"Eastin, who has served on local school boards, city councils and as a State Assemblywoman, said that she is not a one-issue candidate. “I’ll put my whole career up against anybody,’’ she said. “I did the work in transportation, in environment, in government efficiency. I know tons about garbage,’’ she laughed. “I served on the solid waste advisory board in the county. And I actually wrote a whole series of bills about cleaning up the environment.”
The Delaine Eastin for Governor campaign is honored to announce the endorsement from the National Women’s Political Caucus of California (NWPC-CA). Their confidence in Delaine Eastin and knowledge of her ability to win tough races sends a strong message to the electorate that California needs a leader with the experience, courage and vision to lead our state in challenging times.
As Karen Humphrey, President of NWPC-CA, said “I am thrilled Delaine Eastin has entered the race for Governor. She is an inspiration and a role model for California women and girls, and she is a tremendous leader with a proven track record of enacting positive change at the state level. As State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Delaine fought for high quality public education at all levels; she knows it is an essential foundation for a healthy economy and ensures that all Californians can achieve their potential and enjoy a great quality of life. I have no doubt that she will travel to all corners of California to hear the needs of the people and share her vision to win this campaign.” Humphrey added, “Now more than ever California needs her powerful voice and a strong female Governor with the experience to manage complex systems and budgets, as well as defend the rights of our most vulnerable citizens. Delaine Eastin has what it takes to win, and NWPC-CA is excited to use our grassroots expertise to help her do it.”
The NWPC was founded in 1971 by Gloria Steinem and others to address the lack of representation of women in elected and appointed offices and was the first major organization whose total focus was to increase the participation of women in government.
Early in her career, as a teacher in the community college system, and later at Mills College, Delaine Eastin taught Women’s Studies courses and offered workshops on how and why women should run for office - long before she thought she would take such a step. Delaine was part of The 2012 Project at Rutgers to elect more women nationally during reapportionment and was then the inaugural chair of Close the Gap here in California, with a goal of electing more Democratic women to the legislature. Delaine has encouraged many women to run for office and has also mentored and supported many women during their campaigns and after their election. In her work as a Councilmember in Union City, as an Assemblymember and as State Superintendent, she has been a steadfast advocate for the rights of women, children and families. Defending these rights, especially with a new administration that wants to roll back the progress we've made, is one of the reasons she is running for Governor.
"In the end, as I have said for decades, budgets are statements of values. If you look at our California budget, from preschool to graduate school, or speak to a teacher or step into one of the under-resourced classrooms in many districts around our state, you will be alarmed and distressed."
California Gov. Jerry Brown gestures to a chart showing that budget deficits usually follow balanced state budgets as he discusses his 2017-2018 spending plan at a news conference Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
For Immediate Release
January 26, 2017
Two-time Superintendent of Public Instruction says California can do better
Sacramento, CA – Today, former Assemblymember and former Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin officially launches her campaign for Governor of California. Eastin pledged her commitment to the same values that she has fought for over the past 30 years.
“When I ran for State Assembly, my slogan was –- Because We Can Do Better. Today that slogan still applies,” said Eastin. “We can do better for our children and their education, for our working families one paycheck away from economic distress, for those applying to our colleges and universities, for DREAMERS afraid for their future, for those stuck in traffic on our roads and highways in need of repair, for working people looking for a good job and for those who hope to someday buy a house and raise a family in this great state.”Read more
On Saturday, January 21, 2017, millions of women, men and children marched in solidarity across the country, to send a bold message to the new administration on its first full day in office.
We marched together in support of a unifying vision of a government that is based on the principles of liberty, justice and civil rights for all. These are principles all Americans should hold dear. I am running for governor to uphold these principles.
Together, let’s unite in our common values of respect, tolerance, equality, economic justice and peace.
"Our future was bright and beautiful because a generation of warriors and workers, who had suffered great deprivation, dreamed great dreams for future generations and invested accordingly. In a global economy, for us to be miserly, petty and small where child development, education and children’s health are concerned is to not have understood the lesson of Scrooge. This is not just about economic health; education also addresses the goals of crime prevention, full employment and civil society. It is about the general welfare and the blessings of liberty. We must act now for the future. It is my hope that the leadership of both political parties will come together on behalf of California and its children – and dream of a future where all children have a future full of possibilities, as I did."
"This is not just about economic health; education also addresses the goals of crime prevention, full employment and civil society. It is about the general welfare and the blessings of liberty. We must act now for the future. It is my hope that the leadership of both political parties will come together on behalf of California and its children – and dream of a future where all children have a future full of possibilities, as I did."
At this festive time of year, one of my favorite short stories is “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. In this story, Dickens reflects on a sour man named Ebenezer Scrooge who finds little joy in any aspect of life and who decries Christmas as a humbug. Then he meets the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and future and his perspective changes. He becomes a kinder, gentler version of himself and finds the capacity to be generous to others.
When I think of Christmas past in California, I think of an amazing generation of Californians emerging from our nation’s worst depression and the world’s most terrible war, and generously investing in K-12 education and in an incredible system of community colleges, state universities and a University of California that were individually and collectively the envy of the nation by 1965.
In the years since 1985, the systems have each suffered disinvestment. Our K-12 schools, which were fifth in per-pupil investment, dropped as low as 50th, but now linger around 42nd, adjusted for the cost of living in California. Our community colleges were free until 30 years ago, and the modest fees charged for CSU and UC have skyrocketed.Read more
"There are not enough backup troops, but that should not be surprising either. For too long, we have belittled, besmirched, discredited and disparaged our teachers, especially our substitutes. Just as educators became more important than ever, we have vilified them."
"Dropouts are significantly more likely than graduates to commit or be subject to violent crimes, to end up in prison or to stay on public assistance. California must take dropout recovery seriously in the development of our education agenda for the sake of students, their communities and the economy."