Election Day Propositions, Candidates, Judges and More

Election Day.jpg Election Day is less than a month away. We’ve all heard more than enough about Sarah “Pitbull” Palin but most of us still aren’t sure how to vote on many of the propositions, judicial candidates, assembly seats, and other races right here in California.

November 2, 2010 UPDATE HERE

The LA Progressive has pulled together a list of endorsements and resources from a couple of sources to help you make an informed decision when you vote in the coming weeks. Like you, we can hardly wait to vote for Barack Obama and to see the Bushes leave 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue but let’s not forget that we’ve got a whole slew of decisions to make locally as well.

The following endorsements were made by the Los Angeles County Democratic Party. The links are sourced at the end of this article.

For a November 2010 update to this article with a list of propositions click here – Clueless on Propositions?

CALIFORNIA STATEWIDE PROPOSITIONS

Proposition 1A – Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Act —YES

Proposition 2 – Standards for Confining Farm Animals —–YES

Proposition 3 – Children’s Hospital Bond Act —YES

Proposition 4 – Waiting Period and Parental Notification Before Termination of Minor’s Pregnancy — NO

Proposition 5 – Nonviolent Drug Offenses, Sentencing, Parole and Rehabilitation —YES

Proposition 6 – Police and Law Enforcement Funding. Criminal Penalties and Laws –NO

Proposition 7 – Renewable Energy Generation —NO

Proposition 8 – Eliminates Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry —NO

Proposition 9 – Criminal Justice System. Victims’ Rights. Parole —-NO

Proposition 10 – Alternative Fuel Vehicles and Renewable Energy Bond —NEUTRAL

Proposition 11 – Redistricting —–NO

Proposition 12 – Veteran’s Bond Act of 2008 —YES

Candidates Endorsed by the Los Angeles County Democratic Party (* Incumbent)

U.S. Congress
CD 25 Jackie Conaway
CD 26 Russ Warner
CD 27 Brad Sherman*
CD 28 Howard Berman*
CD 29 Adam Schiff*
CD 30 Henry Waxman*
CD 31 Xavier Becerra*
CD 32 Hilda Solis*
CD 33 Diane Watson*
CD 34 Lucille Roybal-Allard*
CD 35 Maxine Waters*
CD 36 Jane Harman*
CD 37 Laura Richardson*
CD 38 Grace Napolitano*
CD 39 Linda Sanchez*
CD 42 Edwin Chau
CD 46 Debbie Cook

California State Senate
SD 17 Bruce McFarland
SD 19 Hannah-Beth Jackson
SD 21 Carol Liu
SD 23 Fran Pavley
SD 25 Rod Wright
SD 27 Alan Lowenthal*
SD 29 Joseph Lyons

California State Assembly
AD 36 Linda Jones
AD 37 Ferial Masry
AD 38 Carole Lutness
AD 39 Felipe Fuentes*
AD 40 Bob Blumenfield
AD 41 Julia Brownley*
AD 42 Mike Feuer*
AD 43 Paul Krekorian*
AD 44 Anthony Portantino*
AD 45 Kevin De Leon*
AD 46 John A. Perez
AD 47 Karen Bass*
AD 48 Mike Davis*
AD 49 Mike Eng*
AD 50 Hector De La Torre*
AD 51 Curren Price*
AD 52 Isadore Hall
AD 53 Ted Lieu*
AD 54 Bonnie Lowenthal
AD 55 Warren Furutani*
AD 56 Tony Mendoza*
AD 57 Ed Hernandez*
AD 58 Charles Calderon*
AD 59 Don Williamson
AD 60 Diane Singer
AD 61 Norma Torres

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
Dist. 2 Mark Ridley-Thomas

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judges
Office No. 72 Hilleri Grossman Merritt
Office No. 82 Cynthia Loo
Office No. 84 Lori-Ann C. Jones
Office No. 94 C. Edward Mack
Office No. 154 Rocky L. Crabb

Additional endorsements from the Los Angeles County Democratic Party

Find your representative by zip code

Sources: Los Angeles County Democratic Party, League of Women’s Voters, Smart Voter

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Dick Price is a publishing executive for the IEEE Computer Society and long-time magazine editor. Sharon Kyle is a financial analyst and studies law at The People’s College of Law in Los Angeles. Together, they publish several print and online newsletters on political and social justice issues. Sharon serves as Publisher for the LA Progressive and Dick serves as Editor.
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  1. Kevin Lynn says

    The Center for Governmental Studies (CGS) today released Redistricting Reform in California: Proposition 11 on the November 2008 California Ballot, which makes five key findings:

    The independent commission is likely to be more ethnically diverse than the legislature’s redistricting committees.
    The independent commission will be more balanced between Republicans, Democrats and members of neither major party.
    The independent commission will be more open to public input than legislative committees.
    The districts created by the independent commission will almost certainly be more competitive than districts created by the legislature.
    The independent commission will almost certainly produce maps through a process that has improved transparency and public access.
    On November 4, 2008, Californians may have their last opportunity to change the redistricting process before maps are redrawn in 2011—when new districts will be locked into place for another decade. California’s current legislative redistricting law, under which legislative committees draw the lines for state electoral districts, usually benefits incumbents and the political party in power. This leads to decreased competition; since the last redistricting in 2001, only one seat changed parties due to competition in 459 legislative and congressional races.

    Proposition 11, by contrast, could increase fairness and public involvement in the redistricting process, and it could decrease political manipulation of district boundaries by requiring an independent commission to follow specific criteria in drawing State Assembly, State Senate and Board of Equalization districts.

  2. Kevin Lynn says

    The below report from the Center for Government Studies comes as validation for those of us within the California Democratic Party who have been promoting Proposition 11 as way to end the ridiculous gerrymandering that has bestowed upon our state the LEAST COMPETETIVE congressional and state legislative electoral districts in the nation. I entreat you to read the below and share it with other California voters. YES ON PROPOSITION 11!!

    For Immediate Release – October 24, 2008
    For further information contact: Bob Stern (310.470.6590 x117)
    or Tracy Westen (310.470.6590 x114)

    The Center for Governmental Studies (CGS) today released Redistricting Reform in California: Proposition 11 on the November 2008 California Ballot, which makes five key findings:

    The independent commission is likely to be more ethnically diverse than the legislature’s redistricting committees.
    The independent commission will be more balanced between Republicans, Democrats and members of neither major party.
    The independent commission will be more open to public input than legislative committees.
    The districts created by the independent commission will almost certainly be more competitive than districts created by the legislature.
    The independent commission will almost certainly produce maps through a process that has improved transparency and public access.
    On November 4, 2008, Californians may have their last opportunity to change the redistricting process before maps are redrawn in 2011—when new districts will be locked into place for another decade. California’s current legislative redistricting law, under which legislative committees draw the lines for state electoral districts, usually benefits incumbents and the political party in power. This leads to decreased competition; since the last redistricting in 2001, only one seat changed parties due to competition in 459 legislative and congressional races.

    Proposition 11, by contrast, could increase fairness and public involvement in the redistricting process, and it could decrease political manipulation of district boundaries by requiring an independent commission to follow specific criteria in drawing State Assembly, State Senate and Board of Equalization districts.

    Redistricting Reform in California: Proposition 11 on the November 2008 California Ballot and other CGS reports are available on the CGS website, http://www.cgs.org. The James Irvine Foundation and Carnegie Corporation provided generous funding for this report, but they are not responsible for the statements or views it expresses.

    ——————————————————————————–

    CGS Mission

    The Center for Governmental Studies (CGS) creates innovative political and media solutions to help individuals participate more effectively in their communities and governments. CGS uses research, advocacy, information technology and education to improve the fairness of governmental policies and processes, empower the underserved to participate more effectively in their communities, improve communication between voters and candidates for office, and help implement effective public policy reforms.

    To learn more about CGS, visit our website at http://www.cgs.org.

  3. Su says

    I’ve just finished my own research and thought I’d point out I came up with a different opinion on two of these propositions.

    Proposition 3 – Children’s Hospital Bond Act – NO

    Way, way back in 2004 I recommended an unenthusiastic yes vote on Prop 61 to fund additional children’s hospital projects. Like this one, it was backed by private healthcare companies, which were given $750 million to build these new facilities. Well, they still have more than $300 million of that money, so (a) why don’t they use it before they clutter up another ballot asking for mo’ money, and (b) our fat, ill-nourished, attention deficit-disordered kids are still getting sicker every day, so WTF happened with the $400 million-plus they’ve already spent? I won’t get fooled again.

    Proposition 10 – Alternative Fuel Vehicles and Renewable Energy Bond – NO

    That’s MISTER T. Boone Pickens to you. I’m sure we’ve all seen him on TV yammering about energy. Mr. T Boone Pickens owns a company that sells natural gas for transportation, and he’s bought and paid for this prop, which would hand out substantial cash incentives for purchasers of “alternative fuel vehicles.” Wonderful, right? But this proposal does not include most electric and hybrid vehicles, which are the ones Californians generally want to drive. Instead this gives the cash to truckers who trade their diesel engines for natural gas. Did I mention Pickens sells natural gas? Can’t someone buy us a legitimate clean energy prop?

  4. John Vollbrecht says

    Dear Dick and Sharon:

    Once again, an excellent newsletter.
    I have compared your recommendations to mine and am happy
    to report that I will be voting a straight (but not narrow)
    LA PROGRESSIVE recommended ballot!

    If you haven’t seen it yet, catch UNCOUNTED.
    Also, South Pasadena Neighbors for Peace and Justice had
    a very successful West Coast premiere this weekend of “MURDER, SPIES AND VOTING LIES” with Brad Friedman, writer, director, AirAmerica personality and founder, Brad’s Blog.com. Long-time
    Disability Rights Activist and
    Progressive Bill Zuke was also in attendance.

    WE need to keep pushing and keep asking for more volunteers
    to make this election a REAL election. Thanks for all you do.

    John Vollbrecht, Election Supervisor

    • says

      John,

      Thanks for the comment. I think we should had a page on the LA Progressive for recommended progressive books, movies, plays etc. I’ll work on that this weekend.

      And thanks for all you do too!!

      Sharon

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