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Rebecca Bauer-Kahan: A new voice in Sacramento

Original post made on Sep 5, 2019

First-term Tri-Valley Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, in an interview ahead of the new floor session, said staying true to her constituents' priorities remains at the forefront of her decision-making in Sacramento.

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Posted by sjd
a resident of Livermore
on Sep 5, 2019 at 3:02 pm

To be fair, there are things here I like. Protecting open space areas, getting transportation moving, and reforming contracting rules that just add cost are all good things. Decriminalizing poverty for people on probation, and clamping down on human trafficking - excellent.

But I must speak about what I know, and even if you disagree with me on housing, what's worse is being contradictory.

"The problem is we don't think solutions are one-size-fits-all."

If you think the cities are doing a good job matching their general plan to the housing needs of today, why did you vote against SB-330? That would simply prevent them from changing the General Plan to reduce the amount of housing allowed overall, but still allow them to move it around within the city.

"What works in San Francisco or Berkeley doesn't necessarily work here ... It's OK to have a city and a suburb; they don't all have to be cities"

This is reductive. Having apartments near huge transit investments doesn't suddenly make you a city. Be more specific.

"is what about the high fire zones [regarding SB50]"
Here's a quote from the bill text: "This bill would allow a local agency to exempt a project from the streamlined ministerial approval process described above by finding that the project will cause a specific adverse impact to public health and safety, and there is no feasible method to satisfactorily mitigate or avoid the adverse impact."

"So they've got all this stuff on their plan, and it's not getting built. They're approving things, and it's not getting built."
Are they really? Give me some examples, because I'm having a hard time thinking of any. And of those, why do you think they suddenly stopped? Don't you think city permitting processes and impact fees might affect why they might stop? Do you think developers would simply stop for no reason? If it is an external problem like expected rate of return for private funding, don't you think city policies affect that rate of return?

"more funding for affordable housing projects"
But she didn't vote at all (up or down) on ACA-1 which would make that more feasible. So which is it?

There are ways to reasonably oppose these bills. What she is saying publicly is not that.


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Posted by James Michael
a resident of Val Vista
on Sep 5, 2019 at 3:31 pm

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I don't thinks so...another democrat in Sacramento is not a new voice, it's just an additional voice.


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Posted by sjd
a resident of Livermore
on Sep 5, 2019 at 3:45 pm

To be even more fair, she did vote for ADU bills this year as she said.


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Posted by MichaelB
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Sep 5, 2019 at 4:42 pm

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"After a pause, she cited her first bill passed through the legislation, and ultimately signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom -- Assembly Bill 1292, which updates how guns are transferred in a will or trust to avoid firearms getting in the wrong hands.Part of her focus on "sensible gun violence prevention." "

Nothing "sensible" about this. More feel good, sky is falling fluff that creates legal liability for surviving relatives/family members while ignoring the actual problems with have with guns being abused on the streets of our cities/obtained illegally. Where's the "prevention" for this? Hint:I suspect the bad guys/girls are not getting their guns from their grandfather's gun collection via a will/trust.

Facts/evidence do not matter to so called progressives on this issue. It's a gun control law, the ends justify the means, and the so called "new voice" (from the same political party) is going to vote "yes" on it every time. This was the same person who criticized Catharine Baker during the campaign for opposing a measure that would have required law abiding citizens to dispose of their legally owned property(high capacity magazines possessed before the year 2000) - or face criminal penalties. Another example of something that was anything but "sensible". It's laughable to think that the bad guys/girls would have turned theirs in.


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Posted by MarilynCL
a resident of Danville
on Sep 5, 2019 at 5:36 pm

It feels great to see Rebecca representing my values of care for our most vulnerable. Those values to treat others with dignity and be foremost part of the human family, that my parents imbued in me, is why she will get my vote again in 2020. In my community work with First 5 and FESP, I see the experience the working poor have to time and time again prove their poverty to get access to services that help raise healthy children, services that help keep families together, services that keep our seniors healthy. The dignity that is robbed every single time the working poor in our communities is heartbreaking. AB1421 is important because those on probation, having served out their punishment, want to do better, contribute to society, and being incarcerated for nothing else than not having the money to pay fines and fees would remove them from the opportunity to contribute and place them in a situation where society loses out on their potential. A commenter said it well , decriminalizing poverty is commendable.

Again, protecting the most vulnerable and protecting their dignity seems to be a theme in AB1735. Doesn't it seem nonsensical that a human trafficking victim's and caseworker's conversations wouldn't already be confidential? This again centers the most vulnerable.

The Natalie Giorgi Sunshine Act especially resonates with me. I have friends whose children have severe food allergies. They, and their children, are on high alert at get togethers, parties, outtings because exposure can be fatal. Imagine how that can impact a child's and a family's connection to their community and family celebrations. I am blessed to have a couple of friends whose children are severely allergic, and have taken the time to educate me. I was happy to see AB1532 become law.

I am hoping that this care for our most vulnerable will show up again in a yes vote on SB328. That extra sleep duration is a protective factor for our adolescents in this generation who seem to be experiencing depression at higher rates than ever before. Yes, lack of sleep is an identified risk factor in suicide ideation and planning, as well as depression. Developmentally, our youth have a different biological clock than the adults controlling the schedule of school day. I hope that Rebecca will make her decision on SB328, centering students needs and their health, above all else. I think she will. She has shown a strong value for wellness of our people and planet as priorities.

I hope to see some effort behind improving not just the funding of schools in the rest of her term but targeted attention on how to include all students in the school community, instead of any type of segregation, sanctioned or not.


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Posted by BeverlyK
a resident of another community
on Sep 5, 2019 at 6:03 pm

Thank you for the important work you are doing to represent this district.

I'm especially excited that you are highlighting the topic of funding for education. I do hope we also have a conversation on how that money is managed at a district level. More funding will not necessarily solve the issue of funds that are funneled away from the classrooms, teachers and students and into the bank accounts of top administrators. Please consider placing an earmark on how additional funding may be used to truly impact and benefit our classrooms.


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Posted by Arjav Rawal
a resident of Dublin
on Sep 5, 2019 at 7:13 pm

I had the privilege of interning for Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan's district office this summer, and I can confirm that she's the real deal. It's quite refreshing to see someone in Sacramento who's actually representing our communities for a change.


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Posted by Birdie
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 5, 2019 at 11:09 pm

I must admit I did not vote for her because she was a newbie, but seems like she is a passionate politician who understands the unique needs of her constituency. Let us wait and watch!


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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Sep 6, 2019 at 7:37 am

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Baker was better.

Though I'm less disappointed in Bauer-Kahan than I initially thought I would be. There are some good achievements above that I think she rightfully deserves credit for.

I love the "talk about" education, but no action. Great...you passed a meaningless bill on guns that has solved zero of today's issues with guns, good for you - you get to check the "I took action on gun violence" box on your next election campaign......meanwhile housing growth outpaces school, road, water, and other infrastructure growth with state tax revenues at an all time high. Where is this money going? Pensions? Gov waste. What are you doing to increase the services the government owes the people and reducing the tax burden on those same people?


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Posted by dublinmike
a resident of Dublin
on Sep 7, 2019 at 10:12 am

"Baker was better.: Nothing like giving someone a chance. I think your opinion, along with James Michael's, is that she's a Democrat.


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Posted by MichaelB
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Sep 7, 2019 at 10:33 am

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"Baker was better.: Nothing like giving someone a chance. I think your opinion, along with James Michael's, is that she's a Democrat."

Whether you agreed with Baker or not, she didn't fit the mold of the ideological Republican and often opposed her party leadership. Bauer-Kahan sounds exactly like the typical left wing (not moderate) member of her party - complaining about not enough environmental laws and gun control measures in a state with some of the strictest in the nation. We need to "give her a chance" to do what? Tell us the state somehow does not tax/spend/regulate enough?


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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Sep 8, 2019 at 7:18 am

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Where was Bakers chance. She was voted out soley on her political affiliation, not on a lack of her merrit, or an overwhelming better candidate she faced.

Dublinmike, my opinion; you're the stereotypical liberal: anything Republican is bad, dont like the Democrat voted in, "oh you're racist/xenophobic/etc" and not giving a fair chance.

Give me a break.


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Posted by MichaelB
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Sep 8, 2019 at 9:32 am

MichaelB is a registered user.

"I had the privilege of interning for Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan's district office this summer, and I can confirm that she's the real deal. It's quite refreshing to see someone in Sacramento who's actually representing our communities for a change."

The "real deal" for what and the "refreshing" part is...?

Passing a meaningless gun control measure that does not address current problems with firearms and then claiming it will "keep our kids safe" sounds like just another run of the mill, ideological liberal member of her party. How is our community better off as a result of this? I can confirm someone saying "it's for the children" is just a nice way of saying something has little or no value at all.


Posted by Name hidden
a resident of Livermore

on Sep 8, 2019 at 9:32 am

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Posted by David
a resident of Dublin
on Sep 12, 2019 at 1:29 pm

no ballot harvesting, would she be elected?


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Posted by Dublinmike
a resident of Dublin
on Sep 13, 2019 at 9:18 am

Pleasanton Parent "Dublinmike, my opinion; you're the stereotypical liberal:... " Hardly. Me thinks thou has a chipith on thy shoulder.


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