I am running for Congress because this is a government of "We the People". I would like to do my part to bring citizen legislators back to Washington.
I have chosen to run as a nonpartisan candidate because there is power in independence. Just as I have had when voting over the years, I will have the freedom to put common sense above a "party line". When Republicans have gone wrong, I'll say so. When Democrats have an idea that I feel may be in the best interest of the nation, I'll say so. My allegiance will be to my constituents, not a political party.
I am running for Congress because the career politicians seem to have forgotten for whom they work. I'm tired of politicians passing laws they have not read. I am tired of politicians who refuse to answer questions from constituents who disagree with their point of view. I am tired of politicians who say they want to bring us together, and then tear us apart by putting us into hyphenated groups of voting blocs.
I was born and raised in southeast San Diego. I have lived in Oakland for many years. My biggest joy is my family: my son, Brad, my husband, Dan, my ancient cat I found in Redwood Park, and two spoiled rescue dogs.
I worked as a patient advocate at San Francisco General Hospital and at the Chinese Free Clinic. I moved to Baltimore, Maryland to take a position as an instructor, then an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital. While the East Coast had its good points, I was more than ready to return to my native California. I was pleased to take a position at the highly ranked Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, a level 1 trauma center affiliated with UCLA. In addition to teaching residents and serving on the Peer Review Committee, it was challenging to deal with transfusion issues during the emergence of HIV-AIDS. I moved to Oakland and practiced at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley. In my law career, I had the opportunity to intern at the National Health Law Project, work at two top law firms practicing insurance and health law. Now I teach a Constitution class and practice medicine part-time.
Alternate Public Member of the San Francisco Parole Board, Board of Directors, Oakland Youth Chorus, Instruction, Prevention of Elder Abuse to probation officers; Physicians for Human Rights.
Being a good mother, saving lives as a physician trump all the pieces of paper in my file cabinet
I enrolled in Stanford University and later went on to medical school at University of California at San Francisco. After a couple of years of Surgery residency at UCSF, I moved to Boston for my residency in Anesthesiology at Harvard's Beth Israel Hospital. I was accepted to U.C. Berkeley (Boalt) Law School while working at Alta Bates and graduated in 1995.
I feel incumbents should earn the constituents' votes. Many times people vote out of habit rather than examining the issues and whether the past policies have actually achieved their desired goals. We need new voices, not career politicians.
Join the doctors caucus and work on a health plan that will actually cut costs and maintain patient-doctor privacy, quality, and choice.
Jobs, jobs, and more jobs. See smartvoer.org for complete plan.
Health care, getting education on better local footing and improving educational opportunities.
You don't have to be in an elected office to be in public service. Since I was quite young, my parents instilled the spirit of volunteerism and helping out others. Many persons around the country are helping people out everyday in bigger ways than many legislators are.
We have people from all over the world who are here illegally. This is a palpable problem but Americans like a success story and do not hate immigrants. What we do not like is the lack of a reasonable immigration policy and the piece-meal enforcement of the laws already in place.
Illegal immigration is not about ethnicity; it is about our safety and security. We cannot have drug dealers, human traffickers, terrorists, and weapons freely crossing our borders.
Illegal immigration is also a security issue in our cities. Serious crimes are not reported because illegal immigrants are afraid to come forward. Additionally, it is immoral to allow children brought here illegally with their parents to suffer or be exploited because of their parents’
The smallest category of illegal aliens is a group of people who intentionally want to do us harm. These people must be arrested and if convicted by our criminal justice system, be imprisoned. When they have served their sentences, they are deported and they must be subject to imprisonment if they return to the USA.
The second category of people who are here illegally want the long-term opportunities America has to offer and would like to become citizens. This group must apply for citizenship. One option is to send them to their home country during the application process. But as along as they are contributing to society, it is in their and our interest to have them stay in the US while the application is pending and pay a fee. If these persons
E-verify alone is not a comprehensive solution for employers or temporary workers. Farmers have a critical need for large numbers of temporary workers for harvesting periods and American labor generally cannot fulfill their hiring needs. Here, the “Red Card” program proposed by the Krieble Foundation seems ideal.
The Red Card is a plan based on free market principles, where businesses, not taxpayers, would pay for the program. First, employers would have to show they looked for local citizen workers and would face stiff penalties for having illegal workers. If the employers were unable to fill the jobs with American workers, they would use private employment agencies, licensed by the U.S. government, with offices in foreign countries, to do a detailed background check and hire specific people for specific jobs.
Once a worker was checked out, s/he would be issued a permit and a smart card containing their personal information. This is not blanket, no-questions-asked amnesty. Illegal workers already here would have to get a Red Card. They have the incentive
The wrong prescription for the persistent joblessness was to spend our money on a stimulus plan that did not work. In Oakland, $650 million created 913 jobs. That is more than $700,000 per job. And Oakland still has over 15 percent unemployment for the last 2 years. The Stimulus package emphasized federal, state, and local government jobs – not private sector jobs. It is laudable to save essential public services. However, always keep in mind that with government jobs, the taxpayers are paying the salary, benefits and pensions for these jobs. A better value for the taxpayer is to focus on private-sector jobs.
Washington does not create private-sector jobs but it can create a business-friendly environment that will create jobs. Job creation
Taxation is not the answer. Only 3 percent of personal tax returns report over $250,000. If we take the tax rates back to 90 percent, it would only increase the revenues by $350 billion. That pays for one month’s federal spending. Then what? A simplified tax code with the elimination of loopholes would more effectively increase revenues.
All taxpayers are overburdened. We work almost half the year just for taxes. This gives more money to feed Washington’s bureaucracy. The U.S. corporate tax is twice the world average. It is no wonder that corporations keep their cash out of the country. Excessive corporate taxation destroys jobs, entrepreneurship, and innovation. First and foremost, any tax reform should not raise current rates, but close loopholes that reward the cleverness of accountants.
A simplified tax code with the elimination of loopholes would more effectively increase revenues.
Only 3 percent of personal tax returns report over $250,000. If we take the tax rates back to 90 percent, it would only increase the revenues by $350 billion. First and foremost, any tax reform should not raise current rates, but close loopholes that reward the cleverness of accountants.
The U.S. corporate tax is twice the world average. It is no wonder that corporations keep their cash out of the country. Excessive corporate taxation destroys jobs, entrepreneurship, and innovation.
First and foremost, any tax reform should not raise current rates, but close loopholes that reward the cleverness of accountants.
The quality of education is the number one civil rights issue in the minority community. Each year more than one million high school seniors fail to graduate. Every day 7,000 children drop out of high school. Clearly, Washington's pouring more money into education since 1971 has not improved the product. The national graduation rate was 77 percent in 1969 and was 69 percent in 2007, despite a 49 percent increase in spending. In Oakland, the drop out rate is a staggering 40 percent.
Lowering academic standards for minority students is not the answer. This is crippling and degrading. As long as minority students are not required to compete on an objective scale of merit, they will never develop the skills necessary for real academic success.
Policies and allocation of resources can be better achieved by the local school district. Additionally, the elected school board is directly accountable to the taxpayers. Children need equal opportunity in education and parents need the choice to opt out of a failing government school. We must remove restrictive barriers to opening new charter schools, private schools, and home schooling co-ops, especially in the minority and economically depressed communities. Currently, many government schools have fallen into "the soft bigotry of low expectations." More educational choices would force government schools to compete for students interested in education and establish a culture of achievement.
We must remove restrictive barriers to opening new charter schools.
I would introduce legislation to eliminate the Department of Education with its $59 billion budget. Washington is not the most efficient captain of our education ship. A recent Government Accountability Office report on duplication of federal services showed that 10 federal agencies run more than 82 separate programs to improve teacher quality. Moreover, there are many burdensome federal compliance rules that local districts must follow that do not necessarily improve education.
Lowering academic standards for minority students is not the answer. This is crippling and degrading. Students fall into the role society creates for them. As long as minority students are not required to compete on an objective scale of merit, they will never develop the skills necessary for real academic success.
We must remove restrictive barriers to opening new charter schools, private schools, and home schooling co-ops, especially in the minority and economically depressed communities.
We must remove restrictive barriers to opening home schooling co-ops, especially in the minority and economically depressed communities.
It's time for elections to be about new ideas and not just perpetuating political machines.
All ads should have at least 5 seconds (if video) and 16 point (if print) disclaimer that says, "This ad was paid for by an organization trying to influence a politician" or "trying to get a politician elected". I do not believe in censorship. I agree with the ACLU: "The first target of censorship is rarely the last." An update of the great philosopher, Jeremy Bentham 1748-1832): "As to the evil which results from a censorship, it is impossible to measure it, for it is impossible to tell where it ends."
Whether you believe global warming is man-made or represents another age in the 4 billion years the earth has lived, we should try to keep our environment clean and healthy and preserve it for future generations. It is just the right thing to do.
Under cap and trade, a taxation policy would be used to monitor, control, and penalize anything the government deems emits CO2. The “cap” is what the government determines is the baseline for the acceptable carbon footprint. Trade means people can buy, sell or trade for additional energy credits. Basically, businesses are buying the right to emit carbon. The tax the businesses pay will surely be passed on to the consumer.
As the President said, “electricity prices would necessarily skyrocket.” Businesses and consumers will adapt as well as possible to these higher prices. They will drive smaller cars and build smaller houses. But those with lower incomes would pay a disproportionately higher percentage of their income for energy. The Congressional
The mission was to rout out Al Qaida. That was done. The government is corrupt. It's way over time to leave.
We all agreed that something had to be done to improve healthcare delivery in our country. But the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) neither protects patients nor is affordable.
Many parts of the law are redundant and do nothing to protect patients or bring down the costs of health care. Insurers have not been able to cancel policies merely because a patient used them since 1997. We lose privacy. The IRS will have access to our medical records. More patients will go on Medicaid, at the same time as a limited number of physicians see Medicaid patients. Most importantly, Medicare Czar Donald Berwick, said, “It’s not a matter of if we ration care, but it’s a matter of when.”
The law is projected to cost $90 billion per year.
The good parts of the law, such as coverage for pre-existing conditions and allowing children to stay on their parents’ plan until age 26 should stay in place.
Many parts of the law are redundant and do nothing to protect patients or bring down the costs of health care. Insurers have not been able to cancel policies merely because a patient used them since 1997. We lose privacy. The IRS will have access to our medical records. More patients will go on Medicaid, at the same time as a limited number of physicians see Medicaid patients. Most importantly,
The Medicare and Social Security programs take up 20 percent of Washington’s budget. We all want the peace of mind of these programs to which we have contributed over the years. But they have to be reformed to stay solvent, keeping in mind that we live 20 years longer than the average American did when the Social Security program was started.
The PPACA should be replaced with solutions to specific problems, such as pre-existing conditions.
The PPACA should be replaced with solutions to specific problems, such as pre-existing conditions. The replacement law must institute malpractice reform so doctors will not feel pressured to practice “defensive medicine” by ordering unnecessary tests. We must educate consumers about the real costs of products and services. Then they will be true participants in the market. The market will encourage more choices in types of healthcare coverage and competition among providers to control costs.
The replacement law must institute malpractice reform so doctors will not feel pressured to practice “defensive medicine” by ordering unnecessary tests.
Fortunately, as it is turning out, many advances in stem cell treatments are coming from umbilical cord cells as well as adult cells. This allows research and treatments without having to grapple with the moral/controversial issue of using fetal cells.
How can a fetus be a baby when you want it, i.e., showing an ultrasound to your friends at 6 weeks, saying "look at my baby", but just a clump of cells when you want an abortion? The issue is how one chooses to weigh one life against another in deciding to have an abortion.
We want limited but effective government that gives us value for our tax dollars. We want government to protect our lives, not run our lives. Washington is spending $10.4 billion per day – three times more than in 2007. Forty-two cents of every one of those dollars is borrowed. We now have a $1.5 trillion deficit, a $14.3 trillion debt, and $100 trillion in unfunded Social Security and Medicare obligations.
The ultimate cure is to stop the out-of-control spending and stop the waste and duplication of agencies and services, particularly the programs that have been shown to have no positive impact on the populations they are intended to help. Washington wastes $200 billion per year on overlapping agencies and programs. For example, there are
The federal regulations have gotten out of hand. The annual cost of federal regulations in the United States increased to more than $1.75 trillion in 2008. This is over $8,000 per employee. Excessive regulations discourage new business and drive small businesses out of the marketplace. Some of the new financial rules make it harder for small businesses to get loans. The problem is that agency bureaucrats who have no accountability to the public write these rules. I believe this is subverting the legislative intent; if an agency passes greater than $100 million in new regulations, Congress should review and vote on them.
Our dependence on foreign oil threatens America’s security. Thus, we need to start large-scale conversion from fossil fuel to non-polluting oil-free energy sources. While workable alternate fuel sources are being developed, we must use readily available American sources of oil and natural gas.
Lifting the temporary restrictions on offshore drilling will provide domestic energy and jobs. Why is it that our tax dollars are used to encourage and fund offshore drilling in Brazil, but not in our own waters? Why has the State Department been stalling on the Canadian pipeline?
The natural gas industry is now working on “clean” options to drill for gas, for example, fracking (hydraulic fracturing) without environmentally unfriendly by-products. And
Why has the State Department been stalling on the Canadian pipeline?
Nuclear power is an efficient way to bridge the gap as more sustainable energy sources are explored. Russia is building small reactors with a 12-year operating cycle like those in icebreakers on long barges in the ocean. We are testing the feasibility of using small portable units like those used to supply energy in Antarctica. These smaller units would provide power without the risks that accompany larger reactors.
We have to be aware that alternate sources are not without their own problems. Just look at the problem with compact fluorescent bulbs and their hazardous waste disposal.
Wind and solar still produce only a tiny percentage of electricity. In our own back yard in Livermore, environmentalists warn of the thousands of birds being killed by the windmills. California is ideal for solar energy, but we will nonetheless need an alternative energy source at night or massive storage batteries.
The natural gas industry is now working on “clean” options to drill for gas, for example, fracking (hydraulic fracturing) without environmentally unfriendly by-products. And replacing dirtier coal and gasoline with natural gas would reduce overall U.S. carbon dioxide emissions by about 25 percent. Democratic Governor Ed Rendell developed 2,000 shale wells in 2008, each bringing in millions of dollars to Pennsylvania in energy, jobs, and government revenues.
Nuclear power is an efficient way to bridge the gap as more sustainable energy sources are explored. Russia is building small reactors with a 12-year operating cycle like those in icebreakers on long barges in the ocean. We are testing the feasibility of using small portable units like those
Ethanol subsidies have raised the price of corn, thus raising the price of meat and causing food shortages in other parts of the world when the weather is unfavorable. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that ethanol contributes as much as 15 percent to the recent rises in food costs. In 2010, Washington provided $7 billion in subsidies the form of tax credits, tariffs and other incentives. According to the Government Accountability Office, ethanol subsidies per liter of the biofuel have often been larger than the total cost of a liter of gas the biofuel replaced.
The natural gas industry is now working on "clean" options to drill for gas, for example, fracking (hydraulic fracturing) without environmentally unfriendly by-products. The EPA concluded in 2004 there were no significant environmental risks from hydraulic fracturing but launched a new study in 2010 to specifically study the connection between "fracking" and water contamination. That report is expected in 2014. And replacing dirtier coal and gasoline with natural gas would reduce overall U.S. carbon dioxide emissions by about 25 percent. Democratic Governor Ed Rendell developed 2,000 shale wells in 2008, each bringing in millions of dollars to Pennsylvania in energy, jobs, and government revenues.
While workable alternate fuel sources are being developed, we must use readily available American sources of oil and natural gas.
The natural gas industry is now working on “clean” options to drill for gas, for example, fracking (hydraulic fracturing) without environmentally unfriendly by-products. And replacing dirtier coal and gasoline with natural gas would reduce overall U.S. carbon dioxide emissions by about 25 percent. Democratic Governor Ed Rendell developed
Electric cars have been estimated to leave a bigger carbon footprint over their life cycles. Emissions from manufacturing electric cars are 50 percent higher because batteries are made from lithium, copper, and refined silicon, which require much energy to be processed. Additionally, 85 percent of lithium comes from Bolivia, Chile, and China. China controls 80 percent of large flake graphite market. Even if we did not want to depend on foreign sources (as we do now), we would have to drill or mine for these minerals.
Teen unemployment is 24 percent. I advocate exempting teens from the federal minimum wage law. With the federal minimum wage, fewer young people get hired and get their feet on the bottom rung of the economic ladder. Young workers learn skills along with how to be punctual and other workplace manners. And importantly, early work experience gives pride and self-respect.
This is been around for years and has proven effective. I don't like cheapening the use of medical marijuana by using it as a pretext to sell marijuana over-the-counter.
The first thing we need to do is have the Drug Enforcement Administration re-schedule marijuana from Schedule I (eg., heroin) to Schedule II or III so more research can be done. We need to have research on what would constitute an intoxication level for purposes of "drunk driving" and vehicular and other offenses related to intoxication. We need research on the effects on young brains, pregnant women, to name a few. Just look at what we learned about alcohol in pregnancy. Then we can have a serious discussion about decriminalization.
The National Institute of Drug Addiction (as well as WHO) is focusing its efforts on prevention and now have evidence-based programs that have been shown to work, staring with pre-teens.
We have to stop the bail-outs. Having the Federal Reserve step in too quickly to stop so-called “bear” markets is a problem. James Grant of the New York Times said it best: “capitalism without financial failure is not capitalism at all, but a kind of socialism for the rich.”