Politics | 2020 Voter Guide

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 and some for LA and Santa Barbara Counties, since 25% of our readers now live there. Here’s the collection for the 2020 general election. We’ll update it as we get more! Our committees are still working on some local elections. Tell us what we missed and where to find it! Put your own recommendations in reader comments and specify why. Try to stick to facts.

 

Candidate/Measures/Propositions info:

Current candidates list: Ventura County

State, Ventura County and Local Measures/Props

LA County Election Info

Santa Barbara County Election Info

Remember, except for the first section, most of these are NOT our endorsements, but those of the organizations noted, as specified below…

 

Citizens Journal Recommendations

U.S. President- Donald J. Trump

State-wide Ballot Propositions

Yes on 20 & 22, NO on all others.

 

US House of Representatives

CA24- Andy Caldwell

CA25- Mike Garcia

CA26- Ronda Baldwin-Kennedy

CA30- Mark Reed

CA37- Errol Webber

 

State Assembly

District 37- Charles Cole

District 38- Suzette Vallardes 

District 44- Denise Pedrow

District 45- Jeffi Girgenti (write in)  ?

 

State Senate- 

District 19- Gary Michaels

District 27- Houmen Salem

 

Ventura County Supervisors

District 5 – No good choice. Lesser of 2 evils is Tim Flynn

 

City Elections

Oxnard

City Council

District 3- Aaron Starr

Other dist,- No recommendations at this time

Treasurer- Phil Molina (preferred), James Aragon

Ballot Measures

Measure E 1 1/2% sales tax increase- NO

Measure F- Expedite Permits- Yes

Measure L- Expansion of Treasurer Duties- Yes

Measure M- Meetings requirements- Yes

Measure N- Meet Pavement Standards or rescind Measure O tax- Yes

Thousand Oaks

City Council

  • Kevin McNamee

Simi Valley

City Council

Mayor – Keith Mashburn (At-large vote for all of Simi)

District 1 – Elaine Litster (North Simi Valley)

District 3 – Dee Dee Cavanaugh (West Simi Valley)

Ventura

Camarillo

City Council

District 3- Carlton Huss

District 4- Tony Trembley (lukewarm)

Santa Paula

Port Hueneme

Ojai

Fillmore

School Boards

Conejo Valley Unified School District

Sandee Everett

(still working on these)

Simi Valley

  Rocky Rhodes

Ventura County Ballot Measures

Measure O- Cannabis Cultivation- No

LA County

District Attorney- Jackie Lacey

 

California Globe analysis of the ballot Measures:

The Good Ones – 2 for a yes vote

Keeping Uber in California (Prop. 22)

Making Crime Illegal Again (Prop. 20)

The Bad Ones

Tweaking the Classic Prop. 13 (Prop. 19)

Massive Stem Cell Funding – Again (Prop 14)

The Ugly Ones

Voting Rights for the Kiddies (Prop. 18)

Voting for Convicted Felons (Prop. 17)

The Uglier Ones

New Tools for Big Brother (Prop. 24)

Letting Siri Release Criminals (Prop. 25)

The Ugliest Ones

Equality Is So 20th Century (Prop. 16)

Biggest. Tax Increase. Ever. (Prop. 15) Prop. 13 Split Roll initiative

For the full analysis: California Globe

 

Gun Rights: Gun Owners of California

AD 44 Pedrow-R v. Irwin(i)-D             

Democrat: 43.1%,  Republican: 28.8%,  No Party Preference: 21.9% 

Another difficult, but potential opportunity to defeat an anti-gun incumbent. Reps are trying to flip this seat.

 


Ballot initiative recommendations from the Ventura County Taxpayer’s Association 

 
No on 14
Why we’re against it
In 2004, California voters authorized $3 billion in bonds to create and fund the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine to support stem cell research. The money is gone and the CIRM wants voters to approve another $7.8 billion including interest.
Today, there are billions of venture capital and corporate dollars actively seeking to invest in stem cell research, thereby negating the proponents’ arguments that $5.5 billion is required to fund the CIRM’s efforts and overhead for the next 15 years.  Ventura County Taxpayers Association (VCTA) opposes this measure. VOTE NO ON PROPOSITION 14.
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No on 15
Why we’re against it
This is the treacherous “split roll” property tax, a direct attack on Proposition 13. Proposition 15 would repeal part of Prop. 13 and require reassessment to market value of business properties. 
It would raise taxes on supermarkets, shopping malls, office buildings, factories, movie theaters, hotels, restaurants, sports stadiums, warehouses, self-storage facilities, major retailers and other businesses where Californians work or shop. Even the smallest businesses that lease space will face higher rents, or will have to pay the higher property taxes as part of their “triple net” lease agreement. Those higher costs are passed on to consumers. 
Proposition 15 would raise prices, increase the cost of living and put countless jobs at risk as companies cut back or leave the state. The proponents of this measure are seeking to weaken Proposition 13, and we can guess why. They could come after homeowners next. Ventura County Taxpayers Association urges you to Protect Prop. 13. VOTE NO ON PROPOSITION 15.
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No on 18
Why we’re against it
Proposition 18 would change the voting age in California to allow 17-year-olds to vote in primaries and special elections if they will turn 18 by the date of the next general election. 
While some states allow this, California is different from other states because under Prop. 13 and Prop. 218, tax increases must go on the ballot for voter approval. These proposed tax increases are frequently on primary and special election ballots. 
Proposition 18 would allow high school students to vote on tax increases. This is unwise. The voting age in California should not be changed. VOTE NO ON PROPOSITION 18.
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No on 19
Why we’re against it
Proposition 19 takes away important taxpayer protections that have been enshrined in the State Constitution since 1986. That’s when 76% of voters approved Proposition 58 to allow parents to transfer a home and limited other property to their children without an increase in property taxes. 
Proposition 19 eliminates Proposition 58 and a similar measure, Proposition 193, which gives the same protection to transfers between grandparents and grandchildren if the children’s parents are deceased. 
Proposition 19 would require property transferred within families to be reassessed to market value as of the date of transfer, resulting in a huge property tax increase for long-held family homes. The only exception is if the children move into the home within a year and make it their principal residence. This is a billion-dollar tax increase on California families. 
Proposition 19 contains other provisions to expand the opportunities for older homeowners to transfer the base-year value of their home (under Prop. 13) to a replacement home. This was on the ballot in November 2018 as Proposition 5, but voters rejected it. 
Now, with a massive tax increase added, the price is too high. VOTE NO ON PROPOSITION 19.
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No on 21
Why we’re against it
Proposition 21 would change state law to allow radical rent control laws to be passed in cities that are already suffering from an inadequate supply of housing. 
In 2016, California’s nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office issued a report that found that expanding rent control “likely would discourage new construction” by limiting the profitability of new rental housing. Under current law-the 1995 Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act-housing providers have the right to raise the rent on a vacant unit to market value after a tenant moves out. The same law also bans rent control on units constructed after February 1995 and on single-family homes and condos. 
Proposition 21 would repeal this law and allow unelected rent boards (or elected rent boards) to impose radical rent control and regulations, even on single-family homes. VOTE NO ON PROPOSITION 21.
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Yes on 22
Why we’re for it
This ballot initiative, if passed would consider app-based drivers to be independent contractors and not employees or agents. Therefore, the ballot measure would override Assembly Bill 5 signed in September 2019, on the question of whether app-based drivers are employees or independent contractors.
The ballot initiative would define app-based drivers as workers who (a) provide delivery services on an on-demand basis through a business’s online-enabled application or platform or (b) use a personal vehicle to provide prearranged transportation services for compensation via a business’s online-enabled application or platform. 
More than one million Californians are affected by AB5. By a 4-to-1 margin, independent surveys show these app-based drivers overwhelmingly prefer to work as independent contractors with flexibility and control of their schedules. Eighty percent (80%) of app-based drivers work only part-time and rely on flexible work to supplement income and provide for their families. VOTE YES ON PROPOSITION 22 
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No on 23
Why we’re against it
The main provision of the ballot measure mandates that each of the roughly 600 dialysis clinics in California have a physician on the premises during all operating hours, in a non-caregiving, bureaucratic role.  This provision alone would result in increased state and local health care costs, resulting from increased dialysis treatment costs.  These increased costs will be passed on to all of us in the form of higher insurance premiums and higher taxes for government-sponsored health care. The increase of patient costs and burden to the insurance systems may create a cascading affect resulting in numerous clinic reductions of services and closures.  These reductions would put an increased pressure on the remaining, operating dialysis clinics. 
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Further, This proposition will take thousands of practicing doctors away from their current patients and push them into bureaucratic roles at the 600 dialysis clinics across California – making it harder for all of us to get appointments with our doctors and treatment at our hospitals. 
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It makes no sense to require a full-time physician to sit around in a dialysis clinic in a non-care role, at a time when our doctor shortage is only projected to worsen. 
Ventura County Taxpayers Association (VCTA) opposes this measure. VOTE NO ON PROPOSITION 23.
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The Ventura County Taxpayer Association is made up people who recognize the importance of government to our communities. Government should be efficient, effective and always transparent. If you would like to support our efforts, please click here to go to our website and join us . Thank you.


Republican Voter Guide


More Conservative/Moderate:

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

Venturans For A Responsible & Efficient Government (Don’t endorse candidates, Do discuss issues)

Republican Values Center (in Simi Valley)Voter Guide Republican Values Center (RVC)

Bear to the Right- Ballot Propositions

Carl Demaio’s California Voter Guide

Election Forum- Ventura County Voting Guide  (Craig Huey-  as of 9/30- needs updating)

Other Voter Guides

https://www.biblicalvoter.com/california-voter-guides

https://www.biblicalvoter.com/

 

Robyn Nordell 2018 Judicial Recommendations

Robyn Nordell Other Recommendations

Ventura County Republican Party

CFRW Ballot Measure Recommendations

http://www.cfrw.org/ (not current)

Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

 

San Fernando Valley Republican Club

“Here is the list we reviewed in the last meeting with our board recommendations” …
Prop 14, Funding for Stem Cell Research… NO
Prop 15, Raise taxes on non-residential real estate… NO
Prop 16, Allow affirmative action again… NO
Prop 17, Allow Parolees the right to vote… NO
Prop 18, Allow some 17 year olds to vote… NO
Prop 19, Allow Seniors, disabled and disaster victims to
take their tax basis with them when they sell their home
and buy a new one… NO
Prop 20, Restores previous penalties for certain crimes
(roll-back of Brown leniency)… YES
Prop 21, Rent control (again)… NO
Prop 22, Allows ride-share drivers to be deemed to
be independent contractors… YES
Prop 23, Regulating dialysis clinics (back again)… NO
Prop 24, Create new state agency and staff to enforce
consumer privacy laws… NO
Prop 25, Good arguments on both sides for this one… county party recommends NO, Susan Shelley suggests a YES might be better for this one.

Ventura County Libertarian Party
State
Prop 14 – No
Prop 15 – No
Prop 16 – No
Prop 17 – No
Prop 18 – No
Prop 19 – No
Prop 20 – No
Prop 21 – No
Prop 22 – Yes
Prop 23 – No
Prop 24 – No
Prop 25 – Yes
Oxnard
Measure E – No
Measure F – Yes
Measure L – Yes
Measure M – Yes
Measure N – Yes
Ojai
Measure G – No
Ventura School District 
Measure H – No
Ventura
Measure I – No
Measure J – No Opinion
Ojai School District
Measure K – No
Ventura County
Measure O – No Opinion

 


Progressive/Liberal-oriented:

Ventura County Democrat endorsements

SEIU- Local 721 (none shown)

Voter Guides – Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California   as of 9/30 “coming soon”

California Endorsements | National Nurses United

Ventura County Women’s Political Council – Endorsements

Sierra Club  Current

California Professional Firefighters (mostly Progressive, not updated as of 9/30/20)

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

GOOD Club (Democrats) Non-Partisan Race Endorsed Candidates
Communist Party USA  This letter basically says to vote for Democrats

LA GOP: Candidates, Ballot Propositions  .

Election and Political Party Contact Information

Republican Party- cagop.org

Democratic Party- cadem.org

Libertarian Party- ca.lp.org

American Independent Party- aipca.org

Peace and Freedom Party- peaceandfreedom.org

Green Party- cagreens.org

Communist Party USA- https://www.cpusa.org/

Ventura County Elections- recorder.countyofventura.org 805-654-2664

Election Integrity Project- Monitors, counsels, litigates election integrity issues- https://eip-ca.com/index.htm

SBGOP Official Endorsement List

In this email, you will find a list of our officially endorsed candidates. Click on their name to go to their websites to support them. In addition, please consider donating to the SB GOP by following this link. All of the funds go directly towards supporting our endorsed candidates. Thank you for all the support!
 

Santa Barbara Community College District
  • Trustees #2    Ronald J. Liechti
  • Trustees #3    Veronica Gallardo
  • Trustees #4    Celeste Barber
Santa Barbara County Board of Education
Santa Barbara Unified School District
Carpinteria City Council    
Carpinteria Unified School District 
  • Jaime Diamond
  • Jeff Weinbender
Goleta Mayor
  • Roger S. Aceves
Goleta City Council
  • Grace Wallace
  • Justin Shores
Goleta Unified School District
Goleta Water District
Goleta Sanitary District    
Goleta West Sanitary
  • Michael Simyun
  • David C Lewis
Buelton City Mayor
  • Ed Andrisek
Buellton City Council
  • Art Mercado
  • John Sanchez
Santa Ynez River Water Districts
  • District #1    Lori Parker
  • District #1    Michael Burchardi
  • District #2    Steven Jordan
  • District #4    Mark L. Altshuler
Santa Ynez Union High School District
  • Jeanine Robitaille-Filippin
  • Stephen Luke
Solvang City Mayor
Solvang City Council
  • Mark Infanti
  • Justin Rodriguez
Solvang School District
  • Susan Durbiano
Allan Hancock Board of Trustees
  • Robert “Bobby” Mercado
  • Suzanne Levy
Lompoc Mayor
  • Victor Vega
Lompoc City Council
  • Gilda Cordova 
  • James Ian Mosby 
Lompoc Unified School District
  • William “Bill” Heath 
  • Gary Cox
  • Kathi Froemming 
Santa Maria Mayor
  • Alice Patino
Santa Maria City Council
Santa Maria Joint Union High School District
  • Jack Garvin 
  • Gabriele Morales
  • David Baskett 
Santa Maria-Bonita School District
  • Linda Cordero
Santa Maria Airport Board
  • Debbie Morawski 
Executive Committee
Leigh Collier
Bob Hudson
Greg Gandrud
Bobbi McGinnis
Julie Bischoff
Ed Fuller
Chris Hartman
Albert Mercado
Ron Hurd

 


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William Hicks
William Hicks
22 days ago

There are no good choices for Thousand Oaks City Council if you believe everyone has a right to an affordable single family dwelling. They all cling to the excessive open space city policy that keeps single family dwellings out of economic reach of median income families.