Los Angeles County, CA November 7, 2000 Election
Smart Voter Richard Melendez

Candidate for
State Senator; District 29

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Biographical Highlights
  • Party: Democratic
  • Occupation: Police Officer/Council Member West Covina
  • Mayor of West Covina and Chairman of the Redevolpment Agency 1998-99
  • Governor's Appointee to the Children's Justice Act Task Force
  • Chair, Planning Commission 1996-'97
  • Board of Directors-Chamber of Commerce 1996 to 1999
  • District Board Member of Numerous Organization; Council of Governments, Independent Cities Association, SG Basin Water Quality Authority (alt).
  • Licensed Real Estate Agent, Certified Real Estate Apraiser
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Top Priorities if Elected
  • Child Care/After School Programs: I propose tax deduction for families with day care expenses. We must also make afterschool programs more available
  • Education: States should be required to publicly account for how they are spending their federal money.
  • Health Care: Let more people above poverty level buy federally supported state coverage. I support a Patient's Bill of Rights.
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Position Papers
Child Care/ After School Programs
Infants and toddlers who get high-quality child care are more apt to graduate from high school, attend college and delay having children.High-quality, early childhood education can be an important ingredient in supporting young families. Between the hours of 3 and 6 PM is when most juvenile crimes occur. We need programs to keep our kids off the streets. Our children need to be challenged after school. After school programs are vital to working parents.
The focus should be kept on what works: Better teachers, higher standards, greater accountability.
Health Care.
Adressing the issue of healthcare should begin where the need is most acute, with working Californians who are uninsured or underinsured because they are self-employed or who work for small companies.
Key Endorsements
  • 7 State Senators (Including Majority Leader), 11 Assembly Members
  • Los Angeles Police Protective League & The Ca. Org. of Police and Sheriffs
  • Darby Mangen,Pres. National Organization for Women, NOW
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Campaign Contact Information
Website: http://www.richardmelendez.com
E-mail: richnellen@aol.com

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