Lately, he’s been leading an effort to repeal an unpopular gas tax increase.
We caught up with Mr. Allen by phone. Some excerpts:
Q. How have things gone astray under Gov. Brown?
A. Jerry Brown is a four-term governor who has absolutely no legacy. He’s built nothing of note in the state and is most famous for his bullet train to nowhere, bursting dams and crumbling infrastructure.
What can be done about rising housing costs?
California needs to increase its housing supply. We have all the tools. We have all the natural resources we could possibly need, the technological expertise and the country’s best work force. We just need a governor that can cut through California’s massive taxes and burdensome regulatory climate.
Has your support for President Trump wavered at all?
Does a Trump supporter stand a chance at winning governor?
Absolutely. The economy in 2018 is likely to be dramatically better. And the entire country is reaping the benefits of real economic reforms. Republicans have won every major federal contest since Trump’s election. And 2018 will bring the biggest prize of all, the California governor’s seat.
You talk about representing forgotten citizens. Who are you thinking of?
There is a super silent majority in California that feels completely marginalized and unrepresented. They’re tired of being ignored and they want to see their state once again become the greatest state in the nation.
Anything else you want to say to voters?
I’m a Southern California surfer and investment adviser for 20 years. I first ran for office in 2012 because I had seen my family, my clients and their business leave the state. My best friend moved to Texas. But I believe that California’s best days are ahead of us if only we had real leadership once again.
This interview was condensed and edited for clarity.
Stay tuned in coming months as we check in with other candidates for governor.
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• The Great Red North: 13 counties that voted for President Trump and feel forgotten by California. [The New York Times]
• Why hasn’t the president visited California? “He can’t stand being booed,” says a Democratic leader. [The New York Times]
• Toxic blue-green algae blooms are proliferating. Two dogs died after entering a pond in Napa. [Sacramento Bee]
• Bay Area jurisdictions have wildly different approaches to marijuana. This new tool lets you look up the rules where you live. [San Francisco Chronicle]
• An alternative to panhandling in Santa Cruz: Help beautify the downtown in exchange for food vouchers. [Santa Cruz Sentinel]
• Herma Hill Kay died at 82. She championed for the rights of women and minorities as the first female dean of U.C. Berkeley’s law school. [The New York Times]
• Apple’s new headquarters — a $5 billion “spaceship” — is drawing dollars and development to Cupertino. [The New York Times]
• Yelp has spent six years trying to sic the world’s antitrust regulators on Google. Now it’s landed a punch. [The New York Times]
• A Silicon Valley investor apologized for his behavior in a post titled “I’m a creep. I’m sorry.” [The New York Times]
• In her new Los Angeles show, Analia Saban proves to be an heir to the conceptual art throne. [The New York Times]
• A drive up the California coast finds five members of the Beat Generation — alive and working. [The Washington Post]
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