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We Endorse:  Betty Yee for California Controller

The Malibu Democratic club is proud to endorse Betty Yee as  California’s new controller.

“Betty possesses a diverse combination of characteristics which make her ideal to be California’s controller, “said Ann Doneen, the MDC’s newly elected president. “Her tremendous expertise in public finance and her record of fiscal discipline alone are enough to recommend her for the financial work she will be doing, but her shirt-sleeve experience working in the areas of civil rights, and her tremendous integrity had up to a depth of character that makes for the best person to serve as California’s chief financial officer.”

Yee has worked in state finance for 30 years and is an elected member of the Board of Equalization, which hears tax disputes.

Reform among all financial levels and believes that the tax burden should be broadened beyond a concentration of capital gains revenues to smooth out the surges and drops in collections that make it difficult to plan long-term budgets. She also wants to work cautiously to protect taxpayers both simultaneously reviving to state pension plans – for teachers and for other state workers – because both groups face tens of billions and future retirement bills while taxpayers also need protection.

The MDC urges Democrats to mark their sample ballots and to either go to the polls on November 4 or to use their absentee ballots to cast votes for Betty Yee.

 

LOS ANGELES COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY ENDORSEMENTS:

 U.S. CONGRESS
33rd District (includes Malibu) ……………………………TED LIEU

STATE ASSEMBLY
50th Senatorial District…………………………RICHARD BLOOM

SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE
Office 61………………………………………JACQUELINE H. LEWIS
Office 87………………………………………….ANDREW M. STEIN

STATEWIDE CANDIDATES
Governor……………………………………………….JERRY BROWN
Lt. Gov………………………………………………..GAVIN NEWSOM
Secretary of State……………………………….KAMALA D. HARRIS
Treasurer……………………………………………….JOHN CHIANG
Controller………………………………………………….BETTY YEE
Insurance Commissioner……………………………..DAVE JONES
Supt. of Public Instruction…………………….TOM TORLAKSON
Board of Equalization
District 1……………………………………………CHRIS PARKER
District 3…………………………………………JEROME HORTON

L.A. COUNTY CANDIDATES
County Assessor………………………………….JEFFREY PRANG
County Supervisor, Dist. 3…………………………..SHEILA KUEHL
County Sheriff……………DO NOT VOTE FOR PAUL TANAKA

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PERSONAL ENDORSEMENT
BY PRESIDENT EMERITUS RALPH ERICKSON
Ralph Erickson, our president emeritus, has issued a personal endorsement for incumbent Board of Trustees member Louise Jaffe, who is among six candidates who are running for four positions on the board.

 

I strongly support Louise Jaffe for reelection to the SM College Board of Trustees.  She has been an education leader for many years and she has helped build the College into one  of the best community colleges in California. We can not afford to lose her and her many talents in leading the college to even greater success in the future.   Louise Jaffe has my unqualified support. Please vote for Louise Jaffe for Santa Monica College Board.
–Ralph H. Erickson
President Emeritus
Malibu Democratic Club

 

MALIBU DEMOCRATIC CLUB RESOLUTIONS OF SUPPORT:

The Malibu Democratic Club Executive Board has passed resolutions in support of the election to office of:

SANTA MONICA/MALIBU UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
CANDIDATES:
CRAIG FOSTER
OSCAR DE LA TORRE
and
SANTA MONICA COLLEGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
 • MARIA LOYA

 

Resolutions of support for two candidates to fill positions on the Santa Monica/Malibu School Board and one candidate for the Santa Monica College Board of Trustees have been passed by the Malibu Democratic Club.

The Malibu Democratic Board voted Monday (Oct. 27) favoring Craig Foster and Oscar de la Torre for positions on the school board, and María Loya to fill one of four open positions on the Board of Trustees. The vote was taken Monday at the Malibu Club’s monthly meeting.

 

CRAIG FOSTER, who is the only Malibu candidate running for the school board, experienced a turning point in his life when his daughter entered school.Foster left a successful career on Wall Street to discover he had a passion for teaching and helping children learn.

 

He did an about face with his career, went back to school, and became a substitute teacher and at-home educator for sick children.He feels the political structure within Santa Monica is oriented against the interests of Malibu students and that a local voice is desperately needed on the board.

 

The Malibu Democratic Club voted to stand behind Foster’s campaign to win a seat representing Malibu’s interests.Before devoting his life to education, Foster spent more than 20 years working on Wall Street, the last 12 years as a Managing Director for both Credit Suisse First Boston and Morgan Stanley.   He also was head of Global Government Bond and Propriety Trading.

 

“The clearest reasons to support Craig are his intense level of caring for children, his passion for helping them learn, and his love for Malibu,” said Ann Doneen, president of the Democratic Club.

 

“People who know him see what a stand-up guy he is. He is well educated and driven to maximize the learning capabilities of Malibu students while also looking after their health and safety. Above all, the board believes Malibu deserves strong representation on the SMMUSD board. Craig will do that, and the board has confidence he will do it well.”

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        OSCAR DE LA TORRE  is the only candidate in the school board race to have received the endorsement of the Sierra Club and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.   As an incumbent board member, De la Torre told the Malibu Democratic Club Board, he often stands alone opposing the philosophies of other board members, and he is especially interested in paying close attention to the needs of Malibu students. De La Torre also said he wants to find expedient ways to prevent students from exposure to PCBs.

“People can see that his personal commitment to our students and schools is sincere,” said Doneen.. “His unwavering leadership in putting the health and safety of students and teachers first is needed on our school board.”

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MARIA LOYA would bring to the position 20 years of experience in public policy development and advocacy, non-profit management, community organizing and leadership on a range of issues including: equity in public school funding, youth services, and women’s right She favors establishment of a shuttle from Malibu to Santa Monica College, noting that parking is scarce and parking fees can be costly.   A shuttle would make it easier for students to get to college and remain in school, she said.”

 

Maria’s background shows leadership as well as a strong interest in the needs of the under-represented,” said Doneen. “In this case, students from Malibu could use more representation at Santa Monica College and María is eager to represent our needs. The board believes she will fulfill her pledge to maintain regular contact with this area and will create more visibility for the needs of Malibu students in Santa Monica.”

 

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Did you see this entry by former Congressman Anthony Beilenson in the Nov. 2 Huffington Post?

We reprint it here:

LA COUNTY SUPERVISOR’S RACE– A BIG DEAL

Posted: 11/02/2014 8:06 p.m.
Updated:  11/02/2014 8:59 p.m. EST

 

So how big a deal is it being a Los Angeles County Supervisor?

 

It is a pretty big deal.

Hear what our former Congressman, Anthony Beilenson, has to say.On Tuesday Westsiders will be asked to choose between two very capable Democratic candidates, reflecting the uniqueness of a top-two vote getter runoff not so affectionately known as the jungle primary.

 

While the issues run the gamut from transportation to health care and literally everything in between, environmental issues also play a key role in the race. For those still undecided I wanted to share a testimonial I recently read from former Congressman Tony Beilenson, who represented the Westside in Congress for twenty years (1977-1997) and played a significant role in preserving and protecting the Santa Monica Mountains.For those who value the ecological gems at our disposal, such as me, it is extremely important that we entrust an environmental legacy to elected officials that will preserve and protect our public lands. This is just another reason to support Sheila Kuehl on Tuesday. The text of the endorsement follows:

 

I jumped at the opportunity to endorse Sheila Kuehl to be the next County Supervisor. As Henry Waxman recently said, she is a “powerful and effective advocate for the things I care about.”Today, I feel a sense of urgency to talk about what it means to be a friend of the Santa Monica Mountains.In 1978, as a congressman, I authored the legislation that created the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, (SMMNRA), 155,000 acres, visited by millions of Angelenos and people from around the country, and the world. 

The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, the largest urban public park in the world, had no greater friend and advocate in Sacramento than Sheila Kuehl.  For 14 years Sheila Kuehl passed legislation, identified resources, protected the park’s environment, partner at the federal, state and local county level, and joined the effort to fill in the mosaic of what has become one of the richest contiguous national park systems in the world that sits inside of and is surrounded by a vast metropolis. 

 

Sheila Kuehl was instrumental in the public private partnership, the team effort required to successfully save critical land and bring it into the public domain as permanent open space.

 

During her tenure, Sheila identified over $80 million dollars for key acquisitions in the SMMNRA, including Liberty Canyon, a significant wildlife linkage; the former Ahmanson Ranch purchased with state bond monies to protect watersheds and improve water quality;  Lower Topanga State Park, 1,800 acres, now part of the California’s largest State Park; Soka campus, now King Gillette Ranch, and permanent public open space; significant wildlife corridors and connectors along the Backbone Trail. 

 

Sheila’s genius as a partner in protecting the SMMNRA, to preserve and protect the rare, biologically rich and diverse areas so critical to the survival of the entire ecology of the Santa Monica Mountains, is the kind of experience only someone who has done what she has done can bring to the Third District as their Supervisor.

She knows the ropes.  Her broad support, her intuition, her intelligence her integrity and her strength was unparalleled in Sacramento.   Her legacy is apparent today, as those who have followed her, like Senator Fran Pavley, have continued to embrace the importance of federal, state, and local county partnerships to protect the Santa Monica Mountains.  Now, Los Angeles County again has the opportunity to be the beneficiary of Sheila’s extraordinary talent.

 

Millions of Angelenos and visitors from all parts of Southern California and the world enjoy the natural beauty of the Santa Monica Mountains.Thanks to the efforts of Sheila Kuehl the Santa Monica Mountains still remain the “people’s mountains”.Sheila Kuehl is our friend, and a proven friend of the Santa Monica Mountains.

Fmr. Congressman Tony Beilenson

 

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