An Open Letter To Meg Whitman, Jerry Brown and Steve Poizner

by Chuck on May 17, 2010 · 5 comments


I have been a California resident since 1955, am a product of the California public school system and was stationed here during my stint in the military in the 70s.  I have owned a small business here since 1998… a business that is currently struggling for its very survival.  I am on the Board of Directors of a fledgling alternative energy company, currently headquartered in New Mexico, that is considering relocating to California.  I am also in the process of starting a new business… a business that doesn’t have to be located in California, but can be.

My questions to the 3 of you are:

  • Why should I keep my current business in California?
  • Why should the alternative energy company move to California?
  • Why should I start the new business in California?
  • Why on earth should I even stay in California, when so many other states are more friendly toward small business?

I have watched our public school system fall from tops in the nation to one of the worst. My children were “educated” in it, and they didn’t receive near the education I received when I was a student here.  My wife and I taught them more than the schools did.  All the school systems in this state care about now is attendance, because attendance means money.

Our state budgetary situation is as bad (or worse) than the Federal Government’s.  Our state taxes (i.e., income, real property, personal property, sales, etc.) are among the highest in the nation.  We have a state legislature that doesn’t seem to give a damn about fiscal responsibility, and it gets worse every day.  The Labor Unions currently run this State, not the People or Government.  We were hoping Governor Schwarzenegger could turn things around, but he wasn’t able to get anything past the Legislature.  Why will you be any different?

Please answer my questions, and tell me how you, as Governor, can fix the problems we face as Californians.  Don’t ask me to go to your web site and read whatever documents you have prepared.  I have already done that.  What I am looking for is a direct, public response to my questions.  A response you have carefully thought out and prepared.  I don’t want a response from a staffer.  The staffer won’t reside in the Governor’s mansion.  I am curious so see if you will take the time to read this and personally respond.

You may be thinking that I am some right-wing nut.  I assure you, I am not.  I am John Q. Public.  I am the entrepeneur that keeps this country (and this state) going, and I would like to know if it’s worth it to stay here.

To my readers (and there are more than those you see posting here):  I have emailed a duplicate of this post to the campaigns of these 3 candidates.  I don’t hold much hope of a response… but stranger things have happened.


, California , Governor , public education , Taxes

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Chuck May 26, 2010 at 11:11 am

Still no response from the Whitman camp. No surprise there. I think I’ll vote “None of the Above”, or maybe write myself in.

Chuck May 21, 2010 at 9:20 am

Here’s a response from the Brown Camp. Apparently they can’t read, either:
Jerry Brown 2010

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With support from people like you, we’ll take back the Governor’s office, get California working again, and usher in a new era of prosperity for California. Thank you for the support and please spread the word to you friends, family and co-workers.


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Jerry Brown for Governor

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Chuck May 18, 2010 at 6:56 pm

Well, here’s a response from the Poizner camp. To say they don’t take direction very well is an understatement.
Dear Chuck,

Thank you for sharing your thoughts with Commissioner Steve Poizner and the campaign. We appreciate hearing your views as we work to build a grassroots movement of voters across California.

We need bold ideas to get California back on track. Steve Poizner has a comprehensive solution to create jobs and reignite California’s economy:

The Poizner 10-10-10 Plan

· 10% cut in personal income taxes, the state sales tax, and the corporations tax

· 10% cut in state spending over two years

· $10 billion rainy day fund by the end of the Commissioner’s first term

The plan includes the Commissioner’s proposal to cut personal income taxes, the state sales tax, and the corporation tax by 10%. His tax cut plan will also slash the capital gains tax rate in half. In addition to the tax cuts, Poizner’s 10-10-10 Plan calls for reducing state spending by 10% over the first two years of his term. He will reduce expenditures through common sense reforms and a top-down review and overhaul of every state agency, department, commission, and program. By implementing his tax reforms and spending reductions, Steve has set an overall goal of building a $10 billion Rainy Day Fund by the end of his first term in office.

Please refer to our website for further information regarding the Commissioner’s 10-10-10 Plan by following this link:


The Commissioner has a laid out a plan to restore California as a national and global leader in growth, competitiveness, and innovation. Steve’s plan calls for tax cuts to fuel job creation and jumpstart the economy, regulatory and legal reforms that make California competitive in the modern economy, and a more innovative and responsive state government that unleashes California’s entrepreneurial spirit.

Please refer to our website for further information regarding the Commissioner’s jobs plan by following this link:


As we draw closer to Election Day, Commissioner Poizner looks forward to sharing his conservative plans to reform California with voters all across our state. We hope to earn your support as we discuss the critical issues affecting all Californians.

If you have any further questions or comments, you may contact us by e-mailing


Steve Poizner for Governor 2010

What part of “no canned responses” and “please don’t respond via email, but post directly to the blog” don’t they understand?

Let’s see if Jerry Brown or Meg Whitman even have the nerve to reply.

Chuck May 18, 2010 at 6:10 am

Just a quick update on why I made this post: Jerry Brown has been awfully quiet lately. He wants to debate Meg Whitman before the Primaries, probably in the hope she’ll come off bad and he’ll face Steve Poizner in the November election. So, he probably sees Mr. Poizner as a less formidable opponent than Ms. Whitman… and he’s right.

What disturbs me the most, however, is Ms. Whitman’s campaign strategy. I remember her first TV ad. It was positive, and made one hopeful. It got my attention. Then it became politics as usual. Out of nowhere, the negative ads against Mr. Poizner hit the air waves. All we saw for weeks was Steve Poizner is this, or isn’t that. It was disgusting, counterproductive and the man they used for the voice overs in the ads was a huge turn off. In short, it was beneath her. What Ms. Whitman’s advisers probably didn’t grasp was this: At that time, most Californians didn’t even know who Steve Poizner was. Well, we do now. Ms. Whitman… big mistake.

This is not a plug for any of the candidates. California survived Jerry Brown once before. Meg Whitman has been successful in business, and perhaps she can turn California around… though that remains to be seen. As for Mr. Poizner, he needs to step up the damage control caused by the negative ads and respond in a positive manner to all of them. He needs to prove that Ms. Whitman is wrong about what she’s said about him, and do it fast. June is right around the corner.

Still, my initial request stands: All 3 candidates need to explain to us how they’re going to help California if they’re sitting in the Governor’s mansion. Arnold Schwarzenegger tried, and failed miserably… all because of the legislature. Tell us why you’ll be different and how you’ll do it.

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