Tag Archives: Election 2014

Misguided Consultants Spotlight Something Supported In SD 20

Yes, my opponent went thru the Inland Utopia archives back in 2007 and used something I written to write a flyer about me that expressed my pro-life support. However, in 2008 Senate District 20 did support parental notification for abortion.

Proposition 4 in Senate District 20

Parental notification was supported in all the cities of the district.
This ballot measure was even supported when Obama was the main draw on the ballot.

City Yes No
Chino 13259 8842
Colon 7339 4850
Fontana 26908 16467
Grand Terrace 2587 2110
Montclair 5147 3198
Ontario 23242 15054
Pomona 18922 14955
Rialto 14225 8762
San Bernardino 26578 19079

It Is All About Jobs and Opportunity

My main theme of my campaign is about jobs and opportunity. Opportunity has been denied to countless Californian working families and small business thanks to my opponent and her friends. People are still unemployed and even though the unemployment number is low, it is still high when we account the people not participating in the workforce due to their discouragement.

My plan is simple, we need to stop discouraging the companies who would offer quality middle class jobs to help raise families and provide opportunities to Californians. Adding regulations to inhibit companies from setting up in our state is only creating the culture of dependency in our state. It is a victory when we get people into the workforce and improve their self-worth.

The red tape of requiring unionization before a business can operate is one way where we are not going to get big companies to operate. I do support elections for union organization, but card check is not a secret vote. No one wants to be harassed or intimidated for not going the union way because card check allows for co-workers and union leaders to know your vote. Palmdale is likely going to lose a manufacturing plant that is making light rail cars to other states because of the unions using government regulation on business.

We already lost Nestle, Toyota, Charles Schwab and the Starwood hotel call center to other states. Our business reputation is already worse than a direct to video movie release. Public services are not funded by fairy dust, it takes the private sector worker to help fund the public sector and if we want a healthy California we need to think of business to bring forth the jobs and opportunity to our state.

If you do not want California to be a walking advertisement for Arizona, Nevada, or Texas please vote for Matthew Munson for State Senate. Because my opponent is not going to listen to the businesses that will help grow our state and provide opportunity to the people of our region due to her wearing the union label on her sleeve.

Working Families Deserve Gas Tax Relief

Because of the crusade against global warming, former Governor Schwarzenegger and former Speaker Fabian Nunez implemented AB 32, which claimed to provide solutions on the issue. As part of the law, gas taxes are going to be added next year that range from 16 to 76 cents more a gallon, depending on what the California Air Resources Board decides.
Democratic Party Assemblyman Henry Perea (D-Fresno) teamed up with several members in his party to freeze the increased costs in AB 69, but the bill to freeze the taxes was prevented from moving through the committees by Senate President Steinberg (D-Sacramento). Legislators such as Cheryl Brown (D-Rialto), Norma Torres (D-Pomona) and Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona) have supported this effort, but my opponent (D-Chino) has not taken a stand on this issue. She claims to be an advocate of working families, but this new tax increase is very regressive to those who need to go to work and do other errands, in their daily lives.

Democrats and their environmentalist friends want to get people off the roads, but if there are no convenient ways to get to work without driving, then this gas tax is uncalled for. The Inland Valleys of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties are not famous for their public transportation systems. You might live in a public transportation desert where it would be very difficult to dump the pump. Going to Corona from Ontario is nearly impossible with limited solutions with public transit. People remain tied to their vehicle due to the lack of convenient options.

We who live and work in the Inland Valley are being penalized for living where we live. It is tough to find employment any closer, and many of us are thankful for the jobs we have for the time being. If the gas tax is raised to the median increase of 46 cents and your gas tank holds 15 gallons, expect 350 dollars a year out of your pocket for your weekly refill. For those who live paycheck to paycheck, this is money that comes straight out of their pocketbooks.
Not all of us are Prius Environmentalists, many of us value clean air and less carbon monoxide in our communities. However the proponents of environmental legislation need to understand that there is a cost to regulations, and not all of us can afford to pay them. California is not New York City, and our communities were designed for the motor vehicle. It should be up to counties and cities to determine their taxation and transportation policies instead of Sacramento.

Matthew Munson is the 20th Senate District Candidate for the November election running under the Republican Party.

Ballot Statements are WAY TOO HIGH

When I filed for State Senate on a promise of getting my filing fee paid for by state party activists. I noticed that the filing fee for Senate District 20 is around $10,170  and in Los Angeles County it is $1200. In the old days when I ran in 2002 the first ballot statement was $615 in San Bernardino County and Los Angeles County was around $165. Basically the taxpayer is not subsidizing the ballot statements like they used to in the past.

Basically ballot statements are a luxury for the high end candidate who may be already wealthy or has money from business or labor unions, but for those who are community and party activists they basically are shut out.

In my election reform essay on my campaign site, I do recommend other options to bring forth voter engagement so they can be informative about the candidates. Ballot statement could be online only as an option for candidates without much financial means. Perhaps for $200 you can have an online only ballot statement for your campaign in the future.

For those without much income such as Crystal Ruiz in Riverside County for her SD 23 race and my own race for SD 20 we could apply for the indigent candidate plan. However we are not given a break with the costs. I would most likely have to pay a heavy chunk each month to the county after the election. I guess Facebook or Twitter advertising would be the wave of advertising in the future.

Most likely at the very best, I might put my sample ballot in the general if I make it that far in Pomona only. Pomona is basically the firewall to make sure any Republican or conservative leaning independent does not get elected such as Paul Leon’s special election.