Shelter The Homeless Now
Jesús Andrade knows California has 47% of the homeless in our country . . . it’s heartbreaking and it’s inexcusable. He favors more homeless service centers plus greater mental health and drug rehab programs . . . and, tougher police enforcement against those homeless who violate sanitation laws.
On the Stockton City Council, Jesús Andrade voted to reduce “in-fill” housing fees and lease state surplus land to build additional homeless shelters. He also voted to partner with Caltrans on an employment program for homeless persons so they can help cleanup city roadways and freeways.
Provide Affordable Health Care
A strong supporter of health coverage for pre-existing conditions, Jesús Andrade opposes a “single-payer” government health system that will reduce the quality of doctor care, ration health services and raise taxes by a staggering $200 billion. And, he’ll fight any plan that outlaws private health insurance coverage.
Jesús Andrade led the push for a new community medical center plus favors more rural and low-income neighborhood health clinics . . . he knows higher prescription drugs, co-pays and deductibles hurt everyone. And, he backs punishing the big pharmaceutical companies who have irresponsibly marketed opioids to our families.
Housing Costs Must Be Reduced
Jesús Andrade blames the Sacramento elitist politicians and their liberal policies for expensive housing costs. Excessive building permit fees, harmful zoning laws and radical environmental lawsuits have directly caused the housing shortage . . . and, these problems jack up not only home prices, but rental costs.
On the Stockton City Council, Jesús Andrade voted for a nationally recognized General Plan that balances growth while allowing for a greater supply of housing units . . . and, he’ll fight for programs that help people buy their first home and push to reform CEQA regulations that constantly block affordable housing.
Creating Middle Class Jobs
Jesús Andrade has witnessed firsthand the harmful effects of California’s dreadful business climate . . . and, high energy prices are one reason our state ranks dead last based on “the cost of doing business.” He realizes it’s vital that California creates additional well-paying jobs so more families can enjoy a middle class lifestyle.
While on the City Council, Jesús Andrade helped create 1,600 new jobs when he pushed to locate two Amazon fulfillment centers in his district. He also made sure the city partnered with the “Ready To Work” program that helps our vets and the homeless find employment . . . as well as worked with the trades for more job apprenticeships.
More Educational Opportunities
An advocate for expanding charter public schools, greater local control and more career education classes, Jesús Andrade believes families – especially our inner-city students – deserve the opportunity to choose a better performing school. And, he’s part of the effort to bring a California State University campus to Stockton.
Jesús Andrade co-founded the Stockton Schools Initiative that engages both parents and students in a grass-roots effort to push for better academic performance from our schools. And, he’ll fight for more affordable college tuition and require that all high schools offer a college preparatory curriculum.
Stop L.A. Water Grab
Jesús Andrade clearly understands that our way of life depends on a reliable supply of clean water for our Central Valley farms, businesses and homes . . . that’s why he’ll fight the L.A. politicians who want to fund the ill-conceived “Twin Tunnels” project that will send our water to southern California.
As Chairman of the San Joaquin Area Flood Control Agency, Jesús Andrade is working to strengthen the levee system around urban areas. Without a doubt, he’ll be a strong voice against any attempts to steal one drop of our water while working to build more reservoirs and regional water delivery projects.
Repeal Higher Gasoline Taxes
Not only will Jesús Andrade oppose any efforts to overturn our Proposition 13 property tax savings, but he was against raising our gasoline taxes by 12 cents a gallon. In fact, as a member of the San Joaquin Council of Governments, he voted to repeal this harmful gasoline tax hike that disproportionately impacts Valley taxpayers.
Jesús Andrade also opposed a one-quarter cent city sales tax hike that would have hurt hard-working families in his south Stockton Council District . . . so, we can count on him to work with the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association to stop the liberal politicians in the Legislature from raising our taxes.
Keep Families And Schools Safe
Jesús Andrade believes our front line police officers must always have the support of our communities . . . and, while he backs more mental health programs for tormented individuals, he strongly supports the death penalty for those who commit barbaric mass shootings at our schools and in our businesses.
During his tenure on the City Council, Jesús Andrade supported a new policing strategy that builds better neighborhood relationships . . . and today, there’s been a reduction in major crimes like homicides and non-fatal shootings. He’ll oppose “soft-on-crime” legislators who use a revolving door scheme to dump more criminals onto our streets.