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31st state Assembly District

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    Clint Olivier

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Do you support the state’s proposed high-speed rail project? Please explain your stance on high-speed rail — be it pro or con — with multiple specific reasons.

Four years of drought have underscored the precarious nature of the Valley's water supply -- both reservoir storage and groundwater supplies. If elected, what would you do to enhance the region's water storage? What would you propose to protect and enhance groundwater supplies?

Safe drinking water is a problem in the central San Joaquin Valley. Water quality in some Valley communities has been compared to some Third World countries. What should be done to ensure residents of these rural communities have access to safe, clean drinking water? How would you pay for it?

What would you do to diversify the region's economy beyond its agricultural base? What specific proposals do you have to spur job creation?

As gas prices fall and cars become more fuel efficient, money to maintain and build roads becomes more scarce. What do you propose to get the money needed to sustain and expand needed roads in the Valley?

Why are you the most qualified person for this seat?

Age 42
Residence Kingsburg
Family Wife, Elizabeth, and three young daughters
Education Heaton Elementary and Edison High School, Fresno; Bowdoin College; University of Minnesota Medical School and Rural Physician Program
Occupation Emergency Room Doctor with California Emergency Physicians at Adventist Medical Center – Selma
Public service experience Not a politician, never been an elected official before.
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In general, I support the high-speed rail project, although I have a number of concerns that must be addressed. The project is happening and we must take advantage to make sure the Valley gets our fair share of the good-paying jobs, infrastructure investments and other funding from the project. I will focus on fighting to ensure the Valley’s needs are not forgotten in the process. I will also work to ensure the project remains on budget, we are able to maximize federal dollars and public-private partnerships, and taxpayer dollars are not wasted.

While I will always prioritize water over high speed rail, the idea that we can’t do both is false. In fact, more than half of the initial investment in the high speed rail project comes from the federal government – that money cannot be transferred to other projects. Those are dedicated federal transportation dollars that either create well-paying jobs working on high speed rail in Fresno, or go right back to the federal government.
Water is the lifeblood of the Valley – it affects nearly every aspect of our lives, from our economy to our health. I see the real life consequences of this drought in my patients and I know we must do more. That’s why water will be my top priority in the Assembly. No one will fight harder to defend our water rights and stand up against the politicians and special interests from other parts of the state who are taking our water.

I will focus on getting us through this ongoing crisis and plan ahead for future water shortages. First and foremost, that means ensuring the Temperance Flat Dam is finally built. Building more water storage will create jobs and provide us with desperately needed water capacity.

We can’t stop with more storage as the only means of enhancing our water supply, though. I will fight to ensure groundwater recharge is classified as a beneficial use. We are one of the only states in the west without that important element of of getting water back in the ground. And we must implement long-term plans, with better conservation around the state and other infrastructure projects that will help ensure we are prepared for the next major drought. Finally, I will partner with the bipartisan members of our Congressional delegation that are urging the Federal government to turn on the pumps because we shouldn’t be sending excess water back out to the ocean – we must put it into the ground as our “bank account” for the future.
Access to clean, safe drinking water is a basic human right and we must do everything we can to ensure the people of the Valley are provided that right. In my ER, I see patients every day who are sick or dying as a direct result of the deplorable air and water conditions in our community.

I will fight to ensure the Valley gets our fair share of existing funding to address our environmental crisis. Funding streams must take into account the areas of the state most impacted by these issues more than they do now – and this includes technical and institutional resources so these people are no longer going without these basic necessities. I can uniquely speak to the health impacts brought by the lack of clean, safe drinking water and show legislators from around the state a new face of the drought.
Water fuels our economy even beyond our agricultural base and standing up for the Valley’s water supply is the most important thing we can do to help rebuild our local economy. And building Temperance Flat Dam, as well as other storage and infrastructure projects, will mean more jobs and give our economy a boost. But we can’t stop there – Sacramento has neglected us for too long and I will fight to ensure that the Valley gets our fair share.

I will work to create well-paying jobs in by bringing new industries to the Valley and keeping our current businesses in our community. I will support small businesses by cutting red tape. And I will invest in job training programs, including Career Technical Education and vocational programs, so that Valley workers are ready for 21st century jobs. Finally, I will work to bring a Medical School to our region, providing good jobs and a place where our children can become the Valley’s doctors of tomorrow.
To start, we need to make our transportation funding and improvements system more efficient. Too much money is wasted and we can save millions by reexamining how the system is operated. Additionally, there is a new class of driver that is using our roads and paying little or no money in gas tax. While we should still encourage people to buy and drive hybrid, electric and other fuel efficient vehicles, these drivers (who are disproportionately wealthier than the average Californian) should not be able to basically use roads for free. We must find a way for owners of these types of vehicles to pay their fair share into our transportation system. Finally, I will ensure we get our fair share of cap and trade funding that provides opportunities to address these issues in areas where lack of jobs and poverty intersect.
As an Emergency Room doctor in Selma and Valley native, I have been on the frontlines of some of the Valley's most serious problems and have a deep, firsthand understanding of the significant issues that impact the lives of Valley residents. Our community is in crisis and politicians just aren’t getting the job done. I am not a politician, I am a doctor and problem solver. Every day, I take care of some of our most vulnerable residents when they need help the most. I don’t ask for their wallet or what party they are before I treat them, I have a simple responsibility to their well being. I will take that same dedication to Sacramento and always put the Valley above politics and fight for a healthier Valley.
Age 44
Residence Fresno
Family Married. Two sons.
Education AA, General studies. Orange Coast College.
Occupation City Councilman
Public service experience Fresno city councilman 2010 to present. United States Marine Corps reserve 1994 to 1998.
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I do not support the high-speed rail scam. Consistently the high-speed real authority has been unable to demonstrate where it is going to come up with the money it will need to complete the project. The routes continue to change. The authority has not acquired the land it needs to build. If it is ever built, the high-speed rail system will require massive subsidy. This subsidy will be taken from the backs of the people in the 31st assembly District. Most of whom who will be unable to afford a ticket. I join with other Republicans and Democrats who oppose this project. Instead, I favor taking the money that is left in high-speed rail and dedicating it to building temperance flat dam.
Temperance flat dam is set to receive about $1.5 billion from the water bond that past two years ago. This is not enough money to build the dam and it is not enough money to address the storage concerns for us here in the valley. There is money, however, in high-speed rail. I would bring legislation forward in the state Assembly, with a Democrat cosponsor, that would move the money from high-speed rail over to water infrastructure. In terms of groundwater, I prefer to let the local water district determine their own future. I do not believe in the one size fits all water "solutions" that come down from the radical environmentalists in Sacramento. For the regulation will make the groundwater drafting impossible. That could be a death sentence for the valley.
Our Leaders in Sacramento have been asleep at the wheel on this issue. While they run around banning plastic bags and making cheerleaders paid members of NFL organizations, our people are suffering. The state has the money it needs to correct these problems, but they have been sadly ignored. I will work across the aisle with other assembly members to get this problem addressed and to identify funding to have clean water delivered to people immediately.
I propose to create a poverty caucus in the state assembly comprising of members representing other economically depressed areas of the state. This isn't something that can happen overnight, but it is my hope working together as Republicans and Democrats, we can find a way to incentivize industry in these areas. A key is to create a climate where small businesses and corporations will want to locate to thrive. This can be done through tax cuts and incentives. 40 years of the same leadership in the 31st assembly district has continually lead to poverty and despair. Voters are ready for a change.
The state of California already has the money it needs to fix the roads. A new tax is not needed. I will fight any new tax scheme brought forward by Sacramento special interests. The money is there, but it is not used for roads, and is instead dumped into the general fund where it is wasted. The state of California has the money it needs to fix the roads. A new tax is not needed. I will fight any new tax scheme brought forward by Sacramento special interests. The money is there, but it is not used for roads. The state legislative analysts office has provided examples of how Caltrans can be reformed to ferret out waste. I will bring those recommendations forward to the assembly, so that the money gained by reforming Caltrans can be put toward Roads.
I am the best qualified person for this seat because I am a proven fighter for the neighborhoods I represent on the city Council. I have clean streets, build a park and really it burned out streetlights. I am not a wholly owned subsidiary of Sacramento special interests like assemblyman around you'll is. I will be independent voice for Families in the central valley who are sick of Sacramento politics as usual and the elected puppets of special interest.