Who is BLUPAC?

BLUPAC intends to educate citizens on public issues and public officials.

We encourage public debate and participation. We will publish information that is available to the public on key issues, decisions and facts facing governments.

We especially support progressive issues; such as an increase in the transparency in government, an increase in the minimum wage, a healthy environment, ethical decision making, diversity in government and other values that unite us as a community.

Our information will be updated on a regular basis and we encourage all citizens to understand how their government works and who is influencing their government. At BLUPAC, we are here to inform the citizenry of the quality of our public leaders, we will highlight those who serve us well and those who fall short.

Thank you for visiting our website—and please stay informed.

Issues

Minimum Wage/Living Wage

All Americans deserve a pay raise. We work harder, serve longer hours, and produced steady economic growth that is the envy of the world. Unfortunately, real wages have stagnated for the vast majority of American workers, according to a study last year by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Economic Policy Institute.

During the three decades following the Second World War, the postwar economic boom in the US produced steady increases in workers’ pay. As the report’s authors write, “For decades following the end of World War II, inflation-adjusted hourly compensation (including employer-provided benefits as well as wages) for the vast majority of American workers rose in line with increases in economy-wide productivity.”

Starting in 1973 (the year of the international oil embargo), economic productivity (which is measured as the amount of economic output generated by an average hour of work), grew 72.2 percent. Pay for the typical worker, however, rose only 9.2 percent.

Over the next 40 years, real wages for the median worker grew a mere 8.7 percent (only a meager 0.2 percent annually). Workers didn’t cause the problem of wage stagnation. The EPI study noted that the divergence between growth in productivity and growth in wages and benefits can be attributed to three factors:

• Growing inequality in compensation, or skyrocketing pay for those at the top of the economy compared to everyone else;

• A greater share of income going toward corporate profits and not wages; and

• The increase in consumer prices that means wages don’t stretch as far.

Lawrence Mishel, president of EPI and a co-author of the report, concluded that government “policy decisions made on behalf of those with the most income, wealth, and power that suppressed wage growth.”

As bad government produced festering income inequality, good government can reverse such inequality by raising American workers’ pay, lowering unemployment by investing in rebuilding US roads and bridges, improving labor standards, and reforming the US tax code provisions that give away public dollars to the richest 1 percent.

Transparency in Government

When governments operate in secrecy, democracy suffers. Most elected officials are honest people, with integrity and well-calibrated moral compasses to guide their actions. Government exists to conduct the people’s business, and the best way for the public to stay informed is through an open and transparent government.

When elected and appointed government officials conduct meetings that are open to the public and discuss public policies with all stakeholders, democracy—messy and often inefficient—thrives.

Sometimes good government is subverted. Policies that benefit only selected people and organizations are created outside the full view of the public. True government transparency is the best way to assure the public’s access to the workings of government. BLUPAC is committed to informing and educating the public about government actions and exposing when they have hidden the making of public policy to benefit the few rather than the many. Public officials who attempt to conduct the public’s business in the shadows should be held accountable for their actions.

Without transparency there is no accountability.

Visit BLUPAC.org. We’re watching out for you.

Bridging the Diversity Gap

The unprecedented congregation of people from all corners of the globe to live, work, and build the USA is at the heart of the American experience. In the San Francisco Bay Area alone, more than 200 languages and dialects are spoken by the populace of the nine counties. Nearly 43 percent of California residents speak a language at home other than English.

For generations, however, government at all levels has not reflected the true diversity of the many communities that comprise our society. Although some progress has been made, especially since the civil rights era, the “diversity gap” in government real. About 50 percent of Americans are female; 13 percent are black, 17 percent are Hispanic or Latino, and 5 percent are Asian. However the leadership of government in the 21st century is far from representative. For example, only 10% of state governors are women or people of color. The inequality of representation of women and people of color in government is deeply entrenched.

We are all served better when the leadership of government reflects the community it serves. At BLUPAC we celebrate the different perspectives that make Californians more nimble and able to meet the challenges of a complex 21st century. We advocate for greater diversity in government and encourage city and county officials to shed their own tribal biases and appoint people who will provide different viewpoints and whose decision-making for the public good will be informed by their wisdom and the diverse ethnic and cultural sensibilities that make our state special.

Keep coming back to BLUPACus.org to learn how we can all bridge the Diversity Gap and by building a diverse and truly representative government for all.

Civic Education

Schools used to teach civics. Children grew up learning how our representative government worked. Citizenship was a part of daily life. Yet, our politics have fractured badly, the bickering of an uninformed populace grows more intense, and the demonization of other’s opinions and beliefs threatens our system of self-government. For our democracy to thrive, people must have a basic knowledge of how government works.

We can only improve the quality of our public discourse by educating the public. We should encourage all of our neighbors to visit and learn about what is happening in all of the various government offices that affect their everyday lives. While BLUPAC supports progressive ideas, such as raising the minimum wage and providing healthcare for all, our goal is to advance civic education and engagement, not partisanship.

We strive to observe, analyze and report how national, state, regional and local governments conduct the people’s business. We care deeply about cities, town, communities, and neighborhoods, and support grassroots efforts to effect beneficial change in governance. We’re here to educate, and we hope that you and your neighbors will visit BLUPAC.org often.

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