November 4, 2014 Statewide General Elections
& Local Elections Voter Guide

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The Westchester-Playa Democratic Club follows the endorsement of the California Democratic Party in Federal and State candidate races and Los Angeles County Democratic Party in local and municipal candidate races, statewide and local ballot measures.

For a list of all California Democratic Party endorsed candidates in Federal and State races please visit the California Democratic Party website. To view a complete list of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party endorsements visit http://www.lacdp.org/endorsements/ 

 

Ballot Recommendations

 
Ballot Initiatives

Yes on Proposition 1 
WATER QUALITY, SUPPLY, AND INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2014 (CALIFORNIA WATER BOND) -- Provides a reliable supply of water to farms, businesses and communities, especially during droughts. It supports economic growth and protects the environment. It is fiscally responsible, is guided by a comprehensive state water plan and does NOT raise taxes.

Yes on Proposition 2
STATE BUDGET. RAINY DAY FUND. LEGISLATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT -- Requires annual transfer of state general fund revenues to budget stabilization account. Requires half the revenues be used to repay state debts. Limits use of remaining funds to emergencies or budget deficits. Fiscal Impact: Long-term state savings from faster payment of existing debts. Different levels of state budget reserves, depending on economy and decisions by elected officials. Smaller local reserves for some school districts  

Yes on Proposition 45 
APPROVAL OF HEALTHCARE INSURANCE CHANGES. INITIATIVE -- Requires health insurance rate changes to be approved by Insurance Commissioner before taking effect. Requires sworn statement by health insurer as to accuracy of information submitted to Insurance Commissioner to justify rate changes. 

No on Proposition 46  
DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTING OF DOCTORS. MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE. INITIATIVE -- Requires drug and alcohol testing of doctors and reporting of positive test to the California Medical Board. Requires Board to suspend doctor pending investigation of positive test and take disciplinary action if doctor was impaired while on duty. Requires doctors to report any other doctor suspected of drug or alcohol impairment or medical negligence. Requires health care practitioners to consult state prescription drug history database before prescribing certain controlled substances. Increases $250,000 cap on pain and suffering damages in medical negligence lawsuits to account for inflation. 

Yes on Proposition 47 
CRIMINAL SENTENCES. MISDEMEANOR PENALTIES. INITIATIVE STATUTE -- Requires misdemeanor sentence instead of felony for petty theft, receiving stolen property, and forging/writing bad checks when value or amount involved is $950 or less. Requires misdemeanor sentence instead of felony for certain drug possession offenses. Allows felony sentence for these offenses if person has previous conviction for crimes such as rape, murder or child molestation or is a registered sex offender. Requires resentencing for persons serving felony sentences for these offenses unless court finds unreasonable public safety risk. 

Yes on Proposition 48 
INDIAN GAMING COMPACTS REFERENDUM --  This is a challenge to a state law previously approved by the Legislature and the Governor. The law ratifies two gaming compacts (with the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians, and the Wiyot Tribe); and it exempts execution of the compacts, certain projects, and intergovernmental agreements from the California Environmental Quality Act. A Support position (Yes vote) supports the law, an Oppose position (No vote) backs the Referendum.

 

Statewide Constitutional Offices (* incumbents)

  • Governor – Jerry Brown*
  • Lieutenant Governor – Gavin Newsom*
  • Attorney General – Kamala D. Harris*
  • Secretary of State – Alex Padilla
  • Controller – Betty Yee
  • Treasurer – John Chiang
  • Insurance Commissioner – Dave Jones*
  • Supt. of Public Instruction – Tom Torlakson*
  • State Board of Equalization - Dist. 3  Jerome Horton*
  • U.S. Congress - CD33 Ted Lieu & CD43 Maxine Waters*
  • State Senate SD 26 - No Recommendation
  • Assembly District 62 – Autumn Burke 

 

Los Angeles County Offices

  • Los Angeles County Assessor - Jeffrey Prang
  • Los Angeles County Sheriff  - Do Not Vote For Paul Tanaka
  • Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Office 61 – Jacqueline H. Lewis                        
  • Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Office 87 – Andrew M. Stein
  • State Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal, Second District Judicial Retention – LACDP does not oppose the retention of California Supreme Court Justices and State Court of Appeal, Second District Judges on the November 4, 2014 ballot.


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