How Do We Implement the Ten Key Values in the State Budget?

 The Ten Key Values of the Green Party are: 

Ecological Wisdom
Social Justice
Grassroots Democracy
Community-Based Economics
Respect for Diversity
Personal & Global Responsibility

How do We Incentivize the Behavior We Want to Encourage and incentivize quality vs. quantity?

Ecological Wisdom, Sustainability, Decentralization & Community-Based Economics

AKA How do we substitute ecological gems of wisdom for a lump of coal (or uranium or plutonium) in our proverbial Christmas stocking?

We can incentivize the conversion to clean energy for individuals and businesses and non-profits of all sizes by offering not only tax breaks but matching funds and grants to low-income individuals and families

We can offer our cities matching funds and grants to run their own utilities and convert to clean energy sources

We can build a rail system like Europe has that connects the entire state so people can choose rapid transit rather than driving cars

We can provide incentives for cities that incorporate bike lanes, green belts, and pedestrian-friendly roads and that institute an auto-free day per month

We can provide grants for students/teachers/community leaders who devise eco-friendly practices in their schools and communities

We can provide matching funds and grants to worker-owned enterprises


Non-Violence & Social Justice, Grassroots Democracy, Feminism & Respect for Diversity

In order to implement these values we can do the following:

We can offer matching funds and grants to schools to institute non-bullying and gender and cultural sensitivity programs

We can offer matching funds and grants to counties that implement domestic violence programs

We can offer matching funds and grants to schools and universities to institute rape prevention and accountability programs

We can offer matching funds and grants to communities that develop cultural educational programs and festivities

We can offer matching funds and grants to police departments that practice community-based policing and show a decrease in incidents of police violence

We can expand our victim witness programs to offer more treatment and training

We can implement restorative justice programs that hold offenders accountable in a personal way so we can heal the cycle of abuse

We can reinstate true rehabilitative programs in our correctional facilities that treat, educate, and train offenders

We can provide incentives for cities and counties to implement electoral reforms like ranked choice voting and open-source election software, voting machines, and tabulators.


How do we get the money?

Remove insurance companies and pharmaceuticals from our healthcare system

Hold big polluters accountable and start charging them a carbon tax

Close the property tax loophole for commercial property

Create a state bank that offers low-cost loans to California residents

Tax natural resource extraction and use

Charge royalties for the use of our natural resources—oil, timber, minerals, and water

Pass a progressive tax system instead of the regressive one now in use

Letter to the Editor re Homelessness

In this letter to the editor, I outlined several systemic problems which contribute to the homelessness issue and some ideas re correcting them.  We just have to have the political will to do so.  Unfortunately, I neglected to entitle it, so the editor came up with a more generic title, but it was on the topic of homelessness and the reasons behind it.  I am using the date that it was originally published in this post.

Single Payer Healthcare Questions Answered

Single Payer Healthcare advocate Michael Lighty, Founding Fellow of the Sanders Institute, answers some of the most-frequently asked questions in this blog post.  Check it out:

Letter to the Editor re Single Payer Healthcare

In this letter to the editor, I listed several issues I am promoting in my campaign, focusing particularly on healthcare in this one.  I am using the date on which it was originally published in this post.

We need Single Payer Healthcare NOW!

More people file bankruptcy in this country for medical bills than for any other reason.  Healthcare reform is very much needed in order to rein in skyrocketing costs and offer services to everyone in need of medical care.

A bill was introduced in the state legislature last year, SB 562, the Healthy California Act, which was passed by the State Senate, but stalled in the Assembly because the Speaker of the Assembly placed it in the Rules Committee and wouldn’t allow it to come to the floor for a vote in last year’s legislative session.

SB 562 is a Single Payer bill which corrects the core problem of the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, by taking the insurance companies and pharmaceuticals out of the middle of healthcare.  If you believe like I do that health care is a human right, this bill needs our support; we must put pressure on the Speaker, Anthony Rendon, to let the bill onto the floor so it may be amended and put to a vote.

We can not only cover everyone for everything, do away with co-pays and deductibles, but save approximately $37 billion annually by switching to Single Payer healthcare by passing the Healthy California Act.  Why?  Because Single Payer would be similar to Medicare (a single payer system), which operates on around a 3% overhead vs. around a 26% overhead for insurance companies.  This is because in a for-profit healthcare system, tens of millions of dollars go to CEO salaries and shareholder payouts every year, allowing insurance companies and pharmaceuticals to make millions of dollars by profiteering off patients’ suffering and death.

This is not only cruel and inhumane, but predatory, and needs to be replaced by a system which covers everyone, regardless of age or health, and does not profit off people’s illness.  What is needed is a shift in priorities in government so that people’s needs, not corporate greed, come first.

Single Payer Healthcare and the Democratic Party

SB 562, the Single Payer healthcare bill that we are still trying to fight for has run into new opposition by the Democrats in Sacramento.  A really good analysis of why it does not work to hope that progressive Democrats will save us on Single Payer healthcare.