Economic Recovery is the biggest problem facing California's 21st CongressionalDistrict. With some of the highest unemployment rates in the United States, it has beenfacing a chronic employment problem for many years that was only deepened by therecent economic hardship facing the entire country. The answers to this dilemma arecomplex but solutions can be found. They exist in the following:
Small Business Development
Small Business in the US contributes to around
of the U.S. GDP and over half of theemployment. The 21st district is no different. I will work for the Small Businesscommunity in our district to ensure they get their share of resources to help themparticipate in the inevitable rebound that will take place in the future California economy.The California High Speed Rail Authority has stated that they have a target that 30 % of the contracts on the project be completed by small business. I will work to make surethis goal is reached and that the Small Business community is in a position to competefor the contracts that will be available.
High Speed Rail
The California High Speed Rail project is the jump start that could help trigger economicrecovery in Central California. If elected to Congress from the 21st District I will continueto work on making sure that the plan to originate the first phase of the project will bestarted, as planned, between Bakersfield to just north of Fresno and that contractors inthe area will have ample opportunity to bid for contracts in the 6 Billion dollar State/Federal project that will provide 10's of thousands of good paying jobs for many yearswhile the project is being built.
Renewable Energy & Infrastructure
I favor the continued development of solar, wind and other green technology in CentralCalifornia. With the regions abundance of sunny days, the district is in an obviouslocation for the continued production of renewable energy resources and themanufacturing and service industries that revolve around it.
21st Century Job Training
Even with the extremely high percentages of unemployment in the 21st District thereare far too many instances of companies not being able to find adequately trainedemployees to fill many of the limited jobs that are available in the area. I will work hardto find innovative answers to bridge this gap so that employers can find qualified 21stcentury trained candidates for the positions that they will have opening as the economyrecovers. Positions on these important Issues will be released soon.•Water •Education•Law Enforcement•Immigration