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Los Angeles CountyCandidate for Supervisor, District 5

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Bob Huff

Businessowner/State Senator
52,359 votes (14.71%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Help to attract and retain good paying jobs. More jobs mean more tax revenues and less need for county services.
  • Work to reduce traffic congestion. Being stuck in traffic is time away from family, jobs, lowers quality of life and adds to air pollution.
  • Work to improve water quality and reliability. We must clean up our aquifers, capture more rainwater to accommodate economic growth and survive drought.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Business Owner / State Senator
Owner / Manager, Ray S French Co. (1983–current)
Senator, California State Senate — Elected position (2008–current)
Assemblymember, California State Assembly — Elected position (2004–2008)
Mayor/Councilmember, City of Diamond Bar — Elected position (1995–2004)
Planning Commissioner, City of Diamond Bar — Appointed position (1994–1995)
General Plan Advisory Committee Member, City of Diamond Bar — Appointed position (1993–1993)
Vice President Elevator Operations, Southwest Marketing Corportation (1975–1983)

Education

Westmont College, Santa Barbara Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) with honors, psychology major, history minor (1975)

Biography

  • Business owner used skills to create jobs and save tax dollars.
  • Required mandatory fingerprinting to reduce welfare fraud.
  • 100% rated by the California Taxpayers' Association.
  • Helped prevent the release of 10,000 dangerous felons from prison.
  • Increased funding for local schools.

Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters of Los Angeles County ILO and California Counts, a public media collaboration (5)

Homelessness is a major concern in Los Angeles County.  What role can and should the County government play in resolving homelessness? In your answer please specifically address how the county should pay for homeless services.
Answer from Bob Huff:

Sadly, Los Angeles County has more homeless veterans than any other county in the nation. That's why I proudly supported the Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Bond Act of 2014 that restructured $600 million of a veterans housing measure that I had previously supported.  This allowed for the construction and rehabilitation of multifamily housing for veterans and prioritize projects that align housing with services like employment, mental health and drug treatment counseling. 

 

Many in Los Angeles County cannot afford to rent or buy their own home. How do you propose to make it easier to afford housing?
Answer from Bob Huff:

Work to attract and retain better paying jobs so they will be able to better afford housing. Streamline the permitting processes and costs, as able, for all housing projects, with an emphasis on higher density housing projects and granny flats as appropriate. Work with the state to reduce mandates imposed upon builders which drive up costs and affordability. Review and reduce or eliminate policies that create obstacles to building more multifamily dwelling units.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a raise of the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020 for unincorporated areas in the county. Some business owners say the hike in wages will eliminate jobs. What solutions do you propose to encourage job growth in the county?
Answer from Bob Huff:

We must work to attract higher paying jobs, such as technology, biotechnology, aerospace and continue to fight to keep our entertainment jobs with incentives and streamlined permits. We must all focus on helping our public schools better educate our children so they are prepared for a career or college, and that we are counseling, mentoring and training them for higher paying jobs. We can also look to high costs regions like Switzerland and Germany to see how they thrive in a higher cost environment and replicate that in LA County. A better educated workforce is a key component.

Climate changes and the continuing drought worry many in Los Angeles County. What new strategies should the Board of Supervisors implement to ensure that Los Angeles is able to both satisfy its water needs and protect the environment? Please be specific.
Answer from Bob Huff:

I worked with both Republicans and Democrats to pass a water bond that will build new water storage and conveyance facilities and help ensure more reliable water supplies. We also need to do a better job of capturing runoff in Southern California, plug water district leaks that cost us billions of gallons every year and continue education efforts so less water is wasted.

What steps, beyond a citizens' commission, should Supervisors take in preventing abuses within the Los Angeles Sheriff's department?
Answer from Bob Huff:

I believe Sheriff Jim McDonnell is doing a great job of changing the culture of the sheriff department which was the main problem. While the Supervisors must remain vigilant and can exercise the power of the budget to help shape any needed changes, I don't believe civilian boards should micromanage our directly elected Sheriff or the department he runs.

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