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Rudy Salas is the Democratic incumbent, having served as the Representative for Assembly District 32 since 2012.
In the State Assembly Salas is currently the chair of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee and serves on the Agriculture, Governmental Organization, Veterans Affairs and Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committees. He is also the chair of the Select Committee on Early Childhood Development.
Salas has supported improving access to healthcare in rural areas, voted for overtime wages for farmworkers, and supported resolutions calling out deceptive practices being used by ICE. He also voted for SB 54, California Values Act, which barred state and local data and resources from being used to assist federal immigration enforcement.
That said, Salas has a poor track record on issues relating to environmental protection and climate change. He has also opposed criminal justice reform efforts, including efforts to give judges more say over sentencing and drug sentencing reform.
While Assemblymember Salas has a poor track record on progressive issues, and only scored 12 out of 100 on this year’s Courage Score, he is running against a Republican, Todd Cotta, in the primary. While we disagree with Salas on his lack of support on the issues mentioned above, Salas is the most progressive choice in this race. That said, we encourage more progressive candidates, that will better reflect this community’s needs, to run in future cycles.
Last updated: 2020-02-06
This proposition would provide $9 billion for desperately needed renovations to public preschools and grade schools throughout the state, and $6 billion for construction to community colleges, the Cal State system, and the UC system. This will allow the state of California to use tax revenue to pay for improvements that local communities cannot afford themselves.
The funding would come from bonds the state would pay back over 35 years, totaling an estimated $26 billion, which includes $15 billion in principal and $11 billion in interest. This investment is well worth the costs. It takes money, after all, to ensure that students -- especially those in districts that can’t afford major capital improvement projects -- do not have to learn in dangerous environments.
The vast majority of Democrats in the state legislature support it, as does Gov. Newsom, and the only major opposition is a group called the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. This is the group famous for destroying California’s school funding system in 1978 through another proposition, ironically one that was also dubbed Prop 13. The group spends most of its time lobbying to reduce tax rates. It has never shown any interest in supporting California’s children, at least if that means wealthy individuals or giant corporations would pay their fair share in taxes. Without question, 2020’s Prop 13 is worth the investment since it means children will soon be able to attend school in buildings that are retrofitted to withstand earthquakes and no longer have lead in their water.
We strongly recommend a YES vote on Prop 13.
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