Indivisible: Conejo Midterm Voter Guide 2018

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JOIN OUR ELECTION WATCH PARTY!

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 7-11 p.m.
Pitfire Artisan Pizza, 966 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village
RSVP - space is limited!

After a long day of Get Out The Vote activities -- we'll be checking the hoarseness of your voice and the callouses on your feet upon arrival -- join Conejo Together, Indivisible: Conejo, SWAN & Never Again SoCal as we watch the election returns come in from across the nation, California, and the Conejo Valley. RSVP, and stop in when your schedule permits! Attendees will be responsible for their own food and beverage purchases. Bring your own pins and needles!


Our Recommendations

for Election 2018

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The most important midterm election of our lifetimes is upon us. As we plan our next three weeks canvassing, phone banking, postcarding, and rallying on behalf of candidates in the Conejo Valley and elsewhere -- see the calendar on the right for details -- it's important not to lose sight of the endgame: voting!

California's ballot is long and complicated, as usual. You'll notice that Indivisible: Conejo has not offered recommendations for every office or initiative; we have chosen to remain neutral when multiple qualified and/or progressive candidates are competing; when neither argument is compelling; when too little information was available for us to endorse with confidence; and when the race is thoroughly unrelated to Indivisible: Conejo's Mission (i.e., the Conejo Recreation & Parks Board).

We hope this guide will help you sort through the morass of candidates and initiatives, and choose wisely for your future and America's!


GOVERNOR
Gavin Newsom (D)

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
Eleni Koulanakis (D)

SECRETARY OF STATE
Alex Padilla

STATE CONTROLLER
Betty Yee

STATE TREASURER
Fiona Ma

ATTORNEY GENERAL
Xavier Becerra

INSURANCE COMMISSIONER
Ricardo Lara

BOARD OF EQUALIZATION DISTRICT 3
Tony Vazquez

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U.S. SENATE
(No recommendation. Indivisible: Conejo's membership voted not to endorse either Sen. Dianne Feinstein or state Sen. Kevin de León during our August meeting)

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
CA-26
Rep. Julia Brownley (D)
CA-25
Katie Hill (D)
CA-33
Rep. Ted Lieu (D)

CALIFORNIA STATE ASSEMBLY
District 44
Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D)
District 38
Christy Smith (D)
District 50
Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D)

STATE JUDICIAL NOMINATIONS

  • Vote NO on Carol Corrigan's re-appointment as Associate Justice of the CA Supreme Court

  • Vote YES on all other nominations

(California's process for voter affirmation of judicial appointments is complex and confusing. One thing is clear, however: Since the last time voters had to confirm her position on the state Supreme Court, Carol Corrigan has voted twice against marriage equality -- first in a 2007 dissent, in the case that temporarily legalized same-sex marriages before Prop 8, and then again in affirming Prop 8's constitutionality in 2009 -- a decision that eventually was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.)

STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION
Tony Thurmond

VENTURA COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION, AREA 2
(No recommendation. Both Paula Nathan and Mike Teasdale are well-qualified, excellent candidates.)

VENTURA COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT BOARD, AREA 2
Dianne McKay

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CONEJO VALLEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES
(three seats are up for election)
Jenny Fitzgerald
Cindy Goldberg
Bill Gorback

LAS VIRGENES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES
(No recommendation. Three seats are up for election. Challenger Kiyomi Kowalski is a qualified and compelling candidate -- but the three incumbents have performed their jobs well.)

THOUSAND OAKS CITY COUNCIL
(three seats are up for election; Indivisible: Conejo is making only two recommendations)
Bob Engler
Claudia Bill-de la Peña

AGOURA HILLS CITY COUNCIL
(three seats are up for election; Indivisible: Conejo is making only two recommendations)
Debbie Klein Lopez
Chris Anstead

WESTLAKE VILLAGE CITY COUNCIL
(No recommendations)

SIMI VALLEY MAYOR
(No recommendation. Dawn Gray and Carina Armenta are both excellent candidates)

SIMI VALLEY CITY COUNCIL
(two seats are up for election)
Phil Loos
Ruth Luevanos

CONEJO RECREATION AND PARKS DISTRICT
(No recommendations. Three seats are up for election)

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MEASURE P, THOUSAND OAKS
Yes
(Passage of this measure will allow the city of Thousand Oaks to tax marijuana businesses to fund general city purposes)

BALLOT INITIATIVES
Proposition 1 – Yes
Issues $4 billion in bonds for housing programs and veterans’ home loans. California desperately needs affordable housing. Prop 1 will help build it -- Los Angeles Times, Oct. 9

Proposition 2 – Yes
Authorizes state to use revenue from millionaire’s tax for $2 billion in bonds for homelessness prevention housing. Mentally ill homeless people won't get well on the sidewalks. They need housing -- Los Angeles Times, Oct. 2

Proposition 3 – No
Issues $8.877 billion in bonds for water-related infrastructure and environmental projects. "Proposition 3 is not merely a request for money, but an effort to force taxpayers all across the state to pay costs that ought to be borne by the private or regional interests that will benefit." -- Los Angeles Times, Oct. 12

Proposition 4 – Yes
Issues $1.5 billion in bonds for children’s hospitals. "It’s lamentable that children’s hospitals have to keep coming back to voters for help with their capital expenses, but...many of these hospitals serve a disproportionate share of low-income patients, leaving them dependent on the state’s help to meet their construction needs." -- Los Angeles Times, Sept. 25

Proposition 5 – No
Revises process for homebuyers who are age 55 or older, or severely disabled, to transfer their tax assessments. "It goes too far, costs too much and serves no important public purpose...What’s more, it’s a cynical, self-serving measure promoted by a single interest group." Los Angeles Times, Oct. 8

Proposition 6 – No
Repeals 2017’s fuel tax and vehicle fee increases and requires a public vote on future increases. "Sure, you might save $1.50 every time you fill up your sedan. But you’ll spend a lot more repairing tires, alignment, shocks and other parts caused by driving on potholed and damaged roads...California’s infrastructure — once the envy of the U.S. — will further deteriorate; traffic will continue to increase." Los Angeles Times, Sept. 22

Proposition 7 – Yes
Authorizes legislature to provide for permanent daylight saving time if the federal government allows. "It won’t stop the clock-changing; it would just allow the discussion to continue about the merits of doing so, [and make] procedural changes needed to allow a future shift to permanent daylight saving time. It’s a debate worth having." Los Angeles Times, Sept. 29

Proposition 8 – No endorsement
Limits profits at private dialysis clinics. Labor unions want these clinics to allow employees to unionize, and to address problems of understaffing. Clinic operators counter that the revenue cap would force many clinics to close.

Proposition 10 – Yes
Allows local governments to decide whether to institute rent control in their communities. "Although the housing crisis is widespread, each city has its own challenges and needs the flexibility to adopt its own remedies...Predictions that Proposition 10 would devastate the housing market are overstated." Los Angeles Times, Sept. 15
 
Proposition 11 – No endorsement
Allows private ambulance providers an exemption from state labor laws, enabling them to require workers to remain on call during lunch and other paid breaks. Supporters note that the measure simply would preserve current practice, and would save localities (and taxpayers) from paying for increased staffing; opponents say state laws, as interpreted in a recent court decision, should be observed.  

Proposition 12 – Yes
Bans sale of meat from animals confined in small spaces. "It’s important that animal welfare standards be more than suggestions, or good-hearted gestures to be undertaken when it’s convenient and withdrawn when it’s not." Los Angeles Times, Sept. 28

MARK YOUR

CALENDAR!