We’re in the middle of a radical change to our work force. Californians have been asking honest, tough questions, because changes in the economy have left many people behind, or wondering if their kids will be able to do better than they have.

 

Truck drivers, retail clerks, and many others all see what we see—new technologies are coming that will take away their current livelihoods. I'm prepared to roll up my sleeves and offer a new set of plans to make sure that this new economy brings everyone forward, and that we don't accept leaving anyone behind.

None of these issues will be easy. We’re going to have to educate our kids differently, empower and train workers for new opportunities, and stop doing things that we know don’t work. This is no time to fall back on wedge issues and poll-tested ideas that will bring out one group or another. It’s a time to solve new problems—taking risks, working across groups, challenging assumptions, testing out ideas, and letting others take the credit. We can’t count on politics as usual to help working families navigate the new economy, protect our shores from climate change, safeguard our homes from cyber-crime, to give communities the tools to fight the epidemic of addiction and depression, or to heal political divisions.

Every time we’ve been at a point like this, Californians have forged a way forward. That is our State's ethic. Californians settled here because, as a people, we've never been afraid to reach the furthest frontier. We pioneered public higher education, we pioneered space travel and satellites, we developed the world wide web, and the music and films and vision that have inspired and shaped the world. Californians won't settle for less in facing today’s challenges. It's time to do some good things together.
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  -Jeff Bleich

 

 

  • From the blog

    Why Withdrawing From the Paris Accord Matters

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    Opinion by Jeff Bleich

    Originally published on Medium 

    With all of the hyperbolic statements about Donald Trump and his policies (many by Trump himself), it can be easy to treat all things as equally “disastrous.” They aren’t. Some things are just talk, some are reversible, some will have a bad but temporary impact. But Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accords is different. It will have enormous and likely irreversible effects on things that matter to all of us and future generations. This is not opinion. Rarely has a decision been so roundly condemned by every person who actually understands the subject — scientists, business leaders, and economists. Here is why.

    The Future of the Planet: The Paris Climate Accord was signed by 195 nations to keep the planet from warming to a level that scientists say would produce irreversible consequences. It was signed by every nation (except Syria and Nicaragua). This includes China — the highest carbon emitter in the world — and many poorer nations who recognized that they will suffer economically. They signed on not because they don’t care about their own economies, but because the science is irrefutable. Scientists’ predictions are all coming true, but faster. The polar caps are actually melting faster than scientists predicted, the “sunny day” floods in Miami confirm that oceans are rising faster than expected, and the heartbreaking destruction of the great barrier reef proves the scientists were, if anything, too conservative. The ocean is getting warmer, more acidic, and subject to extreme weather events. By ignoring facts and ignoring science, in a single act, this President cost us the most precious thing we have in the fight against climate change — time. If sea temperatures rise two degrees, there will be no way to stop our environment entering into a tailspin. With one political act, we may have lost the only time we have to stop it.

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    Jeff Bleich – Second former Ambassador in Lieutenant Governor Race

    SF Gate | May 30, 2017
    by John Wildermuth
    Photo: Cheshire Isaacs

    sf_gate_480.jpgJeff Bleich, a Bay Area attorney and former ambassador to Australia under President Obama, is joining the increasingly crowded field for state lieutenant governor.

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