FRESNO (KCBS) – Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari has taken his campaign to the streets – literally – as he recently spent a week living as a homeless person in the Central Valley, as he searched for a job.
The GOP candidate penned an op-ed piece for the Wall Street Journal that was published Thursday. He said earlier this month, he took a bus from Los Angeles to Fresno with $40 in his pocket, turning to park benches and parking lots to sleep at night, as he tried to find a job.
“We often overlook the Central Valley. So I said, let’s go to Fresno, let’s see what’s happening in the Central Valley, let’s see if an able-bodied 41-year-old can get work, doing anything – packing boxes, sweeping floors, doing dishes, anything. And I couldn’t get a job at all and ended up homeless as a result,” Kashkari told KCBS. “The notion that California is back just rings hollow for many Californians.”