Following is a list of endorsements provided by Progressive Democrats of Los Angeles (PDLA), a local chapter of Progressive Democrats of America (PDA). PDLA meets on the third Saturday of each month, 10 am – 1 pm, at the Levantine Cultural Center 5998 West Pico Blvd., LA, 90035. To learn more about the PDLA endorsement policy, click here.
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PDLA Endorsements for the June 8, 2010 Democratic Primary Election:
Congressional District #36 — Marcy Winograd
More info: http://winogradforcongress.com/
Marcy’s our candidate. She’s running against blue dog Jane Harman in the coastal district that runs south from Venice to San Pedro. She’s with us on all of the progressive issues — peace, single payer, green economy, jobs. A member of UTLA and English teacher at Crenshaw HS, Marcy was a co-founder of PDLA and has been a strong activist ALL of her life. We need her in this Congress
Congressional District #50 — Tracy Emblem
More info: http://tracyemblemforcongress.com/
She’s endorsed by PDA national and PD Orange County chapter
Governor — Peter Schurman*
More info: http://peterschurman.org/
*Peter Schurman has now dropped out of the race, endorsed Jerry Brown, and asked his supporters to do so also. The endorsement vote for this race was done immediately after the Culver City Candidates forum in April where Peter spoke and Jerry sent a video. Voting members of PDLA were impressed with Peter’s strongly stated progressive positions, including support for single payer healthcare and SB810 (Leno bill) and raising revenue through an oil severance tax (like all other oil producing states in our nation). His was a late starting grassroots campaign. Founding Executive Director of MoveOn.org, he lives in the Bay area and is a great new progressive voice, although he has never been elected to public office.
Lieutenant Governor — Gavin Newsom
More info: http://www.gavinnewsom.com/
Without a doubt one of the mayors who has made a serious positive difference in San Francisco. It’s time for a promotion so he can do it statewide. Named the “Greenest Mayor” for all of his work to convert SF into a serious center for the environment; LOVED by those of us who organized for Single Payer since San Francisco HAS HEALTHCARE FOR ALL when no one else in CA does; Had a 50+% plurality of endorsement votes at the recent CDP convention in the heart of his opponent’s area. Follow him on: http://twitter.com/GavinNewsom. See his posts on the Huffington Post. Endorsed by the LA Times, SF Chronicle and Sacramento Bee.
Attorney General — Pedro Nava
More info: http://www.pedronava.com/home
Strongly opposed to the privatization of prisons, Pedro has experience in the DA role in both civil and criminal law. As a Coastal Commission member, he fought against the expansion of oil drilling off Santa Barbara, his home.
Controller — John Chiang
More info: http://www.sco.ca.gov/eo_about_bio.html
PDLA loves him because they say, “He’s had the spine to stand up to Arnold during the worst of times (when Arnold’s been Gov, that is). Incumbent”. They’re right.
Secretary of State — Debra Bowen
More info: http://www.debrabowen.com/home
Another incumbent who has done her job well.
Insurance Commissioner — Dave Jones
More info: http://www.davejones2010.com/
Present chair of Assembly’s Insurance Committee, he’s taken Blue Cross to the mat in hard hitting hearings about their egregious premium raising practices. Named “2008 Consumer Champion” by the California Consumer Federation. Harvard educated attorney, he first worked in legal aid. Passed an impressive 70 bills in his six years in the Assembly (and even had Arnold sign). STRONGEST advocate for Single Payer healthcare and SB810.
Public Instruction — Tom Torlakson
More info: http://www.tomtorlakson.com/
By far the best choice, he’s been endorsed by all the major teacher organizations (not always a plus, but this time it is). He WAS a teacher and has a good understanding of the challenges in education.
Assembly District #37 — Ferial Masry
More info: http://www.ferialmasryforassembly.com/
She’s endorsed by the Ventura PDA chapter AND by PDLA – Read Dick Price’s 2008 interview with Ferial Masry
Assembly District #41 — Julia Brownley
More info: http://juliabrownley.com/
She’s the incumbent who chairs the Education Committee. Good ally on most issues, accessible. PDLA-endorsed candidate when first elected.
Assembly District #53 — Peter Thottam
More info: http://www.peterthottam.com/
He’s the former head of the Impeach Bush/Cheney Center in LA. THE “progressive” who IS a progressive in this race. Noted for having a spine.
Superior Court Judge, Office #28 — Randy Hammock
More info: http://www.hammock4judge.com/
He’s also endorsed by the Los Angeles Times (along with Tony De Los Rios). Randy has come to numerous progressive forums and has impressed many who attended. Check out his website for more qualifications: http://www.hammock4judge.com/qualifications
Measure E (LAUSD Parcel Tax) — NO
More info: http://www.smartvoter.org/2010/06/08/ca/la/meas/E/
It would place a parcel tax of $100 per year for four years on each property regardless of size or value. Put on the ballot to benefit LAUSD, they promise to spend it on classrooms. This will depend much on your perspective on education, our schools, teachers, classroom size, and your view of LAUSD’s stewardship of their budget and existing revenues. The majority felt that LAUSD does NOT manage their money and priorities well, and that this is another regressive tax that will unfairly hit the single family home owner who has just absorbed FOUR LAUSD bond issues in the last years.
Proposition 13 — NO
More Info: Click Here
This one gives those who do seismic retrofits of older buildings a tax benefit that COULD be perpetual. Present law gives them a 15 year tax break. Primarily will benefit commercial owners and decrease the tax base — so, less taxes. Proposed by a Republican, naturally.
Proposition 14 — NO
More info: Click Here http://www.stopprop14.com/ ; http://www.stoptoptwo.org/vote-no-on-prop-14/
Forced onto the State Legislature last year by Abel Maldonado (now our place-holding Lt Gov for a few months) in order to balance the budget, this is a TOP TWO primary — not an “open primary” as billed. Result? In the heavily gerrymandered districts (as in, ALL of them), the top two will either be two Democrats or two Republicans. For the Dems this means spending A LOT of money fighting each other, first in the primary, and THEN in the general election. What fun!! And what MONEY!! The outcome will have the Republicans in the district joining with the more conservative of the Dems in the race and precluding any possibility that a progressive Democrat might ever emerge the winner.
Proposition 15 — YES
More info: http://www.yesfairelections.org/ ; Smart Voter
Called the reform that will make all other reforms possible, Prop 15 (Fair Elections) is a tiny step toward public financing of elections. It will REPEAL the prohibition against public financing put into the state constitution by Prop 73 in 1988. Financing applies ONLY to the Secretary of State’s election for four years. Considered a trial run to see if it works as well here as it has in both Arizona and Maine. Paid for by fees on lobbyists and a voluntary check-off contribution from taxpayers. Formerly called “Clean Money.” For further info see: http://www.cavotes.org/vote/election/2010/february/16/ballot-measure/political-reform-act-1974-california-fair-elections-ac/more
Proposition 16 — NO
More info: http://www.powergrab.info/ ; http://noprop16.org/ ; Smart Voter
Right to Vote Act??? Actually, PG&E’s RIGHT TO MONOPOLY ACT. Corporate greed at its worst, PG&E is spending a fortune convincing voters to vote against their best interest — publicly held utilities. If past is prologue, this will pass because so many voters do NOT read the fine print or do their homework on these initiatives. PG&E has been saturating the airwaves for the last few months and spending over $36 million to protect their present monopolistic practices in the areas they service. Wouldn’t it be great if Californians finally stuck it to these propagandists and voted AGAINST it!!!
Proposition 17 — NO
More info: http://www.stopprop17.org/ ; Smart Voter
Another story of corporate greed brought to you by Mercury Insurance. Prop 103 set factors for regulation of auto insurance and excludes previous lack of insurance as a factor. This would make it one. Meaning, miss a payment by a few days, and you’ll be socked with a HUGE increase. Meaning, go out of the state or country, not have insurance during that time, and come back to a HUGE increase. Mercury profits. That’s their reason for paying for this one to go onto the ballot. Just say “no.”