News / Follow-Up Asked State Senate Candidate/LB Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez Questions She Missed Hearing And Answering At Recent Beer And Politics Forum. One Of Them Is Relevant To Big Oil's Indie Campaign Big Bucks Supporting Her Election. We Await Her Answers is reader and advertiser supported. Support independent news in LB similar to the way people support NPR and PBS stations. We're not non-profit so it's not tax deductible but $49.95 (less than an annual dollar a week) helps keep us online.
(Mar. 4, 2019, 4:50 p.m.) -- On February 28, 2019 at 4:50 p.m., emailed the campaign manager for state Senate candidate Lena Gonzalez and invited the candidate to answer questions she missed hearing (as we subsequently learned she was out of town) at the Feb. 27 Beer and Politics candidate forum.

Among multiple issues on which the next LB-S.E. L.A. County state Senator may vote is SB 246 that would create a CA oil severance tax, a proposal likely an anathema to big oil. Accordingly, submitted a question about SB 246 at the Beer and Politics candidate forum.

As separately reported by, an independent political committee recently spent over $1 million in an independent campaign (not run by the Gonzalez) to support her election to Sacramento office, making her stance on SB 246 particularly relevant. Below are questions candidate Gonzalez missed hearing on Feb.27 [we composed the first three] that we emailed to her campaign manager (Feb. 28, March 1 [cc'd to candidate] and to her campaign consultant March 2 [also cc'd to candidate.]

  • 1. Will you vote Yes or No on SB 50, offering developers incentives for Housing along transit routes?

  • 2. Will you vote Yes or No on SB 246 for an oil severance tax?

  • 3. Can you name any votes by Senator Lara with which you disagree? [Question as posed; of course we seek specifics]

  • 4. [As posed] Do you believe in statewide rent control? Do you believe in repealing Costa-Hawkins? Do you believe in just-cause eviction?

  • 5. What is your position on the possibility of repealing Prop 13? [Question as posed. We're more interested in the candidate's position on the proposed "split roll" amendment to Prop 13 that would allow reassessment of commercial properties at market rate.]

As of Mar. 4 at 4:50 p.m., we haven't received candidate Gonzalez's answers. We plan to add them here if/when received.

At the Beer and Politics forum, regarding the SB 246 oil severance tax, Republican Martha Flores Gibson said she'd vote "no" (opposes any new taxes); Green Cesar Flores said he supports taxing oil companies out of existence; four others present didn't answer.




In a recent related story, wrote: Follow the Money: Big Oil + Big Labor Big Bucks Both Back LB Councilwoman Gonzalez For State Senate. Does That Explain Silence Of LB Mayor/Council In AQMD Proceeding On Potential Mass Casualty Issue?



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