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salem. so make sure that you catch c-span cities tours for winston-salem are, north carolina. we will be working with our cable affiliates as we explore america. >> it is stop 23 on the state capitols tour, and we are in sacramento, california. there is the c-span bus park ed in front of the state capitol finished in 1874, and on that bus is the california senate president protem kevin de leon, and thank you for being with us so early in sacramento, and how would you describe the state of the state in california? >> i would describe the state of the state as being very good in spite of the incessant attacks from the federal administration that seeks to undermine our
economic prosperity, and progre progressive values as well as our people. as you know, and it is well written across the country, california has led the are resistance against this administration, but i can tell you this that with regards to cloomt change, and the environment, and with regards to high wage, and adding jobs to the economy, and with regards to immigrant families, i would say that the state of ur state is very good in spite of the incredible challenges that we are are facing today as the sixth largest economy in the world. >> and you used the word are resistance when it comes to the federal are government. >> i do. i think on november 8th, 2016, i could not be prouder to be a californian, because by a margin of 2/1, california has rejected the administration fueled by misogyny and bigotry and so we took a different position in
california because of the presidential election, understanding the real implications for the state as progre progressive as california. so we are always ready to work with the federal government or the executive branch or the congress when they seek to undermine our economic prosperities and the values as a a state, and the people, we have simply say no, we won't parti participate or lift a single finger or cent for example to separate mothers from their children around children from their fathers, so celebrate diver diversity, and inclusivity in california and that has helped us to grow into the the sixth largest economy in the world. >> and senator deleon has stated the size of the california economy and it is the sixth largest with our gross national product. why did you you decide to run
against senator dianne feinstein? >> i believe that we are long overdue to have a debate on the values and the issues and the priorities that we as californians care about. i believe it is time to have a voice not on the sidelines, but on the front lines. and politicians are going to be prone to hyperbole whether on the right or the left or or points in between, but these are historic times, and very dangerous times in the nation. i believe that we need a strong voice to move the agenda, and improve the condition for all individuals regardless of who you are, and where you come from. >> if you want to participate in the conversation this morning, 748-8 748-80000 for residents in california and 8001 for any other residents. senator de leon is going to be our guest for the next 20 minutes or so. senator, has dianne feinstein not represented the state well
in your view? >> well, let me say that i respect senator feinstein's commitment to service as the representative in washington. this is not personal. it is again about a values of a state that has changed dramatically over the last quarter of a century, and making sure that all individuals have access to health care, and making debt-free college education for many young students saddled with debt upon graduation or those who take six or seven years to graduate because of the high cost. this is about a kcomprehensive immigration reform and the young dreamers whose lives are in peril today because of the administrations. and what i would say, too, is that because of the very perilous times for the nation, and especially for a state like california, there is no time for consolation or patience and crossing the fingers and hoping and wishing that he could be a good president.
the reality is a time for good solid debate and ultimately, the people of california will decide. >> you mentioned choice, and california is a essentially one-party state, and governor, state senate, and states assemby and all democratic, and what is the danger of being a one-party sta state? >> well, i don't think that there is a danger. always having vigorous dialogues as well as debates is good. we have witnessed in real time what is happening in washington, d.c., and the paralysis and the gridlock, and the deep dysfunction of the insular political culture that is washington when you see that you have three branches of government whether it is the executive or the ledge h slaytive or the bi-cameral with the u.s. senate and the congress, and we have the judicial branch dominated by perhaps more right of center republican thought. in california, you are
absolutely right about the executive branch and the bi-cameral legislative branch are dominated by the democrats have, and nonetheless, we are the most productive, progressive legislative house in america, bar none, and accomplishing the most far-reaching climate policies in the entire world and raising the wage to $15 an hour, and investing in health care for undocumented children, so we have to pay the costs, so at the end of the day, and dress some preventative health care, and make g sh making sure that there is equal pay for women doing equal work, and most far reaching gun restrictive gun control and gun ammunition laws in the country. one thing to say is if you have too much of a thing, but if you can say that you can measure and quantify real accomplishments that improve the human condition for all californians, and we have accomplished that in golden state here in california.
>> well, let's hear from the 40 million or so residents in california and begin with annie in fairfax, california. you are on with state senator kevin de leon. >> caller: good morning. i have a boyfriend who is a trump supporter, and i know that he is not bigoted, and so i just wonder what about the voices out here that for the other viewpoint. can mr. de leon represent us also? i am also very against abortion and i wonder if his comments could be on that. >> senator? >> well, thank you very much, and good morning to annie in fairfax. the following is that given the opportunity to be your voice and represent you in washington, i would fight for all voices like i do today and not just democratic voices, but those on the right, because even if you are a trump supporter, the children deserve to drink clean air and drink clean water and
breathe clean air, and have access to quality health care, and these are not ideological issues and nonetheless, they have been highly politicized in the environment that is washington, d.c. so regardless of the party or the significant other, your boyfriend voted for trump, although me may not believe that i'd fight for him, i would fight for him, no doubt about it. on the issue of abortion, i believe in the woman's right to choose and it is highly polarized with many americans today, but ultimately the woman should have that right. >> 45% or so of californians identify as democratic, and 25% as republicans and another 25% or so as independents. jay is in san bernardino, california. hello, jay. >> caller: good morning.
senator, i am from a working class neighborhood, and in recent months the governor brown and yourself and others have raised taxes significantly on the working class. folks here in the inland empire are under the great duress of this new tax increases to the gas to, the fuel. can you explain what happened, and why you raised our taxes, and, you know, my final comment is this, we need to get back to real issue of california and you are just ticking off this checklist of the social classes,
and the average man cannot afford the pay his employees. >> well, jay from san bernardino. i thank you for the comments and i appreciate your perspective. i can say this that in the wealthiest state and the wealthiest nation in the world, no one who works full time should not live in poverty, and raising it to $15 is the right thing to do. lett me go back to what you arer frommed to as-- what you are red to as the gas and infrastructure enhancement. for 25 years the legislature and the past governors have been kicking the can down the pothole ridden road, and in the meant e meantime, the bridges and the roads and the sbeer r your have been deteriorating greatly. we is not raised the gas tax in more than a quarter of a s century, because we had politicians on both sides of the aisle and governors from both parties fearful of doing it, but the fact is that we have to
invest in revenue, ap capture the revenue to grow the economy to put people to work. san bern d san bernardino and i was there a few weeks ago and i know it is a working class county, whether you are living in rialto or fontana or the city of san bernardino and hard working people who get up every day to work hard to make ends meet and i have a lot of respect for the working people such as you, jay, in san bern dee know, but we have -- san bernadino, but we have a great opportunity to invest in the perpetuity and invest in the infrastructure and put people back to work. ironically, president trump is talking about the infrastructure, too, and he is talking about raising the debt ceiling, which is not fiscally the right thing theo do, becaus you would be paying principle and interest to fill pothole, but we should pay as we go.
con tr controversial, but it took the leadership from the democrats can and the republicans to move it forward, because for the past two decades politicians did not want to do the right thing. >> the unemployment rate of california is 3.4%. colin is in santa monica. >> caller: yeah, a a quick comment for the senator when he said that there is no danger or consequence of being ruled by one party, but i have seen in santa monica seeing the homeless be run out, and bringing in so much health, and making environmental exceptions for the big hotels there, and so in fact, there's, if you don't have any opposition and this is cu culturally as well certainly in los angeles, you know, you get the democrats or the left or the
liberals don't even need to aspire to the their own ideals, and absolute power corrupts absolutely, and i have experienced it and a lot of people have in various ways, and so it is faux liberalism and it is hard core capitalism, and the core be damned certainly in santa monica. and lastly, the supreme court ruled it is unconstitutional to throw the homeless out that way, but the cities in california at least los angeles seem to d disregard that. that is all. >> senator? >> well sh, i will say this the issue of homelessness is a real issue and metastasized to the issue where it is a crisis not only in santa monica and the city of los angeles, but throughout california and the nation. i am sorry to say that my hometown in los angeles is the homeless capital of not california, but the world,
because of a lack of oleadership, but we have great city kou city councilors in los angeles to move the ball. so we are trying to tackle this initiative to build the supportive housing and wrap around services for the mental health issues and addiction issues and now with regards to going back to the democrats controlling the both, the executive branch as well as the bi-cameral legislative branch, that is a reflection of the values and the people in california, and as you mentioned, peter sh, a few mome ago, a majority of the californiians or the pleal ti o california when it is leaning to the left of the political spectrum from plurality, because you can't force them to be right of the center or extreme right, and that is who they are, and they have elected democratically to the positions that have occupied the state senate and s
assembly to reflect their values and priorities and this is who we are. and so, again, i am proud to be a californian and proud to be a democrat. >> senator deleon, colin, in santa monica, if we can extrapolate from the comments, there is a sense that there is a very high cost of living in california. is that something that can be fix ord chan fixed or changed? >> well, we do have challenges in california no doubt about it, and the issue of housing and the lack thereof and the supply and the demand is enormous. we have to make our permitting process much more efficient, and streamlined to the continue to build. we have to build intelligently and smartly by the air that we breathe and the water that we drink, and we have to provide affordable housing. i do agree with the friend from santa monica, colin, santa
monica is one of the most wealthiest enclaves in america. it is a very well run city. no question about it. its credit rating is extremely high. it is a beautiful city, and diverse city, but like every other municipality not just in california, but the nation, we have our challenges, and homelessness is ale challenge. and we have to do more to deal with the issue of affordability, and we moved a package last year that is not to panacea to solve all of the woes of housing, but we are beginning the do much more and tackle the issue seriously. >> jana in santa barbara. >> caller: hi. how are you doing? >> please, go ahead. >> caller: yeah. the state of the state and i have been here for 60 years, and it is terrible. we have all three taxes at the
highest they are at sales, property, and income, and sounded by states like arizona who only have the two and the schools are the worst and as he mentioned the roads are going down, and progressives are taking the money and spend it is on specific interest groups like the public employee unions who manage to get the benefits passed and wages pass ed that ae now higher than even the private sek tr or the -- sector. a janitor for the city of los angeles gets $80,000 and when he retires he is getting 90% of the sal are ri, and so we are running out of money to replace the teachers and institutional guards that reretire, because when they retire, they don't have any money to the replace it. meanwhi meanwhile, they are coming back for bonds every year on us. for more and more taxes, and
they have spent their time putting through costly environmental things that he talked about that have hurt our economy. people are leaving, but there are people who are coming, and most of them apparently are welfare people, because with we have a wonderful subsidized state, and as he said, he wants to give the free medical care to illegal aliens, and that is going to bring them in even more. >> a lot on the table there. senator delee kwon. >> thank you, jen, for the comment. i was in santa barbara and i was there last saturday. what i would say is the following. again, we are tackling ver serious issues here when it comes to housing, employability issues and education. last year in 2017, we made the largest investment in the public school, k-12, and k-14 in terms of the raw dollars in the history of the state of california coming off of the
worst recession since the great depression, and while we made enormous cuts that were unfortunate and draconian in nature, but we are trying to make the right investments for the public schools to get up to the level we were at before the recession. in regard to the collective bargaining benefits and whether it is the the pensions or the salaries, these are negotiated at the local level and whether it is the santa barbara school district or los angeles and this is a collective process that is done democratically by local officials throughout the state of california. i would never want to take away that opportunity that they have to bargain collectively, but i do believe that everyone should have a right to the access to quality health care. i don't believe that the financial income levels should dictate if you have access, and again, to medical care.
these are tough choice, and california is humming as the sixth largest income, and we have air quality issues, and poverty issues and issues to deal with education and higher education. and these are the challenges that we take on collectively here with both democrats and republicans, and again, these are the exciting times and we p appreciate your comments. >> senator, you have a background in education, and 630,000 california schoolchildren attend charter schools. are you a supporter of the charter schools? >> i am a strong sup poerter of the school systems and the charter schools are here to the stay, and whether they agree with them or not, and we have very good charter schools in california and charter schools that are not so good. i do believe that fiscal accountability as well as academic outcomes should be universal across the board for both traditional public schools as well as charter schools. one thing that i don't agree
with wholeheartedly and let me be clear is that i don't believe in the tax funder vouchers to take away from the public school s to provide private or sectarian schools. i don't believe that we should be stealing money from the public schools to give them to the private schools. those who have the financial wherewithal to send his or her child to a private school, i are respect that choice, but not with our public tax dollars. the largest number of charter schools in the nation are located in los angeles, but i believe in accountability across the board applied to any school that receives public tax dollars. >> and finally, sen r or the, the california statehouse has not been immune to the sexual harassment conversation that we are having in this country right now. some resignation, and other accusation, and what is the status in sacramento? >> well, let me take this issue,
because the issue of sexual misconduct has impacted newsrooms, and washington, d.c., and the state capitols and the private sectors whether it is silicon valley or hollywood, and every sphere imaginable, and when the dust settles here in the state capitol, we will have a model to be used throughout country where we have actually taken an independent investigate r for the give all -- investiga given all of the claims to the that investigator, and we have established a 1-800-hotline and contracted with two nonprofit agencies. this is about changing the culture, and about changing the processes as well to the create the environment that hopefully is free of i any type of sexual misconduc misconduct, and if in fact, there are any types of sexual misconduct in the future that you create an environment or particularly a young woman feels
free to make the complaint without any fear of retribution. i believe when the dust settles, california model could be used for other places such as washington, d.c., that barely instituted mandatory sexualment of last year. so this is a societal area that we have to attack, but men should play a leading role, because a vast majority of the perpetrators across the spectrum are men. >> and kevin day leon is the candidate for the u.s. senate, and he has been our guest for the last 25 minutes or so on the c-span bus which is on a u tour of all 50 state capitols, and it is parked in front of the state capitol in sacramento right now. we want to introduce