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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 13

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Kathy Miller

San Joaquin County Supervisor
24,091 votes (31.9%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • I'm committed to bringing a public university to Stockton to provide educational pathways for students of ALL ages. A public university would be a game changer for San Joaquin County, bringing economic vitality and increased opportunities.
  • Homelessness has reached crisis proportions and permanent solutions will require partnership and collaboration, leadership at the state level and sustained funding to provide the resources needed to address this complex issue.
  • Development of an honest Water Resiliency Portfolio must include conservation, recycling, stormwater capture, groundwater recharge and storage to address climate change, water supply and quality without pitting one part of CA against another.



Profession:San Joaquin County Supervisor
San Joaquin County Supervisor, District 2, San Joaquin County (2015–current)
San Joaquin County Supervisor, District 2, SanJoaquin County Board of Supervisors — Elected position (2015–current)
Stockton City Councilmember, District 2, Stockton City Council — Elected position (2009–2014)
Executive Director, Downtown Stockton Alliance — Appointed position (2004–2008)

Community Activities

Chair, San Joaquin County Children & Youth Task Force (2016–current)
Board Director and Chair (2017-2019), San Joaquin Delta Conservancy (2015–current)
Board Director and Chair (2017-2018), San Joaquin Council of Governments (2009–current)
Chair, San Joaquin County Homelessness Task Force (2015–2019)
Board Director representing City of Stockton, Delta Protection Commission (2011–2014)


As a San Joaquin County Supervisor, I have fought to create economic opportunity, improve educational outcomes for our children, protect our water supplies and ensure safe neighborhoods.  I have served as Chair of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy, represented Stockton on the Delta Protection Commission and led the San Joaquin Area Flood Control Agency for 8 years.  I have worked for more than a decade to stop the misguided Delta tunnel projects and ensure clean, reliable water for our homes, businesses and farms. For the past 5 years I have led the County's Children and Youth Task Force, working to increase school readiness, expand after-school programs and protect our children from homelessness, poverty and crime.  I have also taken the lead as head of the County's first Homelesness Task Force, to foster collaboration between our cities, non profit agencies and the law and justice community to get people into permanent supportive housing and off the streets for good.  As a Supervisor, I have provided oversight to our County Hospital resulting in annual surpluses, which are being reinvested in new technologies, increased staffing and expanded hospital facilities. The tough decisions I made as a Councilmember during Stockton's bankruptcy resulted in Stockton now being one of the most fiscally healthy cities in the Nation.  That experience helped me lead the Board of Supervisors to take steps to address the County's unfunded pension liability, increase deputies, prosecutors, nurses and social workers, while passing a structurally balanced budget each year for the past 5 years.

Who supports this candidate?

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California (4)

Describe what proposal(s) you would support to alleviate the shortage of affordable housing for all income groups in California?
Answer from Kathy Miller:

There is a need for housing at every level of the housing continuum - permanent, supportive housing for high needs homeless individuals; higher densite housing for low income families, college students or those just entering the workforce; entry level, market rate housing; urban dwellings for all ages who do not seek a suburban lifestyle; low maintenance and universal designed dwellings for seniors who want to age in place; and traditional, single-family homes. State leadership will be critical to finding a  long term solution to this problem, which is decades in the making.  Increasing tax credits can help low income/affordable housing "pencil out" and would eliminate the current ability of regions to advance only one project at a time to prevent competing against each other.  Additional, meaningful incentives must be developed to jump start private development.  Streamlining, or eliminating in some cases, regulations that increase project costs would greenlight many of these projects.  Time equals money in development, so I would look to making time-saving changes in regulations and processes.  In addition, it is unacceptable that some local jurisdictions have abdicated their responsibility to provide affordable housing for their residents and workforce.  While I am a strong supporter of local control, my support does not extend to the practice of burdening a neighboring city or county with a jurisdiction's housing needs.  In that case, penalties are appropriate and may be used to develop a statewide Housing Mitigation Fund to support projects in the unfairly burdened communities.  The State can also provide assistance in addressing the jobs/housing imbalance by creating targeted incentives - such as tax credits - to encourage employers to locate or expand into regions with affordable housing for their workforce.

What programs or legislation would you support to meet the water needs of all Californians?
Answer from Kathy Miller:

I am opposed to any isolated conveyance (tunnel) in the Delta, until a thorough and honest analysis has been done to determine the true amount of water available for export while protecting the health of our great estuary.  Following that analysis, an inventory of proposed regional projects must be completed to ascertain how much additional new water will be added to California's supply if they are built.  Only after these critical facts have been verified can any conveyance be considered or properly sized and sited.  Even then, a benefits/cost analysis must be completed before we can make a decision if this is a wise investment. In the Assemby I will support water infrastructure funding, with a high priority on projects which lead to regional self-sufficiency.  Projects may include conservation programs, stormwater capture, groundwater recharge, wastewater treatment and reuse, "purple pipe" projects, above and below ground storage and desalination, where appropriate. A statewide solution to California's long term water supply and quality needs must achieved without pitting North vs. South and must be comprehensive. 

To reach a goal of carbon neutrality by 2045, as set forth in a 2018 executive order what, if any, proposals, plans or legislation would you support?  Please be specific.
Answer from Kathy Miller:

I support development and expansion of ACE and the San Joaquins commuter rail and Valley Link, connection to BART, and would support all legislation providing funding for this critical commuter transit.  It is imperative that we get automobiles off the roads and promote all forms of transit.  As a COG Director and Regional Rail Commissioner for many years, I have extensive experience and knowledge of our transportation and transit issues which will enable me to advocate effectively for our needs and achieve real results.  Addressing subsidence in the Delta has the potential to sequester huge amounts of carbon while keeping prime farmland in production.  I will support and advocate for strengthening Delta levees and addressing all Delta issues, such as subsidence, through the lense of climate change and sea level rise. 

According to the California Legislative Analyst’s Office, we spend over $81,000 per individual who is incarcerated.  Other than incarceration, what ways can the State address safety and justice?
Answer from Kathy Miller:

SB 678, a five year pilot in San Joaquin County, is a good example of the kind of restorative justice program which can provide a good alternative to incarceration.  for offenders of any age. It will pair victims and offenders before they are convicted, and offenders who complete the program can avoid having a criminal record.The state-funded program is targeting offenders who do not have extensive criminal records, but who have committed serious crimes that have a high potential for violence such as robbery, assault, home burglary or making criminal threats. Those charged with murder and sex crimes are not eligible. The offender, victim and members of community groups, along with law enforcement and defense attorneys, must agree on a plan that will satisfy the survivor and community while helping the criminal avoid commit future crimes. That can include substance abuse treatment, counseling, education and job preparation. Far from "coddling" offenders, this type of program is victim centric. Traditionally, there are limited opportunities for victims to engage in the criminal justice system other than at the end, when they make a victim impact statement, this type of program puts the power and tools in the hands of the victims and provides an opportunity to heal. Victims can demand restitution for expenses like medical bills or time lost from work, or a letter or statement of apology from the offender. The offender will face a suspended prison or jail sentence that can be reinstated unless they complete the program. Offenders successfully completing the program, can avoid having a criminal record. An independent evaluation will track how many graduates commit new crimes and whether the program satisfies victims. San Joaquin County has demonstrated much success with specialty courts aimed at helping former prisoners transition back to the community, with the goal of them becoming employed and positive contributors to their families and community. 


Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $785,887

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

California Association of Realtors
California State Council of Laborers
Professional Engineers in California Government
California Nurses Association
San Tomo and employees

More information about contributions

By State:

California 98.06%
District of Columbia 0.60%
Arizona 0.32%
Utah 0.32%
Other 0.70%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.49%)
Small contributions (0.51%)

By Type:

From organizations (63.98%)
From individuals (36.02%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

In today's world of divisive politics, we need leaders who know how to build bridges and accomplish real results for our communities, our families and our children.  I believe in collaboration and respectful partnerships to solve problems. Throughout my years of public service I have worked to develop and maintain productive relationships with other elected officials, with staff of the agencies I have served, with community based organizations and with members of the Public. I am known for a common sense approach to governing and decision making.  I take the time to educate myself on all sides of an issue, making sure I fully understand the potential ramifications and consequences of proposed legislation or action BEFORE I cast my vote.  Communication with my constituents is a top priority for me and I cannot do that properly if I do not understand the issues.  I do not rely on others to make my decisions, weighing each choice for myself and then "owning" that vote. I believe in, and adhere to, the highest ethical standards and hold everyone in my organization to those same standards. I am saddened by the American Public's distrust in our government and legal systems. I believe it is up to every elected official to model civility, thoughtfulness, transparency and honesty to rebuild the Public's trust.

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