Below are the official ballot recommendations of the California Democratic Party and the Ventura County Democratic Party. The upcoming election is a pivotal one for California. Many of the issues this year will have a critical impact on our way of life.
It is very important that all Democrats do their civic duty and vote on Nov. 2. We need to support candidates who uphold our values of excellent public education, good jobs, healthcare for all and a clean environment for future generations.
STATEWIDE OFFICES / U.S. SENATE
Secretary of State
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Board of Equalization District 2
CD 24 Tim Allison
CD 23 Lois Capps
AD 35 Das Williams
AD 37 Ferial Masry
AD 38 Diana Shaw
AD 41 Julia Brownley
Ventura County Democratic Party (VCDP) recommendations
Proposition 19: VCDP – Yes
Allows people 21 years old or older to possess, cultivate, or transport marijuana for personal use. Permits local governments to regulate and tax commercial production and sale of marijuana to people 21 years old or older. Prohibits people from possessing marijuana on school grounds, using it in public, smoking it while minors are present, or providing it to anyone under 21 years old. Maintains current prohibitions against driving while impaired.
Proposition 20: VCDP – No
Removes elected representatives from process of establishing congressional districts and transfers that authority to recently authorized 14-member redistricting commission comprised of Democrats, Republicans, and respresentatives of neither party. Funded almost entirely by a Republican billionaire.
Proposition 21: VCDP – Yes
Establishes $18 annual vehicle license surcharge to help fund state parks and wildlife programs. Grants surcharged vehicles free admission to all state parks. Will set aside protected fund for State Parks, thus protecting the local economies that depend on them.
Proposition 22: VCDP – Neutral
Prohibits the state from borrowing or taking funds used for transportation, redevelopment, or local government projects and services. Could impact state funding of schools and public safety.
Proposition 23: VCDP – No
Suspends implementation of air pollution control law (AB 32) requiring major sources of emissions to report and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming, until unemployment drops to 5.5 percent or less for full year. Funded by Texas oil companies and other oil interests who are known polluters. Will discourage state’s new green economy. Website: www.Factson23.com
Proposition 24: VCDP – Yes
Repeals recent legislation that would allow businesses to lower their tax liability. Ends $1.3 billion tax giveaway to corporations. Will help stop school and healthcare cuts. Website: www.YESPROP24.org
Proposition 25: VCDP – Yes
Changes legislative vote requirement to pass budget and budget-related legislation from two-thirds to a simple majority. Retains two-thirds vote requirement for taxes. Makes the state budget a majority vote like 47 other states, which will help end budget gridlock. Penalizes legislators for late budgets by docking pay. Website: www.endbudgetgridlock.com
Proposition 26: VCDP – No
Requires that certain state and local fees be approved by two-thirds vote. These fees include those that address adverse impacts on society or the environment caused by the fee-payer’s business. Would protect polluters from paying for the damage they cause. Website: www.stoppolluterprotection.com
Proposition 27: VCDP – Yes
Eliminates 14-member redistricting commission. Consolidates authority for establishing state Assembly, Senate, and Board of Equalization districts with elected representatives who draw congressional districts. Repeals Schwarzenegger’s flawed redistricting scheme.
Measure H (Ventura): VCDP – Yes
Parcel tax measure that will raise approximately $4.5 million per year to provide funding to maintain academic programs and retain highly qualified teachers throughout the Ventura Unified School District. All funds spent locally without state meddling. Sunsets in four years, senior exemption, strict oversight.
VENTURA COUNTY SCHOOL BOARDS
Rachel Ulrich, Ventura County Board Of Education, District 1
Tom Mullens, Ventura County Board Of Education, District 2
Pete Peterson, Conejo Valley Unified School District
Tim Stephens, Conejo Valley Unified School District
Nathan Sweet, Moorpark Unified School District
Mary Pallant, Oak Park Unified School District
Marie Panec, Oak Park Unified School District
Rikki Horne, Ojai Unified School District
Kathi Smith, Ojai Unified School District
Ana Del Rio-Barba, Oxnard Elementary School District
Deborah D. DeVries, Oxnard Elementary School District
Socorro López Hanson, Oxnard Union High School District
Bob Rust, Pleasant Valley School District
Mike Barber, Rio School District
Ramon “Ray” Rodriguez, Rio School District
Eleanor Torres, Rio School District
Jeanne Davis, Simi Valley Unified School District
Arleigh Kidd, Simi Valley Unified School District
CITY COUNCIL RACES
Puneet Sharma, Camarillo City Council
Roy Villa, Camarillo City Council, Facebook page
Carmen Ramirez, Oxnard City Council
Ellis L. Green, Port Hueneme City Council
Mitchell Green, Simi Valley City Council
Deborah B. Birenbaum, Thousand Oaks City Council
Brandon Millan, Thousand Oaks City Council
OTHER VENTURA COUNTY RACES
Jason Hodge, Oxnard Harbor District
Florencia Ramirez, Oxnard Harbor District
Mary Anne Rooney, Oxnard Harbor District
John Kaspar, Pleasant Valley Recreation & Park District
Steven Iceland, Triunfo Sanitation District