About Kevin Dayton

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Kevin Dayton provides high-quality research, strategy, analysis, monitoring, execution, follow-up, compilation, and historical reviews of public policy issues. He has 25 years of professional experience in public policy and politics at the federal, state, and local levels of government. He established his private consulting firm in 2012. Outlined below is his professional experience and publications.


CONTACT FORM

Contact Kevin Dayton at the Dayton Public Policy Institute, a project of Labor Issues Solutions, LLC.

25 YEARS OF PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • issue research and analysis
  • strategic planning and management for developing and implementing public policies
  • compiling historical records of activity on public policy issues
  • evaluating issues under a broad perspective of federal, state, and local government involvement
  • evaluating issues under a broad perspective of legislative, executive, and judicial branch involvement
  • developing and coordinating coalitions
  • encouraging interested parties to communicate with their government
  • public relations
  • political mailer conceptual design and message content (I contract out for the actual graphic work)
  • campaign strategy
  • campaign and issue advocacy fundraising

BIOGRAPHY

After graduating from Yale University in 1992 with a B.A. in History, Dayton spent a few years in legislative branch public service analyzing federal public policies as an aide to U.S. Representative Gary A. Franks (R-Connecticut) in Washington, D.C. He then held various government affairs management positions for more than 17 years with Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) at the federal level and then at the state and local levels in California.

Dayton was a member of the post-1994 election Associated Builders and Contractors National Government Affairs Department, described by National Journal magazine in October 1995 as The Mean Team: “…it is tenacious and favors the take-no-prisoners approach to litigation and lobbying…it’s just another day at the office for the ABC’s pugnacious team.” He subsequently created and directed the Government Affairs programs for what is now the Northern California Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (formerly the Golden Gate Chapter) and for Associated Builders and Contractors of California.

Dayton was an appointee to the California Wage Board and the City of Roseville Sustainable Action Committee. He is a research analyst for the California Policy Center. He is on the Board of Advisors for the California League of Bond Oversight Committees. He is a former Adjunct Fellow in Labor Studies for the Pacific Research Institute.

While Dayton has a broad mastery of numerous policy issues (and is always trying to expand that mastery), his specialties are labor issues (particularly for the construction industry), public contracts, municipal bond finance, environmental issues, tax and budget issues, infrastructure, and California High-Speed Rail.


RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS

Research Publications by Kevin Dayton

For the Kids - California Voters Must Become Wary of Borrowing Billions More from Wealthy Investors for Educational ConstructionLegacy Issues: The Citizens for California High-Speed Rail Accountability 2014 Business Plan for the California High-Speed Passenger Train SystemAre Charter Cities Taking Advantage of State Mandated Construction Wage Rate Exemptions?Sixteen Flaws in the October 2012 Working Partnerships USA Argument for Project Labor Agreements on Community College District Construction in Santa Clara CountyUniversity of Utah Study on Government-Mandated Construction Wage Rate (“Prevailing Wage”) Policies in Five California Cities: Not a Reliable Tool for PolicymakersFrom Peace to Absurdity – The Emergence of Cost Thresholds and Multi-Project Coverage for Project Labor Agreements in California: Shifting the Purpose from Labor Peace to Cutting Merit Shop CompetitionThe Troubled History of Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements on Construction Contracts for Contra Costa County, California

For the Kids: California Voters Must Become Wary of Borrowing Billions More from Wealthy Investors for Educational Construction (2015)

Legacy Issues: The Citizens for California High-Speed Rail Accountability 2014 Business Plan for the California High-Speed Passenger Train System (2014)

Are Charter Cities Taking Advantage of State-Mandated Construction Wage Rate (“Prevailing Wage”) Exemptions? (four editions 2009-2014)

University of Utah Study on Government-Mandated Construction Wage Rate (“Prevailing Wage”) Policies in Five California Cities: Not a Reliable Tool for Policymakers (2014)

Sixteen Flaws in the October 2012 Working Partnerships USA Argument for Project Labor Agreements on Community College District Construction in Santa Clara County (2012)

The Troubled History of Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements on Contracts for Contra Costa County, California (2012)

From Peace to Absurdity – The Emergence of Cost Thresholds and Multi-Project Coverage for Project Labor Agreements in California: Shifting the Purpose from Labor Peace to Cutting Merit Shop Competition (2012)

Labor History in Public Schools: Unions Get ‘Em While They’re Young (2003)

Author of more than 100 analytical articles on labor issues for the California Policy Center publication Union Watch (2012-Present).


PUBLIC SPEAKING AT CALIFORNIA GOVERNMENTS

Kevin Dayton has unparalleled experience with diverse governments. He has spoken at public meetings of the governing boards of these 100 California governments:

  1. California State Assembly & Senate (several committees)
  2. University of California Board of Regents
  3. Judicial Council of California
  4. California High-Speed Rail Authority
  5. California High-Speed Passenger Train Finance Committee
  6. California Energy Commission
  7. California Apprenticeship Council
  8. State Allocation Board
  9. California Wage Board*
  10. Contra Costa County
  11. Fresno County
  12. Monterey County
  13. Nevada County
  14. Orange County
  15. Placer County
  16. Sacramento County
  17. San Francisco City and County (committee)
  18. San Joaquin County
  19. San Luis Obispo County
  20. Santa Barbara County
  21. Solano County
  22. Sonoma County
  23. Stanislaus County
  24. Kings County Planning Commission
  25. City of Antioch
  26. City of Auburn
  27. City of Brentwood
  28. City of Costa Mesa
  29. City of Cupertino
  30. City of Escondido
  31. City of Fairfield
  32. City of Folsom
  33. City of Martinez
  34. City of Milpitas
  35. City of Oakland (truncated by council chairman)
  36. City of Palmdale
  37. City of Palo Alto (committee)
  38. City of Petaluma
  39. City of Roseville
  40. City of Sacramento
  41. City of San Jose
  42. City of Santa Rosa
  43. City of Sunnyvale
  44. City of Watsonville
  45. City of West Sacramento
  46. City of Petaluma Planning Commission
  47. City of Sacramento Planning Commission
  48. City of Richmond Economic Development Commission
  49. Berryessa Union School District
  50. East Side Union High School District
  51. Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District**
  52. John Swett Unified School District
  53. Los Angeles Unified School District (bond oversight committee only)
  54. Mt. Diablo Unified School District**
  55. Natomas Unified School District
  56. Oakland Unified School District (committee)
  57. Pittsburg Unified School District
  58. Roseville City School District
  59. Sacramento City Unified School District**
  60. Salinas Union High School District
  61. San Diego Unified School District (bond oversight committee only)
  62. San Gabriel Unified School District
  63. San Mateo Union High School District
  64. San Jose Unified School District**
  65. Vallejo City Unified School District
  66. Washington Unified School District
  67. West Contra Costa Unified School District
  68. Chabot-Las Positas Community College District**
  69. City College of San Francisco (committee)
  70. Contra Costa Community College District
  71. Hartnell Community College District
  72. Riverside Community College District
  73. San Joaquin-Delta Community College District
  74. Santa Rosa Junior College
  75. Sierra Joint Community College District
  76. Solano Community College District
  77. Port of Long Beach
  78. Port of Oakland
  79. United Port of San Diego
  80. Sacramento Regional Transit District
  81. San Diego County Regional Airport
  82. Central Marin Sanitation District
  83. Orange County Sanitation District
  84. Northern California Power Agency
  85. Sacramento Municipal Utility District
  86. Monterey Bay Community Power Project Development Advisory Committee
  87. Contra Costa Water District
  88. East Bay Municipal Utility District
  89. Kings River Conservation District
  90. Monterey County Water Resources Agency
  91. Palmdale Water District
  92. San Diego County Water Authority (committee)
  93. South San Joaquin Irrigation District
  94. Centre City Development Agency (San Diego)
  95. Fort Ord Reuse Authority
  96. Washington Township Health Care District
  97. City of San Francisco Human Rights Commission
  98. Salinas River Basin Management Planning Committee (Monterey County Water Resources Agency)
  99. City of Roseville Charter Review Committee
  100. City of Roseville Sustainable Action Committee*

* Served on the entity’s governing board

** Also spoke before entity’s citizens’ bond oversight committee

In addition, Dayton has performed measurable and documented work behind the scenes on public policy issues concerning these 64 California governments:

  1. Alameda County
  2. Imperial County
  3. Los Angeles County
  4. Napa County
  5. Riverside County
  6. San Bernardino County
  7. Santa Clara County
  8. Santa Cruz County
  9. Ventura County
  10. City of Bakersfield
  11. City of Chico
  12. City of Chula Vista
  13. City of Concord
  14. City of Dixon
  15. City of Duarte
  16. City of Dublin
  17. City of Elk Grove
  18. City of Galt
  19. City of Hayward
  20. City of Huntington Beach
  21. City of Irvine
  22. City of Long Beach
  23. City of Los Angeles
  24. City of Modesto
  25. City of Newport Beach
  26. City of Oceanside
  27. City of Pacific Grove
  28. City of Pasadena
  29. City of Pinole
  30. City of Redding
  31. City of Riverside
  32. City of Salinas
  33. City of San Diego
  34. City of San Ramon
  35. City of Santa Cruz
  36. City of Stockton
  37. Town of Truckee
  38. City of Vista
  39. Alisal Union School District
  40. Chula Vista Elementary School District
  41. Del Norte County Unified School District
  42. Dublin Unified School District
  43. Fresno Unified School District
  44. Hayward Unified School District
  45. Oxnard Union High School District
  46. Pasadena Unified School District
  47. San Juan Unified School District
  48. San Joaquin County Office of Education
  49. San Ramon Valley Unified School District
  50. Stockton Unified School District
  51. Allan Hancock Community College District
  52. College of Marin
  53. Coast Community College District
  54. Foothill-DeAnza Community College District
  55. Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District
  56. Monterey Peninsula Community College District
  57. Rancho Santiago Community College District
  58. San Mateo Community College District
  59. Southwest Community College District
  60. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority
  61. Port of Los Angeles
  62. Arvin-Edison Water Storage District
  63. Castaic Lake Water Agency
  64. Marin Healthcare District

Dayton’s work has also influenced or served as a model for public policy initiatives and opposition at other local governments in California and at state governments throughout the country.