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Mike Honda (D)
US House of Representatives, District 15
These statements are shown exactly as they appeared at http://www.mikehonda.com in November 2000
Mike Honda on Education
"As a former teacher and principal, Mike Honda has seen first-hand the problems teachers face when trying to work in overcrowded classrooms. More often than not, the learning process breaks down and students get left behind. Honda has been a consistent champion of class size reduction efforts in the California Assembly and worked to pass legislation reducing class sizes. As a Member of Congress, Honda will support legislation to fund hiring 100,000 new teachers in grades one through three to reduce the student/teacher ratio to 18 to 1."
"In the Assembly, we counted on Mike to protect our environment, and he delivered.
Mike Honda is the only candidate for Congress to earn a 100% rating every year from
the CA League of Conservation Voters. In the Assembly, Mike successfully fought for
nearly $15 million in funding for the Nature Conservancy and expansion of Henry Coe
Park. He has worked to protect children from lead poisoning, and as a County Supervisor,
Mike Honda created the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority, which has since acquired
over 15,000 acres for open space preservation. He also brought environmentalists
and property owners together to develop a nationally recognized Master Trail Plan.
In addition, Mike played a lead role in the effort to extend Cal Train to the southern
portion of Santa Clara County. In Congress, Mike Honda will continue to support public
transportation and federal funding for transportation projects. He will also work
to reduce long commute times by supporting programs designed to locate jobs closer
to housing. Bad air quality affects everyone, especially children. In the Assembly,
Mike has supported legislation designed to protect children from air pollutants.
Honda also recognizes the link between public transportation and improved air quality,
which is why he will fight for more federal dollars for BART and light rail extensions.
Honda supports the use of zero/low emission vehicles, and will continue to push for
the development of these technologies. Mike is committed to curbing greenhouse pollution
and will fight for significantly increasing CAFE. Americans also need clean water,
which is why Mike Honda supports health-based standards for the Clean Water Act,
as well as 'right-to-know' legislation so that Americans can be informed about toxins
in their water.
"In Congress, Mike Honda will continue to support public transportation and
federal funding for transportation projects. He will also work to reduce long commute
times by supporting programs designed to locate jobs closer to housing. From the
San Jose Planning Commission to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors to the
State Assembly, Mike Honda has produced consistent results on transportation issues
that affect Silicon Valley residents. As a Supervisor, he led the campaign to bring
Caltrain to southern Santa Clara County, to double the number of trains on the San
Jose-Gilroy line, and to extend light rail service to Almaden, Tasman Corridor, East
Side/Capitol Corridor, and West Valley. As an Assemblymember, Mike Honda is authoring
legislation (AB 2365) to ensure timely and efficient implementation of Santa Clara
County's Measure B on transportation improvement, which he supported along with Measure
A. As a member of the Revenue and Taxation Committee, he supported a bill (AB 1706)
to eliminate the double tax on gasoline.