Michael is not accepting corporate money. We cannot expect any politician that takes hundreds of thousands of dollars from a large company or corporate interest group to put the community’s interests ahead of those big money donors. Keep reading to see Michael’s specific policy commitments.

College tuition and a livable wage:

It is a fact that a dollar doesn’t go as far as it used to.  In 1988, tuition at UC Irvine (including room and board) was $8,760. Now it costs $32,911 per year. Minimum wage has gone from $4.25 in 1988 to $10.00 in 2017. We need to get college tuition down and have a livable wage.

We will raise the minimum wage on large companies.  Small businesses will remain at the prevailing wage rates.

Housing:

  • Implement statewide rent control. There are too many families being forced out of homes due to greedy real estate investors and speculators;
  • Require new residential developments include affordable housing;
  • Just Cause Eviction requirements – if a tenant is paying their rent and not causing trouble, they should be able to stay in their home;
  • Repeal Costa Hawkins and the Ellis Act;
  • Impose a tax/penalty on those who have vacant property in cities with high housing demand. There are many real estate speculators and foreign nationals that have property sitting vacant while families are being displaced from communities that they have been in for generations.

Criminal justice reform:

  • Changing the excessive force laws to require police use the MINIMUM amount of force necessary when interacting with the public is a top priority;
  • We also need to mandate de-escalation training for cadets and all active law enforcement officers. This training has been successful in other states.  Salt Lake City has not had a police shooting for about 15 months due to increased de-escalation training.  (Article). Giving police more tools to avoid violence keeps both them and the public safe;
  • The Department of Justice needs to aggressively investigate and prosecute police shootings;
  • For-profit prisons have no place in our criminal justice system. Incentivizing groups of individuals and companies to put and keep people in prison leads to countless misdeeds.

Access to quality education:

  • All children deserve access to a quality public schools. Whether you live in a rural community or urban city, your school should have access to the same resources as wealthy neighborhoods.  We need to close the existing funding gap between school districts, and invest more in the schools that have been lacking in resources for too long;
  • Privately managed, for-profit, unaccountable charters need to be closed. Those that stay should be overseen by a democratically elected entity and held to the same standards as public schools;

Infrastructure:

  • Stop the Twin Tunnels project;
  • Build more water storage;
  • Ensure that farmers have enough water for crops;
  • Make public transportation accessible, affordable, and equitable;
  • Continue the aggressive push for more sources of renewable energy;

Art & music:

Too often, art and music are the first programs to be cut from school budgets. Yet study after study shows that music and art stimulate and improve student performance. We need to ensure that poor rural communities and inner-city schools have the same access to the arts as wealthy suburbs.

Healthcare:

We are the richest nation in the history of the world.  And while most wealthy countries have universal healthcare, we do not.  This is unacceptable.  Healthcare should be considered a basic human right.  Single payer universal healthcare must be a priority.

Immigration:

California should not allow federal immigration agents into schools and courthouses.  A just society does not make people fear getting an education or fear going to court.