- As the state's chief executive officer, oversees most state departments and agencies and appoints judges.
- Proposes new laws and approves or vetoes legislation.
- Prepares and submits the annual state budget.
- Mobilizes and directs state resources during emergencies.
Earthquakes and special interests threaten California every day. A new untested building code was just adopted for the state without the historic representation by structural engineers, while ignoring their concerns and the concerns of others. The safety of every citizen in our state will be more at risk and construction and administration costs will unnecessarily increase. I have been a California resident for 20 years, an engineer for 17 years, and a structural engineer for 10 years. I have seen the building codes of California improved by thousands of hours of volunteer time by structural engineers who, as a group, have been doing this for over 50 years and have become the undeniable experts in building codes to resist earthquakes in the world. I have served on many code committees to improve building safety, streamline the code, and protect Californians from earthquakes. I have designed and inspected buildings, been a former contractor, and am a member of the Structural Engineers Association of California. I am deeply concerned that the new building code was not adopted with the well-being of all our citizens in mind. It is another example of unbridled self-interest overruling science, technical expertise, and reason. We need to work together using expertise, experience, and reason as the basis of decision-making. My desire to run for governor springs from this one crucial issue. However, I can think of no more important issue than the safety of every Californian in their workplace and in the comfort of their home.
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