• David Curtis urges Governor Brown to save lives at CA prison hunger strike

    8/19/2013 Rather than make the reasonable requested changes to improve the living conditions of inmates, CA Government decided to force feed the remaining hunger striking inmates, while Governor Brown attends a Summit in Nevada asking for more Federal/private money. 

    8/16/2013 David Curtis urges Governor Brown to take immediate action to save lives at the state prison. The Administration and the negotiators must address the following issues as were itemized by Tom Hayden today:

    "...(Suspend) indefinite solitary confinement.
    Fix prison air conditioning systems.
    Provide inmates with fresh food and water.
    Give inmates access to a weekly phone call.
    Reopen the Pelican Bay visitors' center and allow visits of four to six hours on weekends and holidays for family members.
    Allow inmates to take one photograph per year, to purchase more art supplies from the canteen, to sell or give away artwork and to have more access to educational courses and current books..."

    The prison system is more than a holding facility, it is a means towards rehabilitation so that inmates can someday rejoin their families and communities. Human beings must have paths towards improving their situations.

    As a Green Party candidate for California Secretary of State, and as a human being, I also call on Governor Brown to end the practice of solitary confinement, a form of torture with crippling psychic consequence.

  • Elizabeth Dougherty interviews David Curtis (transcript)

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    Elizabeth Dougherty interviews David Curtis on Food Nation Radio. Michael Serio exec. producer/co-host.

    Elizabeth Dougherty: ...we also have David Curtis...candidate for California Secretary of State. He's talking about revoking Monsanto's business license.

    Michael Serio: It's a unique position and it's getting him a big boost in the popularity contest in California, I don't know how it's going to do in votes, but listen to this...what he wants to do:

    David Curtis: "One thing I would do is I would bump any questionable licenses to the Attorney General's office for further review, before just re-issuing a company like Monsanto and GMO production."

    MS: So he would send the whole thing back to the AG's office and let them review any licenses that he thinks are questionable and business practices that are questionable.

    ED: Well, it's really sort of a public safety issue as we kind of got into, let's play the 2nd clip:

    DC: "I had a meme in the campaign that's kind of picking on Monsanto and calling them out. But really my goal is I want truth in labeling, and I can't as a government servant just say this stuff is ok when I don't think they've proven that GMO food is ok and I don't think anyone anywhere knows what the long term effects of this food (are) going to be."

    ED: ...and he talks about why it's good, why we need this...

    DC: "I don't see a legitimate reason not to label a product. It seems like it would be in everyone's interest. If they are producing a product and they want to be in business for a long time, it's got to be a sustainable, healthy product."

    MS: There you go, there's that transparency aspect of this whole thing...

     

  • David Curtis on Food Nation Radio discussing GMO labeling

  • David Curtis supports the Voting Rights Act

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  • David Curtis meets with Evan Goldberg (update 7/30/2013)

    David Curtis meets with Evan Goldberg, Chief Deputy to Secretary of State Bowen on July 24th, 2013 in Sacramento. The following are David's (not verbatim) notes from the meeting:

    DC asks EG what he thinks of online voting, and if it might become an option at some point? 
    EG does not support online voting, says it is subject to hacking.

    DC asks why in theory can’t people vote via smartphone and generate a receipt? People bank online, why can't they pick a, b or c candidate on a smartphone?
    EG says it is against state statute to have a receipt for a vote.

    EG discusses the SOS priorities for the next 18 months and beyond:

    Voter Database upgrade
    Campaign finance database upgrade
    Online business filing upgrade

    DC There is a need for the market driven forces on the election process to be somehow neutralized into a public process.

    DC asks about the concept of using special elections to roll out/test reforms like public financing.

    EG says the state statutes bar public funding of elections. 

    EG suggests that such reforms can be implemented at local level elections. 

    DC discusses the problem of privatized debates, asks if the SOS has discretion to set policy that debates be public and require invitation to all balloted candidates.

    EG says debates are not required by state statute.

    DC describes the dynamic of private debates where private security is excluding some candidates and even detaining them. DC gives the example of the 2010 NV Gubernatorial race where a TV debate was held at a private school, only two candidates were included and five minor candidates had to resort to setting up a secondary debate outdoors.

    EG points out that it is unlikely there will be TV debates in the Sec of State’s race.

    DC discusses the price point problem of legislative races in CA, how it takes $1,000,000 to run for state legislature. DC asks if the SOS would be supportive of making the districts smaller, having more seats in the legislature. EG says it is a legislative issue, but supports it in theory.

    DC asks if SOS has discretion to pull business licenses of companies that misbehave. 
    EG says SOS would need to make a compelling case to the AG.

    DC asks EG if he would be running for SOS. EG says he will not be running for SOS.
    EG has no plans yet beyond the remaining months of completing his work with SOS.

    DC asks EG if the office has seen an abnormal amount of lawsuits compared to other times.
    EG says that the lawsuits are not triggered by SOS not following statutes but rather more local conditions. 
    DC suggests they are chain reactions to conditions. 

    DC discusses how the top two primary has scrubbed all the minor parties off the general election, and the current process is pay-to-play, the candidate having the most corporate donor money advancing to the general election.

    DC discusses how his goal is to have more democracy and a better process, ideally where each balloted candidate gets the same public funding, same air time, equal presentation.

    EG offers to have follow up meetings if DC has further questions. 

 
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