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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

California State AssemblyCandidate for District 6

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Jacalyn "Jackie" Smith

Democratic
Small Business Owner
94,984 votes (42%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Removing Barriers to Workforce Housing
  • Creating a 2-1-1 Program 'A Bridge to Senior Services' statewide
  • Protecting Access to Affordable Healthcare and lowered drug prices.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Small Business Owner
Real Estate Agent/Investor, Realty One Group (2016–current)
Owner, Shattered Glass Press (2018–current)
Notary, Self (2004–current)
Senior Administrator, Astra Zeneca (2002–2014)

Education

University of California Santa Cruz Certificate, Business Administration (2015)
University of California Santa Cruz Certificate, Project Management (2012)
San Diego State University Bachelor of Arts, Journalism and Advertising (1985)

Biography

I am running for the Assembly in District 6. I was born in Chicago to working parents who struggled to support our family. My father was a milkman and Teamster and my Mother was a secretary. Being Union members was important to our family and we understood the protections unions provided for their members.

My parents realized early that real estate was a viable way to improve their financial picture. They began buying and remodeling houses in the evenings and weekends. I saw how it helped us gain a leg up. Although helping them was not exactly my idea of fun, I am grateful for the experience and know it inspired me to become a real estate agent/investor.

My family moved to San Carlos in the early 1960's and I got my early education in the public schools. I moved to Humboldt State to go to college but returned to San Carlos to get married and start my family. I returned to school at San Diego State University, juggling school and an infant son, and obtained my bachelor's degree in Advertising and Journalism when he started kindergarten. I understand the stress and economic struggles faced by both two-parent and single-parent families. I support access to universal pre-K, affordable high-quality day care, and family/medical leave. These are essential safety net programs to support young working families.

In 2008, I married my partner and we moved to Rocklin after a long business career in the Silicon Valley. I picked this community because it enjoys the best of many worlds-high quality, well-funded schools, a robust business environment, safe neighborhoods, community resources, strong local governments and most importantly, good people who care about their families and friends while preserving the quality of life and the environment. These are important values to me and we are proud to call Rocklin home along with our rescued pets Cleo, Natasha, and Sushi.

Throughout my life, I have been committed to giving back to my community. My community work has included Habitat for Humanity, Save the Bay, Sierra Club, the SPCA, Second Harvest Food Bank, American Cancer Society, serving as a long time board member of the Sunburst Project - a camp for kids with HIV/AIDS, and the ALS Foundation in memory of my mother who died from the disease.

As a small business owner and community organizer, I have spent a lot of time with constituents in this community. I have learned that Assembly District 6 is a diverse community comprised of people with a broad cross section of interests and concerns. It needs a representative that will lead by listening and understanding how to translate the needs of the district into meaningful public policies. It is time for a leader in Sacramento that fights for us!

I am running for Assembly District 6 and I hope you will join me in winning this district.

 

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (4)

What do you think the State should do to encourage affordable housing for all Californians?
Answer from Jacalyn "Jackie" Smith:

I will be an advocate for affordable housing and smart growth. This is a critical issue touching each of us as everyone should have the opportunity to live in the community in which they work. This includes students, young families, teachers, nurses, firefighters, and business owners who contribute directly to the quality of life in this district. The reality for many is the median income in the county is not enough to afford a home and rents are increasingly unaffordable. The average sale price of a home in recent months is $460,000 and the average rent for apartments is $1600 per month.

One of the solutions would be to eliminate 'in lieu' fees. The process with "In Lieu" fees for builder's  that they are encouraged to follow through with the 10% requirements of affordable housing units during construction Eliminating these fees with no loopholes will address a facet of the problem.

Rent control and HOA fees can be addressed with income variables.

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 Jacalyn "Jackie" Smith:

I believe the model of civility behavior is necessary to your constituents, audiences and colleagues.

It is encouraging that this survey "Civility in America" in the workplace is leading in increased civility ratings. This is important as most working adults spend a great portion of their day and life at work.  The report finds that when management sets a tone of civility, their workforce is more relaxed and productive.

We should look at the methods used in high civility workplace models and determine whether these methods can be introduced in other venues, such as education.  Teaching simple skills in treating others in a civil manner could result in teacher and student productivity increases and a less stressful environment especially if you begin teaching these methods in the early years.

In the end, civility equals civility.

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 Jacalyn "Jackie" Smith:

Climate change is a very real issue, not only in California, but for everyone sharing this planet.  The difficulties in addressing the water needs of residents and business and how to deliver water in a manner that minimizes the environmental impact will continue to be a challenge that we must address.

As our State grows in population, the issue of balancing water needs with environmental protections grows as well.  In the past, our leaders and water agencies strongly advocate for smart water use and water conservation during years with lower rainfall.  However, in years which the water is plentiful, there is little discussion or encouragement to conserve water.  Over the last few years, I believe the conversation has changed and we understand the need to continue water conservation and storage; however, much more work needs to be done in this area.

I would initiate an effort to bring more attention to water needs and environmental challenges associated with the deliver of water to the forefront and bring people (water experts, scientists, business leaders, consumers, Department of Water Resources, Department of Fish and Wildlife, and CalEPA) together to address a multi-pronged approach to the water delivery in California and the environmental impact. We can better address these issues if you have open and straightforward conversations that consider everyone's concerns.

What programs or strategies would you suggest to meet the educational needs of the youngest and most poverty stricken Californians?
Answer from Jacalyn "Jackie" Smith:

I believe that every child in our district deserves a quality education, regardless of background, race, ethnicity, immigration status or zip code.  Rapidly changing demographics, affordable housing, and increased attacks on California's public education have created a new set of challenges for communities in District 6 and I am determined to meet these challenges head-on.  

 

The local control funding model which was enacted in 2013 has delivered more money to schools in low income areas of California.  The challenge is making sure the funding gets to the students that most need it.  It is too early to measure changes attributed to the new funding model.  However, as an Assembly member, I will work to make sure the funding is used in the manner it was intended.

 

Homelessness creates anxiety and stress in school aged children which can lead to poor concentration skills and academic achievement.  It is imperative that we address the homeless

 

Not enough or nutritional foods can affect a child education experience.  The California Department of Education administers the State Meal Program.  The State Meal Program is a child nutrition program funded by the State of California. The program provides money to public school districts and county superintendents of schools that serve nutritious meals, free or at a reduced price, to needy children, in compliance with state law.

 

 

 

 

 

The local control funding model which was enacted in 2013 has delivered more money to schools in low income areas of California.  The challenge is making sure the funding gets to the students that most need it.  It is too early to measure changes attributed to the new funding model.  However, as an Assembly member, I will work to make sure the funding is used in the manner it was intended.

 

Homelessness creates anxiety and stress in school aged children which can lead to poor concentration skills and academic achievement.  It is imperative that we address the homeless

 

Not enough or nutritional foods can affect a child education experience.  The California Department of Education administers the State Meal Program.  The State Meal Program is a child nutrition program funded by the State of California. The program provides money to public school districts and county superintendents of schools that serve nutritious meals, free or at a reduced price, to needy children, in compliance with state law.

 

 

 

 

 

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $173,478

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

1
United Domestic Workers of America
$10,500
2
Santa Clara County Democratic Party
$10,000
3
Employees of State of California
$6,157
4
Employees of Prameela R. Bartholomeusz
$4,525
5
UFCW 8
$4,400

More information about contributions

By State:

California 97.67%
District of Columbia 0.95%
Nevada 0.48%
Washington 0.30%
Other 0.59%
97.67%

By Size:

Large contributions (90.64%)
Small contributions (9.36%)
90.64%9.36%

By Type:

From organizations (38.73%)
From individuals (61.27%)
38.73%61.27%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I am running for California Assembly District 6 to bring real leadership to Sacramento. Our district enjoys the best of many worlds: high quality, well-funded schools; a robust business environment; safe neighborhoods; robust community resources; and strong local governments. Most importantly, our community has good people who care about their families and friends while advancing the quality of life and the environment.

As your Assembly member, I will fight for policies that grow the economy and protect and improve the quality and financial life of all of our residents.

Leadership you can trust.

 

Videos (2)

— October 9, 2018 Jackie Smith, Candidate for State Assembly District 6

This video explains Jackie's platform and why she wants to protect District 6.

— October 9, 2018 Jackie Smith for Assembly 2018

Intro video of Jackie to the community and why she is running.

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