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State of California (Sacramento, Butte, Placer, Sutter, Yuba, Tehama, Glenn, Colusa Counties) June 3, 2014 Election
Candidates Answer Questions on the Issues
State Senator; District 4

The questions were prepared by the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and asked of all candidates for this office.     See below for questions on Fiscal Choices, Water, Education, Your Priorities

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? 1. How would you prioritize the fiscal choices the Legislature must make to align the state’s income and spending?

Answer from CJ Jawahar:

California's proposed budget for 2014-15 is poised to take advantage of the recovering economy. Yet, past budgetary borrowing, unfunded retirement obligations, bond costs and deferred maintenance have created long term liabilities that totals hundreds of billions of dollars. Fiscal prudence must be order of the day. It is very crucial for us to well prepare our younger generation to sustain our economy. My first priority will be to maintain the funding for education at all levels. Healthy people can only make California's economy healthy. Easy access to health care would be my priority. we need to revamp our aging infrastructures.

? 2. Given our current drought condition, concern for water rights and usage is an important issue. What solutions would you support to address our water problems?

Answer from CJ Jawahar:

Not having adequate surface and under ground water storage is creating huge strain on our water sharing and usage policies. I will support creating more up-stream/off-stream water storage facilities.I will advocate for efficient water usage techniques, switching crops to conserve water.

? 3. California high school students rank lower than many states in student performance. What do you see as the ongoing role of the Legislature in addressing this problem?

Answer from CJ Jawahar:

Reducing class size, adopting Common Core Standards and allocating funds to advance technology at lower grades, addressing some of the social issues such as truancy, dropouts, poverty, mental health can increase performance among the students from low-income families.

? 4. What other major issues do you think the Legislature must address? What are your own priorities?

Answer from CJ Jawahar:

Ban Hydraulic Fracking. Work with oil companies to find alternative methods for oil extraction. Create enough water storage before we plan for water delivery. Protect the existing environmental regulations. Help undocumented farm workers to get legal status and help farmers to find agricultural labor in a timely manner. Education reform, criminal justice reform and tax reform will be some of my priorities.

Responses to questions asked of each candidate are reproduced as submitted to the League.  Candidates' statements are presented as submitted. References to opponents are not permitted.

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