Hi there, Manhattan Beach and other CA voters ~ glad you dropped by!

The General Election will be held on November 3, 2020….but everyone agrees it’s best this year to be an #OctoberVoter 

This ballot is a work in progress…check back for new info.

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Voting is your Superpower!   Don’t you dare stay home.

And if you’re not from California, here’s a terrific (and fun) site with 50 videos–one for each state–by Stephen Colbert showing how to vote in your state.

Here’s a list of LA County vote by mail DROP BOXES

And check out the terrific voting resources below!

“If cousin Pookie would vote, if Uncle Jethro would get off the couch and stop watching sports center and go register some folks and go to the polls, we might have a different kind of politics. That’s what the Moses generation teaches us. Kick off your bedroom slippers. Put on your marching shoes. Go do some politics. Change this country!” ~ Barack Obama

Click on the 'Find out more' link to visit the candidate's website (if they have one)

President
Joseph R. Biden & Kamala D. Harris

Really?

Vote for Joe.

District 33, U.S. House of Representatives
Ted W. Lieu

Ted Lieu‘s been my guy since he was my state representative. He’s articulate, experienced, fearless and humorous ~ exactly what we need right now.

District 66, California State Assembly
Al Muratsuchi

I’ll never forget sitting around our kitchen table with Al Muratsuchi and his staff after a house party in his first campaign for State Representative. Al’s one of the good guys.

Judge, Seat 162, Los Angeles County Superior Court
Scott Andrew Yang

There’s CONSIDERABLE disagreement regarding this seat.  I’m going with the Beach Cities Democrats, the LA County Democratic Party, and a trusted source.

Judge, Seat 72 — Los Angeles County Superior Court
Steve Morgan

There seems to be universal agreement on Steve Morgan

Judge, Seat 80, Los Angeles County Superior Court
David A. Berger

There seems to be universal agreement on Berger

Board of Trustees, Trustee Area 3, El Camino Community College District
Trisha Murakawa

Vanessa Poster pointed me to Trisha Murakawa, and her website convinced me. Vanessa writes: “Trisha Murakawa is dedicated to fully funding community college programs to support higher education for everyone.  She is a passionate public servant and will fight for reducing the cost of education; creating a learning environment that keeps students, faculty and staff safe; and expanding career training.  Trisha has been a personal friend and mentor for nearly 30 years.  She is not just smart, she’s savvy. All government needs more people like Trisha.”

Board of Trustees, Manhattan Beach Unified School District
Jason Boxer and Cathey Graves

Here are their websites: Jason Boxer and Cathey Graves

District Attorney — Los Angeles County
George Gascón

On December 10, 2019,  The ACLU wrote:
…the race for district attorney in Los Angeles County involves issues so vital nationwide that the New York Times called it “the most important district attorney’s race in America.” The Los Angeles Times said that except for the presidential race, it’s the “most important item before voters in 2020.”

George Gascón has recently inspired a spate of people (including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti) to reverse their previous stand and publically endorse him. He is a former LA beat cop, Arizona Chief of Police and San Francisco DA and an advocate for justice reform.  He’s endorsed by the LA Times, LA Democratic Party, the Stonewall Dems, and the Los Angles County Young Dems. Other supporters include Americans for Democratic Action of Southern California, The Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters, and lots of unions.

City Council, City of Manhattan Beach
Grettel Fournell and Richard Montgomery

I generally vote for just one candidate even when there are several spots, to make my one vote weigh more.  However, in this election, I’m voting for at least two. Grettel Fournell is endorsed by The Beach Cities Democrats, Generation Blue Political Fund, by the Manhattan Beach Fire Association, seven former mayors and all five school board members. Check out her website ~ Grettel has years of experience in finance and as a grassroots volunteer in our community.

Richard Montgomery  has been a steady presence as a local elected official leader, and he’s a long time community volunteer. He’s friendly, good natured, and easy to talk to. And chances are, he knows your name.

City Treasurer, City of Manhattan Beach
Tim Lilligren

Tim Lilligren is running unopposed

Board of Directors, Beach Cities Health District
Vanessa I. Poster and Vish Chatterji

I’ve known Vanessa Poster for ages–she’s articulate, smart, fair, and she listens. Take a look at her endorsements, and what they say about her, starting with Congressman Ted Lieu.

We can vote for up to three people; I’m only voting for two: Vanessa and Vish Chatterji.

I am impressed by the breath of experience on Vish’s website and by all that he’s thought about and done for our community, as reflected in this Octother 8th article in the Easy Reader.

Board of Directors, Division 2, Water Replenishment District of Southern California
George Uraguchi

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Member, Board of Directors, Division 3, West Basin Municipal Water District
Doug Solomon

Doug Solmon is endorsed by the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters, which convinced me.

State of California Propositions

Proposition 14 - Stem Cell Research
Yes

AUTHORIZES BONDS CONTINUING STEM CELL RESEARCH. INITIATIVE STATUTE. Authorizes $5.5 billion state bonds for: stem cell and other medical research, including training; research facility construction; administrative costs. Dedicates $1.5 billion to brain-related diseases. Appropriates General Fund moneys…

Endorsed by ALS, Cure Project, Parkinson Alliance, Equality California and more.
Opposed by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and “pro-life” groups

CON: a trusted source points out that bonds, overall, are usually for captial projects,  not for operating funds. And we’ve previously authorized funding this project through Proposition 71 in 2004.

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Proposition 15 - Taxes on Commercial Property
Yes

INCREASES FUNDING SOURCES FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS, COMMUNITY COLLEGES, AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT SERVICES BY CHANGING TAX ASSESSMENT OF COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. Taxes such properties based on current market value, instead of purchase price. Fiscal impact: Increased.

CON:  Small businesses may end up paying for this if they have what’s called a triple net lease, which stipulates that as property taxes go up, the tenant pays.

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Proposition 16 — Allow Public Agencies to Consider Diversity
Yes

ALLOWS DIVERSITY AS A FACTOR IN PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT, EDUCATION, AND CONTRACTING DECISIONS Permits government decision-making policies to consider race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in order to address diversity by repealing constitutional provision prohibiting such policies.

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Proposition 17 - Voting Rights for People on Parole
Yes

RESTORES RIGHT TO VOTE AFTER COMPLETION OF PRISON TERM. LEGISLATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. Restores voting rights upon completion of prison term to persons who have been disqualified from voting while serving a prison term.

Secretary of State Alex Padilla states that it will “restore voting rights to 50,000 Californians who have served their time in state prison…Civic engagement, including participating in our elections, has a very positive impact on reducing recidivism.”

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Proposition 18 - Voting Rights for 17-Year-Olds
Yes

AMENDS CALIFORNIA CONSTITUTION TO PERMIT 17-YEAR-OLDS TO VOTE IN PRIMARY AND SPECIAL ELECTIONS IF THEY WILL TURN 18 BY THE NEXT GENERAL ELECTION AND BE OTHERWISE ELIGIBLE TO VOTE. LEGISLATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT.

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Proposition 19 - Changes in Property Tax Rules
NO

CHANGES CERTAIN PROPERTY TAX RULES. LEGISLATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. Allows homeowners who are over 55, disabled, or wildfire/disaster victims to transfer primary residence’s tax base to replacement residence. Changes of taxation of family-property transfers. Establishes fire protection services.

The ACLU and the LWV of California agree.  the League says NO on 19: because it “exacerbates an already inequitable property tax system – offering tax breaks to people who do not need them. Providing tax breaks to homeowners over 55 who purchase a replacement home, and allowing them to ‘transfer’ their current tax assessment to a new home anywhere in the state, does nothing to help low-income seniors or families struggling to find housing. This proposition would allow not just one, but three such transfers. Senior citizens are already allowed to keep their current tax assessment when they purchase a home of equal or lesser value.”

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Proposition 20 - Changes to Criminal Penalties and Parole
No

RESTRICTS PAROLE FOR CERTAIN OFFENSES CURRENTLY CONSIDERED TO BE NON-VIOLENT. AUTHORIZES FELONY SENTENCES FOR CERTAIN OFFENSES CURRENTLY TREATED ONLY AS MISDEMEANORS. INITIATIVE STATUTE. Limits access to parole program established for non-violent offenders who have completed the full term of their primary.
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According to Human Rights Watch:
“Proposition 20 seeks to roll back California’s recent criminal legal system reforms. Proposition 20 would empower prosecutors to charge certain property offenses, including theft of property valued over US$250, as felonies rather than misdemeanors, allowing for longer prison or jail sentences and other harmful consequences. It would prevent people incarcerated for certain non-violent offenses from applying for early parole release and would require law enforcement to collect DNA samples from people convicted of certain misdemeanors.” (I put that part in bold…that’s so wrong.)

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Proposition 21 - Rent Control
YES (ack! See both arguments below)

EXPANDS LOCAL GOVERNMENTS’ AUTHORITY TO ENACT RENT CONTROL ON RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY. INITIATIVE STATUTE. Allows local governments to establish rent control on residential properties over 15 years old. Local limits on rate increases may differ from statewide limit.

Note: this allows local government to enact rent control so IF they decide to.

The ACLU says Proposition 21 “would allow local communities to institute or expand rent control to help deal with California’s housing crisis and rising numbers of people who are homeless. ”

But there’s another side to this issue (I’m so glad I’m not a politician!)

I have several friends who own a few small properties. They are fair to their tenants, made repairs as needed, and depend on this income.

The California LWV is neutral on this proposition. They say (I highlighted in bold ):
“The League supports efforts to help resolve California’s housing crisis. We promote solutions aimed at increasing housing production in a sustainable, accessible, and equitable manner. Rent control policies are one strategy to address California’s housing challenges, offer tenant protections, and prevent displacement. Rent control may be an effective short-term solution but studies suggest that its longer-term impact may, in certain cases, stifle the building of high-density and more affordable housing.

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Proposition 22 - Rideshare and Delivery Drivers
No

EXEMPTS APP-BASED TRANSPORTATION AND DELIVERY COMPANIES FROM PROVIDING EMPLOYEE BENEFITS TO CERTAIN DRIVERS. INITIATIVE STATUTE. Classifies app-based drivers as “independent contractors,” instead of “employees,” and provides independent-contractor drivers other compensation, unless certain criteria are.

This was put on the ballot by Lyft and Uber.  The LA Times writes (I highlighted in bold): “The benefits are modest at best. Because drivers spend about a third of their time waiting to be summoned by a customer, the measure’s pay floor would translate to about 80% of the minimum wage. Drivers would be reimbursed at an initial rate of only 30 cents per mile, a little more than half the rate recognized by the Internal Revenue Service. They would have no paid sick days or family leave. There’s no provision to let them form a union.”  And, “Granted, it would be tricky to design a system that delivered a set of protections for these workers that were the functional equivalent of the ones for employees, but Proposition 22 doesn’t come close. Even conceding that Uber and Lyft have not been profitable, the sub-minimum-wage floor that the proposition would set under drivers’ earnings is unacceptable. And the proposition would bar the Legislature from making any changes to its terms without an all-but-impossible seven-eighths majority vote.”

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Proposition 23 - Kidney Dialysis
No

AUTHORIZES STATE REGULATION OF KIDNEY DIALYSIS CLINICS. ESTABLISHES MINIMUM STAFFING AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS. INITIATIVE STATUTE. Requires physician or other specified medical professional on site during dialysis treatment. Prohibits clinics from reducing services without state approval.

We’re deciding how kidney patients should be cared for…really? I AM NOT A DOCTOR! How can we be expected to vote on such an important and complex issue?  It’s clear that our healthcare system is broken and this is just one example.

One of my very smart friends, Linda Neal send this:
As it stands now, dialysis units are staffed by very competent, trained medical personnel, and doctors are on call and make regular visits to the units. They don’t need to be there, sitting at a desk. It is a costly, unnecessary proposition. 

As a kidney transplant patient, former and future dialysis patient, I urge you to vote “NO” on Proposition 23. The measure is not in the best interest of kidney patients and will put doctors in bureaucratic positions instead of doing the work they are trained to do. “

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Proposition 24 - Consumer Privacy
No

AMENDS CONSUMER PRIVACY LAWS. INITIATIVE STATUTE. Permits consumers to: prevent businesses from sharing personal information, correct inaccurate personal information, and limit businesses’ use of “sensitive personal information,” including precise geolocation, race, ethnicity, and health information.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation does not support it; nor does EFF oppose it. Here’s a little of what they  say in their post titled Why EFF Doesn’t Support California Proposition 24 :

EFF works across the country to enact and defend laws that empower technology users to control how businesses process their personal information. The best consumer data privacy laws require businesses to get consumers’ opt-in consent before processing their data; bar data processing except as necessary to give consumers what they asked for (often called “data minimization”); forbid “pay for privacy” schemes that pressure all consumers, and especially those with lower incomes, to surrender their privacy rights; and let consumers sue businesses that break these rules. In California, we’ve worked with other privacy advocates to try to pass these kinds of strengthening amendments to our existing California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).

Prop 24 does not do enough to advance the data privacy of California consumers. It is a mixed bag of partial steps backwards and forwards. It includes some but not most of the strengthening amendments urged by privacy advocates.

  • More compulsion to pay for our privacy Prop 24 would expand “pay for privacy” schemes.
  •  A missed opportunity on privacy-preserving defaults EFF advocates for an opt-in model of data processing, where businesses cannot collect, use, share, or store our information without first getting our explicit consent. This makes privacy the default option. Studiesshow that defaults matter, because most people don’t change the settings of their devices and apps. Privacy should be the default…
  •  A half-step on data minimization Prop 24’s data minimization rule is only a partial step forward.
  •  Erosion of the right to delete Prop 24 would expand the power of a business to refuse a consumer’s request to delete their data.
  • Weaker biometric privacy
  •  More mixing of data Prop 24 would expand the power of service providers (which process data for businesses) to combine sets of consumer data that they obtain from different businesses or directly from consumers.
  • No enforcement by consumers Prop 24 does not empower consumers to sue businesses that violate their privacy rights.
  • There’s more ~ read the full post.

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Proposition 25 - Getting Rid of Bail
NO (Many respected people & organizations on both sides ~ ARGH!)

REFERENDUM ON LAW THAT REPLACED MONEY BAIL SYSTEM WITH A SYSTEM BASED ON PUBLIC SAFETY AND FLIGHT RISK. A “Yes” vote approves, and a “No” vote rejects, law replacing money bail with system based on public safety and flight risk.

I’VE GOTTEN THE MOST FEEDBACK ON THIS PROPOSITION.

On the YES side: Ted Lieu, Karen Bass, The League of Women Voters California, The California Democratic Party and more. Read why the LA Times supports it. 

A fellow member of the League of Women Voters writes:
“This is a referendum on SB 10, which passed in the legislature last year.  The next day the bail bond companies filed a veto referendum to put it on the ballot and overturn the bill.

…This is our chance to get rid of the cash bail system.  Two states (Alaska and New Jersey) have been successful at doing this in 2014.  You’re correct, the ACLU did not take a position on the Proposition, but they did say they were not opposed to getting rid of the cash bail system.  The risk assessment is still being worked out and can be changed….The proposition is not perfect, but it is our one chance to replace the state’s cash bail system.  I urge you to take another look at it.”

On the NO side:

A very smart friend who’s worked at the ACLU for 25 years  pointed me to their NO recommendation, which states that Proposition 25: “would eliminate money bail, but replace it with risk assessment tools that are racially and socioeconomically biased. It would also expand police agency funding.”

And another very smart friend writes: “It replaces a bad system (money bail) with an even more racist system (risk assessment algorithms)” He also says that Justice LA, Patrisse Cullors (founder of BLM), Human Rights Watch, and all the other truly progressive and grassroots groups in LA agree with him on that.

So…I looked what Human Rights Watch says:
Proposition 25, which, if passed, would replace the unjust money bail system with an even more discriminatory system. This proposition would empower judges to detain people pretrial without any possibility of release and would institute racially biased algorithmic risk assessment tools to determine release eligibility. It increases funding and power for probation departments to supervise and monitor people who haven’t been convicted of a crime.  Proposition 25 would likely increase pretrial incarceration and, by increasing funding to law enforcement and entrenching more power with judges, may make achieving meaningful criminal justice reform in California even more difficult.”

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Measures

Measure J - Ordinance amendment
Yes

COMMUNITY INVESTMENT AND ALTERNATIVES TO INCARCERATION MINIMUM COUNTY BUDGET ALLOCATION. Shall the measure, annually allocating in the County’s budget no less than ten percent (10%) of the County’s locally generated unrestricted revenues in the general fund to address the disproportionate impact of racial injustice through community investment and alternatives to incarceration and prohibiting using those funds for carceral systems and law enforcement agencies as detailed in the ordinance adopting the proposed charter amendment, be adopted?

There are lots of progressive organizations and individuals who say YES: https://yesonj.reimagine.la/about/

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FABULOUS VOTER RESOURCES

  • Nervous about what happens after the election?  ​There’s a boatload of visionary people who have been working on protecting our Democracy.  Check out Choose Democracy and Protect the Results.
  • For a list of Vote Centers and Ballot Drop-off locations in your county, log into VoterStatus.sos.ca.gov.  (Find detailed info about voting in California from the Secretary of State  below.)
  • Voter’s Edge ~ My favorite site to help me figure out my ballot. Extremely easy to use. Compare candidates. Dive deep: who contributed to their campaign and how much? You can save your choices as you move through your ballot.
  • Register to vote here ~ a one-stop shop for everything you need to know about the candidates and measures on your ballot.
    [new to California in 2020: you can REGISTER WHERE YOU VOTE–AND THEN VOTE the same day. Yay!]
  • How to Vote For Judges in LA County  
  • Opposition Research: see how the far right votes on judgesVery useful to see who not to vote for.
  • The California Democratic Party’s endorsements
  • CAvotes.org ~ the League of Women Voter’s Education Fund’s site. Click on “VOTE,” and become a wizard in all things election-related. While you’re there, consider making a donation  (contributions to the League’s Education Fund are tax deductible.)
  • Los Angeles Times endorsements 
  • Vote Save America Just go here–it’s an extraordinarily well-done voting site. It’s produced by the Pod Save America guys.
  • Generation Blue Political Fund ~ an organization of smart, forward thinking South Bay voters who effectively educate, inspire and activate voters.
  • South Bay Cares ~ a socially-minded nonprofit dedicated to advocating for human, environmental, and constitutional rights through community action.
  • Swing Left ~ Swing Districts are places where the winner of the last House of Representatives election was determined by a thin margin. Swing Left helps you find and commit to supporting progressives in your closest Swing District so that you can help ensure we take back the  Senate…the country…asap.
  • Indivisible~ Their mission is to fuel a progressive grassroots network of local groups to take back the Senate and resist the Trump Agenda.

  • The Torrance Refinery Action Alliance is a well-organized grassroots organization that has taught me a lot ~ click on this link for videos and maps of what could happen if MHF is released by the Torrance Refinery or the Wilmington Refinery.

Peace Action ~ Of all the groups I give to, I save my biggest donation for Peace Action, which is a lean, efficient and politically pragmatic organization. Once a year, a Peace Action staffer comes over for lunch and teaches me a TON about the peace movement and specifically what Peace Action is doing to move our politicians, our policies, our country towards peace. Contact me to join us for lunch this year on Friday, February 21st:  rabbitt101 (at) aol (dot) com with the header: PEACE ACTION

Authors and Illustrators for Children Children’s author Bruce Balan and I founded AIC in 2004. It’s now a nationwide organization of children’s book creators and associates committed to vote, campaign, and speak out for candidates and policies to create a safe, healthy, and inspired future for children everywhere. Join us.

Useful links from the LA County Registrar:
Find your nearest drop-off location to return your Vote By Mail (VBM) ballot before Election Day.
Check Your Status  ~ not sure if you are a VBM voter already OR do you want to check the status of your ballot?
Text Messages
~receive quick and easy text message notifications about important election information.

Why the heck do I tell you and your friends how I voted? I started this site because I used to call my brilliant uncle Raphael Konigsberg and ask him how to vote–especially for judges. I mean, who knew how to pick judges?  When he died, I said, “So now who’ll tell me how to vote?”

Then I realized, “Uh-oh…”

So…I’ve been researching, comparing, and sharing my ballot with friends, and friends of friends for more than 20 years.  

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