Assemblyman Obernolte Coffee

California State 33rd District Assemblyman Jay Obernolte Community Coffee in Victorville

February 7 2017 by Simone Graham

Assemblyman Obernolte began the early morning meet for constituents with a cup of Starbucks, fresh doughnuts, and an icebreaker joke about politicians. The audience appreciated his sense of humor and settled in for his intro about how he arrived at his current elected office. We learned a bit about his background as a Big Bear Lake City based businessman and owner of FarSight Studios. He started out as a physics major at Caltech, but decided to switch to computers and never looked back. His M.S. is from UCLA in artificial intelligence. Currently, he has a staff of 28 employees and is an independent developer of family video games. He entered city politics there when business colleagues urged him to step up and run for city council and, later, mayor.

He now has the record for passing 19 bills in his first two year term as assemblyman; his bills solved basic problems citizens and businesses were having with existing regulations to improve how they actually apply to how we live today. The audience applauded when he explained AB 809 that requires the amount and duration of a local tax

increase to be stated on the ballot label. Check online for his other bills at

Some of his continuing concerns are how we are allocating gas taxes and would like to see fuel taxes put back into improving our highways where they belong rather than being spent on general transportation projects. He sees the problem constituents have with Denti-Cal and is determined to see changes; not enough dentists in cities in California are providing Denti-Cal services because the reimbursement pay is so low. He is working to have students prepared in career technology so they will be employable as soon as they come out of our public schools.

The Community Coffee meeting ended with an opportunity for the audience to ask questions and offer comments on his talk.



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