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LOCAL CANDIDATES

 

Board of Equalization, District 2

 

 

MALIA COHEN

Malia Cohen is running to represent District 2 on the California State Board of Equalization to put people's interests before special interests. As President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Malia has fought to even the playing field. She’s taken on special interest groups like Big Tobacco, Big Soda, Big Oil -- and won. She’s running to bring that same fight to the Board of Equalization to make sure our tax dollars are well-spent.

Malia has been a fearless advocate for working people throughout her career. As Supervisor, Malia championed the $15 minimum wage, invested in affordable housing, fought for reproductive rights and women’s safety, and successfully advocated to provide children with healthcare.

State Assembly, 14th District

 

 

TIM GRAYSON

Assemblymember Tim Grayson learned common-sense values from his family. He was raised by his father (a Teamster), and his mother (a public transit worker). He was the first in his family to earn a college degree. The East Bay has been his home for 17 years, where he and his wife, Tammy, are raising their two children. As the City of Concord’s police chaplain, Tim worked with survivors of violent crimes, with first responders and their families, and co-founded the region’s Family Justice Center to support victims of domestic violence, child and elderly abuse, and human trafficking. As a former Concord Councilmember and Mayor, he put taxpayers first by balancing our city’s $90 million budget, leaving 30% in reserve for emergencies while keeping taxes low. He is proud to have created over 1,700 new living wage jobs in Concord. Upon re-election, Tim plans to continue bringing the same common sense and out-of-the-box thinking back to Sacramento.

El Cerrito City Council

 

 

JANET ABELSON

 

 

 

GABRIEL QUINTO

 

Hercules City Council

 

 

ALEXANDER WALKER-GRIFFIN

Alexander was born in Oakland, California to two middle-class parents. His late father grew up in Chicago and settled in the Bay Area where he served in the United States Air Force, later becoming the Assistant Fire Marshall of Oakland. His mother is a retired Legal Secretary and grew up in Richmond, California.

The Griffins settled in Hercules, California, in Spring 2003 when Alexander was six years old. Alexander is a product of the Hercules educational system, having attended Ohlone Elementary, Hercules Middle School, and Hercules High School. At CCC, Alexander has also been a member of the college's Student Government. He began as a Senator in Spring 2016, becoming Vice President in Fall of 2016 and eventually Student Body President in Fall of 2017. He will serve his second term as Student Body President in the Fall of 2018.

In July 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown appointed Alexander to represent 2.1 million community college students as a member of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors, the state's governing board for all 114 California Community Colleges. Since taking office, he has advocated for the protection of undocumented students, better services for Student Veterans, mothers and formerly incarcerated students, improving mental health services, LGBT+ rights, and various other issues.

He currently serves in the California National Guard and hopes to commission as a Second Lieutenant.

Pinole City Council

 

 

VINCE SALIMI

Vince Salimi has been a proud resident of Pinole for 11 years. His wife is a second generation "Pinolean" and they both love their city. They consider Pinole to be their home and Vince has a vested interest in it and in improving it. The Salimis want what all families want: the best possible quality of life for our families.

Vince owns and operates a construction management firm where he oversees million-dollar contracts with various governmental agencies. He has worked with public entities for almost 15 years. His experience includes budget management and project planning. In addition, he teaches these skills to other professionals. He plans to use his wealth of experience and knowledge to help address the concerns and needs of Pinole and all of its citizens.

 

 

ANTHONY L. TAVE

Anthony says, "My name is Anthony L. Tave and I am asking for the opportunity to earn your vote. I have felt for a long time that my local government can do more. I moved to Pinole because the town has character and is a very neighbor-oriented community. I have rented in Pinole and eventually was lucky enough to purchase a modest home in Pinole. As many of you know Public Safety, Housing, and Public services have been met with difficult challenges throughout the years. Many of us feel the difficulties as we drive down the road, or looked up at rotted wooden power poles, water line breaks, flooding, and less than ideal response times from our emergency personnel. I have experienced all of these alongside you and, like many of you feel that our community can be doing better. I believe that with my civil engineering background and Asset Management skill set, I can provide answers to our community's questions and provide solutions to our community's needs. I can make this pledge, that with your support I will be available, I will be honest and transparent, I will reach out to my constituents and earn your support on the issues ahead."

Richmond Mayor

 

 

TOM BUTT

Tom Butt was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1944 just before his father departed for France in World War II. He grew up in Fayetteville, Arkansas, one of three brothers.

Tom was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1966 after completing advanced ROTC at the University of Arkansas. In March, 1969. Lieutenant Butt arrived in Vietnam, where he served the remainder of 1969 and early 1970 with the Operations Section of Headquarters of the 159th Engineer Group at Long Binh.

In 2004, Tom ran for a third term on the Richmond City Council, becoming the top vote getter with more votes than anyone ever in a Richmond election. Tom serves on the boards of two Richmond-based non-profits, East Brother Light Station, Inc., which operates and maintains the historic lighthouse one-quarter mile off Richmond’s western shore, and Rosie the Riveter Trust which is the non-profit partner of Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park. He was a founder of Rosie the Riveter Trust and served as president for its first eleven years.

Richmond City Council

 

 

DEMNLUS JOHNSON III

Demnlus Johnson III grew up in the Iron Triangle before attending Howard University, then returning to Richmond to serve our community.

As Chair of Richmond’s Economic Development Commission; a community worker at Richmond High School; and a member of the Citizens Police Review Commission, Demnlus works every day to help our youth, build stronger police community relations, and revitalize our community without leaving anyone behind.

Demnlus says, "As a member of Richmond City Council, I would lean on my experience working in diverse capacities on behalf of the city I love. The people of Richmond need someone who is a product of Richmond’s history, community, and policies to serve on our City Council with a direct and strategic focus for overcoming our systemic issues. I will advocate on the peoples’ behalf so that no one is left behind or pushed out. Instead I will fight to ensure city opportunities and priorities are conducive to the well-being of all Richmond citizens. It’s going to take someone with a new approach steeped in Richmond community values to overcome enduring challenges. Richmond has the unique opportunity to serve as a national model for sustainable, equitable community building in the 21st century and beyond. I believe I have the experience, passion, and vision to move Richmond further into an equitable future for all."

 

 

VINAY PIMPLE

Vinay came to America in 1993 to study for a PhD in English Literature with a focus on Women’s Studies at Rutgers University. But when it came to assigning him a Teaching Assistantship, the Director of Composition refused because of his blindness. He felt that his job market prospects would be destroyed if he had no teaching experience.

Then, Vinay enrolled in undergraduate Computer Science courses at Rutgers. After a couple of years, he started working for Verizon in downtown Manhattan as a Software Engineer. After the 9-11 attacks, which Vinay witnessed and fled from his downtown office, the lawyers he consulted told him that the applications backlog with Immigration would become so extreme that his legal stay would expire before Immigration would approve his application. His only option for continuing in this country legally would be to leave his job and enroll in school. Vinay came to the Bay Area to study law at U.C. Berkeley. In due course, he got his law degree and his attorney’s license.

Vinay's Top 3 Priorities:

  • FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY: Good City finances is not optional. Proper funding is required for improved services. Prudent personnel management and attracting business and development will bring in much needed revenue.
  • EDUCATION: Vinay will work to increase parental involvement, and therefore, student success, and to complement the Richmond Promise college scholarships program with building trades programs to serve students for whom college may not be the best option.
  • ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Vinay plans to identify and recruit industry sectors that are most suitable for our City to create more jobs for the citizens of Richmond.

 

 

CESAR ZEPEDA

Cesar Zepeda believes it is important to give back to the community that shaped his outlook and his opportunities. When Cesar was eight, his family immigrated from Guadalajara, Mexico to Richmond in order to provide opportunity to their family. Cesar grew up in Richmond and San Pablo, attending Helms Elementary School, Richmond High School and Contra Costa College.

Currently, Cesar is President of the Hilltop District Neighborhood Council and President and Founder of the Hilltop District Homeowners & Stakeholders Association. As President, Cesar has demanded accountability from the City of Richmond. He jump-started completion of a park that was in the works for 16 years, successfully advocated for installation of light poles that were down for eight years and new ADA accessible sidewalks.

Cesar co-founded Richmond’s first LGBT organization, Richmond Rainbow Pride. He also started Bring the Music Back, a campaign to raise funds to revive school music programs. He has raised $100,000 toward new instruments at Richmond High School and Kennedy High School.

Communities thrive when neighbors help each other out. That’s why Cesar co-founded Calle 23, a group dedicated to enhance, promote and improve the neighborhood in and around one of Richmond’s busiest streets – 23rd Street.

San Pablo City Council

 

 

ELIZABETH PABON-ALVARADO

Elizabeth's Top 3 Priorities

  • Support business growth & diversity
  • Back affordable housing and homeownership initiatives
  • Support public safety and initiatives to improve what is already good about our community

 

 

RITA XAVIER

Xavier is currently chairwoman of the city Planning Commission and a member of the city Advisory Committee on Aging and Senior Center Advisory Board. At the county level, she serves on the Contra Costa Advisory Council on Aging, Hazardous Materials Commission and Transportation Authority Paratransit Coordinating Council.


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SCHOOLS CANDIDATES

 

County Schools Superintendent

 

 

LYNN MACKEY

Lynn Mackey has devoted her life to helping our students overcome their own hardships, excel in school and thrive as adults. She believes every child deserves the opportunity to succeed and be prepared for college, career and life.

Lynn is a seasoned teacher and administrator with a Master's degree from Cal State East Bay in Educational Leadership and has over twenty years of experience working directly with the County Superintendent at the Contra Costa County Office of Education.

Lynn will bring an experienced educator’s perspective to the job of County Superintendent because she is an educator, not a politician.

County Board of Education, Area 2

 

 

SARAH BUTLER

As an experienced and trained school board member, Sarah Butler understands the critical role the Contra Costa County Board of Education has in serving and supporting all students throughout our county. She is excited at the opportunity to use my knowledge and leadership skills in this position.

Sarah has a long history of dedication to public education. Her priorities include:

  • Resources and Opportunities for ALL students
  • School Safety
  • Transparency, Fiscal Stability and Accountability
  • Advocacy for Public Education Funding and Resources
West Contra Costa Unified School District

 

 

MADELINE KRONENBERG

Growing up in New York, Madeline worked her way through school, moved to California and eventually earned a teaching credential from UC Berkeley.

She taught Adult Education for 30 years, won the Adult Education State Excellence in Teaching Award in 2003, and retired from teaching in 2010.

As a mother of five, Madeline spent 15 years as a parent volunteer in WCCUSD schools. She was actively involved in parent organizations, serving as President, Co-President, and Site Council Chair. In addition, she served on several Districtwide committees, including the Redistricting Committee, the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee and the Facilities Subcommittee. In 2005, she was Co-Chair of Measure J, which raised $400 Million to continue upgrading the District’s antiquated schools.

Madeline successfully ran for WCCUSD School Board in 2006 and was re-elected in 2010 and 2014. As a teacher and parent leader, Madeline brought her unique perspective to the School Board. She values the safety and security of our students and staff above all else. She has a thorough understanding of the resources and limitations that face the WCCUSD district.

 

 

CONSUELO LARA

Consuelo's Top 3 Priorities

  • Job Ready--Preparing our students for the future world of work by expanding career and technical education programs to create a School-to-union-job Pipeline.
  • Safe Schools--Maintain Full Service Community Schools which include mental health programs, nutrition programs, parent engagement and culturally-competent staff.
  • Increase student achievement--with all students reading at grade level by 3rd grade.

 

 

CARLOS TABOADA

Carlos Taboada has been a teacher, UTR Executive Board member and school counselor 21 years in West Contra Costa Unified School District. He plans to work toward a stronger relationship between the district and the communities it serves. He believes that public education is an investment and a commitment to our children, our communities and our future.

Carlos says, "An empowered, engaged, community will educate the whole child from pre-school to adulthood. Access to academic, health and social services would be available to all children that need it. Vocational training and skills development would not be divorced from preparing for higher education."

County College Board, Ward 1
Due to filing rules, these candidates have already been declared the winners in the November 2018 race and will not appear on the ballot.

JOHN MARQUEZ  

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SPECIAL DISTRICTS CANDIDATES

 

Kensington Police & Community Services

 

 

DAKOTA MCKENZIE

Dakota McKenzie is an entrepreneurial consultant with an emphasis on empowering women and minorities. She is currently working on the establishment of a nonprofit network in Colorado and New Mexico for leadership development of children of color and the economically disadvantaged. She networks with diverse communities and is a graduate of a number of entrepreneurial and leadership trainings including DC Cordova’s Money & You USA training and the Colorado Outward Bound School’s Leadership Development Program.

She was an onsite property manager in Oakland for 8 years, where she witnessed gang-related violence first-hand and became an intermediary between police and her tenants in matters pertaining to their safety and property. She learned first-hand how public safety depends on the proximity and readiness of the police as well as the strength of the relationship between police and community.

She has created and led entrepreneurial programs for women in the Bay Area since 2012. She participated in diverse entrepreneurial communities and trainings, locally and internationally, that empower people to start their own businesses, become leaders in their communities, and contribute to society. She has invested in these activities to promote lifting people out of the cycle of poverty, scarcity, and hunger that is so prevalent in less fortunate communities.

 

 

CYRUS MODAVI

Cyrus' Top 3 Priorities

  • Ensure the town’s safety through efficient functioning of the local police force
  • Ensure that the people have the appropriate right to decide the future of our community policing
  • Ensure that the KPPCSD rests on solid financial footing
Kensington Fire Protection

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PAUL DORROH

Paul Dorroh is running for the Kensington Fire Protection District Board because he believes the Board needs to change the way it does business. Paul is a 45-year Kensington resident, a retired businessman and attorney, and he has closely followed Kensington civic affairs for many years.

The Oakland hills fire of 1991, in terrain like Kensington's, destroyed over 3,000 homes and took 25 lives. It prompted a 1992 study by the Kensington Improvement Club with a series of recommendations for improving fire safety in Kensington, including the installation of warning sirens and publication of evacuation routes. In the intervening 26 years, none of those recommendations have been implemented.

West County Wastewater

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ANTONIO ALVAREZ MEDRANO

 

 

 

CHERYL SUDDUTH

Cheryl Sudduth presents a much-needed voice representing the community. Dedicated to social and economic equity, environmental justice, and civil & human rights, this Scientist has established a stellar reputation for principled, unwavering, independent leadership. A Cellular Molecular Biologist, Biochemist and well-versed in the Environmental Sciences and Law, Cheryl has aggressively represented the needs of the underserved and vulnerable people in the community, vigorously advocating for a wide range of environmental, social, and economic concerns which affect their daily lives. Her unique approach, which seeks to solicit input and advise from those impacted by situations and subsequent decisions, provides an unique perspective in how to deal with the most pressing current issues affecting the community.

Cheryl has fought against corporate greed and against prioritizing executive compensation over needed services to our communities. Whether professionally or through grassroots work as an ACLU Board Director, CC Racial Justice Coalition Steering Committee member, CC Immigration Rights Alliance, CC Budget Justice Coalition Steering Committee member, or NAACP Board Director, she has been directly involved in fighting for racial justice, equity, inclusivity, & environmental justice, proactively confronting and challenging the dynamics of power and privilege in society.

East Bay MUD, Ward 3
Due to filing rules, these candidates have already been declared the winners in the November 2018 race and will not appear on the ballot.

MARGUERITE YOUNG  

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LOCAL MEASURES

 

Measure FF

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EAST BAY REGIONAL PARKS

VOTE YES!

VOTE YES on Measure FF to extend, and maintain critical investments in local East Bay Regional Parks, reduce the risk of wildfires, save redwoods, preserve water quality, and increase park safety for all.

In 2004 local voters overwhelmingly approved Measure CC to maintain our local parks. Your support has made a difference. Now, Measure FF seeks your support to extend this vital funding to maintain our investment in wildfire protection, public access, urban creeks and water quality, and natural habitat preservation – all for ONLY $1 a month, keeping your tax rate flat.

2018 has become the worst year on record for California wildfires. The new normal is more wildfires leaving more destruction across the state. We cannot risk another wildfire in the East Bay like The 1991 Oakland-Berkeley Hills Fire. Measure FF will continue the park district’s approved Wildfire Hazard Reduction and Resource Management Plan work to reduce the risk of wildfires.

Measure H

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RICHMOND TRANSFER TAX

VOTE YES!

By increasing the tax on the sale of luxury real estate we will help:

  • Expand vital youth services like after school programs, and education and career support;
  • Ensure City jobs pay living wages;
  • Invest in programs for local Seniors and those living with disabilities; and
  • Balance Richmond’s annual budget.

While the economy is booming, Richmond still struggles to cover necessary city services and invest in our future. This increase, to the current tax on the sale of luxury real estate, will help close this funding gap.

Based on City of Richmond statistics, in approximately the last 2,400 property transactions in Richmond, only about 3% of the transactions would have been affected by this measure. The increase in transfer tax will only apply to luxury residential and commercial property sold for one million dollars or more.

Measure R

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CANNABIS TAXATION

VOTE YES!

Measure R asks voters to approve a tax that will apply only to businesses that grow, manufacture, distribute, or sell marijuana in the unincorporated area of the County. This tax will not affect businesses located in cities. The taxes these businesses would pay are projected to generate about $1.7 to $4.4 million in annual revenue for the County. This revenue will be used to regulate the cannabis industry, protect public resources, and help fund public safety, health and other vital public services. If Measure R is approved, the County can immediately begin regulating the establishment and operation of commercial cannabis businesses in the unincorporated area in accordance with three previously approved County ordinances.

Measure V

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EL CERRITO TRANSFER TAX

VOTE YES!

Vote YES on V to expand local control over local funds for local needs. El Cerrito residents enjoy the benefits of our clean, safe, and well-maintained full-service City. Because our high level of services, El Cerrito is a desirable place to live. Let’s keep it that way!

Yes on V reestablishes a guaranteed source of funding to maintain and improve the city services we need and want. The measure requires independent citizen oversight, mandatory independent financial audits, and public reports ensuring all funds are spent as promised. No funds can be taken by Sacramento, guaranteeing dollars support programs for our residents. Yes on V provides protected, reliable revenue preventing reductions to critical resident services.

El Cerrito can no longer institute a real property transfer tax on commercial/residential property like our neighboring cities, so our residents lose out on millions. In 2017, we lost over $500,000 from commercial property sales – money that could’ve been used for fire/police protection, 9-1-1 emergency, parks, playfields, after-school and library programs for families. Yes on V means we can once again collect our fair share.

Only those buying and selling property will pay a ONE-TIME fee. It doesn’t cost current residents a dime! Much of the revenue collected will be paid by corporate and commercial property owners, not average taxpayers.


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FEDERAL CANDIDATES

 

U.S. Senator

 

 

KEVIN DE LEÓN

Senator de León is the son of a single immigrant mother who supported her family in the San Diego barrio of Logan Heights working as a housekeeper and other pick-up jobs. He was the first in his family to graduate from high school and college.

He attended U.C. Santa Barbara and graduated from Pitzer College at the Claremont Colleges with honors. He is a Rodel Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a guest lecturer at the University of Southern California. He has one daughter.

Working for both the National Education Association and the California Teachers Association, Kevin fought for additional funding for schools in low-income neighborhoods, more school construction, and health insurance for children. He fought against schemes to take funds from public schools through taxpayer-funded vouchers and academic censorship in public schools.

U.S. Representative, 5th District

 

 

MIKE THOMPSON

Mike Thompson was first elected to Congress in 1998. Recognized as a strong representative for his constituents, Thompson has worked on solutions that create jobs, strengthen the middle class, protect our seniors and veterans, increase access to health care, and preserve our environment for future generations. Prior to serving in Congress, Thompson represented California's 2nd District in the California State Senate where he chaired the powerful Budget Committee.

Thompson is a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means and sits on the Health and Tax Policy subcommittees. Thompson is the co-founder and co-chair of the bipartisan, bicameral Congressional Wine Caucus, which consists of more than 200 U.S. Senators and House members. He is also a member and twice co-chair of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus.

Thompson was the first Vietnam veteran elected to the California State Senate. He served in combat with the U.S. Army as a staff sergeant/platoon leader with the 173rd Airborne Brigade where he was wounded and received a Purple Heart. He was an instructor at the Army's Airborne School.

U.S. Representative, 11th District

 

 

MARK DESAULNIER

Mark DeSaulnier was sworn-in to the 114th Congress in 2015. He represents California’s 11th Congressional District which includes the western, central and southern areas of Contra Costa County. He currently serves on the Education and Workforce Committee, and the Committee on Oversight & Government Reform’s subcommittee on Transportation and Public Assets.

DeSaulnier has served at the local level on the Concord City Council, as Mayor of Concord and as a 3-term Contra Costa County Supervisor. He was elected to the State Assembly in 2006 where he served one term and received the distinction of being the first freshman in history to chair the Assembly Transportation Committee. DeSaulnier was elected to two terms in the California State Senate in 2008 and 2012.

In his time in office, DeSaulnier has taken a leadership role on a variety of key issues including government reform, labor, transportation, the environment, health care, local government, and public safety. In the Senate, his top legislative priorities included: working to reform state governance; safe and efficient roads and highways; allowing companies to organize as more community-active corporate citizens; protecting public health; reducing Californians’ exposure to tobacco; protecting homeowners from foreclosure; tightening up the parole system and oversight of sex offenders; making it easier for people to donate life-saving bone marrow and organs; and fighting abuse of prescription narcotics.


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STATEWIDE CANDIDATES

 

Governor

 

 

GAVIN NEWSOM

Gavin is widely recognized for his bold willingness to lead – repeatedly developing, advocating, and implementing innovative and groundbreaking solutions to some of our most challenging issues.

On a wide range of topics including same-sex marriage, gun safety, marijuana, the death penalty, universal health care, access to preschool, paid family leave, technology, criminal justice reform, sugary drinks, and the minimum wage, Gavin stuck his neck out and did the right thing, which often led to sweeping changes when his policies were ultimately accepted, embraced, and replicated across the state and nation.

Gavin’s top priorities are economic development (creating jobs and reducing poverty), education (increasing affordable access to quality schools at all levels), protecting the environment, and justice – ensuring California continues to lead by example while actively resisting any attempt by the Trump administration to take us backwards.

Attorney General

 

 

XAVIER BECERRA

Xavier Becerra is the the 33rd Attorney General of California, and the first Latino to hold the office in state history. A staunch advocate for hardworking families, Xavier has brought decades of experience to defend the rights of nearly 40 million Californians. Since taking office in January, Becerra has taken the Trump Administration to court to defend the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). He’s led the fight against the discriminatory Muslim travel ban, the EPA’s illegal delay of air quality standards, and the ill-conceived wasteful plan to build a wall along the California border.

Becerra has announced multi-million dollar settlements on behalf of Californians harmed by bad over-the counter medications, wire fraud scams, and compromised credit card information. He has secured tens of millions of dollars in debt relief for students who were taken advantage of by predatory for-profit colleges. And he prevented Big Oil giant Valero from taking over a petroleum distributor which could have led to higher gas prices at the pump.

The first in his family to attend a four-year college, Becerra graduated from Stanford University in 1980 and received his juris doctorate from his alma mater in 1984. Following law school, he worked for a legal services agency representing the mentally ill. In 1987, he was appointed as a California Deputy Attorney General. And in 1990, he was elected to the California State Assembly. Becerra is married to Perinatologist Dr. Carolina Reyes and they are the proud parents of three daughters: Clarisa, Olivia and Natalia. Born in Sacramento, Becerra is the son of immigrants — a construction and clerical worker — who taught him the value of working hard to earn a chance to get ahead.

Controller

 

 

BETTY T. YEE

A native of San Francisco and a proud product of its K-12 public schools, Betty Yee was born to immigrant parents who established a laundry and dry cleaning business in the Parkside District of San Francisco and operated it for 30 years. The second oldest of six children, Betty grew up speaking no English at home. As with her siblings, when not in school, she worked the counter of her parents’ business, interacting with customers and often translating for her parents with vendors as well as conducting the financial transactions for them. From minding the family business when young, Betty now minds the store for California as its Controller.

Betty is a proud product of the San Francisco public schools, crediting her skills to her junior high school English and Math teachers. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley and holds a master’s degree in public administration. Betty’s commitment to hard work and service were influenced heavily by her upbringing and strong sense of community. Her commitment to service and her experience working in the family business inspired her to enter public service so she may do her part to be sure the doors of opportunity remain open to Californians and their families to succeed and thrive.

Dedicated to attaining full civic participation by all communities, Betty has a strong commitment to mentoring and supporting women, youth, and those from our diverse communities of color who are seeking to enter or are pursuing opportunities in public service or elected or appointed office. Previously, she generously volunteered her time to serve on the board of directors of California Women Lead, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing leadership training, networking opportunities, and policy discussion forums for women serving in or seeking elected or appointed office and women leaders in the private sector.

Insurance Commissioner

 

 

RICARDO LARA

Throughout Senator Ricardo Lara’s career, he’s always stood up for working families and against injustice, even when doing so was difficult or unpopular. Grounded in his East Los Angeles upbringing and raised by a factory worker and a seamstress, Ricardo has built a record on bringing people together around tough challenges and delivering results that improve people’s lives.

As a graduate of LAUSD schools and a lifelong resident of Southeast Los Angeles, he knows first-hand the challenges facing the immigrant and working class communities he represents in the 33rd Senate District.

Dubbed by the Los Angeles Times as the "Point man in the push for immigrant rights," Senator Lara in 2016 engineered the successful statewide campaign to allow for multi-lingual education in California's schools. He was also one of the key leaders behind a landmark effort to grant driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants in California. This legislation is more important than ever, now that Donald Trump has instructed border patrol agents that they may deport undocumented immigrants for the "crime" of driving without a license.

Significantly, if elected, Senator Lara would be the first openly gay statewide elected official in California. Currently, Senator Lara serves as Chairman of the Appropriations Committee of the California State Senate, considered to be perhaps the most influential committee in the California State Senate.

Secretary of State

 

 

ALEX PADILLA

For forty years, his father worked as a short-order cook and his mother cleaned houses. With their hard work as an example, Alex attended local public schools and went on to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

In 1999, at 26, he was elected to the Los Angeles City Council to represent the community where he grew up. In 2001, his colleagues elected him to the first of three terms as Council President, the youngest member and first Latino to serve in this capacity. In 2006, Alex was elected to the California State Senate, where he chaired the Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications; and the Senate Committee on Elections and Constitutional Amendments.

Over the course of eight years, he successfully authored legislation on telecommunications, broadband deployment, energy and energy efficiency, grid modernization, education, job creation, environmental protection, food safety, seismic safety, and a host of other issues.

In 2015, Alex was sworn in as California Secretary of State. In this role, he is committed to modernizing the office, increasing voter registration and participation, and protecting voting rights.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

 

TONY THURMOND

Tony was born at Fort Ord in Monterey, California, to a mother who immigrated here from Panama to become a teacher and a father from Detroit who came to Fort Ord as part of his army service in Vietnam. Tony’s father left the family when he was just a young child. Tony next saw his father when Tony was 39 years old. Tony’s mother raised her four children as a single mom until she became too sick to do so. When Tony was six years old, his mother lost her battle to cancer.

Tony and his brother moved to Philadelphia to live with a cousin who raised them as her sons. This amazing woman provided the brothers with a safe home and made sure they got a great education. It was his public school education that helped Tony to become a 20-year social worker and ultimately to be elected to serve on a City Council, a School Board, and now in the California State Assembly.

Tony has deep roots in education. Between 2008 and 2012 he served on the West Contra County Unified School Board. He oversaw truancy prevention programs, supported school-based mental health programs, and launched a program called CEO Youth to teach entrepreneurship and life skills to disadvantaged students. Tony has deep roots in education. Between 2008 and 2012 he served on the West Contra County Unified School Board. He oversaw truancy prevention programs, supported school-based mental health programs, and launched a program called CEO Youth to teach entrepreneurship and life skills to disadvantaged students.

Tony is a graduate and former student body president of Temple University. Assemblymember Thurmond did his graduate work at Bryn Mawr College (Bryn Mawr, PA) where he received dual Masters Degrees in Law and Social Policy and Social Work. Tony is the proud parent of two public school students. They are his inspiration and a constant reminder about the promise of our neighborhood schools and the strong future that every child deserves.

Treasurer

 

 

FIONA MA

Fiona Ma is a Certified Public Tax Accountant and currently serves on the California State Board of Equalization, where she works to protect the rights for taxpayers while also ensuring that California collects its fair share of tax revenues.

As one of two Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) to ever have served on the Board, Fiona understands the challenges that businesses and taxpayers face today. As Chair, she has worked tirelessly to uphold the highest level of integrity in government and fought to increase accessibility, accountability, and transparency at the Board of Equalization.

Fiona previously served as a San Francisco Supervisor. She authored the landmark Local Business Enterprise ordinance on behalf of women and minority business owners and passed legislation to tackle human trafficking.

Prior to her career in public service, Fiona worked as an accountant for Ernst & Young, before leaving to start her own accounting practice. Fiona has been licensed in California as a Certified Public Account (CPA) since 1992.


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STATEWIDE PROPOSITIONS

 

Proposition 1

HOUSING ASSISTANCE BOND

VOTE YES!

The Act will first and foremost build and preserve affordable homes, including supportive housing, for veterans, working families, people with disabilities, Californians experiencing homelessness and others struggling to find a safe place to call home. This is also an opportunity to create 137,000 jobs and pump $23.4 billion into California’s economy. The Veterans and Affordable Housing Act tackles top priorities for Californians - building homes, creating jobs and boosting the economy.

Proposition 2

HOUSING FOR INDIVIDUALS
WITH MENTAL ILLNESS BOND

VOTE YES!

Proposition 2 will provide permanent supportive housing linked to treatment and services to help people with serious mental illness who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless.

Proposition 4

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CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS CONSTRUCTION BOND

VOTE YES!

This bond will allow children’s hospitals to expand, upgrade and improve their facilities and reach, meaning more kids will have access to the specialized, life-saving care they need. The bond also helps children’s hospitals acquire the latest technology and life-saving medical equipment, giving doctors the tools to save more children’s lives.

Proposition 5

PROPERTY TAX TRANSFER TO REPLACEMENT PROPERTY

VOTE NO!

Prop 5 takes upwards of $1 billion each year from schools and local services – from fire and emergency response to health care – to give new tax breaks to a select few Californians.

Proposition 6

ELIMINATE ROAD REPAIRS AND TRANSPORTATION FUNDING

VOTE NO!

Prop 6 would eliminate funding for more than 6,500 bridge and road safety, transportation and public transit improvement projects currently underway throughout California.

Proposition 7

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YEAR-ROUND DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME PERIOD AUTHORIZATION

VOTE YES!

Changing our clocks twice a year has proven to be hazardous to our health and public safety. Proposition 7 is a required step in the process to stop the biannual time changes that harm health and safety of workers and their families.

Proposition 8

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REGULATE KIDNEY DIALYSIS CHARGES AND CAP INCOME

VOTE YES!

Proposition 8 will push dialysis corporations to spend more on patient care and stop extreme consumer overcharging, which can help lower healthcare costs for all Californians.

Proposition 10

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EXPAND LOCAL AUTHORITY FOR RENT CONTROL

VOTE YES!

The Affordable Housing Act, or Prop 10, is a ballot measure that will give local communities the power to adopt rent control necessary to address the state’s housing affordability crisis by repealing the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act. Costa-Hawkins prevents cities and counties from applying rent control to apartments built after 1995 or to single-family rental units and condos. It also allows landlords to raise the rent as much as they want when a unit becomes vacant.

Proposition 11

COUNTIES TO PAY OVERTIME FOR PRIVATE AMBULANCE SERVICES

VOTE NO!

Our emergency providers are among the best trained professionals in the nation. This initiative does not add significant levels of training beyond what is already being conducted. It does not provide the appropriate mental health provisions to mitigate the PTSD providers face as a result of what is seen on the job. Prop 11 is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. While purporting to be about protecting public safety, this initiative is simply about changing the labor code to protect one private company, American Medical Response, from civil litigation for alleged violations of California law.

Proposition 12

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ANIMAL CONFINEMENT STANDARDS

VOTE YES!

Prop 12 would require cage-free housing and improve space requirements in California for three types of animals who are typically confined in tiny cages on factory farms: baby veal calves, mother pigs, and egg-laying hens. It would also ensure that veal, pork, and eggs sold in the state come from operations meeting these modest standards.


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  • Juli Lasselle
    commented 2018-10-15 12:48:31 -0700
    What about judges? Have you learned nothing from the way the Republicans have packed the courts for the last few decades? Come on! Do better.