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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 30

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Gregory Swett

Walnut Grower/Trustee
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Maintaining education funding and in budget shortfall situation--maintain education spending but short other programs
  • Transportation in the Central Coast region
  • Improve fire fighting by utiilizing pandemic obsoleted 747's

Experience

Experience

Profession:Walnut Grower. Board President of Willow Grove El
Owner, Swett Orchards (1976–current)
Board President, Willow Grove Elementary School — Elected position (2014–current)
Treasurer, San Benito County Farm Bureau — Appointed position (2001–2020)
Director of Operations, San Benito County Farm Labor Camp — Elected position (2010–current)
President, San Benito County Farm Bureau — Elected position (2008–2010)
Manager Automation, TWA (1980–1982)
Fiance Positions, TWA (1976–1980)

Education

University of California--Berkeley Bachelor of Science, Finance and Accounting (1975)

Biography

I have farmed my whole life while also working for major corporations.  I have built my walnut growing operation into a full service business.  My educational background combined with financial experience provides the skill set to manage billion dollar budgets.  Change and implementing new technology is the way to better the general population.  

Who supports this candidate?

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California (4)

Describe what proposal(s) you would support to alleviate the shortage of affordable housing for all income groups in California?
Answer from Gregory Swett:

Current regulations at all government levels impose costs and restrictions on building additional housing.  Primaryily, CEQUA needs to be reformed to allow projects to move forward.  More planning by local authorities that would allow builders to actually build housing--not meet pollitical objectives.  

What programs or legislation would you support to meet the water needs of all Californians?
Answer from Gregory Swett:

Increased water storage and actually build dams.  Our water system is basically the same as when built in the 1970's and we have doubled our population.  Again CEQUA is a major issue.  Improved water distribution systems--lining canals and the use of better irrigation methods such as drip.

Specifically, two projects that could start near immediately--raising Shasta Dam by 18 feet and San Luis Reservoir by 10'.  Shasta Dam was designed for this additon.  

And finally the will to do projects--Shasta was approved in 1938 and completed in 1945.  Our last bond measure was in 2014 and we not started any water storage facilities.  

 

Carbon Neutrality Question

To reach a goal of carbon neutrality by 2045, as set forth in a 2018 executive order what, if any, proposals, plans or legislation would you support?  Please be specific.

No answer provided.
According to the California Legislative Analyst’s Office, we spend over $81,000 per individual who is incarcerated.  Other than incarceration, what ways can the State address safety and justice?
Answer from Gregory Swett:

Education is the primary way to prevent incarcaration in the first place.  Through education expansion of vocational training to those individuals who are not comfortable in an academic environment but rather the physical world.  However, there are certain individuals that based on their actions are not suitable for inclusion in the general population

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Contributions

Total money raised: $1,100

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

1
swett orchards
$1,000

More information about contributions

By State:

California 100.00%
100.00%

By Size:

Large contributions (100.00%)
Small contributions (0.00%)
100.00%

By Type:

From organizations (90.91%)
From individuals (9.09%)
90.91%9.09%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Government should be serving all people and making their lives better.  Government should not be held hostage by individual groups at the expense of the many.  In most cases, this means doing things better and not raising taxes.  We have the money, we just don't know how to spend it correctly.  

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