2018 Voter Guides



By George Miller & Debra Tash

Regular readers may remember that Citizens Journal publishes candidate/proposition endorsements/recommendations from as many different sources as we can find for Ventura County voters. Here’s the collection for the 2018 general election. We’ll update it as we get more!  Tell us what we missed and where to find it!

Current candidates list: https://recorder.countyofventura.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/candidate-list-8-22-2018-on-ballot.pdf

Remember, most of these are NOT our endorsements, but those of the organizations noted….


Ventura County Democrat endorsements   

SEIU- Local 721 (none shown)

Voter Guides – Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California

California Endorsements | National Nurses United

Ventura County Women’s Political Council – Endorsements


Sierra Club

California Professional Firefighters (mostly Liberal)

Ballot Recommendations | LWVC.org – The League of Women Voters … (mostly Liberal)

GOOD Club (Democrats) Non-Partisan Race Endorsed Candidates! 
Incumbent candidates are indicated by an asterisk *.
BERT PERELLO*, District 1
CARMEN RAMIREZ*, District 2 


VCTA 2016 Voter Guide – Ventura County Taxpayers Association 

Ventura County Taxpayers Association: https://www.vcta.org/single-post/2018/09/17/Ballot-Recommendations-For-November-2018-Statewide-Measures

Bear to the Right- Ballot Propositions

Carl Demaio California Ballot Measures Guide

Carl Demaio California Candidates Guide

Election Forum- Ventura County Voting Guide

Ventura County


Robyn Nordell 2018 Judicial Recommendations

Robyn Nordell Other Recommendations

Ventura County Republican Party

CFRW Ballot Measure Recommendations


Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

2016 Thousand Oaks Tea Party Voter Guide

California Constitutional Coalition – Conservative:

VOTE YES ON PROP 5 -Property Tax Transfer Initiative

Why we’re for it: Proposition 5 would allow homeowners age 55 and older to sell their current homes, purchase a replacement property anywhere in the state and transfer the property tax assessment from the home they sold to the home they bought.

This measure would remove restrictions in existing law that limit these transfers by putting conditions on the price and location of the replacement property. It would also allow older homeowners to transfer their base-year property tax assessment more than once.  

VOTE YES ON PROP 6 – Gas and Vehicle Tax Repeal Initiative

Why we’re for it: Proposition 6 repeals Senate Bill 1, the 2017 tax increase on gasoline, diesel fuel and vehicle registrations. It also amends the state constitution to require voter approval of all future increases in fuel and vehicle taxes or fees.

Proposition 6 will save the typical family of four over $700 per year in direct and indirect costs. It will repeal the tax increase of 12 cents per gallon on gasoline and 20 cents per gallon on diesel fuel, as well as the $50 to $175 increase in the annual cost of registering a vehicle.

The tax increase on diesel fuel raises the price of everything that is transported by truck, including food. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the inflation rate in California cities is higher than the national average of other U.S. cities. The higher cost of transportation is one reason for that.

The backlog of delayed road and bridge repairs, estimated by state officials to be $150 billion, is evidence that state lawmakers have not made road safety a priority. Instead of funding transportation infrastructure and maintenance, the politicians have diverted the revenue from transportation taxes to fund other priorities, or pet projects.

SB 1 raised taxes without reforming the well-documented waste and inefficiency at Caltrans. Taxpayers in California pay the highest taxes in the nation and suffer with roads in the worst condition. Taking more money from the wallets of California families to fund more of the same is not the answer. VCTA believes what’s needed is a new funding plan that spends all transportation-related tax and fee revenue on transportation.  

VOTE NO ON PROP 10 – Local Rent Control Initiative

Why we’re against it: Proposition 10 would repeal the 1995 Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, a state law that protected property owners from new rent-control ordinances, moderated radical rent control and secured new construction in cities throughout California. If Costa-Hawkins is repealed, cities would be able to pass any type of rent-control law, including rent control on single-family homes, garage apartments, duplexes and small apartment buildings.

For example, Proposition 10 would allow new rent-control bureaucracies to require every property owner to register and pay an annual fee so the city can track how many housing units exist and whether they are rented or owner-occupied.

VCTA believes Proposition 10 would discourage investment in rental housing, leading to less new construction and more tightening of an already squeezed housing market in California. Faced with the threat that rent control could be enacted at any time, some owners of existing apartment buildings might choose to evict the tenants and sell the property rather than stay in a business with rising costs and uncertain revenue.

Proposition 10 is the wrong answer to the high price of housing. What’s needed is more construction, not less.

Steve Frank – Republican Political Consultant

Ronda Baldwin-Kennedy AD44, Dante Acosta- ad38, Steve Knight CD25 and Antonio Sabato CD26.

I am NOT voting for any candidate for U.S. Senate
Voting for Steve Poizner for Insurance Commissioner
Voting for Marshall Tuck for Superintendent of Public Instruction
Not voting for any candidate for Lt. Governor
Prop. 1   no
Prop. 2   no
Prop. 3  no
Prop. 4  no
Prop. 5  yes
Prop. 6  yes
Prop. 7  no
Prop. 8  no
Prop. 10  no
Prop. 11  no
Prop. 12  no

Steve Frank: Position on California ballot measures

Libertarian Party VC  Ballot Proposition Positions November 6, 2018

State Propositions
Prop 1- NO
Veterans should only receive the compensation they’re offered at enlistment.
Prop 2- NO
Legislative interventions into the housing market have been ineffective and damaging.
Prop 3- NO
Counties should proper budget for capital expenditures for clean water.
Prop 4- NO
The state should neither subsidize nor restrict the creation of children’s hospitals.
Prop 5- YES
Proposition 13 was a welcome and critical restraint on property taxes.
Prop 6- YES
Gas and car tax have been repeatedly expanded with only a portion committed to roads.
Prop 7- No Position
Daylight Savings is a matter of personal preference.
Prop 8- NO
Price controls on Dialysis will primarily reduce the number of facilities.
Prop 10-NO
The only way to make housing affordable is to reduce government restraints.
Prop 11- NO
Ambulance services should be liable for unsafe conditions for their employees.
Prop 12-No Position
Transparency alone will give consumers the power to boycott farm animal cruelty.
Ventura County Propositions
City of Oxnard: Measure “G”; City of Santa Paula: Measure “N”; City of Thousand Oaks: Measure “P”; City of Simi Valley: Measure “Q”;
City of Simi Valley: Measure “R”; City of Simi Valley: Measure “S”; City of Fillmore: Measure “T” -NO
Multiple cities have proposed expansive regulations and taxes on the legal marijuana industry.
There is no justification for any burdens on cannabis consumers beyond those already imposed on wine consumers.

Rio Elementary School District Bond: Measure “L”; Mesa Union School District Bond: Measure “O”; Allan Hancock College District Bond: Measure “Y” -NO
Several Districts are asking for tens of millions of dollars in school bonds. (Requiring 55% approval.)
Schools should be accumulating reserve funds for capital expenditures, saving taxpayers millions of dollars interest.

City of Oxnard: Measure “F”; City of Oxnard: Measure “H”; City of Oxnard: Measure “I” – YES
City of Port Hueneme: Measure “U” – NO
The city of Oxnard is reducing or limiting several “special district” taxes, which we support.
Port Hueneme is proposing a one percent sales tax increase for services that should be funded from normal revenues.

City of Camarillo: Measure “E”; City of Ojai: Measure “J”; City of Ojai Measure “K”; City of Camarillo: Measure “M” – No Position
Several cities are considering term limits or other arrangements of city council numbers. Voters should evaluate
each measure as to whether they suit the governance history of the city.

Their Website: http://lpvc.org

Citizens Journal

Governor: John Cox 

Attorney General: Stephen Bailey

Treasurer: Greg Conlon

Insurance Commissioner: Steve Poizner

U.S. Senate- Arghhhh! Some say Feinstein is better than DeLeon. Both are horrible. We may no vote.

U.S. House of Representatives:


CD25- None


CD30- Mark Reed

State Assembly:

AD38- Dante Acosta

AD44-  Ronda Baldwin-Kennedy

AD45- no recco

City Councils:

Oxnard- Mayor- Aaron Starr; District 2- Lance Ralston; District 5- Larry Stein

Port Hueneme- Steven Gama

Ventura- Irene Henry

Thousand Oaks- Tom Adams, Kevin McNamee; 


Simi Valley- Mike Judge, Keith Mashburn




Oxnard: Measure “F”,”H”,”I” – YES

School Boards

County Board

   Area 4- Dean Kunicki

Community College District

  Area 2- Craig Everett

Conejo Valley Unified School District

  Mike Dunn

  Amy Chen

  Angie Simpson

Oxnard Union High School Dist- None

Oxnard School District- None

Pleasant Valley School District

Rio School District



Carol Corrigan- Associate  Justice Supreme Court

Arthur Gilbert- Presiding Justice, Court of Appeal, 2nd Apell Dist, Div 6


State ballot measures, constitute an incredible grab bag of far higher taxes, constitutional amendments, more constraints on citizens, loosening of criminal penalties and sentencing,  and other statist and unconstitutional  nonsense. Our general default position on propositions is NO, unless you can convince us and we are again mostly unconvinced this year.

No on ALL, except:

5- Yes- Changes Requirements for Certain Property Owners to Transfer their Property Tax Base to Replacement Property. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.(PDF)

6- Yes- Repeal gas tax, spectacularly misnamed as:  Eliminates Certain Road Repair and Transportation Funding. Requires Certain Fuel Taxes and Vehicle Fees be Approved by The Electorate. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.(PDF)

Republican Party Platform & Bylaws

Democratic Party Platform

Platform – Libertarian Party of California

Platform – www.gp.org – Green Party

Platform and Resolutions | The Constitution Party

Platform- American Independent Party

Platform – Socialist Party USA

Where We Stand – Democratic Socialists of America

Communist Party USA – cpusa.org


List/Description of Ballot Measures

List of:

Local Measures Arguments/Rebuttals Information

State Ballot Measures


Election info


Heritage Action for America
Congressional Scorecard

Debra Tash is Editor-in-Chief of Citizensjournal.us, past president for Citizens Alliance for Property Rights, business executive and award-winning author, residing in Somis.

George Miller is Publisher of CitizensJournal.us and a “retired” operations management consultant residing in Oxnard

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3 Responses to 2018 Voter Guides

  1. Neil October 27, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    Ventura School Board Election District 4

    This is an important year for the Ventura Unified School District school board election in District 4. Our schools are in trouble and our kids and parents need an advocate on the board. This one isn’t about which party someone belongs to. It’s about the kids and who will be their voice against bureaucracy. Who will keep them from being swept under the rug? Who will be the best at truly understanding and advocating for the student’s perspective and fairness?

    It won’t be someone used to functioning as a school Superintendent or someone getting photo ops with a retired Superintendent.

    This year there is one clear choice in District 4. It needs to be someone that has proven they will speak up. That someone is Deborah Meyer-Morris.

    Deborah will be an advocate for kids and their parents. She will make sure kids in need are aware of the available programs that will help them and she will work to stop bullying.
    She will work to stop bullying that comes from other kids, teachers, or administration. She has worked to ensure that complaint processes are known to parents and students.

    My wife and I talked with her at length about the schools and find that she understands what goes on and listens. She has the skills and experience to effectively work in the school board to lead positive change.

    We support Deborah for the school board because she understands the issues and the need for fairness, transparency, and action. She earned our trust and respect.


  2. B. Irish October 24, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    Do you have any information or recommendations for Community College Governing Board Member Trustees running in Area 1?
    Thank you.


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