Assembly District 40 is located in San Bernardino County and covers, in part, the cities of Rancho Cucamonga, Highland, Redlands, Loma Linda and San Bernardino. Marc Steinorth is one of four candidates running for the seat.
Steinorth agreed to answer a few questions about issues important in California. Please note that the final question regarding animal welfare was optional, meant for those who believe strongly that change is needed. Below are Steinorth’s responses.
Tell us a little about your background and how your education and experience prepares you to be a member of the California Assembly.
Currently I own and operate my own business providing professional services to small businesses. The hard work that was required to start my business gives me the discipline to be an effective Assemblymember and also provides an important perspective on economic issues.
Working extensively with businesses in my career allows me to understand their struggles and the policies they need from the State to be successful. I am also a Councilmember for the City of Rancho Cucamonga which has given me experience in dealing with government and also makes a strong advocate for local control.
What are your top three priorities if elected and why?
Jobs, Education and Public Safety. Jobs remain a serious issue in the Inland Empire as our unemployment rate remains much higher than the state and national averages. California has a reputation for being unfriendly towards businesses and has seen a decline in opportunities for middle class families.
The quality of public education has strong implications on all aspects of our society. Without properly preparing the next generation, our economy will suffer so it is critical we reform our broken education system.
Lastly, public safety remains an important issue in light of prison realignment which has transferred thousands of inmates into our local jails. We must find a long term solution to ensure inmates are not released early into our communities.
The federal policy as it relates to the Delta Smelt along with several years of drought has impacted California’s economy enormously. What, if anything, as a member of the Assembly would you do to relieve California’s water situation?
State Investment in long-term water infrastructure is a key need for improving the reliability of our water supply and our ability to convey water between wet and dry areas of the state. We must also work with our Congressional delegation to fix the federal regulations that have shut down the pumps and stranded farmers without water. Additionally, more water reservoirs must be constructed so we can store water to withstand droughts and we must fix the Delta’s hydrology problems.
What is your stand on the Second Amendment? How do you feel about the laws currently on the books to regulate guns and ammo? What, if anything, would you do to strengthen or weaken those laws?
I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and believe we must design our gun control laws to take weapons out of the hands of criminals while still preserving the rights of responsible gun owners. California has done a poor job of accomplishing these objectives with its recent actions on gun control legislation. Instead, we should repeal recent laws like the recent mandate that increased registration requirements for gun owners which criminals will simply ignore. Our efforts would be better applied to strengthening our law enforcement agencies.
California just took another hit with the announcement by Toyota that it is moving its operation to Texas. What would you do to strengthen California’s business climate?
Changing our attitude and approach would be an important place to start. As a small business owner, I know first hand how difficult it can be to get help in dealing with California's numerous requirements on business. Yet large projects like Sacramento's new basketball arena and LA's proposed new football stadium are able to use their political connections to receive waivers from our rigorous environmental review process.
Favoring large businesses at the expense of small businesses which are the true drivers of job creation is bad policy. We must undertake a comprehensive review of our regulatory scheme and taxation system so it is designed to be easier for all businesses to succeed.
Tell me a little about your thoughts on animal welfare and protection.
I believe mandatory spay and neuter policies are very important for local governments to implement. These policies save large amounts of money on animal shelters and other pet control population measures. This is an example of government working smart and providing measures that are cost effective in the long run for taxpayers. I also believe incentives that encourage pet adoptions are good policies because they help reduce overcrowding in shelters and save on costs.