratic economy. I support restructuring our patterns of income distribution to reflect the wealth created by those outside the formal monetary economy, to include those who take responsibility for parenting, housekeeping, home gardens, community volunteer work, and the like.
I also support restricting the size and concentrated power of corporations without discouraging their often superior efficiency or technological innovations.
We in 2018 have inherited a social system based on male domination of politics and economics, partly evolving away such hegemony in the 1970s, now arguable back with the all might and "right" our super-rich would be dominators and controllers can muster.
I call for the replacement of the cultural ethics of domination and control with cooperative ways of interacting that respect differences of opinion and gender. Human values such as gender equity, interpersonal responsibility, and honesty must be developed with moral conscience. I recognize that the processes for determining our decisions and actions are just as important as achieving the outcomes we want.
I believe it is important to value cultural, ethnic, racial, sexual, religious and spiritual diversity, and to promote the development of respectful relationships across the human spectrum. I believe that the many diverse elements of society should be reflected in our organizations and in our decision-making bodies, and we should more vigorously support the leadership of people who have been traditionally closed out of leadership roles. I encourage respect for all life forms, and increased attention to the preservation of biodiversity. In our times of 2018, it is now more obvious and well known that our human lives depend greatly on their well being. Exploitation of other people and of "other life" is no longer a viable option for us human beings.
Therefore all employers must not just give lip service to "diversity," and merely say they are about diversity. They must show and prove that they are diverse! They can train people to do the jobs that they need done! There are too many people of color in this State for too many employers to try to justify the continuing dominance of white people, and men on boards, commissions and in other positions of power and control over other people. These employers in business and government must truly be diverse!
In my past work with the City of San Francisco, I was a part of a team that audited companies for compliance, and if they said they were helping people, they had to have some of those people on the payroll that they claimed to be helping. They needed to have some of those people on their boards. If not, their contracts with the City and County of San Francisco were either pulled, canceled, or not renewed!
I encourage individuals to act to improve their personal well-being and, at the same time, to enhance ecological balance and social harmony. We (Californians) seek to join with people and organizations around the world to foster peace, economic justice, and the health of the planet. We will be responsible as a State, for all of our actions, with the understanding that we do not exist on this planet alone, or in a vacuum.
Our actions and policies should be motivated not only by our short-term goals, but also by our long-term goals. A popular slogan of the 1970s was: "Think globally (i.e. be aware of local, state, national and global news and events, as best you can). Act locally (i.e. act locally to effect changes locally but also, if possible, beyond your local area to your state, nationally and globally.).
I seek to protect valuable natural resources, safely disposing of or 'unmaking' all waste we create, while developing a sustainable economics that does not depend on continual expansion, also popularly called "economic growth," for our survival. We must counterbalance the drive for short-term profits by assuring that economic development, new technologies, and fiscal policies are responsible to future generations who will inherit the results of our actions.
We must make the quality of all our lives, rather than open-ended economic growth, and the quality and sustainability of all other life on our Mother Earth, the focus of our future thinking and public policy making.