C T Weber Lt Gov (P&F) questionnaire

C T Weber Lt Gov (P&F) questionnaire

Postby Jeff_W on Mon Aug 16, 2010 5:57 pm

Candidate name:

C. T. Weber

Office sought:

Lieutenant Governor

Contact person:

C. T. Weber

Mail address:

1403 Los Padres Way

Sacramento, CA 95831

Telephone:

(916) 422-5395

Email address:

ctwebervoters@att.net

Web address:

CTWeberforLieutenantGovernor

Anticipated Budget:

Low

Funds raised to date:

A few hundred

General Questions: Please write a brief response (less than 150 words) to each question. You will have additional opportunities to address these issues.

1. Why are you running?

I was asked by several members of the Peace and Freedom Party State Central Committee and as a result asked the membership with a positive response. I am running to bring the positions of the Peace and Freedom Party to the attention of the voters of California.

2. Why should we vote for you?

To paraphrase Eugene Debs, I would rather vote for what I want and not get it than to vote for something I don’t want and get it. I am a socialist who is committed to democracy, environmentalism, feminism, organized labor and racial equality. When I analyze a situation it is from economic and social justice points of view. Polls show that people do not feel that either the Democratic Party or Republican Party represent them. Polls also show that most voters feel the office of Lieutenant Governor could be abolished as it is not needed. So this may be an office with which people are willing to experiment. Someone once said, we continue to vote for the same people over and over but we expect different results. A large vote in the general election would be news worthy and as a result would move the progressive agenda forward.

3. What education or leadership experience do you have?

My undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Arts in history and my Master’s is in Public Administration, both from California State University, Long Beach. I was elected four times to the California State Employees Association Board of Directors. As Service Employees International Union, Local 1000, District Labor Council 784 President, I sat on the SEIU Local 1000, State Council and the Sacramento Central Labor Council. I am also a former state chairperson of Peace and Freedom Party (1972-1974 and 1996-1998).

4. What sets you apart from your opponents in the Peace and Freedom primary?

I have no opposition in the Peace and Freedom Party direct primary election. As a result, I will win the June 8, 2010 direct primary election.

5. If you have been elected to political office before, please describe one of your accomplishments in the position you held.

(My only elective office has been Peace and Freedom Party Central Committee, to which I have been elected every two years for decades. I have served as a State Officer of the party many times, including as State Chair. Since my election to the Sacramento County Central Committee, the Peace and Freedom Party in Sacramento has become one of the largest and most active in the state, and more candidates are being fielded in the Sacramento area this year than anywhere else in the state.) I was appointed to and served on the Long Beach/Yokkaichi Sister City Committee for one year, Long Beach Local Coastal Planning Committee for three years, and the Joint Legislative Committee for Revision of California Election Code for three years. The most notable accomplishment was the presentation and passage of new sections of the California Election Code for Peace and Freedom Party of California.

6. Since you should be ready to be governor at a moment's notice, how would you fix the $20 billion long-term budget deficit? Please list specific budget cuts and revenues, with dollar amounts.

In a $100 billion budget, only about 15% is discretionary. Therefore, radical steps must be taken in order to prevent the wholesale destruction of our social fabric. If I had a magic wand, I would move California in a new direction. Where legal, I would stop contracting out state jobs to the private sector. State employees can do the jobs better and for less cost to tax payers. I would cut the prison budget. For example, fifty percent of all prisoners are in for non-violent drug offenses. I would seek clemency hearings for non-violent drug offenders. Billions would be saved and excess prisons would be closed. I would seek to establish a split roll property tax in order for business properties to be taxed at a higher level than homeowners. I would fight to have the upper income tax brackets increased to at least the same levels that existed during the Reagan and Wilson administrations. An oil severance tax would be imposed in the same manner as Alaska. It is anticipated that when marijuana is legalized, regulated, and taxed it will bring in over $1 billion a year. In total, these changes would fix the present budget deficit. As additional problems need to be dealt with, my policy would be to tax the incomes and assets of the ultra-rich to pay for necessary social program

7. How do you plan to include the community and grassroots efforts in your campaign?

My campaign is an entirely grassroots effort, dependent on unpaid volunteers, and completely without the expensive television advertising typical of big-money California campaigns. I have active supporters in many unions and other community organizations, who have experience working for peace and social justice. They are effective at spreading the word, and I expect the campaign to be active and effective in some 20 counties containing more than 80% of California's voters. I will be speaking to meetings and demonstrations of many groups that fight for peace, for human rights, for economic justice, and for fair elections. Most voters will learn of my campaign from postings on the Secretary of State's site, the Easy Voter site, and others that offer space for candidates to explain their positions.

8. San Francisco for Democracy endorses fiscally responsible and socially progressive candidates.

Please give examples of why you fit these criteria. I became active in Peace and Freedom Party because it was the most progressive party that was on or trying to get on the ballot in California. I founded and was the first treasurer of the Long Beach Free Clinic which served 100 people nightly for six years. I also founded several service projects in Long Beach, a crash pad for the homeless, a soup line for unemployed, a free store, and free legal service. Now retired, I am as busy as ever with the struggle for peace and justice. Organizations to which I am active include but are not limited to; CSEA Retirees Inc., California Association of Retired Americans (CARA) Legislative Committee, Labor Committee for Latin American Advancement LCLAA-AFL/CIO), Federation of Retired Union Members (FORUM), and Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW).

9. Do you favor reforming Prop 13? If so, how? If not, how do we deal with the negative impact Prop 13 has on the State’s ability to generate revenue for Education and Social Services?

As I mentioned earlier, I support a split roll property tax. One thing I notice about the right wing is their perseverance. If they put something on the ballot and it gets defeated, they put it back on the ballot, over and over again until it passes. Progressives need to develop a backbone. If I were elected, I would use the notoriety to advocate a new initiative to tax corporate property at a higher level, and I will be mentioning this frequently during my campaigning.
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