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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 55

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Gregg D. Fritchle

Democratic
Social Worker
20,441 votes (22.6%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Creating a dedicated freight truck roadway parallel to the 60 Freeway by linking existing underused four-lane service roads, thereby reducing 60 freeway traffic and streamlining freight truck traffic flow
  • Supporting a sustainable healthy economy by shifting financial support and tax relief away from the wealthy and corporations, and toward the middle class and small businesses
  • Shifting away from finite energy sources (coal, oil) and toward renewable energy (solar, wind)

Experience

Experience

Profession:Social Worker
Children's Social Worker, County of Los Angeles (1990–current)

Education

California State University, Los Angeles Master of Science, Psychology (1985)
University of Southern California Bachelor of Arts, Psychology (1981)

Community Activities

Worksite Steward, Service Employees International Union, Local 535/721 (1991–current)
Delegate, Los Angeles County Democratic Party (2002–current)
Delegate, California Democratic Party (2003–current)
Ex-Officio Delegate, San Bernardino County Democratic Party, Democratic Party of Orange County (2010–current)
Executive Board Delegate, Service Employees International Union, Local 535 (1994–2007)

Biography

I'm a social worker for the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, where I have worked with children and families in their own communities for nearly 30 years, seeing firsthand those communities' needs.

I've been an active voice for working Californians over the past quarter century, serving in several capacities with SEIU Local 721 and one of its predecessor unions, SEIU Local 535. I've been a worksite steward for the past 27 years. I served on the Local 535 statewide Executive Board from 1994 until the reorganization into Local 721 in 2007. As a bargaining team member in contract negotiations six times since 1995, including serving as bargaining team chair in 2007, I've fought for manageable workloads for child welfare social workers. As a member political activist, I've visited the State Capitol on nearly an annual basis since 1992 to fight to protect funding for child welfare services, which are annually threatened with cuts despite State analyses that show that social worker caseloads are over twice the numbers necessary to ensure that at-risk children and families are adequately supervised. I've also fought to protect funding for home care services for the disabled, to protect Medi-Cal funding through State matching funds, and to keep local tax revenues local in order to protect local community services.

I was born in Covina and have lived most of my life in the San Gabriel/Pomona Valley area, attending public schools in West Covina and Covina. I currently live in Walnut, where I became an active voice in City affairs immediately, twice running for City Council, and continuing to advocate for protection of the last remaining open space in the city.

I enrolled in the University of Southern California at the age of 16, earning a bachelor's degree in psychology. I subsequently earned a master's degree in psychology from California State University, Los Angeles.

Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and the League of Women Voters Orange Coast (4)

What do you think the State should do to encourage affordable housing for all Californians?
Answer from Gregg D. Fritchle:

1)      Additional assistance through CalWORKs for victims of domestic violence to help victims and their children escape their abusers and obtain safe housing and job training as needed

2)      Expansion of high-speed transit to connect high job density areas with more affordable existing housing in outlying areas

3)  Realignment of revenues from incorporated cities with very low population and very high tax revenue (such as the City of Industry) to cover regional affordable housing construction, assistance programs such as those above, and regional infrastructure improvements to streamline both passenger and freight transit

4)   Encourage local ordinances rezoning retail (not industrial) areas to accommodate mixed-use construction (ground-floor retail with residences on upper floors, etc), thereby reducing land-acquisition costs

 

5)    Multiple innovative small-scale temporary housing ideas designed by private citizens (such as dome housing and small-footprint single-room houses)

6)     Offering tax credits and/or other incentives to owners of existing multi-unit residential rental buildings for installation of solar energy systems, thereby reducing monthly utility costs

According to a "Civility In America” survey, 75% of Americans believe that the U.S. has a major civility problem. If you are elected what will do to address this?
Answer from Gregg D. Fritchle:

People peaceably assembling to exercise free speech, even in protest, on public property should never be seen as a threat. Taking it away is the real threat. People do this when they feel that they are not being heard by elected officials. We need to protect that right, not restrict it. We need to acknowledge the people’s concerns and recognize the suffering of many, and we should bring protesters into the conversation regardless of whether we agree with all their ideas.

Transparency is an important part of this. Our budget in detail and legislative actions as they occur must be easily accessible to all Californians, described in language easily understood by the average adult. Legislators should be required to hold regular town-hall meetings in their districts to answer questions, respond to concerns, and hear ideas from constituents.

As candidates and elected officials, we must also set an example. Campaigns should focus on issues rather than personalities. We can disagree with others while still showing respect for them as individuals. There are many elected officials, candidates, and activists whom I like as persons even though we disagree on issues.

I will not, however, tolerate hate speech nor references to violence or harm toward others with whom some of us may disagree, and I have and will call out such behavior by people on both sides of the aisle.

Climate changes, and the shifting between very wet weather and drought, worry Californians. What strategies would allow that your district to both satisfy its water needs and protect the environment? Please be specific.
Answer from Gregg D. Fritchle:

If the current administration in Washington refuses to cooperate with the Paris climate accord, then we need to start a national movement at the state level to do so. We need to stand firm for a transition to 100% clean renewable energy, thereby drastically reducing our carbon footprint. We need to provide more incentives for those who purchase or lease new electric vehicles so that more Californians can afford them. We need to build charging infrastructure throughout the State to make vehicle charging accessible anywhere in California when needed. There should be charging stations in the parking lots of every shopping center, every government building, and every hospital. There should be solar panels (or solar shingles as an alternative on homes) on every roof and over every parking lot that can accommodate them.

In addition to ongoing conservation education and local conservation measures, we need to protect the water we have by preventing contamination with toxic chemicals. Our current water shortage only underscores the need for existing regulations on businesses over drainage, as well as prohibitions on releasing contaminated water or toxic chemicals into the ground where it may commingle with previously uncontaminated groundwater.

Technological interventions like cloud seeding or saltwater desalination cannot bring us out of this water shortage. Cloud seeding can only be expected to bring small increases in precipitation, and desalination remains very expensive.

I've looked at measures currently taken and proposals made by the State, and it is not at all clear to me that the State is fully applying its declared eminent domain over the State's water supply. held within communities. Historically, heavily-populated but less water-rich areas have had to negotiate with more water-rich ones in counties in high-precipitation areas, such as along our mountain ranges, to obtain an adequate water supply for the residents of those heavily-populated areas. Rather than negotiate, it's not at all clear to me why the State isn't claiming a portion of the water in these areas for public use as provided under the Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution to ensure that no Californian goes thirsty and no family farm runs dry. The State can then determine just compensation to the water source municipalities based on local water supply rates.

 

 

What programs or strategies would you suggest to meet the educational needs of the youngest and most poverty stricken Californians?
Answer from Gregg D. Fritchle:

We need to invest more, not less, in struggling public schools in disadvantaged neighborhoods, including hiring community workers to reach out to families of youth at risk of failing or dropping out of high school.

We need to bring back the tuition-free, world-class public college system that we once had in California, and both the CSU and California Community Colleges need to make targeted outreach efforts to high schools in disadvantaged neighborhoods to encourage applications from qualified students in those neighborhoods.

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Videos (2)

Community Crossroads 3 October 2016 — April 15, 2018 KCAA-AM 1050 San Bernardino/Redlands

Radio interview of me on 10/3/16 on KCAA-AM 1050, San Bernardino/Redlands

Brea City Council meeting 20 February 2018 — April 28, 2018 City of Brea

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