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Hi there, Manhattan Beach, CA voters!
March 5, 2019 is election day ~
glad you dropped by!

(This ballot is blessedly short. Vote for two city council members and for one measure…that’s it!)

I’ve enthusiastically voted for Hildy Stern and Wayne Powell
for the two open seats on the Manhattan Beach City Council and I voted YES on Measure A. 

Hildy Stern has been a trial attorney for the US Department of Justice,
the program director of author events, and an accountant at Arthur Andersen.
As a recent letter writer in the Beach Reporter says (which I didn’t write but agree with), “She has a strong work ethic, is a patient and intelligent problem solver and a great listener. Hildy is soft spoken, but strong and deliberative. She is collaborative…but isn’t afraid to stand by her reasoned decision… In getting to know her, I’ve been particularly impressed by her strength of character and adherence to her values.”  www.HildyStern.com

Wayne Powell has been a two-term Manhattan Beach City Councilmember and mayor,
was a Los Angeles County Beach Commissioner/chair for seven years,
a Manhattan Beach City commissioner for nine years, and has been a
financial controller and chief financial officer. He’s a dedicated community leader,
with a proven record of service to our community.  
www.waynepowell4mb.com/index.html

YES on MEASURE A
To fund essential City services such as police patrols/crime prevention, fire, paramedic/9-1-1 emergency response, street maintenance, pothole repair, community facilities, infrastructure improvements/other general services, shall an ordinance be adopted increasing the City’s existing transient occupancy (hotel) tax paid by hotel/motel guests up to 14%, providing more than $1,000,000 annually for City services, until ended by voters, requiring citizen oversight, independent audits, and all funds locally controlled? YES

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

If you’d like to be on my political email list, email me:
rabbitt101 (at) aol (dot) com with the header: ADD ME

Also,  check out some of the terrific voting resources below…and watch the 30 second video at the very bottom of this page

For your very own ballot in more complex elections, go to VotersEdge.

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
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Voter Resources (many of which, in more complex elections, I used to determine my positions)

      • Download a  SHORT list–just one page–of my voting choices here
        (Refresh your browser each time you return ~ I continue to update it.)
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    • Voter’s Edge ~ My favorite site to 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.

    • California Choices is so cool…check it out!  At the bottom is a chart that includes the positions of unions, newspapers, political parties and non-profits on ballot measures.
    • 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.)
    • 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 House in 2018.
    • Indivisible ~ Their mission is to fuel a progressive grassroots network of local groups to resist the Trump Agenda.
  • The Torrance Refinery Action Alliance is a well-organized grassroots organization that has taught me a lot ~ just click on the first page of their website for a scary map 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: 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:
Drop off your Vote By Mail (VBM) ballot before Election Day.
Find your nearest drop-off location  to return your VBM ballot before Election Day.
Request a VBM Ballot  for this election.
Become a Permanent Vote by Mail Voter  ~ make it easier to vote!
 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.Make Your Mark on June 5th!
LAvote.net
(800) 815-2666, Opt. 3Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk
12400 Imperial Highway, Norwalk, CA 90650

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 15 years.  

If you’d like to be on my political email list, email me at:
rabbitt101 (at) aol (dot) com with the header: ADD ME

This video is 30 seconds long (ignore the date)

If you experience, see or hear about voting problems in your state, please call the toll-free, nonpartisan Election Protection Hotline:
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