Sam Blakeslee was elected to the California Assembly in 2004. The Legislature’s only scientist, Blakeslee created E3, the Republican Task Force on Energy, Environment and Economy, a group dedicated to bipartisan innovation and problem solving. His legislative efforts have principally focused on government reform, clean and renewable energy, agriculture and open space, and job creation. During his tenure in the Assembly, Blakeslee has earned consistent A ratings from the California Chamber of Commerce, National Federation of Independent Business, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, and been praised for his environmental leadership by the Sierra Club and California League of Conservation Voters in their annual scorecards.
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OPINION by SAM BLAKESLEE After long and careful thought, I’ve decided to endorse Dan Carpenter in the District 3 supervisor race, the district in which I reside. It wasn’t an easy decision because this race has become highly contentious. Many of the campaign mailers have contained charges and accusations that have stretched the truth to... (Continue Reading)
Endorsement by Sam Blakeslee “As Supervisor, Debbie Arnold has thoughtfully supported policies that help create jobs right here in our community,” Sam Blakeslee said. “She understands the challenges facing working families and is not afraid to advocate for those who don’t have a voice in government.” An accomplished innovator and local business owner, Sam Blakeslee... (Continue Reading)
OPINION By Sam Blakeslee, Ph.D. - When the recession hit our nation and state revenues collapsed, Sacramento leaders were confronted with a series of dire budget scenarios. In 2009, the Legislature passed the largest tax increase in the nation, hiking taxes by $11 billion. And yet this historic tax increase still was not enough to... (Continue Reading)
OPINION By Sam Blakeslee, Ph.D. - California’s 12.3 percent unemployment rate now ranks as the third worst in the nation. Other large diverse states post much lower rates which translates to millions of Californians who are unnecessarily unemployed and underemployed. These are not simply cold numbers on a spreadsheet. Every job loss entails real pain... (Continue Reading)