The California exodus is real! It is not just California residents, in 2018 and 2019, 660 California-based companies relocated their 765 facilities to other states. Yet, many of our local representatives are pushing for higher corporate taxes at both the state and federal level. Our Silicon Valley companies are being squeezed by onerous taxes and regulations. We need to protect the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Today historic low unemployment number 3.4% and historic high Dow Jones Industrial average 2800+ Silicon Valley companies are innovating, hiring, competitive and helping mankind. We need to give more incentives to corporates and support them to continue their path by keeping low taxes and low regulation ...Read More

Give working families a break

US housing market is on fire. Median house prices have jumped 20% in the last year. Particularly, the Bay Area is an expensive place to live. The real estate has increased consistently above the CPI and the wage growth in this area. This makes home affordability in the Silicon Valley a daunting task. It not only affects the professionals working in the high tech industry, but also makes it very hard for the service professionals to live in this area. This vicious cycle has not been addressed properly at all by the local governments. $10,000 cap on the state and local tax deduction (SALT) in their federal taxes is not helping either. Average home price in the Bay area has risen to such levels that paying property tax has become prohibitive. California State definitely does not need the extra windfall money. Prop 13 needs to be modified, such that tax is no more than 0.5% of market property value, and it does not grow more than 2% per year or less than half of the CPI index, whichever is smaller. It will open up many more homes for sale and encourage construction of new homes. ...Read More

No Discrimination at workplace and Equal Right for Women

In Silicon Valley, we have a multicultural society. I will prevent Discrimination against any individual or group and vote for equal work rights for women. Due to discrimination, company performance goes down, growth is hurt and people are impacted, which disturbs their lives. When women are discriminated against, it disturb families, children and hurts social values. In all cases, people go through stress when they are discriminated and it impacts their lives and it hurts our economy. Especially for foreign companies, there is limited control and structure setup today, where they do wrong things and get away. I will work to fix this. ...Read More

How to open Economy under COVID-19

Covid-19 pandemic will be remembered as a cruel event in human history, which has killed over a half a million people already. Most western countries were caught unaware, and took a while to react to contain and mitigate the situation. Confusing directives from WHO and CDC did not help. Administration and policy makers reacted in contradictions, which did not help keeping the public’s health safe or the economy protected from the man-made economic disaster of lockdowns. Four months later, we are still faced with a haphazard policy on re-opening of the economy while keeping people’s health safe. We need a strong and clear consensus, which is what I intend to provide as your potential congressman. I have practical solutions that will have a sharp focus on public health as well as open the economy in a speedy, creative yet responsible ways. ...Read More

Create better educational opportunities for our children

Politicians see our schools as social engineering laboratories as opposed to educational institutions. We need to empower school boards to make local decisions and give families the opportunity to choose better performing schools. We also need to invest in vocational education, so our students are not only learning the fundamentals, they are learning a trade. We need to increase teacher’s pay to compensate them for their work and bring it to corporate level. No for Affirmative actions during college admission. I like every child to compete and get admitted in colleges based on Merit. ...Read More

Support our Immigrant Community

Our immigration system must be reformed. Too often, law-aiding immigrants wait over a decade to receive their green card. We need an immigration system that promotes hardworking contributors and prioritizes reuniting families. We must also step up enforcement on those that commit violent crimes. I support securing our border, while expediting citizenship for law abiding, tax paying immigrants. American deserves the best immigrants to keep its leadership in the world. It should remove country quota and accept people based purely on merit. ...Read More

Pass Real Healthcare Reform

Cost of a quality healthcare for all is a very important issue and must be addressed now. Our GDP expenditures on healthcare have gone from five percent in the early sixties to about eighteen percent now. Premiums and out of pocket expenses on healthcare are unaffordable for many. We need to address this out of control cost issue at the national level without sacrificing choices, quality of care and its wide accessibility. Unfortunately, this issue has become an idealism war that can only hurt our society. We can’t let that happen. America was built on choices and freedom for our people, not socialism! We must have the courage to implement common sense solutions that work for all. I believe that competition and sane regulations will bring costs down for all. Quality of care in the US is good, and with healthy competition and technology to help, we can achieve even better. I have compiled a list of very sensible paths that can lead us to a very cost effective and high quality health care for all. ...Read More

Environment Protection & Climate Change Policies

In the past 70 years, this world population has grown from 2.5B to around 7.5B, a 300% increase. Concurrent to this growth, the consumption of energy per capita has grown to about twice. The global industrialization, and consumer demands have spiked fossil fuel usage particularly in Asia. Not surprisingly, therefore, the largest green house gases (GHG) are now emitted by China (25% of worldwide CO2 emissions) and India (8% of the worldwide CO2 emissions). In comparison, US, and Europe (including Russia), are 15% each of the world CO2 emissions. To reduce GHG, China must be part of the equation. A prime example of environmental pollution is Plastic overuse, burning, ocean dumping, and plastic micro-particles found all over the planet that can be a health hazard of large proportion. I will lead efforts to implement sensible solutions that will have positive global Impact with minimal or no economic disruptions. ...Read More

Help our homeless

Homelessness in the US has been increasing at double-digit rates in many cities. As policy makers, we must examine the root causes and create a national policy to eliminate this suffering within our nation. Large metropolitans like New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley can’t afford to let their cities deteriorate. We have the capability and means to help homeless get back on their feet and become dignified part of thriving societies around them. As a humanitarian potential policy maker, I have practical solutions that can be implemented in cooperation with the cities and states. Please join me to take care of this important issue for our nation. ...Read More

Public Safety & Security

Our law enforcement officials put their lives on the line each and every day to protect those of us going about in our daily lives. I will not tolerate the radical liberal policies calling for defunding our police and spewing anti-police rhetoric. As a US Congressional candidate, I will make sure to motivate our police department and protectors of the state of California to enhance public safety and defend the people from significant crimes. Additionally, I will prohibit the federal government to continue allowing unfettered access into our state. Currently, we have wide-open, unsecured borders, and 20% of San Jose residents are undocumented. Meanwhile, our lawmakers are allowing them to vote in elections like Mayor, City Council, or School Board instead of taking action. People are unsafe, and our businesses are broken into very frequently. We cannot let this persistently affect our state. We must rehabilitate our asylum policies and work towards a comprehensive solution to this crisis and stop drug cartels and illegal immigrants from coming to our state. Our border patrol agents are putting their lives on the line, daily, to help keep our country safe. We must ensure our border patrol is fully-funded and return to policies that keep our state out of harm's way. ...Read More

Housing & Expand Prop 13

The Bay Area is an expensive place to live. The real estate has increased consistently above the CPI and the wage growth in this area. This makes home affordability in the Silicon Valley a daunting task. It not only affects the professionals working in the high tech industry, but also makes it very hard for the service sector professionals to live in this area. This vicious cycle has not been addressed properly at all by the local governments. In 2017, Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. I support a number of measures that would help put more money in people's pocket to spend on housing in the Bay Area. One of them is repealing the $10,000 cap on the state and local tax deduction (SALT) in their federal taxes. The second is to support modifying Prop 13 such that no more than 0.5% of market property value is taxed at the county level, and the market value assessments are capped at 1% less than the CPI index per year regardless of the ownership transfers. It will open up many more homes for sale and encourage construction of new homes. Third solution is to give a 15% reduction in the federal tax rate break to all employees of a start up in their first 5 years of existence. This will spur innovation and reward the 80-hour/week employees. ...Read More

No Race Based Discrimination

I fully oppose Race based discrimination (Prop 16). Let us together help children of all races, color, and ethnicity learn better, and prepare them to compete vigorously at national and international levels. That would be a real gift to our society, not a debilitating quota system! ...Read More

Foreign Policy

Lately, the US has lost respect at the world stage because of its questionable foreign policies and failed executions (Afghanistan, Iraq). Going forward, we must restore the prestige and admiration for our country on multiple fronts of foreign policy including conflict resolutions and trade policies. World leadership position is not an entitlement. It must be earned. ...Read More

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