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Judging the Judges November 2014

Judging the Judges June 2016

If you are a registered voter in the County of Los Angeles, you have likely received your Official Sample Ballot for the upcoming June 7, 2016 Primary Election. If you haven't received it you should contact the Los Angeles County Registrar or go to lavote.net.

Along with those running for political office, there is also a list of judicial candidates. Many voters may not know that the Los Angeles County Bar Association rates each judge and posts the ratings on the LA County Bar Association website. You can access those ratings by clicking here.

In 2016, there are 23 candidates seeking to be seated as a superior court judge. VoteProgressiveCA.com has endorsed several judges. Their endorsement is as follows:

Note: the judges listed here are endorsed by VoteProgressiveCA.com
Office 11 - Paul Kim
Office 42 - Cyndy Zuzga
Office 60 - Stephan Baghdassarian
Office 84 - Hubert S. Yu
Office 120 - Eric Ibisi
Office 158 - Fred Mesropi
Office 165 - Tami Warren

Each of the candidates running in the judicial race is also rated by the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA). The LA County Bar convenes an election evaluation committee that works with the LACBA staff to publicize the evaluations made by the committee.

The Judicial Elections Evaluation Committee evaluates each candidate and gives them one of the following ratings:

Exceptionally Well Qualified - To be “Exceptionally Well Qualified,” the candidate must possess qualities and attributes considered to be of remarkable or extraordinary superiority so the candidate is deemed fit to perform the judicial function with distinction.

Well Qualified - To be “Well Qualified,” the candidate must possess professional ability, experience, competence, integrity, and temperament indicative of superior fitness to perform the judicial function with a high degree of skill and effectiveness.

Qualified - To be “Qualified,” the candidate must possess professional ability, experience, competence, integrity, and temperament indicative of fitness to perform the judicial function satisfactorily.

Not Qualified - To be “Not Qualified,” the candidate lacks one or more of the qualities of professional ability, experience, competence, integrity, and temperament indicative of fitness to perform the judicial function satisfactorily.

Following are the ratings issued by the 2016 Judicial Elections Evaluation committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association on April 25, 2016. There is also a link provided for each of the superior court offices that will provide you with additional information on each of the candidates.

SUPERIOR COURT EVALUATIONS

Having completed its investigations and deliberations, the Judicial Elections Evaluation Committee reported its final evaluations for the candidates for the Los Angeles Superior Court offices as follows:

SUPERIOR COURT OFFICE NO. 11

Debra R. Archuleta ......................... Qualified

Paul Kim ............................................ Qualified

Jonathan Alexan Malek................. Not Qualified

Steven Schreiner .............................. Well Qualified

SUPERIOR COURT OFFICE NO. 42

E. Matthew Aceves ......................... Well Qualified

Alicia Molina..................................... Not Qualified

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Michael P. Ribons ............................ Well Qualified

Comm. Cyndy Zuzga...................... Well Qualified

SUPERIOR COURT OFFICE NO. 60

Stepan W. Baghdassarian ............ Not Qualified

Hon. James A. Kaddo .................... Qualified

SUPERIOR COURT OFFICE NO. 84

Javier Perez ...................................... Qualified

Susan Jung Townsend .................... Qualified

Aaron J. Weissman .......................... Qualified

Hubert S. Yun .................................... Qualified

SUPERIOR COURT OFFICE NO. 120

Eric O. Ibisi ......................................... Qualified

Hon. Ray Santana ........................... Well Qualified

SUPERIOR COURT OFFICE NO. 158

David A. Berger ............................... Not Qualified

Onica Valle Cole ............................. Qualified

Naser “Nas” Khoury......................... Qualified

Fred Mesropi ..................................... Well Qualified

Kim L. Nguyen .................................. Well Qualified

SUPERIOR COURT OFFICE NO. 165

Hon. Kathryn Ann Solorzano .......... Well Qualified

Tami L. Warren ................................. Qualified

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