2002 Endorsement Questionnaire

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Rosemary DaSilva
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926 J Street, Suite 424
Sacramento CA 95814

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Please return by December 3, 2001

Thank you for your interest in being considered for endorsement by the California NOW PAC. Please complete this questionnaire and return it by the date indicated above. We realize that our questionnaire is more extensive than those used by most endorsing organizations. California NOW is a multi-issue organization. We ask these questions of all candidates because it is our assumption that a candidate we endorse may someday run for higher office, and therefore, your positions are very important to us. If you are running for federal office, your responses to this questionnaire will be used by CA NOW PAC to make a recommendation on your endorsement to the National NOW PAC.

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Candidate Name  
Rosemary Stasek

Permanent Address  
273-B Jessie Lane

City, State, Zip  
Mountain View, CA 94041

Office Being Sought  
State Assembly

District 22

Are you the incumbent? X Yes  If yes, for how long?
5 years

Endorsement Request For:

Special Election Date of Election

Primary Election Date of Election March 5, 2002

General ElectionDate of Election

Your Political Party If other, please specify:

Your District's Registration:45% Democrat 30% Republican 
25% Other

Campaign ID # 1233790

Committee Name 
The Committee to Elect Rosemary Stasek

Campaign Address: 
273-B Jessie Lane

City, State, Zip 
Mountain View, CA 94041

Phone: ( 650 ) 988-1053 Fax: ( 650 ) 988-1053

Campaign Manager:
Phone: ( )

Campaign Consultant:
Phone: ( 408 ) 778-4567

Please list all opponents in this race:

1. Sally Lieber 2. Rod Diridon, Jr.

3. 4.

5. 6.

Estimate Campaign Costs:

Primary: $200,000

General: $500,000

Amount Raised to Date: $

Are you adhering to voluntary campaign spending limits?
yes no

Are you aware of any independent expenditure campaigns that will impact your race? yes no

If yes, please list:

1. 2.

3. 4.

5. 6.

Please list the "top" three women and "top" three men on your staff and their positions. This can include paid and unpaid staff (Please include compensation, if any, as this is public information):


1. Name Maria Matheny 
Position Treasurer
 Compensation $/year

2. Name Lauri Lerner 
 Position Assistant Treasurer
 Compensation $/year

3. Name Betsy Mooney 
 Position Education Liaison
 Compensation $/year


1. Name Greg Sellers 
 Position Consultant
 Compensation $/year

2. Name Greg Evans 
 Position Fund Raiser
 Compensation $/year

3. Name Clarence Madrijos
 Position Staff
 Compensation $/year

Endorsements Received:


Hon. Pete McHugh

2 Hon. Dena Mossar

3 Hon. Steve Glickman

4 Hon. Nicholas Jellins

5 Steve Chessin

 Endorsements Requested:


3. Sierra Club 4. CA Nurses Assoc

5. Conservation Voters 6. Hon. Anna Eshoo

Why are you running?

I am anxious to bring my women's issues activism to the State

level to work beyond what I have accomplished as a local elected official

and activist. I have been the State Director of California Catholics for

Free Choice for 12 years, an elected city councilmember for 5 years, have

worked in the high tech industry for 12 years and taught at a community

college for 6 years. I have the breadth of experience to understand the

unique challenges that face our community, I have a broader understanding

of the issues, and I have focused on solutions to the most significant

problems we face.


What are the five priority issues of your campaign?

1.Affordable Housing

> Issue2 Transportation

> Issue3 Reproductive Rights

> Issue4 Education

> Issue5 Environment/Energy

Have you run for office before? yes no

If yes, describe result(s):

Won election to 2 terms on Mountain View City Council

Are you a NOW member? yes no

If yes, in what ways have you been active?

Active with MidPenninsula chapter when that chapter was


To what other organizations do you belong?

1. ACLU 2. Human Rights Campaign

3. Catholics for Free Choice 4. Habitat for Humanity

5. 6.

Essay Questions

How would you propose moving women and children out of poverty in the post-welfare reform environment?

Job training for jobs that pay a living wage. Training women to

be fast-food cashiers is not the answer. Training in computer skills,

building trades and other well-paying jobs is what is needed. Healthcare

benefits are vital. Women need to know they do not have to choose between

job training and insurance for their children. And finally childcare.

Women cannot successfully sustain and complete the extended training

programs necessary for these high-paying jobs if they do not have access to

affordable, accessible childcare.


How would you attempt to secure women's reproductive choices when religious hospitals merge with non-religious hospitals?

As State Director for California Catholics for Free Choice, I

have been a leader on this issue. I have been involved with numerous

hospital mergers testifying against the elimination of services and against

tax-exempt bond funding to finance the mergers. Catholics for Free Choice

at the national level was the first organization to begin documenting the

impact of these hospital mergers and I have served as a resource to the

broader pro-choice community as the issue has become more widely recognized.

I am running for the State Assembly to be able to carry legislation that

makes public funding contingent on providing full women's health services

and denies tax-exempt bond financing for mergers that reduce access to

reproductive services.


What is feminism? Are you a feminist?

I consider feminism the mission to improve the lives of women and

girls. I have dedicated my activist and political careers to ensuring that

women and girls have the opportunity and resources to reach their full

potential. I consider myself a radical feminist because I see political and

social issues through the lens of their impact on women's lives and work

from that perspective.


The following questions are grouped in several different issue categories, each representing priorities of the CA NOW agenda. Please note that many questions may appropriately fit into more than one category, but are listed only once for simplification.

Answer Key

1 Strongly Oppose will take leadership role against this issue
2 Oppose will vote against
3 Don't Know/Undecided need more information before taking a position
4 Support will vote in favor
5 Strongly Support will take leadership role on this issue


Passing a Constitutional Equality Amendment (formally know at the Equal Rights Amendment)

  Federally  Support will vote in favor
  in California Support will vote in favor

Ensuring that "gender" is included in the definition of all hate crime legislation:
Strongly Support will take leadership role on this issue

Advocating support for CEDAW (the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women)?Strongly Support will take leadership role on this issue

Allowing public funding to non-profit groups that discriminate against people based on their race, gender, sexuality, and religion?

Strongly Oppose will take leadership role against this issue

Supporting legislation to put an end to the practice of racial profiling?

Support will vote in favor


Addressing immigration by:

Support will vote in favor - eliminating social services for undocumented immigrants
Strongly Support will take leadership role on this issue - denying citizenship to native-born children of undocumented immigrant
Strongly Support will take leadership role on this issue - denying education to children of undocumented immigrants
Strongly Support will take leadership role on this issue- assuring legal immigration for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transsexuals
Strongly Support will take leadership role on this issue - assuring legal immigration for individuals who are HIV positive


Strengthening current family leave policies to include:

1 2 3 X 4 5 all workers regardless of company size
1 2 3 X 4 5 paid leave benefits

Enacting measures to provide a reasonable standard of living by:

1 2 X 3 4 5 adopting a living wage standard
1 2 X 3 4 5 automatic annual cost of living increases for public aid recipients
1 2 3 X 4 5 adequate child care subsidies
1 2 3 X 4 5 adopting comparable worth compensation policies
1 2 3 X 4 5 ensuring affordable housing to all

Do you think children should be quaranteed a financial safety net under the 2002 TANF legislation?

1 2 3 X 4 5


Amending existing family law by:

1 2 X 3 4 5 creating a presumption of joint custody in all marital dissolution cases
1 2 X 3 4 5 requiring custodial parents to relinquish custody when moving out of the county
1 2 X 3 4 5 eliminating visitation as a factor in calculating the amount of child support
1 2 X 3 4 5 in custody decisions, include consideration of which parent had been the primary caretaker


Limiting abortion rights by imposing:

X 1 2 3 4 5 waiting periods

X 1 2 3 4 5 spousal notification

X 1 2 3 4 5 parental notification

X 1 2 3 4 5 second trimester bans

X 1 2 3 4 5 bans on termination of catastrophic pregnancies

X 1 2 3 4 5 state mandated lectures

X 1 2 3 4 5 restrictions on services based on legal residency status

X 1 2 3 4 5 prohibitions on state and federal funding

Guaranteeing access to full reproductive health services, including abortion, birth control, emergency contraception, and preventative health care:

1 2 3 4 X 5 in any federal or state-administered health care plan

1 2 3 4 X 5 in private health care plans

1 2 3 4 X 5 for undocumented residents

1 2 3 4 X 5 for legal, non-citizen residents

1 2 3 4 X 5 in religious health care facilities

1 2 3 4 X 5 by requiring health care plans to cover infertility treatments

Responding to the rising incidence of breast cancer among women of all ages by:

1 2 3 X 4 5 supporting increased funding for research

1 2 3 X 4 5 providing free/affordable mammograms to all women, regardless of age

Responding to the rising incidence of HIV infection among women and people of color by:

1 2 3 4 X 5 providing minors' access to medically accurate information about HIV prevention and treatment in school-based clinics

1 2 3 4 X 5 making condoms available through schools

1 2 3 4 X 5 increasing accessibility of public health HIV information and safer sex practices

1 2 3 4 X 5 providing access to current treatment options regardless of ability to pay

1 2 3 4 X 5 mandating gender equity in medical research


1 2 3 X 4 5 supporting increased state funding for rape crisis hotlines and domestic violence shelters

1 2 3 4 X 5 Supporting age appropriate programs to educate students about domestic abuse, date violence, and rape

1 2 3 X 4 5 increasing funding to train judges, law enforcement and medical personnel to effectively address domestic violence (including spousal rape, battery, incest and child abuse).


Validating domestic partnership rights, including:

1 2 3 4 X 5 health and dental insurance benefits

1 2 3 4 X 5 bereavement leave

1 2 3 4 X 5 right to survivorship

1 2 3 4 X 5 family sick leave

1 2 3 4 X 5 child custody

1 2 3 4 X 5 adoption


Supporting school vouchers X 1 2 3 4 5

Strengthening enforcement of Title IX and California's gender equity laws by:

1 2 3 4 5 requiring gender equity training for all teachers and school personnel

1 2 3 4 5 increasing athletic opportunities for female students to achieve parity

Supporting minors' access through the school systems to:

1 2 3 4 X 5 comprehensive sex and health education programs, K-12

1 2 3 4 X 5 dating violence and rape education programs for high school and college students

1 2 3 4 X 5 school-based health clinics

1 2 3 4 X 5 non-judgmental information on sexuality, including homosexuality

1 2 3 4 X 5 birth control referral/service and counseling

1 2 3 4 X 5 continuing education for teen parents

1 2 3 4 X 5 on-site childcare for teen parents

Thank you for requesting an endorsement from California NOW.

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