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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 24

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Kennita Watson

Retired Software Professional
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • To protect the privacy and property of all citizens from government intrusion,
  • To see that all persons are protected from discrimination.
  • To see that the government lives within its means and does not palm off its debts on future generations,

Experience

Education

Stanford University Master of Science, Computer Science (1989)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Bachelor of Science, Computer Science (1981)

Biography

I was born and raised in the greater Cleveland area.  I attended Superior School, W.H.Kirk Junior High- School, and Laurel School for Girls.  When I left home, I attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology, majoring in Computer Science,  On graduating, I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, where I have lived ever since.  After some years of work, I earned a Master's Degree in Computer Science from Stanford University, and continued computer-related work, from programming to software quality assurance and testing, to user interface design, until I retired sue to complictions of multiple sclerosis.

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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 Kennita Watson:

1. eliminate permit fees that cost 25% or more of the cost of building new homes.

2. end zoning laws that restrict where housing can be built.

3. end construction codes that drive up the price of housing.

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

1. End the monopoly control of water by governments and end the ban on de-desalinization plants. 

2. Fund research into less water-intensive farming methods.

3. Reduce/remove subsidies for water use, allowing costs to rise to market rate.

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.
Answer from Kennita Watson:

1. Calculate neutral carbon share for each corporation, impose fines for going over that amount, and reward companies for coming in under.

2. End all petroleum, coal, and nuclear corporation social welfare and subsidies, and allocate that money to sustainable energy sources such as wind, solar, hydroelectric, and geothermal.

3. Fund research into sustainable energy sources (such as nanotechnology for making nearly 100% efficient solar cells) and allow free entry into the sustainable-energy market.

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 Kennita Watson:

1. END THE WAR ON DRUGS and treat drug addiction as a medical issue, not a criminal issue.

2. Use electronic monitoring to allow non-violent criminals to work off their debt to society.

3. Allow renegotiation of sentences and more opportunities for time off for good behavior.

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Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I was brought up by ab Ayn Rand Objectivist, and and have always aspireed to he ideals of self-determinarion and self-reliance, so I naturally gravcitated to the Libertarian Party. Over time I have grown more soft-hearted and cooperative, so at this point I would identify myself as Liberaltarian.  I want to help people, but I don't want to do it by tak,ing money from other people who have earned it, and trying to keep people happy in the short term by borrowimng and pretending to have money you don't have will eventually result in disaster.

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