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About Caney

Caney's Life Story:

Life and Politics: Having been born in 1956, and living in Woodland Hills, CA from the age of 5, I was fairly isolated from social injustices, but we had the early days of TV to help us see a glimpse into the rest of the world.

My father was born and grew up in Itta Bena, Mississippi, in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, so I built up many experiences over our 3-5 week summer trips to visit relatives. I'll always remember my dad taking me out in the car down a long dirt road into the middle of a farm field. I don't recall if it was cotton, or what crop was growing at the time. He stopped at a small rickety shack and took me with him as he knocked on the door. A tall black man opened the door. My dad introduced me to the man and his family. It was the family that my dad lived with 30-40 years earlier in that same shack.

I learned that my dad and his family were sharecroppers along with this man's family back then. We all talked briefly, and my dad made sure that I tasted the pure water from the nearby well. At the time I didn't understand the full meaning of that visit though even at that age I was amazed. Only when I got older and learned more about our society did I appreciate the difference in the path my father was able to travel vs. that of the man that we met that day, and how our social system had such a large impact on why each man went along the path that they did. Those vacations were also where I viewed segregation and racism as a young white boy. It was obviously very odd and disheartening to a youngster to see and hear the way society was there at the time. Then of course what were known as the Watts riots happened in 1965 here in Los Angeles, and it was obvious that much of the same culture was right here. I was just isolated from most of it. Other than interacting with a very few minorities in elementary, junior high and high school, most of what shaped my view of the rest of the world came from the TV, and listening to conversations among the adults here and in Mississippi. At least at school I didn't see the divide that obviously existed with the adults, except for one incident when our summer softball team beat another local team, and one of the kids on the other team called one of our teammates the n-word and a fight broke out. None of it made sense at the time, but it was reality.

In 1967 one of my heroes, Muhammad Ali, refused to enter the draft which seemed to be the right thing to do, but of course it was illegal. Then 1968 changed everything. MLK and RFK were assassinated. Of course JFK had been assassinated in 1963, but I was 7 years old and just knew it was a terrible and sad thing, but after the riots, Ali being sentenced, and MLK and RFK being assassinated, childhood thinking was over, and anger over the reality of politics was taking over. Then the women's movement and environmental movement started as I was in my early teens. There was no ignoring politics, because it was suddenly right in our faces.

Until around the time of the first Gulf War in 1990 though I hadn't really gotten involved in political activity beyond talking with family and friends. Then I started listening to stations like KPFK and reading more articles and books like Howard Zinn's "People's History of the United States", and I started to better understand just how deep the manipulation of the people was. I volunteered in the campaign against Prop 187 in 1994 and against Prop 209 in 1996. I also volunteered with the Aids Heartline at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, and the Red Cross Disaster Action Team, both in the mid-1990's. I volunteered with United Farm Workers. I helped the Sons of Thunder chapter at Los Angeles Air Force Base to distribute clothing and food to villages south of Tijuana. In 1993 my son had been born, and by 1997 I was also volunteering to coach youth baseball and basketball for my son's teams.

Following the 9/11 terrorist attack, talk of war against Iraq started. From my Air Force background and just paying attention to the news, I knew that it was highly unlikely that Iraq posed a danger to the U.S. as far as Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Weapons. It was frustrating to see our government unilaterally force the UN to pull inspectors from Iraq when our country declared war on their country. My wife, Lori, and I participated along with approximately 100,000 others in the march and rally against the Iraq War in Los Angeles in January 2003.

In 2008 we saw the culmination of corruption between the banking industry and our government which allowed bankers to take on massive amounts of unsecured debt. Wall Street collapsed and our federal government bailed the industry out. In 2009 we saw the new Democratic President Obama follow up with a second bailout with the combined bailouts costing taxpayers trillions of dollars.

In 2007 I served as a volunteer assisting victims of domestic violence at the Restraining Order Center at LA's Stanley Mosk Courthouse. I retired from civil service in August 2011. In 2013 my step-daughter gave birth to her and her husband's son, and my wife and I became grandparents and we started babysitting him during the days that they were at work. In 2015 I was energized by the Presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders. During the campaign for the general election I also re-gained recognition of the problem of increasing number of people becoming homeless in LA and across the country. I attended a Homelessness Forum conducted by our LA City Councilmember and did further research on this issue and many others. As I did more research on local and state policy, I saw more waste and abuse of taxpayer money and dysfunctional laws, policy and operations. I ran for LA City Council District 15, coming in second place with about 16.5% after only having about two months after the Presidential general election and the holidays to build name recognition and campaign on a reform platform. I'm now continuing to advocate for progressive policies along with raising awareness of the massive waste, abuse and corruption in our state and local political process.

Education and Work Experience

I grew up in Woodland Hills, CA where I graduated from El Camino Real High School in 1974. I then went to UCLA and graduated with a B.A. in Economics in 1978.

Soon after I was hired as a Supply Systems Analyst and started a three year internship. I started at Navy Supply Center, San Diego. After one year I was then promoted and served at Aviation Supply Office in Philadelphia. After a year there I completed my final year at Naval Air Systems Command at Crystal City, in Arlington, VA just outside of Washington, D.C.. In September 1982 I was selected to serve as a Logistics Management Specialist at Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, CA.

After working on staff for a few months I was assigned to lead the writing of the logistics requirements for all the military branches for the Request For Proposal (RFP) for a new program called Global Positioning System (GPS) user equipment. At the time, GPS technology was new and there were many skeptics that felt it would never be reliable enough to field as a navigation system. I was soon promoted to serve as the supervisor for all aspects of logistics planning for GPS User Equipment, then promoted to temporarily serve as the Deputy Program Manager for Logistics (DPML) for all segments of the GPS program (Satellite, Ground Control and User Equipment). Soon after that we successfully fielded the first units to the troops in the field and for integration into aircraft, ships, tanks and troop carriers.

I was then reassigned to another program, Advanced Launch System (ALS) that was being conceived, and I was assigned as the DPML. The Program Manager for the system was one of my many heroes when he advocated for cancellation of the program which was a rare move by a full Colonel managing an acquisition program. He still went on to be promoted to Brigadier General.

I then went on to serve as DPML for Automated Remote Tracking Stations II upgrade, then the Medium Launch Vehicle program which resulted in a contract award for the Delta IV launch vehicle and upgrade of the Cape Canaveral Launch facility. I moved to Acquisition Logistics Staff to serve as Branch Chief for Space Training Systems. During this time I also started and completed a Masters Degree in Public Policy and Administration from California State University, Long Beach.

I went on to serve as the DPML for Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP), then was reassigned with DMSP to serve as the Acquisition Program Manager for the Business Management Division. My final assignment was to serve as one of two Branch Chiefs in the Acquisition Management Staff Directorate where we reviewed acquisition plans, RFPs, and source selection plans for all space and missile system programs.

I retired from that position in August 2011. Before I retired I began working part-time as a California Basketball Official Association certified high school basketball referee for the CBOA South Bay.

In July 2016 I was elected to the Harbor City Neighborhood Council, and was assigned to serve as the Legislative Liaison and Legislation Committee Chair. I ran for LA City Council District 15 and finished in second place in the March 2017 election. Although I received only 16.5% of the vote, I see that as a reasonably strong showing given that I had little to no name recognition, and the election was only four months after the Presidential election and with the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays that soon followed.

I've decided to run for State Assembly because I am not satisfied with the direction that our elected officials are taking our City, State and Country. There is far too much theatrics in our political process which makes it difficult for voters to find relevant and trustworthy information. One of my top priorities is to help bring relevant information to the voters, and to stay focused on the issues, listening and discussing with voters the difficult trade offs involved in setting state policy, and helping build connections between the political parties and between the various constituency groups within the South Bay and across our state.

When not working on the campaign, I enjoy my time with my wife, son, and Mother-in-Law, and enjoy helping watch my grandson while his parents are at work. I enjoy shooting hoops with my son and whoever shows up at our local park. I also enjoy helping however I can within our community to improve our quality of life within our South Bay and Harbor area.

To provide some mental relief, as well as social and political statements in a more entertaining way, I'll be adding videos of music or presentations here that have motivated me over the years. I hope you find them both entertaining and inspiring as well:

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaNtV_iU61U

 


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