SING TAO DAILY: Former Ambassador Campaigning for Lieutenant Governor, Eleni Kounalakis Promotes University Fee Reduction

Photo: Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press

Photo: Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press

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Reporter Li Na San Francisco reports, August 28, 2018

Housing developer and former U.S. Ambassador to Hungary Eleni Kounalakis will participate in the California Lt. Governor's election in November this year. Kounalakis hopes to improve on the reduction of California State University tuition, the continued development of the California economy, the unity of immigrant communities and the construction of more affordable housing. 

Eleni Kounalakis pointed out that one of the important tasks of the lieutenant governor is to serve as an ex officio member of the California State University and the University of California, and her goal is to reduce the tuition fees of California State University and not to make tuition fees a barrier to entry into the university. 

Education is the best investment.

She said that she is the first child in her family to receive a four-year university degree and has a deep understanding of the importance of education. She pointed out that Berkeley's new study shows that every dollar invested in higher education will increase the government's tax revenue by 4.5 yuan, and education will always be the best investment. Kounalakis admits that the family manages a medium-sized business, which has a positive impact on the important role of small and medium-sized business people in the economy. Small businesses create jobs, serve the community, and promote economic development. "We need to ensure that there is always such a Driving force." 

For Trump's anti-immigration policy, Kounalakis expressed indignation. She said that the United States is an immigrant country, and we have always been proud of it. Apart from the indigenous Indians, everyone's ancestors are immigrants to the United States. It is the wisdom of different immigrants that created the powerful America today. California has a diverse population and many undocumented immigrants. They have regarded the United States as their own country. Any attempt to separate family members is inhuman and contrary to American values. 

Building speeds are far behind. 

Eleni Kounalakis supports the construction of more affordable housing, especially affordable housing that can help the middle class. She said that in 2008, California built 190,000 housing units a year, and now it is building 90,000 a year. It is far from meeting the demand for housing growth. It needs to encourage housing construction and make the whole process more efficient. 

Kounalakis’s two sons began to learn Chinese at the age of three. They studied at the China-US International School and spoke fluent Mandarin.

Kounalakis said that China has a long history and culture. Like her parents' mother, she and her husband hope that children can master a foreign language. She firmly believes that language is an important medium for communication and communication. I hope that children can have a multicultural world view. 

Eleni Kounalakis’s father came to the United States from Greece. His first job was to work as a farm worker on the farm and later started a housing development business. Kounalakis graduated from Dartmouth College in 1998 and later earned an MBA from Berkeley with a law degree. 

She worked in the California Democratic Party and later took over the family housing development business to build a large number of working-class housing and became the most famous businessman in the Sacramento region. During her tenure, Obama was appointed as the U.S. Ambassador to Hungary. She currently lives in San Francisco with her husband, Markos Kounalakis, and her two sons, Neo and Eon.


Aleksandra Reetz