Are you ready for the upcoming 2018 election in the Los Angeles metropolitan area on June 5th? If you said yes, we would love to hear your feedback on our guide via email and if not--we made this guide for you. If you aren't voting, feel free to email us as well to discuss why we feel that voting is of key importance for the future of our democracy. Here are some questions we have been asked about the guide we will try to answer.
How did we build this guide?
We created a criterion based partially on our gut feelings and partially off of what we believe to be progressive and/or left values. We focused on key issues in our area such as a candidates history with Universal Health Care/Single payer, labor rights, their positions on protecting vulnerable populations like those are houseless and those that are under the threat of being deported, housing issues such as repealing the Costa Hawkins Rental Act, etc. Also, we were critical of those who took money from corporations and institutions with a history of putting democracy in despair or taking advantage of its workers.
Where can we find basic voter information?
We also compiled a voters info sheet you can see here that gives links to key information like where you should vote, how to register to vote, and many of the questions you may have outside of the facts around candidates and measures. You can view the whole document here.
- Register to Vote
- Find your polling place
- Look up a sample ballot
- Key Dates and Deadlines
- Election Schedule for 2018
- Become a California Voter Registrar
Is there someone we can contact to ask questions about this guide?
Of course! Our friendly and knowledgeable group is happy to help. We understand that there are many guides out there this year compared to last year, so we are willing to go the extra mile to help you do further research within our own capacities and your own. You are welcome to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Collective Perspective
Since we are not professionals in this field nor do we belief in strict ideological positions as a pluralist political organization, we felt it necessary to include information to find perspectives from other organizations and individuals.
Here are some of the guides we recommend:
- Revolution LA Voters Guide
- Our Revolution
- DSA Voters Guide
- California Progressive Delegates
- TJR's Two Evil Guide (member of LA Tenants Union)
- KNOCK/Ground Game LA Voters Guide
- The FED
- Secretary of State Voters Guide
- Lefty Gay Voters Guide
- Voter Game Plan
- Los Angeles Forward Guide
- Kenneth Meija's Voters Guide
If you just need a a clear idea of who to vote for and do not want to explore other options, go ahead and explore the limited information we have presented. Keep in mind we have been researching for quite a while and if we included all the information it would not be too palatable. So read on!
Summaries of each candidate
Governor: Delaine Eastin
Eastin was the first and only woman to date to be elected California State Superintendent of Public Instruction under Governors Pete Wilson and Gray Davis. Prior to that, she was in the California State Assembly, and she was a professor in her early career.
Delaine Eastin is pushing for:
- Killing Costa-Hawkins Renting Act
- Fighting for universal healthcare and education
- Banning oil and natural gas fracking
- Ending the death penalty
- Supporting 3 months fully paid maternity and paternity leave
- Universal healthcare
- Gender neutral restrooms
- Ending cash bail
- Supports free college tuition
Her competitors are former mayor of San Francisco Gavin Newsom and former mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa. Neither are as progressive as Easton. Newsom or Villaraigosa will likely gain the nomination but it’s worth voting for Eastin to move the needle towards the left.
Lt. Governor: Gayle McLaughlin
Gayle McLaughlin is the former Mayor of Richmond, CA. Prior to being mayor, she was an educator and worked for nonprofit organizations promoting literacy, social justice, and environmental health. As Mayor of Richmond, McLaughlin passed the first rent control law in California in 30 years, increased the minimum wage, sued Chevron for damage to the city’s population and increased Chevron’s taxes. McLaughlin is an independent and Bernie Sanders endorsed her City Council campaign in 2014.
Gayle McLaughlin wants:
- Single-Payer ‘Medicare for All’
- Free college tuition in California
- No fracking in California
- Oil severance tax
- Affordable housing
- Defend immigrant rights
- Opposes the privatization of education and the expansion of charter schools
- Campaign finance reform
Secretary of State: Mike Feinstein
Michael Feinstein is a co-founder of the CA Green Party and former mayor of Santa Monica. He is endorsed by Our Revolution.
- Ranked choice voting
- Proportional representation to eliminate the two-party system
- Increasing voter turnout by making voting days holidays
- Reducing the impact of gerrymandering
- Increasing diverse representation in government
- Single-Payer Medicare for All
Controller: Betty Yee
Treasurer: Fiona Ma
Fiona Ma is a Certified Public Tax Accountant and currently serves on the California State Board of Equalization. She is supported by U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein and a lot of organizations, including the California Democratic Party. She has raised way more money than her opponents and is the clear frontrunner.
Attorney General: Dave Jones
Insurance Commissioner: Ricardo Lara
Board of Equalization: District 3 None to support
After much deliberation, we have come to the conclusion that we cannot endorse anyone in this race. Both front runners, Scott Svonkin and Tony Vasquez, have been under review– Svonkin for abusive behavior and Vasquez for conflict of interest.
Senator Kevin de León or Pat Harris
We originally endorsed de León primarily because Harris has trailed for the second position since the beginning of the race up until right before the primary. In this case, we will suggest that Harris is the more progressive choice but that equally De León has proven himself consistently fighting for Single Payer in California. Criticisms of de León taking corporate money are important but in context of a formidable opponent taking on someone such as Dianne Feinstein must give leeway to him since the odds are largely against him.
Harris Hildebrand and Alison Hartsen talk about Medicare for All very often but De León is actually responsible for getting 562 through the Senate while voting for it every time it came before him. He has fought and been a leader for a lot of issues progressives care about even though he may not be the most progressive such as single-handedly saving the California Disclose Act. If we are going to support someone who has a chance against Feinstein's war chest of $10 million dollars.
Member of State Assembly
15 - Jovanka Beckles
43 - Laura Friedman (unopposed)
45 - Ankur Patel
46 - Adrin Nazarian
50 - Richard (running unopposed)
51 - Wendy Carrillo (running unopposed)
53 - Miguel Santiago
54 - Steve Dunwoody
House of Representatives:
25th District: Katie Hill
Executive director of the nonprofit organization PATH (People Assisting the Homeless), she has worked to pass ballot initiatives Measure H and Prop HHH to decrease homelessness in the Los Angeles area.
27th: Bryan Witt
28th: Adam Schiff
He is a ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee which is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 elections. He is part of the New Democrat Coalition– a group of Democrats who identify as moderates. He supports overturning Citizens United v. FEC (2010) and supports public financing for candidates. He is more left than the other Democratic candidate Sal Genovese, whose ideas for healthcare reform involve “competition” between the States and more fiddling with premiums and deductibles rather than true Medicare For All.
29th: Angelica Duenas
30: Joe Pelzer
33: Ted Lieu
Ted Lieu has served CA-33 since 2015 and previously served as a California State legislator from 2005 to 2014. Lieu supports such policies as Medicare for All, free community college, ending cash bail, and expanding public transit, and is a surprising critic of the U.S. government’s long-standing alliance with Saudi Arabia and its support of the Saudi-led blockade in Yemen. Contrast that with Rodgers, who doesn’t seem to have many positions other than an opposition to “unnecessary wars” and “selling our resources to the highest bidder,” which is completely inadequate.
34: Kenneth Mejia
We have endorsed Mejia before. Many people have been
37 Karen Bass
Karen Bass is a Democrat and member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Before Congress, Bass served in the California Assembly where, in 2008, she became the first African-American woman to serve the highest seat in any U.S. State legislature in history. Before entering elected office, Bass founded Community Coalition in 1990, which focuses on community engagement and civic participation as a means of advancing social justice. Notable legislative accomplishments and positions include: introducing legislation that would have barred the use of federal funds at the Inglewood Oil Field for use in fracking, authoring the “SUCCESS Act” which would allow those with drug convictions to apply for federal financial aid following their sentences, supporter of the AB 60 which allowed for undocumented immigrants to obtain licenses in the State of California, and a strong supporter of the Affordable Care Act. She co-founded the Congressional Foster Youth Caucus and co-authored the "Every Child Achieves Act of 2015" passed in 2015, a bill which mandates that states offer services that guarantee children in foster care receive a quality education. She has been endorsed by Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, Emily’s List, the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, and the California Federation of Teachers.
40 Lucille Roybal-Allard
Boyle Heights native Lucille Roybal-Allard has served California’s 40th congressional district since 2013. She is a Democrat and a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. She is the first Mexican-American woman to serve in Congress. She has been a leading congressional force for comprehensive immigration reform, and is an original co-author of the Dream Act. She’s the founder and co-chair of the Women’s Working Group on Immigration Reform and a founding co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Maternity Care. She’s also a member of CHC. She was also rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund. She strongly supports increased funding for affordable housing programs.
State Superintendent Tony Thurmond
Ventura County Supervisor District 4: Bernardo Perez
Judge of the Superior Court:
Office No. 4: Verónica Sauceda
Sauceda grew up in Lakewood as one of ten children of Mexican immigrants. She taught third grade before going to law school at UCLA. After that, she spent thirteen years as a public interest lawyer at Neighborhood Legal Services of LA County and the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice, representing low-income people for free in family law and other cases. Since 2015, she’s served as a commissioner for the Superior Court and she’s been endorsed by a number of sitting judges as well as Dolores Huerta, the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, and the Los Angeles County Democratic Party.
Office No. 6: Michael Magasinn
Magasinn was born and raised in Southern California. His father was a tax attorney and CPA. His experience appears to be primarily in estate and tax law. His opponent, Anthony Sabo, is a former prosecutor and the Ventura County Superior Court Commissioner for the past 4 years, he has presided over felony and misdemeanor jury trials and sentencing, as well as civil, probate, and family law cases.
Office No.16: No Endorsement
Office No. 20: Wendy Segall
Segall is endorsed by former Republican DA Steve Cooley, The L.A. Times, many Superior Court judges, some local politicians, the East Area Progressive Democrats and the Los Angeles County Professional Peace Officers Association. She has been a Deputy District Attorney for 23 years and is currently assigned to the Healthcare Fraud Division, responsible for prosecuting complex multi-million dollar white collar fraud cases. She considers herself an expert in prosecuting stalkers, including celebrity stalkers, which has earned her celebrity endorsements from Gwyneth Paltrow, Mila Kunis, and Dr. Drew. In her responses to a questionnaire, Segall displays some understanding of the “justice gap” facing poor and minority populations and criticized cash bail.
Office No. 60: Holly L. Hancock
Hancock is a Deputy Public Defender for Los Angeles County and seems to be the only public defender running for the LA County Superior Court this year. She has spent her entire twelve-year legal career at the Los Angeles County Office of the Public Defender representing poor people charged with crimes. Hancock told the Metropolitan News-Enterprise that she decided to run for a judicial office after realizing the influence a judge can have in misdemeanor court. She is a member and was formerly President of the Black Public Defender's Association. She is interested in pursuing rehabilitation and reconciliation in sentencing as a priority.
Office No. 63: No Endorsement
Office No. 67: Maria Lucy Armendariz
Armendariz worked in various positions for the state legislature before becoming a hearing judge with the State Bar Court in 2007, which hears accusations of attorney misconduct against California lawyers and has the power to recommend suspensions or disbarment. In 2013, Armendariz recommended that the sitting District Attorney of Del Norte County be disbarred, the first time a hearing judge had ever recommended disbarment for a sitting DA in California. Under Governor Gray Davis, Armendariz served as the ombudsman for women’s prisons in California. She has been endorsed by AFSCME and SEIU locals, a number of elected officials, the L.A. Times, and the County Democratic Party. Judge Armendariz was recently recognized as a “California Latina Treasure” by HOPE, Hispanas Organized for Political Equality.
Office No. 71: Danielle R.A. Gibbons
Currently serving as the Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner (a subordinate Judicial Officer who presides over a variety of courtrooms throughout the county), Gibbons spent most of her career as a criminal defense lawyer with her family’s firm, where she says she represented over 1,000 children and adults charged with crimes ranging from traffic violations to homicides. The Los Angeles County Bar Association has rated her “Well Qualified.” She has been endorsed by numerous sitting judges as well as police and non-police unions. She is concerned with making sure people on the autism spectrum are treated with compassion and understanding in the courtroom.
Office No. 113: No Endorsement
Office No. 118: No Endorsement
Office No. 126: No Endorsement
Office No. 146: Armando Durón
Durón is a commissioner at the Superior Court and a collector of Chicano art. Before being appointed as a family law commissioner in 2015, he was in private practice representing clients almost exclusively in family law cases for over 30 years. He began his legal career working for Legal Aid in East Los Angeles, where he represented low-income clients in landlord-tenant, consumer, education, and immigration cases. From 1986-1987, he served as President of the Mexican American Bar Association. Durón has been endorsed by more than 20 Superior Court judges, Republican former DA Steve Cooley, former LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Dolores Huerta, and several unions including California Teachers, the County Democratic Party and East Area Progressive Democrats.
Assessor: Jeffrey Prang
Jeffrey Prang is the incumbent Assessor of Los Angeles County, and he’s running for re-election. During his time as Assessor, Prang has upgraded the office’s outdated computer system (and hopes to do more). Because of him, the public and county appraisers now have access to millions of paper records that they didn’t previously. Last year, Prang received the International Association of Assessing Officers award, making it the first and only jurisdiction in California to receive the prestigious award. Prang has over 25 years in public service in LA County and has endorsements from Kamala Harris, Equality California, Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters, and more. Those who endorse Prang feel that he deserves another term because he’s brought transparency to the department. Prang is being challenged by three deputy assessors, Krish Indra Kumar, John Loew, and Sandy Sun, who have appraiser experience that Prang does not have, however, they lack his experience as a manager.
Sheriff: Alex Villanueva
Alex has stated he aims to enforce SB-54 or the CA Values Act-- the state bill that allows for law enforcement to decline to cooperate with federal immigration officers if it means their actions would not violate any federal, state, or local laws. He was one of the whistleblowers that led to former Sheriff Lee Baca to be removed from his position due to corruption in LA men’s jails and obstruction of justice in the investigation that followed. Alex is endorsed by the LACYD, East Area Progressive Democrats, Stonewall Democratic Club, and Dolores Huerta.