State of California Archives: on Principles & Values


Xavier Becerra: Appointed as California's first Latino attorney general

Gov. Jerry Brown has tapped House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra (D-Los Angeles) to be the next attorney general of California. He will succeed Kamala Harris, who was elected to the U.S. Senate in November.

Becerra has served 12 terms in Congress and was making a bid to become the ranking Democrat on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee when Brown called him unexpectedly to offer the job. "It's a phenomenal opportunity," Becerra said. "It means I get to be home a lot more."

Becerra, who is the highest-ranking Latino in Congress, would be the state's first Latino attorney general. He worked in the Civil Division of the attorney general's office from 1987 to 1990 before entering Congress.

A vocal advocate for Hillary Clinton's presidential bid, Becerra was briefly floated as an option for vice president or a cabinet position. With Clinton's loss Nov. 8 and no upward mobility available in House leadership, Becerra's future political career was unclear.

Source: Los Angeles Times on 2016 California Senate race results Dec 1, 2016

Kamala Harris: First Indian-American to serve in the U.S. Senate

Kamala Harris' win will make her the first Indian American to serve in the U.S. Senate. She will also be just the second black woman to serve in the U.S. Senate, and the first black senator from California.

Harris' race and ethnicity were never a focal point of the contest, which she was projected to win handily. Many people focused more on the possibility that California might have elected the first Latina to the Senate if Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Orange) had won.

Harris' mother, Dr. Shyamala Harris, emigrated from India. Her father, Donald Harris, emigrated from Jamaica. According to the U.S. Senate's website, just nine black Americans have ever served in the Senate. Democrat Carol Moseley Braun of Illinois became the first black woman to serve in the body in 1993. A handful of Indian Americans have served in the U.S. House, including California's Dalip Singh Saund from 1957 to 1963 and current Rep. Ami Bera (D-Elk Grove), who was first elected in 2012.

Source: Los Angeles Times on 2016 California Senate race results Nov 9, 2016

Norma Torres: Elected to City Council, State Assembly, and State Senator

I have dedicated my life to serving the people of this community. I have served as a 9-1-1 emergency dispatcher, as a City Councilmember, Mayor, Member of the State Assembly District 61 and District 52, and now as a California State Senator. I am proud of my long record of representing the Pomona Valley and Inland Empire. From working to secure billions in federal funding to helping families avoid foreclosure, to fighting for better jobs for the Inland Empire, to forcing state agencies to do a better job in enrolling our families for low cost health care; I have worked hard every day to make government work for the people I represent.

In Congress I will continue my fight for better jobs, to protect families from the fallout from the housing crisis, to improve local transportation infrastructure, protect Medicare and Social Security, and to help Ontario Airport regain its footing as a hub of regional economic activity.

Source: 2014 California House campaign website, NormaTorres.com Oct 10, 2014

Steve Knight: Judeo-Christian framework is moral; Shariah is a threat

Q: Efforts to bring Islamic law (shariah) to America do not pose a threat to our country and its Constitution?

Knight: Strongly Disagree>

Q: Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government?

Knight: Agree

Q: Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values?

Knight: I am a Bible-believing Christian who rests his faith in Jesus Christ, and His ability to change lives through selfless sacrifice and undying love.

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 California House race Sep 30, 2014

Jerry Brown: Proclaim May 2 as California "Day of Prayer"

Each year, in accordance with Public Law 100-307, the President proclaims the first Thursday in May as a National Day of Prayer.

A National Day of Prayer is an occasion for each of us to reflect more deeply on the eternal verities and those matters which transcend our everyday routines. Through prayer, one opens the heart and stills the mind so that the Divine Presence may be directly encountered.

I encourage Californians to participate in this day in the manner that is most appropriate to their own religious or spiritual beliefs and experience.

NOW THEREFORE I, EDMUND G. BROWN JR., Governor of the State of California, do hereby proclaim May 2, 2013, as a "Day of Prayer" in California.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 1st day of May 2013.

Source: California governor's website press release May 2, 2013

Arnold Schwarzenegger: It is time to return California to the people

“I come from Austria, a socialist country. There you can hear 18-year- olds talking about their pension.... Individualism is incompatible with socialism. I felt I had to come to America where the government wasn’t always breathing down your neck or standing on your shoes.” California became a beacon for the rest of the nation and the world.

But today we are in a different place. There is an enormous disconnect between the people of California and the politicians of California. We the people, are doing our job--working hard, paying our taxes and raising our families. They, the politicians are not doing their job. They fiddle, they fumble, and they fail.

It is time to return California to the people.

Source: Californians for Schwarzenegger website, www.JoinArnold.com Aug 18, 2003

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