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Election 2020: State Assembly hopeful Kate Schwartz on the issues

Kate Schwartz
Kate Schwartz

Democrat Kate Schwartz, running in the 75th State Assembly District, said she’s especially focused on expanding health care access.

A native Californian, Schwartz has lived in the 75th since 2000. She was widowed in 2005 and has a son.

She studied at Columbia and worked over 30 years as a social worker and therapist.

In 2018, she was elected to the board of the Fallbrook Regional Health District, a property tax-funded independent local government that provides local health care facilities and services.

Health Care

People “daily” face crises related to lack of services and lack of health care,” she said. “I lost my husband [to cancer] because the HMO refused to provide a CAT scan … claiming that it was unnecessary.” She aims “to ensure that Californians have access to better quality health care [and] don’t experience what we went through.”

Health care access is necessary “to get us all back to work and to get our businesses open,” she said. We need “a lot of rapid testing, particularly as … youth are preparing to return to school.”

Technical Expertise vs. Political Process

Regarding public health, “we’ve heard about using common sense, but common sense can vary greatly,” she said. Public officials “need to use the [medical] experts’ information and review it, and data. … There are reasons why they have the opinions that they do. It’s not because they want to make everyone miserable and destroy our economy.”

Housing

“Most of my family moved out of California … because of the cost of housing,” she said. “I would support legislation such as SB 995, which prevents environmental regulations from being used as a tool to stop [development]. … We have to compromise in some ways within our localities and figure out where the affordable housing can be built.”

Green Jobs

“I believe strongly in vocational training and in technical education. … We’re going to need technicians for all of that newer technology that’s going to become much more common,” such as electric vehicle infrastructure, she said. “I would like to see … manufacturing for green tech, such as increased solar manufacturing, in North County, as well as pharmaceutical manufacturing.”

Education

“Californians already pay so much in taxes, so believe me, I am in favor of fiscal responsibility and I don’t want to go up to Sacramento and just raise taxes,” she said. But “we haven’t had adequate funding in our schools for a good 40 years, and there’s no way to get around that and to produce results. We need to figure out some way to increase our school funding.”

On charter schools, she said: “I like the idea that let’s not be overly rigid, let’s be flexible and consider some new ways of teaching. … But unfortunately, I think the system got taken advantage of.” She says charters have too easily padded their performance by accepting students selectively.

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