Sent: Sunday, May 13, 2012
JACKIE’S SOMETIMES SOLICITED AND SOMETIMES NOT SOLICITED BALLOT RECOMMENDATIONS FOR JUNE 5, 2012 PRIMARY BALLOT
I am still working on the Judges and on some of the District County Committees, but here are my current thoughts on the June 5 Primary:
President of the United States: Though I am a supporter of the President, and plan to actively support his re-election bid this Fall, I want him to feel pressure from the Left, not just from the Right, Far-Right, and Tea-baggers. So, in the Primary, and ONLY IN THE PRIMARY, I will leave the office blank because for President, it is a Party primary, and if you are registered as a Democrat, Barak Obama will be the only name on the ballot in June.United States Senate: Marsha Feinland (Peace and Freedom): While I will vote for Senator Feinstein for U.S. Senate in November, if she is in any risk of
losing, I will vote Peace and Freedom as a protest to Sen. Feinstein’s corporatist positions on an endless number of issues. But she is better than any Republican likely to give her a contest, so I will use the Primary ballot to indicate my displeasure with her voting record.
United States Representative (House of Representatives): The list below is NOT all inclusive, and I will highlight the races where I have actually made an Endorsement, after candidates met with me and my Kitchen Cabinet.
District 24 Lois Capps
District 25 Lee Rogers
District 26 Julia Brownley (Endorsed)
District 27 Judy Chu (Endorsed)
District 28 Adam Schiff—This is a new District for me to live in, again without moving. Adam Schiff has been a tremendous disappointment in his previous District which was lest progressive than the current re-districted 28th. I will probably vote for Schiff anyway, just in case the Republicans are tricky and cross over to vote for one of his Democratic Party opponents.
District 29 Richard Valdez
District 30 Howard Berman - both he and Brad Sherman have been pretty good and pretty bad over the years, I just feel closer to Howard because of his longtime association with CFT, and because he helped me in my very first campaign for school board in 1982—one of only two elected officials who endorsed me at that time.
District 31 Take your pick among the Democrats
District 32 Grace Napolitano
District 33 Henry Waxman
District 34 Xavier Becerra (Endorsed)
District 35 No recommendation
District 37 Karen Bass (Endorsed)
District 38 Linda Sanchez
District 39 Jay Chen
District 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard
District 43 Maxine Waters
District 44 No recommendation
District 47 Alan Lowenthal
District 51 Denise Moreno Ducheny (Endorsed)—In San Diego, Ducheny is running against fellow Democrat, Juan Vargas. Both were in Sacramento when I was there. Unfortunately, Vargas is a good vote on union issues, but voted against Marriage Equality and Domestic Partners in the Assembly when I was there as well. He also is backed by corporate interests that make him suspect in the House of
Representatives. If I could vote in San Diego, I would definitely vote for Denise Ducheny in this race.
District 52 Lori Saldana would be the best to beat Brian Bilbray, the Republican Incombent. Give her a chance to do so by voting for her in the Primary.
District 53 Susan Davis—is one of my UC Berkeley roommates, and a fine woman and legislator already in Congress. I urge you to re-elect her.
Los Angeles County Measures H and L—I am voting YES on H and YES on L.
Measure L continues the current Hotel Occupancy Tax which is primarily paid by visitors to Los Angeles. This tax pays for general county services such as parks, libraries, emergency shelters, etc.
Measure H continues the current Landfill tax which is paid by waste disposal companies and others who dump in the County landfills. The taxes are General fund resources, and pay for anything in the county budget including those mentioned in Measure L above, as well as senior services, law enforcement and so on.
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