Interview with CA Assemblyman Brian Dahle

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Pensions cut for small town called Loyalton

“historic thing happened about two weeks ago and that was that the CalPERS board said you know what if you don’t pay the 1.6 million dollars into the CalPERS fund we’re going to cut your pensions and the county the city wasn’t able to generate that much revenue and so they cut the”

The crux of the problem is that returns haven’t been high enough

“it’s not just loyalton yeah it’s the state of California so we have somewhere around over a million public employees that belong to pers and you know the rate the return was supposed to be seven and a half percent and it’s not seven and a half percent and it needs its has been as low as zero in some years and as high as 16 in some years but it has an average at 7.5 so that is the crux of the problem ”

Cities have to meet those unfunded liabilities

“what happens when you have a change in that the employer which is the state city or county or special district has to offset that cost and they haven’t been doing it so there’s a 234 billion dollar unfunded pension that’s due to our employees and I just think it’s wrong that we as the employer the state or the counties or the city’s don’t put our employees first”

Moderator: let’s remember that some cities have already filed for bankruptcy

“let’s remember that some cities have already filed bankruptcy in large part because of pension obligations I’m thinking about San Bernardino I’m thinking about Stockton I’m thinking about Vallejo ”

Our priority right now apparently is not our employees

“our priority is apparently not our employees right now if it was we wouldn’t be adding new programs we were talking about their future which is in jeopardy and we need to quit bury our head in the sand and when you start talking about these issues most employees don’t even understand this they think it’s going to be there in the case of loyalton it is not there they actually cut their pensions ”

We have to take care of our employees

“until we as legislators and as boards of Supervisors and City Council members stand up and say you know what we’re going to take care of our employees we need to prioritize them in the budget it’s very simple please what do you do grow the economy get more tax revenue that means help business stay here so then public employees should be for business because it’s really who pays dit invisibility end of the day”

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Interview with CA State Senator John Moorlach (R)

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The next governor is going to walk into a buzzsaw with pensions

“they’re going to get the phone call you know everything’s fine leave our pensions alone and in any air you just keep going for that cliff and then it’s just going to be a mess…the next governor I’m worried about that friends going to walk into a buzz saw we’ll have to start dealing with all these lingering problems that we refuse to deal with because the unions were too powerful”

Interview with CA State Treasurer John Chiang

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Spoke about individual secure choice retirement plan

“we have seven and a half million workers here in California whose employers don’t provide them with any type of retirement plan so what secure choice would have done is provided these employees with an option opportunity to participate in a program start off with Treasuries and then later in our ra”

We need to allow Americans to be able to take care of themselves

” we have people struggling today here in California we have people struggling we’re going to have an impending retirement crisis we know how how stretch Social Security and Medicare is going to be we need people that have better financial wherewithal let people come up with plans to take care”

California’s finances are delicate

“California’s finances are delicate even though we have the most robust economic recovery today in the United States of America we are delicately balanced right right the governor’s working really hard to build up a rainy day fund his numbers and is 2017 budget at the end of the year would be 7.9 million dollars but if you have any pullback that we will experience with the partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act like whether it’s three billion whether it’s five billion dollars those are real numbers that have impacted communities throughout California ”

Interview with CA Board of Equalization Chair Diane Harkey

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Moderator: You are now the highest ranking Republican in CA

“you are now the highest ranking Republican in this state of California an honor indeed”

State spending has continually escalated

“i watch the way our state has continually just escalated on the spending side there i mean i think when we had the crash grip maybe our state budget or of general fund with 103 billion or something is like 179 now it’s up its way out there although i’m just saying i think that at some point we have to have some economies”

My goal is to get people employed

“my goal the board is to get people employed and working and I really want to see some of those some of those well-paying jobs to stay in the state of California I’m tired of hearing people taking off and going out of state and so you know in as much as tax reform happens a little bit on the federal level that will allow repatriation of dollars look I think that will help tremendous”

Interview with with CA Assemblyman Mike Gipson (D)

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We have a predator commander in chief

“He is a predator commander in chief which simply means to me that someone is out of control this president with 13 executive orders have turned America upside down California we have people who live in fear people in my district are free to open the door when someone knock on the door people are scared to walk down the street fear that they’re going to be snapped up for whatever reason in terms of being a document”

People’s families and lives are being turned upside down

“we’ve seen that whole families being destroyed being separated we have children whose parents were detained and those kids are now left alone which now means that they’re those kids going to be a ward of the county being in foster care people’s families and lives are being turned upside down”

Interview with Los Angeles County Workforce Development Board Chair Erick Verduzco Vega

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Federal program to train job seekers

“it’s a system that that exists nationwide and it’s a system that’s intended to to train jobseekers and to also help businesses that are looking for employees in finding the right employees with Olivia appropriate qualification”

Not a direct threat to funding

“our concern is always in providing access to good and appropriate training for employees and also to be able to provide services for our businesses that fall within our jurisdiction but you know I believe that the federal government understands that that there is a need for providing better skills for for job seekers so I don’t I don’t think there’s a direct threat to that funding”

We provide training and placement services

“we actually do provide quite a few services so focusing on just just the job seekers for example if someone gets laid off we have a Rapid Response program which means that when a company sends notice that they will be conducting layoffs we then send our team our Rapid Response Team to that company and provide the the new job seekers with information and resources such as how to claim unemployment where to look for jobs outplacement services absolutely we do provide we provide training and placement services’

Trying to move to a demand driven system

“for example in just a generalized example if there’s a company that comes to us and says look we need or we believe we will have a need for a thousand welders within the next four or five years we can then partner with a community college or a technical school or institute like la tech for example and they are one of our partners and we try to develop a program that will be able to to meet the needs of that particular business o our system our county white system has been focusing a lot more recently on a demand-driven model where the demands

Interview with San Diego City Councilwoman Georgette Gomez

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8 freeway is a dividing line in San Diego between rich and poor communities

a good majority of our neighborhoods that have been historically neglected in most of these communities are south of the eight freeway eight i was born in race and in san diego and i was born in barrio logan one of the most underserved communities that we have in san diego my parents bust me out out of the community for my education and it was through that path that really i started seeing communities developed differently than my community

Have to build more affordable housing

“I’ve definitely been a strong advocate and ensuring that we build more affordable housing in San Diego the homeless population has grown for the past several years want to make sure that we prioritize addressing the homeless issue”

We need to identify developers that are willing to develop affordable housing

“at the end of the day it comes it comes out to identifying developers that are willing to develop affordable housing making sure that we are streamlining the possibility of an unpermitted need to make sure that that’s happening we need to make sure that we are going after state money to subsidize this housing we need to make sure that the resources that we have locally for homelessness are being utilized you know to resolve the issue ”

We’re not building enough housing, and people are also using San Diego as a second place to live

“we have more people living in San Diego and we’re not building enough housing so therefore people are either getting pushed out this is why the the the rents are going up because we don’t have there’s more demand and supply people aren’t able to purchase homes because it’s way out there and people are using San Diego as a second place to live vacation destiny which is great but what does that mean for the residents they’re not able to access their future home”