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This Election 2018 Los Angeles County Voter Guide will help you cut through the rhetoric, election propaganda and biased media coverage of the campaigns. This guide ranks every aspect of a candidate’s record according to experience, integrity and commitment to community. Here you’ll find recommendations for:

  • Governor
  • Statewide Offices
  • Legislatures
  • Judges
  • Propositions and More!

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Ratings: Every candidate is considered after thorough research; we also have a questionnaire for candidates to complete. Here is our rating system:

  • : The best candidate. Our strongest endorsement.
  • : Very good.
  • : Acceptable.
  •  : Vote only to prevent worse candidate(s) from winning.
  • : Terrible. Do Not Vote. All your other votes will count.

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Results:

  • : Our endorsed candidate won.
  • : Our endorsed candidate lost.

General Election Recommendations

November 6th, 2018

Statewide Offices

Governor

  • John Cox (R)  
  • Gavin Newsom (D)

Lt. Governor

  • Ed Hernandez (D) 
  • Eleni Kounalakis (D)  

Important voting note:

Many are recommending Ed Hernandez to “strategically limit” evil. Why? Eleni Kounalakis is a socialist and probable governor/presidential candidate in the future. She is a powerful, more appealing Bernie Sanders. It would be best to defeat her now. Ed will never advance to a higher office.


Secretary of State

  • Mark Meuser (R) 
  • Alex Padilla (D)

State Controller

  • Konstantinos Roditis (R)  
  • Betty Yee (D)

Treasurer; California

  • Fiona Ma (D)
  • Greg Conlon (R)  

Attorney General; California

  • Steven Bailey (R) 
  • Xavier Becerra (D)

Insurance Commissioner

  • Ricardo Lara (D)
  • Steve Poizner (I)  

State Superintendent of Public Instruction

  • Tony Thurmond (D)
  • Marshall Tuck (D)  

U.S. Senator

  • Dianne Feinstein (D)  
  • Kevin de Leon (D) 

Important voting note:

Many recommend Dianne Feinstein over Kevin de Leon to “strategically limit” evil. They dislike the thought of voting for her, but de Leon is a socialist anti-family candidate. If elected, he could run another one or two terms. Feinstein will never run again. In addition, de Leon could be a vice presidential candidate – our first total socialist. He must be defeated and stopped from being senator for the next 18 years.


Judges (For Judicial Rating Explanation Click Here)

Superior Court Judge; County of Los Angeles

County of Los Angeles; Office 4 

  • Alfred A. Coletta: 7 (JI: 7, Q: 7)  
  • A. Veronica Sauceda: 5 (JI: 5, Q: 6)

County of Los Angeles; Office 16 

  • Sydne Jane Michel: 7 (JI: 7, Q: 8)  
  • Patricia (Patti) Hunter: 5 (JI: 5, Q: 6)

County of Los Angeles; Office 60 

  • Tony J. Cho: 6 (JI: 6, Q: 7)  
  • Holly Hancock: 3 (JI: 1, Q: 5)

County of Los Angeles; Office 113

  • Javier Perez: 5 (JI: 4, Q: 7)
  • Michael P. Ribons: 6 (JI: 6, Q: 6)  

California Supreme Court

California Supreme Court (Vote Yes/No)

  • Carol Corrigan: 7 (JI: 7, Q: 8) Yes  
  • Leondra Kruger: 3 (JI: 3, Q: 3) No  

California State Court of Appeal

Justice, California State Court of Appeal; Second District (Vote Yes/No)

Division 1

  • Helen Bendix: 6 (JI: 3, Q: 9) Yes   
  • Victoria G. Chaney: 7 (JI: 6, Q:8) Yes  

Division 2

  • Elwood G. Lui: 5 (JI: 3, Q: 8) No  
  • Victoria Chavez: 7 (JI: 6, Q: 8) Yes  

Division 3

  • Luis A. Lavin: 4 (JI: 1, Q: 7) No  
  • Hamlin Dhandina: 5 (JI:1, Q:9) No  
  • Anne Egerton: 5 (JI: 1, Q:9) No  

Division 4

  • Thomas Willhite: 7 (JI: 6, Q: 8) Yes  
  • Nora Manella: 6 (JI: 3, Q:9) Yes  

Division 5

  • Lamar W. Baker: 3 (JI: 1, Q: 6) No  
  • Carl Moor: 5 (JI: 1, Q:9) No  
  • Dorothy Kim: 4 (JI: 1, Q: 8) No  

Division 6

  • Arthur Gilbert: 5 (JI: 2, Q: 8) No  
  • Martin J. Tangeman: 5 (JI: 3, Q: 7) No  

Division 7

  • John Segal: 4 (JI: 2, Q: 8) No  
  • Gail Feuer: 4 (JI: 1, Q: 8) No  

Division 8

  • Tricia Bigelow: 6 (JI: 5, Q: 7) Yes  

U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Representative, 23rd District

  • Kevin McCarthy (R)  
  • Tatiana Matta (D)

U.S. Representative, 25th District

  • Steve Knight (R)  
  • Katie Hill (D)

U.S. Representative, 26th District

  • Julia Brownley (D)
  • Antonio Sabato Jr. (R) 

U.S. Representative, 27th District

  • Judy Chu (D)  
  • Bryan Witt (D) 

U.S. Representative, 28th District

  • Johnny J. Nalbandian (R) 
  • Adam Schiff (D)

U.S. Representative, 29th District 

  • Tony Cardenas – Incumbent (D)
  • Benito Bernal (R)  

U.S. Representative, 30th District

  • Mark Reed (R)  
  • Brad Sherman (D)

U.S. Representative, 32nd District 

  • Grace Napolitano– Incumbent (D) 
  • Joshua M. Scott (R)  

U.S. Representative, 33rd District

  • Kenneth Weston Wright (R)  
  • Ted W. Lieu (D)

U.S. Representative, 34th District

  • Jimmy Gomez (D)  
  • Kenneth Mejia (G) 

U.S. Representative, 35th District

  • Christian Leonel Valiente (R)  
  • Norma J. Torres (D)

U.S. Representative, 37th District

  • Ron J. Bassilian (R)  
  • Karen Bass (D)

U.S. Representative, 38th District

  • Ryan Downing (R)  
  • Linda T. Sanchez (D)

U.S. Representative, 39th District

  • Gil Cisneros (D)
  • Young Kim (R)  

U.S. Representative, 40th District

  • Lucille Roybal-Allard (D) 
  • Rodolfo Cortes Barragan (G)  

U.S. Representative, 43rd District

  • Omar Navarro (R)  
  • Maxine Waters (D) 

U.S. Representative, 44th District

  • Nanette Diaz Barragan (D)  
  • Aja I. Brown (D) 

U.S. Representative, 47th District

  • John Briscoe (R)  
  • Alan Lowenthal (D)

U.S. Representative, 48th District  

  • Harley Rouda (D)
  • Dana Rohrabacher (R)  

California State Senator

State Senator, 18th District

  • Bob Hertzberg (D)
  • Rudy Melendez (R)  

State Senator, 20th District

  • Connie Leyva (D)
  • Matthew Munson (R)  

State Senator, 22nd District

  • Mike Eng (D)
  • Susan Rubio (D)  

State Senator, 24th District

  • Peter Choi (D) 
  • Maria Elena Durazo (D)  

State Senator, 26th District

  • Ben Allen (D)
  • Baron Bruno (None)  

State Senator, 30th District

  • Holly Mitchell (D)  

State Senator, 32nd District 

  • Bob J. Archuleta (D)
  • Rita Topalian (R)  

State Senator, 34th District

  • Janet Nguyen (R)  
  • Tom Umberg (D)

California State Assembly

State Assembly, 36th District

  • Steve Fox (D)
  • Tom Lackey (R)  

State Assembly, 38th District

  • Dante Acosta (R)  
  • Christy Smith (D)

State Assembly, 39th District

  • Ricardo Antonio Benitez (R)  
  • Luz Maria Rivas (D)

State Assembly, 40th District

  • James C. Ramos (D)
  • Henry Gomez Nickel (R)  

State Assembly, 41th District

  • Alan S. Reynolds (None)  
  • Chris Holden (D)

State Assembly, 44th District

  • Ronda Baldwin-Kennedy (R)  
  • Jacqui Irwin (D)

State Assembly, 45th District

  • Justin M. Clark (R)  
  • Jesse Gabriel (D)

State Assembly, 46th District

  • Adrin Nazarian (D)
  • Roxanne Beckford Hoge (R)  

State Assembly, 48th District

  • Blanca E. Rubio (D)  

State Assembly, 49th District

  • Burton Brink (R)  
  • Ed Chau (D)

State Assembly, 50th District

  • Richard Bloom (D)  

State Assembly, 51st District

  • Wendy Carrillo (D) 
  • Christopher Stare (L)  

State Assembly, 52nd District

  • Toni Holle (R) 
  • Freddie Rodriguez (D)

State Assembly, 53rd District

  • Kevin Hee Young Jang (D)  
  • Miguel Santiago (D)

State Assembly, 54th District

  • Sydney K. Kamlager (D)
  • Tepring Michelle Piquado (D)  

State Assembly, 55th District

  • Phillip Chen (R)  
  • Gregg D. Fritchle (D)

State Assembly, 57th District

  • Jessica Martinez (R)  
  • Ian C. Calderon (D)

State Assembly, 58th District

  • Mike Simpfenderfer (R)  
  • Christina Garcia (D)

State Assembly, 59th District

  • Leslie Hagan-Morgan (D)  
  • Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D)

State Assembly, 62nd District

  • Al L. Hernandez (R)  
  • Autumn Burke (D)

State Assembly, 63rd District 

  • Anthony Rendon (D)
  • Maria Estrada (D)  

State Assembly, 64th District

  • Theresa Sanford (R)  
  • Mike A. Gipson (D)

State Assembly, 66th District

  • Frank A. Scotto (R)  
  • Al Muratsuchi (D)

State Assembly, 70th District

  • Honor “Mimi” Robson (L)  
  • Patrick O’Donnell (D)

California Board of Equalization

California Board of Equalization, Member, District 1

  • Tom Hallinan (D)
  • Ted Gaines (R)  

California Board of Equalization, Member, District 3

  • Rick Marshall (R)  
  • Tony Vazquez (D)

County Offices

Sheriff; Los Angeles County

  • Jim McDonnell 
  • Alex Villanueva

Assessor; County of Los Angeles

  • John “Lower Taxes” Loew 
  • Jeffrey Prang

Local Offices

Beach Cities Healthcare District, Board of Directors

  • Noel Chun 
  • Michelle Bholat
  • David Mintz 

Beach Cities Healthcare District, Board of Directors (Short Term)

  • Andrea Giancoli
  • Vish Chatterji 

Carson City Council

  • Lula Davis-Holmes
  • Sharma Henderson 
  • Ramona “Mona” Pimentel
  • Elito M. Santarina
  • Louie Diaz 
  • Nafis Muhammad
  • Lori Noflin
  • Osmond “Oz” Buendia
  • Jim Dear

Compton Community College District Governing Board, Area 1

  • Audrey Kitty Casas 

Compton Community College District Governing Board, Area 2

  • Nicole J. Jones 

Cudahy City Council

  • Jack Guerrero 
  • Maria Jimenez 
  • Blanca Lozoya 
  • Patricia Covarrubias 

El Camino Community College Board, Area 2

  • James T. Law 

El Segundo Unified School District, School Board

  • Tracy Miller-Zarneke
  • Michael Zarneke
  • Paulette Caudill
  • Emilee Layne 
  • Scott Layne 

Hawthorne City Council

  • Alex Monteiro 
  • Olivia Valentine 

Hawthorne City Clerk

  • Paul Jimenez 

Hawthorne Treasure

  • Ryan Richard 

Lawndale City Council

  • Bernadette Suarez 

Lomita City Council

  • Cindy Segawa 
  • Mark Waronek
  • Jim Gazeley
  • Nick Pisano 

Torrance Unified School District, Governing Board Member

  • Jeremy L. Gerson 
  • James Han 

Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District, Board Member

  • Jeannie Hahn 
  • Matthew Brach 
  • Rick Phillips 
  • Megan Crawford

West Covina City Council, District 2

  • Mike Spence 

West Basin Municipal Water District – Board of Directors, Division 1

  • Harold Williams
  • Rudolfo “Val” Brillantes 

West Basin Municipal Water District – Board of Directors, Division 4 

  • Scott Houston
  • Joseph F. Lococo 

Propositions


Proposition 1

Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act

  • A Yes Vote: The state will sell $4 (8) billion in bonds for affordable housing.
  • No Vote: The state will not sell bonds.

Recommendation: Vote No 

Proposition 2

No Place Like Home Act

  • Yes Vote: The state can use mental health funds for housing for the homeless.
  • No Vote: The state cannot use the funds.

Recommendation: Vote No 

(The Biggest Taxpayer Rip Off Award 2018)

Proposition 3

Bonds for Water

  • Yes Vote: The state can sell $8.9 (17 billion) in bonds to fund water and environmental projects.
  • A No Vote: The state cannot sell bonds.

Recommendation: Vote No 

Proposition 4

Bonds for Construction at Hospitals Providing Children’s Health Care

  • Yes Vote: The state can sell $1.5 (3 billion) in bonds for the construction, expansion, renovation, and equipping of certain hospitals that treat children.
  • No Vote: The state cannot sell bonds.

Recommendation: Vote No 

Proposition 5

Homeowners Tax Base Replacement Initiative (Prop 13)

  • Yes Vote: All homeowners who are over 55 (or who meet other qualifications) would be eligible for property tax savings when they move to a different house.
  • No Vote: Homeowners who are over 55 would not see a continuation of Proposition 13 benefits if they move to a different home.

Recommendation: Vote Yes 

Proposition 6

Gas Tax

  • Yes Vote: Gas and vehicle taxes recently passed by the Legislature would be eliminated.
  • A No Vote: Gas and vehicle taxes recently passed by the Legislature would continue to be in effect.

Recommendation: Vote Yes 

Proposition 7

Daylight Saving Time

  • Yes Vote: The Legislature, with a two-thirds vote, could change daylight saving time if the change is allowed by the federal government.
  • No Vote: California would maintain its current daylight saving time period, early March to early November.

Recommendation: Vote No 

Proposition 8

Regulation and Price Control of Kidney Dialysis Clinics

  • Yes Vote: Kidney dialysis clinics would have their revenues limited by a formula and could be required to pay rebates to certain parties (primarily health insurance companies) that pay for dialysis treatment.
  • No Vote: Kidney dialysis clinics would operate without the extra control.

Recommendation: Vote No  

(The Most Deceptive Proposition of 2018 Award) 

Proposition 10

Expands Local Governments’ Authority to Enact Rent Control on Residential Property

  • Yes Vote: State law would not limit the kinds of rent control laws cities and counties could have.
  • No Vote: State law would continue to limit the kinds of rent control laws cities and counties could have.

Recommendation: Vote No 

Proposition 11

Private-Sector Emergency Ambulance Employees to Remain on Call During Work Breaks

  • Yes Vote: Private ambulance companies could continue their current practice of having emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics stay on-duty during their meal and rest breaks in order to respond to 911 calls.
  • No Vote: Private ambulance companies would be subject to labor laws for this industry. Based on a recent court decision, these laws likely would require ambulance companies to provide EMTs and paramedics with off-duty meal and rest breaks that cannot be interrupted by 911 call.

Recommendation: Vote Yes 

Proposition 12

New Standards for Confinement of Certain Farm Animals; Bans Sale of Certain Non-Complying Products

  • Yes Vote: There would be new minimum requirements on farmers to provide more space for egg-laying hens, breeding pigs, and calves raised for veal.
  • No Vote: Current minimum space requirements for confining animals would continue to apply.

Recommendation: Vote No 

County Measures

Flood Control District

  • W – Los Angeles Region’s Public Health and Safe, Clean Water Program – Recommendation: Vote No

Local Jurisdiction Measures

ABC Unified School District

  • BB – Recommendation: Vote No

Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District

  • CK – Recommendation: Vote No

Antelope Valley Health Care District

  • H – Recommendation: Vote No

Baldwin Park Unified School District

  • AE – Baldwin Park Unified School District Safety, Repair, College/Career Readiness Measure – Recommendation: Vote No

Burbank City

  • – Burbank Infrastructure and Community Services Protection Measure P – Recommendation: Vote No

Burbank Unified School District

  • QS – Recommendation: Vote No

Carson City

  • CA – Recommendation: Vote Yes

Covina City

  • CC – Recommendation: Vote No

Cudahy City

  • U – 2018  Cudahy Casino Tax Measure – Recommendation: Vote No
  • R – Cudahy Services Preservation Measure – Recommendation: Vote No
  • CS – Cudahy Public Services Measure – Recommendation: Vote No

Culver City

  • C – Culver City Neighborhood Safety and City Services Protection Measure – Recommendation: Vote No
  • – Recommendation: Vote Yes

Culver City Unified School District

  • K – Recommendation: Vote No 

Diamond Bar City

  • Q – Measure to Fund Diamond Bar Local Services – Recommendation Vote No

Duarte City

  • F – Recommendation: Vote No

El Monte Union School District

  • HS – El Monte Union High School District Repair, Student Safety, Quality Teaching Measure – Recommendation: Vote No

El Segundo Unified School District

  • ES – Recommendation: Vote No

Glendale City

  • S – Measure S. Glendale Quality of Life and Essential Services Protection Measure – Recommendation: Vote No

La Puente City

  • LP – The City of La Puente Public Safety, Vital Services and Neighborhood Protection Measure – Recommendation: Vote No

Lawndale City

  • L – City of Lawndale Vital City Services Measure – Recommendation: Vote No

Long Beach City

  • AAA – Authority of Long Beach City Auditor to Conduct Performance Audits – Recommendation: Vote No
  • BBB – City of Long Beach Term Limits Amendment – Recommendation: Vote No
  • CCC – City of Long Beach Ethics Commission – Recommendation: Vote No
  • DDD – City of Long Beach Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission – Recommendation: Vote No
  • WW – Long Beach Hotel Worker Measure – Recommendation: Vote No

Los Angeles City

  • – Municipal Financial Institution. Charter Amendment B – Recommendation: Vote No 
  • E – Realign City and State Election Dates. Charter Amendment E – Recommendation: Vote Yes

Los Angeles Unified School District

  • EE – Realign Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and State Election Dates. Charter Amendment EE – Recommendation: Vote Yes

Lowell Joint School District

  • LL – Recommendation: Vote No

Malibu City

  • G – Recommendation: Vote No

Maywood City

  • CT – Recommendation: Vote No

Mt. San Antonio Community College District

  • GO – Mt. San Antonio Community College District Job Training, College Transfer, Classroom Repair, Safety Measure – Recommendation: Vote No

Pasadena City

  • I – Pasadena Infrastructure/Community Essential Services Protection Measure – Recommendation: Vote No
  • J – Recommendation: Vote Yes

Pomona City

  • PG – Pomona Public Safety, Homelessness and Essential City Services Protection Measure – Recommendation: Vote No
  • PC – Cannabis Business Tax Measure – Recommendation: Vote No

San Fernando City

  • A – San Fernando Preservation and Beautification Measure – Recommendation: Vote No

Santa Fe Springs City

  • – Recommendation: Vote No

Santa Monica City

  • SM – Recommendation: Vote No
  • TL – Recommendation: Vote Yes
  • RR – Recommendation: Vote Yes

School Facilities Improvement District No. 1 (Santa Monica Schools)

  • SMS – Santa Monica Classroom Repair and 21st Century Education Bond – Recommendation: Vote No

School Facilities Improvement District No. 2 (Malibu Schools)

  • M – Malibu Classroom Repair and 21st Century Education Bond – Recommendation: Vote No

South Pasadena City

  • N – Recommendation: Vote Yes

Wilsona School District

  • WE – Recommendation: Vote No

West Covina City

  • V – Recommendation: Vote No
  • T – Recommendation: Vote No
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