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Welcome to AskTheContractors.com. Thank you so much for joining me. Our website is filled with great information. We offer everything you need to know about your home. But today I have a special guest, a candidate for the governor of California. Mr. Doug Ose.

Doug, you have been around the horn quite a bit. You’re a graduate of Berkeley business administration. You’ve been in real estate. You are a business owner which as a candidate and a politician, I find very unusual.

You’ve served three terms in Congress and you co-authored a Homeland Security bill.

This is an abbreviated transcript of the full interview.

We are going to talk about housing, affordable housing, and the issues that affect your beautiful home.

It’s your number one asset.

Todd- So, Mr. Ose. You’re running for governor. I think that’s very daring in the climate that we’re at politically in this country. What do you see as your pathway to governorship?

Doug- So Todd, I think the key here is to talk to people about stuff that’s affecting their everyday life. I mean, you’re in construction. You’re in development. You know, about the cost of housing. What’s it cost to build new housing? And what’s it cost to fill your car with gas? What’s it cost to get health insurance? Do you know what it costs to pay your SMUD Bill, for instance in Sacramento or a PG&E bill in Northern California? Those are all things that are like kitchen-table issues.

People that see their bill every month. They know what it costs to keep your house heated. And now we’re moving toward a more green deal which I think is going to affect us even more. The last time I checked the gas prices were up almost a dollar from a year ago.

It’s a very complex issue that everybody likes to say oh this requires a degree and you know astrophysics but it doesn’t what you have to do is figure out what you want.

What do we want to be as America?

  • Number one, we want to be a country where people who seek to improve themselves can do so.
  • Number two, we want to be a country where we control our borders. We decide who gets to reside here and who doesn’t if they aren’t born here.

If we don’t have a border that’s secure, then we don’t have a country because there’s no way to tell who belongs and who doesn’t. That’s what this is about. It’s not anti-hispanic, it’s not anti Eastern European. It’s about establishing control over who comes into our country.

What about the next generation coming up behind us can actually afford a home?

So affordable housing, it’s about land. If you want to buy an acre of land in the San Francisco or San Jose area, or you can go to Fresno. Fresno is a place that’s growing. It’s off the charts. Sutter County is off the charts right now. Sure, yeah, two-by-fours are up. Sheetrock is up. Plywood is up, but it comes down to the land. And when you’re paying 20 times the amount for something in the San Jose area as opposed to Yuba City, that makes a big difference.

Doug- So I have very personal experience in this. I have a piece of property in Sacramento County on which I could build 5,000 homes. I’ve been in the process for 19 years getting it approved. 19 years. So I don’t know what the others who might run in this race know or understand, but if we’re going to talk about housing, you might as well talk to somebody who knows the house from a very personal perspective and that’s me.

You cannot deliver affordable housing. We need to stay ahead of demand.

You cannot create a sufficient number of lots on which to build houses, if the elected officials and the approval process in this state are, so bollocksed up that you can’t get to a conclusion.  That has to change. We need more affordable housing. It needs to change immediately with less red tape when it comes right down to it.

And I want to add one other thing. In the state of California today, we have 150,000 homeless people statewide. The state of California today has 41 different programs that are offered to help homeless people, spread across nine different state agencies, spending over four billion dollars a year on these programs. In fact, that’s in excess of 26,000 dollars a year, per person who’s homeless.

Todd- So It’s not always money. Do you agree with that?

Doug- I agree. This is a question of will. I mean are our elected officials going to face the reality that this is a nasty problem involving nasty choices, that have to be made.

We’ll listen, Mr Ose. Thank you so much for your time.

What a pleasure having Mr. Doug Ose. I think his enthusiasm shows. He really does want to govern this state and we do need new leadership in this state. I think it’s the ripe time to get into a race right now.

I’m your host, Todd bird, AskTheContractors.com.

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