Delaine's father was a union machinist. Her mother was a dress clerk. They weren’t rich, but they didn’t have to be for her parents to own their own home, buy a car and send her to college. California needs a visionary governor with a brass backbone, who isn’t afraid of bullies and will not kowtow to the rich and powerful. Delaine is not afraid to take on the greed that has hurt the middle class, be it through falling wages or rising costs. That is who she is, what she has always done, and what she will do as Governor.
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Climate Change & Environmental Justice
The science is clear: Climate Change is real, and it is happening now. It is a major threat to jobs across the state, to our highways and infrastructure, to our health, and to our homes and families, to a prosperous future. We need to act with great urgency to save our planet for the next generation. California’s current climate commitments, while well intended, won’t stop climate change, which means even more severe droughts, floods, and fires in the years to come. You can see our one minute video on the environment here.
The fact is that the window of opportunity for responding to this crisis is rapidly closing. Unfortunately, transitioning to renewable power won’t be enough to intercept runaway climate change. We need more effective action now, within the next 10 years, to reduce the excess heat that is driving global climate change. This action should focus not just on carbon dioxide, but also on methane, black carbon, and ozone in the troposphere, which together are responsible for nearly as much of this heat as carbon dioxide. And this needs to be done far more cost-effectively through actions that deliver the biggest bang for the buck.
Delaine is the only candidate for governor with a strong public environmental record and a comprehensive plan to face this challenge head on, based on the latest climate science.
- Delaine is the first candidate to call for a total ban on oil and natural gas fracking here in California. She believes we need full accountability for the climate impacts of any oil or gas we import into the state. In addition to the problems fracking can cause for groundwater and sensitive environments, it is associated with high levels of methane emissions. Methane is 86 times more powerful than carbon dioxide over a 20-year period.
- We must clamp down even more aggressively on methane emissions from all of our natural gas and oil production storage, waste management facilities, livestock operations, and other industrial sources.
- We must do much more to stop black carbon pollution (soot -- a very potent climate pollutant that comes from diesel), agricultural and residential burning, and industrial smokestacks.
- We must double down on dangerous air pollutants that combine to form ozone gas. This not only causes smog at ground level, but is also hundreds of time more potent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas when formed in the troposphere.
- We must continue to reduce our state’s and our nation’s dependence on fossil fuels. The steps we take here in California will have ripple effects across the country. Delaine adamantly opposes oil drilling off of our long-protected coasts, and efforts to import coal and export fossil fuels.
- For full transparency, we must update our methods of tracking California’s contribution to climate change, which are woefully out of date. Our current carbon footprint only looks at annual emissions of greenhouse gases. However, carbon dioxide is very long-lived in the atmosphere. That means that the carbon dioxide we’ve been releasing into the atmosphere for the past two hundred years is still there, and still affecting climate. Moreover, this current carbon footprint accounts for only a fraction of methane emissions, and leaves out black carbon and tropospheric ozone altogether.
- Our state, regional and county Climate Action Plans, should also be updated to account for all climate pollutants based on the latest climate science. This will help to incentivize a wider range of mitigation options.
- We support current efforts nationally to institute a carbon fee and dividend, updated to include all climate pollutants.Through direct project funding, the cost of mitigation could be driven down substantially. This could create real incentives for industry participation and achieve the level of mitigation we need. Instead of $12/ton for mitigation, the typical going rate for cap and trade programs, mitigation could be achieved at far more affordable rates estimated at about 12¢/ton, according the UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) and other sources. So, for instance, California could establish climate performance requirements and policy incentives, which companies could fulfill by funding suitable projects around the world at these dramatically lower costs.
- We must rationally investigate and undertake climate restoration options that allow the earth to heal itself, reducing heat on the planet without causing negative side effects for people or the environment.
- We must join with other states, countries, NGOs, and private sector partners to zero in on those climate mitigation strategies with the greatest ability to stabilize this crisis within the next decade, even if those strategies are deployed outside our state borders. California can’t do it alone, but we can lead the way.
As governor, Delaine will form a Task Force led by leading climate scientists to evaluate all of our options based on the latest science to determine which approaches will be most successful and most cost-effective.
- Everyone deserves a fundamental right to breathe clean air and drink clean water, yet our poorest communities and communities of color routinely experience higher levels of pollution; from nitrates in groundwater, to poor air quality to lead poisoning. This leads to long-term health issues.
- We need long range planning to ensure that we do not compromise the health and safety of future generations for temporary profits for large corporations or giant agribusiness enterprises.
- We need to expand services in vulnerable communities, including access to safe parks, fresh food and other services that improve health and well-being.
Delaine has been a leader on environmental issues since she got her start on the City Council in Union City. The Council discovered that PG&E had a large PCB storage yard in Union City. PG&E had received a permit from the state without informing the Council. The City Council sued PG&E to remove the storage yard and PG&E counter sued each Councilmember in order to intimidate them. One Councilmember changed his vote. Delaine hired a private attorney and stuck to her guns. Eventually, Union City won the lawsuit and the PCB storage yard was removed. As an Assemblymember, Delaine wrote AB 2448, still the largest Landfill Cleanup Bill signed in our state, which added a tipping fee on garbage, incentivizing recycling on the statewide-wide level as mounting evidence of huge amounts of migrating methane were leaving old garbage dumps and groundwater was being polluted by these same dumps. She also carried a series of bills to promote recycling, including requiring bottle manufacturers to use a minimum content of recycled glass when making a bottle in California. Delaine carried a bill to ban the dumping of appliances in landfills because their chemicals were leaching into groundwater in various locations around our state.
Criminal Justice & Prison Reform
California ranks 41st in per pupil spending, but first in per prisoner expenditure. Delaine believes it is time to reexamine our criminal justice system so that we stop criminalizing poverty, skin color, and mental health. The terrible pattern of incarceration that America has been guilty of for some decades must stop. We must invest in education rather than incarceration. Since 1985 we have built 13 colleges and universities and 23 prisons. That is a misguided expenditure plan and a foolish waste of lives and tax dollars.
We must end the War on Drugs in California and begin to treat all addiction, not just alcohol and opioids, as a mental health issue.
We need to improve police training, including implicit bias training, end cash bail, stop prosecuting teenagers as adults, and end mandatory enhancements and minimums that provide no discretion to judges.
We must provide rehabilitative services to those that are in prison, and job opportunities and housing access when they leave so they have the opportunity to support themselves.
Delaine believes that we should look to Europe and create prisons more like rehabilitation centers, and train guards less as wardens and more on trauma-informed care and support, which would also create a less stressful, more satisfying and productive situation for those who are in prison and those who are responsible for their care. Delaine opposes the death penalty.
Fundamentally, to fight crime, we must invest in education, as every major study shows our prisons are filled with people who are illiterate or barely literate. They should not have to wait to get to prison to receive an education. We need to provide scaffolding for vulnerable children as they are growing up. We must focus on our poorest children who have the least access to support services in our underfunded schools, on our foster children and our incarcerated youth, so that we short circuit the school to prison pipeline.
Delaine currently serves on the Board of Yolo County's Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) to help Foster Youth. During her time as a Community College Professor, Delaine taught a semester at the Youth Authority in Ventura.
Economy & Jobs
There used to be an old adage, an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay (at least if you were a white male.) When Delaine was young, 30% of the country was unionized, including her own as her father was a machinist, and the middle class thrived. Over the past several decades, productivity has skyrocketed and corporations have made billions, but more and more is being hoarded at the top as union membership has fallen to historic lows. Today, only 10% of the country is in a union, and Janus vs. AFSCME threatens to lower this even further.
Over the decades, workers have seen reduced or stagnated compensation, all while living costs such as housing, healthcare, childcare and education have skyrocketed. This is unsustainable. California must have a full court press on the issues of income inequality.
This means working to lift wages, pay equity for women, helping families secure affordable housing, childcare and preschool that doesn’t cost the same as a mortgage, healthcare for all, providing excellent k-12 education and free college tuition again.
Whether you’re a machinist in Modesto, a teacher in Tulare, a laborer in Los Angeles or a techie in Silicon Valley, California needs to be a place where you can buy a home, send your kids to college, and live a comfortable retirement.
Delaine is the Former State Superintendent for Public Instruction. Education is her lifelong passion. Her parents didn't go to college, but they bought the smaller house that cost more because the schools were better, and this changed Delaine's life. Delaine was the first person in her direct line to attend college, UC Davis as an undergraduate and UC Santa Barbara as a graduate student. Delaine believes we must invest in education, from cradle through career so that today's children, can have the same advantages that she had.
The First Five Years of Life
Improve Prenatal and Delivery Care - The US has some of the worst mortality rates for mothers and babies in the western world. Our statistics are particularly devastating for black mothers across all incomes. We must therefore begin with prenatal care for both mother and child.
3 months of fully paid maternity and paternity leave - The first three months of a child’s life help to form lifelong emotional attachments. Some major employers offer fully paid maternity leave to their employees. But lower level jobs are much less likely to offer maternity leave and for whom the partial pay offered through disability isn’t a reasonable option. We need a minimum of three months of fully paid maternity leave, and Delaine hopes to expand it to 6 and then to 9 months during her time in office.
Affordable, high-quality childcare/development – High quality childcare and child development can cost as much as rent or college. The average cost for childcare is now $16,000 a year. In some parts of our state, that number is much higher. It forces women and men who earn low wages out of the workforce, dramatically reducing their lifelong earning potential. The high cost of childcare leads to low quality options that increase the opportunity gap between wealthy and poor children. We need affordable, high quality childcare for all.
Universal high-quality preschool for ALL in 5 Years - almost all European and Asian countries offer universal preschool. In France, preschool teachers are similarly educated and paid at the same rate as elementary school teachers. If we are to give our children the best chance to compete in a global market, we need to start by offering universal, high quality preschool for ALL.
California has the highest number and percentage of poor children and English learners in the country. We have some of the largest class sizes and fewest numbers of counselors, nurses and librarians per pupil in the nation.
Move California from the bottom 10 into the top 10 in per pupil spending for K-12 - We must increase our investment in education as the means to reduce class sizes, increase the number of counselors, nurses and librarians in our schools, and increase support for music and the arts that have been lost in too many schools. The Greeks believed that the act of participation, be it in sports, drama, music, or civic engagement helped to create a civic minded society. Children need exposure to all subjects. We must advance STEAM education (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) with great urgency as the pace of change is accelerating.
Enrich the learning environment in K-12. California needs to dramatically improve the school day and school year. The school year should be expanded to 200 days from 180. This would give children more time to learn as they have in Asia and in Europe. This would increase teacher salaries even as children would not have to lose the first month of school to refresh what they forgot in the long summer recess. We must introduce broadband to every corner of California. We should lift up our teachers so that they feel that they have the most important job in the world because they do. We must strengthen our afterschool programs. We must bring back robust career and technical training to our high schools.
College & Career
Make College Tuition Free Again - The high cost of college is dragging down our economy and has become a barrier to entry. When Delaine attended UC Davis, there was no tuition and the fees were $82.50 a semester and that included her health insurance. CSU fees were $42 a semester and Community College was free. That means UC would be just over $600 a semester in today’s dollars or 5% of the current cost and CSU just over $350. We need to make college at UC, CSU and Community College tuition free again for instate students.
Build new Colleges, Technical Schools and Universities -- Cal State turned away a record number of qualified students because they didn't have the space. Meanwhile, we have a shortage of skilled labor because we have underinvested in career and technical training. We need to increase higher educational opportunities for students across the board, and give our young people more options that are close to home. This will attract business into areas that currently have high unemployment because they have historically been underserved and overlooked.
Delaine's record on education is vast; in fact, there is a Delaine Eastin Elementary School in Union City that attests to her leadership. Some highlights include: sponsoring the largest school bond in state history that combined K-12 and higher education into one bond for the first time after both K-12 and seen individual bonds rejected; as Superintendent joining the lawsuit against Pete Wilson for illegally withholding funds from our schools, bringing over $2 billion to our schools. Delaine used these funds to reduce class sizes in K-3 to 20-1. Delaine also served as a champion for wiring schools for technology and stronger technical and vocational training for students. She launched the Garden in Every School Initiative, was the architect of Net Day, where over 20,000 volunteers wired California schools for modern technology and was copied in 40 states and 40 countries and dramatically enhanced and expanded environmental education. As a UC Regent, Delaine argued against tuition hikes and encouraged other Regents to do the same and to oppose a tax cut; she also did this as a Cal State University Trustee, advocating against higher fees and to oppose a tax cut. Delaine served as Honorary Co-Chair of Prop 10 which created First 5, California.
Gun Violence Prevention
California has some of the strictest gun violence protection laws in the country and they are working. According to the San Francisco-based Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, California has reduced our rate of gun homicides by more than 60 percent since 1993.
Delaine is proud that Californians have continued to push forward on gun control measures, including giving families and authorities the right to remove guns from individuals, even as the country goes backward.
But there's only so much we can do on our own with porous borders. We need the federal government to reauthorize the assault weapons ban, as we did in California. We need them to ban high capacity magazines, support universal background checks and close the gun show loophole.
After similar tragedies, other countries have managed to all but avoid future tragedies by cracking down on the sale and proliferation of guns. We can do the same.
When Delaine was in the Assembly, she supported the nation’s first law that banned the sale of military-style assault weapons in California. She received death threats, but it was absolutely the right thing to do. The bill was signed by Republican Governor George Deukmejian after the murder of five children and wounding of 32 others in a Stockton schoolyard because at that time, Republicans and Democrats could work together to protect our children.
Healthcare for ALL
Healthcare should be a fundamental right, not a privilege reserved for the wealthy. We are currently paying more than anyone else on the planet for less healthcare and worse outcomes. Delaine is the only candidate for governor who has been a staunch, unwavering supporter of SB562, the California single-payer healthcare bill. from the beginning. 2.9 million Californians remain uninsured, and many more pay high premiums and deductibles for substandard care. The Affordable Care Act was a good start, but we need to take that next step and lead the nation in providing quality healthcare to all our citizens.
70% of the funds for universal healthcare are already in the system. Delaine has read the studies, and believes that some combination of new taxes, such as the proposed gross receipts tax on business income over $2 million, combined with a sales tax increase, is one possibility that has potential merit. She also supports creating a Public Bank of California and using some of the revenue from that to fund universal healthcare. If so many countries less wealthy than the United States can figure it out, shouldn’t we be able to do this?
Housing & Rent Control
California has the largest number and percentage of homeless individuals in the nation. We have the lowest percentage of homeowners of any state in the country. We have the oldest children living at home with their parents. Roughly 33% of renters spend half their income on housing. Not only is this costing our economy billions, Delaine understands that it is just plain wrong to force so many families into poverty when it is a fixable solution. We must:
Build One Million Additional Housing Units in the Next Four Years, Focusing Near Transit Hubs - Most studies show we need 3.5 million new housing units by 2025. We are currently building fewer than 100,000 units a year. We can do better. Back in 1986 we built over 300,000 units a year and Delaine knows we can get there again. We must:
- Rezone for 100 percent residential housing projects on our underutilized commercial lots;
- Add middle housing units such as two-to-three story duplexes, triplexes, and townhomes that are cheaper and faster to build than mega complexes; and
- Create Small Lot Developments to increase homeownership at reduced costs. When the amount of land needed for housing construction is decreased, the savings in land costs can be passed on to the homebuyer.
Modernize and Return Redevelopment - We must bring back redevelopment and insist on building housing near transportation hubs, in conjunction with a transportation plan so we do not create another crisis.
Protect Renters – A $100 rent increase is an eviction for too many tenants who are already stretched to their limits. Delaine is the only candidate who supports giving tenants more rights by repealing Costa Hawkins, which prohibits rent control on many units, as well as the Ellis Act, which has allowed for the conversion of many affordable units to higher priced condominiums. This will give cities and counties the tools they need to protect tenants and neighborhoods against massive gentrification, which is taking place in too many neighborhoods all over our state.
Declare a State of Emergency to Address our Homeless Crisis - Our homeless crisis affects us all. From deadly outbreaks of hepatitis to massive increases in sexual assault, child abuse and domestic violence, the situation is dire and needs focused coordination between agencies so that people can secure shelter while we build our way out of this crisis. This includes a large expansion of housing vouchers, eliminating housing discrimination, and using hotels, motels, tiny houses and cooperative housing to help people get immediate shelter.
In her first term on the City Council in Union City, Delaine convinced the Council to pass a Mobile Home Rent Control Bill after she exposed the deception of a mobile home park owner. During her tenure on the Council the City used redevelopment funds to buy up three toxic sites in downtown, and over the years they cleaned them up and ultimately built multi-story, affordable and market rate housing near the BART station. As Superintendent, Delaine was given just 6 weeks to implement class size reduction. In those 6 weeks Delaine coordinated all the agencies, inspired the state, and 30,000 portable classrooms were delivered to schools.
"Our Dreamers and our DACA Californians are as American as I am. And I am proud California became a sanctuary state." Delaine Eastin
Delaine's father was born in Kentucky and he was fond of saying that "Californians are people born somewhere else who came to their senses." In 2015, the most current year of data, 27% of California's population was indeed, born somewhere else. California is home to more than 10 million immigrants with half of California’s children having at least one immigrant parent.
California is the second most diverse state in the country, and Delaine considers it our greatest strength. Immigrants are the most entrepreneurial people in our country. They dream and do and sacrifice to give their children the American dream. A majority of new companies started in California have at least one founder who is foreign born.
Delaine strongly supports California’s status as a Sanctuary State. She believes we must provide a path to citizenship for DACA recipients that includes granting protected status to their parents, and that the very idea that the government would betray these amazing young people by targeting their parents is anti-American. Family is everything. President Trump says he wants to stop chain migration, but it was acceptable for his wife’s parents to enjoy such chain migration.
Regarding workplaces, our state Attorney General has suggested the state will fine any business that voluntarily cooperates with ICE. As Governor, Delaine would act to make sure that our undocumented (and documented) workers are protected from the predatory behaviors we have witnessed the federal government take.
Under the Constitution, state and local governments have every right to refuse to help enforce federal law. In cases like Printz v. United States (1997) and New York v. United States (1992), the Supreme Court has ruled that the Tenth Amendment forbids federal “commandeering” of state governments to help enforce federal law. Most of the support for this anti-commandeering principle came from conservative justices such as the late Antonin Scalia, who wrote the majority opinion in Printz. Southern states have aggressively cheered the 10th amendment for decades as a means to justify racial discrimination, so we should use those principles as a means to protect our immigrants who are in California and playing by the rules.
Few if any federal grants to state and local governments are conditioned on cooperation with federal deportation efforts. The Supreme Court has long ruled that conditions on federal grants to state and local governments are not enforceable unless they are “unambiguously” stated in the text of the law “so that the States can knowingly decide whether or not to accept those funds.”
Throughout Delaine's career she has stood up for all Californians to live with dignity and to be treated with respect. As State Superintendent she stood strong against Governor Pete Wilson after the passage of Prop 187. He ordered Delaine to have teachers act as immigration agents. When Delaine said no he threatened to have her recalled. She joined the lawsuit against Prop 187 and they won. Delaine also opposed Propositions 209 and 227. In her race to serve a second term as Superintendent, she was specifically attacked for being a strong supporter of bilingual education. Recently the voters of California joined Delaine and repealed Prop 227 that had banned bilingual education.
Infrastructure & Transportation
For too long our basic infrastructure has been allowed to crumble. California must reinvest in state and local infrastructure even as the federal government seems to be becoming more feckless. This should include providing public broadband for all families, in urban and rural communities, who have been historically underserved.
The American Society of Civil Engineers issued a recent report that rated 5.5% of California bridges structurally deficient. It said that poor roads are costing drivers over $800 a year in repair costs. Drinking water improvement needs an estimated $44.5 billion, and wastewater needs total $26.2 billion. 678 dams are considered to be high-hazard potential. As we all know, we barely avoided disaster last winter. The state’s schools have an estimated capital expenditure gap of $3.2 billion and yet the state is withholding releasing funds that were approved by the voters.
It’s going to take serious effort and long-range planning to fix this mess. We cannot keep borrowing money to build shiny new projects without first fixing what we already have. We owe it to future generations.
Our highways, public transit, and utilities infrastructure are in dire need of an upgrade. In a state whose economy ranks 5th in the world, we should be using our revenue to improve the services we use every day. Delaine Eastin is committed to improving our state’s infrastructure and doing it responsibly.
Prior to her time in the Assembly, Delaine worked as a long-range planner for Pacific Telesis. As an Assemblymember, Delaine Chaired the Committee on Government Efficiency and served on the Transportation Committee. She steered legislation that sped up road construction for counties that had passed 1/2 cent sales tax measures, cracked down on unlicensed contractors, streamlined hospital construction (she was blocked from doing the same for school construction), and sponsored a bill to do a long-range water plan. The bill was vetoed by the Republican Governor who claimed that long-range planning was for Communists. Delaine earned a host of accolades for her work including: Assembly Member of the Year, American Planning Association, California Chapter - The John F. Foran Award for Legislator of the Year, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission - “We Dig California Award” Engineering and Utility Contractors Association - High Tech Recognition Award, California State Government Affairs Committee - Presidential Citation Award, AIA Legislator of the Year, California Council, American Institute of Architects.
Delaine is a fierce defender of LGBTQ rights. As governor, Delaine will fight to ensure LGBTQ rights are the same rights and protections as all other Californians receive, and make sure there are protections in place to fight discrimination and push back against the Supreme Court decisions as necessary. For example, if the so-called Phillips case is decided in a way that is adverse to the rights of LGBTQ, California must take it upon ourselves to pass additional protections to override this ruling.
Delaine supports efforts to make all single stall restrooms gender neutral to provide more publicly available options. She understands that the lack of gender neutral restrooms can be a major source of anxiety, and with conservatives elevating this to the national stage, it is critical that we protect our transgender population from potential violence.
She will advocate for inclusive learning environments in schools and a no tolerance policy for bullying behavior. She believes it is critical that LGBTQ individuals are included in positions of leadership and government at all levels. It is critical for young people to see individuals that look like them in positions of authority so they can look with hopeful eyes to their own futures.
Delaine has been a lifelong supporter of LGBT rights and fought to defeat Prop 64 back in 1986. Delaine was the first State Superintendent to march in the San Francisco Gay Rights Parade. As State Superintendent of Public Instruction she set up an LGBT Task Force to make sure students felt safe and welcomed, and that teachers knew how to support them. She got death threats and but never waivered. The report included “acknowledging lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender historical figures and eight related events, concepts, and issues in the revisions of content standards and curriculum frameworks, when appropriate. Identify and expand the available lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender resources for school library materials.” Delaine was a deciding vote on the Board of Regents when Governor Wilson tried to keep the UC system from extending spousal benefits to same-sex partners. In her successful race to serve a second term as Superintendent, she was attacked for supporting a 'gay agenda.'
Delaine is fond of saying that "the fish stinks from the head." She promises that her office will have zero tolerance for sexual harassment. The State's leadership will reflect the people of California. It will be at least 50% female and the most diverse to date. She will change the culture in Sacramento including comprehensive training and clear accountability as it relates to sexual harassment by anyone.
Delaine will protect victims of sexual harassment and assault so that their brilliance isn’t lost to us. Too many amazing young women and men have seen their careers in state government cut tragically short because they’ve been victims of sexual harassment and dared to stand up for themselves and their rights. We will not only protect the victims but we will expose the perpetrators and no more public money will be spent to cover up these actcs.
The length of time it took to establish a simple, anonymous hotline is indefensible. The End Harassment office will be set up and fully funded immediately. Reports will be monitored and fully investigated by an outside legal firm, free of conflicts of interest.
While Delaine will protect the identity of victims, she will not hide the identity of perpetrators. The public has the right to know who is guilty of sexual harassment following such a determination. Also, perpetrators will be financially liable for any payments made due to their actions.
Delaine believes that in order to end the culture of sexual harassment and assault, we must start in our schools to teach our children about consent and support their emotional health and development.
It was Shirley Chisholm, the first African American woman in Congress, who said, “At present, our country needs women's idealism and determination, perhaps more in politics than anywhere else.”
Women make up only 23% of California’s legislature. Only one of our Top 10 cities by population has a female Mayor, and California has never had a female Governor. Delaine understands that when women make up at least 30% of a legislative body, more support goes to education, to families, to healthcare and to support seniors. Budgets are statements of values, and we need women’s voices to be at the table making important decisions on behalf of our country.
Right now, the face of poverty in California is a single mother and her children. In fifteen or twenty years it will be a senior woman. Women still earn 80 cents on the dollar, and the figure is lower for black and brown women. In California, it is often our richest communities that show the highest disparity. For example, in California Congressional Districts 17 and 18, home to the Silicon Valley, women earn just 68 and 64 cents on the dollar compared to men in the same region. Meanwhile, Hollywood, the supposed bastion of liberalism, is being investigated for its abysmal discrimination against female directors and treatment of women in general.
California needs to lead the nation in fixing these disparities for the residents of our state. We must continue to protect a woman’s right to choose, and we also need to go further in providing pre-natal care and real maternity and paternity leave for women and for men. We must figure out the best means to offer high-quality AFFORDABLE childcare for all. Infant childcare can cost more than college tuition. That is not sustainable and it leads to women forced out of the workforce and/or to children receiving substandard care.
As Governor, Delaine commits to having a leadership team that is at least 50% women that reflects the vast diversity in our state. We will strive toward the goal that women and people of color will earn $1.00 for every $1.00 that men earn.
Delaine will champion pay equity and have zero tolerance for sexual harassment in the state. Delaine is commited to a comprehensive review of job titles and pay scales in state government, so that we lift up the salaries for women and people of color to compare to those of men with similar skill levels.
Delaine will also require corporations and nonprofits seeking to do business with the state to have implemented policies for equal pay, to demonstrate that they promote and support women and people of color in leadership, and to have comprehensive standards for handling sexual harassment in their workforce.
Delaine believes there is no more basic right than the right to control OUR OWN BODIES. She has been a long time advocate for reproductive rights, and she has always spoken out against efforts to turn back the clock or make access difficult, whether the law was parental notification or efforts by religious groups to intimidate women. As Governor she will fight to broaden access to contraception and stand steadfastly for full access to abortion as well. She will push for abortion access for all women in our state, including our rural counties, and she will ensure that Medi-Cal reimbursement rates are fair and provide access for vulnerable women.
Delaine is the past President of California Women Lead, Chair of ClosetheGap, California in 2016, and Faculty for Rutgers Project 2012. She was a founder and chair of her local NWPC (National Women’s Political Caucus) chapter as well as Chair of the California Legislative Women's Caucus. She worked as a Women's Studies Coordinator and has developed courses on Women in Politics. Delaine has been a consistent voice for reproductive rights and paid family and medical leave. She has consistently spoken to women’s groups engaging women in running and getting politically involved, including Emerge America and Ignite. As an Assemblywoman, she was one of 600+ legislators (of 7000 possible) who signed 1989 Supreme Court Amicus Brief in William Webster vs Reproductive Health Services in defense of abortion access. As State Superintendent, Delaine was accused of having a department 'run by women.' She did a study and determined that 56% of her leadership was female. Delaine has fought for women’s rights her entire adult life, and has been an inspired mentor and hero to countless women and men.
Reproductive Rights: When Delaine was a City Councilmember she crossed an angry line of anti-choice fanatics to support the opening of Planned Parenthood in Fremont. As an Assemblywoman, she consistently voted for reproductive freedom and she was one of the 600+ legislators (of 7000) from around the country who signed the 1989 Supreme court Amicus Brief in William Webster vs Reproductive Health Services in defense of abortion access. As Superintendent of Public Education she consistently supported comprehensive education about reproduction and sex education generally. She has opposed parent notification for young women under 18 to access abortion or contraception and she has consistently opposed government support for fake clinics.