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Tuesday June 7, 2022 — California Primary Election

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Laura Wells

Analista financiero
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Hay que implementar una banca pública a nivel estatal y local; hay que ahorrar dinero en intereses, que pueden ser el 40 % del costo de los proyectos. Hay que canalizar los ahorros a las escuelas y los servicios. Hay que asociarse con bancos y cooperativas de crédito locales para invertir en California, no en Wall Street.
  • Aplicar impuestos a los sumamente ricos, como se hacía antes, para financiar los servicios y evitar que los multimillonarios compren los medios de comunicación y a los políticos. Si ellos ganan, California pierde. Hay que detener la fracturación hidráulica e implementar un impuesto a extracción de recursos naturales como en todos los demás estados productores de petróleo.
  • Hay que poner en marcha un sistema de cuidados de la salud mejorado de Medicare para Todos, como el de otras naciones industrializadas ricas para ahorrar dinero y salvar vidas, especialmente después de una pandemia en la que la pérdida de puestos de trabajo supuso la pérdida del seguro médico. Que la gente escoja a sus médicos.



Laura Wells’ political activism kicked into high gear in 1992 in an unexpected way. A friend told her, “I had a dream you were in politics. You should check out the brand new Green Party.”

Laura found a political home in the Green Party. She appreciated the party's recognition that the problems facing everyone were interrelated: peace and non-violence, the environment, wealth and poverty, and social justice. She saw that real justice was up against all the “isms” of society. She liked the fact that Greens put principles into practice by never accepting corporate money, or developer money either, since developers bought government at the level of cities.

Having worked for years as a problem-solving systems analyst, the recognition that not just problems but also solutions are interrelated appealed to Laura. It was like a principle of permaculture: no single problem or solution stands on its own. Laura wanted to be a part of bringing in solutions, to positively affect the future of all beings, definitely including her then 8-year-old daughter Natalia.

In 1992, Laura voted according to her usual habit and within a year felt betrayed when NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) passed, a terrible act for people and the planet. The major candidates all took billionaire money and gave the billionaires a great return on their investment with trade agreements and other sweetheart deals.

Also in 1992 the country’s glorification of Columbus’ “discovering” America fizzled because of the consciousness-raising “500 Years is Enough” movement. Within a few years she organized with “50 Years is Enough” to point out that the World Bank was not at all successful in its stated goal of “reduction of poverty.”

Since registering Green, Laura has served in a number of leadership positions at the county and state levels of the Green Party of California. She was a founding member of the Green Party County Council in Alameda County, a co-founder and managing editor of the state’s Green Party newspaper Green Focus, and is currently a member of the Green Party’s state coordinating committee.

In 2014, Laura ran for California State Controller on a platform of "keeping the good and correcting the bad" of Proposition 13, which directed the majority of “tax relief” to giant corporations and not individuals. She also focused on tax reforms that implement fair and progressive taxation policies. After the global economic meltdown, Laura ran for Governor in 2010, on a platform of creating a State Bank of California, that invests in the residents of our state not Wall Street.

She was arrested upon attempting to enter the building to watch the 2010 Gubernatorial debate, which excluded all third-party candidates. Significantly, given the entrenched two-party system, the charge was “trespassing at a private party," which should have been a public party.

Laura also ran for State Controller in 2002 and 2006, receiving over 400,000 votes in 2002. She served on the executive committee of the Instant Runoff Voting for Oakland’s 2006 campaign while also running for State Controller, helping secure support for IRV from local representatives of most political parties in Oakland, including Greens, Peace and Freedom, Libertarians, Republicans, and Democrats.

Laura has said, “I have realized that the most progressive elected politicians serve to set the upper limit of what people can even expect from government. We need to raise our expectations and use our power to challenge a system that refuses to provide the very basics — like affordable and accessible healthcare, housing, and education — in this, the richest country on earth. There’s no excuse for it, but there is a reason: the billionaires and their corporations have bought out both parties and are running our country. We do have power, including our votes, voter registrations, wallet power, and street power. We need candidates with solid Green New Deal values, who never take corporate money.”

Laura was born and raised in Michigan. As a scholarship student, she earned her BA in foreign languages from Wayne State University in Detroit in 1969, and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa society. Laura went on to earn a Masters of Education at Antioch University, and lived in Boston, Massachusetts for ten years working in finance, computer programming, and systems analysis. In 1992 Laura switched to working with nonprofits such as Pesticide Action Network and Women’s Economic Agenda Project, and other sectors such as schools, labor unions and county government. For the past 40+ years Laura has lived in California, and has been an Oakland resident since 2000.

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Dinero total recaudado: $20,386

Principales contribuyentes que dieron dinero para apoyar al candidato, por organización:

Green Party of California
Employees of Kaiser Permanente
Employees of California State University, Northridge
Employees of CSU/PERS

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Por estado:

California 97.24%
Arizona 0.55%
Florida 0.55%
Hawaii 0.55%
Maine 0.55%
Oregon 0.55%

Por tamaño:

Contribuciones grandes (89.02%)
Contribuciones pequeñas (10.98%)

Por tipo:

De organizaciones (8.24%)
De individuos (91.76%)
Fuente: Análisis de datos de la Secretaría del Estado de California de MapLight.

Creencias poliza

Filosofía política

The following is the 90-word candidate statement that will be in the Voter Information Guide that will be sent to every voting household in California.

Tax the super-rich; stop billionaires from buying the media and politicians. Implement public banking to invest in California not Wall Street. Use water wisely, never for fracking. Spend money on necessary, meaningful jobs that don’t destroy the planet, and less money imprisoning people in an unjust system. To save money and lives, there ARE solutions to problems of healthcare, economy, education, and environment, but politicians financed by billionaires and corporations won’t implement them. If they win, you don’t. We have alternatives to the two-party system: vote

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