245,000 residents of the 27th Congressional District are blessed to have jobs in the private sector and some 24,000 are employed by the government. As we come up to the 8th anniversary of the Wall Street collapse that started the last recession, there is a jarring fact that we must be very honest about: Only 61.4% of working age adults in our neighborhoods are in the labor market.
This historically low figure creates an all-time high in the difference between the full measure of unemployment and underemployment (you have a job, but need a better one) and the official statement of unemployment. In the 27th Congressional District, the unemployed and underemployment rate is about 12%, intolerably high, while the officially reported unemployment rate is 3.7%.
It’s time Congress and especially elected officials like Judy Chu got honest and stated what we know. While there is a recovery going on, the economy is still stuck in neutral with hundreds of thousands still out of work or working below the level they were at when the economy went south in September 2008.
Until we get honest, there won’t be a full recovery.
Here’s the link to the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics on Underemployment:
As a former FBI Agent, I believe it is the primary responsibility of our government to insure the safety of its citizens from all threats including domestic terror. As a small business owner in the San Gabriel Valley, I believe Congress must do more to support small businesses, which create jobs and grow the economy.
Congress is filled with career politicians who are influenced by corporate and union money, ignoring the voices of the people. The incumbent Congresswoman has served in elected office since the 1980’s. Over that same period of time, I have created jobs; helped dozens of businesses in the district and region expand; and mentored young people while working as a Reserve Police Officer. Our district is very entrepreneurial and home to thousands of first generation American business owners. Our district needs someone who is experienced and knows what it takes to run a successful small business.
My top three priorities are: Making sure our law enforcement agencies have the necessary equipment and training to identify and stop domestic terror threats like the one that led to the deadly attack in San Bernardino last December; reviving a local economy by supporting small businesses that create good paying jobs; and working to bring back home more of the federal tax dollars paid by residents of the 27th district in the form of transportation improvements.
Our current representative in Washington has been marginalized by the Congressional finding that she was guilty of interfering with a federal investigation and committed witness tampering. The people of this district deserve better representation. Using my leadership skills and experience, I will be your voice in Washington who will bring justice, safety and prosperity our community.
In 2012, as a small business owner and former FBI Agent, I entered into the political arena and ran for Congress as I was concerned about the $14 trillion in national debt being laid at the feet of our children and grandchildren. Today, the national debt is now over $18 trillion. Immigration and tax reform issues remain unchanged and the economy is still struggling to recover. Now, terrorism is back in the headlines. After reflecting back on the past three years of my “political life,” I realized I was not ready to give up the fight and efforts are now underway for the 2016 election.
Over the past several months, we have been very busy with the campaign, meeting with people and building a campaign committee. In speaking with Republican leaders and potential donors, the question that is commonly asked is, “What will be different in 2016?” My answer is the following:
- 2016 is a presidential election. History shows us that voters want a change after 8 years of one political party in the White House and it is likely a Republican will be the next president.
- Michael Antonovich recently announced he is running for the California State Senate in the 25th District. His district overlaps 60% of my district including Pasadena and nine other cities. His campaign will help register new Republican voters and bring them out at election time. Mike and I are friends; he has supported me in the past and I know he will help me when he can in 2016.
- In December 2014, Judy Chu received a letter of public reproval from the House Ethics Committee for using staffers to work on fundraising events and for obstructing the committee’s investigation. As a former FBI Agent who investigated political corruption cases, her past unethical behavior is where we will start our message with the voters.
I am excited about the 2016 election. With over a dozen Republican candidates running for president, there is a new ”fire in the belly” for Republican voters. The current polls show most voters are very dissatisfied with Washington politics and politicians. If you have some time, please send me an email or give me a call. I will be happy to discuss the plans we have developed and welcome any new ideas you might have to help our campaign succeed. Working together, we will make sure the “American Dream” is available and attainable to everyone, including our children and future generations. I believe there is a better tomorrow for America, one that will only come with “Leadership, not Politics.”
To Those Who Went With Me Into the Arena
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."-- President Theodore Roosevelt
Last year, I read the “Wilderness Warrior,” a book about Theodore Roosevelt’s life and his involvement in protecting the environment. Little did I know that a year later, the election would be focused on the Antiquities Act of 1906, which is described in detail in the book.
President Roosevelt was his own man, standing up against the party line and doing what he felt was the right thing. He was criticized by many for inviting Booker T. Washington to have dinner with him at the White House. While he was on a hunting trip in Mississippi, Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear that had been tied to a tree, and as result, a toy maker in New York created a stuffed toy animal and called it the teddy bear.
Reflecting on the past two years of the campaign, we all gave it 100% and we did the best anyone could do. Although we did not win the election, we met wonderful people who are dedicated to making this country a better place, now and for future generations. We also discovered wonderful organizations throughout the district that are working every day to serve the needs and the needy in the community.
I am very humbled and grateful to have had a team of hundreds of people who worked so hard for what seemed to many to be an impossible task. Thank you for giving me your support, trust and confidence.
Our country will continue to be the shining light on the hill only if we, the people, continue to stay involved, stay informed and demand the best of our elected officials. Now let’s get back to work and watch them like a hawk.
Thank you, Jack
As an Eagle Scout and Scout Leader who has spent hundreds of days and nights camping, hiking, biking, planting trees and building trails, I am one of the millions of people who enjoy spending time in the San Gabriel Mountains every year. We are fortunate to have many, many beautiful places to go to that are so close and accessible. With the new San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, many of the recreational activities we have enjoyed for many years are now at risk. We need a balance of recreation and preservation. We need leadership, not politics.
I do not easily endorse political people, as they are prone to focus on self-centered agendas, forsaking any desire to lead and serve others. Jack Orswell, on the other hand, believes in and leads a values-centered life, which out-behaves our misbehaving Congress. I met Jack in graduate school.
Unlike other students, he did not seek a degree for a promotion or a raise. As the owner of his own small business, there was little motivation to pursue education at this time. Yet, Jack felt it was important to set an example that learning is less about what you know and more about what you do with what you know; and what you do should to contribute to the lives others. In 2008, Jack lived out this value in the most extreme way. During the economic crash, Jack's business was hit hard. Most in his position would lay off employees to keep the business afloat. Instead, Jack did not cut himself a paycheck for over eight months in order to keep his people employed without pay cuts.
You see, Jack gets the fact that real people, with real families, real lives, and real hopes and dreams are depending upon their leaders to provide trust, compassion, stability, and hope. Jack has demonstrated the capacity to deliver this kind of leadership to the American people.
Jim Uhl, Upland 18 year public safety professional & college professor