Tony Teora- Born on the 4th of July

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt

It’s July 4, 2016, the country’s birthday, but it’s my birthday too. I wanted to take time today to thank the thousands of folks who supported me in my race for California State Assembly 71st. The people of this country are great people who immigrated from all over the world. I think celebrations today should be about individual liberty, peace and prosperity for everyone. The politics of this country are no longer so great, but I still have hope for the people.

I lost the race for the California State Assembly in district 71, self-funding my campaign rather than heading out to Sacramento to sell out to the various special interest bidders. And folks, don’t fool yourself, we are sold out. I give Leo Hamel credit, his millions of dollars of TV advertising and campaign contributions to the party got him endorsements from folks like Carl DeMaio even though he said he ‘dropped out of the race’ on the DeMaio report. It’s not a sincere removal from the race; he just wanted to guarantee a spot for Randy Voepel. If Leo Hamel was sincerely dropping from the race, he could still sign an affidavit, have it notarized and sent to the elections committee and get off the ballot and allow me to continue in the race. But he’s not going to do that. The system really is rigged folks.

I can at least leave the race in honor, honestly running on my beliefs, and not being controlled by the special interests that now control both parties. The reason Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have done so well, is that the people are slowly figuring out that they are no longer represented. There’s a ‘ying and yang’ of interconnection in both parties. It’s why people like Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich were ostracized for voting against the anti-patriot PATRIOT act and the Iraq War. As Major General Smedley Butler once said: ‘WAR is a racket. It always has been.’

The system is rigged, and if we are to ever evolve as a species and survive, we will need some new types of thinking. We’ll new some new ways of bringing people into the system. The less than 1% will have a challenge in the upcoming years.

For me, I will focus on my writing for now and hope that some of my message has helped people think out of the box. I saw this comedy act of George Carlin and thought it a bit crude but at least honest. Not recommended for children but I think a great explanation of politics for 2016. Happy 4th of July America:

Red Ink Randy Voepel: Voepel Assembly Campaign Bankrupt

Randy’s Voepel’s Campaign for State Assembly is Bankrupt. His campaign is broke and in debt. He outspent me (Tony Teora) in the primary, by a 10 to 1 margin, and ran out of money. That’s the difference between spending your own money, and spending someone else’s money, or in Red Ink Randy Voepel’s case, special interest lobby money.

A Santee Councilman with Voepel asked me early in the assembly race how much money I raised, with the obvious insinuation that I could not beat Voepel because I’d only raised roughly $1,500 and Voepel had maybe $80,000 in his coffers. I mentioned I wanted to self-fund and not accept special interest money. And I have not. But if money is any indication of a race, Randy is losing, as he spent money foolishly, and overspent his budget by $8,000 plus dollars. He has bills he can’t pay. (I still have money in my account and other personal reserves for the general election—if required.)

Red Ink Randy talks about being a fiscal conservative, but I find that hard to believe when you your campaign is in the red and you can’t pay your bills. In addition, I see online that Red Ink Randy neglected to pay his IRS taxes for a year or two. The IRS were obviously frustrated in not being able to collect so they went and put a lien on Voepel’s personal property. I don’t know of anyone other than Randy that has had this happen, but I’m sure it happens when you avoid paying your federal taxes to the IRS.

Red Ink Randy Voepel states he’s low tax conservative. But my Dad used to say, “It’s not what you say, it’s what you do.” The TEORA campaign spends no more than it receives. Fiscal responsibility is something we need in Sacramento. We also need someone who cares about the people and not special interests. Please vote for me in June and November. Tony Teora

Tony Teora – Creating Good Paying Jobs by Reducing Big Government

Government is not a good job creator. It is an understatement that government cannot allocate resources as effectively as market forces. A sad example is the Obamacare web site that reportedly cost over $2 billion dollars. I know a few web designers who would have loved to get that work. I’ve consulted to the US military and have seen money wasted. I once complained to a friend when I read about a $500 toilet seat that sold to the pentagon. An engineer who sat nearby laughed and said, ‘Well, at least they get a toilet seat. We just finished a $10 million project where they got nothing.” He was right because the project was software for a satellite system then ended in failure. Funds got cut or something and the project died. In any case, I’ve seen firsthand why government is not a great job creator and it’s not just that project.

Economic prize winner Milton Friedman, who attended my alma mater Rutgers, reportedly said something enlightening when visiting China in the 1960’s. He was showed a canal where everyone was using shovels to move dirt. Friedman asked the official, “Why no heavy earth-moving equipment?” The official said, “Oh, this is a jobs program.” So Friedman then says to the official, “Then why don’t you just give them spoons instead of shovels to create even more jobs?”

The question people ask me is how do you cut government and red tape in a state like California? They say it’s impossible. To those folks I say: “There is nothing impossible—for those that try!” And try, we must. But we need to try a new strategy. People know the system is broken.

We need to try something new because doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is indeed insane. The mass media convinces us to vote for the same career politicians yet we expect different results. We desperately need new results because California taxes people into poverty. According to the US Census Bureau California has the most children under the age of 18 in poverty at 2.05 million It’s the high cost of living in California that’s pushing up poverty. The poverty rate is mostly due to the high cost of housing. A lot the housing cost is driven by hyper-controls on development, greenhouse gas fees, restrictive zoning, and taxes. Adjusted for inflation the California poverty rate is over 23%!

If we truly care about our children and our children’s future, we need to cut taxes and regulations that increase poverty. Yes, we need regulations to have clean air and water, but California is an example of over-regulation. We need to wage a war on saving the middle-class. When I win the race for the State Assembly I will fight the special interest politicians in Sacramento. I will work to reduce poverty, not with handouts, but with good paying jobs, creating them by lowering taxes and regulations, and by supporting smart education solutions.

The mass media wants the country divided so that the big money interests win. This year, let’s vote for a few good men and women who will fight for the people. Don’t let career special interest funded politicians like Randy Voepel tell you he will look out for the people and cut taxes. He’s not self-funded. He is a bought and paid for man. I am not. I’m self-funded with my hard earned (and taxed) money. I’m running my campaign this way because I believe in trying, in fighting against the odds against a rigged system. There are people who are party controlled who wish they could be free. They are not. I’m an engineer, author and small business owner. We need more folks who are willing to try who aren’t controlled by special interests. Please vote for me, Tony Teora, on June 7th and in the general election.



Carl DeMaio- Loser in Every Sense

Why is Carl DeMaio endorsing Leo Hamel, someone for State Assembly in 71st who officially dropped out of the race? Someone who will lose?

DeMaio says he vetted the candidates which is BS as Carl won’t even give me equal political time on the radio.  Doubt he gave Voepel any time either.

I know Carl has a history of losing elections, even when backed by big money, but as host of the DeMaio Report on KOGO you’d think he’d change the habit of losing and at least pick or vet someone who’s actually running and can win, like myself or even Randy Voepel? I suspect this is just some kind of friendship thing as Leo gave campaign contributions to DeMaio in losing races. In any case, I don’t expect to be on DeMaio’s show anytime soon. Probably won’t matter as I doubt the show will last much longer with this kind reporting. No wonder the public is angry and voting for outside the party candidates. The mainstream media is part of the problem and now DeMaio just adds to the Orwellian doublespeak by vetting and endorsing someone who is not running. Wow.

Tony Teora- Jobs for Californians

Some folks, including Governor Brown are claiming that jobs grew in California. Brown said, “Two million new jobs have been created and unemployment has dropped in half.” (Since 2011). He said this in his record 14th State of the State address, adding: “Of course, the global recovery has a lot to do with that. So, we should applaud, but we can’t control it, too.”

What troubles me, and should trouble everyone is that the poverty rate in California is at 16.4% (according to the most recent census data from 2014, up from 12.4% in 2007.)

Now, when you add in the cost of living (California taxes, high cost of gas and food), you discover that the real rate of poverty is over 20%! (See some links below). Brown discusses 2 million new farm jobs, but these must be low wage jobs otherwise why the increase in poverty? We need to find ways to encourage the creation of high paying jobs. What we are doing must change. If we keep trying the same old career politicians, we are going to get the same results. And our families cannot afford doing the same things over and over. Having poverty increase means our government is a failure.

Here are some ideas I would suggest in Sacramento when I am elected to office.

Good Paying Job Creation.   And no, this is not just raising the minimum wage. It sounds good, but in reality the minimum wage hike on small businesses (overall) will hurt workers and small businesses. Some will win while most lose. Read up on Seattle’s situation.

So what do we do? Get Smart.

How about tightening student loans to schools in California to only those schools that can prove they get our graduates jobs? How about the state allowing people to take student loans to become an electrician? To become a dental assistant? A legal assistant? A certified car mechanic? What about more trade schools for computer training? Silicon Valley wants to outsource our jobs to India (and they are, believe me, I see it firsthand). Why don’t we give incentives for more people to go to say a 6 month computer training class (from home)? Gives companies incentives to hire these new IT workers rather than outsource our jobs? It can be done with today’s technology but we need to encourage high-speed internet, and I mean hi-speed real-time video quality internet. We need this more than we need a high-speed bullet train. We need to work with our high schools, colleges and local community to give the right incentives. In order to do that we need to elect people to office who understand jobs, not career politicians like a 16 year mayor Randy Voepel. Listen to for yourself below at his own words as why he’s running.

Vote for Tony Teora in 2016 for California State Assembly.

Mayor Randy Voepel – Money in Politics

Randy Voepel will brag that is he is the only candidate with a track record of successfully implementing policies at a local level because is a Mayor. I disagree.

Tony Teora worked in the early 1990’s fighting the tax man at a local level. New Jersey has some of the most oppressive taxes in the country. Tony Teora is a leader who helped build the NJ Conservative party, partnering with the late founder Tom Blomquist. Tony Teora assisted with the Jackson Organization for Less Taxation to fight city hall with oppressive taxes. This was done by educating the public and fighting corrupt politicians. Working in government isn’t the only place to get change done at the local level. Some might argue that politics is corrupted by money. I agree.

Money in Santee Politics

Do folks know that Randy Voepel believes politicians need more avenues for campaign contributions? They need more money? What does that really buy? Let me explain some facts. In July of 2015 Randy Voepel ‘proposed changing the City of Santee Campaign Contribution limits by ‘raising the contribution amount to $1,000.00 and expanding the scope or range of contributors to also include Businesses, Corporations, LLCs, LLPs, and PACs, and to remove the “local bank” requirement.’

The system is rigged as companies buy elections and Randy Voepel seems to think this is just fine. More importantly he wants to make it easier by changing the law to include them.

That’s right; Randy Voepel believes we need more money in politics.

Thomas Jefferson once wrote: “The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations.”

If you don’t like our current government and want someone who will fight for you who’s not controlled by special interests, then elect Tony Teora for State Assembly in District 71.


Randy Voepel – Up in Smoke in District 71


UPDATE: 5/28/2016   Randy Voepel’s campaign is  really “Up In Smoke” as I was told by another campaign staffer that Voepel’s campaign is broke and in the RED. I confirmed that this is true, that Red Ink Randy Voepel owes money he doesn’t have in his account. I also saw online that Randy has had issues with an IRS tax lien on his property.  That meant he avoided paying the IRS for a couple years. That is also online. See my 5/28 story for more details.


Natasha Zouves wrote in 2014: ‘The city of Santee recently received a failing grade from the American Lung Association for allowing people to smoke in city parks.’ In response, Mayor Randy Voepel wore all black and a cigar tie to a City Council meeting. He said in his eyes “F stands for freedom.”  I think his ‘F’ stands for ‘Fanatical’.

I think Randy Voepel is up in smoke because I think wearing this outfit as a public figure is insulting to anyone who’s lost a family member to lung cancer. We deserve better from our mayors.

Mayor Voepel boasts that Santee has fantastic parks & recreation services. While I admit San Diego county and Santee have great parks, Randy could make them better, but chose not to. Worse, he doesn’t believe second hand smoking is an issue. (Read some studies Randy, I listed one from Stanford below). He may not realize it but he promotes smoking with his outfit. Smoking kills close to a half million people per year and costs this country billions. I understand freedom and people’s right to smoke, but does he need to proudly wear a tie with a smoking cigar? Not a great role model. My father died from lung cancer when the tobacco industry said smoking did not cause cancer. The American Lung Association gave Mayor Voepel an ‘F’. I can’t imagine how much the tobacco lobbyists love Voepel. I believe in freedom, but I also believe in common sense. Vote for Tony Teora for State Assembly in 2016.

Randy Voepel, I, Tony Teora  challenge you to join me in snuffing out tobacco in politics:



Randy Voepel – No Comment?

Santee Mayor Randy Voepel recently told the Times of San Diego  that he never comments on people’s beliefs. He was being asked about Leo Hamel’s Scientology connections. Leo is running against myself and Randy in District 71.

Mr. ‘No Comment’ Randy Voepel clearly shows he lacks the leadership skills to work in Sacramento. People want leaders who have a mind, who will get something done, and who have sound judgment, even opinions. Not someone who ‘never comments’.

If someone is running for office and has beliefs that we think are wrong, should we not comment? Of course we should. Randy Voepel, do you think you should have an opinion if you are running against someone who was at some time involved in a cult? Randy Voepel, did you know that Scientology is considered a cult in some countries? Scientology has been sued for teaching ‘medicine’ without a license.

Folks want representatives in Sacramento who have opinions, ideas and good judgment. Randy Voepel is a career politician without a comment.

If you want a true leader for District 71, vote for Tony Teora in 2016. I promise you I will have comments, ideas and solutions to help East County, District 71.

“You don’t get rich writing science fiction. If you want to get rich, you start a religion.”

L. Ron Hubbard- creator of Scientology

“I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.”

~Charles de Gaulle


Teora Supports Farmers with Smart Drought Solutions for California

Drought. That word is a big problem for farmers in my California district 71. It is even a worse problem throughout the state. The climate has changed; there is an overall reduction in annual rainfall for farmers in California. The underground water sources, some deep and over ten thousand years old, are being drained. As an engineer, I’m used to solving complicated problems. But this is a big one and there are no easy solutions. 80% of the water in California is used by farms, and farms are important to California citizens and as food security for the United States. I don’t think we want to give up because the problem is hard. We just need to work smarter and harder to come up with a solution. We need responsible, scalable, sustainable solutions that are great for the farmers and for the people of our great state of California. Here are some ideas I would propose as a state legislator in California:

1. All Solutions must be Smart and Sustainable:  We need to work on smart, sustainable growth. Solutions that do not scale with growth then need to have growth stopped, or we need a smarter solution. We cannot, and should not waste our precious water, nor destroy our farms. Tony Teora believes we must have smart sustainable water solutions for California. This is one of Teora’s top agendas for the state besides creating jobs.

2. Root Cause:  In solving engineering or computer problems, we need to under the ‘root cause’ to ensure our solution solves for that problem. The root cause may be climate change in California, population growth, changes in farming, etc. I suspect growth, and the droughts are key factors. I recommend we have the California Water Commission work smarter or create a special ‘think-tank’ to work on smart solutions. Tony Teora believes we should include the greatest minds in the state, country and plane to solve California’s water problems. We need to include the experts to get an expert solution.

3. Stupid Regulations, Lawsuits & Politics:  Even with smart solutions, we have many stupid politicians, laws and tons of wasteful bureaucracy in California. We need to cut the red tape to use smart technologies. Desalinization is used successfully in countries like Israel but the red-tape adds cost in California. We need to increase the number of desalinization plants and reduce the cost. Water security for our state is vital. Tony Teora will vigorously support more, cheaper, less red-tape desalinization plants.

4. Irrigation Incentive Support:   Drip irrigation and other techniques will help farmers. Tony Teora believes we need to reduce taxes and give bigger credits to farmers who upgrade their technologies. Teora support’s multi-year tax abatements to farmers who can show they are using smart solutions for their future farms.

When I am elected to the California state assembly, I promise to attack this critical issue. As an engineer, and NOT a politician, I know I can do this better than my competitors. We have too many politicians and not enough engineers/businessmen working in Sacramento.

Vote Tony Teora 2016 for District 71!



For details notes on my competitor Randy Voepel’s solution on the drought (‘Water’), you can go to his website at:   Or, you can read this re-print from Randy Voepel’s site:

‘Water We need visionary leadership on this issue. Throughout the years, our state’s leaders have failed to build an adequate water infrastructure, and now we’re paying the price. In addition, environmental ideologues have created additional barriers that prevent responsible water management, as our state laws are designed to favor fish over people. As an Assemblymember, I’ll bring a common-sense approach to this issue and ensure our state has a long-term plan for water.’

Sounds like ‘visionary leadership’, but where are the specifics Randy Voepel?



Tony Teora for State Assembly 2016- Fighting for Freedom!

“I want California to be the freest state in the Union. I will fight to bring back our Freedom and Liberty. Laws like forced vaccinations (SB277) are morally and ethically wrong. It takes away parental choice and judgement in their children’s health and puts it in the hands of government and big pharma. Taking away parental choice is an infringement on people’s religious and personal beliefs.”

—Tony Teora

I am proud to announce my candidacy for State Assembly in California district 71 for 2016. I thought long and hard whether to run again, but the decision was made easy when I saw how the state has further eroded into a government run Nanny State. People in Sacramento have forgotten how important it is to be free. The people in my district of East County know how important freedom is to their lives. We don’t want much from government. We actually want less. We want fewer taxes, less involvement in our personal lives. We want the freedom to choose what vaccines to give our children. We don’t want the government adding new laws to the Second Amendment. We want a good and affordable educational system. We want to be free to pursue happiness. Our government has no authority other than that granted by the people. Let’s work together to make some changes and fight for our freedoms!