Yang, 37, of Menlo Park, is a software engineer and vice president of the South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition (SPARC) who lost the 24th Assembly District race in 2012 to Democrat Rich Gordon. He also ran unsuccessfully last year for the San Mateo County Community College District board.
“I’m here because I believe I bring ideas and solutions to the table that people are not talking about,” Yang said.
Yang said he would leverage the lieutenant governor’s seat on the University California Board of Regents and the California State University Board of Trustees to ensure the state schools’ long-term financial security and academic excellence. Doing that, he said, means working with unions to reform public pensions and reduce “bloated administration.”
Yang also has a novel plan to get students “involved in the maintenance of their own campuses” by creating a fund for each campus to spend on cleanup. Any money left in that fund at the end of the year would be redistributed to students as a dividend – an incentive for them to keep their campuses as clean as possible.
He also said he would advocate for California to work directly with provincial governments in China to open markets there for California foods and other products, and to expand tourism in California beyond just the landmarks that are often visited now.
And Yang said he would pitch the idea of a “stock exchange” for television and movie production in California, allowing international investment that would both keep the industry here and create a greater incentive overseas for honoring copyright laws.
Yang and Nehring haven’t reported any fundraising so far; Newsom’s campaign had about $1.7 million banked at the start of this year, and has raised at least about $247,000 since then.