California is shaped by our law makers and other state influencers. It's important to understand who they are and how they impact our everyday lives.
City Leadership. City Council members are those responsible for the city laws and how they react, respond, and implement state directives.
School Boards. An often overlooked, but extremely important part of the community is the school board. They shape the culture of our schools and the future of our communities.
County Board of Supervisors. The County Board of Supervisors is required to implement state directives. In addition, they oversee: education (working with the School Boards), health programs (including county hospitals), sheriffs, courts, and the public defender. (Please see my blog for more detailed information: Importance of the County)
State Legislature. The State Legislature is the body of State Representatives who draft our laws, which are then approved or vetoed by the Gov3rnor. The State Legislature is made up of the State Assembly and State Senate. The State Legislature is 80 representatives voted in every 2 years. The State Senate is 40 representatives that serve 4 year (20 seats are voted on every 2 years).
Governor. The Governor approves or vetoes bills sent from the State Legislature. The Governor also has executive order power.
District Attorney. The District Attorney (DA) reviews arrests and determine the charges for the crime. The DA is considered the chief prosecutor for the area, which is usually the county.
Judges. California has approximately 1,800 judges. These judges operate in 3 branches of courts: Supreme Court (oversees all of California and their rulings are binding to all other California courts), Courts of Appeals, and superior courts. The Supreme Court and Courts of Appeals judges are appointed. Superior court judges are elected as "nonpartisan" and serve for 6 years. If they cannot serve for their 6 year term and a vacancy happens, the governor appoints a judge for the remaining term.
State Agencies. California has over 300 state agencies.
Judges. As explained above, some judges are appointed: Supreme Court Judges, Court of Appeals judges, and vacancies within the superior courts.
In a recent poll, 75% of Californians listed homelessness as extremely/very serious. We have over 150,000 homeless in California.
California was one of the first states to shut down due to the Coronavirus. Now, we are facing budget cuts and putting off paying debts due to the economic impact. Prior to the shut down, California's unemployment was 4.9%, still higher than the rest of the country around 4%.
California housing is continually ranked as a top issue for voters. Other factors including the highest state income taxes, gas taxes, high cost of utilities, vehicle registration, and sales tax are just a few of the state money grabs forcing up the cost of living.
The war on single family homes is real in California. Democrats are trying to pass legislation to take away the rights of building housing at the local level and manage it by the state, forcing cities and town to build high density housing.
California is a desert. As the population grew, the amount of water storage did not match that growth due to mostly environmentalists blocking every water project.
California has consistently ranked dead last in being friendly to businesses, and second to last in being friendly to small businesses. Recently this was exasperated even more with AB5, putting hundreds of independent contractors out of work.
There are almost 40 million Californians.
Approximately 36% of Californians, nearly 4 out of every 10 live at or near poverty, over 14 million people.
Nearly half of students cannot read/write at their grade level (according to latest state testing data).