The "Parent Trigger Law" allows 50 plus one percent of parents at a failing public school to take it over by petition and make it a parent-managed public charter school.  There is also other help for determined parents.


The major parties have not attended to our needs and rights.  I am running as an Independent ("No Party Preference" is this election cycle's new name), talking straight, no strings attached.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is very good about citing and fining families for heating their older homes with their fireplaces in winter, but are they really protecting the air?  We want them to direct more attention to monitoring industrial polluters, not just facilitating the sale of carbon credits.

Clean Air

 small businesses, served as director for regional non-profits, and for scholarships through the East Bay Community Foundation.

     I am deeply committed to public school reform, a healthy environment and reducing California taxes--the highest in the nation. 

     Elected to the California State Assembly without a major party, I wrote bills to help veterans, teachers, crime victims and school nurses; to audit the troubled Alameda County Probation Department and to reduce air pollution.  I lobbied my bills myself and worked both sides.  In one legislative session my

 We can't afford to keep politicians who listen only to public employee unions, big housing developers and crony-capitalist industries, putting California into a downward spiral of debt and decaying quality of life.

     I grew up in the East Bay attending public schools, Wellesley College, Harvard Graduate School and University of San Francisco College of Professional Studies.  I have been a professor at top U.S. universities and local community colleges, and a K-12 substitute teacher.

     I have taught at Japanese universities, written books on Japanese cinema, run


Where I Stand

 fifteen bills won co-authors and passed both houses--and half became laws.

     Elected in 2012 to the Fairview Fire Protection District Board, I am working with my community to secure the best fire, hazardous materials and emergency medical services.

      Send me back to Sacramento and I will champion breathable cities, fiscal responsibility and individual rights including Parent Choice for schools.  I need tough peace and liberty lovers to help me make history again.  Are you in?


March 7, 2014

Filing completed in Alameda and Santa Clara counties.

for California State Senate District 10


March 13, 2014

BAAQMD extends RCEC pollution to August.


Parent Choice