Progressive Endorsements California Primary 2014

LAP Endorsements


The LA Progressive has published several articles on candidates that are running in the California June 3 primary election. In addition to articles that cover those candidates, the LA Progressive is weighing in on a small selection of candidates that will be on the June 3rd ballot. The following candidates are endorsed by the LA Progressive for the June 3rd election:

Lt. Governor: Gavin Newsom
Secretary of State: Derek Cressman
Controller: Betty Yee
Treasurer: Ellen Brown
Attorney General: Kamala Harris
Insurance commissioner: Dave Jones
Superintendent of Public Instruction: Lydia Gutierrez
Assessor: Jeffrey Prang
Sheriff: Jim McDonnell
Supervisorial District 1: Hilda Solis
Supervisorial District 3: Sheila Kuehl
Proposition 41: Yes
Proposition 42: Yes
California State Senate 24th District: Kevin de Leon
California State Senate 26th District: Sandra Fluke
California State Senate 30th District: Holly Mitchell
California State Senate 32nd District:  Sally Havice
California State Assembly Member District 62: Simona A. Farrise
California State Assembly Member District 70: Suja Lowenthal
U.S. House of Representatives District 27: Judy Chu
U.S. House of Representatives District 33: Marianne Williamson
U.S. House of Representatives District 34: Xavier Becerra
U.S. House of Representatives District 37: Karen Bass
U.S. House of Representatives District 40: Lucille Roybal-Allard
U.S. House of Representatives District 43: Maxine Waters
U.S. House of Representatives District 44: Janice Hahn
U.S. House of Representatives District 47: Alan Lowenthal

For information on the judicial races, click here.


  1. says

    I like Jack Lindblad Green in the 18th Senate District considering that Bob Hertzberg has taken money from law enforcement labor unions, corporations and Monsanto. I appreciate that you didn’t endorse Hertzberg, who also send jobs out of the country.

    Thank you for endorsing Sandra Fluke and Marianne Williams. I am voting for Cindy Sheehan for Governor, Peace and Freedom party, thank you for not endorsing Jerry Brown, shill for the CCPOA.

    For Los Angeles County Sheriff, Bob Olmsted is the best choice.

    In the 6th Senate District replacing Darrell Steinberg I support Dr. Richard Pan who is running against two right wing extremists.

    For the Board of Equalization District 3 we should all write in a vote for Jan B. Tucker since only one person qualified for the ballot for that office and he will do great bringing out issues.

    Jeff Hayden would make the best Superior Court Judge in San Mateo County Seat 4.

    Kevin Jensen for Sheriff San Jose.

    Thank you for not endorsing Alex Padilla for Secretary of State, David Curtis Green Party is a far better choice. All in all good recommendations except that Kamala Harris is a terrible disappointment as Attorney General.

    • says

      As a person with a disability, I also cannot vote for Gov. Jerry Brown. His proposed budget cuts to IHSS that include a 7% cut and not allowing us to pay our caregivers overtime and limiting them to 40 hours per week will cause great harm in the disability and senior communities.

      Disabled and seniors supported Jerry Brown when he ran for governor, and helped to get him elected. Now, his thank you for our support is to slap us in the face by wreaking havoc on a social program that many of us depend on to survive.

      As far as I’m concerned, Cindy Sheehan would be a badly needed breath of fresh air as governor.

  2. Abraham Rosenblatt says

    Dear LA Progressive,

    Do you still back Simona Farrise? Is this stuff I saw yesterday true? Here’s what I read in an email from a guy named Basil Carter:

    “Personal Injury Lawyer and candidate for California’s 62nd Assembly District, Simona Farrise, was reportedly arrested in connection with a 26-count felony real estate fraud scheme in the East Bay area of Northern California.

    Records show Simona Farrise, who is also known by the aliases Simona Hunt, Simona A Farris, and Simona Morgan, has been listed in documents on over a dozen real estate transactions throughout the state of California over the last decade. A preliminary investigation values these transactions at over $15 million dollars.

    Ms. Farrise entered the race to replace termed-out Assemblymember Steven Bradford in February of this year. Largely financing her campaign through loans to herself, Ms. Farrise reportedly moved into the district in December of 2013 after purchasing a home in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Westchester for $1.3 million, paid for in cash by Ms. Farrise.

    California has seen a recent spate of felony arrests against sitting members in the State Senate with three office holders currently on paid leave as they negotiate through various stages of their defense.

    Charges against those elected officials run the gambit from voter fraud, public corruption, perjury, bribery scandals, pay to play legislation efforts, and international arms deals trading shoulder-fired missiles for campaign funding. This comes on the heels of a rough five years for Southern California local governments where small city officeholders enriched themselves through illegally inflated salaries and pensions at the expense of city services and municipal effectiveness.

    Ms. Simona Farrise, booked in 1992 under the name Simona Hunt, was arrested as an accomplice in 17 of the felony counts related to the defrauding of 11 victims in various bogus real estate transactions including Emeryville City Councilwoman Nellie Hannon and her son. Councilwoman Hannon now runs a shelter for the homeless and families in need.

    According to the San Francisco Chronicle article “Real Estate Dealer Jailed in Oakland on Fraud Charges” (author Bill Wallace, 11/7/92), Farrise and her accomplice were booked in connection to charges of stealing property titles, passing bad checks to buy out unsuspecting property owners of their equity, making false and misleading statements, grand theft, and failing to comply with real estate transaction laws among other charges.

    Also included were charges related to efforts by the duo to prey upon homeowners attempting to avoid foreclosure.”

  3. says

    Dear Governor Brown:

    I am very disappointed that your revised budget still keeps the 10% Medi-Cal cut. Health Access California reports that “the 10% cut is on top of one of the lowest Medicaid provider rates in the country, and such low Medi-Cal rates lead to reduced access to doctors, specialists, and other providers.” I am not on Medi-Cal but I know people who are. I am pleased that there are people who are able to get Medi-Cal under the Affordable Health Care Act who had no insurance before. Yet they still have trouble getting care, if they need to see a specialist. I understand that the Affordable Health Care Act actually pays Medicaid to pay more money to doctors. Also you should support higher taxes on the wealthy, and an oil extraction tax.

    I am also disappointed that so far you are not supporting legislation to restore the seniors and disabled peoples property and renters tax credit, that former Governor Schwarzenegger abolished.

    I voted for you in the past going back to your first 2 terms as governor. I also supported your father when he was governor, even though I was not old enough to vote for him then. However if you do not cancel that 10% Medi-Cal cut and if you don’t push for restoring the seniors and disabled peoples property and renters tax credit, I will not support your re-election. I already cast my absentee ballot for the Green candidate Luis Rodriquez in the primary, and I will simply skip the Governors race in November if you don’t do the above. Polls show you far ahead of the Republicans, but you must never take our votes for granted. Please cancel that 10% Medi-Cal cut, and restore the seniors and disabled peoples property and renters tax credit.

    I will appreciate a response from you addressing this matter, as I checked the box. I actually wrote to you previously, but did not get a response from you. Thank you very much for your attention.

    Democrat in Chico

    • says

      Your letter to the governor is excellent and very well written. I really hope that you sent it to him. As a person with a disability, I very dependent on Medi-Cal for my health care services and repeated cuts to this program and have severely impacted us in a very negative way.

      Because of these cuts to Medi-Cal, it’s next to impossible for us to even find doctors who are willing to take care of us. Many people on Medi-Cal cannot even find a primary care physician, let alone a specialist of any kind.

      These cuts to Medi-Cal are inexcusable, especially since The Affordable Care Act is breaking more Medicaid funding into the state. There is no way that I would even consider voting for Jerry Brown again for governor or dogcatcher.


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