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Jun 03, 2014

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VIDEO: Kristie Holmes, Candidate for US Representative 33rd District, Santa Monica Daily Press on Homelessness and Legalization of Marijuana

Santa Monica Daily Press Publisher Ross Furukawa conducts a one on one conversation with Kristie Holmes in anticipation of the upcoming election for California US Representative, 33rd District.

Kristie Holmes believes her background as a clinical social worker gives her the perspective to attack the problems of homelessness. “I love working with the private sector, but you need solutions coming from the top and bottom.” She cited an experiment in Colorado of converting a prison to housing that has worked out quite well, especially in terms of budget savings. She also cites Colorado as an example for marijuana legalization, which she says is “semantics at this point. They’ve lowered crime rates around shops,” and solved the banking legalities. “I know our revenue would be a lot higher here in California than the billion that has been projected there.” (See more on Kristie's view on Legalizing Marijuana here).

- See more at: http://smdp.com/video-kristi-holmes-candidate-for-us-representative-33rd-district/134833#sthash.iZNwClw5.dpuf

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Kristie Holmes on Student Loan Debt (at 2:01)

Kristie Holmes discusses Student Loan Debt and it's effect on the economy, especially for young adults. At this time of year, many students are graduating without adequate employment, and many have to move back in with their parents. We are over $1 Trillion Dollars in debt in this country- surpassing the level of credit card debt.

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Malibu Candidate Forum May 18

Kristie Holmes, Barbara Mulvaney, David Kanuth, Matt Miller and Wendy Greuel participated in a Congressional Candidate forum this morning. Issues discussed were focused on the NSA, Privacy and Healthcare issues along with factors that impact economic growth and prosperity.

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June 3, 2014

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Last Minute Voting Recommendation Surprise- Thank you!

Joseph Mailander
Select Recs

These are not endorsements. They are softly-spoken recommendations for Tuesday's election.

Governor
Jerry Brown, Neel Kashkari

This race is still very meaningful, if mostly for statistical purposes. You'll be able to tell by adding the Kashkari-Donnelly and comparing it to Brown's total how excited Republicans should get about this fall. A few down-ticket Republican candidates will benefit from the peaking interest in the Kashkari-Donnelly race. Kashkari is a man who always thinks, and Donnelly is a man who always tries to sound like he does. I'd especially like to interview Kashkari because of his role in the bank bailout of 2008. But if the GOP in aggregate score over 37.5% of the total vote for Governor, that will be a profound indicator that they'll outperform in November.

House CA33
Elan Carr, Kristie Holmes

You can read the rest of his recommendations here: http://www.josephfmailander.com/2014/06/select-recs.html

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June 1, 2014

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What Your Ballot Looks Like- Plus Cheat Sheets, District 33

See how easy this is? But really, here are cheat sheets on everyone.

Candidate Names with Photos and Links to Websites. Handy, handy! Thanks KPCC.

LA Times- Similar to above but only for House Race

Santa Monica Press- Tells you a lot about the candidates and what they are passionate about

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June 1, 2014

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Most Engaging Tweet of Campaign?

"Complaining on Social Media is Not Voting."

(36.99% engagement rate- keeps going up).

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May 30, 2014

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And The Next Congress Member Will Be…(Santa Monica Press)

The Santa Monica Daily Press sent candidates for Supervisor, Congress and State Senate a list of four questions. Each candidate had up to 800 words to use as they saw fit answering some or all of the questions. We will print their responses, over the next few days. Answers from Supervisor candidates ran on May 28, answers from State Senate candidates ran on May 29. Below are the responses from candidates running for Congress who responded to our requests. Responses have been edited for spelling and punctuation. Video statements from the candidates are also available online at www.smdp.com.

Congressional candidates were asked:

...Who is best equipped to address the ongoing problem of homelessness in our communities? How can government agencies work together to find solutions and should there be more reliance on solutions from the private sector?

- See more at: http://smdp.com/and-the-next-congress-member-will-be/134889#sthash.Gf8M3WL5.dpuf

Kristie Holmes

Not everyone needs to be a social worker, or even have the heart of a social worker. They can simply “do the math” on social justice issues like housing or our drug policy to see that it is actually less expensive for tax payers to create a reasonable floor for human rights in the US. Is it a human right in the United States to eat? Have a roof over your head? Have access to preventative health care as well as emergency services (including mental health)?

Colorado is showing us right now that there are viable alternatives to the way we have been treating our homeless population in the US. Taxpayers annually spend $43,240 on individuals who live on the street, but in Fort Lyon’s supportive housing program, the state will have to invest only $16,813 to provide an effective recovery program. Health services, substance abuse treatment, counseling and job training will be covered in this price tag.

Social Workers go to the root of the issues that aim to elevate the totality of the community … and issues like gun violence do not discriminate, regardless of zip code. We often look to those in poverty, or in what we tend to accept as run of the mill violence (gang neighborhoods are unsafe, and there is gun violence there). However, what is missed is that during a tragedy of the magnitude of what happened in Santa Barbara yesterday, where there were multiple fatalities inflicted upon humans in both grotesque and planned ways- it was perpetrated by a young male with means, who had “legal” guns and shot them from his moving BMW targeting females, after stabbing his three roommates to death.

Teachers are often our first line of defense and need to be given the tools to help students succeed regardless of their economic status. This includes adequate training and support- both in and out of the classroom in identifying development and mental health issues. There must also be adequate and timely referrals available once issues have been identified and some way to protect teachers who are trying to protect other students- as well as themselves in reporting, and not have to face threatening behavior due to shame or anger in the family (or by the administration that doesn’t want to have a “press nightmare”).

We have cultural issues that underlie many of our attitudes towards mental health and standard levels of violence in our society- what we get upset about- and the daily news items that get filed away as “run of the mill” violence. Universities have been under fire this past year due to their failure to meet the Federal Clery Act in reporting sexual violence on campus. A fine of $35K did not turn out to be enough of a deterrent to avoid failure in reporting. What happened in Santa Barbara is a magnification of the attitudes seen in our “standard” campus rape cases. We are failing as a country to address the violence that crosses all socioeconomic boundaries.

We send our soldiers to war, then we are unable to take adequate care of their physical or mental health when they return (I probably don’t need to go on about the VA scandal), and 22 of them are taking their own lives every day. Many end up as one of the homeless. We pat ourselves on the back when we get a single mother to take a minimum wage job, despite the fact that adequate care for her children and transportation costs are more than what she makes, even full time and is unable to participate in her children’s education. These issues have a long- term societal impact that is costly.

Kristie Holmes is best suited to work on issues related to the 58,000 homeless in Los Angeles as well as the embedded social issues district 33 faces on a local, state and federal level- all of which have an economic impact. The Congressional Social Work Caucus is focused on issues related to communities, mental health, human rights and the social work reinvestment initiative, so as a freshman in congress, I would have an established group to join that has already made these issues a priority and which Henry Waxman, at one point, chaired.

- See more at: http://smdp.com/and-the-next-congress-member-will-be/134889#sthash.Gf8M3WL5.dpuf

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May 29, 2014

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Where Do I Go To Vote?

Just click here or go to http://www.lavote.net

If you had a mail in ballot and haven't already sent it in- just walk in to your polling place, and you'll get the "I voted" sticker.

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May 28, 2014

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Thank you to James Graf (Former Candidate) for His Kind Words

…"I also want to commend all the Democratic candidates for running good races and putting themselves and their families through the all-consuming process to serve this district. A special shout out to Kristie Holmes for Congress for fighting the good honest fight with next to no cash (and no direct mail!), and of course Ted Lieu, our outstanding State Senator and all-around good man."

Thank you, James Graf. Like I've said before, this has really been a great group of people to do this with.

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Tue Jun 03, 2014

VOTE IN THE PRIMARY

All Day
Your closest polling place, or drop off your absentee ballot you didn't mail in.

Liking on Facebook and Retweeting doesn't count for voting- but please do that once you've voted and remind all of your friends and family!

 

 

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May 25, 2014

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Improve the economy, create jobs, invest in infrastructure and reduce reliance on oil?

Want to create jobs and reinvest in our infrastructure? Not to mention-reduce our reliance on oil? http://www.solarroadways.com/intro.shtml

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May 25, 2014

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What Girls Don't Do? Lead.

At least, they don't feel like it is worth the bother when they are old enough to step up. We are missing from boardrooms, the entertainment industry, and in global leadership.

I serve as an NGO Delegate to the United Nations Commission Status on Women and Girls, and at a recent anti- corruption session, we (the US) were dismissed outright when a global leader stated while waving their hand, "Why are we even discussing the US? They have never even had a female Vice President in the history of their country."

We are now at 90th place for global female leadership- behind countries like Iraq, Afghanistan and China. For those not interested in Gender Equality- know that it is an economic issue, not "just a woman's issue".

As a Social Worker who started out her career with the Department of Children and Family Services, I gained intimate knowledge of issues that plague even our district- which is one of the "wealthiest" districts in the country. I have been teaching undergraduate and graduate students for the past 7 years with the motivation to inspire them to challenge the status quo. I have a small private practice and am a homeowner, so I've also struggled with the burden of taxes and student loan repayment. Finally, I'm a wife and mother of two (LAUSD). I hope to make an impact on how legislation is created, and through whose eyes it is being viewed.

It is important to have representation that is reflective of the female gender, but also in an age group that can connect to younger voters through technology and share the concerns of families with small children. The average age of appointment to Congress is around age 50, and even older for females.

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May 25, 2014

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Replacing Waxman (Daily Kos)

Yesterday I was asked by someone in City of LA government my thoughts on the Congressional race to fill Waxman's seat. The race has had some recent buzz on local radio as there's 11 days left and there are four people who are in the hunt for two chances at a runoff.

I put those thoughts here at my personal website, and they're a little gossipy and a little numbers-driven too and those thoughts involve talking to people involved with the race. But I'll say after the jump what I didn't say there that might be of interest to people far outside the District.

By registration, a Republican has almost no chance of winning. But there is a chance. That chance is amplified by Williamson, running as an independent who is disillusioned with Obama. That is a message that resonates even if Williamson is unlikely to finish in the money. If she continues to carry that message to the district (and the country, or her corner of it) after the primary - and writers do typically like to stay oracular, in fact, races for them rarely end, regardless of where they finish - it will only hurt the Democrat.

The thing about November will be that that message won't translate into a vote for either person who makes the runoff. It will simply after June 3 translate into Democratic voters staying home. Even if, as is expected, two Democrats make the runoff. But if Elan Carr were somehow to replace Lieu, or even Wendy Greuel (who appears to be the frontrunner) as one of the two candidates in the General, Democratic inertia will give either Lieu or Greuel a tougher time--even if both would rather face the Republican Carr than face each other.

Williamson is not likely to crack 15% of the vote in June, and you will probably need 25% to make the general. Nonetheless, bizarrely in recent weeks, Greuel, perhaps recognizing that her best shot for eventual election is a Greuel-Carr race, has been going after not Carr but Williamson, especially with regards to her legal-but-with-roadblocks position on abortion.

That hurts nearly everyone on the left, because it makes Williamson all the more determined to carry her independent message to the masses, such as they are. I don't think the nuanced abortion statements bugs people nearly as much as Team Greuel has calculated, and there is always the danger for Team Greuel that if it successfully does indeed bother anyone, they will go clicking around and maybe settle on some truly alternative candidate like Kristie Holmes rather than old school Wendy. Wendy was described to me by one woman when she lost last year this way:

"'She didn't just look dumb next to Eric, she looked San Bernardino dumb, especially in those stiff jackets,'" a snippy friend of mine in Jimmy Choos and a breezy blouse told me." That is what I reported when she lost, and whether or not it belongs in politics, that's what many people in fashion-breezy LA were thinking last year.

And that is still Greuel, and conversely Williamson and her crew have been described to me as people who went to a Montana Avenue yoga class to make sure they stay beautiful and cool all day long. They aren't the usual operatives, activists, voters.

The other thing about Greuel that is of concern to Democrats is that she has no natural base in the District. Hell, she doesn't even live in it. I've spoken to a few more people since I posted my thoughts, and I now think that any candidate, even Greuel, reaching 30% in the primary is at best a 50-50 proposition now. Only Greuel has the organization to get to 30%. And yet when you look at the map, it's hard to see anyplace where Wendy might have a base in the district. You have a recognizable Lieu base. You have a Carr base: Westlake Village and Calabasas. You even have a Williamson base: Montana Avenue to Malibu, in fact. But where is the Wendy home court? It's a very small number of precincts immediately east of the 405 south of Mulholland. That small LA finger immediately below the city of West Hollywood is really the only place that is up for grabs.

This is not saying that all blue-blooded Democrats should automatically back Lieu. But I am saying that unless two Democrats face off in the General, this seat is no slam dunk - which you probably already know anyway from the last race, but for very different reasons this time around.

By Joseph: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/05/23/1301554/-Replacing-Waxman#

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February 23, 2014

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Equality of Access in Education & Safety in School

Public education is not created equal. Quality is reflected in the home you are able to afford in this city, early ed and higher ed access.

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May 22, 2014

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Malibu Times Story

Six of those who spoke Sunday are looking to take over Rep. Henry Waxman’s 33rd District U.S. Congressional seat.

By Jimy Tallal / Special to The Malibu Times May 22, 2014

Six Democratic candidates for the U.S. Congressional 33rd District sat on a small, crowded stage of the Point Dume Clubhouse last Sunday morning, eager to share their election platform with a Malibu audience of about 75 Democrats.
The six represent just one-third of the 18 names on the crowded ballot for the job, which also includes four Democrats who did not attend Sunday’s event, three Republicans and five others.


The candidates are seeking to replace Rep. Henry Waxman, who earlier this year announced plans to retire after serving 40 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. The district includes Malibu, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and many other Westside cities. His announcement threw the field wide open for the first time since the Ford Administration.
The candidate forum, sponsored by the Malibu Democratic Club, also featured personal appearances by candidates running for the state-level positions of State Controller and Secretary of State. Candidates had a limited amount of time to introduce themselves, answer audience questions and make a closing statement.

Congressional candidates
First up was Wendy Greuel, who probably has the most name recognition after serving as Los Angeles City Controller from 2009-2013 and running as a candidate for Los Angeles mayor in 2013.
Greuel said the issues important to her include veterans, a woman’s right to choose, equal pay and “protecting the beautiful beaches and mountains.” She has “Progressive values” and is “willing to take on the tough issues and the special interests.”
Political newcomer David Kanuth, an attorney who spent seven years as a public defender, wants to address a failed educational system, a flawed criminal justice system, climate change and gun control. “We need to send people to Washington that aren’t status quo,” he said.


Buoyed by his endorsement from the Los Angeles Times, Matt Miller, author, public policy analyst, Pacific Palisades resident and host of KCRW’s “Left, Right and Center,” is making his first run for public office. Besides being a riveting speaker, Miller displayed an in-depth knowledge of healthcare and other issues.
“Too often, progressives fight for policies that won’t make a meaningful difference. A minimum wage of $10.10 is still not a living wage — it needs to be $15 an hour. Send someone to Washington that doesn’t accept the terms of debate, but helps shape them,” he said.


Kristie Holmes, a social worker and professor also running for office for the first time, distinguished herself from the other candidates by being the only one to voice her support of “the full legalization of marijuana” because of the revenue stream it would produce.
“Colorado has already made a billion dollars” she said.
Holmes also offered insight on problems with the education system and student loan programs.

*Note (Kristie Holmes clarification): Colorado has projected One Billion Dollars in Revenue in the first year- and estimates look towards exceeding this projection.


Also throwing her hat into the political ring for the first time, attorney Barbara Mulvaney of Santa Monica said she was the only candidate with foreign policy experience.
“I worked for the U.N. on the Rwanda genocide and I also worked for the State Department in Baghdad,” Mulvaney said.
Ted Lieu, represented by local Dorothy Reik, is a Torrance resident, attorney, USAF officer and the only candidate with legislative experience. He has served in the California State Assembly and Senate since 2005, introducing or sponsoring numerous pieces of legislation such as regulation of sub-prime mortgages, overturning the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling and banning fracking. Lieu has been endorsed by various Democratic groups in the state.

http://www.malibutimes.com/news/article_a5591904-e0ff-11e3-82bf-001a4bcf887a.html

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May 21, 2014

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LA Times Candidate "Class Photo"

Beverly Hills Debate "Class Photo".

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May 21, 2014

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Quick Clip From One of the Large Debates Westside Today

Video Link Here: http://westsidetoday.com/2014/04/28/33rd-district-congressional-candidate-forum-santa-monica-beat/

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May 19, 2014

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Sample ballots have just a sample of what voters need to know


Kristie Holmes, a Democrat running for Congress in the 33rd District, is among the many candidates in L.A. County who chose not to pay to publish a statement in the sample ballot for the June primary because of the expense.

When you crack open your sample ballot booklet to read about candidates running in the June 3 primary, be aware that you're getting only a part of the picture. Fewer than one in five candidates chose to pay to have their biographical campaign statements published in the L.A. county version of the booklets.

Kristie Holmes, a Democrat running in the crowded 33rd Congressional District to replace retiring Congressman Henry Waxman, was stunned to realize it would cost more than $18,000 to place a 200-word statement in the sample ballot booklet in both English and Spanish. She blogged about her decision to forego the candidate statement.

Full Story:

http://www.scpr.org/blogs/politics/2014/05/12/16460/why-your-sample-ballot-is-costly-incomplete-and-no/?slide=5

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May 19, 2014

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To Answer the All Important Question: What Do I Drive? Plus others.

I drive a Chevy Volt Pulg in Car with a backup gas tank. It goes 44 miles before it needs to be recharged.

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Sun May 18, 2014

Pursuit of Justice Gala

6:30pm
Page Museum
Los Angeles, CA

Pursuit of Justice Gala, honoring Rock the Vote.

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