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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election

California State AssemblyCandidate for District 7

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Ralph Merletti

Republican
Teacher
Write-In
43 votes (0.1%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Encourage pro-life/pro-family values in legislative activity
  • Strengthen educational opportunities for students at all levels
  • Expand and safeguard water resources/transportation infrastructure

Experience

Experience

Profession:Teacher
Substitute Teacher, Gateway Community Charters, McClellan CA (2013–2015)
Adjunct Instructor in Geography, Riverside Community College District (1990–1993)
Cartographic Aide/Technician, US Forest Service (1974–1982)
Wire Maint. Helper, US Air Force (1963–1964)

Education

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville Master of Arts (M.A.), geography (1984)
California State University, Northridge Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), geography (minor in political science and teacher training completed in 1971) (1970)

Biography

Ralph Merletti has lived in the Fruitridge area of Sacramento County for over 15 years.  Ralph was born in Buffalo NY in 1946.  In 1955 his family moved west to California.  Ralph is a 1963 graduate of Sylmar High School, Sylmar CA (northernmost community of the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles), where he received a varsity letter in cross country, and a certificate of merit for school spirit and loyalty.

Ralph has long been involved in community activities.  While in high school, he was a member of the Sylmar Civic Association 1961-62.  In December of 1962, he was named "First Honorary Historian" of the Sylmar Chamber of Commerce for his efforts at popularizing the community in the context of California geography, history. agriculture, climate, and geology.  Most notable, Ralph asked (and convinced) two major road map companies to "please put Sylmar on the map."  In 1971, Ralph moved to Colorado and became active in the local community there:  Choir member of Denver's Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (1973-76), Historic Denver, Inc. (1975-1982), and the Colorado Mountain Club, Denver Group (1982, 1985-88).  Returning to California, Ralph was trophy chairman for the Brawley (Imperial County) Cattle Call parade in the fall of 1988.  At the 50-year reunion (April 2013) of the Sylmar HS class of 1963, the principal presented Ralph with the game ball from the previous fall's 50th Anniversary homecoming football game in appreciation of his high school nickname - "Mr. Sylmar."

Socially, Ralph has been active in several singles' clubs over the years.  In 1981, Ralph was president of the CAC (Catholic Alumni Club [single, religious, professional]) of Colorado, and in the second half of 2003 was president of the CAC of Sacramento.  Ralph is a member of St. Rose parish in South Sacramento and has served as a lector for 15 years.  St. Rose is the busiest church in the 20-county Diocese of Sacramento on Sunday mornings, having Mass on the hour.  Ralph has also been active over the years in pro-life activities, such as parish contact for "40 Days For Life" campaigns, and the annual "Walk For Life in San Francisco.

At his Fruitridge residence, Ralph has over a 15-year record of daily and monthly rainfall measurements.  He has also been previously involved with the Association of American Geographers and currently with the Sacramento Valley Astronomical Society.  A life-long amateur astronomer, Ralph's favorite events are solar and lunar eclipses and related phenomena, having observed 27 solar eclipses of various types, beginning with his first in 1954 in the Buffalo NY area.  Since then, Ralph has observed four totals and four annulars (ring-like), the most recent in May 2012 at Redding CA.  The October 2014 partial solar eclipse was observed with students and staff at St. Patrick Academy on the grounds of Ralph's home parish, St. Rose.

Ralph has traveled in all 58 counties in California, 45 states (including Hawaii-1980 and Alaska-2008), and to five foreign countries (Canada, Mexico: Aruba and Venezuela-1998, Switzeland and Romania-1999) on three continents.  His other avocations include mountain climbing (Colorado 14ers in the 1980s including the state's highest - Mt. Elbert - in 1982; Lassen Peak CA in 2005, Mt. Rose NV and Mt. Scott [Crater Lake] OR in 2007), photography (two of his best photographs include [now Saint] Pope John-Paul II passing in front of the Alamo in San Antonio TX in 1987, and the first pitch of major league baseball [Colorado Rockies] at Denver's Mile high Stadium in 1993), sports, and of course, politics!  Ralph has several presentations/publications; some of these (or their listing) can be seen online.

In November 2002, Ralph was among the approx. 8,300+ Californians to submit a design for the state quarter, attending the the general public's part of the release celebration at the end of January2005.  He has attended several other local and state events in the Sacramento area including:  the public grand opening of the new Sacramento City Hall in August of 2005, the WNBA championship of the Sacramento Monarchs in September of 2005, the rededication of the renovated Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in November of 2005, the inauguration ceremony of the Governor of California at Memorial Auditorium in January 2007, the grand reopening of the Crocker Art Museum in October 2010, the grand opening of the new Terminal B at Sacramento International Airport in October 2011, the massive civic rally in Cesar Chavez Park celebrating our NBA Sacramento Kings and the new arena deal in 2013, and the Hometown Heroes parade on Capitol Mall and rally at the State Capitol in September 2015.

Politically, Ralph was an alternate/regular delegate at the Colorado Republican Covention in 1988.  In 2010, he was an applicant for the California Citizens Redistricting Commission.  Later that year, he was a pollworker for Sacramento County Elections Office at one local polling station, each, on the June and November election days. In the fall of 2012 and 2014, Ralph was a candidate for Trustee, Area 7, of the Sacramento City Unified School District.  In the spring of 2014, he was a regular candidate for Assembly District 7, and in the spring of 2016, Ralph is this time a write-in candidate for the same office.

Who supports this candidate?

Individuals (1)

Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and California Counts, a public media collaboration. (4)

Climate changes and the continuing drought worry many in California. What new strategies do you believe would ensure that California is able to both satisfy its water needs and protect the environment? Please be specific. 
Answer from Ralph Merletti:

The proposed Sites Reservoir in Colusa County should be started, following completion of environmental impact studies.  At present, I do not favor the Twin Tunnels Delta Project.  We must be very cautious about any future water diversions out of Northern California.  The people of local water source areas must first be guaranteed full access for both personal and agricultural needs.  Water conservation must continue, but with the proper priorities according to basic needs, rather than so many loopholes for certain interests.

Many Californians are concerned about the influence of money in politics. What can the state legislature do to ensure that decision-making by elected officials is not swayed by moneyed interests at the expense of constituents?
Answer from Ralph Merletti:

The California State Legislature can do a lot more to ensure honesty and fair treatment to, among, and from its members and other elected officials.  Moneyed interests must be restricted in their contributions and subsequent effect on elected officials.  A way is needed to put alternate members in office, should a legislature member be suspended.  The people need to have representation at all times!

There are a variety of proposals to raise California's minimum wage. Many of these proposals face opposition from business groups who are concerned that they would kill jobs. Do you support increasing the minimum wage in California?  In your answer please explain your position on the relationship between wages and jobs with specific reference to the situation in your district. 
Answer from Ralph Merletti:

I support the minimum wage increases coming into effect, year by year, in California.  Less regulation by the state would help businesses, large and small, to produce a high quality workplace, and still keep the required number of workers.  Assembly District #7 has many small businesses that need this type of balance. 

What are your top three fiscal priorities, recognizing the need to balance the state’s income with its spending?
Answer from Ralph Merletti:

My three top fiscal priorities are those that promote family values, increased education opportunities for all levels, and using proven methods in dealing with water supply problems.  I will fight to end state-funded abortions.  We need increased maternity leave benefits and child care in the workplace.  I support spending or tax relief that will encourage a return to traditional family values and a culture of life.  Education opportunities must be expanded, including more pre-school, and more public school districts adopting a charter school type atmosphere.  Ways must be found to reduce the ever-increasing college student debt.  In-state students must be increasingly favored for college and university admissions.  Stop spending so much on recruiting and over-paying school and university administrators!  More incentives are needed to encourage a shared reponsibility for water conservation.  Stop the wasteful overuse of water on public grounds!

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Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

My values are life, faith, family, and education.  I am pro-life (conception to natural death), pro-family (traditional), a strong education supporter, and I represent a new direction for the California State Legislature.  In a spirit of fiscal and moral responsibility, we must be more careful about which bills are passed, and which are defeated in committee.  There must be better accountability as to how and where our state funds are allocated.  I will work for a new common sense direction that will be more responsible to ALL of the people of our 7th Assembly District, born and unborn. 

On your June 7th primary election ballot, vote for a new legislative direction -- write in RALPH MERLETTI for our Assembly District 7!

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