Colonel Rocky Chavez, USMC (Ret.)

Protecting America
and the American Dream

Rocky on the Issues

A Strong America

Having served 28 years in the Marine Corps, I know that “peace through strength” isn’t just a slogan, but an important truth in this increasingly dangerous world.

To protect America and keep the peace, I’ll join the fight to strengthen our military and expand our national defenses, to invest in our troops, and to ensure that we develop and deploy the new military technology to ensure America forever stays stronger than those who would harm us.

My military work and deployments around the globe have given me important insight into what’s needed to keep us safe — experience that will be an important asset in Congress.

Demanding Government Efficiency

Clearly, serious steps need to be taken to reduce the power of the federal government and the money it wastes, to eliminate unfair and unneeded regulations that punish businesses and cost jobs, and to build confidence in government’s ability to get the job done for taxpayers at a reasonable cost.

In Congress, I’ll support all efforts to hold federal agencies accountable for the money they spend, to ensure that tax dollars are wisely invested in programs that work to benefit taxpayers, and to demand that inefficient and failed programs, polices and regulations are eliminated.

On waste and inefficiency, I’ll be a tough-minded budget hawk.

Building the New Economy

To keep America’s economy moving forward, we need to continue providing incentives to help companies grow, to invest in innovation and American jobs, and to ensure they can compete in the global marketplace.

In the Legislature, I supported efforts to reduce California’s tax and regulatory burdens — among the heaviest in the nation. I also worked to improve our schools and expand vocational training to ensure we have the skilled workers demanded by the new economy — important work I’ll continue in Congress.

By unleashing innovation and investment, and by providing a skilled and educated workforce, we can help our companies, large and small, grow and create jobs, with a smart balance of high-tech, manufacturing, biotechnology, tourism, energy, transportation and health.

In Congress, I’ll support all responsible efforts to foster the innovation and economic diversity needed to propel our economy into the future — here in California, and across America.

Educating for the Future

Educating our children and helping adults increase their job skills is the most important investment government can make. America’s future depends on it.

I strongly support early childhood education, rigorous K-12 curriculum, career tech and vocational training, and community colleges that provide a pathway to four-year universities or the skills needed for better jobs and enriching careers.

In Congress, I’ll continue the work I began in the Legislature to bring new fiscal accountability to higher education — and to rein in out-of-control administrative costs, reduce tuition and ensure our colleges and universities are affordable for everyone wanting to attend.

Repeal the Gas Tax

I strongly opposed a new 12-cent-a-gallon gas tax that was recently imposed on California motorists — a grossly unfair tax that hits low-income drivers, working families and seniors living on fixed retirement incomes especially hard, taking a disproportionate share of their income. In addition to this new gas tax, auto registration fees were also increased.

I strongly support efforts to overturn this punitive tax. We need to fix our roads, but not at the unfair expense of hardworking Californians.

Taking Aim at Serious and Violent Crime

Trafficking a child for sex, raping an unconscious person, assaulting a peace officer, using a deadly weapon during an assault and other similar crimes are clearly serious and violent — and yet under current California law, these crimes are not officially classified as serious or violent felony offenses, meaning criminals convicted of these crimes can be released from prison early after serving only a fraction of their sentence.

I’m working to help pass an initiative that would make these crimes violent felony offenses in California, so criminals convicted of these crimes serve their full sentences.

I’m also supporting efforts to fix the problems created by recent criminal justice “reforms” that have released tens of thousands of inmates without adequate support or preparation, which is fueling dramatic increases in crime throughout California. Other reforms have reduced certain crimes to misdemeanors — such as theft under $950, which has resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in property being stolen by “serial” thieves who steal repeatedly with virtually no consequence. This needs to be fixed.

Keeping America’s Promise to Veterans

We’re honored in our district to have the largest population of veterans in California — men and women who sacrificed to serve our state and nation.

As a former Undersecretary of the California Department of Veterans Affairs, and as a member of the Governor’s Military Council, I demanded and will continue demanding that the federal VA provide our veterans and their families with the timely services and support they are owed for their service. The VA’s failure to do this in past years is a disgrace and will not be tolerated.

Honoring America’s promise to our military veterans will be a top priority for me in Congress — for those who have sacrificed so much to keep us safe.

Toll Roads

I believe that the toll roads are at the end of their time and usefulness.

Taxpayers shouldn't be required to continuously pay for use of roads that have already been funded and maintained with taxpayer dollars.

Transportation is changing every day. With the new possibilities of what can be done, I would rather look forward with new ideas and technologies rather than spend time and resources on outdated options, such as toll roads and trains.

Recovery Homes

We need to correct the Fair Housing Act to ensure that state or local government will enact and enforce zoning ordinances and regulations that limit the amount of sober homes within a particular neighborhood. This needs to include licensing and registering with cities and the state, and meeting mandated standards.

Also, sober homes receiving payments or reimbursements for housing or drug testing services from Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, or via private insurance purchased on an exchange, need to also meet certain standards to ensure that money is effectively being used to help those who need it.

Nuclear Waste

I think it is clear we need to safely remove the nuclear waste along our coast. I understand the predicament we are in and the concerns that neighboring communities have. I think it's necessary to make certain compromises to have it moved. We can find a solution moving forward for the safety of all.

San Onofre needs to develop a logistics plan to move the nuclear waste from its current site. There are 62 nuclear sites in the US dealing with storage issues. The first step is the approved movement of waste. The second step is for the Federal government to develop a depository.

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Colonel Rocky Chavez, USMC (Ret.)

Protecting America
and the American Dream

Colonel Rocky Chavez, USMC (Ret.)

Protecting America
and the American Dream

Colonel Rocky Chavez, USMC (Ret.)

Protecting America
and the American Dream

Colonel Rocky Chavez, USMC (Ret.)

Protecting America
and the American Dream

Colonel Rocky Chavez, USMC (Ret.)

Protecting America
and the American Dream

Colonel Rocky Chavez, USMC (Ret.)

Protecting America
and the American Dream

Colonel Rocky Chavez, USMC (Ret.)

Protecting America
and the American Dream

Colonel Rocky Chavez, USMC (Ret.)

Protecting America
and the American Dream

Colonel Rocky Chavez, USMC (Ret.)

Protecting America
and the American Dream

Colonel Rocky Chavez, USMC (Ret.)

Protecting America
and the American Dream

Colonel Rocky Chavez, USMC (Ret.)

Protecting America
and the American Dream

A Strong America

Having served 28 years in the Marine Corps, I know that “peace through strength” isn’t just a slogan, but an important truth in this increasingly dangerous world.

To protect America and keep the peace, I’ll join the fight to strengthen our military and expand our national defenses, to invest in our troops, and to ensure that we develop and deploy the new military technology to keep America forever stays stronger than those who would harm us.

My military work and deployments around the globe have given me important insight into what’s needed to keep us safe — experience that will be an important asset in Congress.

Demanding Government Efficiency

Clearly, serious steps need to be taken to reduce the power of the federal government and the money it wastes, to eliminate unfair and unneeded regulations that punish businesses and cost jobs, and to build confidence in government’s ability to get the job done for taxpayers at a reasonable cost.

In Congress, I’ll support all efforts to hold federal agencies accountable for the money they spend, to ensure that tax dollars are wisely invested in programs that work to benefit taxpayers, and to demand that inefficient and failed programs, polices and regulations are eliminated.

On waste and inefficiency, I’ll be a tough-minded budget hawk.

Building the New Economy

To keep America’s economy moving forward, we need to continue providing incentives to help companies grow, to invest in innovation and American jobs, and to ensure they can compete in the global marketplace.

In the Legislature, I supported efforts to reduce California’s tax and regulatory burdens — among the heaviest in the nation. I also worked to improve our schools and expand vocational training to ensure we have the skilled workers demanded by the new economy — important work I’ll continue in Congress.

By unleashing innovation and investment, and by providing a skilled and educated workforce, we can help our companies, large and small, grow and create jobs, with a smart balance of high-tech, manufacturing, biotechnology, tourism, energy, transportation and health.

In Congress, I’ll support all responsible efforts to foster the innovation and economic diversity needed to propel our economy into the future — here in California, and across America.

Educating for the Future

Educating our children and helping adults increase their job skills is the most important investment government can make. America’s future depends on it.

I strongly support early childhood education, rigorous K-12 curriculum, career tech and vocational training, and community colleges that provide a pathway to four-year universities or the skills needed for better jobs and enriching careers.

In Congress, I’ll continue the work I began in the Legislature to bring new fiscal accountability to higher education — and to rein in out-of-control administrative costs, reduce tuition and ensure our colleges and universities are affordable for everyone wanting to attend.

Repeal the Gas Tax

I strongly opposed a new 12-cent-a-gallon gas tax that was recently imposed on California motorists— a grossly unfair tax that hits low-income drivers, working families and seniors living on fixed retirement incomes especially ¬¬hard, taking a disproportionate share of their income. In addition to this new gas tax, auto registration fees were also increased.

I strongly support efforts to overturn this punitive tax. We need to fix our roads, but not at the unfair expense of hardworking Californians.

Taking Aim at Serious and Violent Crime

Trafficking a child for sex, raping an unconscious person, assaulting a peace officer, using a deadly weapon during an assault and other similar crimes are clearly serious and violent — and yet under current California law, these crimes are not officially classified as serious or violent felony offenses, meaning criminals convicted of these crimes can be released from prison early after serving only a fraction of their sentence.

I’m working to help pass an initiative that would make these crimes serious and violent felony offenses in California, so criminals convicted of these crimes serve their full sentences.

I’m also supporting efforts to fix the problems created by recent criminal justice “reforms” that have released tens of thousands of inmates without adequate support or preparation, which is fueling dramatic increases in crime throughout California. Other reforms have reduced certain crimes to misdemeanors — such as theft under $950, which has resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in property being stolen by “serial” thieves who steal repeatedly with virtually no consequence. This needs to be fixed.

Keeping America’s Promise to Veterans

We’re honored in our district to have the largest population of veterans in California — men and women who sacrificed to serve our state and nation.

As a former Undersecretary of the California Department of Veterans affairs, and as a member of the Governor’s Military Council, I demanded and will continue demanding that the federal VA provide our veterans and their families with the timely services and support they are owed for their service. The VA’s failure to do this in past years is a disgrace and will not be tolerated.

Honoring America’s promise to our military veterans will be a top priority for me in Congress — for those who have sacrificed so much to keep us safe.

Toll Roads

I believe that the toll roads are at the end of their time and usefulness.

Taxpayers shouldn't be required to continuously pay for use of roads that have already been funded and maintained with taxpayer dollars.

Transportation is changing every day. With the new possibilities of what can be done, I would rather look forward with new ideas and technologies rather than spend time and resources on outdated options, such as toll roads and trains.

Recovery Homes

We need to correct the Fair Housing Act to ensure that state or local government will enact and enforce zoning ordinances and regulations that limit the amount of sober homes within a particular neighborhood. This needs to include licensing and registering with cities and the state, and meeting mandated standards.

Also, sober homes receiving payments or reimbursements for housing or drug testing services from Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, or via private insurance purchased on an exchange, need to also meet certain standards to ensure that money is effectively being used to help those who need it.

Nuclear Waste

I think it is clear we need to safely remove the nuclear waste along our coast. I understand the predicament we are in and the concerns that neighboring communities have. I think it's necessary to make certain compromises to have it moved. We can find a solution moving forward for the safety of all.

San Onofre needs to develop a logistics plan to move the nuclear waste from its current site. There are 62 nuclear sites in the US dealing with storage issues. The first step is the approved movement of waste. The second step is for the Federal government to develop a depository.