Eastin has some advantages, despite her relatively late entry into this race. She's a woman in an era when the sexual peccadilloes of male politicians have destroyed several careers and turned off female voters. She also takes firmer stands on some issues than her rivals.
"So much of the media coverage of this race (and others) is focused on polling and fundraising. Delaine doesn’t need the most money to win. She needs enough. And she is raising it the right way: through small dollar donations from people like you and me. I’m supporting her because she is running a different type of campaign that I know will inspire others the way it has inspired me."
Delaine addresses key education topics during this December 2nd gubernatorial candidate panel.
Eastin has prioritized education as the key to ensuring the long-term future of California. If elected, she wants to reinvest in K-12 education and higher education, making the California education system the envy of the country that it was in the 1950s.
Delaine discusses the importance of early childhood education at an October 4th event hosted by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation as part of the Choose Children 2018 initiative.
A transcript of Delaine's remarks at Advancement Project California’s Birth to Five Water Cooler conference on October 2, 2017.
As governor, Delaine Eastin,would focus on improving education, housing, health care and care of children of immigrants.
"I personally feel that Eastin deserves to be thanked for putting the spotlight on California’s overall lack of any commitment to making higher education work for all of the people of the state," - Daphne Macklin
“Todos los candidatos están cualificados, pero ella no sólo lo está sino que tiene la perspectiva de la mujer, que será indispensable para resolver realmente este problema,” Angélica Ramos-Allen, Grupo Nacional de Mujeres Políticas en California.
Delaine Eastin’s visible presence in California’s highest office will send a daily message that California wants to ensure justice and equality to all of its citizens, and that the Governor will not just talk the talk, but walk the walk toward that vision.
"She thinks big. She believes — like I believe — that there isn’t anything that we can’t do in California." - Anthony Danna
“I really do believe that one of the solutions to the great challenges of our cities, our counties, our school districts, our state, our nation, is to engage more women in politics.” - Delaine Eastin.
“California’s still the biggest state in the union – the sixth largest economy in the world – and yet, we’re doing tepid, timid, small things instead of really dreaming big dreams and doing the right things by kids, adults and seniors.” - Delaine Eastin
California's Capitol always has been a sexual playground with bullies from both parties. Now, empowered women could change things
"...almost every woman I know has a story." - Delaine Eastin
On October 24th in San Francisco, the San Francisco Chronicle moderated a debate moderated by Editorial Page Editor John Diaz. The link to the debate is below.
The lone woman seeking the state's highest office said it's critical that more legislators accused of committing acts of sexual harassment and assault be outed.
"The fact that they are public officials means it's more important than ever to call them out and to change the behavior," said Delaine Eastin, Democratic gubernatorial candidate.
Delaine Eastin recently claimed millennials "have only a 50-50 chance" of doing better financially than their parents, while those born in the 1940s had a 90 percent chance of doing better than their parents.
Her claim is supported by a 2016 Stanford study, "The Fading American Dream: Trends in Absolute Income Mobility since 1940."
We rate her claim True.
“Eastin called for a full inquiry, an ombudsman, and stronger protections for whistleblowers to address issues. "Certainly, we ought not have the Rules Committee being the arbitrator of whether someone’s being abused,’’ she said. “There’s no incentive for them to shine the bright light on what is an unacceptably toxic environment for a lot of women in the Capitol.”
“Delaine was on it early,’’ Christine Pelosi, head of the California Democratic Party’s Women’s Caucus, tells POLITICO regarding the candidate’s support of #WeSaidEnough, the group of nearly 150 Capitol women who came forward to demand change.”
The National Union of Healthcare Workers hosted the first major forum featuring the four leading Democratic candidates for California governor Sunday, October 22, in Anaheim. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, State Treasurer John Chiang, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and former State Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin appeared together on stage for the first time to answer questions related to health care, worker and immigrant rights, and how California should respond to the Trump presidency.
The forum was be moderated by veteran network journalist John Donvan, host of Intelligence Squared, which airs on NPR stations throughout the country. Questioning the candidates were reporters Bob Butler of KCBS Radio, Jeff Horseman of the Southern California News Group, Melanie Mason of the Los Angeles Times and Maria Paula Ochoa of Telemundo.
“I thought tonight was very pointed,” Nason said. “It was not beating around the bush at all. I thought she did a really great job, and I’m happy how it went overall.”
Eastin said she has great faith in students. She added that it was her college years that got her involved in politics. She said she believes that UC Berkeley is one of the finest campuses in the world and if students do well here, it will “pay huge dividends.”
“I wanted to come tonight and say I’m with you — not only as students, but as future leaders of our state and society,” Eastin said.
"Eastin is the first gubernatorial candidate this year to visit UC San Diego. Her expansive platform, which seems to draw significantly on her previous experience as California State Superintendent from 1995-2003, contains policies like developing comprehensive and updated long-range plans for the state, expanding access to education across the board, providing Californians a living wage, advocating for universal healthcare and expanding on climate change mitigation measures like cap-and-trade."
Eastin said when she was elected as state school superintendent, California was in 47th place, but by the time she left office, it had climbed to number 27. She cited the fact that as state schools chief she sued then Gov. Pete Wilson and got $2.3 million back, which was then used to implement her class size reduction plan.
Eastin labels the failure to adequately fund California’s schools a “grave danger.” She quoted a recent research study, which maintained “The social cost of not providing quality care and health and welfare opportunities for young children results in a array of bad outcomes, including child abuse and neglect, high school dropouts, criminal activities, teen pregnancies, drug and alcohol abuse, and other health problems. These expensive social ills could be significantly diminished through investments in evidence-based, early childhood programs.”
“Women make a difference when they’re in public policy,” Eastin said. She advocates running for local office and building up to higher office. It’s what she did.
A part-time teacher at La Canada and De Anza community colleges who was living in Union City, she drove “a thousand miles a week” getting to her jobs, she said, and volunteered to start women’s programs and women’s studies classes and wrote grant proposals. Just as she was about to be hired as full-time instructor at La Canada in 1978, Californians passed Proposition 13, school funding was soon to be cut and the offer was rescinded.
Eastin went into private industry, served on the Union City Planning Commission and ran for, and was elected to, the Union City City Council. “And I read everything,” she said.
She ran and was elected to represent Union City and nearby communities in the state Assembly, serving from 1986-1994 before being elected state superintendent of public instruction, serving in that post from 1995-2004.
"Eastin has called for enhanced protections of all immigrants and has been a harsh critic of the Trump administration since jumping into the race last fall. Along with supporting the impeachment of the president, Eastin has blasted efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and said she favors establishing a single-payer health care program."Read more
"Her top priorities include education, as well as creating a new comprehensive water plan, placing a ban on fracking, and moving towards a single payer healthcare system. Grading the current Governor, Jerry Brown, she says, “I think Jerry has done a lot of good. I will give him high marks in terms of things like cap and trade, the environment, and responsible fiscal matters.
Before the election of President Donald Trump last November, some Democrats in Tuolumne County say they were afraid to admit their political affiliation given the area’s conservative leaning.
However, that no longer appears to be the case judging by the turnout of about 200 people Thursday evening at Eproson Park in Twain Harte for a picnic hosted by the Tuolumne County Democrats to hear from candidates for California governor and U.S. Congress in 2018. “What we’re trying to do is make people more comfortable to say they are a Democrat in this county,” said Deborah Baron, president of the Tuolumne County Democratic Club.“And show that we’re still here,” added Diane Bennett, secretary of the Tuolumne County Democratic Central Committee.
"But the thing that is key to my life has been education. I had a wonderful life because I had a wonderful education. I think it’s the secret to economic development. I think it’s the secret to crime prevention. I think it’s the best welfare reform program you can have. So I want every kid to have the opportunity that this machinist’s daughter had."