We cannot let California continue being a failing state. California’s taxes, ridiculous and paralyzing regulations, insane cost of living and the mismanagement of the state has hit the lowest of lowest, making California a very unattractive to live state. Hard-working Californians are leaving the state in droves, leaving the 'sanctuary state' in a condition of economic hardship with high rate of homelessness and a complete lack of enforcement of immigration laws and procedures.
We need to bring back the glory of the state, the California that used to be. California needs a total turnaround and that turnaround’s responsibility should be put in the hands of Travis Allen, California Governor Candidate, a Republican.
In an interview I conducted with Mr. Allen this week I received some telling insight about his gubernatorial run.
First and foremost, it is important for Mr. Allen to let people in Israel and American Jews, living in California, that he is a staunch friend of Israel.
Writer [NG]: what makes you a true friend of Israel?”
TA: “For many reasons, Israel is extremely important to me and for that matter I have been to Israel nine times so far.
“On a personal level, Israel is the land of the Bible and so much of our western civilization history started right there. On my first visit to the country I traveled the land for three weeks, from Tel-Dan in the north to Beer Sheva in the south and so much in between. Since, I have visited Israel time and again, saw more and made many friends. In fact, I am a member of Friend of Likud, the ruling party. When, in 2015, Prime Minister Netanyahu ran for reelection, I arrived to Israel on April 1st to congratulate him on his win.
“On my last visit in Israel I brought along my future fiancé and we got engaged on the historic land, the vineyard of Shilo, in Mateh Binyamin, Israel.
“Historically, culturally and religiously, Israel is a significant best democratic friend of the United States in the Middle East. The relations of the USA with the modern state of Israel started in 1948, when President Harry Truman was the first world leader to cast the vote ‘yay’ to recognize the newly born Jewish State. Now, 70 years later, President Donald Trump is the first world leader to make the right declaration and also to finally act upon the will of the American people when he formally acknowledged Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Two USA presidents, two epic supportive acts for the Israel.
“As a California Assembly Member I was the original author of the bill to stop the BDS activities in California. I traveled to Israel to gain support for the bill and received full support for the basis of the California anti-BDS law from the Knesset speaker as well as the opposition leadership.”
California State Senate approved anti-BDS Assembly Bill 2844 by a vote of 34 to 1 on August 24, and the State Assembly passed it by 69 to 1 on August 30. California Governor Jerry Brown signed anti-BDS Assembly Bill 2844 on Saturday, September 24, 2016.
NG: “You are running to become the next governor of California. What political wind you plan to bring to California to change the current tied that has been proven to be detrimental to the state?”
TA: “Californians are tired of the Democrats constantly raising taxes on them, ignoring immigration laws and passing soft on crime legislations that endanger communities. Californians are really tired of 8-years of Governor Jerry Brown and almost 40-years of Democrats dominance in the California legislature, all have a hand in the ruination of the state.
“The very overdue and needed difference can be made with the right governor and Californians are ready for that imperative change.
“Not only that Governor Brown broke his promise not to raise taxes without voters’ approval but with a stroke of a pen he raised the gas tax by $0.12 per gallon and the car registration by up to $175.00 per vehicle, both, represent betrayal of the Californian voters.
“My plan is to repeal both.
TA: “I vow to change the tied”
“There is a silent majority of Californians who are truly disgusted with what is happening in their state. A true change must start from the top, from a leading force. In my job as a governor I will aim to make California the great state it once was. I plan to veto all the crazy laws that came and come out of the legislature in Sacramento, to use the governor’s veto to stop the excessive spending of tax payers’ money and when needed, I will call for special election to bring ballot initiative to the people.“
NG: “If I calculate both, the gas tax and car registration fee increase I see huge sum of extra money pouring into the state’s coffers. But I do not see any improvements made, rather I see the state on a fast decline in every aspect. How is this infusion of funds being used?”
TA: “Unfortunately, ONLY 35% of this newly found funds, goes to improve the roads, finds its way to fix the state worst roads in the nation. The rest 65% goes to other projects, such as mass transit and bike lane, but not one dollar goes to building general purpose freeway lane which will hardly make a dent to get California out of being the worst traffic jam in the nation.”
NG: “Why should the Progressive, the handout crowd vote for you?”
TA: “Californians are hard working people. They want to reverse course and live in the best state, safe state, with stable economy and good roads, with best education system, issues that cross party lines.
“Californians are not in the state for government handout rather, because it was and has all the elements to become again the best state in the nation and they are prepared to work hard to achieve this goal. Justify California's name, The Golden State’.
“Nowadays California has the highest poverty rate and appalling number of homeless population, all is the result of state control Democrats. Because of out of control government spending and insane regulations, the state sunk into obscene debt, causing hundreds of thousands of people to leave the state and seek better standard of living in other states. All this must be reversed.”
NG: “What is your pledge to the voters?”
TA: “California is the highest in the nation in income tax. My No. 1 job: cut taxes.
“In order for hard working Californians to keep as much of their hard earned money, I will cut tax and streamline the excessive spending.
In my first 100 days in the governor's office I will reverse the ‘sanctuary state’ position.
NG: “We are going to end our interview. Do you have any special message to the readers, the voters?”
TA: "It's been an honor to advocate for Israel. The nation of Israel is alive and well again after almost 2,000 years, and Israel's strength benefits not only California and the United States but the entire world.
"California and Israel have a dynamic partnership. California exports over $2 billion annually to Israel, over 1500 California companies do business in Israel, and nearly 10% of the world's Jewish population lives in California.
"President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the undivided Capital of Israel fulfills this long overdue promise and serves as a powerful reminder that Israel is the land of the Jewish people.
"I am running to be California's next Governor to make California once again the greatest state in the nation - to lower our taxes, bring companies and jobs back, and to make our communities safer. California used to lead the country in education, infrastructure, and opportunities, but decades of political mismanagement has left Californians with the highest poverty rate, highest homeless population, and rising crime rates. It's time we take back California and make our state work for our hardworking citizens, and that's exactly what I'm going to do."
NG: “Thank you Mr. Allen.”
Travis Allen is a Republican legislator for the California State Assembly from Huntington Beach, California. He was first elected to the California State Assembly in November 2012 to represent the California's 72nd State Assembly district, which includes the cities of Fountain Valley, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, Westminster, most of Garden Grove, portions of Huntington Beach portions of Santa Ana and the unincorporated communities of Midway and Rossmoor. Mr. Allen is serving in the California State Assembly as Vice Chair, Assembly Jobs and Economic Development Committee and Vice Chair, Assembly Public Employees, Retirement, and Social Security Committee.
Travis Allen is a young and dynamic politician. If you want to refresh California’s stale management and bring the state back to its former glory, Mr. Allen should be your choice for the next governor.
If you are a friend of Israel, Mr. Allen will do well on your behalf and will expand California-Israel relations.
Travis Allen is a Candidate for California Governor 2018. Given the platform on which Mr. Allen is running, all Californians who care about saving California from plunging into a deeper abyss must come behind him and together we will begin healing California and eventually make California the great state it once was..