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Delaine Eastin says she has the 'brass backbone' required to govern California May 31, 2017 "I don’t have to tell you our democracy is in trouble. This isn’t just Trump threatening us. It is a lack of participation in our civil society and a lack of faith in government.” Eastin said the key to holding the democracy together was for people such as the convention attendees to band together.
Grassroots Governor? "Populist candidate gets a head start on 2018 rivals with campaign stop in Chico May 4, 2017 "When I was superintendent, I went to all 58 counties; I visited schools in Chico more than once,” Eastin told the CN&R. “I’m a big believer that people shouldn’t just come to you, and you shouldn’t just talk to them in 30-second sound bites. You should go listen to them, hear what their concerns are, hear what their thoughts and ideas are."
Delaine Eastin, candidate for governor, talks in Chico April 29, 2017 "Eastin said California must do the “full-court press,” on housing. People in the Bay Area commute hours to jobs in towns where they can’t afford to live. Affordable housing can also lead to less congestion on roadways, she noted."
If budgets are statements of our values, Trump’s are clear; what about California? April 5,2017 "Over the past 20 years, we have dramatically increased the percent of our budget invested in prisons and reduced the percent invested in new colleges and universities. Now we have students who are homeless because they cannot afford a place to live, and who graduate saddled with college debt for years. President Trump’s budget is a clear statement of his values. I do not believe it is reflective of what the majority of Californians believe. If budgets are statements of values, California must do better. We need a budget that puts children and families first."
LA Times: Article on first Gubernatorial Forum, March 24, 2017 "Eastin, who serves on the board of the SIATech California Charter Schools, was clearly in her element, winning applause when she criticized state leaders for allowing California’s per pupil funding to slip to the bottom of the national average and for spending more on building prisons than on building colleges over the last 50 years."
Sacramento Bee: Article on First Gubernatorial Forum March 24, 2017 “I’m going to fight for school, from preschool to graduate school,” she said. “All of our 58 counties are near the bottom in this country in per-pupil spending. That is wrong … and by God when I’m governor that’s going to be number one on the plate of every single person making policy in California. The children come first.”
The Ukiah Journal: Delaine Eastin Talks Issues in Ukiah March 7, 2017 "I’ll put my career and successes in a variety of fields up against anybody."
The Davis Enterprise: Eastin Launches Gubernatorial Bid in Davis February 22, 2017 "“First and foremost, I’ll fight for children — from kindergarten through graduate school,” Eastin said as she addressed the group. “We’re going to put education together again.”
East Bay Times: Education Lags, Time for California Dreaming Again January 27, 2017 "In the end, as I have said for decades, budgets are statements of values. If you look at our California budget, from preschool to graduate school, or speak to a teacher or step into one of the under-resourced classrooms in many districts around our state, you will be alarmed and distressed."
Sacramento Bee: California Should Not Be a Scrooge When it Comes to Educating Our Young People December 22, 2016 "This is not just about economic health; education also addresses the goals of crime prevention, full employment and civil society. It is about the general welfare and the blessings of liberty. We must act now for the future. It is my hope that the leadership of both political parties will come together on behalf of California and its children – and dream of a future where all children have a future full of possibilities, as I did."
San Francisco Chronicle: Help Wanted, California Teachers October 23, 2017 "There are not enough backup troops, but that should not be surprising either. For too long, we have belittled, besmirched, discredited and disparaged our teachers, especially our substitutes. Just as educators became more important than ever, we have vilified them."
Sacramento Bee: Re-enrolling dropouts should top education agenda September 4, 2015 "Dropouts are significantly more likely than graduates to commit or be subject to violent crimes, to end up in prison or to stay on public assistance. California must take dropout recovery seriously in the development of our education agenda for the sake of students, their communities and the economy."
Delaine Eastin kicks off 2018 bid: "Time for California to have a woman governor" February 22, 2017 "Eastin, who has served on local school boards, city councils and as a State Assemblywoman, said that she is not a one-issue candidate. “I’ll put my whole career up against anybody,’’ she said. “I did the work in transportation, in environment, in government efficiency. I know tons about garbage,’’ she laughed. “I served on the solid waste advisory board in the county. And I actually wrote a whole series of bills about cleaning up the environment.”
Delaine Eastin Receives Endorsement from National Women’s Political Caucus of California February 13, 2017 The Delaine Eastin for Governor campaign is honored to announce the endorsement from the National Women’s Political Caucus of California (NWPC-CA). Their confidence in Delaine Eastin and knowledge of her ability to win tough races sends a strong message to the electorate that California needs a leader with the experience, courage and vision to lead our state in challenging times. As Karen Humphrey, President of NWPC-CA, said “I am thrilled Delaine Eastin has entered the race for Governor. She is an inspiration and a role model for California women and girls, and she is a tremendous leader with a proven track record of enacting positive change at the state level. As State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Delaine fought for high quality public education at all levels; she knows it is an essential foundation for a healthy economy and ensures that all Californians can achieve their potential and enjoy a great quality of life. I have no doubt that she will travel to all corners of California to hear the needs of the people and share her vision to win this campaign.” Humphrey added, “Now more than ever California needs her powerful voice and a strong female Governor with the experience to manage complex systems and budgets, as well as defend the rights of our most vulnerable citizens. Delaine Eastin has what it takes to win, and NWPC-CA is excited to use our grassroots expertise to help her do it.”
Education Lags, Time for California Dreaming Again January 27, 2017 Let us invest in education from preschool to grad school. And then, as the next Silicon Valley is born in California, we can keep California dreaming.
California should not be a Scrooge when it comes to educating our young people December 22, 2016 Our future was bright and beautiful because a generation of warriors and workers, who had suffered great deprivation, dreamed great dreams for future generations and invested accordingly. In a global economy, for us to be miserly, petty and small where child development, education and children’s health are concerned is to not have understood the lesson of Scrooge. This is not just about economic health; education also addresses the goals of crime prevention, full employment and civil society. It is about the general welfare and the blessings of liberty. We must act now for the future. It is my hope that the leadership of both political parties will come together on behalf of California and its children – and dream of a future where all children have a future full of possibilities, as I did.