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“Bad people are sent to Washington by good people who don’t vote.”
– Former US Secretary of the Treasury, William Simon
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This is my Manhattan Beach, CA ballot for the June 3, 2014 election.

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Note: I generally don’t take a stand on candidates and issues unless I vote in their districts.

If there’s not a YES or NO by a candidate or issue, then I am still researching…or take no position on it.
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State Executive

Name Yes/No My Comments
Governor
Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown, Democratic

YES

Lieutenant Governor
Gavin Newsom, Democratic

YES

Attorney General
Kamala D. Harris, Democratic

YES

Controller
Betty T. Yee, Democratic

YES

Insurance Commissioner

  • Dave Jones, Democratic
    (Current occupation: Insurance Commissioner)

YES

Secretary of State

YES

On Cressman’s website:For the past 19 years, Derek Cressman has been a national leader in the fight for fair elections, expanded democracy, and more transparent government. Until June of 2013, Derek Cressman served as Vice President of State Operations for Common Cause, a non-partisan government watchdog organization. He previously held the positions of Western States Regional Director and Assistant Director for Election Reform. He is a registered Democrat but is committed to administering the Secretary of State’s office in a non-partisan manner.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Tom Torlakson
(Current occupation: State Superintendent of Public Instruction)

YES

Treasurer
John Chiang, Democratic

YES

State Board of Equalization; District 3
Jerome E. Horton, Democratic

YES

Propositions

Name Yes/No My Comments
Proposition 41 Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Bond Act of 2014
Should California sell $600 million in new general obligation bonds to fund affordable multifamily housing for low-income veterans?

YES

The League of Women Voters of California website states:

League Position

Proposition 41 will redirect $600 million from veterans bonds that are already voter-approved. Instead of loans to veterans to buy their own homes, this money will be used for multifamily (rental) housing, transitional housing and other affordable housing options for veterans. California has more homeless veterans than any other state, and California veterans are more than twice as likely to be homeless as non-veterans. All Californians should have safe, adequate housing. Prop 41 will help increase the supply of affordable, supportive, and transitional housing in the state.

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Click here and scroll down for a chart showing how unions, newspapers, political parties and non-profits feel about this Proposition.

Proposition 42 Public Records. Open Meetings. State Reimbursement to Local Agencies
Should the state Constitution be amended to require local governments to comply with state public-access laws, and to eliminate the requirement that the state reimburse local governments for the costs of such compliance?

YES

Though it’s true that this is an unfunded mandate, I believe that the public’s right to know trumps the problem of local governments having to pay the costs of printing notices, etc.The League of Women Voters of California website states:

League Position

Public’s Right to Know–Proposition 42 will cement in the state constitution the public’s right to know what our government is doing and how it is doing it. It requires that local governmental bodies comply with the Ralph M. Brown Act and the California Public Records Act by giving adequate notice of proposed actions, holding open meetings and making records and data accessible to the public. Prop 42 is a common-sense measure that makes it clear that complying with the requirement to make information open and publicly accessible is a basic cost of doing business for local governments. The League believes that democratic government depends on informed and active participation at all levels of government.

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Click here and scroll down for a chart showing how unions, newspapers, political parties and non-profits feel about this Proposition.

US Congress

Name Yes/No My Comments
United States Representative; District 33
Ted Lieu, Democratic

YES

I know Ted personally.  Ted will make Henry Waxman proud.  Whenever I don’t understand an issue, I try to hear Ted speak about it.  He’s an exceptional teacher. Over years he’s proved to be smart, pro-active and articulate.  Ted gets things done.

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Beloved Congressman Henry Waxman says, Ted Lieu is my choice to represent us in Congress. Ted is the son of hard-working immigrants and has served with distinction in our armed forces and in public office; his life story and experience have earned him my strong admiration. I endorse Ted because he will always work tirelessly to strengthen the middle class, make higher education more affordable, help workers save for retirement, and protect our privacy from intrusive NSA surveillance.”

State Legislature

Name

Yes/No My Comments
State Senator; District 26
Amy Howorth, Democratic

YES

We’ve known Amy for ages.  She’s had 11 years experience on both the school board and at city hall; she’s the current mayor of Manhattan Beach. I know she’ll be an effective state senator; she’s smart, tenacious and dedicated.
Member of the State Assembly; District 66
Al Muratsuchi, Democratic

YES

We supported Al in his first run and had an coffee at our house for him.  I’ve looked him in the eye.  I know him.  Return Al to office–he’s done a terrific job!

County

Name Yes/No My Comments
Assessor; County of Los Angeles
Jeffrey Prang

YES

Sheriff; County of Los Angeles

YES

The Los Angeles Times says:
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The pivotal question before voters is whether they believe the department is emerging from a chaotic but limited period in which professional standards broke down, and that with Sheriff Lee Baca’s departure and the continuing implementation of reforms urged by a citizens commission, it is now well on its way to recovery; or if instead it is continuing on a decades-long path that promotes cliques, secrecy and abuse, and needs a sweeping and dramatic change in culture…

That latter standard is the bar a candidate should meet. The one who comes closest is Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell. The Times strongly recommends a vote for McDonnell for sheriff.

Judicial

Name Yes/No My Comments
Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 22

YES

In the following judicial elections, I quote the trusted friend of a friend who is a judge, who writes:
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My analysis this year includes the LA County Bar ratings, the recommendations of the LA County Democratic Party’s Judicial Interview Committee (Democratic Party JIC), and the final endorsement of the LA County Democratic Party.
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Click to read why the LA Times supports Matsumoto.
A friend who is a judge ENDORSED Matsumoto and writes:Pamala Matsumoto was one of the juvenile court referees laid off by the LA County Superior Court. After she was laid off, she spent some time as an administrative law judge and is now a civil litiagator. Amy Carter is a 15-year deputy district attorney who highlights her work with victims. Pamala Matsumoto is rated “Well Qualified” by the Bar, and Amy Carter is rated only “Qualified.”  The Democratic Party JIC voted 8-2 to recommend endorsement of Pamala Matsumoto.  The Democratic Party endorsed Pamala Matsumoto.
Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 48

YES

Click to read why the LA Times is holding its nose and supporting Calderon…...
A friend who is a judge writes:
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Charles Calderon is a former member of the state assembly. Carol Rose is a deputy district attorney. They are both rated “Not Qualified” by the Bar.  Carol Rose is not a registered democrat, so the Democratic Party vote was between Calderon and “no endorsement”; the Democratic Party JIC voted 7-4 to recommend endorsement of Charles Calderon.  The Democratic Party position is “No Consensus.”
Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 54

YES

The LA Times likes both candidates…here’s why the LA Times supports Losnick
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A friend who is a judge ENDORSED Losnick and writes:
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Commissioner Debra Losnick has been on the bench for over 22 years in a Juvenile Dependency Court assignment. I did my on-the-job training with her 15 years ago, and she was the judicial officer in my buddy court for many years. She has a reputation for a good judicial demeanor and temperament on the bench, fairness, and attention to due process. Shannon L. Knight is a deputy district attorney and has been a lawyer for 15 years. Both candidates are rated “Well Qualified” by the Bar, but Shannon Knight was rated only “Qualified” when she ran two years ago. The Democratic Party JIC voted 9-2 to recommend endorsement of Commissioner Losnick.  The Democratic Party endorsed Debra Losnick.
Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 61

YES

Click to read why the LA Times supports Lewis. The Times begins:
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Of all the candidates running for Superior Court judge each year, one sometimes stands out as the hands-down best of the class. This year that candidate is Lewis…..
A friend who is a judge ENDORSED Lewis and writes:
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Commissioner Jacqueline H. Lewis has been on the bench for almost 20 years, mostly in a Juvenile Dependency Court assignment.  She is a local, state, and national judicial leader on issues of child abuse and on issues of domestic violence. B. Otis Felder has worked prosecuting cases through the city attorney’s intern program, and has worked as a civil litigator. Dayan Mathai is a deputy district attorney. Commissioner Jacqueline Lewis is the only candidate for any of the seats to have received an “Exceptionally Well Qualified” rating from the Bar, Dayan Mathai is rated “Well Qualified,” and B. Otis Felder is rated “Qualified.”  The Democratic Party JIC voted 10-2 to recommend endorsement of Commissioner Lewis over B. Otis Felder, the other registered democrat in the race.  The Democratic Party endorsed Jacqueline Lewis.
Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 72

YES

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 76

YES

The LA Times supports Estrada:
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This is another easy choice. On paper, it pits two Los Angeles County deputy district attorneys against each other, but Helen Kim, while indeed an employee of the office, works in a part-time position processing case filings and not actually trying them. It’s an important job but not one that qualifies Kim for the bench.Estrada is indeed a prosecutor and a good one, having handled 70 jury trials, including difficult domestic violence cases. She has as a prosecutor, and would be likely to have as a judge, a demeanor of calm, competence and control.
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A friend who is a judge takes no position in this race, writing:
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Commissioner Jacqueline H. Lewis has been on the bench for almost 20 years, mostly in a Juvenile Dependency Court assignment.  She is a local, state, and national judicial leader on issues of child abuse and on issues of domestic violence. B. Otis Felder has worked prosecuting cases through the city attorney’s intern program, and has worked as a civil litigator. Dayan Mathai is a deputy district attorney. Commissioner Jacqueline Lewis is the only candidate for any of the seats to have received an “Exceptionally Well Qualified” rating from the Bar, Dayan Mathai is rated “Well Qualified,” and B. Otis Felder is rated “Qualified.”  The Democratic Party JIC voted 10-2 to recommend endorsement of Commissioner Lewis over B. Otis Felder, the other registered democrat in the race.  The Democratic Party endorsed Jacqueline Lewis.
Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 82

  • Ann H. Park

YES

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 87

YES

Click to read why the LA Times supports Stein
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A friend who is a judge takes no position in this race, writing:
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Steven P. Schreiner is a deputy district attorney.  Tom Griego is a deputy city attorney.  Andrew M. Stein is a criminal defense and civil rights attorney. Steven P. Schreiner is rated “Qualified” by the Bar, and the other two candidates are both rated “Not Qualified.”  It appears that Steven P. Schreiner is not a registered democrat; the Democratic Party JIC vote was only between Tom Griego and Andrew M. Stein.  The Democratic Party JIC voted 10-2 to recommend endorsement of Andrew M. Stein.  The Democratic Part endorsed Andrew M. Stein.
Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 90

YES

 
Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 97

YES

Click to read why the LA Times supports Armstead, saying:
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We’d like very much to see Armstead’s opponent, Deputy Dist. Atty. Teresa Magno, on the bench as well. But between the two, Armstead is the clear choice.
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A friend who is a judge takes no position in this race, writing:
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Songhai Miguda-Armstead is a deputy city attorney. Teresa Pineda Magno is a deputy district attorney. They are both rated “Qualified” by the Bar.  The Democratic Party JIC voted 9-0 to recommend endorsement of Teresa Pineda Magno.  The Democratic Party position is “No Consensus.”
Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 107

YES

Click to read why the LA Times supports Castro
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A friend who is a judge ENDORSED Castro and writes:
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Commissioner Emma Castro has been on the bench for a couple of years. Before that she headed up one of the law firms handling court appointed representation of parents in juvenile dependency court. Joan Chrostek is a deputy district attorney. Emma Castro is rated “Qualified” by the Bar, and Joan Chrostek is rated “Not Qualified.”  The Democratic Party JIC voted 9-0 to recommend endorsement of Commissioner Castro.  The Democratic Party endorsed Emma Castro.
Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 113

YES

A friend who is a judge ENDORSED Klaif and writes:
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Referee Steven Klaif has worked primarily as a juvenile court referee for the past 14 years, serving in an as-needed capacity, covering courtrooms for long-term and short-term assignments. Stacy L. Okun-Wiese is a deputy district attorney. Steve Klaif is rated “Well Qualified” by the Bar, and Wiese is only rated “Qualified.”  The Democratic Party JIC voted 8-1 to recommend endorsement of Referee Klaif.  The Democratic Party position is “No Consensus.”
Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 117

YES

Click to read why the LA Times supports Pierce, saying:
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Pierce can be ornery, but he is a competent judge who serves well and deserves to be reelected.
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A friend who is a judge writes:
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Judge James Pierce is a Superior Court Judge. James Pierce is rated “Well Qualified” by the Bar.  Carol Najera ran a few years ago and was rated “not qualified” by the Bar; her rating was downgraded after appealing a “qualified” rating. This time, because Carol Najera refused to participate in the Bar rating process, she was again rated “not qualified.” The Democratic Party did not consider this race.
Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 138

YES

Click to read why the LA Times supports Armstrong
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A friend who is a judge takes no position in this race, writing:
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Donna Hollingsworth Armstrong is a deputy district attorney. Marc Gibbons is a criminal defense attorney. Both candidates are rated “Qualified” by the Bar.  The Democratic Party JIC voted 1-8 for “no endorsement.” (It appears that Donna Hollingsworth Armstrong is not a registered democrat, and Marc Gibbons changed to democrat in February.)  The Democratic Party position is “No Endorsement
Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 157

YES

Click to read why the LA Times supports Cooper, saying:
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…in the traits we seek in a judge — courtroom experience, a calm and confident demeanor, integrity, as vouched for by other lawyers and judges — Cooper gets the nod.
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A friend who is a judge writes:
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Arnold Mednick was a juvenile court referee who chose to retire instead of being laid off by the LA County Superior Court. He subsequently spent some time as an administrative law judge. Andrew Cooper is a deputy district attorney. Both candidates are rated “Qualified” by the Bar.  The Democratic Party did not consider this race.
NOTE: The order of the contests and candidates on this ballot representation is NOT necessarily the same as your official ballot.
If you print and mark your choices on this page and take it to the polls instead of an official sample ballot, be very careful.
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-Barack Obama

Voter Resources

  • Go to CAvotes.org for a Pros and Cons guide and In Depth, a supplement to the Secretary of State’s Voter Information Guide. In the Voter Information section you’ll find FAQ’s about the Top Two primary system and the new redistricting maps.
  • Termed-out California’s Secretary of State is Debra Bowen, my hero. Here’s the Sec. of State’s official site: www.sos.ca.gov
  • PeaceActionWest.org~ Of all the groups I give to, I save my biggest donation for Peace Action West, which is a lean, efficient and politically pragmatic organization. Once a year, a Peace Action West staffer comes over for lunch and teaches me a TON about the peace movement and specifically what Peace Action West is doing to move our politicians, our policies, our country towards peace.
  • Equality California (“the largest statewide LGBT advocacy organization in California working to secure full and lasting equality for and acceptance of LGBT people.”) lists its 2014 endorsements
California Choices  (see the 1:04 min video below) shares what positions unions, newspapers, political parties and non-profits take on statewide ballot measures. It’s a collaborative effort by Next 10, IGS at UC Berkeley, the UC San Diego Political Science Department, the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford, and the Center for CA Studies at Sac State, has been designed to equip Californians with a better understanding of why our state has deep problems and what options we have to make it work again for a better future. {I especially love the endorsements page…particularly when there are a ton of ballot measures}

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