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Jacobi For Assembly
P.O. Box 15073
Santa Rosa, Ca 95402

VJacobi@sonic.net
707-575-5594 Best hours are 2 pm - 7 pm, daily. (landline, no text messages)

Summary of Levine's difference from Roni Jacobi's values and we believe those of the majority of North Bay voters:


In addition to earning awards including the Upstream Swimmer Award from SCCA, Roni has also consistently earned A grades on her voting record.

One critically important reason Roni is running for this position is the incumbent's voting record. Some low points of his record...

Levine earned only a 75, C grade, on his voting record. You can paste the following into your browser to see a list of all assembly members grades: (http://www.couragescore.org/california-state-assembly-courage-score/)

Marc not making time on his calendar for any debates in the general election. He was invited to at least three. Roni made herself available for all three.

His vote for SB Senate Bill 1383 (Lara) – Dairy Industry Exemptions from short-lived climate pollutants: methane emissions - this bill reduced requirements on methane pollution. Please see article with extensive serious environmental and social justice groups concerns by pasting it into your browser.

Roni wrote a letter on this published in the Press Democrat on Saturday Nov. 5th, 2016.

[http://www.sequoiaforestkeeper.org/pdfs/climate_change/SB_138_methane_

pollution_letter_Brown_%209-13-16.pdf]

Levine is the co-author of a bill AB2844 that could cost $140 million annually of taxpayer dollars, and does nothing for Californians, in addition to the original version of the bill being unconstitutional.

Details specifically on finance: paste into your browser

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Additional details at the very bottom of this page at *

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Four years ago, the San Francisco Chronicle endorsed Levine in the expectation that, being young, he might do something about pension reform. That has not happened. Roni Jacobi, as a Santa Rosa City Councilmember led the way to pension reform and set an example by offering to reduce her own compensation as a councilmember (by 10%). Roni also asked the acting City Manager to lower his compensation and to ask the other non union represented employees to also voluntarily reduce their salaries (also by 10%). They all did so. Roni was also the first to suggest a cap of $100,000 /year for retirement benefits in the future, with a cost of living component.

Marc Levine is a corporate Democrat: From Gary Cohn, “In Plain Sight: The Rise of California’s Corporate Democrats,” Huffington Post, April 14, 2014:

“Marin County is one of California’s most liberal regions and, with its iconic redwoods and stunning coastline, it is also a power center for environmental activism. And so, when a bill to give the state Coastal Commission authority to levy fines against shoreline despoilers came for a vote in the state Assembly in 2013, it was taken for granted that Marin’s new Assemblyman, Marc Levine, would vote for passage. That didn’t happen. Instead, the San Rafael Democrat sat out the single most important vote for his constituents that year – which helped doom the measure.

“But Levine was not finished. In Sacramento he would abstain or skip votes on bills helping farm workers and creating a bill of rights for domestic workers. He has also voted against legislation requiring economic impact reports for big box stores and requiring more rate-increase disclosure from Kaiser Permanente. That Levine keeps at arm’s length the progressive values of the 10th Assembly District, which includes much of equally liberal Sonoma County, should come as no surprise. During his two Assembly campaigns he has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from some of the state’s largest business interests.”

Update: In June 2016 Levine didn’t just abstain from a bill to bring farmworkers the same rights as other workers to an 8-hour day, he voted against it.

Roni Jacobi is not beholden to wealthy corporate contributors. She will work hard for the welfare of ordinary people and our planet. Visit RoniJacobi.com.

­­Marc Levine skirts his duty to vote:

In August 2016, when the farmer workers bill came bill came back to the Assembly for concurrence, Marc Levine chose to be at a retirement party rather than vote for or against the bill. The failure to cast a vote did not sit well with the editors of the Marin Independent Journal, who wrote: “Levine should have stayed on the job and cast his vote. That’s why local voters sent him to Sacramento. . . .[L]awmakers have to make some tough decisions, often deciding between competing interests that are important to their constituents. They ran for their jobs and they have a responsibility to vote — not skirt decisions.” --“Marin’s state lawmakers duck big vote,” Marin Independent Journal, Sept. 4, 2016

Roni Jacobi will not duck her duty to vote

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Marc Levine is not transparent about an obscure fund:

Marc Levine is one of 32 California legislators controlling large sums of money donated to barely regulated “ballot measure committees” and is one of 19 legislators avoiding questions from reporters about how this money is being spent. –“Obscure funds offer a pathway to political clout,” Marin Independent Journal, Aug. 21, 2016

In an editorial, the Marin Independent Journal said, “Levine should explain what his “Levine Ballot Issue Committee: Elevate California” does, and exactly how it spends the money it raises. In 2012, Levine, then a San Rafael City Council member, won election to the Legislature, presenting himself as a reform-minded challenger of Sacramento’s PAC-money-padded powerbrokers.

“Levine’s committee is akin to the kind of politics he had promised to change.

“If it’s not, he should tell his constituents why it is different.” –“Levine’s ballot measure committee sidesteps voter-approved reforms,” Marin Independent Journal, Aug. 28, 2016.

Roni Jacobi promises transparency. Visit RoniJacobi.com.

Marc Levine’s newfound interest in campaign finance reform rings hollow when you look at his record In an article titled “Levine proposes campaign finance reform legislation” (Marin Independent Journal, Oct. 14, 2016), Levine decries how special interest groups are able to circumvent limits on campaign donations by giving money to political parties, which then channel the money to particular candidates. When asked how this was different from circumventing campaign donation limits by donating to campaign issue committees, he said the difference was disclosure.

OK, we know that Bay Area couple John and Regina Scully, big promoters of charter schools, have given at least $200,000 to Levine’s ballot measure committee (“Obscure funds offer a pathway to political clout,” Marin Independent Journal, Aug. 21, 2016). They must be delighted that on August 30, 2016, Levine voted against SB 322, a bill to regulate charter schools and keep them from cherry-picking their students, something other publicly funded schools are forbidden to do.

The fact is that on this and other issues—such as levying fines on coastline despoilers and giving farmworkers the same right to overtime pay after an 8-hour day as other workers—Levine has voted the way his big-money donors wanted him to.

Disclosing the names of donors, the Republican approach to campaign finance reform, is not enough to offset the advantages to both the donor and the candidate who accepts the big-money donations. Voters concerned about big money in politics should vote for Roni Jacobi. Norman Solomon says, “Roni Jacobi has integrity, walks her talk and can’t be bought. She would be a big improvement over the incumbent in the state Assembly.”

I have lived in Marin 23 years. I remember Kerry Mazzoni as the "education person" and Jared Huffman as the "environment person," but Levine has been all over the place, doing nothing really memorable. In fact, some of his time has been spent on authoring bills that are hardly worth the Legislature's time, like taking ballot selfies and making denim the state fabric.

Jacobi, on the other hand, has the passion, knowledge, experience and guts to lead the Assembly on the most pressing issue of our time: climate change. Unlike Levine, Jacobi has been with this issue long before it came to public consciousness. A mechanical engineer by training, she has 37 years of experience on energy conservation, including work with the Environmental Protection Agency and as a small-business owner doing energy audits and figuring out ways for companies and a school district to reduce their energy use. She sees the big picture on the relationship between CO2, water, soil, fire, and energy use. Her Good Jobs and Climate Plan tackles different, interrelated aspects of the big picture. She is a leader: she cofounded the Sonoma County Water Coalition. She helped Santa Rosa develop an award-winning Climate Action Plan. She herself has made drastic changes in her lifestyle in order to lower her footprint. The nonprofit she founded, OurGreenChallenge.org, encourages others to do so as well. Please look at her website, ronijacobi.com, for much more information.

Having been raised by her Austrian immigrant grandparents and mother, who were/are Republican in the old-fashioned sense, Jacobi has grown up with a strong sense that taxpayer money should be used wisely. As a citycouncilmember, she insisted on timely road repairs, because she knew that if roads were left unrepaired, it would cost seven times or more to fix them.

Jacobi provided end-of-life care for her elderly grandfather, who had dementia, and for her father, who suffered from long-time injuries. She parented six foster children in addition to her own two children. Amazingly, she is still in the lives of these now-grown foster children. (I saw her take time out of her busy campaign to help one who was in crisis.) She cofounded and coached a Special Olympics soccer team. Her son-in-law is half Native American and served in Afghanistan. Her prospective son-in-law was born in India and adopted by Americans. Her father was bisexual. Jacobi thus has firsthand experience with problems faced by elders, immigrants, troubled families, Native Americans, members of the armed services, people of color, disabled people, and LGBT people. She is compassionate to the core. She has true family values. ...We are not electing an administrator but a legislator, and her ability to be a good legislature should be judged by her vision, values, record, integrity, and commitment. On pure North Bay values--people, planet, principles--Jacobi comes out ahead for the Assembly position.

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* One problematic part of AB 2844 is this: "(c) (1) That any policy that they have against any sovereign nation or peoples recognized by the government of the United States, including, but not limited to, the nation and people of Israel, is not used to discriminate in violation of the Unruh Civil Rights Act (Section 51 of the Civil Code) or the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 12960) of Part 2.8 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code."

Fortunately the earlier version of a bill co-authored by Levine was significantly modified because it was unconstitutional. An important point to understand is that beyond the extra staff required to handle claims and to prosecute, the $140 million per YEAR was an estimate of possibly higher contract costs to the state of California if the pool of applicants for state contracts were smaller by 0.5%. A diminished pool--which usually results in higher bidding--was deemed likely with an earlier version of the bill because it required certification that the applicant had complied with California's anti-discrimination laws and contractors who had been caught in violation of, say, a law relating to the disabled, might not truthfully be able to certify to having always complied with the law.

When the bill was changed to make it not apply to ever having violated law to more of a present tense version of complying with the law, a diminished pool of applicants could still be assumed because, according to the ACLU, no lawyer would be willing to advise his clients to risk a felony charge over something as vague as having "a policy against a foreign government," when that policy is not spelled out.


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