Redding city councilor Bosetti vying for new California Assembly seat
• This is the first of five stories the Mt. Shasta Area Newspapers will be running about the candidates running for District 1 California Assembly.
Halfway through his second term as Redding city councilor, Rick Bosetti is setting his sights on a state office, the California Assembly. He says he is convinced most members in this lower house of the state legislature are lazy.
“They just don't want to work,” he said Wednesday. “They don't go out into the field. They don't pay attention to the small people.”
He said if they did, they would find that small businesses are over-regulated. “California used to be a land of opportunity,” he said. “Now our legislature just flat-out hates business.”
Bosetti is one of two Republicans candidates vying for a new Assembly seat created when district lines in Northern California were redrawn last year. Overall, five candidates are eying the vacancy: David Edwards (Nevada City-G), Robert Meacher (Taylorsville-D), Brian Dahle (Bieber-R), and Charley Hooper (Grass Valley-L).
The California Citizens Redistricting Commission, created by voter initiative in 2008, finalized the boundaries of a new District 1 in August last year. Called the Mountain Cap District, it encompasses an area which includes nine counties: Siskiyou, Modoc, Shasta, Lassen, Plumas, Butte, Sierra, Nevada, and parts of Placer and Butte.
“They took about 50% of Districts 2 and 3,” said Bosetti of the creation of the new District 1.
Until this year's June 5 election, Assembly member Jim Nielson will continue to represent Siskiyou County. Since he lives in Tehama County, Nielson is not qualified to run for the seat in the new District 1.
Bosetti was born in Redding, grew up in Anderson, and hasn't spent much time out of the area. “My life is basically living in Shasta County,” he said. “Except for ten years professional baseball.”
Two years after his graduation from Anderson High School in 1971, he was drafted out of Shasta College by the Philadelphia Phillies for his outfield skills. He went on to play for the St. Louis Cardinals, the Toronto Blue Jays, and the Oakland A's.
During his baseball career, he married his high school sweetheart, Patti. They have four children.
After retiring from the major leagues, Bosetti pursued a career in the technology industry. “We specialized in computer systems, integration services, hardware support and maintenance,” he said.
Bosetti's website lists 20 community service positions held in the ensuing years, including school boards, technology advisory boards, and the Redding planning commission. He also volunteered to share his sports expertise, coaching baseball and swimming.
He was elected to the Redding City Council in 2006, serving as mayor for 2009.
Bosetti says he learned about how hard it is on small business in California after joining Team Solutions, a software training firm. “We were doing well. We were growing,” he said. “And it came to the point we were going to go over 20 employees – that's the line, 20 or more.”
But, he said, after they saw what the state required of a small business with 20 employees, “I'll be honest. We sucked back to under 20 people.” He said the costs of liability, added licensing costs and government reporting would have cost the company 30% of its net profits.
Bosetti wants to remove this obstacle. “I'm not interested in writing new legislation,” he said. “My interest is in eliminating a lot of the load. Can you imagine, if we reduce requirements for small businesses that results in a 30% net gain, what that would do for our economy? It would be exponential!”
We cannot take them out,” said Bosetti, referring to the Klamath River dams. “All of them produce energy in California. They qualify for the Green Energy Plan.” He explained that, under state law, by the year 2020, 33% of energy generated in California must come from green sources, stating, “That's wind, solar, biomass and small hydrodynamic,” which is under 30 megawatts.
He said the Klamath dams produce less than 30 megawatts each, and he learned from PacifiCorp lawyers that the power company signed on to the take the dams out because they could not get a water permit. “According to California law, all water belongs to the people. If it flows through your land, you have to get a permit for its use. Even if you don't use it for anything.”
He said the California Department of Fish and Game has issued 1,600 water permits throughout the state. “Fish and Game has gotten out of control in the last 15 to 20 years,” Bosetti said. “They're powerful bureaucrats that are creating hardships for private citizens. I want to rein in those abusive bureaucracies.”
Speaking on the medical marijuana controversy, Bosetti said, “We need to stop and wait until the Feds and California figure it out. Right now you have conflicting laws.”
“If this is what people need, I don't have a problem with it,” he continued. “I would take the position that the city would hire a master grower, so that we could then provide the amount of medicine necessary to fulfill prescription needs in the City of Redding. The city would sell it to the dispensaries.”
In short, he concluded, “Treat it like a business.”
Bosetti sees his business acumen as his greatest strength over his opponents. “I know what it's like to sign the front of a check,” he said. “I've had to make payroll.”
He sees himself as more experienced in administration as well. Speaking to his six years on the city council he said, “In my short time in politics, I've been faced with more challenges than all the other candidates combined.”
He also said he's striving to provide the world with a new trivia question: What major league baseball player was later elected to the California Assembly?