Larry Gilbert’s Nov. 2014 General Election Voter Guide
“Have it your way” may work for Burger King but it doesn’t always apply when it comes to selecting candidates for elected office. Making things worse is our “Top Two” law where we have Democrats running against Democrats and Republicans competing against Republicans in state and congressional races.
Beyond that I will be holding my nose in a few races such as the governor. Another race, that I will not include, is our State Controller. The following list is based on some candidates who will not appear on my Ballot but I’ve had contact with and am recommending them in this election cycle.
- Gov. Do I have to provide a choice?
- Lt. Gov. Ron Nehring
- Secretary of State Pete Peterson. A strong YES
- Controller. No recommendation
- Treasurer Greg Vonlon
- Attorney General Ronald Gold
- Ins. Commissioner Ted Gaines
- Superintendent of Public Instruction Marshall Tuck
- Board of Equalization Diane Harkey
- CD-1 Doug LaMalfa
- CD-4 Tom McClintock
- CD-23 Kevin McCarthy (Opposes CA HSR)
- CD-39 Ed Royce
- CD-45 Mimi Walters (not my primary choice)
- CD-48 Dana Rohrabacher
- CD-49 Darrell Issa
- SD-4 Jim Nielsen (Elected Board. Member CA Alliance to protect private property rights)
- SD-34 Janet Nguyen (key race)SD-36 Patricia (Pat) Bates (no primary challenger–key race)
- AD-65 Young Kim (key race)
- AD-68 Don Wagner
- AD-73 Bill Brough (not my primary choice)
- AD-74 Matthew Harper
- Superior Court Judge Office 14 Kevin Haskins
- Board of Sup. 5th District Robert Ming (the best choicein this contest)
Fourteen city council races Note: I will not be making recommendations for every open seat nor every city in OC:
- Aliso Viejo–David Harrington
- Buena Park– Baron Knight
- Brea –Steven Vargas
- Costa Mesa –Jim Righeimer
- Fountain Valley– Mark McCurdy
- Fullerton –Sean Paden & Greg Sebourn
- Irvine Mayor– Steven Choi
- Irvine city council– Jeff Lalloway & Lynn Schott
- Lake Forest– Kathryn McCullough & Scott Voigts
- Mission Viejo– I strongly support & recommend Ed Sachs Note: We have 8 candidates to select from. Take your pick. I oppose Wendy Buchnum, Dave Leckness & Rhonda Reardon
- Newport Beach– Scott Peotter
- Orange– Fred Whitaker
- Placentia– Craig Green
- RSM– Jesse Petrilla
- San Juan Capistrano– Kerry Ferguson, Pam Patterson and Derek Reeve
- CUSD Trustee Area 6 Ellen Addonizio
- CUSD Trustee Area 7 Julie Collier
Local Ballot Measures:
- Irvine. Measure V. YES. A ‘no brainer”.The Park Board blew $200,000 on the Great Park. Oversight & transparency issue.
- RSM Measure Z YES. Property Rights Commercial re-use on vacant auto dealership
Statewide Ballot Measures:
- Prop 1. Water quality, supply & infrastructure. YES. Damned if you do and damned if you don’t. This $7.12 billion Bond Measure has pork that may be due to legislative compromise
- Prop 2 Increases “rainy day” fund. YES. Caution. We are facing unpredictable revenue streams be it the recent depression or the “spike” we enjoyed in the”dot com” bonanza.
- Prop 45 YES. Insurance companies have spent over $37 million in opposition. My initial reaction was to vote no. However approval of rate hikes needs a champion for the consumers.
- Prop 46. NO Drug testing of doctors. Negligence damages cap jumps from $250,000 to $1.2 mil. “Money grab by trial lawyers”
- Prop 47. NO. Reduce penalty for most non violent crimes from a felony to a misdemeanor.
- Prop 48 NO. Tribal state gaming compact. If approved this would permit Vegas style casinos outside the tribe’s neighborhood