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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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City of OakleyCandidate for City Council

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Michael Dupray

Environmental Health Safety
3,091 votes (11.41%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Smart growth encompasses bringing in living wage career jobs with light industry and a connection to our schools for apprenticeships and scholarships. Bringing in light industry will provide revenue to build and maintain our fire stations
  • I will promote outreach to local youth and disadvantaged communities for construction craft apprenticeship training and provide opportunities for them to have work opportunity to fulfill their hours as participants in state approved programs
  • I will promote smart land use and growth policies, by offering energy efficient and sustainable, green building design and promoting transportation choices for the community.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Environmental Health And Safety/Principal Radiological Controls Technician
Principal Radiological Control Technician, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (2001–current)
Appointee, Contra Costa Transit Authority Citizens Advisory Committee — Appointed position (2013–current)
Lead Senior Staff Health Physics Technician, General Atomics (1992–2001)
Senior Health Physics Technician and Health Physics Instrument Technician, Bartlett Nuclear (1990–1992)
Radiation Protection Technician, Step 8, Shift Qualified, Sacramento Mucicipal Utility District, 89 Health Physics Technical Services Rancho Seco Nuclear Generating Station (1988–1990)
Senior Health Physics Technician, Power Systems Energy Services, Inc. San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (1987–1988)

Education

Chabot College Certificate, Nuclear Health Physics (1988)
Professional Divers Instructors College (PDIC) Diving Instructor Trainers License, SCUBA Diving, Scuba Instructor, Instructor Trainer (1979)
Fresno City College Computer programming (1978)
American River Community College General Education (1976)
US Navy DD214, : Basic Electricity and Electronics at NTC Great Lakes, Illinois. Advanced Underwater Weapons School Orlando, Florida. T (1976)

Community Activities

Volunteer, Vintage Parkway Beatification (2012–2014)
Student, Delta Martial Arts, Wing Tsun, Arnis, Kali, Escrima (2003–2006)
Lector, Saint John of the Cross Catholic Church. Lemon Grove, Ca. (1992–2000)
Ambassador, Self Help and Resource Exchange (S.H.A.R.E.) San Diego, Ca. (1994–1998)
Student, Youth of America Martial Arts Tang Soo Do, Arnis, Kali, Escrima (1991–1998)

Biography

I graduated from High School in 1971, served in the Navy from 1972 to 1976. Received training in the Navy for basic electronics and advanced underwater weapons. Attended American River Junior college intermittently for about 1 year. Took work related courses for Radiation Protection a through Chabot College. Received training for EMT and firefighter skills at Rancho Seco Nuclear Power plant. Received Nuclear Physics, math and science courses related to health physics and radiation protection at various nuclear facilities nationwide. I have been a qualified ANSI 3.1 and DOE qualified Radiological Controls and Health Physics Technician since 1980. I have spent the last 15 years at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as an EHS Engineer and Principal Radiological Control Technician.

I have served 3 years on the Contra Costa County Transit Authority Citizens Advisory Committee appointed by the Oakley City Council. As such I have reviewed all of Contra Costa County Municipalities Growth Management Plan (GMP) Compliance Checklists and am familiar with City Planning. I have attended and completed the City of Oakley’s Leadership Academy. I am acquainted with all of the current City Council Members. I know the GMP issues and State requirements. I am familiar with the Fair Political Practices Commissions rules and regulations. I know how the City is planning and what future projects are planned. I can see how the growth of the City is progressing and how to keep it smart.

I am a self-motivated, quick learning, team oriented Environmental Health and Safety Engineer Associate/Radiological Controls Technician with more than thirty-six years of commercial nuclear power and R&D facility experience. Major strengths in quickly learning new skills, jobs, technologies and concepts, identifying and solving problems, effectively directing and controlling workers in radiologically controlled areas. Additional skills in trouble shooting, repairing, building/modifying, calibrating Health Physics Instruments, procedure writing, Decontamination and Demolition Planning, conducting Emergency Plan drills and exercises, scenario development/writing, planning and staffing.


AWARDS 

Award for reducing personnel exposure and project expense during high exposure waste packaging operation at the General Atomic Hot Cell D&D Project. Spot award for the safe and orderly closure of the National Tritium Labeling Facility at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Spot award for discovering, decontaminating, characterizing, dismantling and packaging for disposal a radioactive contaminated machine lathe at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Stephen Smith Director ECCFPD
  • Yolanda Vega Chairman CCTA CAC

Organizations (7)

  • Contra Costa Building and Construction Trades Council
  • Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 159
  • East Contra Costa County Democratic Club
  • Democratic Party of Contra Costa County
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 302
  • United Professional Firefighters Local 1230
  • Contra Costa County Central Labor Council

Elected Officials (4)

  • Michael McGill CoCoTaxpayers Association, Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County, Contra Costa Local Agency
  • Debra Vinson, MA, DAPA, BCPC AUSD Trustee
  • Greg Enholm Elected Trustee for Contra Costa Community College District, Ward 5 Term: 2012-2016. Board Vice President
  • Harry Thurston DPCCC Executive Committee District 3, IT Manager, Forrester, Peace Corp Volunteer

Individuals (5)

  • Meghan Bell Director East Contra Costa County Fire Protection District
  • Heath Lenoble Oakley Resident, Freelance Writer, Volunteer Coordinator for McNerney campaign in East Contra Costa County
  • Valerie Thurston CSU Chico Retired
  • Karen Harrington Oakley Resident, Loaves and Fishes, Volunteer, Respiratory Therapist
  • Carolyn R. Phinney, Ph.D.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

 

 


I am for Smart Growth to provide living wage jobs. An Education system that is affordable to all. Locally owned businesses adding to a vibrant local economy. Emergency services with the best training and employee benefits package in the state. A local infrastructure system that benefits all. I am for an education system that incorporates a pathway from secondary school to college and back to a career in Oakley. Together we are strong. Together we can do it.


 

 

Position Papers

Smart Growth

Summary

Smart growth encompasses bringing in living wage career jobs with light industry and a connection to our schools for apprenticeships and scholarships. Bringing in light industry will provide revenue to build and maintain our fire stations and staffing as well as stimulate the local economy and small business.

 I will promote smart land use and growth policies, by offering energy efficient and sustainable, green building design and promoting transportation choices for the community.

 I will ensure that local workers will be hired on project construction and make meaningful efforts to ensure they get paid the area standard wage.

 I will promote outreach to local youth and disadvantaged communities for construction craft apprenticeship training and provide opportunities for them to have work opportunity to fulfill their hours as participants in a state approved Labor/Management apprenticeship program.

 I will promote construction employment and training opportunities for our military veterans.

 I will ensure that affordable units are provided by builders of market rate residential projects and that the potential impacts of gentrification are addressed.

 I will promote other community benefits and amenities to offset a project’s potential adverse impact on the community.

 We can bring Easy Mile manufacturing plant to the DuPont property. That will provide living wage career jobs, a source of future employment for our children, a source of revenue to local businesses and the city. With autonomous buses with attendants we can create a smart network of transportation not only to and from BART but also for local transportation to and from schools, shopping centers and job sites. Fees from that facility would go a long way in financing our East Contra Costa County Fire Protection District and local schools.

 We can build an electricity generating station that will provide living wage career jobs, a source of employment for our children, a source of revenue to local businesses and the city. The city would receive ~$3M when it becomes operational and $2M-$3M/ year. Fees from that facility would go a long way in financing our East Contra Costa County Fire Protection District and local schools.

 We can work with the nearby Universities to promote and bring in high tech industries and local agriculture. The DuPont property is large enough to accommodate light industry, business offices and high tech R&D and incubator startups, an excellent source for careers and education. With Next Generation Farmers, AgLantis, Oakley Community Gardens, we can utilize city owned or open spaces to establish locally run nonprofit boutique farms to supply our schools, local stores, farmer’s markets and local restaurants with fresh quality produce.

 Currently we have only 4 fire stations and 36 fire fighters for the entire East Contra Costa Fire Protection District. In Oakley we have one fire station with nine fire fighters for 24/7 coverage. The recommended number is 1 per 1,000 residents. We have a population of 40,000 and growing. We need many more firemen. Our fire fighters are paid less than other surrounding fire districts. Next year funding for the Knightsen station will end and it will close. We need the User Utility Tax (UUT), measure E & G for Oakley and Z & A for Brentwood. The proposed reallocation of Proposition 13 funds is legally possible but highly unlikely because no district receiving their portion of the 1% sales tax Proposition 13 money is likely to give up money they desperately need. And a change to the constitution is highly unlikely anytime soon as it is a political hot potato. These measures would exempt the schools, and other government entities and low-income households from paying. The UUT includes an additional Tax on electricity, gas, cable TV, water and sewer. It does not include telecommunications.

 

Cost of Living

Summary

A balanced and inclusive view on community government.

 

Gentrification and the cost of living are on the rise again here. We cannot stop this gentrification and the rising cost of living by reducing spending or lowering taxes on the rich. Trickledown economics never worked. California is burning. Proposition 13 is destroying our education system and emergency services. Instead we must build our economy by fixing the loopholes in proposition 13, invest in education and education infrastructure, demand smart land use and growth policies, invest in transportation infrastructure, require energy efficient and sustainable, green building design, build a partnership with our community colleges, industry and businesses. We need to fund our emergency services better. We need to bring in industry and businesses which provide living wage careers. Not short term contract jobs with no protection. Not dead end low wage jobs. We need a higher minimum wage. The young student working their way through college should not be working next to a senior or retiree trying to make ends meet.

 

When we invest in people and embrace smart growth policies we will create a strong local economy which will prevent gentrification, house our seniors and retirees with dignity, and employ our youth with careers with which they can retire with dignity, here in Oakley.

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