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Blog: The Public Deserves More Than Senator Liu's Silence.

Gil Gonzales, Candidate for State Senate in District 25: I invite my opponent, Carol Liu, to participate in public forums and debates, where she has been questionably absent.

I have a history of public service and job creation; I invite Senator Liu to engage in a debate to lay out our respective positions for the 25th District.  Over the past couple weeks I have emphasized the contradicting nature of Carol Liu’s support for tax increases, while also having had a $10 million dollar tax shelter in the Cayman Islands.  In Op-Eds, I vehemently asked why she did not disclose this information on her public reporting documents as required by law.  Senator Liu has remained silent on this issue. Why? I trust voters will decide how important this matter of non-disclosure is when they cast their ballots on November 6th.      

This tax issue alone does not disqualify Senator Liu from being an effective public servant for the 25th District. Candidates for public office must inform the community on their position on vital issues. It is crucial we engage voters during these difficult economic times, which makes me wonder why Senator Liu refuses to attend forums and debates. As constituents, we all need to discuss the responsibilities of public servants and how our individual vision will improve the state. Senator Liu has a record to explain and her complete refusal to participate in public forums and debates is disappointing. If she won’t take part in these discussions, how can voters know how her policies will affect the 25th District? As leaders, our duty is to serve you and represent your interests.

I possess the vision and experience to take on real education reform, create jobs and implement policies that support a stronger economy. I have a plan to get you and your neighbors back to work by advocating for small businesses. Additionally, I pledge to ensure government is accountable with your hard earned tax dollars. What our state needs more than anything are committed public servants with a clear vision to lead our state in job creation and elevating education for our students. We should accept nothing less and silence by an elected official on all of the above is unacceptable. I ask you not to be silent on election day, your vote is your voice.

 

Gil Gonzales

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Gil Gonzales October 31, 2012 at 12:08 AM
I believe in creating a budget that brings forth a foundation for long-term growth. Unsustainable spending by the legislature isn’t helping our children now or in the future. Restricting the use of deferrals, which essentially is spending money that the school doesn’t have is a priority. I also want to ensure that categorized grants are going to programs that work, such as charter schools, instead of focusing money on programs that need to be reevaluated entirely. I will promote teacher accountability through programs such as school choice for families, data-driven accountability for schools, and rewarding effective teachers. We should implement successful models in our school systems so that our children are able to not only academically succeed within our state’s limits, but also to surpass students’ scores nationally. Education is of the upmost importance to me and I am committed to balancing our budget so we can protect funding for achievement, and promote high expectations and rigorous academic standards. Feel free to call me at (626) 765-6470 or drop by the campaign headquarters in Pasadena. I would enjoy speaking with you about this more. Also, please visit my website at www.gilforsenate.com.
pusddad October 31, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Thanks for responding. What is your position on props 30 and 38?
pusddad November 02, 2012 at 05:06 PM
if you fail to answer direct direct questions from voters on your blog posts, how are you different than Lui for refusing to debate?
Gil Gonzales November 04, 2012 at 04:20 PM
I'm sorry for the delayed response. My focuses are education and job creation. Jerry Brown's Prop 30 aims to raise income taxes discouraging new job creation and it does not do enough for students. California is the second highest tax environment in the Nation and our record high unemployment rate is proof that high taxes kill jobs. We cannot give the irresponsible law makers more tax dollars to mismanage. Education helped me rise out of poverty. It is true, we need to focus on real education reform for our children, but Proposition 38 is the wrong path to take. The following is a great link you can use to learn more about each of the Propositions: http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/California_2012_ballot_propositions Again, please feel free to call me at (626) 765-6470 or drop by the campaign headquarters in Pasadena. My website at www.gilforsenate.com.
pusddad November 04, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Is sounds like you are willing to sacrifice the current students in order the achieve a long term benefit based on the questionble assumption that the wealthy will spend their money to create local jobs and increase the overall wealth. Carol gets my vote.

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