Assemblyman 33rd District Obernolte
goes to Sacramento
Cameras had a challenge shooting against TV and room lights when capturing Obernolte’s expressions of gratitude to his family and friends, gathered for the rally on Tuesday evening. PHOTO courtesy of Annette Karnes
E T Russell ___ The Honorable Mayor Jay
Obernolte of the City of Big Bear Lake, California is in Sacramento today, Wednesday
November 5, 2014. As Assemblyman Jay Obernolte, set his lear-jet down at
Sacremento’s airport, he rolled up his sleeves to go to work at the new job.
the lights went out midnight Tuesday, Obernolte was leading in the election race
for the California Assembly 33rd District by 68%. At the evening rally,
friends toasted to the newly elected Assemblyman Jay Obernolte!
on the theory ‘act as though’ during the preliminary months, Obernolte has put
himself in the middle of the state’s government, getting acquainted with the
states elected officials and the issues in front of them. Those that have observed Obernolte at a City
Council, or at his previous roles as the Big Bear City Airport Board of
Directors, as owner of FarSight Studios, as a Director on the Mojave Desert and
Mountain Integrated Waste JPA Board, the Mountain Area Regional Transit
Authority Board, and on the League of California Cities Desert-Mountain
Division; know he knows the job at hand thoroughly.
campaign slogan, ‘Prepared to bring a
business approach to Sacramento’ now will be the Assemblyman’s mission for
the years to come.
author has watched Mayor Obernolte at City Council accurately examining each
and every issue that comes before the council. When challenged with difficult
situations that the public presents, Obernolte will try to put himself in their
shoes and fairly see the benefits before drawing a conclusion. These are some
of the reasons or observations the residents of Big Bear Valley feel qualifies
Jay Obernolte to carry the responsibilities as Assemblyman.
a brief flashback of how Jay Obernolte arrived at this position City Councilman
Bill Jahn announced the victory of Assemblyman Jay Obernolte. Accepting the new
role, Jay Obernolte acknowledged the gratitude he had for the incredible
support from many in the Big Bear Valley and surrounding communities that are
part of the large 33rd District. Most of all he shared how the
support began at home with the Mrs., his wife Heather of seventeen years, and sons
Hale and Troy. It’s been evident that not only their verbal support was
important but the family pitching-in and physically being active as a team has
lead to the successful victory. A few
months ago, the family located a home away from Big Bear Lake home, near the Capital
the months leading up to November 4th, in his campaign speeches to
many groups on the mountain as well as the desert communities, Jay Obernolte
“I’m running for the State Assembly because I believe our
government in Sacramento is dysfunctional and that it’s time to bring a
business approach to solve the serious issues facing our economy. More importantly, I’m running because too
many of our neighbors remain out of work and those that are working face higher
taxes to pay for our state’s out-of-control spending.
For the first time in years, a combination of slow economic
recovery and higher taxes has resulted in a state budget surplus. Unfortunately, it’s clear our state
government plans to squander this surplus by increasing spending on programs
that do nothing to create new jobs in our community. I feel this is extremely irresponsible. We need to put our fiscal house in order by
paying down our debt and establish a rainy day fund to guard against future
I don’t have all the answers, but I’ve built a successful
business that employs good people and I’ve made a positive impact as
Mayor. Over the next few months I plan
to share my conservative economic ideas to create jobs, eliminate wasteful
government spending, and protect taxpayers.
My hope is that these ideas can bring people together as one voice for
our region in the fight for lower taxes and to reform our dysfunctional state
government,” said Obernolte.
Obernolte will be sworn-in as Assemblyman on December first
2014. Now, we can look forward to a more positive outcome with Assemblyman Jay
Obernolte of the California Assembly 33rd District. ‘Stay tuned’ …. as
John Grandi used to say, for the rest of the Assemblyman’s story!