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As an L.A. County relative "newbie," I'm a bit flummoxed by the sight of the Nonpartisan Offices in the just-released Official Sample Ballot for the June 3rd Statewide Direct Primary Election.  Any of you "old hands" want to render opinions on these contested (& uncontested) races?  Seems like we should all know who's progressive and who's not.  Thanks in advance!!

JUDICIAL (Judge of the Superior Court):

No. 22
Amy Carter
Pamala F. Matsumoto

No. 48
Charles M. Calderon
Carol Rose

No. 54
Debra L. Losnick
Shannon L. Knight

No. 61
Dayan Mathai
B. Otis Felder
Jacqueline H. Lewis

No. 72
Chris J. Frisco

No. 76
Alison Matsumoto Estrada
Helen Kim

No. 82
Ann H. Park

No. 87
Tom Griego
Steven P. Schreiner
Andrew M. Stein

No. 90
Serena R. Murillo

No. 97
Songhai "Sunny" Armstead
Teresa P. Magno

No. 107
Emma Castro
Joan M. Chrostek

No. 113
Steven Klaif
Stacy Wiese

No. 117
Carol Najera
James B. Pierce

No. 138
Marc A. Gibbons
Donna Hollingsworth Armstrong

No. 157
Andrew Cooper
Arnold William Mednick

SCHOOL (supt. of Public Instruction)
Marshall Tuck
Lydia A. Gutiérrez
Tom Torlakson

COUNTY (Assessor)
Brilliant Edward Manyere
Krish Kumar
Nestor "Rick" Valencia
Jeffrey Prang
Omar Haroon
Frank Diaz, Jr.
Yvonne Austin
Sandy Sun
John "Lower Taxes" Loew  [I kid you not!]
Tracy Okida
John Y. Wong
John Morris

COUNTY (Sheriff)
Lou Vince
Paul Tanaka
James Hellmold
Patrick L. Gomez
Todd S. Rogers
Bob Olmsted
Jim McDonnell

End of Nonpartisan Offices….

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Are you informed about lower-office candidates?

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  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 0-)

    "There is no way to give to honest toil its just reward--its full share of all wealth produced--but by the full application of the single tax. And righteousness and justice require it to be done." --A. Moll, 1897

    by Zwenkau on Mon May 05, 2014 at 11:29:52 AM PDT

  •  you might check (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Zwenkau

    the LWV site. (It needs to be cleaned up and updated, to be really useful.)
    You should get about a zillion flyers with (paid) party 'recommendations' over the next three weeks, also. (More in November. I tossed a couple of pounds of flyers last time.)

    Otherwise, you have the newspaper recommendations (for whatever they're worth). Judicial slots are really only noticed in Superior Court. McDonnell is probably the leader for Sheriff. County Assessor is something of a crap shoot, particularly after the last one. You can frequently find out which party they're in and what kind of positions they have.

    In my neighborhood we have a candidate who lost two years ago and is running with the exact same positions (primarily 'save prop 13'). I have to admit that it saves on sign costs, but it doesn't inspire me with confidence that it's someone who can think or learn.

    (Is it time for the pitchforks and torches yet?)

    by PJEvans on Mon May 05, 2014 at 12:01:49 PM PDT

    •  Thanks for the tip. (0+ / 0-)

      The LWV site does provide some candidate-supplied info for the judicial positions and the offices of Assessor and Sheriff.  I'm still hoping for some Kossack expressions of support or non-support, nonetheless.

      "There is no way to give to honest toil its just reward--its full share of all wealth produced--but by the full application of the single tax. And righteousness and justice require it to be done." --A. Moll, 1897

      by Zwenkau on Mon May 05, 2014 at 12:22:15 PM PDT

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  •  Term limits are now in play (1+ / 0-)
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    Zwenkau

    Term limits voted on in 2002 have finally kicked in for the Board of Supervisors. Molina and Yaroslavsky have been termed out of office. Knabe and Antonovich will be termed out in 2016.

    •  Antonovich (0+ / 0-)

      He had only token opposition last time, so it will be interesting to see who wants his job.  My sense is that we'll be lucky to have anyone who's got a strong name as a progressive in the race, given the area represented.  The district seems to be comprised of "whatever we didn't already put into one of the other four," as best as I can tell.

      "There is no way to give to honest toil its just reward--its full share of all wealth produced--but by the full application of the single tax. And righteousness and justice require it to be done." --A. Moll, 1897

      by Zwenkau on Mon May 05, 2014 at 09:45:09 PM PDT

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  •  Update (0+ / 0-)

    A personal friend had these ideas, which I've edited:

    The first experience I look for is experience as a court commissioner. They hear minor matters as county employees usually. Commissioners have some judicial experience and you may be able to find reviews of their time on the bench online. Generally though, they are better equipped than most to be judges.

    Second, I look for civil trial attorneys. ...I really think civil trial experience is necessary. Judges that move into the civil arena after the all too common DA-to-criminal bench track, are the worst judges out there. Although most judges will do time on the criminal bench during their career it's not rocket science. To be honest, criminal cases are pretty much all the same as far as judges go - there are the major steps to get a case to trial - preliminary arraignment/bail/we've got you charged hearings, then an evidentiary hearing which has the same standard no matter what and once you learn the constitutional law involved it's just the facts for the judge to weigh. Then you have a trial - all one standard of proof and all one standard set of jury instructions. On the other hand, civil court judges have to be familiar with many areas of law and the various procedural requirements and changing standards and burdens of proof at different stages of the game. This is where shitty judges screw up. Thus, I like civil trial attorneys over criminal or transaction attorneys.

    Finally, criminal prosecutors usually take up a lot of the ballot for judges. You don't need me to tell you that they are generally going to be more conservative politically which is a consideration.... I also think that criminal prosecutors are more likely to become biased toward one side or another in the civil arena just generally. We all know judges who look for ways to rule in favor of plaintiffs or defendants. I think this tendency to fall into the "favorites" trap comes from the mindset criminal prosecutors get in that there is really only one side to any story....

    So now, with PJEvans' recommended League site mentioned above, I've at least got some basis for making some picks.  Any more ideas out there??

    "There is no way to give to honest toil its just reward--its full share of all wealth produced--but by the full application of the single tax. And righteousness and justice require it to be done." --A. Moll, 1897

    by Zwenkau on Mon May 05, 2014 at 09:54:53 PM PDT

    •  OK, my preliminary choices... (0+ / 0-)

      are now made, based on the above advice and the LWV pages.  I'm crossing the fingers of both hands, and would love to hear arguments for other candidates….

      Judges:
        22 - Matsumoto
        48 - Calderon
        54 - Losnick
        61 - Lewis
        76 - Estrada
        87 - Griego
        97 - Armstead
      107 - Castro
      113 - Klaif
      117 - Pierce
      138 - Gibbons
      157 - Mednick

      School - Torlakson

      Assessor - Wong

      Sheriff - McDonnell

      "There is no way to give to honest toil its just reward--its full share of all wealth produced--but by the full application of the single tax. And righteousness and justice require it to be done." --A. Moll, 1897

      by Zwenkau on Mon May 05, 2014 at 11:16:17 PM PDT

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