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June 5, 2018 — Elecciones Primarias de California

Senado Estatal de CaliforniaCandidato para Distrito 32

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Vivian Romero

Demócrata
Concejala/propietaria de empresa
5,495 votos (4.6%)
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Estoy comprometida a responder ante cualquier amenaza o retroceso en la protección que afecte a las mujeres, los inmigrantes, la comunidad LGBTQ, las familias de bajos ingresos, la gente de color y las comunidades vulnerables.
  • Seguiré luchando para tener cuidados de la salud asequibles porque ninguno de nuestros seres queridos debería tener cualquier tipo de incertidumbre respecto a poder tener acceso a tratamientos médicos.
  • Ya no podemos permitirnos aplazar inversiones en sistemas de infraestructuras fundamentales. Las deficiencias en el pavimento les cuestan a los conductores más de $800 cada año y retrasarlo solo aumenta los costos. Daré prioridad a los proyectos que

Experiencia

Experiencia

Profesión:Concejala/mujer de negocios
Director, Junta Directiva, Junta Directiva de la autoridad ferroviaria regional Metrolink del sur de California — Cargo designado (2017–actual)
Presidente, Junta Directiva, Consejo de Servicio de Metro de San Gabriel Valley. — Cargo elegido (2016–2018)
Comisionado de cultura y recreación, Cultura y recreación de la ciudad de Montebello — Cargo designado (2011–2013)

Actividades comunitarias

Immediate Past PRESIDENT, Former Vice President,, Independent Cities Association (2014–2018)

Preguntas y Respuestas

Preguntas de League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (5)

What do you think the State should do to encourage affordable housing for all Californians?
Respuesta de Vivian Romero:

HOUSING 

 

The state has only begun to address its housing challenges but pledged to do more next year.We need additional incentives to expedite, build and increase the supply (helping to force down the rents and prices of homes)

Streamline the housing approval process, cut red tape that drags out building approval time and ease restrictive zoning laws.  

Provide new funding for low-income housing developments, seek to lower the cost of construction. Strengthen the state’s Housing Accountability Act, which works toward prevent communities from killing proposed housing projects or homeless shelters.

 

Local governments need to designate certain areas for housing development known as Workforce Housing Opportunity Zones, especially near city centers close to jobs and public transit. 

Proposals that come forward should have: 30 percent of all units sold or rented to moderate-income households, 15 percent sold or rented to low-income households, 5 percent sold or rented to very low-income households and 10 percent of market-rate projects set aside for low-income people. 

According to a "Civility In America” survey, 75% of Americans believe that the U.S. has a major civility problem. If you are elected what will do to address this?
Respuesta de Vivian Romero:

Civility and Respect in America

 

Whether it is at work, school or a local town hall meeting; incivility is becoming the social norm in our country. We all need to take responsibility for reversing this trend. Given the speech and behavior of people everywhere including our President, Americans feel it is appropriate to resort to insults or sometimes even physical assault. Young children seeing this behavior believe it is okay to disrespect others because of their color or religious beliefs. aHow do we turn this disturbing trend around?

We all need to work together, agree to disagree without resorting to name calling, changes won’t happen overnight; but if we commit ourselves to the cause we can revive civility and respect in this country. Learning a little about someone’s life goes a long way to understanding and accepting our differences.Understanding each other helps us get along with each other and build mutual understanding.

 

It is time for all of us to lead by example and reestablish civility and respect as standards for acceptable behavior. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” Let’s start by be the change we wish to see in the world.

 

Climate changes, and the shifting between very wet weather and drought, worry Californians. What strategies would allow your district to both satisfy its water needs and protect the environment? Please be specific.
Respuesta de Vivian Romero:

Changing climate 

California is already a leader in lowering emissions and the Safeguarding California Plan shows what the state is doing to address the impacts so we create a more resilient future. 

The permanence and magnitude of climate changes will require an ongoing aggressive commitment to action, the best available science, and respect for the state’s communities. We need to continue working across party lines modernizing and strengthening state water, transportation, energy and natural infrastructure and continue developing a cutting-edge scientific understanding of how climate change impacts us.

 We must continue to proactively invest in our most vulnerable communities, continue funding the expansion of recycled water to increase drought resilience, adopt regulations to increase the collection of urban storm water and embed climate change consideration into all programs and activities.

 Continue to replace fossil fuels with renewable energy, improve efficiency, reduce water consumption in order to help reduce the carbon footprint. The less climate change there is - the less we have to deal with the impacts.

What programs or strategies would you suggest to meet the educational needs of young, low-income Californians?
Respuesta de Vivian Romero:

I believe we must expand proven programs that support the health and well-being of children. Quality Education Investment Act awarded certain low performing schools extra funding if they agreed to conform to a number of policy changes like reducing class sizes and keeping an experienced teaching staff at the school.

 

We also need to attract teachers, not attack teachers. California’s teacher shortage, significantly impacts school districts with the largest concentrations of low-income students and English learners. This is not unacceptable. We must develop and encourage state and local incentives to attract highly qualified candidates into the teaching profession to make sure that high-needs students have access to the teachers and educational resources they deserve.

 

The fragmented state of our education system has stymied efforts to fully address the needs of the most at-risk students. 

California’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) promised additional resources to low-income students, foster youth and English-language learners, who face persistent achievement gaps.We must confront structures, policies, practices, and mind-sets that perpetuate inequities.

 

There are no overnight transformations available, it takes hard work sustained over time by stable school staffs and managers, high-quality preschool, true bilingual education, schools enlisting parents as partners maintaining a climate of high expectations, caring, and trust.

 

 

 

Currently there isn't enough money in the state retirement system to pay for all the benefits promised to government workers. What would you do as Senator to address the state’s unfunded pension liability?
Respuesta de Vivian Romero:

Pension funding has become a major political controversy in the wake of the economic crisis. Policymakers are grappling with underfunding in state and local pension plans are constrained in their ability to fairly share the burdens of reform, with sacrifices falling more heavily on new workers than on current workers. Changing the status quo will require both legislative action and legal argument.  

State and local governments are going to have to make major changes to pension benefits, taxes, or services and any of these actions will be painful. Some states and cities have deep pension deficits that will warp civic priorities and local politics for years. California is already among the states confronting this issue and many other states and cities will likely join over time.  But some painful possibilities or options could be discussed further: 

Cut benefits or raise employee contributions for new workers. 

Cut benefits or raise employee contributions for new service by existing workers. 

Cut benefits or raise employee contributions for past service by existing workers. 

Reduce inflation indexing for existing benefits. 

Raise taxes and increase contributions to the pension funds. 

Cut services and use the money for increased contributions. 

Take more investment risk since more than half of the assets are invested in stocks. 

There is no simple, easy solution to this problem and a great deal more research is needed, even ceasing to dig the hole deeper is not easy, since the status quo of solid benefits and deceptively low apparent costs have been a happy false paradise for many politicians, employees, and union leaders. Essentially, it requires either a division of the pain among employees/retirees, taxpayers or a “bailout” by either federal government assistance or the luck of favorable financial market conditions. 

¿Quién proporcionó dinero a este candidato?

Contribuciones

Dinero total recaudado: $87,493

Principales contribuyentes que dieron dinero para apoyar al candidato, por organización:

1
CNG Transportation, LLC Robert Douglas Spiro
$5,000
2
Employees of Alvarez-Glasman & Colvin
$4,400
2
Athens Services
$4,400
2
Employees of Chris Tran
$4,400
2
Nationwide Environmental Services A Div Of Joe's Sweeping, Inc.
$4,400

Más información acerca de contribuciones

Por estado:

California 94.47%
2.49%
Arizona 2.49%
New York 0.37%
Other 0.19%
94.47%

Por tamaño:

Contribuciones grandes (91.91%)
Contribuciones pequeñas (8.09%)
91.91%8.09%

Por tipo:

De organizaciones (40.99%)
De individuos (59.01%)
40.99%59.01%
Fuente: Análisis de datos de la Secretaría del Estado de California de MapLight.

Videos (3)

— May 12, 2018 Romero for Senate 2018

A brief statement on why I serve in public office

— May 12, 2018 Romero for Senate 2018

Talks about equal pay for women

Montebello Councilmember Vivian Romero — May 12, 2018 Interview for Vista LA

ABC 7 Vista LA interview of Senate District 32 candidate Vivian Romero 

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