The Lieutenant Governor of California is elected separately from the Governor, and may be from a different political party. Besides assuming the Governor's responsibilities if the Governor is unable to perform them, and serving as President of the State Senate (and casting a tie breaking vote once a decade or so), the Lieutenant Governor has a few responsibilities granted either by the State Constitution, the State Legislature, or the Governor.  Unlike many previous Lieutenant Governors, I would attempt to attend all of the scheduled meetings relating to these responsibilities, and amounting to about 50 days of commitments a year at various locations throughout the state.  The rest of the hours in the year should prove more than adequate for preparation, meeting travel, and follow-up, without requiring any additional staff dedicated to the Lieutenant Governor's office.  The Lieutenant Governor's current responsibilities are as follows:

Chair of the State Lands Commission.  This is the responsibility over which the Lieutenant Governor has the most authority and responsibility.  There are three members, with the Lieutenant Governor and Sate Controller serving as Chair in alternating years, and the third member being appointed by the Governor.  The Commission monitors and regulates all California state land holdings and navigable waterways, and (using its own dedicated staff) is responsible for a large amount of state revenue from various leases. I will be a strong advocate for preserving California's resources for the long term.  I remember getting tar on my feet at the beach in San Diego for years after the Santa Barbara oil spill.  Putting our marine resources, our tourist industry, and the long term enjoyment of the beach by millions of Californians at risk for the short term benefit of a few oil companies is simply not acceptable, and as a member of the State Lands Commission I will vote and advocate consistently against any new offshore oil drilling along our coast.  In addition, in all too many cases we see government agencies arbitrarily closing off public access to publicly owned lands.  I will be your advocate to reverse this trend, and fight for your right of public access.

Member of the Board of Regents of the University of California, and the Board of Trustees | CSU.    As a Ph.D Scientist, I am qualified to sit as a peer on the Board of Regents of the University of California and the Board of Trustees of the California State University Systems, and advocate with the state legislature and the Governor for a strong and fiscally sound University System which can provide the educated work force, entrepreneurs and leaders of tomorrow which California needs for its long term success.  California needs to keep investing in its future through education, without unfairly burdening its students with unaffordable tuition increases.  

Member of the California Ocean Protection Council.  This council coordinates efforts to improve the protection and sound management of California's ocean and coastal resources.  As an avid user of the ocean and beaches along with the rest of my family, I will be a strong advocate to preserve our ocean environment for the long term enjoyment of our children, grandchildren, and all future generations.  

Member of the California Emergency Council.  This council serves as the advisory body to the Governor of California in times of emergency, and meets at least once a year.  

Chair of the California Commission for Economic Development.  This commission is supposed to hold quarterly meetings open to the public but has met only rarely in the past four years. The organization is responsible for fostering economic growth in California.   In my opinion the best way to foster economic growth in California is to stabilize state finances, provide a consistent and fair long term business climate, and to provide adequately for education.  The California Commission for Economic Development, set up by the legislature and providing a meeting place for certain members of industry to talk to certain members of the legislature, is unlikely to make a meaningful contribution to California's prosperity.

Typical Public Access Issue:  Closure of Los Penasquitos Marsh (in Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego County) to kayaks and canoes, in violation of California's Constitution and Federal Law.