The future of California is filled with potential problems, but people assembling to raise concerns and advocate for change is vital to the state’s success, said Jack Sieglock, candidate for the 10th Assembly District to members of Lodi Citizens in Action on Monday evening in Lodi.
The former Lodi mayor, City Council member and San Joaquin County supervisor received several outbursts of applause during his presentation when he talked about not liking the direction the state and country are headed in. Businesses are suffering from too much regulation, education is failing and the infrastructure is crumbling, he said.
“We are suffering from a deficit of common sense,” he said.
At the American Legion Hall on North Washington Street, Sieglock outlined plans to help close California’s $20 billion and growing budget deficit. He told the crowd of more than 60 people that welfare programs are being abused and need to be reformed and a guest worker program is vital to curbing illegal immigration. Sieglock also spoke against raising taxes and being more friendly to businesses. He pointed to the recently closed NUMMI automotive plant in Fremont to illustrate his point.
“Don’t you think NUMMI left because it was tired of regulation?” he said.
The New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. plant employed roughly 4,700 people and was operated by General Motors and Toyota. It closed down April 1.
Monday’s meeting was not the first time a candidate in the upcoming election for the Assembly’s 10th District has spoken to the Lodi Citizens in Action.
Alyson Huber, D-El Dorado Hills, was well-received when she spoke about immigration reform and cutting wasteful spending before the nonpartisan group in June.
Sieglock, who ran against and narrowly lost to Huber in the 2008 election, did not mention his opponent by name during his 45-minute address to the audience, but told them if they liked to status quo they should keep the same people in office.
“If you don’t want change, vote for my opponent,” he said.
Sieglock wasn’t the only politician who spoke at Monday’s meeting.
Councilwoman JoAnne Mounce addressed the Lodi Citizens in Action and voiced her support of Proposition 22. Mounce, who also serves as a director for the League of California Cities, said it will close the loophole that enables the state to take money from municipalities and cities to balance its budget.
“By voting ‘yes,’ we would be telling Sacramento to find another way to balance the budget,” she said.
Sieglock’s presentation was warmly-received by the audience and one listener said she was glad to hear the candidate tell the crowd that the road ahead would be difficult and would require sacrifice from everyone.
“I’ve been doing it all my life,” Mayvis Kundert said. “Is there any other way?”
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