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peter: we are in sacramento, california. there is the c-span bus, part in front of the state capital, which was finished in 1874. on that bus is the california senate president pro tem, kevin daly on. -- de leon. they give for being with us at this early hour. how would you describe the state of the state in california? guest: good morning. i would describe the state of the state as being very good, in spite of the incessant attacks from a federal administration that seeks to undermine our economic prosperity and progressive values, as well as our people. as you know, it has been across the country -- california has led the resistance against this administration. with her guards to climate change, with regards to the environment, with regards to
high wages and adding jobs to the economy, with regards to immigrant families, i would say the state of our state is very good, in spite of the incredible challenges we are facing today. eight largest economy in the world. peter: you use the word resistance when it comes to the federal government. guest: i do. i think that on november 8, 2016 , i could never be prouder to be a californian, because by a margin of two-to-one, californians rejected a politics fueled by resentment, misogyny, and bigotry. we took a very different position in california, because of the presidential election. understanding with the real implications would be for states as progressive as california. we are always ready to work with a federal government, with the congress or the executive branch , but when they seek to undermine our economic
prosperity and our values as a state, and our people, we simply say we won't purchase a paid. we won't lift a single finger or spend a single cent to separate mothers from their children and children from their fathers. we celebrate diversity and inclusivity in california. we believe that has helped us grow into the sixth largest economy in the world. hasr: senator de leon mentioned the california economy represents about 15% of america's gross domestic product. senator, why did you decide to run against i am feinstein for feinsteinor -- diane for u.s. senator? guest: i believe it is time for a new generation of leadership. we are long overdue, 25 years overdue, to have a debate on the values, 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. i know politicians can be prone
to hyperbole, whether on the left or the right or in between. i would say these are historic times, dangerous times in our nation. i believe we need a strong voice to move an agenda that promotes human conditions for all individuals, regardless of where you come from. peter: if you want to participate in our conversation this morning, we have one number four california residents and another for all others. on is senator kevin de le our guest for the next 20 minutes or so. senator, has dianne feinstein not represented california well in your view? let me say this. i respect senator feinstein's as ourent to service representative in washington. this is not personal. the values of a state that has changed dramatically and a court or
century. this is about the issue of health care and making sure all businesses have access to quality health care. this is an issue of making solid investments for debt-free color -- college education for students settled with debt upon graduation, or those who take six or seven years to graduate, because of high costs. this is about comprehensive immigration reform and the young dreamers whose lives are in peril today because of this administration. i was say because of these perilous times for our nation, especially for a state like california, there is no time for conciliation, no time for patients and crossing our coulds, and wishing we have a good president. it is time for a solid debate. it is good to have choices. ultimately, the people in california will decide. you mentioned choices.
california is essentially a one-party state -- governor, state senate, state assembly, all democratic. what is the danger in being a one-party state? guest: i don't think there is a danger. i think they're always have been vigorous dialogues as well as debates. have witnessed in real-time what is happening in washington, d.c., the paralysis, the gridlock, the deep dysfunction of the insular political culture that is washington. we see it when we have three branches of government, whether it is executive, legislative, bicameral, the u.s. senate, the congress, and the judicial branch, dominated by perhaps more right of center in republican thought. in california, you are right. the executive branch and bicameral legislative branch are dominated by democrats. nonetheless, we are the most productive, progressive legislative house in america, bar none, become pushing the most far-reaching climate change policies not in the nation, but
in fact the entire world. $15aise the minimum wage to an hour, investing in health care for undocumented children. at the end of the day, we all have to pay the costs. let's be smart and invest in preventative health care. making sure there is equal pay for women doing equal work. the most restrictive gun control and gun and emission laws in the country. thing,have too much of a i do not know if you can measure or quantify real accomplishments that improve the human condition for all. i think we have a compass that in the golden state, california. host: let's hear from some of the 40 million residents of california. we will begin with annie in fairfax, california. you are on with state senator kevin de leon. i have a boyfriend who is a trump supporter, and i know that he is not bigoted, so i
just wonder, what about the voices out here for the other viewpoint? support us also? also, i am very against abortion. i wonder if his comments could be on that. guest: thank you and good morning to any up in fairfax. what i would say is the following. given an opportunity to be your voice and represent you in washington, i would fight for all voices, like i do today. not just democrat voices, but those also on the right. i think that even if you are a trump supporter, your children deserve to breathe clean air. you deserve access to high wage jobs. you deserve to have access to quality health care. to me in many ways, these are nonideological issues. nevertheless, they have been highly politicized in the environment that is washington, d.c. regardless of ideology, regardless of party, regardless
of your significant other -- your boyfriend voted for trump, although he may not believe i would fight for him, i would fight for him. on the issue of abortion, it is well-known that i believe it is a woman's right to choose. i know it is a highly polarized issue, what many americans feel today. i do believe a woman should have that right. 40 5% of californians identify as democratic. 25% as republicans. independent.s jay is in san bernardino, california. caller: good morning. senator, i am from a working-class neighborhood. in recent months, governor brown, yourself, senate the state house, has raised taxes significantly on the working class.
those here in the inland empire are under the great duress of these tax increases to our fuel. can you explain what happened? why did you raise our taxes? my final comment is this. to,eed to get back certainly, the real issue with california. it sounds like you are just taking off this checklist of progressive ideology, and you are forgetting the working-class . sustainable -- these $15 wages the average, businessman cannot afford that salary for his employees. host: thank you, jay. let's hear from senator daily on. -- de leon. guest: i appreciate your perspective. i can say that the wealthiest state in the wealthiest nation
in the world, no one who works full time deserves to live in property. i think raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour -- i do believe it is the right thing to do. theing back to , over 25cture tax years, the legislature as well as past governors have kicked that can down the pothole-ridden road. in the meantime, our infrastructure, bridges, and roads deteriorated greatly. we have not raise the gas tax in more than a quarter-century, because we had politicians from both sides of the isle, as well as governors from both parties, fearful of doing it. the fact is, we need to invest in revenue. we need to capture revenue to invest in our infrastructure, to grow this economy, to put people to work. san bernardino -- i know san bernardino is a working-class county, whether you are in rialto, whether you live in fontana, the city of san bernardino -- hard-working
people who get up every day, and who work hard to make and's meet , and have respect for working people such as you, j, and others in san bernardino. we had a real opportunity to have billions of dollars in perpetuity to invest in our infrastructure, and at the same time grow this economy and put people who live in san bernardino who are unemployed or underemployed back to work. ironically speaking, president trump is talking about infrastructure, talking about raising the debt ceiling. i do not think it is physically the right thing to do. he is paying interest like on a credit card to fill potholes. it does not make sense. i think we should pay as we go. controversial. nonetheless, i believe it takes leadership from democrats and republicans to move this forward. the past two and a half decades, politicians did not want to do the right thing. rate ine unemployment california, 4.3%. colin is in santa monica.
comment tot a quick the senator. there is no that danger or consequence in having the state be ruled by only one , iny, in fact, you know santa monica, i watched a supposedly liberal government run the homeless out, bring in so much wealth, make exceptions -- environmental exceptions for the big hotels. so in fact, if you don't have any opposition -- and this goes culturally as well, and certainly in los angeles. you get the democrats, the left, do not even need to really aspire to their own ideals. basically, power corrupts absolutely. i experienced it. a lot of people have in various ways. it is really hard-core
capitalism, and the poor be , certainly in santa monica. the supreme court ruled it was unconstitutional to throw the homeless out that way, but the cities in california, at least los angeles, seems to disregard that. that is all. host: senator? guest: i will say this -- homelessness is a real issue. to the pointasized where it is a huge crisis, not just in santa monica and the city of los angeles, but throughout california and throughout the nation. say that myo hometown of los angeles is the homeless capital of not california, but the entire world. there has been a lack of leadership. but we have great city council members in l.a. that are moving the ball. we need to tackle this issue of homelessness when it comes to building supportive housing as well as wraparound services for mental health issues, addiction issues.
with regards to -- going back to democrats controlling the executive branch as well as the branch --legislative it is a reflection of the values of the people of the state of california. as you mentioned, peter, the , or the of californians plurality, are democrats. there are a large number of independents who lean left on the political spectrum. that is a reflection of the votes and the values of the people of california. you cannot force them to become republicans, to become more right of center or the extreme right. that is who they are, and that is who they elected democratically to the positions that occupy the state senate, as well as the assembly, to reflect their values and priorities. that is who we are. be a californian and a democrat. from hiswe extrapolate
comments, there is a sense that there is a very high cost of living in california. is that something that can be fixed, changed, etc.? although we are the sixth largest economy in the world, we do have challenges in california. there is no doubt about it. the issue of housing and the lack of supply and demand, which is enormous -- we have to make our permitting process more efficient and streamlined, so we can continue to build intelligently and smartly by respecting the environment, the air that we breathe, the water that we drink. we have to provide affordable housing. i agree with our friend from santa monica, colin. santa monica is one of the most wealthy 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, a diversity.
but like every other municipality, in california and the nation, we have challenges. homelessness is a challenge. we in the legislature have to do more to deal with affordability and housing. we moved a package last year which is a huge step forward. not the panacea. it will not resolve all the woes and ills of housing, but we have to do much more. we are beginning to tackle this issue seriously. host: jana, santa barbara. caller: how you doing? host: please go ahead. the state ofe -- this state -- i have been here 60 years, and it is terrible. we have all three taxes at the property, and, income, surrounded by states like arizona that only have two. on the other hand, our schools are the worst. he mentioned our roads are going down. they take the money and spend it on specific interest groups,
like the public employees unions , that managed to get benefits past, and wages past, that are now higher than even the private sector. a janitor that works for the city of los angeles makes $80,000 a year. 90% of retires, he gets his last year's salary. we are running out of money to replace teachers that retire, to replace correctional institute guards that retire, because when they doired, as i said, not have any money to replace it. meanwhile, they are coming back for bonds every year on us, for more and more taxes. they spend their time putting through costly environmental things that have hurt our economy. people are leaving. there are people coming. our of them apparently
welfare people, because it is such a wonderful subsidized state. he just said he wants to give free medical care to illegal aliens. they will want to bring in some more. host: a lot on the table. let's hear from senator sw -- de leon. is a: santa barbara beautiful city and county. i was there last saturday. i would say the following. we are tackling some very serious issues here when it comes to housing, when it comes to employability issues, when it comes to education. last year in 2017, we made the largest investment in our history of the state of california, coming off the worst recession. there were enormous cuts that were unfortunate, that worker connie and in nature. we are trying to make the right investments for public schools. and we get to the level we are at before the recession -- with
regards to the collective bargaining unit agreements, whether they are health benefits, pensions, salaries -- these are negotiated at the local level. whether it is the city of santa barbara, the city of santa barbara, santa barbara school district, los angeles -- this is a collective process done democratically. there are local officials through the state of california. i would never take away the opportunity they have to bargain collectively. i do believe everyone should have a right to access quality health care. i don't believe that your financial income levels should dictate if you have access, again, to medicare, medical care. these are tough choices that we again, make, what, california, by all objective measures, is really humming right now. we still have work to do. no doubt about it. we have air quality issues. we have issues to deal with education and higher education. these are the challenges we have
taken on collectively, both democrats and republicans. these are very exciting times, and i appreciate your comments. host: senator, you have a background in education. six under 30,000 california schoolchildren attend charter schools. are you a supporter of charter schools? supporterm a strong of our public school system. i realize charter schools are here to stay, whether people agree with charter schools or do not. we have very good charter schools in california, and charter schools that are not so good. i do believe that physical accountability as well as academic outcomes should be universal across the board, for both traditional public schools as well as charter schools. one thing i don't agree with wholeheartedly is, i don't believe in taxpayer-funded vouchers, taking money away from for sectarian or secular schools. i don't believe we should be
stealing money from public schools and giving them to private schools. if someone has the financial wherewithal to send some into a private school, i respect that choice without a doubt. schools are huge in the largestand charter schools in the nation are located in the city of los angeles. i believe that come ability across the board should be applied to any school that receives public tax dollars. host: finally, the california statehouse has not been immune to the sexual harassment conversation we're having in the country right now. there has been a resignation. some other accusations. what is the status in sacramento? me take this issue. i believe the issue of sexual misconduct is a societal issue. it has impacted newsrooms as well as washington dc -- washington, d.c., silicon valley, hollywood -- virtually every sphere imaginable. i think that when the dust
settles here in the state capital that we are going to be usedodel that could through the country, of where we have actually taken an independent investigator and have given all potential claims to that independent investigator , for out of the reach of any influence. we have established a 1-800 hotline and have contracts for two nonprofit agencies. this is about changing the culture, changing processes, to create an environment that hopefully is free of any type of sexual misconduct. you can factor section misconduct in the future and create an environment where someone, a young woman, feels free to make a complaint without fear of retribution. i think that when the dust settles, california could be used as a model for many other state capitals, but especially a place like washington, d.c., instituted mandatory
sexual harassment training just last year, in the fall of 2017. this is a societal issue we have to tackle together, but men in particular should play a leading majorityause the vast of those who are perpetrators across the spectrum are men. leon is the state senate president pro tem, and is a candidate for the u.s. senate. our [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national able satellite corp. 2018] >>ining us for that conversation is -- joining us for that
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