CA Ventura County June 2018 Primary Election voting recommendations

By Debra Tash & George Miller

 

The electorate is so polarized that Citizens Journal will continue its tradition of listing voting recommendations from all over the political map  ….

But first- who’s running and for what?

June 5, 2018 Statewide Direct Primary Election Candidate List – Local Offices

June 5, 2018 Statewide Direct Primary Election Candidate List – State and Federal Offices

 

Democratic Party

Statewide Candidates
US Senate: No Consensus*
Governor: No Consensus*
Lieutenant Governor: No Consensus*
Attorney General: No Consensus*
State Controller: Betty Yee
Insurance Commissioner: Ricardo Lara
Secretary of State: Alex Padilla
State Superintendent of Public Instruction: Tony Thurmond
State Treasurer: Fiona Ma
State Board of Equalization District 3: No Consensus*

*No Consensus means that no candidate was able to clear the 60% threshold required for endorsement.

Congressional Candidates
Congressional District 24: Salud Carbajal
Congressional District 25: No Consensus*
Congressional District 26: Julia Brownley
​Congressional District 30: Brad Sherman

State Assembly
District 37: Monique Limon
District 38: Christy Smith
District 44: Jacqui Irwin
District 45: Jesse Gabriel

County Seats
Ventura County, Board of Supervisors District 4: Bernardo M. Perez
Ventura County Superior Court Judge, Office 4: Caleb Donner
Ventura County Superior Court Judge, Office 6: Michael Magasinn

State Propositions
Proposition 68: Yes
Proposition 69: Yes
Proposition 70: No
Proposition 71: Yes
Proposition 72: Yes

Source: http://www.venturacountydemocrats.com/endorsements1.html  5-11-18

 

Indivisible Conejo

Has not responded

 

CAUSE

We were informed that they are not doing a primary voter guide but will do one for the general election.

 

Ventura County Taxpayers Association (VCTA)


VOTE NO ON PROP 68 – CALIFORNIANS FOR CLEAN WATER AND SAFE PARKS
 
 
Why we’re against it: Proposition 68 would allow the state to borrow $4 billion by selling general obligation bonds to investors, then repaying the debt with interest. The state Legislative Analyst estimates that the interest cost will total $3.8 billion, and the cost to taxpayers will be $200 million per year for 40 years. The money would be used for parks, natural resource protection programs, climate adaptation, water quality and flood protection.
 
VCTA is not opposed to all bonds, but we think projects funded with bond dollars should last at least as long as the debt obligation, typically 40 years. Otherwise your kids will spend their lives paying off the debt for something that is long gone.
California’s debt service ratio – the amount of money we spend out of our General Fund solely to pay off bond debt each year – is slightly over five percent. That’s five percent of funds not supporting our colleges, our prisons, pensions or any other priorities.
 
There is not a good track record regarding how previous bond dollars have been spent. In 2006, voters approved Proposition 84, a $5.4 billion bond of which $400 million went to fund 126 park projects, predominately in low-income communities. According to a recent analysis done by the California Natural Resources Agency, 42 projects remain in progress 12 years after the bond was approved. VCTA believes bond money should be spent in a timely manner and fund projects that last the length of the bond.
 
 

 
 VOTE NO ON PROP 69 – MOTOR VEHICLE FEES AND TAXES
 
 
Why we’re against it: Proposition 69 was placed on the ballot the same day the SB 1 gas and car tax increase was approved in 2017. Supporters want you to believe that it 100% guarantees that the gas and car taxes can only be spent on repairing and maintaining roads. But the measure has loopholes that can be easily exploited. It is fake reform.
 
Consider:
  • Proposition 69 exempts all the new gas and car tax revenue from applying against the Gann Spending Limit. The more taxes we exempt out of the limit, the more worthless it becomes as a method to control spending.
  • If any future state General Obligation transportation bonds are approved by voters, under Proposition 69 they can be paid for with money from the car tax out of SB 1. Voters have long said that they want gas and car tax money to go toward repairing and maintaining our roads, not paying off bond debt.
Currently, a billion dollars a year worth of truck weight fees (fees truckers pay because they tear up our roads) are being diverted to pay off bond debt, and some of the money is even going into California’s General Fund. It’s not being used to repair and maintain roads. Proposition 69 could have easily altered this, but does not.
 

 
 VOTE YES ON PROP 72 – PROPERTY TAXATION: NEW  
 CONSTRUCTION: RAIN WATER CAPTURE SYSTEM
 
 
Why we’re for it: Proposition 72 would create a property-tax exemption for rain water capture systems, allowing property owners to purchase and install rain barrels and other water-capture solutions without facing higher property taxes for that improvement to their property. This is similar to existing exemptions for seismic retrofit and solar energy installations.

 

Republican Party

Have not responded to our request

 

Libertarian Party

State-wide Candidates

Governor – 
Two candidates are LPCA endorsed:
Zoltan Istvan
Nickolas Wildstar

Lt. Governor

Tim Ferreira

US Senate 
Derrick Reid

Secretary of State

Gail Lightfoot

Propositions:

Prop 68 Bonds Funding Parks
Issues $4 billion in bonds for parks, environmental protection, and water infrastructure.

NO: We favor direct budgeting, rather than borrowing, for essential government services.

Prop 69 New Transportation Revenues allocated to Transportation 
Requires certain tax and fee revenue related to transportation be used for transportation purposes.

YES: We oppose any tax increases or diversion of funds. This initiative limits expenditures from the gas tax receipts to transportation.

Prop 70 Budget
Requires a one-time two-thirds vote to use revenue from the cap-and-trade program.

YES: We oppose the program, but favor constraints on expenditures.

Prop 71 Direct Democracy
Changes the date for when voter-approved ballot measures take effect.

YES: Laws should go into effect as soon as they are official adopted.

Prop 72 
Excludes rainwater capture systems from property tax assessments.

YES: We oppose any increase in taxes on any property improvements.

Three District School Bonds: Measure A, Oxnard Union High School District, Measure B, Hueneme School District, Measure C – Pleasant Valley School District

NO on all three (See Voter Information Guide Arguments Against) Not one DIME of any school bond money will EVER go to benefit any student. Your tax dollars, millions of dollars can only be used for construction of buildings long after your student graduates..  

For information on the Libertarian Party of Ventura County, please visit our website at http://LPVC.org – email: info@lpvc.org
phone: 805-642-LPVC, (805-642-5782)

 

Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Governor- John Cox

State Treasurer- Jack Guerrero

U.S. Congressional District 45- Mimi Walters

Statewide Measures

Proposition 68- NO
Why we’re against it:
 Proposition 68 would allow the state to borrow $4 billion by selling general obligation bonds to investors, then repaying the debt with interest. The state Legislative Analyst estimates that the interest cost will total $3.8 billion, and the cost to taxpayers will be $200 million per year for 40 years. The money would be used for parks, natural resource protection programs, climate adaptation, water quality and flood protection.

HJTA isn’t opposed to all bonds, but we think projects funded with bond dollars should last at least as long as the debt obligation, typically 40 years. Otherwise your kids will spend their lives paying off the debt for something that is long gone.

California’s debt service ratio, the amount of money we spend out of our General Fund solely to pay off bond debt each year, is slightly over five percent. That’s five percent of funds not supporting our colleges, our prisons, pensions or any other priorities.

There’s not a good track record regarding how previous bond dollars have been spent. In 2006, voters approved Proposition 84, a $5.4 billion bond of which $400 million went to fund 126 park projects, predominately in low-income communities. According to a recent analysis done by the California Natural Resources Agency, 42 projects remain in progress 12 years after the bond was approved. HJTA believes bond money should be spent in a timely manner and fund projects that last the length of the bond.

Proposition 69- NO
Why we’re against it:
 Proposition 69 was placed on the ballot the same day the SB 1 gas and car tax increase was approved in 2017. Supporters want you to believe that it 100% guarantees that the gas and car taxes can only be spent on repairing and maintaining roads. But the measure has loopholes that can be easily exploited. It is fake reform. Consider:

  • Proposition 69 exempts all the new gas and car tax revenue from applying against the Gann Spending Limit. The more taxes we exempt out of the limit, the more worthless it becomes as a method to control spending.
  • If any future state General Obligation transportation bonds are approved by voters, under Proposition 69 they can be paid for with money from the car tax out of SB 1. Voters have long said that they want gas and car tax money to go toward repairing and maintaining our roads, not paying off bond debt.

Currently, a billion dollars a year worth of truck weight fees (fees truckers pay because they tear up our roads) are being diverted to pay off bond debt, and some of the money is even going into California’s General Fund. It’s not being used to repair and maintain roads. Proposition 69 could have easily altered this, but does not.

Proposition 72- YES
Why we’re for it:
 Proposition 72 would create a property-tax exemption for rainwater-capture systems, allowing property owners to purchase and install rainbarrels and other water-capture solutions without facing higher property taxes for that improvement to their property. This is similar to existing exemptions for seismic retrofit and solar energy installations.

 

POV (Point Of View)

A spokeswoman told us that they do not endorse candidates, but will send us issues they feel strongly about and urge you to find candidates who support them. Stand by!

 

League of Women Voters

The League also does not endorse candidates but advances political, civic and social positions, as follows: http://www.lwvventuracounty.org/Positions.html

 

Ventura County Tea Party

Gov- Travis Allen- Conservative- great voting record
Lt Gov- David Hernandez- Solid Conservative
SOS- Mark Meuser
Ins Commissioner- Steve Poizner- 
AG- no preference
Treasurer- Greg Conlon
Bd of Equalization-  no preference
US Senator- We just don’t know these guys
CD25- Knight has betrayed us on immigration, is centrist on most other issues
CD26- Jeff Burum is the ONLY candidate who is highly qualified, scandal-free, Conservative
AD37- No viable choices. Write in someone
AD44- Ronda Baldwin-Kennedy
AD45- No preference
County Supervisor- District 4– Bob Huber
Judges- still researching
County Clerk- Lunn 
Assessor- No recco
DA- No recco
Sheriff- No recco on ballot- write in Bruce Boyer as a protest
Treasurer-Tax Collector- Hintz
Ballot Props
68- Funding parks, natural res– NO. This is just a new tax, a slush fund
69- requires transportation funds be used for that- YES
70- Supermajority need to use cap & Trade $
71- Forces 5 day effectivity on new ballot measures- NO
72 – Exclude new rain capture systems from taxation- YES
School Bonds- NO on all. They are written and administered in a way which permits use for other than school construction, Some aren’t even fully needed. Force them to  go back an rewrite them tighter.
 
California Rifle & Pistol Association
 Rather than make recommendations, they rate each candidate for Second Amendment-friendliness
 
GUBERNATORIAL ELECTION
(R) TRAVIS ALLEN………………………………………..A*
(R) JOHN COX…………………………………………… A
(D) ALBERT CAESAR MEZZETTI……………………C
(D) GAVIN NEWSOM……………………………………..F*
(D) ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA………………………..D*
(L) NICKOLAS WILDSTAR.……….………………. A
(L) ZOLTAN ISTVAN……………….…………….….C
LT. GOVERNOR ELECTION
(L) TIM FERREIRA………………………………………. A
(R) DAVID HERNANDEZ……………………..…… A
(R) LYDIA ORTEGA ……………………..………DNR
(NPP) GAYLE MCLAUGHLIN……………….….DNR
(NPP) DANNY THOMAS ……………………….DNR
(D) JEFF BLEICH………………………………. DNR
(D) CAMERON GHARABIKLOU…………….…DNR
(D) ED HERNANDEZ………………………..…..DNR
(D) ELENI KOUNALAKIS……………………….DNR
(R) DAVID FENNELL………………………..…..DNR
(R) COLE HARRIS……………………………….DNR
ATTORNEY GENERAL ELECTION
(R) STEVEN BAILEY……………………………………..A
(D) XAVIER BECERRA………………………….…F*
(D) DAVE JONES ………………………………DNR
(R) ERIC EARLY ……………………………….DNR
 
STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 37
(D) SOFIA COLLIN ……………………………..DNR
(D) S. MONIQUE LIMÓN(I)………………….……..F
(D) DAVID L. NORRDIN…………………………….A
STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 38
(D) CHRISTY SMITH……………………………DNR
(R) DANTE ACOSTA (I)………..……………………B
STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 44
(D) JACQUI IRWIN (I) ……………………………………..F
(D) ROBERT ZELINSKY…………………………DNR
(R) BALDWIN-KENNEDY……………….……….….A
 
STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 45
(D) RAY BISHOP …………………………….……DNR
(D) JEFF BORNSTEIN ……………………………DNR
(D) DANIEL BRIN ………………………………….DNR
(D) JESSE GABRIEL ……………………………..DNR
(D) ANKUR PATEL ………………………………..DNR
(D) TRICIA KASSON………………………………DNR
(R) JUSTIN M. CLARK ……………………………DNR
VENTURA SHERIFF
BILL AYUB……………………………………………….DNR
Judges
VENTURA COUNTY
SEAT 4
ANTHONY J. SABO……………………………………DNR
SUPERIOR COURT COMMISSIONER
CALEB DONNER……………………………………….DNR
ATTORNEY AT LAW
SEAT 6
MICHAEL L. MAGASINN…………………………….DNR
ATTORNEY AT LAW
DEREK D. MALAN……………………………………..DNR
SUPERIOR COURT COMMISSIONER
 
http://act.crpapac.org/CRPA-2018-Primary-State-Voter-Guide.pdf
 

Pro-Life Council- California Affiliate

Governor John Cox

Lt Gov David Hernandez

Controller Kostas Roditis

Treasurer Jack Guerrero

Atty Gen Steven Bailey

BOE 1st District     Ted Gaines.

BOE 4th District    Joel Anderson

U.S. Senate.   Paul Taylor

Congressional Races

CD 25 Steve Knight

CD3 6 Kimberlin Brown Pelzer

State Senate

SD36 Patricia Bates

SD38 Brian Jones

Assembly

AD 36  Tom Lackey

AD 38  Dante Acosta

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Citizens Journal

Congress

CD25- Knight, only because the opposition is even worse

CD26- Jeff Burum

Statewide

US Senator- Ted Palzer

Governor- No consensus, Cox and Allen debated

Lt Governor- David Hernandez

Secretary of State- Mark Meuser

Insurance Commissioner- Steve Poizner-

Attorney-General- Steven Baily

Treasurer- Greg Conlon

Board of Equalization-  no preference

Controller- No preference

Supt. of Public Instruction- No Preference

State Assembly

AD37- No preference

AD38- Dante Acosta

AD44- Ronda Baldwin-Kennedy

AD45- Clark

County

County Supervisor  District 1- No preference

County Supervisor  District 4- Bob Huber

Judges-

County Clerk/Recorder- Lunn

Assessor- No preference

District Attorney- No preference

Sheriff- No preference

Treasurer-Tax Collector- Hintz

County Supt. of Schools- Stanley Mantooth

Ballot Propositions

68- Funding parks, natural resources, etc.– No

69- Mandates that transportation funds be used for what intended for- No

70- Supermajority vote required  to use cap & Trade $- Yes

71- Five day effectively on new ballot measures- No

72 – Don’t tax new rain capture systems- YES

School Bonds- NO on all. Cleverly written to allow misuse of funds- and they do. Send back to them to rewrite.

Yes, a lot of “no preferences.”  In most cases because candidates are uninspiring or even dangerous. In a few cases because we don’t know enough to opine. In one case, we couldn’t agree.

 

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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One Response to CA Ventura County June 2018 Primary Election voting recommendations

  1. William Hicks May 15, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    Thanks for the homework; both yours and ours.

    Reply

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