Democrat Delaine Eastin hopes to be California's first female governor.
Elex Michaelson interviewed her.
The former State Superintendent of Education says that she has spent her entire career working to improve education.
Born in San Diego to a mother who was a dress sales clerk and a Navy machinist father, she says she got her love for the state from her dad, who used to tell her,"Californians are people born somewhere else who came to their senses."
Delaine was the first in her family to graduate from college, and was subsequently elected to the Union City Council, and then became one of a handful of women elected to the California Legislature in 1986.
In 1994, she became the state's first and ,so far, only woman elected to run California's schools.
She swears that if she becomes Governor, her staff would be at least half women.
Eastin wants to increase funding for education, she believes California should be a sanctuary state, supports the gas tax for more infrastructure spending.
She also believes heathcare is a right, not a privilege for the wealthy.
While Eastin is divorced and could never have her own kids, she consider's all of California's kids like her own.
This weekend the California Democratic Party held its annual convention in San Diego, and Delaine Eastin crushed all expectations. She was up against two Democratic Party insiders who had received the Party endorsement just four years ago. She hit a home run, getting 20% of the vote compared to Antonio Villaraigosa’s 9%. No candidate received the endorsement and the corporate money backed frontrunner received just 39%.
Delaine’s message of putting all Californians, and particularly our children, first again, is resonating with people of all ages. She has excited former Hillary and Bernie supporters to elect a woman with real convictions who is not for sale to the highest bidder.
Together, we will truly create a brighter future for all Californians.
Thank you Maha, my dear friend, for your wonderful introduction. As a new mom, I know you are not alone in struggling to make it here today --work, childcare, accessibility, cost...I know it isn’t easy. So I want to thank everyone for making the effort to be here so we can create a better California.
California is a state overwhelmingly run by Democrats. We are the leaders of the resistance to Trump. We are also the state that has the highest number and percentage of poor people and homeless individuals in the country.
If Democrats can’t protect and grow the middle class in the richest state in the richest country on earth, what good are we?
I am running for Governor of California because this country runs on other people’s children and we are failing far too many of them.
Ninety percent of my generation, the baby boomers, ended up doing better financially than our parents. But the Millennials only have a 50-50 chance of doing better than their parents despite being the best-educated generation in our history.
The high costs of childcare, housing, healthcare and education, coupled with the decline in jobs that pay a living wage are crushing our families.
You need a visionary governor with a brass backbone, who isn’t afraid of bullies and will not kowtow to the rich and powerful. That is who I am, what I have always done, and what I will do as Governor.
I know that the decline of the middle class is directly tied to the decline of the labor movement in our country. When I was a kid, 30% of the country was unionized and the middle class thrived. Now, labor is down to 10% and the Janus case is threatening to lower it further. The future of the middle class depends on giving more power to labor, and I promise you as governor, I will not just say this to your face, I will say it in corporate boardrooms.
I am not afraid to take on the greed that has hurt the middle class, be it through falling wages or rising costs.
As Governor, I will not compromise with the insurance or pharmaceutical companies when it comes to your health. I will fight to create universal, single payer healthcare for ALL Californians.
As Governor, I will ban fracking and stand up to polluters because every resident of our state has a fundamental right to breathe clean air and drink clean water.
As Governor I will build more affordable housing and I will repeal Costa Hawkins.
As Governor, I will not be afraid of the infamous third rail of California politics. We will reform Prop 13 as it applies to Commercial/Industrial Properties and put that money back into education.
Budgets are statements of values.I am ashamed to tell you that California is number 41 in the country in per pupil investment, but we are number one in per prisoner expenditure.
We must reform the criminal justice system and stop criminalizing poverty, skin color and mental health conditions.
We must invest in our children and families, from cradle to career. This means fully paid maternity and paternity leave, affordable childcare, universal preschool, lifting k-12 from the bottom ten into the top ten in per pupil funding, and it most definitely means we must make college tuition free again!
Finally, it was Shirley Chisholm, the first African American woman in Congress, who said, “At present, our country needs women's idealism and determination, perhaps more in politics than anywhere else.”
I am the only candidate who has served in local government, in the state legislature, and as a Constitutional Officer, where I was the first and only woman elected State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
California has never had a woman governor. The bigger the state, the harder it is to elect women.
I am not rich, but I still went corporate free. Big Pharma, Big Oil, Big Banks, the gig economy that exploits workers, will never own me.
The Democratic Party was the most successful when we were a party of the people instead of a party of corporate and special interests. We didn’t need the most money, we just needed enough, because we had the trust of the American people.
It is time to take back the Democratic Party so that it returns to progressive values that used to be the heart and soul of who we were.
Today is a day to vote for the person you truly believe will be the best Governor for our state. I promise you, I have the courage, the vision and the heart to lead this state forward. I would be honored to have your vote.
Eastin Goes Corporate Free
Delaine Eastin, former State Superintendent of Public Instruction and the first non-wealthy woman to run a competitive race for Governor of California is joining the growing tide of democratic candidates around the country and declining corporate donations, known as “corporate free”. This includes corporate PACS and contributions from corporate lobbyists.
“Our campaign finance system is a disaster, and Californians are sick and tired of having the best candidates money can buy,” Eastin stated.
According to polling, over 80% of Americans: Republicans, Independents and Democrats alike, believe that money has too much influence in political campaigns.
Eastin has been a longtime supporter of Common Cause and People for the American Way and experienced first hand the threat of big money on politics during her re-election campaign for State Superintendent in 1998.
Two weeks before the November election, David Packard donated $500,000 to the campaign of Delaine’s opponent. At the time, it was the largest contribution ever made to a California politician. He was joined by Howard Ahmanson from Home Savings who donated $225,000 and John Walton of Walmart who kicked in $55,000. Three other wealthy corporate moguls brought the total contribution to over one million dollars.
The money was spent to attack Eastin as a liberal, for having a “gay agenda” because she proudly touted endorsements from LGBTQ organizations, and for being a strong supporter of bilingual education. It went to the campaign of a candidate that the Sacramento Bee characterized as “…not remotely qualified to hold this office”.
“They thought they could take me out, but we fought back with a lot of small dollar donors, and I won.” Eastin shared.
Since 1998, the influence of money on politics and politicians has grown exponentially.
“My dad always told me that you might as well shoot a dog as give it a bad name,” Eastin said. “California has the highest effective poverty rate in the country. People are understandably cynical. They want money out of politics. I support public funding of campaigns, but in the meantime, I am going entirely corporate free, and returning donations that don't meet this pledge, because it is the right thing to do. I am also continuing my pledge not to take money from Big Oil, Tobacco or the Pharmaceutical Industry.
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.”