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STONEWALL DEMOCRATIC CLUB OF GREATER SACRAMENTO Candidates Questionnaire INSTRUCTIONS

Thank you for taking time to complete this survey. Please answer all questions. We encourage all candidates to explain an answer as there is no word limit. Do not make changes to any of the questions. Your answers are public information, and you must sign each page of this questionnaire. For candidates seeking consideration prior to the California Democratic Party Convention, you must submit this document by January 3, 2012. Email completed and signed questionnaires to Seyron Foo, chair of the Political Action Committee at seyronfoo@gmail.com. The email subject line must include: PAC Last Name, First Name, Office Sought.
Example: PAC Sylvester, Sue, Congressional District 4

Please feel free to attach any additional information to the questionnaire. An explanation accompanying a yes/no question is always welcomed. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us by email or at (323) 319 4366. NOTE: Stonewall policies prohibit the club from endorsing anyone other than a registered Democrat, even in non-partisan races. If you are not a registered Democrat please do not complete the survey.

PART I | CANDIDATE INFORMATION | Portions of this part will be redacted.


Name Office Sought Campaign Committee ID Number Name of Campaign Committee Campaign Address (Including City, State, and Zip) Campaign Phone Campaign Email Campaign Web Site Estimated Campaign Budget Cash On Hand as of the last FPPC filing period (indicate filing period). Rob Kerth Sacramento City Council, District 2 1341902 Rob Kerth for City Council 2012 510 Bercut Drive, Suite S Sacramento, CA 95811 (916)446-7600 Rob@Kerth.US RobKerth.com $150,000 $25,000

PART II | ISSUES OF INTEREST


Please review the mission statement of the Stonewall Democratic Club of Greater Sacramento.

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Mission Statement

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Advance equal rights for all people regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity Support public policies that advance lesbian, gay, bisexual, & transgender (LGBT) equality at all levels of government Elect qualified, openly LGBT people to public office as well as other Democratic Party candidates who support LGBT equality Work within the Democratic Party to advance LGBT equality and full recognition of LGBT families Educate the public at large about LGBT issues and concerns Promote the Democratic Partys message of economic justice and social equality for all

Do you support the goals and purposes of Sacramento Stonewall Democratic Club, as outlined above? (x) Yes ( ) No Identify one of the goals of the mission statement and elaborate how you have helped to achieve one of the objectives. While I could go on at length on my efforts on these issues, I would like to highlight one recent accomplishment as a SMUD board member. During SMUDs redistricting, the Board decided to designate the LGBT community as a community of interest during the redistricting process. This lead to Midtown being located in one trustee area and should lead to improved opportunities for LGBT candidates. This is not the first time I've stood up for fairness. As a City Of Sacramento Councilmember during the 1990s, I supported creation of the domestic partners ordinance and then extending healthcare benefits to domestic partners. While campaigning for Mayor in 2000, I actively opposed proposition 22 during a tight primary race and celebrated when it was overturned. I've gone on to actively oppose proposition 8 and I am looking forward to celebrating its demise. Supporting justice and equality for all is fundamental to me.

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Are you a member of the Sacramento Stonewall Democratic Club? If yes, how long have you been a member? 1. Yes ( ) No I've been a member longer than three years.

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Are you registered as a member of the Democratic Party? (x) Yes ( ) No Have you ever endorsed a Republican over a Democrat for elected partisan race, and if so, when and why? ( ) Yes (x) No

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6. Will you be using a campaign consultant or campaign manager, and if so, who? (x) Yes Bryan DeBlonk, Capitol Campaigns 7. 8. Are you or any of your staff or key volunteers openly LGBT? (x) Yes ( ) No Do you support project labor agreements? Would you require project labor agreements in capital improvement projects? (x) Yes ( ) No Do you support the right of workers to collectively bargain? (x) Yes 10. Do you support the right for a woman to access reproductive healthcare? (x) Yes 11. Do you support comprehensive immigration reform, including a path to citizenship? (x) Yes ( ) No ( ) No ( ) No

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12. Do you believe that entities receiving public funds or resources should be allowed to violate non-discrimination policies (for example, the Boy Scouts allowed rent-free facilities at the public expense)? ( ) Yes (x) No 13. Would you support mandatory diversity training that includes LGBTQ issues for public employees? (x) Yes ( ) No 14. In your current professional capacity, have you advocated for mandatory diversity training? If your place of employment has diversity of training, did you advocate for the inclusion of LGBTQ issues? Why or why not? ( x) Yes ( ) No In my capacity as a private employer, I only hire people who understand and appreciate LGBTQ issues to start with. At SMUD, LGBTQ training is a key part of our diversity training. As a board member, I have had several opportunities to promote the inclusion of LGBT issues. We have hosted a number of panels over the years with both external members of the community and LGBT employees (including me on more than one occasion). SMUD employees are currently working on establishing a LGBT and Allies Affinity Group for employees. SMUD was recently recognized by the California Diversity Council with the Diversity First Award for our commitment to diversity and strength of our programs and I am proud to have been part of that effort.

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15. Would you support mandatory diversity training for all law enforcement personnel, including correctional peace officers, that includes LGBTQ issues? Why or why not? (x) Yes ( ) No 16. Would you support the inclusion of domestic partner benefits in all employee contracts within the jurisdiction of the office you are seeking? (x) Yes ( ) No 17. Do you support marriage equality (equal marriage laws, permitting same-sex couples to marry under state law, just as opposite-sex couples do)? (x) Yes ( ) No 18. Did you publicly oppose Proposition 8? Are you active in the campaign to repeal Proposition 8? If so, what activities did you engage in (i.e. fundraising, rallies, etc.)? 1. Yes ( ) No I publicly opposed Proposition 8 as an elected official. My wife and I donated personal money to fight the proposition and I attended fundraisers. I attended several rallies and spoke out whenever I had the chance. I wore a No on Prop. 8 button during the election season and put up a lawn sign. We didn't win that battle but we will win the war. I look forward to being an old man who brags to his great grandchildren that he took up the cause and never gave up. 19. Do you support local funding for HIV/AIDS services, including, but not limited to, needleexchange programs? Why do you think needle-exchange programs are important to the LGBTQ community? 1. Yes ( ) No Needle-exchange programs are a proven way to prevent the spread of disease. To not have a program is a callous cruelty. 20. Do you support an age-appropriate public school curriculum that teaches awareness and sensitivity regarding sexual orientation and gender identity? (x) Yes ( ) No 21. Do you support the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) of 1996 which prohibits federal recognition of same-sex couples in the United States? 1. Yes ( ) No

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Most of the worst mistakes in our country's history have sprung from our failure to extend liberty to everyone. Rather than, in the words of its advocates, defending marriage, DOMA tears at the fabric of our county. DOMA both baffles me and embarrasses me. 22. Under DOMA, Gay and Lesbian foreign partners of legal U.S. citizens are not recognized for immigration purposes. Would you support federal legislation to allow Gay nationals to bring their partners into the United States under the same criteria as heterosexual nationals? (x) Yes ( ) No 23. Do you support requiring insurance companies, including HMOs, to cover medically necessary sex reassignment surgeries and treatments for insured individuals diagnosed by a physician with Gender Identity Disorder or Gender Dysphoria? (x) Yes ( ) No 24. Do you support requiring public employers to cover sex reassignment surgeries and treatments deemed medically necessary if a person diagnosed with Gender Identity Disorder or Gender Dysphoria? (x) Yes 25. Do you support allowing openly LGBT Americans to serve in the U.S. military? (x) Yes

( ) No ( ) No

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26. Please describe how you will eliminate prejudice and/or discrimination in your own office if elected. I work hard to make sure that all groups in our City know that they are welcome. I regularly attend events and gatherings. I make sure that all groups have a place in the decisionmaking processes of the government. I lead by example and am a constant source for reasonableness and inclusion, equally in public and in the private meetings where so many decisions get made. In my own hiring practices, I have a threshold requirement that my employees be open and inclusive. 27. Please describe how your election to this office would be a benefit to the LGBT community. I will be a strong advocate for equality who will be a go-to resource for the LGBT community. I will make sure that LGBT community members has a respected place at the table when plans and decisions are made. 28. Please describe (briefly) what your top goals will be if elected to this office. Elected officials have a two-fold mandate--to give hope and to foster steady, measured improvement in the jurisdiction. Economically, times are tough and there is a sense that Sacramento, confronted with a declining State government and worldwide competition, will gradually diminish for years to come. This is nonsense. My first years on the Council will focus on three thingsvolunteerism, modernizing the City government and creating jobs. North Sac is broadly recognized as one of the most challenged parts of the Sacramento region. It lags, sometimes markedly, most of our region in employment, housing, educational opportunities, transportation, recreation and community resources. One area of strength is the North Sacramentans ourselves. Together, we North Sacramentans have collectively rolled up our sleeves and tackled some extraordinary problems. Whether it is building and maintaining some of the largest community gardens in Sacramento, re-landscaping and maintaining the 3.5 mile Sac Northern Parkway or reopening our neighborhood ice skating rink less than six months after an arsonist tried to destroy it, there is a strength in the people in North Sac that few outsiders expect. As a Councilmember in the 1990s, I came to realize that through volunteerism, knowing the way it pays itself forward, we could set North Sac right again. We came so far during my first tenure on the City Council but since then volunteerism has almost died. My first objective as a Councilmember will be to re-kindle volunteerism in North Sac.

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My second key objective is to change the way the City Council does business. Today, the Council attempts to manage the City with few of the skills needed to do the job well. Indeed, Council management appears to be little more than searching for mistakes to punish and issuing murky directions and objectives that change from meeting to meeting. Sacramento deserves better. The Councils job as servant-leaders of the City is to establish the expected results of the City government and then the metrics that will gauge success. Once published, these two compass points will guide an empowered City staff to create the methods to reach the goals. Finally, as a City we must create jobs. Economic development is one of the most pressing issue facing the Sacramento Region. As a region, we must marshal our resources to develop employment sectors in Sacramentos strongest niches--healthcare, biotech, agribusiness, financial services and education. Our local governments must do whatever it takes to reduce the time and resources need to locate or grown in our region. We can do this with speedy and dependable processes, high-quality infrastructure and organized investment and incentive policies. 29. Please list other endorsements you have received. I am honored to have earned the early support of Assemblymember Roger Dickinson, County Supervisor Jimmy Yee, City Councilmember Steve Cohn, my SMUD colleges Genevieve Shiroma, Bill Slaton, Nancy Bui, Howard Posner and Larry Carr, Twin Rivers School Board Members Bob Bastian, Cortez Quinn, Linda Fowler and Roger Westrup, Laborers Local #185, the North Sacramento Chamber of Commerce, the Sacramento County Green Democratic Club, Rosanna Herber, Benjamin Phillips-Leseana, Gail Mancarti, and the leaders of numerous business and community groups. 30. If you receive endorsement, will you list and disclose Stonewall as an endorsing organization? I will proudly feature Stonewall in my list endorsements at every opportunity.

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Background I am a third-generation Sacramentan and one my lifes goals has been to make a difference for Sacramento through public service. Having served as both a community volunteer and neighborhood leader, I know the both the importance and difficulties of healthy communities. As an environmentalist, I helped the Sacramento Tree Foundation to launch a campaign to save energy and clean our air by doubling our regions tree canopy. As a small businessman, I developed unique products and made a payroll for many years. As President of the North Sacramento Chamber of Commerce and as the Executive Director of the Midtown Business Association, I helped many businesses succeed, adding to the prosperity in our region. As Vice-Mayor and Councilmember of the City of Sacramento, I delivered many long-overdue projects and I learned how to get things done. As a Director of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, I lead one of the most highly-rated special purpose governments in the country and know how governance, done right, can create results. I am qualified to be the next Councilmember for District 2 in the City of Sacramento because I have the energy, the experience, the skill, the love for Sacramento and the resolve to re-weave the tatters of our City government. By way of background, I first rolled up my sleeves in City politics as a neighborhood activist and Board member of the Woodlake Improvement Club and as a business owner and Board member of the North Sacramento Chamber of Commerce. I was disappointed and frustrated in the City's lack of response to my communities' needs. I challenged the incumbent and won the District Two Council seat in 1992 to give north area neighborhoods a voice at City Hall. Once elected, I was tireless in getting the slow, complicated machinery of government to work for people and gained praise for being an independent voice willing to take tough stands on issues that matter to people. Leading the dynamic turn-around of the District with the lowest median income in the City, I was re-elected in 1996 for my inclusive and effective style of leadership placing people over politics, and from the perspective of local residents, for real results in bringing reinvestment back to the community. I have earned a reputation as a pragmatic problem solver; a nuts & bolts thinker who other Council members and Mayors Serna and Yee turned to for results time and again. As the Sacramento Bee noted, "Kerth has distinguished himself at City Hall, both for his energy as a strong and effective advocate for North Sacramento and for asking the right questions about hard citywide technical issues such as budgets and infrastructure." Generally, while on the City Council, I: Served the 50,000 residents of North Sacramento, Del Paso Heights and Robla communitieswidely seen as the most challenged part of town.

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Initiated the redevelopment of North Sac by first building internal consensus on vision, developing the implementation plans, making the case to decision-makers in the larger region, securing the financing and nursing the projects through to completion. Work resulted in the Uptown Arts district, Second Saturday Second Shift, Surreal Estate Artist Lofts and the investment of $50M in public funds and $40M in private funds creating over 1000 new jobs. Re-focused the redevelopment of Del Paso Heights by strengthening community resolve, then competing for and winning the Urban League training center and the national competition for the Del Paso Nuevo infill village. Efforts resulted in the investment of over $60M of public funds and $30M in private funds, the creation of 1200 housing units and 275 new jobs. Created three new financing vehicles to spur economic developmentGas Tax bonding, City-backed redevelopment bonds and CIP reserve sharing and reuse. All received national recognition as new tools for other cities. Key facilitator in the delivery of over $500M in City and regional infrastructure, housing and employment centers. Served as Council representative to Sacramento Regional Transit District, Sacramento County Regional Sanitation District, Sacramento Area Council of Governments, Sacramento Transportation Authority, Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority, Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency, Local Agency Formation Commission, Sacramento Regional County Solid Waste Authority, Sacramento North Area Groundwater Management Authority, Crocker Art Museum Co-Trustee (Mayors attendee) and Sacramento Ball Park Authority. Rob served as Vice Mayor in 1997. City Council Ad-Hoc Policy Committees: Stadium/100 Acre N. Natomas Site Committee; Flood Control/Water Development Committee; Downtown Civic Center/Metro Place Committee; Economic Development/Waterfront Committee. As the Sacramento Bee wrote in 1996, "Rob Kerth, Darrell Steinberg, Jimmy Yee and Sam Pannell...all deserve credit with (Joe) Serna for the turnaround at City Hall." That turnaround brought Sacramento a revamped downtown and riverfront, new major hotels, more accountable schools, cleaner neighborhoods, and a lower crime rate. I have also focused on increasing the efficiency and responsiveness of City Government while avoiding new taxes, through use of technology and more pro-active communication with citizens and diverse communities. After leaving my seat on the City Council in 2000, I joined the Sacramento Tree Foundation as an Executive Project Leader and ultimately the Greenprint Director. During this period, I devised, researched, developed and co-wrote the urban forest Greenprint, a plan to organize local governments to increase their urban forest canopy in a financially sustainable way. After creating the plan, I secured participation resolutions from 26 local governments in the Sacramento region. My work resulted in the Greenprint project winning the 2007 Governors Environmental and Economic Leadership Award and a federal grant to assess the ability of trees to improve air quality in the Sacramento valley.

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After an eight year break from elected office, I won a seat on the Sacramento Municipal Utilities District Board of Directors. Governance at SMUD is quite different from the City of Sacramento. At SMUD, the Board leads through policies and judges performance strictly on tangible metrics. The difference creates tangible results. SMUD is recognized as one of the leading utilities in the nation, maintains the second lowest power rate in California, is considered one of the best places to work in our region and regularly wins national awards for excellence. Policy-based governance can achieve the same results if applied at the City of Sacramento. In addition to my work in elected office, I founded my own small business, Ice Unlimited, which brought Sacramento the original downtown holiday ice rink and then later the Midtown ice rink. I am also responsible for the design of ice rinks in Sacramento's own Power Balance Arena and High Camp at Squaw Valley U.S.A. I also spent a number of years developing adaptive robotic software for vision-guided arc welding systems. I am the third generation of my family to make Sacramento my home. I graduated from Norte Del Rio High School in the Grant School District, and went on to earn a bachelor's and master's degree from Stanford University in Mechanical Engineering, with an emphasis in controls and systems. My wife Tracy and I live in the Woodlake neighborhood of North Sacramento with our daughters Katie and Kylie, two blocks from my childhood home. My 53 years of personal experience coupled with my family's long history here give me a unique perspective on Sacramento, both its past and what its future can be. I love Sacramento, and I know it has tremendous potential to be a great City. I look forward to working with you to turn that vision into reality.

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