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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

California State AssemblyCandidate for District 76

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Thomas E. Krouse

Republican
COO/Businessman/Entrepreneur
65,377 votes (40.6%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Getting Special Interest Money Out Of Politics
  • Advocating For Common Sense Solutions To State Budget Problems In Order To Reduce Taxes And Improve Services
  • Protecting The Public's Essential Natural Resources

Experience

Experience

Profession:Chief Operating Officer / Businessman / Entrepreneur / Election Reform Advocate
Executive Vice President – Portfolio Manager, RIA Representative, Marketocracy Capital Management, LLC (2007–current)
President/CEO, Konodomo Group (1999–current)
Chief Operating Officer, Image Orthodontics (2015–current)
Board Member, Californians for Electoral Reform — Elected position (2014–2016)
Chief Operating Officer, Parallax Fund, L.P. (2004–2006)
Board Member, Californians for Electoral Reform — Elected position (2003–2005)
Professor (Economics, Finance, & Accounting), Moscow University Touro [Московский университет Туро] (2004–2004)
Board Member, North County Humane Society/SPCA — Appointed position (2003–2004)
Board Member, Mayfield Community Clinic — Elected position (1992–1995)

Education

Thomas Jefferson School of Law Contracts, Torts, & Legal Writing (2003)
University of Southern California M.B.A., Business Administration (2001)
Stanford University B.A., Economics (1990)

Biography

For 25 years, I've worked in the real world of finance, entrepreneurship, and education.  I have been a Carlsbad homeowner for 16 years, and I have served our community as a board member of the North County Humane Society/SPCA, the Mayfield Community Clinic, and Californians for Electoral Reform.

Growing up, I lived for 15 years in Half Moon Bay, a town very much like Carlsbad Village and coastal Oceanside, whose economy is dependent upon tourism, agriculture and fishing. I understand the unique communities and quality of life on California's coast.

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 Thomas E. Krouse:

The State of California, in conjunction with water districts throughout the state, needs to develop and implement municipal scale water recycling for agricultural purposes which will then free up fresh water supplies for residential use.

Funds should be redirected as possible away from increased storage plans which will be less or completely useless if efficient and effective water recycling infrastructure is brought online.

Water recycling is a proven technology which has already been implemented on a national scale in many countries throughout the world. The costs and reliability of water recycling are well know which will simplify the planning process and allow for transparent cost projections.

Individual water districts should take the lead in designing specific projects and then work with the State of California and the private sector on financing construction and operation of these new systems based on local supply and demand factors. The State of California should assist with funding research and technical expertise as well as providing any appropriate and effective regulatory relief or clarity to facilitate these projects.

Any attempt to spend billions of dollars building new pipelines under the Sacramento River Delta will be a complete waste of funds if not also an environmental disaster. Installing pipelines in the Delta to move water from one place to another is just like putting more straws into a single glass of water - it does not increase the supply at all, and in fact it simply drains the glass more quickly.

Water recycling actually increases the supply of water, and can be implemented around the state in quantities flexibly tailored to match local needs.

 

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 Thomas E. Krouse:

I support the effort to overturn Citizens United in order to remove the corrupting influence of vast amounts of special interest money on our elections and in our government. In conjunction with this position, I have been a long-term supporter of the California Clean Money Campaign, and I received a 100% rating from the California Clean Money Action Fund in 2014.

In addition to overturning Citizens United, it is imperative that campaign contribution limits be implemented at the local level throughout California. At present, many California cities (including Carlsbad and Oceanside) have no campaign contribution limits at all which creates a massive loophole for campaign finance considering that all statewide campaigns have contribution limits. Currently, local candidates can amass huge war chests of campaign funds while running for local office and then transfer the funds into committees used for statewide offices that have contribution limits. In addition to creating this loophole, a lack of local campaign contribution limits for local races has a much greater impact because grass roots and first-time local candidates are relatively limited in their abilities to raise campaign contributions. This overall landscape tilts the electoral playing field very much in favor of the large political parties and away from authentic community based self-representation.

Additional steps that can be taken to reduce the undue influence of money in politics include:

  • Greater transparency in terms of contributions received and money spent;
  • Limitations on transfer of funds between campaign committees;
  • Longer waiting periods for elected officials and staff before they can work as paid lobbyists; and
  • Increased access for candidates to broadcast free candidate statements on local cable channels.

We should also look at other states that have experimented with public funding for campaigns for local offices and/or voucher systems that allow voters to direct small contributions to campaigns in order to increase the number of viable grass roots and first-time candidates.

At the legislative level, additional transparency is required at the committee level so the public can better understand the source of the language that is included in bills and amendments.

 

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 Thomas E. Krouse:

As an economist, I understand and believe in the basic forces of supply and demand, and I hope that all Californians believe in them too. That said, many events over the years (including but not limited to actions taken by our state and federal governments) have interfered with the natural equilibrium in the supply and demand for labor in California, and in that context, I believe that it is a reasonable step for government to take to assess whether or not our labor market is out of equilibrium and why.

Adjusted for inflation, the current minimum wage in many areas is lower than it was in the late 1960's and millions of Californians with full time jobs still do not earn enough to exceed the poverty level and thus are ongoing recipients of state and federal economic aid. The result of this is that California employers who pay these wages are receiving a taxpayer subsidy in the form of government aid to their employees.

I believe that it may be a rational and efficient economic step to ensure that minimum wages are high enough to eliminate this corporate subsidy that currently is funded by California taxpayers.

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

End the High Speed Rail project.

Increase the Rainy Day fund.

Live within our means.

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Contributions

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Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Believe it or not, they aren’t actually “crazy” in Sacramento, it’s worse than that - they are swimming in special-interest millions, and the money will keep flowing as long as we send legislators who give their lobbyists special access and give us only lip service. Please send me to Sacramento.  I will fight to:

  • End pay-to-play government and lawmaking by special interest money;
  • Re-establish the common sense California republic that is accountable to citizens not lobbyists;
  • Create jobs with free market opportunities, and end anti-competitive Sacramento cronyism;
  • Enforce accountability on bureaucrats who fail to do their jobs; and,
  • Connect veterans to the services they earned, and punish criminality like secret waitlists.

I want to stand up for citizens in the style of progressive Republican President Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt, bring back the “Square Deal,” and unleash free enterprise in California again.

As long as we send the same retread insiders back to Sacramento to cozy up to the fat cats, we will continue to get more failure, worse schools, less economic opportunity, and more taxes.

Position Papers

The failed 2014 state water bond - Proposition 1

Summary

The 2014 California State Water Bond (Proposition 1) was and is a failure. What we need is water recycling, not water storage.

Remember the $7 Billion water bond that the California Legislature put on the ballot just two years ago? Not only have they not added even one gallon of extra storage with all of that money after two years, if these "new" plans are implemented, extra storage will not even be useful.

The State needs to accept the simple laws of supply and demand. Building multi-billion dollar pipes in the Sacramento Delta does not increase supply by even one drop - it's just like putting more straws into the same glass of water.

The State and local municipalities need to immediately begin work on expanding water recycling with proven technology and predictable costs just as many countries around the world have successfully done. Water recycling creates an actual increase in water supply. If residential water users cannot get over the "ick" factor of recycled water, it can all be used for agricultural purposes, and our primary freshwater supplies can then be directed to residential use.

This is not rocket science - this is common sense, something Sacramento sorely lacks. So, while Sacramento wastes billions of dollars and delivers no results while our conditions worsen, Californians across the political spectrum (taxpayers, environmentalists, consumers, farmers, fishermen, businesses, etc) are rightly disappointed.

Please join me and thousands of other North County voters in demanding common sense solutions in Sacramento by voting for me for State Assembly in District 76 to bring water recycling to the table before it's too late.

Videos (2)

Thomas Krouse - 5 minute candidate statement on KOCT — November 1, 2016 Thomas Krouse For Assembly 2016 / KOCT

Thomas Krouse's 5 minute candidate statement on KOCT Oceanside Community Access Television which highlights the candidates background, community achievements, and overall policy view.

Included in the stated policies are:

 

1) Reduce or remove the corrupting influence of special interest money on campaigns and in government;

2) Ensure real reform at the California Public Utilities Commission and overturn the current settlement agreement between the PUC and Southern California Edison regarding the closed San Onofre Nuclear Power Station that unfairly charges every Southern California ratepayer over $1,600 per electric meter;

3) End the use of privately owned prisons; and,

4) Ensure that our promises to veterans, seniors, and children are fulfilled. 

Our North County - Thomas Krouse For Assembly 2016 — November 3, 2016 Thomas Krouse For Assembly 2016

Our North County: Let's ensure that the people have a seat at the table in the California Assembly to protect our way of life in North County San Diego.

Putting the people's interest first - not that of special interests.

Please vote for Thomas Krouse for Assembly 2016 on November 8th.

Visit the People's Campaign website at www.KrouseForAssembly.com or call me at 760-659-3755.

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