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					HELLO!
  The day has come. YPM has spent the past four years working towards this election. But
not only are we electing a new president, but we’re voting on new state legislators, new
judges, and a helluvalota measures.. Don't worry though, we’ve got your back with this
comprehensive Los Angeles voter guide. We’re the LA chapter of Young Progressive Majority
(YPM), and we believe voting gives us all a voice and the opportunity to take control…and
that's hot.
  YPM is non-partisan. We don't endorse, support, or oppose any candidates or political
parties. Instead, we analyze candidates and issues according to the Six Core Progressive
Values: Civil Rights, Economic Responsibility and Justice, Environmental Responsibility,
Right to Affordable Quality Healthcare, Right to Free Quality Education, and Reproductive
Freedom.
  This guide was compiled using public sources, including government and candidate
websites. Its accuracy is contingent on these sources and the time of printing (9/20/08).
Some candidates, who do not heart our values, did not present much or any information on
these issues, so their profiles may seem a bit incomplete.
  Remember, what happens in our backyards matters, so please email your people and pass
this link along. We hope you find this guide informative and helpful. As always, we welcome
feedback and any assistance you want to throw our way. Happy Voting!


                    The Young Progressive Majority Executive Board

  P.S. The research for this guide was done by volunteer members of YPM. Due to research
fatigue, lame candidate websites, and Murphy's Law, you may spot a mistake or two. Please
love us anyway.
{ USING THIS GUIDE }
A lot of people get overwhelmed by this whole voting process. The folks in charge like it that way, but we say “enough
already”. Take a few minutes to follow these three simple steps towards voting as an informed citizen.




  Step 1                PREP
VISIT LAVOTE.NET/VOTER TO:

- Register to Vote
                                                              Know Your Parties
- Vote by Mail                                                California’s Secretary of State recognizes 6 political
- Locate your Polling Place                                   parties for this election cycle. In this guide, you’ll see
- Find your districts                                         them abbreviated after a
- View a sample ballot                                        candidate’s name as:


                                                              (AI) American Independent*

  Step 2                READ
                                                                      www.aipnc.com
                                                              (D) Democratic
                                                                      www.democrats.org
                                                              (G) Green
READ THE GUIDE                                                        www.gp.org
Now that you know your districts, read up on the state        (L) Libertarian
props, your local measures, and the elected officials                 www.lp.org
representing your district. Check out the Table of
Contents on the next page and simply click on your
                                                              (PF) Peace & Freedom
                                                                      www.peaceandfreedom.org
district to jump to those candidates.
                                                              (R) Republican
                                                                      www.gop.org



  Step 3                VOTE                                  *Different than being “Indepdendent”



WE’LL SAY IT AGAIN...VOTE!!!

On November 4th, get your butt to the polls and tell
the powers-that-be what you think.
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State Propositions
Proposition: 1       2        3        4         5          6        7   8     9    10       11        12


Local Measures
Districts:      LA County         LA City            Beverly Hills       Santa Monica

U.S. President
Party:          Democrat Republican Green Libertaerian American Independent Peace & Freedom


U.S. House of Representatives
Districts:     25     26          27        28         29       30       31    32       33        34        35   36

State Senate
Districts:     23     25


State Assembly
Districts:     39        40       41       42         43        44       45    46       47    48            52   53

County Supervisor
Districts:     2


Superior Court Judges
Local Candidates
Races:       SM City Council SM-Malibu School Board SMCC Board of Trustees SM Rent Control Board


Sources



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Prop 1
Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Act

SUMMARY
Prop 1 would issue $9.95 Billion in State bonds to invest into a high speed rail link between LA and San Francisco.
This is a Prop that was pushed back from 2005 till now, and the initial money (along with private investment) would
be used to build the link from LA to San Francisco, with Phase 2 plans for stops in between. $9B would be used to
develop the proposed high speed train. The other $1B would be used to improve infrastructure to connect local
transit to the bullet train. You may remember this concept from the 90's classic film, "Singles."

PRO ARGUMENT
The experts are into 1, saying the program would generate jobs, maybe as many as 300,000 man hours of
employment on the project. Benefits are: High speed electric trains can run on alterative energy sources, and a high
speed electric train could reduce the amount of air and car travel which would benefit air quality. It is projected to
save around 1 million metric tons of CO2 by 2020. That's around 22 billion pounds per year.

CON ARGUMENT
$9.95 billion would be a significant cost for the government and may not even be enough to finish the project.
Currently it seems, the entire Californian Transportation Budget has a 100 billion dollar shortfall over the next 10
years. To pay for itself, the train would need 23 million passengers annually. Apparently, the entire air traffic
between the LA Region - including Ontario, LA , Burbank and the OC - and San Francisco is less than 3 million
passengers annually - one eighth that figure. So, there is a chance Prop 1 would increase debt, and like any large
project, there is a chance of increased project overruns. There is concern that the project would have an adverse
effect on parkland (could effect as many as 22 state parks) though mitigation has been addressed in both the
Biological Opinion and in the EIR/EIS documents.

Controversies: Critics of high-speed rail claim that people will not ride a bullet-train because traveling by air would
still be quicker, and that the billions of dollars necessary to build the system could be better spent on additional
highways and airport runways. They also point to alleged corruption within California High-Speed Rail Authority
and other potential conflicts of interest.

There is also the argument that CA's infrastructure needs help as it is. Do we really want to use federal dollars to
finance a new and very costly project?

YPM SAYS: YES
With air travel such a nuisance, a train would be a welcome change




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Prop 2
Standards for Confining Farm Animals: Initiative Statute

SUMMARY
Prop 2 would require that an enclosure or tether confining specified farm animals allow the animals, for the
majority of every day, to fully extend their limbs or wings, lie down, stand up, and turn around. Specified animals
include calves raised for veal, egg-laying hens, and pregnant pigs. Exceptions made for transportation, rodeos, fairs,
4-H programs, lawful slaughter, research and veterinary purposes. Provides misdemeanor penalties, including a fine
not to exceed $1,000 and/or imprisonment in jail for up to 180 days. Summary of fiscal impact on state and local
government finds that there would probably be minor local and state enforcement and prosecution costs, partly
offset by increased fine revenue.

Interesting question related to this proposition is whether giving rights to animals under the constitution is valid.
This would give animal rights groups new legal recourse actions.

PRO ARGUMENT
Prop 2 prevents cruelty to animals, improves our health and food safety by requiring better conditions for animals,
supports family farmers, who are driven out of business when factory farms cut corners and put profits ahead of
animal welfare and our health, protects air and water and safeguards the environment, and is a reasonable and
common-sense reform, which will take effect in 2015 and won't be costly to implement.

WHO SUPPORTS
CA Democratic Party, The Humane Society of the US, CA Veterinary Medical Assoc., San Diego County Veterinary
Medical Assoc., more than 60 veterinary hospitals and clinics, the City Councils of LA, SF, Davis, WeHo, Santa
Monica, Santa Cruz and Berkeley; US Senators Boxer and Feinstein; Columnist Nicholas Kristof, Dr. Jane Goodall,
Ed Begley, Jr., Ellen DeGeneres, Daryl Hannah, Alicia Silverstone, Ed Asner, and many many more.

CON ARGUMENT
Prop 2 is bad news because it will drive up the cost for veal, egg-laying hens and pregnant pigs. It undermines
animal welfare and food safety in CA, threatens food safety and increases Salmonella risk, jeopardizes public health,
eliminates fresh, safe and local eggs; forces a dependence on eggs from Mexico and out-of-state, and drives up
consumer prices and costs. If chickens are not in cages, they are more vulnerable to attacks by predators, including
other chickens. According to a study put out by the University of California-Davis, if Prop 2 passes, it is likely that it
would "force the state's $300 million egg industry to move out of the state or out of business entirely". The argument
is made that the cost of producing eggs would increase by 20% or more and that the Egg Biz would have to invest
about $500 million on new ways to house our feathered friends.

WHO OPPOSES
CA Reps Cardoza and Radanovich

YPM SAYS: YES
This prop doesn’t impose harsh punishment on offenders, but uses the law to ensure better living conditions for our
farm animals. Remember, good milk comes from happy cows...and happy cows come from California.




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Prop 3
Children's Hospital Bond Act

SUMMARY
Prop 3 would authorize $980 million for grants to CA's 13 regional Children's Hospitals to fund the construction,
expansion, remodeling, furnishing, and equipping of said hospitals. It would cost the state $64 million/yr for 30
years, which comes to around $1.75/yr for each Californian. 80% of the bond proceeds would go to 8 regional
nonprofit children's hospitals that focus on serious diseases and illnesses and 20% would go to 5 University of
California children's hospitals. The funds would not increase staff, it is for capital improvements only. The proposing
organization (CCHA, California Children’s Hospitals Association) says they have used 70% of past funding and need
more to expand and modernize to keep up with CA’s population increases.

PRO ARGUMENT
Prop 3 will allow children's hospitals to purchase the latest technologies and special equipment for sick babies born
prematurely, seriously underweight or with defective organs, and will help provide the hospitals with enough $ for
greater bed capacity. Over 1 million times each year, CA Children's Hospitals treat children with the most serious
illnesses and injuries without regard to a family's income or ability to pay. They provide 88% of the inpatient care for
children who need heart surgery, 97% of all surgery for children who need organ transplants, and 71% of inpatient
care for children with cancer.

WHO SUPPORTS
American Academy of Pediatrics, CA Medical Association, Children's Defense Fund, CA Federation of Teachers, CA
PTA, CA League of Women Voters, CA Democratic Party, Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, The Stonewall
Democratic Club, Jamie Lee Curtis, Lots o’ Politicos, including U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, Lt. Governor Garamendi,
State Treasurer Bill Lockyer, and Former Governor Pete Wilson

CON ARGUMENT
Prop 3 is a misuse of the special interest voting system. As written, the measure will allow money to flow to
hospitals that are not designed for children, as well as those that are. Asking for money for hospitals through the
initiative system instead of through the legislative process or private funding is misguided. Similar initiatives have
been passed and the money remains unspent. "At a time when CA is already deeply in debt, when its residents'
ability to pay off bonded debt is questionable and its credit rating causes bond interest rates to soar, adding bonded
indebtedness for anything but the most essential infrastructure is unwise to the point of absurdity."

WHO OPPOSES
The National Tax Limitation Committee, CA Aseemblyman Ted Gaines, James V. Lacy (Director, American
Conservative Union)

YPM SAYS: YES
We always find bonds to be a tough call. CA approved $750 million in 2004 and has spent $403 million in grants.
This is to ensure another $980 million.  What remains unknown is how dire the situation in CA’s non-profits
actually is, but we do know that CA is in fiscal crisis.




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Prop 4
Waiting Period and Parental Notification Before Termination of Minor's Pregnancy (aka "Sarah's Law")

SUMMARY
Amend the CA Constitution to require - with certain exceptions - a doctor to notify the parent or legal guardian of a
pregnant minor at least 48 hours before performing an abortion. It would be a law requiring parental notification of
an abortion, for any non-emancipated minor.

It should be noted that this same initiative has been rejected by CA voters twice in the last 2 years and that this is
the third year in a row that it has appeared on the ballot. This time the Prop has been named "Sarah's Law" after
Sarah of the Bible - a fictitious name being used for a real Texas teen who died after complications from an abortion.
Proponents say that had she notified her parents about her abortion she would have survived. However, since
"Sarah" was actually in a Common Law marriage with a man, parental notification would not have been necessary,
so "Sarah's Law" wouldn't have actually saved "Sarah."

PRO ARGUMENT
Minors would not have to get permission to obtain an abortion, they would only have to notify. In addition,
proponents argue that parents have a right to know if their child is going to receive medical attention. "Minors
cannot receive an asprin from the school nurse without permission from a parent. An abortion has many more risks
involved." Also, some supporters believe it is a good deterrent for "risky behavior".

Supporters of "Sarah's Law" believe that it will help children make informed decisions with the aid of a parent, and
are worried that some young girls are pressured into abortions by men who do not have their best interests at heart.
They claim that with this law victims of sexual predators would have to tell their parents, thus helping stop sexual
predators.

WHO SUPPORTS
California Catholic Confrence, Parents Right to Know, & Gov. Schwarzegger. Their donors: Don Sebastani, James
Holman, Lenawee Family Trust, Carter Family Trust, petition paid for by Bader and Associates.

CON ARGUMENT
As it is, 61% of kids tell their parents if they are going to get an abortion and 99% tell some trusted adult or minister.
Among minors who don´t tell their rents, 30% have experienced violence in their family, or feared violence or being
forced to leave home. The risks of this Prop being passed include teens waiting too long to receive medical care
while trying to obtain judicial waivers or by seeking care in another state that does not have such a law. Yes, parents
want to be involved in their kids lives, but no law can force family communication. In the real world, initiatives like
this force scared, pregnant teens into seeking unsafe, illegal abortions, or even to consider suicide.

A Study of six states from the New England Journal of Medicine has shown that parental notification laws do lower
teen abortions, however they also raise levels of teen mothers and teens who wait to get late term abortions. Studies
also show that, when notification laws go into effect neighboring states abortion rates increase, possibly implying
that many teens go out of state to acquire abortions.




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WHO OPPOSES
CA NOW, Feminist Majority Foundation, Equality California, Let Freedom Ring Coalition. Their donors: regional
Planned Parenthoods, Andrew and Eva Grove, CA for a New Economy, CA Family Health Council

YPM SAYS: MOST DEFINITELY NO
The con argument says it all. The government shouldn’t be intervening with a woman’s choice and California has
already said “no” twice.




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Prop 5
Nonviolent Offender Rehabilitation Act (NORA) of 2008

SUMMARY
Prop 5 would reform CA's prosecution of non-violent drug offenders. It address the overcrowding of the prison
system by choosing to rehabilitate minor and non-violent offenders instead of throwing them in jail. The money it
would cost to carry out new policy would be offset by the money saved to the prison system. The change in Ganga
Possession Penalties would make the possession of less than 28.5 grams of marijuana by either an adult or a minor
an infraction (similar to a traffic ticket) rather than a misdemeanor. Additionally, folks under age 18 would no
longer be subject to a fine for a first offense, but would be required to complete a drug education program. Repeat
juvenile offenders would continue to face up to a $250 fine, but would now be required to complete a drug
education program. Fines collected from adults for marijuana possession would be deposited in a special fund to
provide additional support of the new youth programs created by this measure.

At a time when 1 in 100 adult Americans is in prison, CA faces a prison overcrowding crisis that may be the worst in
the nation- we are at 175% of capacity. This is due in large part to excessive incarceration of nonviolent offenders,
many of whom are drug law violators. Overcrowding has been assisted by the state's failure to provide meaningful
recidivism-reduction programs, including addiction treatment and other rehabilitation services.

PRO ARGUMENT
The Drug Policy Alliance released the following and we think it gets to the point: "NORA is unprecedented in scope
and magnitude. It will transform CA's dysfunctional, $10 billion-a-year prison system, reversing its rampant and
costly expansion. NORA will, within just a few years, reduce by tens of thousands the number of people unjustly and
unnecessarily incarcerated, while maintaining public safety. At the same time, it will provide a comprehensive
model for a public health approach to substance use."

WHO SUPPORTS
CA Society of Addiction Medicine, the Mental Health Association in CA, the League of United Latin American
Citizens, the CA League of Women Voters, CA Democratic Party, Drug Policy Alliance Network, Campaign for New
Drug Policies, El Cerrito Democratic Club, Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero, retired warden of San Quentin
Jeanne Woodford, OC Superior Court Judge Jim Gray, former Police Chief Norm Stamper, and former Probation
Chief of San Luis Obispo County. Donors include: George Soros, Jacob Goldfield, Bob Wilson, John Sperling.

CON ARGUMENT
Opposers are concerned that the passage of this prop would create a gateway to the legalization of the MaryJane.

WHO OPPOSES
People Against Proposition 5 Deception. They have no reported donations at the time of printing this guide.

YPM SAYS: YES
We believe in second chances and rehabilitation, rather than throwing more young men into our already over-
crowed prisons.




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Prop 6
Safe Neighborhoods Act: Stop Gang, Gun, and Street Crime (aka the Runner Initiative)

SUMMARY
Proposition 6 would require the state to allocate $952 million for criminal justice programs funding the police,
sheriffs, district attorneys, jails, and probation offices. In addition to increased funding, it makes several changes to
current laws relating to gang offenses, drug offenses, and criminal procedure.

PRO ARGUMENT
The argument for the Safe Neighborhoods Act is that it is a comprehensive anti-gang and crime reduction measure
that will bring more cops and increased safety to our streets and greater efficiency and accountability to public safety
programs and agencies that spend taxpayer money. It would do this by increasing penalties for various crimes related
to gang participation and the possession and sale of methamphetamine, among other gang-related offenses.

WHO SUPPORTS
Prop 6 is supported by a long list of law enforcement officials and organizations and elected officials.

CON ARGUMENT
Prop 6 is a harsh and pricey measure that focuses on policing and punishment in lieu of rehabilitation and
prevention. According to the Ella Baker Center, Prop 6 "will divert billions from California's schools, health care,
and other public services to fund prison and policing policies that don't work." Though the measure begins with a
nearly $1 billion allocation, the non-partisan Legislative Analyst's Office estimates the measure will spend $1 billion
the first year and at least $500 million every year after that to pursue policies" that have failed and have led to
California's prison congestion. In addition, Prop 6 would subject low-income individuals to criminal background
checks if they receive federal Section 8 housing assistance.

WHO OPPOSES
The opposition to the Runner Initiative includes a long list of elected officials, labor activists, unions, religious
organizations, and a wide range of civil rights groups.

FUN FACT
Entrepreneur Henry Nichols gave $1,000,000 to the campaign for Proposition 6 as well as millions to other such
initiatives. In June, Nichols was indicted for drug use, conspiracy, and securities fraud.

YPM SAYS: NO
The Governator already slashed $15 Billion from the state budget this year, so where do we expect to find another
billion for such a harsh and, let’s face it, silly initiative?




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Prop 7
Solar and Clean Energy Act of 2008

SUMMARY
Prop 7 would require all Electrical Companies, both privately- and government-owned, to generate 20% of their
power from renewable sources by 2010, and then 40% by 2020 and 50% by 2025. The Bill also would change the
way that contracts are approved and the way oversight happens. Currently, the law requires 20% by 2010 and Gov.
Schwarzenegger has put forward a 33% target for 2025. California already gets 11% of its energy from renewables,
more then any other state.

PRO ARGUMENT
Their main claim is that this will significantly reduce the amount of pollution and reliance on fossil fuels. It will also
remove a loophole that allows government owned utilities to not comply with current renewable energy goals. It
also will increase those goals. The new system would force the energy companies to switch to renewables without
causing a raise in taxes. They would also be forced to fast track construction of solar and other renewable sources
(370,000 new construction jobs).

WHO SUPPORTS
Chairs of the Oceanic Society, Rainforest Action Network, Former Chair of the State Senate Energy Committee, Co-
Founder of the United Farmworkers Union, Co-Founder of The Body Shop, and Former Executive Director of the
CA Democratic Party.

CON ARGUMENT
While it seems that Prop 7 is a green initiative, many prominent conservation groups and activists believe that it is
not properly worded and could be harmful to the measures already in place for developing renewable energy,
including but not limited to, The League of Conservation Voters, The Democratic Party, and the Natural Resources
Defense Council. The great mix of opposition seems to show that this bill has a number of flaws; in fact, some of the
major detractors of Prop 7 are the very renewable energy companies that seem to have more to gain by the
arguments against. Specific flaws the opposition mentions: it will allow for renewable energy to charge a 10%
premium, which would stifle long-term competitiveness, as well as raise rates permanently as there isn't any
wording saying when this allowed premium will be removed. Also, since contracts will be signed for 20 years (much
longer then current contracts) it will prevent smaller companies from competing.

WHO OPPOSES
The opposition campaign, formally called Californians Against Another Costly Energy Scheme, includes the
California Democratic Party, the California Republican Party, AFSCME, the League of California Cities and the
CALeague of Conservation Voters. A long list of environmental groups, renewable energy providers, consumer
groups, political groups and organizations, taxpayer groups, senior, ethnic, civic and community groups, utilities and
business groups.

YPM SAYS: NO
On the surface, it seems fine and dandy, but when the Sierra Club, NRDC, and League of Conservation Voters come
out against a green initiative, you know it has to be flawed.




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Prop 8
California Marriage Protection Act

SUMMARY
Proposition 8 would amend the California State Constitution to clarify marriage is only between a man and a
women.

In March 2000, California voters passed Proposition 22 which amended the California Family Code to include a
provision stating that marriage was valid only between a man and a woman. In May 2008, the California Supreme
Court ruled that Proposition 22 and other statutes limiting marriage to a man and a woman violated the California
Constitution. As a result, marriage between individuals of the same sex is recognized in California. Soon after,
Proposition 8 qualified for placement on the November 2008 ballot. If passed, Prop 8 would undo the recent
Supreme Court opinion by constitutional amendment.

Because Prop 8 seeks to revise, not amend, the constitution, there is a chance that the California Supreme Court
will determine that Proposition 8, if passed, is inappropriate as an initiative, because a revision can only be
accomplished through a constitutional convention.

PRO ARGUMENT
Those for Prop 8 feel that marriage should be between a man and a woman. Civil unions (domestic partnerships)
offer same-sex couples all the rights and benefits that marriage would.

WHO SUPPORTS
State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth, Gail J. Knight, Martin F. Gutierrez, Hak-Shing William Tam, and Mark A.
Jansson.

CON ARGUMENT
The basic argument against Prop 8 is that the California Constitution should protect the civil rights of all
Californians, including the right to marry the person of their choosing. Treating individuals who choose to enter
same-sex relationships differently from those who choose to enter opposite-sex relationships is just not fair.
Opponents of Prop 8 also argue that domestic partnerships, which would not be affected by prop 8, are not
marriage. From noonprop8.com: "When you're married and your spouse is sick or hurt, there is no confusion: you
get into the ambulance or hospital room with no questions asked. In every day life and especially in emergency
situations, domestic partnerships are simply not enough. Only marriage provides the certainty and the security that
people know they can count on in their times of greatest need." Moreover, to exclude some relationships from the
definition of "marriage" devalues these relationships.

WHO OPPOSES
ACLU, California NAACP, Courage Campaign, Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), Human
Rights Campaign, Liberty Hill Foundation, Log Cabin Republicans-CA, Planned Parenthood Action Fund

YPM SAYS: HELL NO!
Putting bigotry and ignorance aside, how can anyone think it’s a good idea to strip people of an existing
Constitutional right? 




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Prop 9
Victims' Bill of Rights Act of 2008 (aka Marsy's Law)

SUMMARY
Prop 9 would amend the State Constitution and various state laws in order to expand the rights of victims in the
criminal justice system, restrict the early release of inmates, lengthen the period between parole hearings for
inmates who are sentenced to life in prison, and change the procedures for revoking parole. In addition, payments
made by a criminal defendant would be applied first to restitution (payment to the victim of crime), before being
applied to other fines, penalties, and obligations an offender may owe. Prop 9 expands the legal right for crime
victims to be notified of, to attend, and to state their views at all criminal proceedings and hearings. Prop 9 also
specifically provides that the safety of the victim and victim's family are to be considered in fixing the amount of bail
and release conditions for the defendant. Crime victims and their families would also be able to withhold personal
information that might be called as evidence in court. It also requires that criminal sentences not be "substantially
diminished" by early release policies intended to alleviate overcrowding in prisons. A bevy of other parole
amendments would limit the ability of criminals to be freed early.

PRO ARGUMENT
Marsy's Law intends to insure that all victims of crimes are treated with respect, and are not put through additional,
undue stress and trauma by various procedures and happenings involved in bringing justice to criminals.

WHO SUPPORTS
Supporters of Prop 9 include crime victim organizations, state legislators and elected officials, sheriffs, district
attorneys and police chiefs.

CON ARGUMENT
Detractors of Prop 9 say it is a costly, unnecessary and misleading initiative designed to exploit Californian's
concerns for crime victims while serving to greatly increase prison overcrowding and cost the state and local
counties hundreds of millions of dollars each year. Although detractors all share the sympathy toward crime victims
and the concerns about public safety underlying Prop 9, the enhanced protections offered to crime victims in Prop 9
come at the expense of the rights of criminal defendants. Moreover, the rights of victims are already adequately
provided for under the California Constitution and other state laws. Proposition 9 appears to be part political
grandstanding, part dangerous affront to the rights of criminal defendants.

WHO OPPOSES
Opponents of Prop 9 include the Ella Baker Center, California Democratic Party, California Teachers Association
and California Federation of Teachers, among others.

YPM SAYS: NO
We all want to look out for the victim’s best interests, but the accused don’t deserve to have rights taken away.




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Prop 10
"The California Renewable Energy and Clean Alternative Fuel Act" (aka "The Pickens Plan")

SUMMARY
When an Oilman heavily invested in natural gas and wind power says the answer to our energy woes is natural gas
and wind power, it's hard not to smirk at his Texas-size gumption. But let's not be hasty.

Prop 10 would authorize $5 billion in bonds (that would end up costing $9.8 billion with interest), much of which
would provide rebates to buyers of hybrids and other alternative-fuel cars and generate new developments in clean
energy fuels and technologies. Knowing that it’s better to give than to receive, Texas' own T. BoonePickens has given
us Prop 10, spending $3.25 million of his own money to get this clean-energy measure on the ballot. He’s now on a
nationwide campaign to get Americans to give up their gasoline habit and to get their government to invest in
alternative energy. And that's cool. But where would all this new clean energy come from? Turns out that a hefty
investment would me made in wind farms on an unusually breezy stretch of countryside extending from Texas to
North Dakota.  Mr.Pickens' company happens to own much of that stretch and have invested an estimated $12
billion to build the world's largest wind farm, right there in Texas. That facility, needless to say, would play a pivotal
role in meeting the nation's new-found demand for wind power.

PRO ARGUMENT
Well, the argument here is that what's good for America does not become suddenly bad merely because some rich
conservative dude might profit from it. By shifting to natural gas as a transportation fuel and increasing our reliance
on wind power, oil imports could be cut by as much as 38%. The wind power generated would replace the natural
gas now used by power plants to generate electricity. The country currently gets about 22% of its juice from natural
gas, and all that freed-up natural gas, in turn, would be applied to fueling millions of vehicles that now run on
gasoline but would be converted -- it's not clear how, or on whose dime -- to run on compressed natural gas.

Dan Becker, director of the Safe Climate Campaign and former head of the Sierra Club's global warming program
says, "If [Pickens] can find a way to make money and help the planet, I don't have a problem with that." 

WHO SUPPORTS
Allison Hart, Mitzi Dudley and Thomas Daly. The only donor to the initiative is the Clean Energy Fuels Corp., which
has donated $3,247,250. T Boone sits on their Board.

CON ARGUMENT
This is SHADY public policy. Taking $10 billion out of the state's general fund over a 30 year period to subsidize
your neighbor's Prius - or even their fleet of natural gas vehicles - is not a smart use of money considering the state is
already sagging with debt.

Here's how the rebates would play out: 1)Turns out only the Prius would be eligible for the $2,000 rebates, and
people already are back-ordering Priuses, so do taxpayers really have to underwrite alt-vehicle sales? 2) Compare
that to the $10,000 rebates for natural gas passenger vehicles. Although plug-in hybrid vehicles qualify for the
rebates, experts say the market for them isn't there yet — and won't be within the 5-year window the rebates are
being offered. So we won't be able to cash in on the rebate in time to buy a Chevy Volt. 3) That leaves the bulk of the
rebates to already-operating natural gas-powered trucking fleets — Pickens' customer base. His company Clean
Energy Fuels boasts the largest network of natural gas refueling stations in the country. Basically, "you've got one guy




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funding the whole thing to benefit his own company... This ballot measure comes to its own conclusions, all of
which benefit Pickens' company, which determines on its own what's the appropriate social way to go. But, even if it
wasn't self-serving, it would be bad public policy."

We're talking built in monopoly on new energy.  It should also be noted that natural gas may not be an easy
substitute for oil. Natural gas prices have been climbing in tandem with oil prices and are up 30% this year.
Increased demand by the US would push global natural gas prices higher, thus negating any relief consumers might
initially feel at the pump. And finally, the measure does not include anything for public transportation systems.

WHO OPPOSES
Vote No on Prop 10, LENNY GOLDBERG (CA Tax Reform Association), MARK TONEY, (The Utility Reform
Network) MARTY HITTLEMAN, (CA Federation of Teachers), Consumer Watchdog.

FUN FACT
T. Boone is best known as a money man for conservative causes, giving $3 million to the Swift Boat Veterans for
Truth, which savaged Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry in the 2004 election. He and his company are
also top contributors to President Bush and Gov. Schwarzenegger, having donated more than $1 million to the
governor, including $100,000 to Schwarzenegger's redistricting initiative, California Voters First. Schwarzenegger
has yet to take a position on Proposition 10. It can be noted that Prop 10's campaign manager was the Governor’s
chief fundraiser.

YPM SAYS: NO
The wind aspects seem great, but c’mon, natural gas is not sustainable and the company that stands to benefit most
from this plan is T. Boone Pickens’ own company.




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Prop 11
"Voters FIRST Act"

SUMMARY
Prop 11 is all about Political Artistry, aka. Redistricting. Currently, every 10 years, after the census tells us who's who,
the CA State Legislature re-draws Assembly, state Senate, and Board of Equalization district lines. 11 is proposing a
Constitutional Amendment that would transfer that power from the political parties and electeds to a 14-member
citizens' commission. No other levels of govt. would be affected. The commission would be made up of 5 Dems, 5
Repubs and 4 other parties & Decline to States. The goal is to have the folks represent the State's diversity. All
registered CA voters would be able to apply (except electeds ), and the first 8 commissioners would be chosen by a
review panel of State Auditors. (First a pool of 60 would be chosen, and then there would be a random drawing.)
Those 8 would then chose the remaining 6. And then one of them is chosen Homecoming Queen. (Ok, that last part
isn't true.) The commissioners would have to follow all the appropriate laws to redraw the districts. The next
redistricting will go down in 2011.

PRO ARGUMENT
Under current law the Legislature draws its own districts. This process is called Gerrymandering, and it tends to rig
elections to favor the party that already holds a given legislative seat (99% of incumbents are re-elected). In CA,
that's usually the Dems . Legislators, in effect, choose their own voters rather than the voters getting a fair crack at
choosing them. Prop 11 would open up redistricting so that it will no longer be controlled by the party in power, and
will give the power back to the people. Proponents also argue that Prop 11 would increase minority representation,
and point to historical cases where minority held seats have gone up each time politicos haven't done redistricting.

Assembly GOP Leader Mike Villines of Clovis thinks that Prop 11 will end gridlock. He says, "You have real liberal
and very conservative people getting elected and nothing gets done [in Sacramento]... We should slug it out in the
primary -- and slug it out in the general... Citizens should draw the maps with no politicians' involvement. It's an
inherent conflict of interest. I'm serious about it."

WHO SUPPORTS
Gov. Schwarzenegger's California Dream Team, NY Mayor Bloomberg, Howard Lester (of Williams-Sonoma), New
Majority CA PAC, Charles Schwab, Zenith Insurance Company,Project Democracy, Sempra Energy

CON ARGUMENT
Those opposed to Prop 11 argue that it would "take the redistricting process away from our electeds and place it in
the hands of 14 unelected and unaccountable appointees (with no specified qualifications) who would be chosen
randomly by the unelected State Auditor – whoever that may be."  They agree with the Pro's on 11 that gridlock
happens too often in the Legislature because of ideological extremists on both sides of the ticket, but they argue this
really only happens around budget time, and that it has nothing to do with district lines, but more with CA's bizarre
2/3rds budgetary vote requirement. Also, a panel of commissioners will not necessarily shake things up, as there are
examples of judges drawing the lines with no impact on the # of incumbents who stick around.

Voting rights advocates oppose Prop 11 because they fear that the commission which the measure creates will not
reflect the socio-economic, gender, racial and ethnic diversity of CA's population – especially since the initiative
itself fails to guarantee diversity in the applicant pool.  Prop. 11 could imperil seats held by minorities and possibly
pit African Americans against Latinos in some districts.




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Incumbent State Dems complain that the Prop 11 may hurt the Democratic representation in the state legislature.
An assessment by Democratic map-drawers contends that the party could lose up to 10 Assembly seats. Former
Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez has this to offer: "The Governor is off in La-La Land, with his bogus reform that
doesn't include Congress."

WHO OPPOSES
Former State Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, CA State Democratic Party, Mexican American Legal Defense and
Educational Fund, LA County Chicano Employees Assn., Speaker of the House NancyPelosi, the American
Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFL-CIO), the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the National
Association of Latino Elected & Appointed Officials, Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata.

FUN FACT
Californians have rejected nine prior redistricting proposals.

YPM SAYS: NO
If there’s going to be redistricting, it should be handled by professionals who are held accountable by the public.




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PROP 12
We send them to fight for us, now let's house them, that's the message of Prop 12. It's a $900 Million bond measure
to provide affordable mortgages to veterans. The money would go to the current Cal-Vet program and provide
mortgages for 36,000 veterans. As it stands now the program only helps veterans of wars prior to 1977, and Prop 12
would update it so vets of more recent and current conflicts would be included. The pro-argument, of course, is that
this is a way to support our troops, and it could also throw a bone to the sagging CA housing market. Gov. Arnold
agrees. The only con arguments floating around are that it doesn't give a priority to combat troops, and that it’s yet
another Bond measure.

YPM SAYS: YES
This just makes sense...support our vets.




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Measure J
The Los Angeles Community College District is Hemorrhaging Money…. Again.

SUMMARY
Spent $1.4 Billion so far...

Los Angeles Community College District needs a new bond measure. The two measures in 2001 and 2003 totalling
$2.2 billion to upgrade the nine campuses is starting to run low. With the current rate of spending at $15-20 million
per week, administrators fear running out of funds before the projects are completed. They seek an additional $3.5
billion to complete the various campus upgrades.

PRO ARGUMENT
State of the art facilities and curriculum based on new technology will train students for the complicated jobs of
today. A number of green-related jobs have been created over the past five years, and the district looks to further
train students so that they can compete for employment in those fields. And with more educated residents who will
have good paying jobs, the economy of Los Angeles will be stimulated.

Supporters also note that with all of the new construction African-American builders have been able to benefit. Last
year over $1 million went to African-American firms. Pretty good considering the LACCD is spending up to $20
million a week…

CON ARGUMENT
Some worry that the improvements to area campuses will result in an increase in property taxes. Others worry that
the funds will be used inappropriately (i.e. the golf course at LA City College).

YPM SAYS: YES
Support LA’s public colleges




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Measure Q
LAUSD Upgrades Safe, Healthy Neighborhood Schools

Measure Q would dole out $7 billion in bonds to LAUSD to improve student health, safety and educational quality.
The cash would go to the repair/upgrade of aging/deteriorating classrooms, restrooms; upgrade fire/earthquake
safety; reduce asbestos, lead paint, air pollution, water quality hazards; build/upgrade specialized classrooms
students need to meet job/college requirements; improve classroom Internet access.
Since 1997, a series of bonds have been passed totaling $13 billion that have helped build more schools. Still,
according to LAUSD, the district needs $60 billion more for capital improvement needs. LAUSD and the LA County
Democratic Party are in support. Walter Moore, 2009 LA Mayoral candidate, is against. There is no specific
argument against, he just doesn't like Bonds. Ever.

YPM SAYS: YES
LAUSD has enough troubles as it is. Let’s support our public schools and help bring them back to glory.




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Measure R
Traffic Relief - Rail Extensions - Reduce Foreign Oil Dependence
 
SUMMARY
Have you ever wondered why Los Angeles has such a poor public transit system and so much dang traffic? Is it
because of the nature of our urban sprawl or is it due to a lack of public funding? The county is banking on the latter,
and has a proposition to get us moving. Measure R would impose one-half of 1% Sales Tax, for a period of 30 years,
and they’ve got a plan to spend the estimated $30- $40 billion that would be raised.  Here’s the vision: Synchronized
traffic signals; potholes repaired, extended light rail with airport connections (think: Subway to the Sea), improved
traffic flow on 11 of our freeways, public transpo fares kept low for our seniors, students and the disabled; clean-fuel
buses; expanded subway, Metrolink & bus service; and millions for community traffic relief. The money would be
managed by the County and the Measure needs 2/3rds approval to pass.
 
PRO ARGUMENT
This $ would be the County of LA’s to spend, which means that we wouldn’t have to beg the big boys at the State and
the Federal level for $. Ok, first there is the fact that LA County’s population is going to increase dramatically in the
coming decades (apparently the news has gotten out about the weather and our general level of awesomeness.)
Measure R will go a long way to giving the region the funding we need to create the infrastructure to handle these
newcomers. Building this new infrastructure will decrease traffic, create jobs, help fight global warming, and
improve the quality of life in LA to get our city moving. Improving LA’s transport not only helps combat congestion,
it makes the city more accessible.  So, take that, New York!

WHO SUPPORTS
Mayor Villaraigosa, LA County Supervisors Yvonne Burke and Zev Yaroslavsky. The Subway to the Sea Coalition (led
by former Santa Monica mayor Denny Zane), the Metropolitan Transit Authority (led by CEO Roger Snoble).
Note: Mayor V is the measure’s most outspoken advocate. He views the Subway to the Sea as his potential legacy,
perhaps his only legacy? We’ll see, we’ll see…

CON ARGUMENT
A sales tax is the wrong way to pay for public transportation project because a sales tax is regressive in nature,
meaning that the poor pay more sales tax as a proportion of their income. The rich don't spend all the money they
make. There are more fair ways to pay for our infrastructure, such as income taxes or property taxes.
Additionally, transit money always gets raided during tight economic times by govts. trying to plug their deficits, and
some argue that this will be no exception. Skeptics claim that the fat cats on the LA County Board of Supervisors
will use this transit money to subsidize less appealingly progressive areas such as our failing county prison system or
the failing King/Drew hospital.
County politicians oppose the proposition because they say it allocates too much money to the Westside for the
Subway to the Sea, and that the cash should be more evenly distributed throughout the region.

WHO OPPOSES
County Supervisors Gloria Molina, Don Knabe, and Mike Antonovich (all County Supervisors)

YPM SAYS: YES
LA’s Public Transit is a joke. Let’s expand our bus lines, build that subway to the sea, and fix our jacked-up roads.




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Measure U
LA County Utility User's Tax - Unincorporated.

SUMMARY
This measure would reduce LA County’s existing utility users tax from 5 percent to 4.5 percent. It would continue
funding essential services (sheriff’s deputies, parks, libraries, street repairs, etc.), expand the sorts of technology that
can be taxed; provide public review of expenditure and independent audits, and continue the low-income senior
exemption.

PRO ARGUMENT
It's a .5% tax cut. Which is more money for you to pay your celly bill. It's basically the LA County Board of
Supervisors reminding you to call your mother.

CON ARGUMENT
Though this is a tax cut, it will expand the scope of what telecommunications services are taxed to just about
everything except e-mail (which by law cannot be taxed, but mark your calendar for 2014 for the federal sunset of
that law). The revenue lost from the current 5% tax and the revenue gained from the 4.5% tax will make it a wash.
But you should call your mom anyway.

YPM SAYS: YES
Why not?




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Measure A
Gang & Youth Violence Prevention, After-School & Job Training Programs

SUMMARY
Prop A, which needs a vote by 2/3 of the electorate to pass, imposes a $36 per year levy on all parcels of real property
in order to fund programs to keep young people from joining gangs and provide after-school programs, job training,
arts programs, athletic programs and apprenticeship programs.  Funding will also go to expanded hours, including
late night and weekend hours, in schools, recreation centers, and community centers, so young people have safe
places to go.  It also establishes a Citizens Advisory Oversight Committee to oversee and make recommendations to
the Mayor and the Council about the expenditure of funds.

PRO ARGUMENT
The LAPD estimates there are 400 gangs and 38,000 gang members within the City of Angeles. Gang violence
results in loss of life (220 people in 2007) and negatively affects living conditions in many parts of the City. Some of
the causes of the growth of gang violence across the City are the lack of jobs and training opportunities and other
healthy productive options for youth. Currently, the City cannot adequately fund programs and activities that help
young people develop employment skills and provide positive alternatives to gangs that are necessary to end gang
violence. Though the City of LA spends $247 million/year battling gangs, it has been reported that only $26 million
of that is used for actual gang prevention and intervention. (That is less than $90 per year for each of the almost
300,000 children living in high gang crime areas—or about 24 cents a day). The City currently employs 61 Gang
Intervention workers. That’s 61 workers for 40,000 gang members. Those odds ain´t great.

WHO SUPPORTS
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa , Chief William Bratton, Sheriff Lee Baca, LA Councilwoman Janice Hahn

CON ARGUMENT
Opponents argue that the measure is not necessary because the city already gets a lot of money. "Now we are told by
City Hall that to fight gangs we must raise taxes even after the city raised the trash bill again in August, again
supposedly for more police." Prop A, however, calls for funding for programs for kids, not for more police. They also
argue that Prop A is unfair, because it taxes everyone the same amount: rich folks in Brentwood as much as poor
folks in Glassell Park. But the folks in Glassell Park and the other neighborhoods terrorized by gangs... they
understand better than anyone why these funds are needed, and they are asking for them.

WHO OPPOSES
Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Association

YPM SAYS: YES
Give the kids some recreation already.




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Measure B
Update of Low Rent Housing Authorization

SUMMARY
Prop B was submitted to the City Council by City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo.  Article XXXIV of the CA Constitution
requires approval of a majority of voters for the development, construction or acquisition of low rent housing
projects assisted with public funds.  In previous elections, LA voters approved ballot measures authorizing different
low rent projects (for a total of 52,000 units) containing specific height requirements or amount of units per site.

According to the text of this prop, the requirements of each previous proposition "are not compatible with current
housing development needs and standards, creating a hindrance to the efforts of public entities to develop voter-
approved housing and increase the supply of much need low-rent housing for low-income persons and families . . ."

Prop B repeals the past ballot measures and authorizes "that public entities may develop, construct and/or acquire in
the City of Los Angeles up to 52,500 units of low rent housing for persons of low income, the same total
authorization provided under the prior propositions, less the number of units which had been developed,
constructed or acquired under the prior propositions as of the date of the November 4, 2008 election."  Prop B limits
the number of units to 3500 per city council district.

IN OTHER WORDS . . .
Prop B simply removes some of the height restrictions on various low income housing projects that receive state
money.

No one is pushing against it... it's a technical measure needed so that the City can build affordable housing.

YPM SAYS: YES
Build it up.




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Measure E
Beverly Hills School District Upgrades

SUMMARY
Remember how Andrea from the original Beverly Hills 90210 was a really good student and she pretended to live at
her aunt's house or whatever so that she could have the 90210 zip code and go to the really good Bev Hills school?
Well, Measure E wants to make sure that the nerdy character on the new 90210 has a school that is equally as good
to go to. Approval of Measure E would authorize the Beverly Hills Unified School District to issue $334 million in
bonds to modernize school facilities and make them sound for earthquakes; and to get classrooms, libraries, labs,
roofs, gyms, etc. up to snuff. No funds may be used for teacher and administrator salaries, even if they are dreamy.
This Measure requires a 55% vote for passage.

PRO ARGUMENT
Supporters think this is a good idea, not just because they love the show, but because all Bev Hills school locations
are designated emergency shelters for every resident of the area.  The Bond would also improve campus safety.
Property taxes will not be raised.

The entire Beverly Hills Unified school district board voted unanimously to support Measure E.

CON ARGUMENT
Measure E raises property taxes without raising property taxes. This is done by effectively extending property
assessments without raising the current rate homeowners pay. The property tax rate will remain at $49.87 per
$100,000 assessed valuation or less through the course of the bond repayment based on an estimated 4.5 % assessed
value growth per year. This is $20 less than voters approved in the 2002 bond measure. This tax rate will extend the
current tax rate until 2058 but could end sooner if the assessed value grows at a higher rate.

And not that Beverly Hills is listening, but… STATE FUNDS ARE SERIOUSLY LIMITED PEOPLE!

FUN FACTS
In California, hospitals are the only structures more regulated for building and safety codes than schools.

YPM SAYS: NO
Since Beverly Hills insits on being its own little island in this magnificent sea that is LA, feel free to choose for
yourself.




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Measure H
Revitalization of Beverly Hilton Hotel Site (General Plan Amendment - Majority Approval Required)
  
SUMMARY
Think Beverly hills is luxurious as it is? You might be thinking too small... Measure H asks the Citizens of 90210 if
they want to amend their General Plan to allow the Beverly Hilton Hotel to revitalize itself with a new Luxury
Hotel, Condos and Open Space. There would be a 12-story skyscraper wing, 2 condo towers that can be up to 218
feet, which is twice the height of the existing Hilton. Don't fret, the existing Hilton will remain. This amendment
has been evaluated at over 18 city meetings, and has had technical/structural/and environmental impact studies.

PRO ARGUMENT
This project would provide $12 million/yr in net new revenue for fire, police, city services and neighborhood
schools, traffic flow improvements, and 4.5 acres of ground level gardens and open space. It is claimed that it would
create “the biggest single economic benefit in Beverly Hills’ history for our schools and city; makes significant traffic
flow improvements at theWilshire-Santa Monica intersection and revitalizes the appearance of Beverly Hills’
western gateway."

WHO SUPPORTS
The “Yes Measure H” campaign - major funding “proudly” provided by Beny Alagem (owner of the property and
electronics entrepreneur) and The Beverly Hilton, Bev Hills politicos, former and current.

CON ARGUMENT
The expansions will provide developer profits over sensible and responsible civic planning. It was approved by a 3-2
City Council vote, after having been unanimously rejected by all 5 of the City’s unpaid resident Planning
Commissioners. Many of the residents who formed the Citizens’ Right to Decide Committee (they're against the
Measure) would support a revitalization of the Hilton property rather than the expansion that was approved, calling
it “over-development run amok.” They site lack of parking, the fact that The Hilton has refused to provide free
parking for its 700 employees, traffic congestion at one of the worst intersections in California, and they claim the
project approved by council was much larger than the one initially submitted to the Planning Commission. Finally,
those who oppose are afraid that this will begin a domino affect for other development projects to sweep in,
changing zones willy-nilly and building up.

WHO OPPOSES
LA County Democratic Party, Citizens’ Right to Decide Committee (coalition of citizens from throughout the City
from various homeowners associations.)

YPM SAYS: NO
We’re sure the planning commissioners know best and trust them when they say no.




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Measure T
Certain propositions are often well intended – but intentions don’t always yield results. This is an effort to slow
commercial growth and curb traffic in Santa Monica by putting a “75,000 square feet a year” limit on new
businesses in the area.  Kevin McKeown, a Santa Monica City Councilman and resident for 32 years, thinks its
necessary while the chamber of commerce is against it.  This would limit job development in the area. Then again,
in theory it could help ease the burden of bumper-to-bumper traffic.   This proposition would be in effect until 2023,
so when you make your decision, don’t just think about the immediate future. Its hard to say how effective this limit
on commerce would be.  

YPM SAYS: NO
A development cap seems like a bit much. City Council can always speak up when they think things are getting out
of hand.




Measure AA
 
Who wants to use taxpayer dollars to improve the technology at Santa Monica Community College?  $295 million in
bonds will help fund and improve the educational conditions of the CC. The question is, with Santa Monica already
containing a surplus budget, do we need to send its college additional funds?  If you believe in keeping Santa Monica
the utopia that it prides itself upon, then vote yes. If you’re more interested in spending your money on arugula at
Whole Foods, then you have your answer.

YPM SAYS: NO
This seems a bit superfluous.



 


Measure SM
 
This is an update of an already existing tax on Telecommunications in Santa Monica.  That money is allocated for all
sorts of “quality of life” improvements including public safety, parks and recreation program and preservation. Life is
short and there are not enough days spent in parks, eating cheese and a baguette while sharing a bottle of wine.
Oops. Santa Monica and Paris are two different things, but a city can dream, can’t it? We may not have the Eiffel
Tower but If you’ve ever jogged down Ocean Ave, you know someone has to keep up our public spaces. 

YPM SAYS: YES
Times change and some things need to be updated.




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Barack Obama (D)
PLATFORM
“Strengthening America Overseas, Ending the War in Iraq, Health care, Fighting Poverty, Environment, Energy,
Seniors, Improving our Schools, Protecting our Homeland, Immigration and our Border, Protecting the Right to
Vote, Honoring Veterans, Cleaning up Washington’s corruption, Strengthening Families and Communities,
Reconciling Faith and Politics”

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
The fifth African American Senator in US History and the only African American currently serving in the U.S.
Senate, representing Illinois. Born to a Kenyan father and a Caucasian American mother. His parents met at the
University of Hawaii, where his mother was a student and his father had won a scholarship that allowed him to leave
Kenya to study. His father eventually returned to Kenya, Obama grew up in Hawaii with his mom, and also spent a
few years in Indonesia. Graduated from Columbia University and Harvard Law, Obama worked as a community
organizer, university lecturer, and civil rights lawyer before running for public office. He served in the Illinois State
from 1997 to 2004, and was elected to the US Senate in 2004, with a landslide 70% of the vote, months after giving
a keynote address at the Democratic National Convention entitled “The Audacity of Hope.” Since February, Obama
has accepted his nomination for President of the United States and has selected Joe Biden, Senator of Delaware, as
his running mate.

HOW DOES HE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Civil Rights for All: Wants to close Guantanamo Bay. Sexual Orientation: Believes that homosexuals should have the
same rights as heterosexuals. Religion: “A Call to Renewal” is a speech he gave that embraces religion as a unifying
entity in our world. Obama wants the Democrats to “join a serious debate about how to reconcile faith with our
modern, pluralistic democracy.” Life Partners: Refers to his wife as his life partner and voted no on the
Constitutional ban against gay marriage. In March 2008, Obama gave a stirring speech about race in America, in
response to the controversy regarding his association with Rev. Jeremiah Wright. In July 2008, he voted yes on the
controversial FISA amendments, releasing communications companies from liability for assistance provided to the
government in domestic surveillance. In March 2008, he voted yes on an amendment that allows the Senate Budget
Committee Chairman to raise spending levels to increase border security and immigration laws and punishments,
but voted against a harsher amendment (which passed) urging a zero-tolerance prosecution policy.
Economic Responsibility/Justice: By Businesses and to citizens: He has a small record in the Senate (2 years), but 8 years
as a State Senator in Illinois. There he helped reform the state death penalty system and create tax breaks for the
poor. The Senator introduced legislation to devote $50m for transitional and bridge employment program for hard
to employ groups (i.e. homeless vets, children aging out of foster care, and ex-cons.) Has voted against corporate
welfare. From his convention speech: stop tax breaks to corporations that ship jobs overseas, eliminate capital gains
taxes for small businesses, and cut taxes for the majority of working families; he intends to do all this by closing
corporate loopholes and tax havens, and eliminate federal programs that don't work.
Environmental Responsibility: Obama’s plan counts on new limits to stimulate increased production of renewable
biofuels, like corn and cellulosic ethanol, which are believed to have lower emissions. The plan would create
incentives for increased research, investment in cleaner fuels and flexible-fuel vehicles that can run on ethanol.
From convention speech: in ten years, end America's dependence on foreign oil.
Right to Affordable, Quality Healthcare: Pledges to provide health care for every single American by the end of his first
term. He would achieve it by allowing the Bush tax cuts-to the most affluent Americans-to expire and funding the




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plan. A requirement that would require employers to provide coverage or pay the government to do so would
exclude small businesses.
Right to Free, Quality Education: Proposes an $18-billion increase in federal education programs. His agenda is to expand
early childhood education, reduce high school dropout rates and improve substandard schools in impoverished
areas. Plans to fund it include: cutting spending on the Iraq war, delaying sending astronauts to the moon by five
years, auctioning surplus federal property and closing a tax loophole for chief executives. He lauded the No Child
Left Behind law for its goal of lifting achievement standards, but he said the government had failed to give schools
enough money to meet mandates for improvement.
Reproductive Freedom: Trusts a woman’s right to make their own decisions, including partial birth abortions. In
February 2008, he did not participate in a vote on a bill which would adopt an amendment that would prohibit the
funding of abortions under the Indigenous Health Bill (S 1200).

INTERNATIONAL ISSUES:
Iraq: Calls the war “The worse mistake of a generation.” Obama’s plan: Immediately pull out troops engaged in
combat operations at a pace of 1 or 2 brigades every month, to be completed by the end
of next year (He says he would end the war within 16 months of his election.); call for a new constitutional
convention in Iraq, convened with the UN. Surge US diplomacy with all of the nations of the region; take immediate
steps to confront the humanitarian disaster in Iraq, and hold accountable any perpetrators of potential war crimes.
In mid-July 2008, Obama said "that overall U.S. interests have been hurt rather than helped by the Bush
administration's decision to increase troop strength in Iraq 18 months ago, and vowed to stick to his plan to
withdraw combat troops within 16 months of becoming president."
Iran: The Senator would “engage in aggressive personal diplomacy... would offer economic inducements and a
possible promise not to seek ‘regime change’ if Iran stopped meddling in Iraq and cooperated on terrorism and
nuclear issues... ‘I think it is important for us to send a signal that we are not hell bent on regime change, just for the
sake of regime change, but expect changes in behavior.’”
Darfur: Has received an “A” from darfurscores.org as well as extra credit for co-sponsoring the Menedez Amendment
for UN peacekeeping in the region.
Immigration: Barack co-sponsored the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act of 2007,
which would allow states to give undocumented immigrants in-state tuition for higher education and let Homeland
Security give legal resident status on some undocumented students. (It was defeated.) Co-sponsored the Citizenship
Promotion Act 2007, which would require the federal government to freeze the fee that legal immigrants pay for
each application at current levels and called for $80 million a year to promote citizenship.
Al-Qaida: Has said that fighting al-Qaida abroad would be his top priority.
Nuclear weapons: Securing all nukes from terrorists and rogue states.

FUN FACTS
In Fall of 07, it was revealed by Lynne Cheney, the VP’s wife, that Dick Cheney and Barack are distant cousins.
Obama responded with, “Every family has a black sheep.”

DONORS AND ENDORSEMENTS
A long (and growing) list of delegates and government officials, national organizations, media organizations,
international leaders, celebrities, and one of the largest conglomerates of community organizing factions in
American election history.




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JOE BIDEN (D - VP)
PLATFORM
Iraq, Health Care, Education, Social Security

BACKGROUND / HISTORY
Biden has served as senior U.S. Senator of Delaware since 1972 and is the current chairman of the U.S. Senate
Committee on Foreign Relations. Long-time member and past chairman on the U.S. Senate Committee on the
Judiciary, he has introduced and promoted crime-related legislation and created the position of “drug czar”.

HOW DOES HE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Civil Rights: Has introduced legislation to eradicate and punish gender-based pay inequity. Wants to re-evaluate laws,
tax code, and adoption options for same-sex couples, and wants to leave states in charge of defining marriage and
civil unions.
Economic Responsibility/Justice: Wants to reinstate taxes on the top 1% and the oil companies, and to end the war in Iraq
and return to a surplus economy.
Sided against his own party to support the 2005 Bankruptcy Bill, arguing that it would reform serious problems with
the then-current bankruptcy system, including a provision that allowed debtors to stop paying child support if they
filed for bankruptcy protection.
Environmental Responsibility: Not the most thorough environment plan, but on course with the general population:
wants to require increased fuel-efficiency, promote green building in the government and commercial sectors, and
invest in renewable energy sources/technologies.
Right to Affordable, Quality Healthcare: Promoting a four-step plan towards universal health care, starting with coverage
for all children and easier access for all adults.   He plans to expand the eligibility to at least 300 percent of the
federal poverty level, extend coverage to at least age twenty-one, and eliminating co-pays for physicals, vaccinations,
screening, and check-ups
Right to Free, Quality Education: Wants to expand free, public education to include two years of preschool (head start)
and two years of college (through tax incentives).  Supports the extension of schools days and/or school schedules
while increasing pay for teachers (giving bonuses for committing to five-year terms or taking positions in high-need
districts)
Reproductive Freedom: Pro-choice

INTERNATIONAL ISSUES

Iraq: Wants to withdraw most US troops by Summer 2008 and unify Iraq through a federal government, overseeing
three separate regions for Kurds, Sunnis, and Shiites
Iran: In early December 07, in the wake of the new National Intelligence Estimate on Iran's nuclear intentions and
capabilities, Biden blogged on the Huffington Post: "War with Iran is not just a bad option. It would be a disaster."
Darfur: Concerned with the situation since 2004, has introduced legislation to impose sanctions on the government.
Wants to send U.N. peacekeeping forces to the region before committing U.S. troops.
Immigration: Wants to get tough with Mexico, calling it an "erstwhile democracy" with a "corrupt system" responsible
for illegal immigration and drug problems in the U.S.  Unless the political dynamics change in Mexico and U.S.
employers who hire undocumented workers are punished, "illegal" immigration won't stop.




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KEY DONORS & ENDORSEMENTS
Joe's largest contributors are law firms and corporations such as Bank of America. He's endorsed by an impressive
crew of Iowa state legislators.

FUN FACTS
At age 29, Biden beat an incumbent Republican to become the fifth youngest person ever elected to the U.S. Senate.




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Cynthia McKinney (G)

PLATFORM
End the war in Iraq. Bring the troops home immediately. The Republicans have deceived us. The Democrats have
failed us. It is time for a new vision. It is time for peace. “We have to do things we’ve never done before, in order to
have things we’ve never had before.”

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
As a former six-term Democratic Party member of Congress from Georgia, the Green party is a new political home
for Cynthia.. They wanted her to run for President in '04 but she said No Go. In Congress, she consistently opposed
funding for military and secret intelligence budgets, introduced Articles of Impeachment for Bush, Cheney, and
Condoleezza Rice and passed the House the Arms Trade Code of Conduct, prohibiting the sale of arms to known
human rights abusers. She lost her seat in 2002, mostly because of her congressional hearing on Mr. Bush’s
involvement in 9/11 and also in part due to Republican crossover voting in Georgia's open primary election, which
permits anyone from any party to vote in any party primary. (note: 20 other states have this policy!!!) She regained
her seat in 2004 and lost it again in the 2006 primary. All that back and forth led her to leave the Dems in '07. Now
it's all about Green, and she's in it to win it.

HOW DOES SHE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Civil Rights for All: Reform of the nation's voting system is one of her top priorities, and she seeks slavery reparations
for African Americans. She supports affirmative action in colleges and gay adoptions. Cytnhia would repeal the
Patriot Act and replace sentences of death penalty with those of life imprisonment.
Economic Responsibility/Justice: Voted No on Bankruptcy Overhaul requiring partial debt repayment that would thereby
erase debts owed by corporations. Sponsored a bill on Corporation Code of Conduct abroad. She has been a huge
activist for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Environmental Responsibility: Cynthia throw this down for us, “For the earth to sustain us, we must sustain it.” She has a
platform of reducing consumption and thinks we should “leave the oil in the soil.” She has plans energy policy
consisting of building manufacturing plants in underdeveloped areas to produce green technology. Also a program to
encourage organic farming and she would eliminate genetically modified foods. (Sounds like Heaven, no? Or maybe
Oregon.)
Right to Affordable, Quality Healthcare: Believes in single-payer universal health care and wants insurance companies out
of the picture. She voted No on banning physician-assisted suicide and supports stem cell research.
Right to Free, Quality Education: “Something is wrong with 38 billion for schools and 700 billion on defense.” She believes
that Bush's No Child Left Behind was an attempt to dismantle public education in the US, and that that's crap. She
voted Yes on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges and No on school vouchers and to giving federal
aid only to schools allowing voluntary school prayer. She has supported funding for teacher training & other
education initiatives.
Reproductive Freedom: Pro-Choice. She consistently supports reproductive rights.

INTERNATIONAL ISSUES
Her vision is for peace and diplomacy to be the hallmark of US foreign policy. He first priority would be to bring the
troops home immediately from Iraq. She would close the School of the Americas (where American torturers are
trained), pressure government to refrain from interference in Africa, allow Americans to travel to Cuba, listen to




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advocates in Israel & Palestine- not to AIPAC, she wants doesn't want to extend Most Favored Nation trade status to
China; and she supports neither the WTO, nor CAFTA.

FUN FACTS
Her political career began in 1986 when her father, a representative in the Georgia House of Representatives,
submitted her name as a write-in candidate for the Georgia state house. She got almost 40% of the popular vote,
despite the fact that she lived in Jamaica at the time with then-husband. They were the first father-daughter team to
serve in the Georgia state house. This is Super Neat.

KEY DONORS & ENDORSEMENTS
The Dalai Lama (!) He literally said, “If you have Green Party, I want to join.” Besides his Holiness, Cynthia is
supported by MC NYOIL, Public Enemy’s Professor Griff, George Martinez, George Martin, Mary Weelan, Workers
World newspaper, Workers International League, M1 from Dead Prez, Roseanne Barr.




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Rosa Clemente (G) - VP

PLATFORM
Social Justice. Environment. A living minimum wage. End all wars. Remove all military from other countries and
sustain peace. End imprisonment of young people. No death penalty. Impeach George Bush and hold him
accountable.

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Community organizer, journalist and Hip Hop Activist. In 2003 Rosa helped formed and coordinate the first ever
National Hip Hop Political Convention that drew over 3000 activists who came together to create and implement a
national political agenda for the Hip-Hop generation.”

Why is she running if she doesn’t have a chance? For the 5%. If the green Party gets 5% of the vote, it will not have
to gain signatures to get on ballots for elections and it will get public funding to campaign and then the core values
and principles of the Green Party can spread….and the Green Party cares about issues important to young people -
thank you ladies.

HOW DOES SHE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Civil Rights for All: Wants the USA to sign the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and end all spying on U.S.
citizens. Wants to address and fix the voting problem in this country, including public financing of elections.
Believes hurricane survivors need to be recognized as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), thus receiving:
protection of their right of return, the right to vote in their home states, and reparations for losses incurred due to
government abandonment and negligence.
Economic Responsibility/Justice: She calls for comprehensive federal investment in low-income communities. Wants to
repeal Bush's tax cuts, most Free Trade Agreements, and the flawed Guest Worker Program.
Environmental Responsiblity: Calls for comprehensive production and consumption policies - reflecting limited natural
resources. Forests protected and restored; sustainable resource use and reuse; less waste to dispose; renewable
energy; drinkable and clean water, soil, and air; production and pervasiveness of toxic chemicals in our environment
is dangerous and must be stopped; employees should not be exposed to toxic work conditions; communities should
be preserved; and local economies using local resources should be encouraged.
Right to Free, Quality Education: Believes higher education should be subsidized and that childcare needs to be more
affordable to facilitate lifelong learning by parents.
Right to Affordable, Quality Healthcare: N/A
Reproductive Freedom: Rose believes in full reproductive rights for women: safe access to comprehensive prenatal and
postnatal/infant care; family planning services and contraception, including "morning after" medication; and
abortion.




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Bob Barr (L)
PLATFORM
Smaller government. Lower taxes. The Republicans have “gone off the rails.”

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
As a former four-term Republican congressman from Georgia, he was crusading to impeach President Clinton for
"abuse of power" long before the country had even heard of one Monica S. Lewinsky. As a Representative, he was a
senior member of the Judiciary Committee, Vice-Chair of the Govt. Reform Committee, and a member of the
Committee on Financial Services. Bob now practices at the Law Offices of EdwinMarger, and runs a consulting
firm, Liberty Strategies LLC. He´s on the Board of the NRA. His friends call him “Mr. Privacy." He wants to be to
John McCain what Ralph Nader was to Al Gore’s Presidency- and believes that in certain states he poses a real threat
to McCain losing the state to Obama.

HOW DOES HE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Civil Rights for All: Not only is he not a supporter of Civil Rights, he actually authored the Defense of Marriage Act
(keeping it between a man and a woman)- arguing for states rights. He´s against allowing gay couples to adopt.
Economic Responsibility/Justice: Supports a balanced budget and the line item veto. Seeks to eliminate billions in
corporate welfare. Voted Yes on Bankruptcy Overhaul requiring debtors to partially repay their debt.
Environmental Responsibility: There are various articles on his website arguing against the Environmental Protection
Agency and against the CIA’s congressionally mandated responsibility to work on climate change. Bob has been
quoted as saying “human beings are more important than mussels.”
Right to Affordable, Quality Healthcare: Wants to shrink the role of govt. in health care and believes in tax-exempt medical
savings accounts. Voted Yes on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage and on banning
physician-assisted suicide.
Right to Free, Quality Education: He'll tell you right up front, he would like to abolish the Department of Education and
shift control of education over to community and parents. He supports school vouchers and a Constitutional
Amendment for school prayer.
Reproductive Freedom: Loudly Anti-Choice. Has voted against partial birth abortions, against Family Planning in US Aid
abroad, and against transporting minors to get abortions.

INTERNATIONAL ISSUES
Let's get out of Iraq, like, yesterday, because, according to Bob, America is not an occupying power. Voted Yes on
disallowing the invasion of Kosovo.

FUN FACTS
His campaign is working to get his candidacy taken seriously, but most focus has been on his snazzy moustache.

KEY DONORS & ENDORSEMENTS
He's holding out for an endorsement from Ron Paul... but nothing's certain as this guide goes to print.




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Wayne Allan Root (L - VP)
PLATFORM
Fiscal conservatism, limited government, states' rights.

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Las Vegas-based businessman who built his career as a entrepreneur, author, tv personality, and tv producer on
the bedrock of gambling and sports handicapping. Root prides himself on being a DC-outsider who has never
worked for or with the government. A lifelong Libertarian, won the vice-presidential nomination after losing in
the presidential race to Bob Barr.

HOW DOES HE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Civil Rights for All: Supports gay rights and civil unions, but feels Gay Marriage should be left up to individual
states. Wants to end the prosecution of victimless crimes and the war on drugs. Advocates for the typical
Libertarian view of less government regulation across the board.
Economic Responsibility/Justice: Wants to shrink government spending (eliminating entire departments, if necessary)
while drastically reducing and simplifying federal taxes. Wishes to revamp Social Security, giving citizens the
choice of buying in and the right to pass on their savings in a will. Adamant supporter of a free market
economy.
Environmental Responsibility: Calls Al Gore a "hysterical liberal alarmist". Also claims he "would not institute
drastic laws, or agree to global standards that erode our American way of life, damage our economy, or cost
millions of jobs."
Right to Affordable, Quality Healthcare:  Root supports a free market healthcare system and strongly opposes
nationalized healthcare. He wants to "utilize vouchers, tax cuts, and tax breaks to encourage individuals to buy
health insurance."
Right to Free, Quality Education: Wants to completely eliminate the Department of Education at the Federal level.
Supports the utilization of vouchers and tax credits to encourage various choices in eduction.
Reproductive Freedom: Believes abortion is a personal choice and should be left up to the state. Opposes late term
or partial birth abortion (unless the mother's life is at risk) and supports parental notification of underage girls.

FUN FACT
Graduated from Columbia in 1983 with Barack Obama




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John McCain (R)
PLATFORM
“Government Spending, Iraq, Health Care”

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
After serving in the U.S. Navy for 23 years (five years of which were spent as a POW in Vietnam, two years in
solitary confinement), McCain retired from the navy as a captain. Two years later, he was
elected a U.S. Representative in Arizona. After four years, he was elected to the U.S. Senate and is going on 21 years
of service as a senior senator. Since February 2008, McCain was nominated and accepted the nomination for the
Republican candidate for President. In August, he picked Sarah Palin, governor of Florida, as his running mate.

HOW DOES HE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Civil Rights for All: Finds torture to be “ineffective and supported only by those without military experience.” Religion:
Says he would prefer a Christian president to lead the US, and that the Constitution establishes the US as a
Christian nation. Life Partners: Believes marriage is between a man and a woman, but feels the decision should be
left up to the individual states. Voted for the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996. In July 2008, he did not participate in
the vote on the FISA Amendments which, most famously, releases electronic communication providers from
liability with regards to civil action that may be brought up in any court due to assistance provided to the
government in obtaining electronic surveillance if such assistance was authorized by the President.
Economic Responsibility/Justice: Wants to cut government spending to keep taxes at a reasonable level. Supports free-
trade and open markets. In July 2008, McCain did not participate in a vote to pass a bill that increases mortgage
grants, mortgage limitations, various property assistances to the homeless and veterans, and the line of credit for
mortgages under Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Environmental Responsibility: Offers a vague pledge to honor our natural resources. The only non-petroleum energy
source he mentions is nuclear energy.
Right to Affordable, Quality Healthcare: While he does not directly support universal health care, McCain believes the
flawed system needs to be revamped to cut costs and make coverage more affordable
and transparent. In March 2008, he voted yes on a failed amendment that would define a "targeted low-income
child" who is eligible for child health assistance under the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) as
"an individual under age 19, including the period from conception to birth."
Right to Free, Quality Education: From convention speech: When a public school fails to meet its obligations to students,
parents deserve a choice in the education of their children. And I intend to give it to them. Some may choose a
better public school. Some may choose a private one. Many will choose a charter school. But they will have that
choice and their children will have that opportunity.
Reproductive Freedom: Believes Roe v. Wade should be overturned. In February 2008, he did not participate in a vote on
an amendment that would prohibit the funding of abortions under the Indigenous Health Bill (S 1200).

INTERNATIONAL ISSUES
Iraq: Wants to increase the number of troops in Iraq while revamping our current strategy. Believes the surge of
troops has been a success and should be mimicked in Afghanistan. Believes withdrawal of troops in Iraq is
tantamount to an admission of defeat.

FUN FACTS
Served on the advisory board for the legal defense fund for I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Jr.




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Sarah Palin (R - VP)

PLATFORM
Put a stop to wasteful spending, cut high taxes, and clean up corruption.

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Mrs. Sarah Palin was born in Idaho on Feb 11th, 1964. Her parents moved the family to Alaska when Sarah was an
infant and she has called it home since. She is a wife, mother of five, and has her 1st grandchild on the way. Back in
the early 90´s, at the tender age of 28, Palin was elected to the Wasilla (pop. 6300) City Council and served 2 terms.
She ran on a promise to bring her "progressive, competitive attitude" to the government, and she won by a vote of
530- 310. She then ran for mayor of Wasilla, defeating a three-term incumbent. Palin lost the bid to be the
republican nominee for lieutenant governor in 2002.

In 2003, Palin was appointed by the Governor to the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Comission, and served on it
as Ethics Supervisor, but didn't like what she saw and resigned in 2004, citing the "lack of ethics" of fellow
Republican members. She followed up on her grievances, and filed formal complaints against Oil and Gas
Conservation Commissioner (also the chair of the state Republican Party) and a former Alaska Attorney General,
accusing them both of serious conflicts of interests and unethical behavior. Both men resigned and one paid a record
$12,000 fine. Palin won the race for governor of Alaska in 2006, becoming the first woman and the youngest person
ever to serve in the position.

On August 29th, 2008, McCain announced Sarah Palin as his pick for VP.
It's like a fairytale, ain't it?

HOW DOES SHE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Civil Rights for All: Palin wants to preserve the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman and has raised
the possibility of amending the constitution to do so. She does not believe same-sex couples should qualify for
spousal benefits reserved for married couples. However, she notes that "she's not out to judge anyone and has good
friends who are gay." Which is "nice".
Economic Responsibility/Justice: Sarah is a firm believer in unregulated, free market capitalism. Even now. She believes
that raising taxes hurts small business and job growth. As Mayor, she cut property taxes, but raised sales taxes. She
does not believe in income tax. She supports certain programs to move people from welfare into the workforce.
Environmental Responsibility: Her words: "We must encourage timber, mining, drilling and fishing." She supports drilling
everywhere… ANWR, offshore, everywhere. Palin opposed protections for salmon from mining contamination,
sued the US Government to remove polar bear from the endangered species list and opposes adding beluga whales
to that list. Palin does not believe that Global Climate Change is a result of human activities. In March 2007, Palin
helped pass the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA) to usher in the building of anatural gas pipeline from the
Alaska's North Slope.
Right to Affordable, Quality Healthcare: Believes that any new health plan must be market driven and that people must
take personal responsibility of their health and let the government only provide what the Constitution requires. Her
words: "I support flexibility in government regulations that allow competition in health care that is needed, and is
proven to be good for the consumer, which will drive down health care costs and reduce the need for government
subsidies. I also support patients in their rightful demands to have access to full medical billing information." Sarah
is listed as an organ donor.




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Right to Free, Quality Education: Palin supports charter schools and more early education programs for "at risk" groups.
Earlier this year, Palin told the Anchorage Daily News that schools should not fear teaching creationism alongside
evolution. "Teach both. You know, don't be afraid of information.... Healthy debate is so important and it's so
valuable in our schools. I am a proponent of teaching both. And you know, I say this too as a daughter of a science
teacher."
Reproductive Freedom: Opposes reproductive freedom and opposes abortions and public funding for abortions, even in
cases of rape and incest. She does concede that abortions to save the woman's life can be allowed. Palin is opposed
to embryonic stem cell research and she supports the Safe Haven Bill, which allows a parent to surrender a newborn
child without penalty of law.

INTERNATIONAL ISSUES
Palin can see Russia from Alaska. She agrees with the Bush Doctrine (even without knowing it) of pre-emptive
strikes if there is legitimate intelligence of imminent harm to the US. She thinks that a Nuclear Iran is "dangerous".
She supports Bush's efforts to stop terrorism and believes we have not been attacked since 9/11 because of the wars
in Iraq and Afghanistan. Palin got her first passport in 2006. It has 2 stamps in it.

FUN FACTS
Palin once won the Miss Wasilla Pageant beauty contest. She later finished third in the Miss Alaska pageant, which
won her a college scholarship and the "Miss Congeniality" award. We wonder if the Alaskan wolf population is hip to
that title.




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Alan Keyes (AI)
PLATFORM
America's Revival

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
A libertarian leaning conservative whose background in diplomacy includes a position as the US Ambassador to the
Economic and Social Council of the U.N. under the Reagan Administration. PH.D in Government from Harvard
and wrote his thesis on Constitutional theory. His daughter came out as a lesbian and was thrown out of the house.

HOW DOES HE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Civil Rights for All: Was quoted as saying "gay rights aren't like race rights because it's behavior." In fact, Keyes believes
gay marriage destroys moral institutions and that adoption by gay marriage leads to incest (huh? we're confused by
this too).
Economic Responsibility/Justice: Supports the Balanced Budget Amendment. Wants more money for defense, NASA,
parks. Less money for agriculture, education and the arts!
Environmental Responsibility: Supports marketable pollution credits (where the government puts a cap on how much a
corporation can pollute, but then corporations can buy credits to pollute more.) He also said that he's against
pollution regulations, so, go figure.
Right to Affordable, Quality Healthcare: Just says "no" to Government controlled Health Care. Believes in health savings
accounts and elimination of 3rd party pay systems.
Right to Free, Quality Education: He wants the US to spend less on education. "America's problems are rooted in Moral
decline."
Reproductive Freedom: Anti-Choice. "Mothers have no right." Makes an exception to preserve the mother's life.

INTERNATIONAL ISSUES
Immigration: Believes that "the people who come to this country with the intention of becoming full and responsible
citizens of the republic should be able to. Those who come here purely for economic gain, making no effort to give
and grow this society, are colonizing." He did not support Bush's guest worker program.
Iraq: Stay 'til the job is done.
Iran: Speaks of diplomacy before invasion.
Darfur: Commit no troops but support regional aid.

KEY DONORS & ENDORSEMENTS
Nobody we could find.

FUN FACT
He is a trained opera singer. As a devout Catholic, he does not believe in the separation of church and state and
wants the 10 commandments taught in public school.




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Wiley Drake (AI - VP)
PLATFORM
Very little information is available on Drake's candidacy. We assume that he shares many views with his running
mate, Alan Keyes.

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Drake is a controversial, Southern Baptist pastor based out of Buena Park, CA. He rose to national attention in the
early nineties when he protested Disney's first "Gay Day" and a 2 Live Crew concert, which he deemed obscene (why
can't they give Luke a break?).

FUN FACTS
He does not believe in the separation of Church and State. In fact, Drake thumbed his nose at the IRS by using
church stationery to write endorsements of two separate candidates on two separate occasions. But it wasn't his
decision, it was God's…so he's okay.




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Ralph Nader (PF)

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
This is Mr. Nader's 4th consecutive run for President. You may recall the election of 2000 when George W. Bush
"won" over Al Gore, when many a pundit noted that the Dems very well may have lost due to Nader's Green party
run that took votes away from Gore. Nader notes that Gore actually did win the popular vote, so actually he didn't
spoil nuthin'. This year he is running with the Peace and Freedom Party, which is, a "feminist socialist" party mostly
run out of CA. Mr. Nader has been a tireless consumer advocate and environmentalist for his entire career. In 1965
he wrote Unsafe at any Speed, an indictment of safety in the automobile industry. "Largely because of his influence,
Congress passed the 1966 National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act and the Wholesome Meat Act, which called
for federal inspections of beef and poultry and imposed standards on slaughterhouses, as well as the Clean Air Act
and the Freedom of Information Act." Go Ralph.

HOW DOES HE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Civil Rights for All: He really wants repeal the Patriot Act, to restore affirmative action, and to defend, restore and
strengthen the Civil Justice System. Nader supports an end to secret detentions, arrests without charges, restricting
access to attorneys, the use of secret "evidence," military tribunals for civilians, misuse of non-combatant status, and
the shredding of "probable cause" determinations. He wants to adopt the National Initiative which would give
citizens a national vote on issues most important to them, thereby "circumventing the Congressional pork barrel
process." Like the Propositions we vote on in Cali, but for the real big stuff.
Economic Responsibility/Justice: Wants an aggressive crackdown on corporate crime and corporate welfare, and seeks to
adopt a Wall Street securities speculation tax. In 1965 he started the Center for Study of Responsive Law, which
investigated and exposed corporate irresponsibility and the government's failure to enforce business regulations.
Environmental Responsibility: Nader just says no to nuclear power, wants solar energy first, and to adopt a carbon
pollution tax. He believes we should focus on family farms instead of large agribusiness and end all commercial
logging in National Forests. Believes toxic standards are designed for adults, not for more vulnerable children and
that this should be reversed.
Right to Affordable, Quality Healthcare: Adopt single payer national health insurance. Now.
Right to Free, Quality Education: Mr. Nader is very passionate about teaching civics in schools. He is so passionate that he
once said he would restructure the school system to provide for civics as the basis of education with reading writing
and arithmetic all being of secondary importance. His reasons being that the education of skills that would develop a
practice of democracy would nurture our democratic structure for the future. He has also stated that he would get
rid of standardized testing. Does not support renewing the No Child Left Behind Act and supports raises for teachers
across the board.
Reproductive Freedom: Supports access to safe and legal abortion, to effective birth control, to reproductive health
services and education. Oppose attempts to restrict these rights through legislation. Supports stem cell research.

INTERNATIONAL ISSUES
On Sep. 15, 2006 Nader wrote a letter to President Bush which said, "We join with the thousands of Americans who
are calling on you to intensify your efforts to end the slaughter in Darfur." Say NO to war with Iran- full diplomacy
instead of the "all options on the table" responses from the Democratic and Republican parties.




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FUN FACTS
Ralph still gets hate mail from people who believe Al Gore lost the 2000 election because he ran. When asked about
whether he might play the spoiler in 2008, Ralph replies, "If the Democrats can't landslide the Republicans this year,
they ought to just wrap up, close down, and emerge in a different form."

KEY DONORS & ENDORSEMENTS
81% come from individual donations. The rest comes from Nader personally.
No notable endorsements.




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Matt Gonzalez (PF - VP)

PLATFORM
The Peace and Freedom Party is an open, multi-tendency, movement-oriented socialist party. We are united in our
common commitment to socialism, democracy, feminism and unionism and our common opposition to capitalism,
imperialism, racism, sexism and elitism.

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Former President of San Francisco's Board of Supervisors. Received a BA from Columbia and a JD from Stanford.
Served as a deputy public defender from '91 to '00 before being elected to public office. Implemented a time- and
money-saving Instant Run-Off process in San Francisco elections. Created a minimum wage in San Francisco which
includes a yearly cost-of-living adjustment (currently at $9.36).

HOW DOES HE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Civil Rights for All: Supports Affirmative Action on all levels, including business ownership policies and on college
campuses.
Economic Responsibility/Justice: Strong advocate of a higher minimum wage. Introduced a a successful bill that requires
chain-operated businesses to seek San Francisco city approval in the face of formal neighborhood objection.
Environmental Responsibility: Supports a carbon tax and opposes subsidies for oil, electric, nuclear, coal, and biofuel
interests.
Right to Affordable, Quality Healthcare: Favors a Canadian-style, private delivery, free choice of hospital and doctor, public
health insurance system
Right to Free, Quality Education: Opposes an over-reliance on standardized testing, including No Child Left Behind.
Wants to fully fund Head Start, nutrition programs for schools, and the rebuilding of our nation's crumbling school
buildings.
Reproductive Freedom: N/A

INTERNATIONAL ISSUES
Wants to cut the military's budget

FUN FACT
Brought his bohemian reputation to San Fran's City Hall, where he held monthly art shows in his office. For his final
show, Gonzalez invited a graffiti artist to tag an office wall with the slogan, "Smash the State."




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Buck McKeon (R)

PLATFORM
Preserve Social Security, cut the national debt, provide tax cuts for America’s working families and strengthen the
military, competitive workforce, gas and energy prices, higher education, immigration, No Child Left Behind,
retirement security, war on terror.

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Buck's story began on Sept. 9, 1938, in Tujunga, California. After serving a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-Day Saints, he attended Brigham Young University, and after a few terms, he embarked on a
temporary "hiatus" from his studies. During said hiatus, Buck met and married his wife, Patricia, and started a family
and career as a businessman in the Santa Clarita Valley. He was active with community orgs like the Boy Scouts,
Little League, a Hospital Board and the Chamber of Commerce. He finally returned to school and completed his
bachelor’s degree in 1985. Around that time, the city of Santa Clarita was incorporated and its citizens
selectedMcKeon as a member of the city council, and then Mayor. Under Buck, Santa Clarita was named one of the
Safest Cities in America, and he flexed his power by cutting Federal spending and reducing taxes. He is now Senior
Republican Member on the House Education and Labor Committee. Prior to that, he headed the House
Subcommittee on 21st Century Competitiveness, which watches over higher education, technology in education,
teacher training, job training and welfare reform.

YPM ISSUES
Civil Rights: Here's what he's FOR: Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman, making the Patriot Act
permanent, constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration. He's NOT a fan of : prohibiting job
discrimination based on sexual orientation or affirmative action or gay adoptions.He gets a 7% rating by the ACLU, a
0% by the HRC, and 22% by the NAACP.
Economic Justice: As he likes to say, he "strongly opposes making taxes more progressive": Wants to phase out the
Estate tax, repeal the marriage tax; and cut middle class taxes. He voted for $46 billion in tax cuts for small business
and for a tax cut package of $958 billion over 10 years.He voted Yes on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains &
dividends and, you know it, he wants to make the Bush tax cuts permanent.
Environment: He's got a plan, it's about energy, it's got a soundtrack, and he calls it the "All of the Above" strategy.
Here's how it goes down: 1) Increase the supply of American made energy in environmentally sound ways. 2)
Improve energy conservation and efficiency. 3) Promote alternative and renewable energy technologies. Sounds
cool. We just wonder how he backs this up when the League of Conservation voters gives him a big fat 0% rating. We
figure he gets this rating because of his love for nuclear, coastal drilling and coal energy plans.
Healthcare: Not a fan of the Universal Healthcare, this Buck. He has voted against giving mental health full equity
with physical health, twice against extending SCHIP to cover millions more kids, and against requiring negotiated
Rx prices for Medicare part D. What he does like ranges from limiting non-emergency treatment and prescription
drug benefits for Medicare recipients to banning physician-assisted suicide to establishing tax-exempt Medical
Savings Accounts.




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Education: Buck wants to make sure all students have access to student aid. One of his major legislative
accomplishments is passage of the Higher Education Act, which reauthorized the Higher Education Act of 1965 to
make college more affordable, simplify the student aid system and ensure quality. The legislation cut student loan
interest rates to their lowest levels in 16 years, increased Pell Grant authorizations and provided incentives to
control the costs of higher education. He claims to be a strong supporter of Public Education, and is a proud
supporter of the No Child Left Behind act.He is gets a 25% rating by the NEA, which indicates a history of anti-
public education votes.
Reproductive Freedom: Anti-Choice. Rated 0% by NARAL, he has voted Yes on banning Family Planning funding in US
aid abroad but also to allow human embryonic stem cell research.

INTERNATIONAL ISSUES
He firmly backs the "War on Terror", the War in Afghanistan, and the War in Iraq. In his own words: "I stand with my
colleagues in Congress who are united in this cause and supportive of President Bush's efforts to ensure the horrors
of September 11th never happen again. I am committed to providing the president with all the resources he needs to
win the War on Terror and to protect our homeland. I am extremely proud or our military and I will continue to
support the brave men and women who are valiantly fighting to defend our way of life."

FUN FACTS
We tried, but we found no fun facts abut Buck. Maybe just that his name is "Buck"? That's fun.




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Jackie Conaway (D)

PLATFORM
For Clean and Open Government. Support veterans and troops; affordable housing; immigration fairness; universal
highway safety law; no family will go hungry law.

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
A first-time candidate, Jackie has performed public service duties on the 28h District Agricultural board. Beyond
that, she has worked as data input operator, remote terminal operator and clerk, while a family with her husband of
over 30 years.

HOW DOES SHE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
There is currently no information available.




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Russ Warner (D)

PLATFORM
Ending the war in Iraq; providing affordable health care for all; moving towards energy independence.

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Warner has lived in the district for 27 years and runs a successful business in Rancho Cucamonga. Russ is the Chair
of the Valley Anti-Defamation League, the Vice Chair of the CATrust For Public Schools, and a Boardmember of LA
League of Conservation Board (on leave during the campaign). His son served a tour in Iraq and is one of the
inspirations for Russ’s entrance into public service.

HOW DOES HE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Civil Rights for All: He does not want to trample on civil liberties; he supports closing the base at Guantanamo and
condemning torture. Russ is a "Fierce" advocate for social justice.
Economic Responsibility/Justice: Wrote legislation to root out corporate welfare to defense contractors who were being
subsidized for overseas trade-shows. Wants to chastise predatory lenders, and protect homeowners from foreclosure.
Environmental Responsibility: Wants energy independence, green jobs and natural resources protection.
Right to Affordable, Quality Healthcare: Believes in affordable health care for all; Is for a single-payer universal plan, and
supports SCHIP.
Right to Free, Quality Education: Believes that everyone should have access to affordable public education.
Reproductive Freedom: Believes in a woman's right to choose.

INTERNATIONAL ISSUES
Iraq: Opposed the war in Iraq from day one; Will fight to end the war in Iraq, strengthen America's image abroad,
bring troops home now, making sure they receive the medical care and veterans benefits they were promised.

KEY DONORS AND ENDORSEMENTS
CA democratic party, almost all of CA House Democratic caucus, including Rep. Brad Sherman. Heavy support from
labor unions, and mayors in the district.




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David Dreier (R)

PLATFORM
Individual liberty, economic opportunity, secure borders, and effective government.

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Current member of House of Representatives, 26th District (and has been since 1980!).

HOW DOES HE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Civil Rights for All: A hardliner on both immigration and gay rights. On the former: he favors harsh penalties for
employers who hire illegals, strict deportation rules and the building of a border fence. On the latter: against gay
adoption rights, and has voted against inclusion of homosexuals as a protected class in hate crime and employment
discrimination legislation.
Economic Responsibility/Justice: He’s against any new tax increases, wants to make the Bush tax cut permanent, believes
the federal government should work to balance the budget again by 2012 and wants to decrease the
capital gains tax. He did co-sponsor bills to strengthen the House's ethics rules, and to crackdown on lobbyist
influence. He often sponsors pro-business bills.
Environmental Responsibility: He supports building up public transportation to curb traffic, help environment and
strengthen local economy.
Right to Affordable, Quality Healthcare: Voted against SCHIP (Health Care for Kids.)
Reproductive Freedom: He received a failing grade from NARAL.

INTERNATIONAL ISSUES
He supported NAFTA and CAFTA and backs the proposed Colombia Free Trade Agreement (though during a visit in
2007, he caused outraged by literally sitting on the podium at a hearing before the Chamber of Reps of Columbia).
Tough on terrorists like he was tough on Commies back in the day. He was pro-war Iraq, pro-war Afghanistan, and
backed the surge and the Patriot ACT.

FUN FACTS
He narrowly won re-election in 2004 (with only 53% of the vote), despite outspending his opponent, Democrat
Cynthia Matthews, nearly 30-1, and despite representing a traditionally Republican district..

KEY DONORS & ENDORSEMENTS
U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the National Association of Manufacturers.




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Ted Brown (L)

PLATFORM
Anti-war, anti-tax, pro-civil liberties.

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Owner of an independent insurance adjusting and investigating business, Brown has been an active member of the
Libertarian Party since 1978. He has served as California State Chairman, Los Angeles County Chairman and a
member of the Libertarian National Committee. Since 1986 he has written the Libertarian Party's ballot arguments
against bond measures in the state and county ballot pamphlets, thus, apparently, saving taxpayers millions of
dollars.

YPM ISSUES
Civil Rights for All: Pro gay marriage; wants to repeal all laws that prosecute victimless crimes, i.e., drugs, gambling, etc.
Economic Responsibility/Justice: Anti-welfare and all government assistance programs; would lower taxes and
regulations.
Environmental Responsibility: No information available, but assuming his and his Party's de-regulation stance, one might
assume he is not for federal environmental / sustainability programs.
Right to Affordable, Quality Healthcare: Supports the privatization of healthcare.
Right to Free, Quality Education: Calls for a complete separation of education and the state to guarantee decent schooling
for all.
Reproductive Freedom: Pro-choice and anti government funding of abortion.

INTERNATIONAL ISSUES
Anti-Iraq War; U.S. should pull out of UN and NATO; ending of foreign aid payments.

FUN FACTS
He has run for Congress several times, state assembly and insurance commissioner as well.

DONORS & ENDORSEMENTS
Libertarian Party of California




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Brad Sherman (D)

PLATFORM
Fiscal responsibility, federal aid to education; the interests of working families; strong environmental standards; the
protection of Social Security and Medicare and policies to expand U.S. exports.

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
A Harvard Law grad and certified tax law specialist, Congressman Sherman currently serves on the Committee on
Foreign Affairs, the Committee on Financial Services, and the Judiciary Committee. While on the Budget
Committee in 1997, he passed the Sherman Amendment to the Budget Resolution which provided an additional
$700 million for the acquisition of environmentally important lands.

HOW DOES HE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Environmental Responsibility: According to his voting record, Sherman has been a strong proponent of Amtrak
revitalization of public transport in California, and has fought to protect wildlife areas. He receives a 100% rating
from the League of Conservation Voters.
Right to Affordable, Quality Healthcare: Based on Sherman's voting record, the American Public Health Association has
given him an 89%, indicating a pro-healthcare record.
Right to Free, Quality Education: Based on Sherman's voting record, the National Education Association has given him a
100%, indicating a pro-education record.




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Navraj Singh (R)

PLATFORM
Limited government; free and fair trade; conservation of natural resources; border and national security.

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Singh grew up in New Delhi and served as Captain in the Indian Army in the war against Pakistan after Partition.
He moved to Los Angeles in the early 70s and soon after began a career as restaurant owner, over time running nine
restaurants, including Tantra in Silverlake which he just sold in 2006 after his son's car accident. He is soon to open
a hotel in Beverly Hills.

HOW DOES HE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Civil Rights for All: Marriage between man and a woman only; stop illegal immigration; pro Patriot Act.
Economic Responsibility/Justice: In an interview he said that he would donate the entirety of his salary to vets from the
Iraq War and would pay for his own health care and business transportation when in office. No new taxes.
Environmental Responsibility: Increase fuel efficiency and research for alternative energy; support drilling in the Arctic;
make new nuclear power plants.
Right to Affordable, Quality Healthcare: Believes the healthcare system is broken but doesn't think it should be a federal
task to offer universal healthcare.

INTERNATIONAL ISSUES
He wants to create a Muslim army, through working with Muslim nations, that would be ready to travel around the
globe and thwart terrorism at a moment’s notice.




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Tim Denton (L)
PLATFORM
No information could be found on Mr. Denton’s platform or his position on civil rights, economic responsibility,
environmental responsibility, right to affordable, quality healthcare, right to free quality education, reproductive
freedom, or any other issue.

BACKGROUND AND HISTORY
Mr. Denton won his party nomination in June. He is listed as a professor of Biology and lives in North Hollywood.




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Howard Berman (D) - Unopposed Incumbent




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Alan Pyeatt (L)
PLATFORM
Smaller Government. Lower Taxes. More Freedom.

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Alan has worked as a civil servant for most of his life. As city engineer in Compton, he worked for the Public Works
Dept. and the Dept. of Transportation. His political experience extends to the 2008 Libertarian National
Convention at the state and national level, and he has served as staff for non-legislative caucus'. He is a proud
member of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, the CA Wather Society, and the Gun Owners of America.

YPM ISSUES
Civil Rights: While Mr. Pyeatt has not provided information at this time regarding his plans were he to be elected to
the House of Representatives, the Party he represents strongly opposes the government's infringement on civil
liberties and wishes to repeal the Patriot Act, the Military Commissions Act and restrain the Executive Branch to the
limitations set forth in our Constitution. We assume he agrees.
Economic Justice: The party platform states it wishes to repeal the income tax and abolish the IRS and all federal
programs and services not required under the U.S. Constitution. They oppose any legal requirements forcing
employers to serve as tax collectors and think that govt. should not incur debt, which burdens future generations
without their consent. He supports the passage of a "Balanced Budget Amendment" to the U.S. Constitution,
provided that the budget is balanced exclusively by cutting expenditures, and never by raising taxes.
Environment: He doesn't have any concrete views that we could find. The Libertarian Party website states they "would
make government as responsible for its actions as everyone else is expected to be." The site claims that Libertarians
would protect the environment by first abolishing sovereign immunity, thus protecting the environment and saving
endangered species by encouraging private ownership of both land and animals.(How's THAT for faith in people??)
Healthcare: Alan has nothing specific to say, but his Party would like to establish medical savings accounts, deregulate
the health care industry, and remove barriers to safe, affordable medicines- like the FDA.
Education: "Education, like any other service, is best provided by the free market, achieving greater quality and
efficiency with more diversity of choice. Schools should be managed locally to achieve greater accountability and
parental involvement. Recognizing that the education of children is inextricably linked to moral values, we would
return authority to parents to determine the education of their children, without interference from government."
Reproductive Freedom: Keep your laws off my body.

INTERNATIONAL ISSUES
The Party states, "We have attacked and killed thousands of people in Iraq because of the actions of a terrorist from
Saudi Arabia. We have chased non-existent weapons of mass destruction instead of the terrorists who killed nearly
three thousand Americans on 9/11. It is time for U.S. forces to withdraw from Iraq as quickly as possible in a manner
consistent with the safety of our troops." Also believes that Foreign Aid is actually Foreign Welfare.

FUN FACTS
Alan's website denied our email requesting information on his campaign. Rude.

DONORS & ENDORSEMENTS
We could find no donors or endorsements. Mr. Pyeatt is not listed on the Libertarian website in any form as running
for office.




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Adam Schiff (D)

PLATFORM
Adam has a "Kids Agenda" and promotes expanding the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Adam is running for reelection. He serves on the House Appropriations Committee and the Commerce, Justice,
Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee, the State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Subcommittee,
the Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee. and the Subcommittee on the Courts, the Internet,
and Intellectual Property. He´s Co-chair of the Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus, House Permanent
Select Committee on Intelligence. Before all this, he served a 4-year term as State Senator for CA's 21st District,
where he focused on the Judiciary, Juvenile Justice and the Arts. Before that, Schiff served with the U.S. Attorney's
Office in LA for 6 years, most notably prosecuting the first FBI agent ever to be indicted for espionage. Sexy.

YPM ISSUES
Civil Rights: Introduced the NSA Oversight Act and secured passage of an amendment to the Intelligence
Authorization Act of '08 that reminds us that a court order is required by law in order to engage in domestic
electronic surveillance. Cosponsor of the bipartisan Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007.
Original cosponsor of the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act to help
eliminate the gender wage gap. Original cosponsor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
Economic Justice: Wants a fiscally responsible government.
Environment: Adam likes to look at the long term picture. For over 7 years Schiff has been championing his "Rim of the
Valley Corridor Study", which could pave the way toward more than doubling the Santa Monica Mountains National
Recreation Area. Some say it's close to making it onto President Bush's desk. Schiff sponsored the Climate
Stewardship Act which would reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the US by establishing emissions caps and the
ability for companies to trade them. He also co-sponsored Udall-Eisenhower Arctic Wilderness Act, which would
permanently protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil drilling and development.
Healthcare: Supporter of stem cell research and securer of funds for various medical centers in need in his district (ie.
$100,000 in federal funding for the City of Glendale's Edison-Pacific Community Health Clinic.) Voted YES to
expand the SCHIP (health care for kids).
Education: This is where his "Kids Agenda" kicks in. He's a cosponsor of legislation that provides financial incentives
to encourage excellent teachers and principals to enter and remain in the profession. Original cosponsor of the
College Student Relief Act which the House passed in January 2007. He throws a "Paying for College" workshop
each year in the 29th District.
Reproductive Freedom: Pro-Choice. Adam is the original cosponsor of the Prevention First Act of 2007, which is a super-
comprehensive family planning measure that would require health insurance plans to cover prescription
contraceptives if they cover other prescription drugs, would require emergency rooms to give victims of sexual
assault access to emergency contraceptive (EC) at their request, and would provide funding for comprehensive sex
education programs.

FUN FACTS
Adam is married to a woman named Eve. True.




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Charles Hahn (R)

PLATFORM
Get Rid of Inheritance Taxes, Support the Social Security Fairness Act so Teachers Get Their Fair Share, Stop
Runaway Production in the Movie Industry, Lower Health Care Costs, Get a Federal Tax Credit of $250 for anyone
who rescues an Animal from the Pound and gives it a loving home.

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Former Director of taxes, Dow Chemical in Michigan.  Seems to be a new Resident of district 29.  Member of the
Board of Equalization, 3rd district, Tax Advisory Committee.  Financial Advisor.

HOW DOES HE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Has not spoken to one progressive issue.

FUN FACTS
Black Belts in Judo, Jiu Jit-Tsu, and Tae Kwon Do, Fluent in Four Languages.

DONORS & ENDORSEMENTS
Michael Antonovich, L.A. County Supervisor, 5th District; The Hon. Ted Bunch, Member of the Burbank Unified
School District School Board; The California Republican Assembly (CRA), Los Angeles Chapter.




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Henry Waxman (D) - Unopposed Incumbent




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Xavier Becerra (D)

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Xavier has dedicated himself to promoting issues affecting industries critical to the economic vitality of the
Southern California region such as entertainment, high technology, health care, and stimulating free, yet fair, trade.
The first Latino to serve on the Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Becerra has used his position to increase
opportunities for working families, to improve the Social Security program for women and minorities, to combat
poverty among the working poor, and to strengthen Medicare and ensure its long-term viability. Rep. Becerra
currently serves on the Health, Oversight, and Social Security subcommittees. He is also a member of the House
Committee on Budget, which oversees the federal budget process.

Rep. Becerra is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) where he served as Chair during the 105th
Congress (1997-98). The Congressman is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Congressional Asian
Pacific American Caucus. At the international level, he serves as Vice Chair of the U.S.-Korea Interparliamentary
Exchange, and is Co-Chair of the Congressional Friends of Spain Caucus. In addition to his Congressional duties,
Rep. Becerra enjoys his service as a board member for several respected institutions, including the Close Up
Foundation, the nation’s largest youth civic education organization that brings more than 25,000 students and
teachers to Washington, D.C., annually; and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, which provides
scholarships and internship opportunities for the next generation of Latino leaders. Rep. Becerra also serves on the
Smithsonian Board of Regents, a distinguished panel of 17 men and women who oversee the Smithsonian
Institution’s expansive collection.

Prior to his election to Congress, Rep. Becerra served one term in the California Legislature as the representative of
the 59th Assembly District in Los Angeles County. He is a former Deputy Attorney General with the California
Department of Justice. The congressman began his legal career in 1984 working in a legal services office
representing the mentally ill. Rep. Becerra is the son of working-class immigrants and was the first in his family to
graduate from college. In 1980, Rep. Becerra earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Stanford University. He
was awarded his Juris Doctorate from Stanford Law School in 1984.

HOW DOES HE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Civil Rights for All: According to his voting record, Becerra is aligned very well with progressive notions of civil rights:
Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007) Voted NO on Constitutionally
defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006) Voted NO on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec
2005) Voted NO on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004) Voted NO on protecting
the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004) Voted NO on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration. (Jun
2003) Voted NO on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999) Voted NO on ending preferential treatment by race in
college admissions. (May 1998) Constitutional Amendment for equal rights by gender. (Mar 2001) Rated 87% by
the ACLU, indicating a pro-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002) Rated 100% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-
rights stance. (Dec 2006) Rated 100% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006) Re-
introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)
Economic Responsibility/Justice : According to his voting record, Becerra strongly backs progressive taxation and
decreasing economic disparity: American People's Dividend: Give $300 to every person. Rated 23% by NTU,
indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. Reduce
the concentration of wealth & wage inequality. NO on eliminating the "marriage penalty". NO on $46 billion in tax




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cuts for small business. NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. NO on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B
over 10 years. NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. NO on providing tax relief and simplification. NO on
retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business
loopholes. YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. YES on banning soft money and
issue ads. NO on banning soft money donations to national political parties. YES on campaign finance reform
banning soft-money contributions. NO on restricting independent grassroots political committees. YES on requiring
lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations.
Environmental Responsibility: Becerra's environmental values are aligned with those of progressives:Voted YES on $9.7B
for Amtrak improvements and operation thru 2013. (Jun 2008) Voted YES on increasing AMTRAK funding by
adding $214M to $900M. (Jun 2006) Voted YES on barring website promoting Yucca Mountain nuclear waste
dump. (May 2006) Voted NO on deauthorizing "critical habitat" for endangered species. (Sep 2005) Voted NO on
speeding up approval of forest thinning projects. (Nov 2003) Prohibits commercial logging on Federal public lands.
(Apr 2001) Rated 90% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes. (Dec 2003) Strengthen prohibitions against
animal fighting. (Jan 2007)
Right to Affordable, Quality Healthcare: According to his voting record, Becerra's stance firmly aligns him with progressive
ideals: Voted YES on giving mental health full equity with physical health. (Mar 2008) Voted YES on Veto override:
Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids. (Jan 2008) Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility.
(Oct 2007) Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Jan 2007) Voted NO on denying non-
emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006) Voted NO on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to
$250,000 damages. (May 2004) Voted NO on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
Voted YES on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003) Voted NO on small business associations for
buying health insurance. (Jun 2003) Voted NO on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar
2003) Voted NO on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001) Voted NO on
subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000) Voted NO on banning physician-assisted
suicide. (Oct 1999) Voted NO on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999) MEDS Plan: Cover
senior Rx under Medicare. (Jan 2001) Rated 100% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record. (Dec 2003)
Make health care a right, not a privilege. (Nov 1999)
Right to Free, Quality Education: According to his voting record, Becerra's stance firmly aligns him with progressive
ideals:Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007) Voted YES on allowing
Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006) Voted YES on $84 million in grants for Black and
Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006) Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001) Voted NO on allowing
vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998) Voted NO on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997) Voted NO
on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994) Rated 100% by the NEA, indicating pro-
public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Reproductive Freedom: Becerra is staunchly pro-choice: Voted YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell
lines. (Jan 2007) Voted YES on allowing human embryonic stem cell research. (May 2005) Voted NO on restricting
interstate transport of minors to get abortions. (Apr 2005) Voted NO on making it a crime to harm a fetus during
another crime. (Feb 2004) Voted NO on banning partial-birth abortion except to save mother’s life. (Oct 2003)
Voted NO on forbidding human cloning for reproduction & medical research. (Feb 2003) Voted NO on funding for
health providers who don't provide abortion info. (Sep 2002) Voted NO on banning Family Planning funding in US
aid abroad. (May 2001) Voted NO on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes. (Apr 2001) Voted
NO on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000) Voted NO on barring transporting minors to get an abortion.
(Jun 1999) Rated 100% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record. (Dec 2003) Rated 0% by the NRLC,
indicating a pro-choice stance. (Dec 2006) Protect the reproductive rights of women. (Jan 1993) Ensure access to
and funding for contraception. (Feb 2007)




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INTERNATIONAL ISSUES
Voted YES on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq. (Jun 2008) Voted YES on redeploying US troops
out of Iraq starting in 90 days. (May 2007) Voted NO on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date. (Jun
2006) Voted NO on approving removal of Saddam & valiant service of US troops. (Mar 2004) Voted NO on
authorizing military force in Iraq. (Oct 2002) Voted NO on disallowing the invasion of Kosovo. (May 1999)
Condemns anti-Muslim bigotry in name of anti-terrorism. (Oct 2001) Wage war on Terrorism, not on fellow
Americans. (Sep 2001) Member of the Out-of-Iraq Congressional Caucus. (Jan 2007)

FUN FACTS
Becerra is a superdelegate pledged to Barack Obama. The first Latino to serve on the House Committee on Ways
and Means.




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Hilda L. Solis (D)

PLATFORM
Expanding access to affordable health care; Protecting the environment; Improving the lives of working families;
Ensuring the rights of women.

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
As we are informed on Hilda’s Facebook page: First elected to Congress in 2000, now serving her 4th term
representing the 32nd Congressional District. Hilda is a graduate of Cal State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and
was awarded a Master of Public Administration from USC (Go Trojans.). She worked in the Carter White House
Office of Hispanic Affairs and was later appointed as a analyst with the Office of Management and Budget in the
Civil Rights Division. In 2000, Hilda became the first woman to receive JFK Profile in Courage Award for her
pioneering work on environmental justice issues in CA. Work it out Hilda.

YPM ISSUES
Civil Rights: She’s a bit of a civil rights champion. She's voted to prohibit job discrimination based on sexual
orientation, against constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman and a constitutional amendment
banning same-sex marriage. She is against making the Patriot Act permanent, voted No on an amendment
prohibiting flag desecration and wants to provide benefits to domestic partners of Federal employees. In 2007 she
re-introduced the ERA, has supported legislation on violence against women & safety and funding for women's and
disadvantaged businesses.
Economic Justice: Hilda supports Middle-class tax cuts, boosting consumer demand and the business investment
necessary to meet it. To back this up she supports incentives and lower taxes for small business creation of
manufacturing jobs in the U.S. To address high unemployment, she wants to give businesses a tax credit worth
$2,400 if they hire people who have been out of work for at least six months, and she supports extended
unemployment benefits. She's a fan of providing states with funds to avoid budget cuts in areas including health
care, homeland security, education, and highway construction.
Environment: As a State Senator, Solis authored the first state law in the nation to codify environmental justice as part
of the responsibility of state agencies. Some would call that a Maverick Move, like the League of Conservation Voters
and the CAF, who both rate her at 100%. Solis sits on the House Committees on Energy & Commerce, Natural
Resources, and Energy Independence & Global Warming. She is Vice Chair of the House Subcommittee on the
Environment & Hazardous Materials and Co-Chair of the Dem Environmental Majority Team. She fights to reduce
emissions, for clean water and clean toxic waste sites, she's always trying to figure out how to bring more green
spaces to communities, and she introduced H.R. 398, Healthy Places Act of 2007, legislation which establishes a
process to makes all the levels of govt. play nice in community planning for healthy living.
Healthcare: She's taken up the task of figuring out this health care thing, so she sits on 3 separate Health Care Task
Forces. She calls herself a leader in the fight to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities, and backs that up as a
co-author of comprehensive legislation to improve health care for minority communities. She supports extending
Medicaid eligibility to uninsured parents of children who are enrolled inSCHIP;. supports health services for
lawfully present immigrant children and pregnant women and outreaching to those not yet enrolled who are eligible
for services. She introduced H.R. 1968 - Community Health Workers Act of 2007, legislation to authorize federal
funding for non-traditional programs because of their reach into under-served communities.




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Education: Hilda wants the Federal govt. to stop cuts to student financial aid programs and to fork over more cash for
school construction. She has worked to expandPell grants and programs for for college preparedness in middle and
high school, Head Start programs, and supports legislation that provides $ to colleges that serve large minority
populations. She won't tolerate voucher proposals that would have allowed federal education funds to be siphoned
off to private schools.
Reproductive Freedom: Very Pro-Choice. Also a strong supporter of programs that require insurance companies to cover
prescription contraceptive methods.

INTERNATIONAL ISSUES

On Iraq: Congresswoman Solis voted against the authorization to use force in Iraq in 2002 and remains seriously
concerned about the Bush Administration's handling of the Iraq conflict.

FUN FACTS

1994: First Latina elected to the California State Senate
2003: First Latina appointed to the powerful House Committee on Energy and Commerce
2005: First Latina elected as Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues

DONORS & ENDORSEMENTS

ACLU, Human Rights Coalition, NAACP, League of Conservation Voters, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor,
American Public Health Association, Peace Action




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Diane E. Watson (D)

PLATFORM
Supports military withdrawal from Iraq and expanding welfare coverage, Against media consolidation and
Privatization of Social Security and wants to end youth violence in our communities.

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Watson is all about CA. She´s a native Angelina, got her B.A. at UCLA and Masters at CalState LA (also one at
Harvard) and then her PHD from Claremont. From there she taught at CalState LA, and then worked for the CA
Department of Education and the LA Unified School Board. She served in the CA State Senate for 20 years, and
after being termed out, then-President Clinton named her ambassador to Micronesia. She left that job in early 2001
to win the special election for the House seat that opened with the passing of longtime incumbent Julian Dixon. She
has been serving as Congresswoman for the 33rd and voting like a real Liberalever since.

YPM ISSUES
Civil Rights: Watson receives A's from the ACLU, HRC and the NAACP. She wants to keep rights civil.
Economic Justice: She´s been named a "Big Spender" when it comes to taxes, and she is a staunch supporter of
progressive taxation, which places a higher tax on those with higher incomes.
Environment: Always having been an independent lady, Watson strongly favors replacing dependence on oil with
alternative fuels and US energy independence. She gets an "A" from the League of Conservation Voters 90% ,
indicating a pro-environment voting record.
Healthcare: Strongly favors increasing federal funding for health coverage. She is concerned about Seniors being able
to afford their prescription drugs and believes that Medicare should provide a prescription drug benefit.
Education: Rated 91% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes.
Reproductive Freedom: Rated 100% by NARAL and recommended by EMILY's List of pro-choice women.

INTERNATIONAL ISSUES
Has been vehemently against the Iraq war from the very beginning, as well as a proponent of impeaching Bush Jr. for
lying about the causes for the war. She also wrote Mr. Bush a letter encouraging him to "to engage Iran on a
diplomatic formula to end the Iranian nuclear program." Watson is against CAFTA (Central American Free Trade),
but for Free Trade agreements with Australia, Singapore and Chile. On the immigration debate, she believes that it
is "not constructive to reclassify 11 million illegal immigrants as felons" and has some plans for comprehensive
immigration reform, including procedures for putting law-abiding immigrants, who have been here at least five
years and paying their taxes, on the path to legal immigrant status and ultimately full U.S. citizenship. She thinks
this group should enroll in citizenship classes and learn English as part of the process for citizenship.

FUN FACTS
Watson was first African-American woman to be elected to the LAUSD. In 2006, the National Journal ranked
Watson as the Most Liberal Member of Congress. And that, my friends, is quite a distinction.

DONORS & ENDORSEMENTS
Los Angeles Labor Federation




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David Crowley Jr. (R)

PLATFORM

Abortion, Gun Control, Same Sex Marriage, Veterans, Immigration, Taxes, Economy, Education, Religion, Judicial
Legislation.

BACKGROUND & HISTORY

David Crowley was born in Summit, New Jersey on Thanksgiving Day, 1957. After high school, he joined the Army,
served for 3 years as a Stock Clerk, and then headed to LA, a city that called to him. In LA, he fell on hard times and
lived as a homeless person, but found work as a security guard, a custodian, a waiter at the Union Rescue Mission, a
Mail Clerk, and then finally landed a job at the National Research Group. In 2002, he lost his job to corporate
downsizing. He attended classes atLACC and married Juana, a naturalized citizen from the Philippines. Their son,
David Crowley, III, attends a private school because his father "doesn't trust LAUSD to get its act together." David II
is currently about 5 classes away from graduating from Los Angeles City College.

YPM ISSUES

Civil Rights: Against same-sex marriage. From his own website: "Any law that says same sex marriage is legal, thus
forcing religions to perform such a ceremony, should be considered as violating the First Amendment."
Economic Justice: "With our economy in its current recessive crisis, we must do what we can to stimulate it. To this
end, I will support tax rebates for individuals and businesses as part of this effort. I will, with fellow Representatives,
see what else can be done to alleviate our suffering in this financial crisis."
Environment: Believes that nuclear energy is an ideal alternative fuel.
Healthcare: It's not the federal government's job to provide health care for the people.
Education: No opinion.
Reproductive Freedom: Anti-Choice.

INTERNATIONAL ISSUES
No comment.

FUN FACTS

David was, coincidentally, born in the same room his mother had been brought into the world in.

DONORS & ENDORSEMENTS
California Republican Assembly
Republican Party of Los Angeles County




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Christopher Balding (R)

PLATFORM
Change and reform, reforming education, principled foreign policy leadership to strengthen America, promoting
comprehensive immigration reform to strengthen the economy.

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Mr. Balding is a research economist at the Milken Institute, a Los Angeles think tank. His work has focused on the
financial system and subprime mortgages, and on expanding economic opportunity and access to credit for
entrepreneurs and small businesses. Prior to working at Milken, Mr. Balding worked at an investment firm and in
Washington DC he worked as a consultant to strengthen the legal and judicial systems of Rwanda and helped to
enact economic reform legislation for Palestine.  He took medical supplies to Sudan and Uganda and worked to
promote microcredit in Africa.

HOW DOES HE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Civil Rights for All: "civil rights must be balanced with national security."
Economic Responsibility/Justice: No issues are stated or can be determined about Mr. Balding's position on economic
responsibility or justice. He does, however, believe that ""change is necessary to bring jobs to the 34th district."
Right to Free, Quality Education: He is super ready for comprehensive education reform to help our children meet the
demands of the global economy. He wants to fight for parents' right to choose where their children go to school to
obtain the best possible education, is willing to dismantle the Washington curriculum requirements and let teachers
innovate and improve standards, give teachers the ability to innovate and experiment while holding them
responsible, and fight for children rather than special interest groups.

INTERNATIONAL
Mr. Balding does not share any specific ideas on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Iran, Darfur, or North Korea but
generally he believes that a representative should not play politics with national security, recognize the relationship
between national security and border security, secure greater funds for Los Angeles' ports, and balance national
security and civil rights. As for Iraq: he believes that it is the United States' responsibility to rebuild Iraq while
removing troops in a "measured and responsible fashion that does not endanger ongoing and future security gains."

FUN FACT
While Christopher himself is not balding (he’s only 32), the only adult male pictured on his campaign website is
much older and is in fact quite thin up top. It’s kinda confusing...

DONORS AND ENDORSEMENTS
Mr. Balding's donors have come from individuals and himself by way of the Milken institute.




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Lucille Roybal-Allard (D)

PLATFORM
Expanding opportunities for residents of her district and working families throughout the country. Increase access
to health care, create affordable housing, modernize and upgrade public schools, improve school safety, increase the
federal minimum wage, reduce the high Hispanic drop-out rates, preserve Social Security and Medicare, and
stimulate economic growth to create new jobs.

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Lucille was born in Boyle Heights, CA, the daughter of Representative Edward R. Roybal and Lucille Beserra Roybal.
She was educated at Ramona Convent Secondary School in Alhambra, California, and California State University,
Los Angeles. Prior to being elected to public office she was a public relations officer and fund raising executive. She
began to serve in the State Assembly in 86 and then moved over to Congress in '92. She has served as the Chair of
the CA Democratic Congressional Delegation and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. She has also been active on
the Congressional Children's Caucus, Democratic Homeland Security task force and the livable communities task
force.She currently sits on the House Appropriations and Standards of Official Conduct committees and lives in East
L.A.

HOW DOES SHE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Civil Rights for All: Fierce proponent of Civil Rights. Championed the DREAM act (opening access to college for
children of immigrants). Wants to make Cesar Chavez's birthday a national holiday.
Economic Responsibility/Justice: Has fought to address the problems associated with 500,000 children employed in
agriculture in the U.S, for worker's on the job safety standards and to lower poverty rates.
Environmental Responsibility: Authorized $20 million for restoration and revitalization projects along the L.A. River. In
2007 Lucille got an 85% from the League of Conservation Voters's. In 2006 she got 100% What happened Lucille?
Right to Free, Quality Education: Advocate of quality public education. Get's an A from the National Teacher's Association.
Right to Affordable, Quality Healthcare: Worked for Improved Vaccination efforts for uninsured Adults. She gets A's from
the American Academy of Family Physicians, the The Children's Health Fund, the American Public Health
Association. She gets a straight F from the Alliance For Headache Disorders Advocacy. Nobody's perfect.
Reproductive Freedom: Pro-Choice, gets an A from NARAL and Planned Parenthood.

INTERNATIONAL ISSUES
Allard voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq
War.

KEY DONORS & ENDORSEMENTS
Main donors come from Real Estate, Lobbyistes and Unions.




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Maxine Waters (D)

PLATFORM
Maxine Waters pledges to continue protecting veterans benefits, to support military troops, to demand better
oversight of defense spending, to reduce crime, to create jobs, to serve the needs of children, women and seniors,
and to address the health care needs of all citizens.

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Maxine Waters was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the fifth of 13 children reared by a single mother. She began working
at age 13 in factories and segregated restaurants. After moving to Los Angeles, she worked in garment factories and
at the telephone company. She attended California State University at Los Angeles, where she earned a Bachelor of
Arts degree. She began her career in public service as a teacher and a volunteer coordinator in the Head Start
program. She spent 14 years in the California State Assembly. In 1990, she was elected to Congress. She continues
to be a member of the House Committee on Financial Services and the Chairwoman of its Subcommittee on
Housing and Community Opportunity. She also serves on the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and
Consumer Credit, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and the Subcommittee on Domestic and
International Monetary Policy, Trade, Technology. She also continues to serve on the Committee on the Judiciary
and its Subcommittees on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, and on Immigration, Border Security and
Claims.

HOW DOES SHE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Civil Rights for All: Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007) Voted NO on
Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006) Voted NO on making the PATRIOT Act
permanent. (Dec 2005) Voted NO on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004) Voted NO
on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004) Voted NO on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag
desecration. (Jun 2003) Voted NO on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999) Voted NO on ending preferential
treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998) Rated 88% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance.
(Dec 2006) Rated 100% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
Economic Responsibility/Justice: Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008).
Voted YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007) Voted NO on retaining
reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005) Voted NO on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep
2004) Voted NO on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004) Voted NO on making the
Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002) Voted YES on allowing stockholder voting on executive compensation. (Apr
2007) Voted YES on overriding presidential veto of Farm Bill. (Jun 2008) Voted YES on restricting employer
interference in union organizing. (Mar 2007) Voted YES on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Jan 2007) Voted
NO on end offshore tax havens and promote small business. (Oct 2004) Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions
to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008) Voted YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business
loopholes. (Dec 2007) Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005) Voted NO on
providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004) Voted NO on making permanent an increase in the child tax
credit. (May 2004) Voted NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
Environmental Responsibility: Maxine Waters is an active leader in a broad coalition of residential communities,
environmental activists and elected officials that aggressively advocate for the mitigation of harmful impacts of the
expansion plan for Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Furthermore, she continues initiatives to preserve the
unique environmental qualities of the Ballona wetlands and bluffs, treasures of her district. Voting Record: Voted




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YES on $9.7B for Amtrak improvements and operation thru 2013. (Jun 2008) Voted YES on increasing AMTRAK
funding by adding $214M to $900M. (Jun 2006) Voted YES on barring website promoting Yucca Mountain nuclear
waste dump. (May 2006) Voted NO on deauthorizing "critical habitat" for endangered species. (Sep 2005) Voted NO
on speeding up approval of forest thinning projects. (Nov 2003) Voted YES on tax incentives for energy production
and conservation. (Jun 2008) Voted YES on tax incentives for renewable energy. (Feb 2008) Voted YES on investing
in homegrown biofuel. (Aug 2007)Voted YES on criminalizing oil cartels like OPEC. (May 2007) Voted YES on
removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jan 2007) Voted YES on keeping moratorium on drilling for oil offshore.
(Jun 2006) Voted NO on scheduling permitting for new oil refinieries. (Jun 2006) Voted NO on authorizing
construction of new oil refineries. (Oct 2005) Voted NO on passage of the Bush Administration national energy
policy. (Jun 2004) Voted NO on implementing Bush-Cheney national energy policy. (Nov 2003) Rated 100 by
League of Conservation Voters in 2007.
Right to Affordable, Quality Healthcare: Expanding access to health care services is another of Congresswoman Waters’
priorities. She spearheaded the development of the Minority AIDS Initiative in 1998 to address the alarming spread
of HIV/AIDS among African Americans, Hispanics and other minorities. Under her continuing leadership, funding
for the Minority AIDS Initiative has increased from the initial appropriation of $156 million in fiscal year 1999 to
approximately $400 million per year today. She is also the author of legislation to expand health services for patients
with diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Voting Record: Voted YES on giving mental health full equity with
physical health. (Mar 2008) Voted YES on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids. (Jan 2008) Voted
YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Oct 2007) Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices
for Medicare part D. (Jan 2007) Voted NO on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb
2006)
Right to Free, Quality Education: Voting Record: Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects.
(Nov 2007) Voted YES on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006) Voted YES on $84
million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006) The NEA gave her an A in 2007 (project vote smart)
Reproductive Freedom: Voted NO on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions Voted NO on banning
partial-birth abortion except to save mother’s life In 2007 NARAL Pro-Choice America gave Representative Waters a
grade of 100; Planned Parenthood also gave her 100.

INTERNATIONAL ISSUES
Before her election to Congress, she was a leader in the movement to end Apartheid and establish democracy in
South Africa. She opposed the 2004 Haitian coup d’etat, which overthrew the democratically-elected government of
Jean-Bertrand Aristide in Haiti, and defends the rights of political prisoners in Haiti’s prisons. She leads
congressional efforts to cancel the debts that poor countries in Africa and Latin America owe to wealthy institutions
like the World Bank and free poor countries from the burden of international debts. Congresswoman Waters is the
founding member and Chair of the ‘Out of Iraq’ Congressional Caucus. Formed in June 2005, the ‘Out of Iraq’
Congressional Caucus is established to bring to the Congress an on-going debate about the war in Iraq and the
Administration’s justifications for the decision to go to war, to urge the return of US service members to their
families as soon as possible. The Caucus has more than 70 members. Voting Record: YES on investigating Bush
impeachment for lying about Iraq. (Jun 2008) YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days. (May
2007) NO on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date. (Jun 2006) In 2002, voted against authorization
to use armed forces in iraq. Regarding Darfur, Maxine Waters has received a cumulative grade of “A+” for
supporting and voting in favor of all significant Darfur legislation.

FUN FACTS
On December 19, 2004, an article appeared in the LA Times entitled “Capitalizing on a Politician's Clout; The
husband, daughter and son of Rep. Maxine Waters have business links to people the influential lawmaker has aided.”



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It was written by Chuck Neubauer and Ted Rohrlich. The article states that “ U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters' family
members have made more than $1 million in the last eight years by doing business with companies, candidates and
causes that the influential congresswoman has helped. In varied ways, they have capitalized on clout she
accumulated in a 28-year career as an elected official who built her power base among African Americans in South
Los Angeles into a national platform. Daughter Karen Waters has charged candidates for spots on her mother's "slate
mailer," a sample ballot that many voters in South Los Angeles use to guide their choices. She also has been paid by a
nonprofit organization she and her mother set up, funded in part by special interests her mother helps in
Washington, that throws parties her mother hosts at Democratic conventions. Waters' husband has collected fees for
opening doors with his wife's political allies on behalf of a bond firm seeking government business. Son Edward
Waters has shared in the slate mailer proceeds and has occasionally worked as a consultant to campaigns his mother
supported.”




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Ted Hayes (R)

PLATFORM
Ted Hayes' website lists four pillars: (1) The restoration of US American Patriotism and enthusiasm for the Dreams
of our fathers; (2) Fulfillment of the Promissory Note, meaning "[t]he resolution of the unfinished business of the
Civil Rights movements and Acts needed in order for American Black US citizens to achieve the 'Parity' of "equal
Justice under the law" enjoyed by those who are White according to the dictates of the Fourteenth Amendment and
the Civil Rights Act primarily of 1866 and 1964'" (3) Veterans Affairs, including access to medical services anywhere
in the U.S.; and (4) Homelessness.  Central to his plan for achieving parity for black Americans is to stem the tide of
illegal immigration.  In his biography on his website, he writes that "[t]hrough his newly formed Constitutional and
Civil Rights organization aptly known as the Crispus Attucks Brigade (CAB), he is stating that the illegal
"immigration" especially out of Mesoamerica (United Mexican States and Central America) is the greatest threat to
the existence of American Black US citizens since chattel slavery."

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Ted Hayes's entered public life as an advocate for the homeless.  In 1993 he founded Dome Village, a Los Angeles
homeless facility consisting of geodesic domes designed by architect Craig Chamberlain and funded by ARCO. 
www.domevillage.org.  He also ran for mayor in 1993.  In 1998, Ted Hayes delivered to the White House his proposal
for the creation of a National Homeless Plan to eradicate homelessness in ten years. (website; http://
www.domevillage.org/National_Plan_Short_Summary.html).  In the mid-1990s, he organized a youth- and homeless
cricket team that toured Ireland and England.  Ted officially joined the Republican Party in late September during
the California governor recall election of 2003 and has become a staunch advocate of Republicanism and
"conservative" values. (website)

HOW DOES HE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Civil Rights for All: Much of Hayes's public life has been devoted to improving the conditions of black Americans. 
However, the bulk of his campaign seems to be directed toward ending illegal immigration.  For example, his
website, www.tedhayes.us advertises what appears to be a rally that was held on June 21 in downtown LA.  Drawing
on the June 2007 protests in Jena, Louisiana, the advertisement invites black Americans to come to Los Angeles. the
city where "blacks are murdered and ethno-racially cleansed by illegal immirgrants and 'anchor-baby' children."
According to a 2005 article in the Wall Street Journal, in 2003 "he persuaded L.A. officials to sign a declaration two
years ago calling on Muslims to denounce global terrorism more vehemently. City leaders rewrote the declaration,
making Mr. Hayes's original wording tougher. When Muslim leaders expressed outrage, city officials quickly
apologized. Mr. Hayes still smarts over public criticism of him by Muslim leaders arising from the incident, which
he says could be cited by radical Islamists as reason to harm him physically." http://www.opinionjournal.com/cc/?
id=110006616
Economic Responsibility/Justice: Most of Hayes's public life has been devoted to eradicating homelessness.  In 1998 he
authored a national homeless plan which called for an end to homelessness in 10 years.  According to the summary
of the plan, the elements of the plan include "creating effective training methods, incentives for the urban Homeless
to relocate to less populated areas to regain self  and ocietal worth and become productive through active economic,
political and social participation."  For example, he advocated for the development of "portions of abandoned
military bases into greater 'alternative tributaries' and new chartered townships.  These new chartered townships are
essentially residential, industrial enterprise centers where former homeless people will be able to begin again." 
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Environmental Responsibility: N/A
Right to Free, Quality Education:  N/A
Right to Affordable, Quality Healthcare: The only reference I have found to Hayes's positions on healthcare is his discussion
of veteran's rights.  His campaign website calls for A. All Access To All Medical services anywhere within the
Jurisdiction of the United States; B. Successful implementation of the "Redemption" program for dependents of
Vietnam Military KIA; and C. Singleness of purpose for US Military Veterans and their facilities, beginning with the
Veterans Hospital and grounds at the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration.
Reproductive Freedom: N/A

INTERNATIONAL ISSUES
From his campaign website: Ted has demonstrated his patriotism for the United States of America by supporting the
Middle Eastern Polices of President George W. Bush in Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, the Sudan, and elsewhere through
participating in rallies, and pro-American demonstrations in midst of anti-American marches, etc. 
It is also the intent of Ted to intensify and increase his efforts to speak and up for the eternal existence for the Jewish
state of Eretz Israel, even as ordained by GOD - ADONAI/ELOHIM/HASHEM, The GOD of Abraham, Isaac, and
Jacob -Israel.

In a July 2005 interview on KPCC, Hayes spoke about the importance of getting the African-American community
to be more aggressive in getting the U.S. and UN to take action on Darfur.  He specifically called upon the black
community in Los Angeles to be more involved in the issue. http://www.scpr.org/programs/talkcity/listings/2005/07/
totc_20050725.shtml. 

FUN FACTS
Hayes had dreadlocks.  HIs daughter Joanna D. Hayes, won the 2004 Olympic Gold Medal in the 100 M Hurdles in
record breaking time in Athens Greece and has been chosen as the National Track & Field "Female Athlete of the
Year" along with many other honors.




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Herb Peters (L)

PLATFORM
Herb Peters wants to build a time machine that could transport the entire country back to 1898. Why does he want
to do this you ask, well, according to his insightful website by 1898 we had become so productive that we exported
about 10% of our production. We had a trade surplus of about $600 million dollars. The federal debt was $25 per
person. The federal budget had a surplus of over $50,000 per day. Peters thinks that 1898 was the pinnacle of wealth
creation in our nation. He continues by noting that by 1912 inventions included the airplane, the automobile and
electricity. All of these came about with no federal income tax, no federal reserve system and no social security.
Peter believes we were the envy of the world and we should be again. If only we were back in 1898 (or for that
matter why not turn back the clock just a few more decades to that time when slaves were free and cotton was king.
A square meal only cost all the copper you earned in a week and whole families died of a thing called swamp fever.
But it sure solves that pesky immigration problem, don’t it Herb?).

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Herb holds a BS (that’s Bachelor of Science, not bullsh*t) from California State University - Fresno, 1961. Peters has
worked as an Aerospace Engineer, a philanthropic consultant, an Aerospace Engineer in the Federal Aviation
Administration as well as an
Electronic Engineer, also with the FAA.

Peters has some experience with losing elections. He’s run as a candidate for the United States House of
Representatives in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006 and now 2008. (Once that time machine’s done Herb will also have lost
in 1898, 1890, 1892 and 1894) Peters currently serves as Secretary for the South Bay Libertarians and Vice
President for Individual Clubs, Toastmasters International. (i.e. the Time Machine Club)

HOW DOES HE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Civil Rights for All: Herb Peters thinks the most effective way to reduce crime on a local and national level is to legalize
drugs. Need we say more? Probably not. But the Herb man does offer a hypotheses based on historical fact. During
alcohol prohibition the murder rate in the US rose by 70% and gangsters like Al Capone came into power. Herb sees
the modern day prohibition we live in as responsible for Bloods, Crips, and drive-by shootings. No illegal drugs, no
illegal activity. No time machine, no Herb Peters. For more of Peters hard hitting stance on criminal reform, check
out his website www.herbpeters.com.
Economic Responsibility/Justice: Peters believes that government should “get out of the way, and let the market do its
work.” Which worked so well in regulating the mortgage crisis. He doesn’t believe in interventionist social welfare
programs to ensure social equality such as welfare, Medicare, etc. He believes these should be the responsibility of
private volunteer organizations such as churches, not the federal government. (And anyway we could always just eat
the poor right Herb?)
Environmental Responsibility: From herbpeters.com: “Global Warming? – I believe that it’s the SUN; and that we can do
NOTHING to reverse the sun caused climate change!” Need we say more?
Right to Free, Quality Education: Like many Libertarians, Herb Peters believes that the problem with education is too
much government intervention. He favors more individual freedom of choice, with programs such as more home
schooling and school vouchers, which he believes will result in more choices for the public, more competition
among schools, and better quality of education for all. He also touts this vague promise of a “Big California




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Constitutional Challenge.” He wants to promote low-cost private alternatives to the “failed” government school
system. Or maybe students could just teach themselves, what do you think Herb?
Reproductive Freedom: From herbpeters.com: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,
that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the
pursuit of Happiness.” I believe that upon fertilization of the egg that we have a “life” and that that life deserves
protection from murder. I have waffled on this issue and – I have reread and became convinced that the statement
in the Declaration of Independence is inclusive of all human life. (Except those that can’t take care of themselves.)

INTERNATIONAL ISSUES
As a Libertarian, Herb Peters is “more or less isolationist.” This means that he wouldn’t want us to get involved in
foreign conflicts if we could avoid it, and stop American jobs from being shipped overseas. (i.e., stay home and
smoke Herb while the world goes by)

FUN FACTS
Time machines do not exist and Herb Peters does not own nor does he plan to own a time machine. The time
machine is only this author’s disbelief and dismay with HP channeled into a metaphorical device. Just to be clear.




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Brian Gibson (R)

PLATFORM
 "SEND JANE HARMON HOME!"

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Brian Gibson hails from Iowa, and his California story began in El Segundo '78 where he promptly got to work
designing for Hughes Space and Communications Group. 27 years later he retired early from what had become the
Boeing Satellite Development Center in order to "give the residents of the 36th Congressional District a better
choice for Congress." To make that better choice even better he is currently enrolled in Trinity Law School and will
be getting his JD in May 2008. He also has a PHD in Physics, and has served as an Assistant Scoutmaster with El
Segundo's Troop 773 Boy Scouts, an assistant leader with El Segundo's Troop 34 Girl Scouts, and a leader in the
AWANA clubs (a Bible club for boys and girls) at the Evangelical Free Church of Redondo Beach and Journey of
Faith Church in Manhattan Beach.

HOW DOES HE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Civil Rights for All: He strongly supports FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act). Regarding Immigration: he
wants to Secure our borders, HEAVILY tax employers who knowingly hire illegal aliens, Increase legal immigration
and add Community service (a Peace Corps for citizenship) as the meaningful penalty for entering the US illegally.
Economic Responsibility/Justice: Brian thinks the best choices for the Economy are to reduce the Federal Govt, and
expand American Enterprise. On the phone, he told YPM that despite the mortgage crisis and the huge defects of
overregulation, he still believes that the market can fix everything. He is also for fiscal responsibility, trade
protectionism and imposing tariffs on Chinese imports.
Environmental Responsibility: Brian considers himself a rare bird: a GREEN republican. He is great believer in using
science to create additional energy technologies, and to utilize solar instead of burning coal to create electricity. He
has a vision of using this NET clean electricity to create hydrogen for fuel cells to power cars. Here's a quote from
his website, "Every & all additional convertions of clean electricity to extract from water the hydrogen & oxygen is a
net gain for the economy & the environment. The democrates have no monopoly on good enviormental intentions.
The GOP has the economic agenda 2 make it feasible & viable. Especially under a McCAIN administration."
Right to Affordable, Quality Healthcare: No comment.
Right to Free, Quality Education: No comment. (His kids did go to Public School though.)
Reproductive Freedom: He is Anti-Choice and believes that abortion is a "Tragedy."

INTERNATIONAL ISSUES
Brian wants "No More Pre-emptive Wars", wants us to stabilize Iraq and and to leave when the Iraqi government asks
us to. He likes to remind us on his website that the "world is a dangerous place."

FUN FACTS
He has a blog. You can check it out for his ringing endorsements of FISA, Bratton's crackdown on gangs, and about
being a Scorpio and what that means to him.




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Jane Harman (D)

PLATFORM
Jane Harmon believes abortion is a woman’s right. Supports increased hiring of women and minorities and supports
same-sex domestic partnerships. Harmon opposes public school prayer. Strongly favors the death penalty. Favors 3
strikes crime law and opposes absolute right to gun ownership. Favors more funding for health coverage. Strongly
favors replacing coal and oil with alternative energy. Harmon wants to make taxes more progressive by taxing the
rich more than the poor. She plans to expand free trade and wants to give illegal immigrants a path to citizenship.
Harmon also believes that the patriot act harms civil liberties wants the US out of Iraq.

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Jane Harman is a seven-term Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the
California's 36th congressional district. She attended Los Angeles public schools, Smith College, and Harvard Law
School. Harman is married to Harman International Industries Executive Chairman and founder Sidney Harman.

Recognized by her colleagues and the national media as an authoritative voice on counterterrorism, homeland
security and intelligence matters, Jane Harman has represented California's 36th Congressional district in Los
Angeles' South Bay since 1992. In 2006, Harman completed eight years of service on the House Intelligence
Committee – the final four as Ranking Member – where she helped shape Congress' policy response to the 9/11
attacks and played a lead role in the creation and passage of the Intelligence Reform Act of 2004.

Now in her seventh term, Harman continues that policy focus as Chair of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on
Intelligence & Terrorism Risk Assessment. She is also a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, where
she sits on the Telecommunications & the Internet and Energy & Air Quality Subcommittees.

Harman's role as an environmental leader was cemented with the passage of the 2007 Energy Act, which included
her landmark lighting efficiency provisions to phase-out the wasteful 100-watt incandescent bulb by 2012, and
require all light bulbs to be at least three times more efficient than today's by 2020.

Her life-long commitment to progressive issues is reflected in her record on a woman's right to choose, on issues of
interest to the gay and lesbian community, seniors and veterans, and has earned her top ratings from advocacy
groups including Planned Parenthood, the Human Rights Campaign, and the California League of Conservation
Voters.

HOW DOES SHE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Civil Rights for All: Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007) Voted NO on
Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006) Voted YES on making the PATRIOT Act
permanent. (Dec 2005) Voted NO on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004) Voted YES on constitutional
amendment prohibiting flag desecration. (Jun 2003) Shift from group preferences to economic empowerment of all.
(Aug 2000) Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
Constitutional Amendment for equal rights by gender. (Mar 2001) Rated 73% by the ACLU, indicating a pro-civil
rights voting record. (Dec 2002) Rated 100% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006) Rated 92%
by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006) Provide benefits to domestic partners of
Federal employees. (Dec 2007) Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)




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Supported legislation on violence against women & safety. (Jul 1999) Supported funding for women's and
disadvantaged businesses. (Jul 1999) Supports ERA and comparable work pay rules for women. (Jul 1999) Voted NO
on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006) Voted NO on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital
treatment. (May 2004) Voted YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules. (May 2001) Rated 0% by FAIR,
indicating a voting record loosening immigration. (Dec 2003) Comprehensive immigration reform without amnesty.
(May 2005) Rated 17% by USBC, indicating an open-border stance. (Dec 2006)
Economic Responsibility/Justice: Voted YES on allowing stockholder voting on executive compensation. (Apr 2007)
Voted NO on replacing illegal export tax breaks with $140B in new breaks. (Jun 2004)
Voted YES on Bankruptcy Overhaul requiring partial debt repayment. (Mar 2001) Rated 45% by the US COC,
indicating a mixed business voting record. (Dec 2003) Voted YES on defining "energy emergency" on federal gas
prices. (Jun 2008) Voted YES on revitalizing severely distressed public housing. (Jan 2008) Voted YES on regulating
the subprime mortgage industry. (Nov 2007) Voted YES on restricting bankruptcy rules. (Jan 2004 Retire half the
public debt by 2006. (May 2001) Voted YES on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
Voted NO on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003) Voted NO on treating religious
organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001) Finish welfare reform by moving able recipients into jobs. (Aug
2000)
Environmental Responsibility: Supports spending resources to stop Global Warming. (Oct 2000) Voted YES on tax
incentives for energy production and conservation. (Jun 2008) Voted YES on tax incentives for renewable energy.
(Feb 2008) Voted YES on investing in homegrown biofuel. (Aug 2007) Voted YES on criminalizing oil cartels like
OPEC. (May 2007)
Voted YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jan 2007) Voted YES on keeping moratorium on drilling for
oil offshore. (Jun 2006) Voted NO on scheduling permitting for new oil refinieries. (Jun 2006) Voted NO on
authorizing construction of new oil refineries. (Oct 2005) Voted NO on passage of the Bush Administration national
energy policy. (Jun 2004) Voted NO on implementing Bush-Cheney national energy policy. (Nov 2003) Voted YES
on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels. (Aug 2001) Voted YES on prohibiting oil drilling &
development in ANWR. (Aug 2001) Supports tradable emissions permits for greenhouse gases. (Aug 2000) Balance
fossil fuels and viable renewable energy. (Jul 2001) Preserve Alaska's ANWR instead of drilling it. (Feb 2001)
Establish greenhouse gas tradeable allowances. (Feb 2005) Rated 83% by the CAF, indicating support for energy
independence. (Dec 2006) Let states define stricter-than-federal emission standards. (Jan 2008) Voted YES on
$9.7B for Amtrak improvements and operation thru 2013. (Jun 2008) Voted YES on increasing AMTRAK funding by
adding $214M to $900M. (Jun 2006) Voted YES on barring website promoting Yucca Mountain nuclear waste
dump. (May 2006) Voted YES on speeding up approval of forest thinning projects. (Nov 2003) Rated 100% by the
LCV, indicating pro-environment votes. (Dec 2003) Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting. (Jan 2007)
Right to Affordable, Quality Healthcare: Supports More Federal Funding for Health Coverage. (Oct 2000) Voted YES on
giving mental health full equity with physical health. (Mar 2008) Voted YES on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to
cover 6M more kids. (Jan 2008) Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Oct 2007) Voted
YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Jan 2007) Voted NO on denying non-emergency
treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006) Voted NO on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000
damages. (May 2004) Voted NO on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003) Voted
YES on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003) Voted YES on small business associations for buying
health insurance. (Jun 2003) Voted NO on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
Voted NO on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001) Better and immediate
funding for Medicare & Medicaid. (Dec 2000)
 Prescription drug benefit within Medicare. (Jun 2000) Establish "report cards" on HMO quality of care. (Aug 2000)
Rated 100% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record. (Dec 2003) Supported funding women's health needs.




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(Jul 1999) Supported funding older women's health. (Jul 1999) Supported funding Prenatal and Postpartum Care.
(Jul 1999) Supported funding Family and Children's Coverage. (Jul 1999)
Right to Free, Quality Education: Opposes parents choosing schools via vouchers. (Oct 2000) Voted YES on additional
$10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007) Voted YES on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in
Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006) Voted YES on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
Voted NO on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001) Voted YES on requiring states to test
students. (May 2001) Voted NO on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994) Offer
every parent Charter Schools and public school choice. (Aug 2000) Three R’s: $35B for
Reinvestment,Reinvention,Responsibility. (Jan 2001) Rated 100% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education
votes. (Dec 2003) Supported funding for teacher training & other initiatives. (Jul 1999)
Reproductive Freedom: Voted YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Jan 2007) Voted YES on
allowing human embryonic stem cell research. (May 2005 Voted NO on restricting interstate transport of minors to
get abortions. (Apr 2005) Voted NO on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime. (Feb 2004) Voted
NO on banning partial-birth abortion except to save mother’s life. (Oct 2003) Voted NO on forbidding human
cloning for reproduction & medical research. (Feb 2003) Voted NO on funding for health providers who don't
provide abortion info. (Sep 2002) Voted NO on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad. (May 2001)
Voted NO on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes. (Apr 2001) Recommended by EMILY's
List of pro-choice women. (Apr 2001) Rated 100% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record. (Dec 2003)
Emergency contraception for rape victims at all hospitals. (Sep 2006) Rated 0% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-
choice stance. (Dec 2006) Provide emergency contraception at military facilities. (Apr 2007) Protect the
reproductive rights of women. (Jan 1993) Ensure access to and funding for contraception. (Feb 2007) Supported
funding contraception and UN family planning. (Jul 1999)

INTERNATIONAL ISSUES
Voted NO on deterring foreign arms transfers to China. (Jul 2005) Voted NO on reforming the UN by restricting US
funding. (Jun 2005) Voted YES on keeping Cuba travel ban until political prisoners released. (Jul 2001) Voted NO
on withholding $244M in UN Back Payments until US seat restored. (May 2001) Progressive Internationalism:
globalize with US pre-eminence. (Aug 2000) Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide of the early 1900s. (Mar 2007)
Voted YES on promoting free trade with Peru. (Nov 2007)
Voted YES on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization. (Oct 2007) Voted NO on implementing CAFTA,
Central America Free Trade. (Jul 2005) Voted YES on implementing US-Australia Free Trade Agreement. (Jul 2004)
Voted YES on implementing US-Singapore free trade agreement. (Jul 2003) Voted YES on implementing free trade
agreement with Chile. (Jul 2003) Build a rule-based global trading system. (Aug 2000) Rated 50% by CATO,
indicating a mixed record on trade issues. (Dec 2002) Voted YES on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about
Iraq. (Jun 2008) Voted YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days. (May 2007) Voted NO on
declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date. (Jun 2006)
 Voted YES on approving removal of Saddam & valiant service of US troops. (Mar 2004)
Voted YES on authorizing military force in Iraq. (Oct 2002)

KEY DONORS & ENDORSEMENTS
Just about every liberal organization, politician and personality on a local, state and national level. Including, but not
limited to, filmmaker and activist Rob Reiner.




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Fran Pavley (D)

PLATFORM
Fran wants to “use public office to change the world.” Her main concerns are education, the environment, and
universal health care.

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Fran started her career as a middle school teacher in the Moorpark and Esparto Unified School Districts. (Good on
you Fran!) She went on to be a member of the CA Coastal Commission and the first Mayor of Agoura Hills. (The
first female mayor, too!). From 2001-2006, Fran served as Assembly Member for CA’s 41st district. Currently, she's a
Senior Climate Advisor to the Natural Resources Defense Council.

HOW DOES SHE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Environmental Responsibility: Fran’s a good one when it comes to protecting our earth. She led legislation through the CA
House establishing regulations that reduce tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions, and it was later adopted by 11 other
states. She also authored AB 32, the "Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006," which places emissions caps on all
major global warming polluters. Fran was awarded "Legislator of the Year" by the environmental organization
Californians Against Waste for her efforts to recycle cell phone batteries. In 2006, she received the CA League of
Conservation Voters "Global Warming Leadership Award," along with former Vice President Al Gore -- which is
pretty F-ing FANCY.
Right to Affordable, Quality Healthcare: Fran wants universal health care, which she calls “Medicare for All.” She’s been
endorsed by Sheila Kuehl, CA State Senate Health Care Rock Star.
Right to Free, Quality Education: Fran’s background is in education and one of her top priorities is to restore “world class
education” to California. She believes in improving California's public schools in order to educate the workforce for
tomorrow. You gotta dig this sort of foresight.

FUN FACTS
Fran has raised 4 guide dogs in her home in Aguora hills. Also, 2 children.

KEY DONORS & ENDORSEMENTS
Fran has A TREMENDOUS amount of endorsements. Among them:
Boxer and Feinstein, US Congressman Brad Sherman and Congresswoman Hilda Solis, Jerry Brown, Tom Hayden,
State Senate Pro Tem Don Perata, L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslasky, L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca, L.A. City
Council Members Rosendahl, La Bonge, Wesson and Greuel. School officials, Labor orgs, Ed Begley, Jr., Laurie
David, Rick Jacobs, Robert Redford, Rob Reiner and Dorothy Gree (Founder, Heal-the-Bay).




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Rick Montaine (R)

PLATFORM
To create a business-friendly California for productive industries and balance the state budget without borrowing
from pension funds.

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Mr. Montaine is a technology security analyst and a 39-year resident of the San Fernando Valley. He and his wife live
in Winnetka, where he was the 40th Assembly District Republican Nominee in 2006. He wants us to know that he
is a conservative republican and that his dad, a United States Air Force veteran, “instilled in him a deep sense of
patriotism and desire to serve his nation.”

HOW DOES HE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Economic Responsibility/Justice: The bulk of Mr. Montaine's platform speaks to his economic policies. "The economy is
the greatest concern for our families, friends and neighbors. It is not acceptable for hardworking families to lose
jobs, pensions, homes, and health insurance while our state overspends and tries to balance our state budget on the
backs of hard-working people." To combat this, he wants to create a “business-friendly California,” lower taxes, and
balance the budget without borrowing from pensions.
Right to Affordable, Quality Healthcare: "It is not acceptable for hardworking families to ... lose health insurance." But no
word on an acceptable plan.
Right to Free, Quality Education: He states that "making sure that schools are fully prepared to educate our kids" is critical.
No plans though.

FUN FACTS
Rick is running for two offices this election: State Senate and Central Committee Member of the 40th District. As
stated on republican.meetup.com, he and his wife "have enjoyed the Southern California Republican Women and
Men for the last 3 years.”

KEY DONORS & ENDORSEMENTS
Members of the California Republican Assembly.




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COLIN GOLDMAN (L)

CANDIDATE PLATFORM

Civil Rights, Limited Government / Lower Taxes, Quality Education for All, Honesty in Government, Campaign
Finance Reform

BACKGROUND & HISTORY

Smart fellow: BA from Yale, MBA from UCLA/Anderson where he was the Sanford Sigiloff Scholar (Top Student in
Class). He has run for State Assembly twice (2000 and 2006) and for State Senate in 2004. A management
consultant and business advisor, Colin is also a veteran screenwriter / script polisher for Disney.

HOW DOES HE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES

Civil Rights: Goldman wants to decrease the prosecution of nonviolent crimes.
Economic Justice: He wants to decrease funding for education, health care, and welfare, and increase funding for
transportation, environment, and emergency preparedness. He wants to eliminate state income, property, and
corporate taxes, but retain gasoline, sales, and vehicle taxes.
Environment: No information available, though he indicates he wants to increase and concentrate government
spending on environmental issues.
Healthcare: No information available, though he wants to decrease government spending on it.
Education: Goldman wants to decrease spending on education. He supports state education standards, testing
requirements and exit exams, as well as vouchers and merit pay for teachers. He does not support state funding for
universal pre-K, state funding to increase teacher salaries, state funding for tax incentives and financial aid for
college; or allowing illegal immigrant high school graduates of California to pay in-state tuition at public
universities. In general, Goldman wants an overhaul of the system, and until then supports all policies that provide
options for students with no other options but their local, failing public schools
Reproductive Freedom: From Political Courage Test:
Pro-choice; any legislation on the matter should happen on state level if at all.

FUN FACTS

Goldman provided comedic polish scripts for numerous major direct-to-video titles including The Lion King III,
Return to Neverland, 102 Dalmatians, Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas, and Disney’s Three Musketeers.

DONORS & ENDORSEMENTS

No information available




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Lydia Gutierrez (R) - State Senate

CANDIDATE PLATFORM

Economy, Environment. Education. She says the current gov't has failed us on all three counts. Cutting government
waste so tax dollars are effective.

BACKGROUND & HISTORY

Angeleno born and bred, Lydia has served as Councilwoman for Coast San Pedro Neighborhood Council since 2007
where she chairs the Budget and Finance Committee, and serves on the Committee of Public Safety. She is an
elementary school teacher and an active member of a long list of sundry educational organizations and associations;
she received an MA in multi-cultural bilingual education.

YPM ISSUES

Civil Rights: No info. Emailed her. Told me would update website shortly.
Economic Justice: Campaign Priorities Include *cutting government's wasted expenditures *protecting businesses from
regulations that hinder growth *making the ports a vital (environmentally friendly) economic engine
Environment: "Pro-environment"
Healthcare: One of her priorities is: *Solve the health care crisis so our Senior Citizens and families can get medical
care without facing bankruptcy.
Education: A campaign priority: *Ensure that students graduate able to read, write, and speak English. "We must move
past No Child Left Behind (NCLB), we must stop criticizing and use that energy to find real solutions that are going
to build on our children’s strengths in this state."
Reproductive Freedom: No info. Emailed her. Told me would update website shortly
International Issues: No info. Emailed her. Told me would update website shortly

FUN FACTS

Her father was injured in an accident as a teen and was forced to receive aid from the government, but when the
accident case was settled, he used the gains to pay back the government.

DONORS & ENDORSEMENTS
Endorsed by many, including Congressfolk, Members of the State Legislature, Senate, Local officials and citizens,
the Republican Party of Los Angeles, California State Republican National Hispanic Assembly.




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RODERICK WRIGHT (D)

PLATFORM
Energy, Schools, and Seniors. He's also down to build a coalition of all the cities in the district.

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Roderick “Rod” Wright graduated from Pepperdine University where he was a Student Body President. In his
political life, he served on the California State Assembly from 1996 - 2002, during much of that time he served as
the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Utilities and Commerce (U&C).He has also been a City Council Deputy, a
District Director for Congresswoman Maxine Waters, acted as liaison to various L.A. City departments, and served
in the administration of Mayor Tom Bradley. Currently, he works as a State Senator's Assistant and has been past
president of the New Frontier Democratic Club and vice chairman of the African American Caucus of the CA
Democratic Party.

HOW DOES HE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Civil Rights: for All While in the Assembly, Wright’s focus was on improving the quality of life for the people of his
district—a part of the inner-city, urban area that had a multitude of problems including gang violence, high
unemployment, a slow economy, and a high dropout rate.
Economic Responsibility/Justice: Mr. Wright has long been an advocate of economic responsibility and justice. He's
especially into "helping poorer people with high unemployment rates."
Right to Free, Quality Education: Rod is down with education, and has authored some bills on the subject to prove it.. He
started one of the largest back-to-school programs in LA County (now providing medical screenings to over 20,000
children) and wrote a bill which kept teachers from being penalized for helping a parent get educational services
which they may need.

FUN FACTS
In high school, Mr. Wright ran track and field and was elected president of his graduating class, but not at the same
time.

KEY DONORS & ENDORSEMENTS
Endorsed by many, including Congressfolk, Senators, Assemblymen, City Councilmembers, including Rosendahl,
LaBonge, & Cardenes, Mayors, including our own in L.A., Clergy, Democratic Clubs, including Stonewall Dems,
Labor orgs, and the incumbent for his position, Ed Vincent.




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FELIPE FUENTES (D)

PLATFORM
Access to Healthcare, Public Education, Public Safety, and Economic Development. He's also an advocate of
Immigrant Rights.

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Fuentes graduated from UCLA where he received his BA and Pepperdine University where he received his MBA.
Fuentes began his career promoting immigrant and children’s rights through the Center for Human Rights and
Constitutional Law. In 1999, Fuentes began serving the City of L.A the 7th council district as a field deputy for the
7th District, and he stuck around until he was Chief of Staff for then-Council Member Alex Padilla. He then was
elected to the CA State Assembly in a special election, and sits on the Audit, Banking and Finance, Jobs, Economic
Development, and the Economy, Labor and Employment, Natural Resources, and Rules committees.

HOW DOES HE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Civil Rights for All: With a career that began promoting immigrant and children's rights, Mr. Fuentes positions on civil
rights are clear. He believes in them.
Economic Responsibility/Justice: Mr. Fuentes sits on the Banking and Finance, Jobs, and Economic Development
committee of the California State Assembly. It's not clear where he stands on economic responsibility / justice.
Environmental Responsibility: Mr. Fuentes has introduced the following bills that relate to environmental responsibility:
zoning ordinances, vehicles: nuisance abatement: impoundment, Renewable electric generation facilities: fee, and a
Transportation study: Northeast San Fernando.
Right to Affordable, Quality Healthcare: In assembly, Fuentes introduced a bill regarding the right to affordable, quality
health care include long-term health care facilities.
Right to Free, Quality Education: Public Education is stated as one of his priorities, but we couldn't find any specific
plans. .

FUN FACTS
Felipe is the grandson of Mexican immigrants and his wife is the owner of a successful Los Angeles-based children’s
apparel company.

KEY DONORS & ENDORSEMENTS
Felipe's got a bunch of them! L.A Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Senator Alex Padilla, Congressmembers,
Assemblymembers (including Speaker Nuñez), L.A. Councilmembers Cardenes, Alarcón, Greuel, Smith & Zine,
L.A. County Federation of Labor & other Labor orgs, CA Democratic Party, Law Enforcement and Fire Fighters
groups.




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Grady Martine (R)

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
In 2003 Grady was named executive director of Central City Community Outreach. In this position, Martine
focused on developing mentoring and tutoring programs for children living in poverty. In 1992 he cofounded the
Adventures in Life Ministry, a  non profit 501(c)3 interdenominational short term mission organization.  As on-field
host receivers, we work with churches, schools, universities, and individuals to evangelize, build churches, and
provide humanitarian relief to the people of Mexico.

There was very little information available on Mr. Martine, so we emailed him directly, but received no response.




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J.P. Lindblad (G)

PLATFORM
“Once elected, I will remain a Green, supporting and advancing legislation to reduce and cope with global
warming's economic, political, social and environmental effects, to see a transition to a green-collar economy, to
promote sustainable living, to guarantee quality universal single payer healthcare for all, to stop neighborhood
gentrification, and to ban all corporatist lobbying and campaign spending with implementation of public financing
of elections. I will promote legislation to immediately end immigration raids and deportations.”

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
J.P. Lindbald has established himself as a successful architect and currently owns his own firm. His work, “includes
planning and revitalization of existing corner commercial centers to foster pedestrian friendly, transit-oriented,
mixed use environments that blend spaces for housing, shopping and small businesses to promote clusters of
sustainable urban village (town center) settlements.”

HOW DOES HE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Civil Rights for All: Mr. Lindbald supports 100% amnesty to, “Ensure human dignity and full, fair immigration rights
for all.”
Environmental Responsibility: Mr. Lindbald believes we must stop global warming, promote a healthy environment, and
increase parks and recreation areas.
Right to Affordable, Quality Healthcare: Mr. Lindbald supports a single-payer heathcare system that guarantees quality
healthcare for all Americans.
Right to Free, Quality Education: Mr. Lindbald puts an emphasis on early childhood care and education. He is an advocate
of mentoring and sports programs to prevent our youth form turning to gangs. And he wants to expand community
college programs.

FUN FACTS
J.P. Lindbald twice ran for office as a candidate for the Peace and Freedom Party. For California State Assembly in
1990 and the US Congress in 1992.




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BOB BLUMENFIELD (D)

CANDIDATE PLATFORM
Environmental restoration & Social Justice.

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
For the last seven years Bob worked for Congressman Berman, Before that, he was restoring environmental areas
and creating parks. He graduated from Duke University, and has a baby daughter with his wife Kafi.

HOW DOES HE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Civil Rights for All: He’s a “Fierce” advocate for equality and social justice. He serves as the Chair of the Valley Anti-
Defamation League
Economic Responsibility/Justice: Wrote legislation to rout out corporate welfare to defense contractors who were being
subsidized for overseas trade-shows. Bob also worked closely with the Government Accounting Office to reveal
defense Contractor fraud with regard to the Nation's Missile Defense Program.
Environmental Responsibility: Bob also likes the Environment. He serves as a board member of the L.A. League of
Conservation Voters.
Right to Free, Quality Education: He is the Vice Chair of the California Trust For Public Schools.

KEY DONORS & ENDORSEMENTS
He’s got lots! They include Nancy Pelosi, Henry Waxman, Linda Sanchez, Barney Frank, Jerry Brown, etc.




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ARMINEH CHELEBIAN(R)

PLATFORM
Inclusivity is the name of the game: Armineh wants to represent everyone, regardless of what political party they
belong to.

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Cal State Northridge grad, where she studied Business Administration Accounting. Her client resume is most
impressive. She's a member of the Winnetka Neighborhood Council and has run for AD #40 and LA City council
before.

HOW DOES SHE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Civil Rights for All: She plans to use after school programs and improved neighborhood safety and renovation in an
effort to address gang violence.
Economic Responsibility/Justice: Down with taxes, up with employment opportunities. She definitely wants to approach
our economy from the corporate vantage point.
Right to Affordable, Quality Healthcare: She wants to figure out how to reform health care without increasing taxes. Most
of her business and accounting experience is in the healthcare industry, so she is well versed in the many obstacles
that the system must overcome.
Right to Free, Quality Education: She wants smaller school districts and lots of charter schools. She’s a big believer in
“Career - Tech Education.”

INTERNATIONAL ISSUES
Immigration: “Armineh and her family immigrated to the USA by ‘standing in line’ back in 1978. She therefore believes
in ‘standing in line’, securing our borders, and enforcing the laws.”

KEY DONORS & ENDORSEMENTS
County Rep Mike Antonovich, the CA Republican Assembly and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association PAC




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Pamela Brown (L)

PLATFORM
“If elected I will work hard for smaller and more efficient government, lower taxation, protection of individual and
minority rights, and economic freedom (open markets and equal opportunities).”

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Pamela Brown is married and a professor of economics at Pierce College. Since 2005, she has served on the college’s
budget and work environment committees.

HOW DOES SHE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Civil Rights for All: Ms. Brown is committed to protecting civil rights and liberties, personal choices, and individual
freedom. She supports gay marriage and civil unions.
Economic Responsibility/Justice: Ms. Brown is an advocate of small government, low taxes and a competitive economy.
She wants to eliminate union contracts and protections, “so that taxpayers and college grads looking to exercise
entrepreneurship in the public sector may benefit from free entry, greater competition, and more innovation in the
provision of public services.”
Right to Free, Quality Education: Ms. Brown is a staunch advocate for school vouchers and increased private competition
in education.
Reproductive Freedom: “I am also pro-choice on the issue of reproductive decisions, although no state funds or state
programs should be used to support this difficult personal choice.”




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Julia Brownley (D)

PLATFORM
Education & Environment

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Assemblywoman Brownley was elected to the California State Assembly in November of 2006. Before that she
served three terms on the Santa Monica–Malibu School Board and as Board President during her third term. She
has a B.A. in political science from George Washington University and an M.B.A. from American University. 

HOW DOES SHE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Civil Rights for All: Brownley received scores from 97-100 from Lambda; 100 from Equality California; and 100 from
Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality.
Economic Responsibility/Justice: Brownley voted in favor of and authored a handful of bills that would greatly increase
the rights and protections for homeowners vs. mortgage crisis. Labor, consumer and trade unions consistently rate
Brownley's economic stance very positively.
Environmental Responsibility: Brownley has pioneered and backed a number of strong environmental initiatives - Yes on a
few alternative energy resource bills; Yes on increased taxes on oil and gas corporations; Yes on a pending bill
addressing the serious risk of PVCs.
Right to Affordable, Quality Healthcare: Voted Yes on a comprehensive Health Care Reform bill in 2007.
Right to Free, Quality Education: With three terms on the Santa Monica-Malibu School Board and a seat on the Education
Committee, this tenet is her strongest suit. Voted Yes on a pending bill that would restructure the financing of the
education system.
Reproductive Freedom: Brownley received a score of 100 from both NARAL and Planned Parenthood.

FUN FACTS
Brownley’s grandfather, Gordon Williamson Shepherd, was one of the youngest men in the 1920 Virginia legislature. 
He is described in the Official Virginia Record of Legislators as “an old and wise head on young shoulders.”

KEY DONORS & ENDORSEMENTS
California Labor Federation - Stonewall Democratic Club - Progressive Democrats of Los Angeles - Progressive
Democrats of the Santa Monica Mountain - California NOW - Sierra Club - California League of Conservation
Voters - Valley Grassroots for Democracy.




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Mark Bernsley (R)

PLATFORM
Government Transparency. Fiscal Responsibility. Efficient, Bipartisan Legislative Process. Common (Not Special
Interest) Good.

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Born in New York, Bernsley has over 25 years experience as a business and tax lawyer, small business advisor,
inventor, and entrepreneur. He has been active in Woodland Hills Neighborhood Council.

HOW DOES HE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Civil Rights for All: Pro-domestic partnership, undecided re: same-sex marriage; anti affirmative action; champions
limited role of government in matters of personal life.
Economic Responsibility/Justice: Fiscal responsibility; top spending priorities should be law, order and justice,
infrastructure, and education.
Environmental Responsibility: promoting increased use of alternative fuel technology and limting carbon dioxide and
other greenhouse gases linked to global warming.
Right to Affordable, Quality Healthcare: believes best solution to fix broken healthcare system lies with a market-based
approach with rules based on the common good-- not the special interest good.
Right to Free, Quality Education: Champions strong education and believes the current financing structure is corrupted
and not serving the children, our future.
Reproductive Freedom: Opposed to government interference in, or regulation of, the health and medical decisions
women are faced with, including pregnancy termination. Opposed to abstinence-only education.

FUN FACTS
Bernsley has successfully developed new products, ranging from a child’s disposable potty seat to business computer
software.




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Mike Feuer (D)

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Feuer was elected to California’s 42nd Assembly District in 2006. He chairs the Budget Subcommittee on
Information Technology and Transportation, and is a member of the Budget, Judiciary, Environment and Toxics, and
Revenue and Taxation Committees. Mike also serves on the Assembly working group addressing California’s water
crisis, and the Select Committees on Youth Violence Prevention and on Air Quality. Prior to this, Feuer represented
Los Angeles’ Fifth City Council District from 1995-2001. The recipient of numerous awards for his work to promote
education reform, affordable housing, violence reduction, and the rights of seniors and children, Feuer also taught
public policy at UCLA’s School of Public Affairs, and litigation techniques at UCLA Law School.

HOW DOES HE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Civil Rights for All: Yes on State IDs for Parolees; Yes on Same Sex Marriage; Yes on Medical Marijuana; Yes on Food
Stamps for Drug Felons. In 2007, Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality gave him 100; Equality California
gave him 100; Lambda Letters gave him 100; California National Organization for Women gave him 100.
Economic Responsibility/Justice: Feuer voted in favor of a handful of bills that would greatly increase the rights and
protections for homeowners vs. mortgage crisis.
Environmental Responsibility: League of Conservation Voters and Sierra Club California gave him 100 in 2007.
Right to Affordable, Quality Healthcare: Voted for expanded Health Care Reform bill in 2007.
Reproductive Freedom: Feuer received scores of 100 from both NARAL and Planned Parenthood in 2007.

FUN FACTS
He bears a striking resemblance to Borat; in fact the LA Times incorrectly reported that Borat, not Feuer, had been
elected to the State Assembly.

DONORS & ENDORSEMENTS
Sierra Club - LA County Federation of Labor - AFL-CIO - California Labor Federation - Valley Grassroots for
Democracy - California Federation of Teachers - Democratic Party of San Fernando Valley




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Steven Sion (R)

PLATFORM
Personal responsibility. Limited but effective government. Fairness.

According to his own website: "ensuring safer neighborhoods, taking a stand on the security of our borders as a
matter of enforcement of the law, not discrimination, helping our children succeed by reducing the size of the larger
school districts and bringing parents and teachers into the process, ending the status quo on the health care crisis,
not through the creation of a bureaucratic system but by targeting those who are truly uninsured. "

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Sion was born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island. He is an attorney fighting abuses in the workers’
compensation system and advocating necessary reforms. As Legislative Affairs Chair for a nonprofit organization,
Sion has argued against legislation which creates government dependency at the cost of individual growth and
opportunity.




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Paul Krekorian (D)

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Krekorian was elected to the California State Legislature in 2006. Among his accomplishments are new laws that
will reduce plastic pollution in the world’s oceans (AB 258); expand solar energy generation in California and
reduce carbon emissions (AB 946); protect senior citizens who are living in residential care facilities from abusive
practices and neglect when those facilities close down (AB 949); make neighborhoods safer by authorizing local
officials to evict gang members and others who use their residences to store or sell illegal weapons and ammunition
(AB 1013); completely revamp and modernize California’s trademark laws (AB 1484); and use prison resources more
efficiently to achieve public safety by reducing expenditures on permanently medically incapacitated inmates (AB
1539).

Prior to his service in the Assembly, Paul served as President of the Burbank Board of Education.  Paul is a partner in
the law firm of Fisher & Krekorian, and he has practiced as a business, entertainment and intellectual property
litigation attorney for over 20 years. 




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Jane Barnett (R)

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Barnett currently runs a small business with her family, volunteers in the Burbank Glendale community for over two
decades, fundraises for non-profit charities, worked in the California State Assembly and Senate as a caseworker,
secretary and legislative aide, and is raising a family of seven children. There is limited information about her stance
on issues central to YPM.




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Brian Fuller (R)

PLATFORM
The three top priorities if elected: gerrymandering, traffic by way of private construction and immigration reform.

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Born in Pasadena and lives seeks the office to represent Altadena, Mr. Fuller was born in 1978. Ran unopposed in
the primary. He has a BS in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, 1999, with a
Grade Point Average of 2.8. President, His professional experience :Fuller Concepts, 2007-2008, Systems
Consultant, Island Technologies, 2002-2007, Database Developer, CSS Music, 1997-2002. Political experience
comes from being the Alternate of the Central Committee, Los Angeles County Republican Party, 44th District from
2003-2004. Organizations he belongs to are :Member, Altadena Chamber of Commerce, 2008, Member, Altadena
Historical Society, 2008, Director, Pasadena Republican Club, 2008, Volunteer, Pasadena Republican Club,
2000-2008.

HOW DOES HE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Civil Rights for All: Supports the death penality. California should continue to recognize domestic partnerships between
same-sex couples but same-sex couples should not be allowed to marry. California should not provide state-level
spousal rights to same-sex couples. But he is all for a moment of silence in public schools and voluntary prayer in
public schools. He is undecided about sexual education programs that include information on abstinence,
contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods. He does not support abstinence-only sexual education programs
nor does he believe the state should acknowledge affirmative action programs or support stae funding for stem cell
research. Is in support of minors who commit violent crimes being tried as adults. Is interested inself sufficient
funding for prisons. Believes that if you are eligible to vote, ie citizens, then you should be able to give any amount
you wish. He is in favor of spending limits for PACs, corporations and political parties. He does not support
eminent domain to seize private property for the purpose of private development.
Economic Responsibility/Justice: Per the votesmart courage test, Mr Fuller stated that he feels the state budget for
Welfare should be greatly decreased. He is not support of corporate welfare. He wishes for zero-based budgets to be
explored. Zero based budgeting is where the budget spending must be re-justified each year, with the last year’s
spending only serving as a guide. Mr Fuller would also maintain alcohol and tobacco taxes but greatly decrease
corporate taxes. He wants to eliminate income taxes under 75k per year and greatly decrease those over 75k per
year. He would maintain property taxes and slightly decrease sales and vehicle taxes. He is against state taxes for
internet purchases and against exemption for state tax on luxury goods. Is not in favor of increasing the state
minimum wage. Would support financial punishments for those who knowingly employ illegal immigrants.
Environmental Responsibility: Would vote to slightly increase the states budget in this area. But he would greatly
increase emergency preparedness and promote increased use of alternative fuel technology. He supports increased
production of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil, etc) but does not support providing
financial incentives to farms that produce biofuel crops. Yes to using state funds to clean up former industrial and
commercial sites that are contaminated, unused, or abandoned and for funding for improvements to California's
power generating and transmission facilities. Not in favor of funding for open space preservation or limiting carbon
dioxide and other greenhouse gases linked to global warming but would support environmental regulations even if
they are stricter than federal law.
Right to Free, Quality Education: Wants the State budget to slightly decrease spending for both higher and lower
education. Well, this seems slightly disturbing given how fraught our school systems are. Supports school vouchers.




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Is against federal but for state mandiated school testing. Is not supportive of state-fundined universal pre-K
programs. Supports merit pay for teacher and state funding to increase teacher pay. Does not support allowing
illegal immigrant high school graduates of California to pay in-state tuition at public universities.
Healthcare Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government. Would limit the
amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits and allow patients to sue their HMOs. And
require hospitals and labs to release reports on infections that are a risk to public health, while not compromising
patient confidentiality. Is not in favor of legalizing physician assisted suicide in California but supports allowing
doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes. Feels full disclosure of medical costs would
be refreshing.
Reproductive Freedom: Per the “political courage test” from votesmart, Mr. Fuller believes in abortion if rape or incest
are involved or if the life of the mother is threatened. He also wishes that clinics and doctors performing abortions
were required to notify parents before performing abortions on minors.

FUN FACT
His current car is a 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser Route 66 Edition and his favorite movie is Superman. His great great
grandfather was Henry Miller.




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Anthony Portantino (D)

PLATFORM
Incumbent running for reelection. Strong voice for Public Education. Proven Advocate for the Environment.
Fighting for jobs and opportunity. Experienced and effective leader. Stopping run-away-production. Advocate for
social justice.

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Raised on the east coast by his mother, Mr. Portantino moved to California to pursue a career in the entertainment
business working as the art director for shows such as Unsolved Mysteries. He then served for 8 years on the La
Canada Flintridge city council and served two terms as its Mayor. He has served as President of the League of
California Cities Mayor's and Councilmember's Department, the Executive Board of the California Contract Cities
Association, and as a member of the Pasadena City College Bond Oversight Committee.

HOW DOES HE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Civil Rights for All: Voted for the same sex amendment,
Economic Responsibility/Justice: Wants to raise the min wage. A top priority if elected is a healthy economy, including
economic opportunity for all Californians. He has lots of ideas expressed for economic opportunity but im not sure
what he means by a healthy economy.
Environmental Responsibility: While serving as Vice Chair of the Santa Monica Mountains Advisory Committee,
Assembly member Portantino was very active in preserving open space in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.
Right to Free, Quality Education: Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee. He authored a bill that passed
overwhelmingly in the State Assembly-AB 2517. This bill increases the availability for teacher training programs
throughout the state. This bill is still waiting to be approved by the State Senate and by the Governor. Also a
member of the Transportation, Government Organization and Public Safety Standing Committees. He is also a
member of the Assembly Select Committees on the Preservation of the California’s Entertainment Industry, Foster
Care, and Community Colleges. Went to public school, as do his two daughters. He wants to match comm. College
training programs with the needs in the workplace. His is example is the 150,000 nurse shortage and the under
funded training programs.
Right to Affordable, Quality Healthcare: Authored and successfully passed AB 34, which requires the Department of Public
Health to create the California Umbilical Cord Blood Collection Program. Under the legislation, the Department is
required to establish umbilical cord blood collection points throughout that state with a particular emphasis on
serving communities of color, who have been historically underserved by private umbilical cord blood programs.
Blood retrieved from the umbilical cord is a rich source of stem cells. Authored AB 2234, which would require
health insurance plans to cover breast cancer screenings for women who fall into certain risk categories such as
having an immediate family member with cancer.
Reproductive Freedom: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist honored Mr. Portantino as “Legislator of
the Year” for promoting women’s health issues.

FUN FACTS
Portantino attended public schools, as do his two daughters.




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Thomas Logan (L)

PLATFORM
Social Tolerance. Fiscal Responsibility. "We believe you—not the government—should decide how to run your life,
checkbook, retirement, education and family."

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
There is no information available on him.




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Kevin De Leon (D)

PLATFORM
Improve schools and access to quality healthcare

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Mr. De Leon was elected in November 2006 to represent the 45th District in the CA State Assmebly. He was born
outside of San Diego and the first in his family to graduate high school. He is a member of the Alliance for a Better
California and the California Teachers Association. He has one daughter.

HOW DOES HE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Civil Rights for All: Mr. De Leon supports full rights and equal benefits for all communities and minorities.
Environmental Responsibility: As an Assemblyman, Mr. De Leon proposed legislation to increase automobile fees to pay
for clean-air initiatives. He also received a rating of “A-“ for actions in support of PawPAC.
Right to Free, Quality Education: With an extensive background in education, Mr. De Leon opposes school vouchers and
wants to see the public school system rise up to meet the needs of its students.
Right to Affordable, Quality Healthcare: Mr. De Leon has fought for expanded access to healthcare for all children.
Reproductive Rights: Mr. De Leon is Pro-Choice.

FUN FACTS
De Leon receives an F rating from the National Rifle Association.




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Phillip Alexander (R)
BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Mr. Alexander was born and raised in Los Angeles and currently lives in Atwater Village with his wife. He is
currently an elected member of the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council and he is a board member and treasurer
for Saint Mary’s Church of Whittier. He had made a living in banking and investments.




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JOHN PEREZ (D)

PLATFORM
“more jobs, affordable health care, world class education for our kids, cleaning up our air and water, promoting
equality and tolerance.”

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
John is 38 years old, and got his learning on at UC Berkeley. He grew up in El Sereno and Highland Park. In high
school, he organized students and led the effort at the Community Redevelopment Agency to turn a proposed prison
site into a Green Tech Center to create jobs and build businesses. In addition to his work in the labor movement,
John serves as an elected member of the Democratic National Committee. He has served as a board member for the
CA League of Conservation Voters, AIDS Project L.A., the Latino Coalition against AIDS, the CA Center for
Regional Leadership, and the L.A. Economic Development Corporation. He has also been appointed to work on
local commissions for 3 L.A. mayors.

HOW DOES HE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Civil Rights for All: Has worked hard for marriage equality, immigrant rights, hate crimes legislation and fighting HIV/
AIDS in minority communities with culturally competent and equitable outreach.
Economic Responsibility/Justice: Wants to make the living wage a reality in California and wants to create quality, well-
paying jobs in the 46th,-with a focus on the new green economy. He’s down to advocate for protecting workers'
pensions and retirement benefits and to preserve the 8 hour workday with paid overtime. He doesn’t offer a
concrete plan for addressing the immediate and ENORMOUS CA budget crisis.
Environmental Responsibility: John wants to figure out this whole L.A. Public Transit situation by increasing funding for
it. Also focused on: reducing air pollution, clean drinking water, and stopping the import of toxic toys and other
crazy products.
Right to Affordable, Quality Healthcare: Wants true health care reform where doctors, not insurance companies, are
determining our care. Plans to make prescription drugs affordable by using the state’s buying power to purchase
volume discounts. Wants to re-fund health care for kids through the Healthy Services and keep regional trauma
centers like King Drew open, safe, and effective.
Right to Free, Quality Education: John is ready to uphold Prop 98 (1988 ballot measure) that keeps our public schools fully
funded and take CA to the top 10% of per pupil spending (as opposed to the top 10% of per prisoner spending). He
wants to pay teachers more and recruit the best students to become teachers themselves. Also plans for school
security and combating gang violence with after-school programs, tutoring, and intervention.
Reproductive Freedom: John has stood strong and defeated efforts to restrict a woman’s right to choose, advocating for
fully-funded, comprehensive and medically-accurate sex education programs.

FUN FACTS
So… John is Mayor Villaraigosa’s cousin and there’s kind of a stink about it. Blog rumor is that 2 candidates dropped
out of this race because they feel that the political winds are too powerful. John is openly gay and he is a
Superdelegate.




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KEY DONORS & ENDORSEMENTS
THE KITCHEN SINK!
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi, State Senator Ron Calderon, State Senator Dean
Florez, State Senator Sheila Kuehl, Assemblymember Speaker Fabian Núñez, Assemblymember Speaker-elect Karen
Bass, Assemblymember Julia Brownley, LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, LA City Councilmember President
Eric Garcetti, LA City Councilmember Wendy Gruel, LA City Councilmember Janice Hahn,LA City Councilmember
José Huizar, LA City Councilmember Tom LaBonge, LA City Councilmember Jan Perry, LA City Councilmember Bill
Rosendahl, California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, California
Nurses Association, SEIU, CA League of Conservation Voters,HONOR PAC_Mexican American Bar Assocation,
Dolores Huerta*, Equality California, Planned Parenthood




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Manuel "Manny" Aldana Jr. (R)

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
An electrician and former employee of the United Parcel Service (UPS), Aldana is a born-and-bred Angeleno living
in Boyle Heights and has run for State Assembly of District 46 in 2002 and 2004.

HOW DOES HE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Very little information is available on Aldana's platform and stance on issues... Except that the California Pro Life
Council has endorsed him.




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Karen Bass (D)

PLATFORM
Ms. Bass is big advocate for Foster Care Reform and since being elected to the Assembly in 2005, she has helped
increase the amount of money dedicated to Foster Care Reform in the State budget in 17 bills that focus on Foster
Care Reform.

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Karen Bass grew up in the Fairfax/Venice area of Los Angeles. She graduated from Hamilton High School, Cal State
Dominguez Hills (BA – Health Sciences) and University of Southern California School of Medicine (Physician
Assistant Certificate) where she has been a faculty member of the Physician Assistant program for over 10 years.

She was first elected to the State Assembly (47th District) in 2005 and quickly became the Majority Whip before
becoming the State Assembly Speaker. She made history in May 2008 when she became the first African-American
woman in US History to become Speaker of a state legislature. Ms. Bass is also co-chair of Obama’s 2008
presidential campaign. She previously founded the Community Coalition, a community based social justice
organization.

HOW DOES SHE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Civil Rights for All: As a continuance of her work with the Community Coalition based in South Los Angeles, Assembly
Speaker Bass serves on the Legislative Black Caucus, the Legislative Women’s Caucus and the Committee on
Housing and Community Development.
Economic Responsibility/Justice: Among the issues that Speaker Bass supports are: increased funding for state job-
training programs that re-train displaced workers and creating a 'living wage' standard for state employees and firms
accepting state contracts.
Environmental Responsibility: Karen Bass is a proponent of increasing the use of alternative fuel technology, reducing
greenhouse emissions, banning drilling for oil and gas off the California coast, and enacting environmental fuel
standards even if they are stricter than federal standards.
Right to Affordable, Quality Healthcare: According to SmartVote.org’s Political Courage Test, Assembly Speaker Bass
supports access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms or state-funded care where necessary,
patients’ right to sue their HMOs, doctors prescribing marijuana, and stem cell research.
Right to Free, Quality Education: Ms. Bass wants to increase state funding for capital improvements, increasing teachers’
salaries, hiring more teachers, making college more affordable, and increasing funding for multilingual education.
Reproductive Freedom: Assembly Speaker Bass believes that abortions should always be legal.

FUN FACTS
Bass lives in the Baldwin Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles County near Culver City.




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Lady Cage-Barile (R)

PLATFORM
Cage-Barile is pro-life, pro-education, pro-community development, pro-business, pro-traditional family values, pro-
homeland security, pro-veterans rights, anti-tax increases, pro-tax reductions, pro-senior citizen care, pro-job
development and job protections for union and non-union workers. She wants to stop residential and business
“runaway” rent increases. Opposes medical procedures being performed on a minor without parental consent,
except in the case of a life saving emergency. Supports mobile intake units to identify and help the homeless and
mentally ill. Wants to combat graffiti with high-tech surveillance and intervention.

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Lady Cage-Barile was born in New Orleans and raised in Baton Rouge. She moved to LA in 1982 and has lived in
South LA since 2000. She has worked as a correctional officer and union organizer, an actress, a legal secretary, a
medical assistant, an administrative and public relations assistant for the National Council of Negro Women, Inc.,
and a substitute teacher. She has is a community and political activist who has worked on campaigns to stop illegal
immigration, save the Los Angeles County Seal, save the Martin Luther King Hospital in LA, save the disabled
veterans’ home in Brentwood, spread awareness of HIV/AIDS, keep teens in school and off drugs, and to “protect
marriage between one man and one woman.” She is a member of the National Council of Negro Women, and has
worked as a campaign volunteer for the congressional candidate Noel Irwin Hentschel (2001) and for the
Republican African American Coalition to Re-Elect George Bush (2004).

HOW DOES SHE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Civil Rights for All: Anti-gay marriage, believes marriage should only be between one man and one woman. Pro-
veterans’ rights, wants to protect the disabled veterans’ land in Brentwood.
Economic Responsibility/Justice: Pro-business, anti-tax increases and for tax reductions. Supports job development and
protection for union and non-union members. Wants to stop runaway rent increases for both residences and
businesses.
Right to Affordable, Quality Healthcare: Pro-senior citizen care. Wants to prohibit medical procedures from being
performed on a minor without parental consent, except in the case of a life saving emergency. Supports mobile
intake units to identify and help the homeless and mentally ill.
Reproductive Freedom : Pro-life, except in the case of a life saving emergency, and wants to prohibit medical procedures
from being performed on a minor without parental consent, also except in the case of a life saving emergency.

FUN FACTS
According to the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, on February 16, 2002 the Church of Christ in Hollywood,
California notified Lady Cage-Barile that it was terminating her membership, "after a pattern of harassing and
intimidating members of the Church that had gone on for approximately a year." The harassment "included
disrupting Bible studies and worship services, calling the Church's minister and church leaders 'Satan's agents.'"
Despite being told that she was no longer permitted to enter church property, she continued to enter and disrupt
church activities. The Superior Court finally ruled, after appeals, that she was "a trespasser" and barred from entry to
the premises.




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Mike Davis (D)

PLATFORM
Pro-health care reform, pro-education, pro-economic and transportation development. Supports increased
investment in the California public education system. Believes that health care is a right, not a privilege, and that
employment opportunities create an environment for safer neighborhoods.

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Incumbant, originally elected in 2006. Served as Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke’s Senior
Deputy Director. Also served as District Director for Maxine Waters during her tenure in the California State
Assembly and Congress. Founded The Images of Blacks in America Symposium at UCLA, a conference for high
school students and professionals. A member of the following committees in the State Assembly: Appropriations,
Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, and Internet Media, Governmental Organization, Human Services,
Preservation of California's Entertainment Industry, Rail Transportation, and Chair of Rules, Utilities and
Commerce.

HOW DOES HE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Civil Rights for All: Abstained from voting for the same sex marriage bill but gets high marks from the Lambada Letters
Project (2007) that supports promote the social, economic, and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender
and intersex individuals, couples, and families, people affected by HIV/AIDS, people of color, and women. One the
first jobs of his career was helping his boss, Congressman John Conyers establish Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a
national holiday.
Economic Responsibility/Justice: Seeks to establish tax breaks for affordable housing projects. Authored AB 868 which
requires the California Energy Commission to do a one year study of the temperature of fuel at the pumps to
determine if Californians are getting all of the gas they are paying for.
Right to Free, Quality Education: Passionately supports fully funded education and has held a town hall meeting in an
effort to generate support and ideas towards this goal. Supports the Dial-A-Teacher Program. Calls for community
college fees to be lowered.
Right to Affordable, Quality Healthcare: Supports universal healthcare.
Environmental Responsibility: CA League of Conservation Voters and the Sierra Club give him high marks on his report
card in 2007.
Reproductive Freedom: Receives top scores from both Planned Parenthood and NAARL (National Abortion and
Reproductive Rights Action League).

FUN FACTS
Author of AB 865 which would require a real, live person to answer the phone at any state agency. It passed both
houses and is awaiting the Governor’s consideration.

KEY DONORS & ENDORSEMENTS
LA County Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, LA City Councilman Herb Wesson Jr.,
California Teachers Association, California Medical Association, American Federation of State, County & Municipal
Employees, and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.




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Lucilla Esguerra (PF)

PLATFORM
"Jobs, education, housing, healthcare - not racism and war!"
Esguerra promotes full employment, including decent jobs for all and job training for the youth and the
unemployed. She also believes in free, high quality education from preschool through college for all, and free, high
quality healthcare for everyone, regardless of immigration status. Esguerra calls for the immediate end to all
foreclosures and evictions in the 48th district and across the nation. She also seeks to make California a sanctuary
state for undocumented immigrants.

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Esguerra is a socialist and an anti-war activist with the Answer Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism).
Over the past three years, she has helped to organize support for the May 1st mass protests that seek full rights for
all immigrants. She is the former president of the Gay Straight Alliance and a current softball coach at the Sherman
Oaks Center for Enriched Studies. Esguerra is the daughter of an immigrant worker from the Philippines, and was
born and raised in LA County. She is currently a student at Los Angeles Community College.

HOW DOES SHE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Civil Rights for All: Promotes equal marriage rights for all and wants to eliminate all anti-LGBT laws. Seeks to build
class unity in the fight against racism and endorses full rights for all immigrants.
Economic Responsibility/Justice: Believes in a socialist system in which the economy is structured to ensure that
everyone’s basic needs are met. Promotes a “steeply graduated income tax” in which the economic burden is placed
on the richest people and taxes are eliminated for low income individuals.
Environmental Responsibility: Supports ecologically sustainable planning. Does not support biofuels, nor the use of
public funds to remove corporate waste.
Right to Free, Quality Education: Supports free, high quality education from preschool through college for all.
Right to Affordable, Quality Healthcare: Believes in free, high quality healthcare for all, regardless of immigration status.
Reproductive Freedom: Supports full reproductive rights for women, and free or affordable child care.

FUN FACTS
At age 18, Esguerra is the youngest person running for public office in California.




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Isadore Hall (D)
PLATFORM
“I want to see more affordable housing for low-income families and the elderly, more better-paying jobs through
economic development, and universal health care, starting with our children. We need improved and expanded
educational and vocational opportunities. And crime reduction can be accomplished through gang intervention
programs, neighborhood watch and community policing.”

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
A native Californian holding a Master’s in Public Administration. Hall is trained as a L.A. Reserve Sheriff Deputy
and has been elected to 2 terms of the Compton Unified School District and one term as a Compton City
Councilmember. Proud member of the ministerial team at Compton Double Rock Missionary Baptist Church.

HOW DOES HE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Civil Rights for All: We get that Hall is a supporter of civil rights, but there’s not much to support that they are a
hallmark of his campaign. He does recognize and proactively address the relationship between class and
opportunity, and has created new economic opportunities for low income communities.
Economic Responsibility/Justice: Developed Compton's $80M Shopping Center with Best Buy, Home Depot, Target,
Staples, Marshalls and a 24-Hour Sports Center, creating over 1000 new jobs for local residents. Also worked with
Assemblyman Dymally to create the heralded “Enterprise Zone” of Compton, which brought millions in revenue.
He likes a balanced budget and has been known to deliver one.
Environmental Responsibility: He doesn’t get so specific about the protection of our earth, but the League of Conservation
Voters are down with him, which is a big deal.
Right to Affordable, Quality Healthcare: Hall is clearly in support of a universal healthcare plan and likes to co-host town
hall meetings and support other people’s plans about it, but we couldn’t find a specific plan of his own. We like that
in Compton he developed a $20M Senior Citizens Recreation Center.
Right to Free, Quality Education: He’s pretty down with quality public education. As a Council Member, Hall championed
a measure which provided $80 million to renovate every existing school in the District and he oversaw the opening
of the first new elementary school built in the City of Compton in 35 years. He was so successful that he restored the
Compton School District to full local control after 10 years being babysat by the State. YPM loves that he funded
youth programs and added after-school services to create more opportunities for at-risk kids.
Reproductive Freedom: He doesn’t talk much about it, but people who are pro-choice seem to like him.

KEY DONORS & ENDORSEMENTS
Incumbent Assemblyman Mervyn Dymally, L.A. City Council Members Garcetti, Hahn, Parks, Wesson, & Zine,
many Labor orgs including the L.A. County Fed of Labor, the CA Forestry Association, CA Medical Association, CA
Nurses Association, CA Professional Firefighters, CA Teachers Association, CA Statewide Law Enforcement
Association, CA League of Conservation Voters, Crime Victims United of California, Sheriff Lee Baca, Compton
Mayor Eric Perrodin, and State Senators Ron Calderon, Mark R. Thomas, Ed Vincent, Kevin Murray (retired)




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Gwen Patrick (R)

PLATFORM
Promote incentives for households participating in emergency preparedness, Demand employment and housing
provisions for our returning troops, Work with local law enforcement to create "safe streets" projects

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Gwen Patrick was born and raised in Watts, CA. She has spent her professional career working with troubled youth,
high school dropouts, single mothers, and other less fortunate people, to provide them the opportunities to succeed
as productive citizens. Gwen Patrick is a conservative, African-American woman.

HOW DOES SHE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Civil Rights for All: Ms. Patrick strongly opposes legislation, “which demand equal treatment for all people regardless of
sexual orientation or identity in all schools and healthcare faciltities,” citing the need to strengthen families first.
Economic Responsibility/Justice: Ms. Patrick wants to eliminate government waste.
Right to Affordable, Quality Healthcare: Ms. Patrick proposes to introduce legislation to drive down prescription drug costs
for seniors.
Right to Free, Quality Education: Ms. Patrick supports creative educational options to improve statewide test scores.
Frustratingly, she does not specify how.
Reproductive Freedom: Ms. Patrick activly supports a law to require parental or guardian notification when a 13 or 14
year old seeks an abortion. She wants to address these cases, “as urgent and necessary as if it were a life-threatening
illness.”

FUN FACTS
Ms. Patrick was honored with the “Outstanding Citizen’s Award” from the city of Compton.

KEY DONORS & ENDORSEMENTS
Endorsed by the RPLAC (the Republican Party of Los Angeles County) and the registered voters of the 52nd
Assembly District.




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Thomas Vidal (R)
PLATFORM
“I am tired of “politics as usual” in California. I believe in changing government for the better and creating
opportunities for all Californians to prosper. I am committed to developing effective solutions to problems like
health care, education and the economy but combining conservative principles with forward-looking solutions. As
your Assembly member, I will use my vision, leadership, creativity and discipline to bring about meaningful change
in your community and in government – by steering California on a path to prosperity without sacrificing the moral
high ground. I was raised to place a high value on personal morality, honesty, integrity and taking responsibility for
my actions. I can bring leadership to the State Assembly, along with an entrepreneurial and problem-solving
approach to get things done.”

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
As a practicing attorney for the past nine years, at Los Angeles firm Sedgwick Betert Moran & Arnold, LLP, Thomas
Vidal has created and structured multimillion dollar financing packages for emerging companies. He was elected
president of the Beverly Hills Bar Association Barristers Board and won a seat on the California Young Lawyers
Association. Vidal serves on the boards of various nonprofit organizations and has served on senior church
leadership for two local churches.

Mr. Vidal was also an adjunct professor of business law and international business law at Pepperdine University. He
has a JD from Pepperdine University, where he was awarded the distinction of Outstanding Student in business and
securities regulation. He received his BA from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

HOW DOES HE FAIR WITH YPM ISSUES?
Civil Rights for All: Mr. Vidal would not support efforts toward a state policy approving physican-assisted suicide. A
member of the Pacific Justice Institute, a non-profit 501(c)(3) legal defense organization specializing in the defense
of religious freedom and parental rights, without charge.
Economic Responsibility/Justice: “I want to tackle the issue of inefficient spending, which has resulted in a $16 billion
budget shortfall. I also want to help secure California’s future by getting rid of needlessly complex regulations that
make it nearly impossible for California businesses to compete in the global marketplace, and thereby provide better
job opportunities for Californians. This would include reforming the budget and creating incentives to bring
business back to California.”
Right to Affordable, Quality Healthcare: “I want to protect education spending, increase local control and parental
information and increase comprehensive curriculum reform and school choice options.”
Right to Free, Quality Education: “I want to tackle ineffective health-care policies that prevent access to affordable, high-
quality medical care. This includes market-based reforms to increase quality, accessibility, affordability and
portability.”
Reproductive Freedom: Mr. Vidal supports legal protection for the unborn child and supports parental consent before a
minor can receive an abortion.

DONORS & ENDORSEMENTS
The New Majority, Richard Montgomery, Mayor of Manhattan Beach, Michelle Park Steel, State Board of
Equalization, California Republican Assembly, the Log Cabin Republicans, the Southern California Republican
Coalition




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Ted Lieu (D)

PLATFORM
Provide quality healthcare for every Californian, expand educational opportunities, keep our communities safe, and
protect our environment. All while striving for accessible and responsive government.

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Incumbent. First elected to the 53rd Assembly District in a Special Election in September 2005. Mr. Liue was re-
elected in November 2006. A Major in the United States Air Force Reserves, Attorney, Judge Advocate General
Corps. Before serving on the Torrence City Council, he was a member of the Environmental Quality & Energy
Conservation Commission. Mr. Lieu serves as chairperson on the Assembly Rules Committee and the Assembly
Select Committee on Aerospace, he also serves on the Appropriations, Veterans Affairs, and Water, Parks and
Wildlife Committees.

HOW DOES HE FAIR WITH YPM ISSUES?
Civil Rights for All: Mr. Lieu is a former civil rights attorney. Currently he is the chair of the Asian Pacific Islander
Legislative Caucus. Made headlines challenging the governor for his lack of diversity in appointing judgeships.
Economic Responsibility/Justice: Mr. Lieu opposed tax breaks for sub prime lenders when the governor met with
members of the banking industry behind closed doors to hammer out relief all-the-while holding up the state budget
approval. “We’re trying to preserve education, and preserve health care and those should be our priorities and not
giving huge tax breaks to lenders. During the mortgage boom of a few years ago, and in effect, they’ve made all this
money by putting out riskier loans that hurt families and cost economic downward spirals that leads to foreclosures
and they want to apply these large tax breaks against this massive profit they’ve made in the last few years. And to
me that’s rewarding and enabling bad behavior. And I think it’s just outrageous; I think it’s idiotic, it’s beyond
outrageous. It’s just stupid.” Great!
Environmental Responsibility: Mr. Lieu introduced Assembly Bill 236 after it had been revealed that the State had
purchased a fleet of flex fuel cars that would actually use more fuel than the cars the State currently owned. The
bill, co-sponsored by CalSmart “required the Department of General Services, by the end of 2008, to purchase only
highly efficient alternative fuel vehicles; mandating that those cars be run on alternative fuels by July 1, 2009; and
required the State to come up with a plan to reduce the State’s gasoline consumption by 20% by 2020. Finally, the
bill would, for the first time, record the location of cars in the State Fleet, and track their fuel use”.
Right to Affordable, Quality Healthcare: "As the Chair of the Assembly Rules Committee, I am standing up for California as
part of the Speaker’s leadership team. We have been working to provide quality healthcare for every Californian, to
expand educational opportunities, to keep our communities safe, and to protect our environment.”
Right to Free, Quality Education: Mr. Lieu was awarded the Government Leadership in Financial Literacy Award –the first
time it was ever given to a legislator. He was the author of AB 2123, which creates the California Financial Literacy
Initiative, which includes tons of information on successful financial literacy programs geared toward all ages of
consumers.
Reproductive Freedom: 100% pro-choice scorecard from Planned Parenthood affiliates of California.

FUN FACTS
Ted Lieu has been very aggressive at going after government officials and government policies even as he is an
official himself.




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Mark Ridley Thomas (D)

PLATFORM
Prevent gang violence, improve healthcare, and build coalitions for economic development and job creation.

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Mark Ridley-Thomas was born in 1954, and currently spends his days as a CA State Senator for the 26th Senate
District. He went to high school in L.A., earned a B.A. in Social Relations and a M.A. in Religious Studies from
Immaculate Heart College and became a doctor of Social Ethics and Policy Analysis at USC. Mark worked as a high
school teacher before a decade of service as Executive Director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of
Greater L.A. He went from there to serve as an L.A. City Council Member and then as state Assemblymember
representing the 48th District. Currently in the Senate, he chairs the Business, Professions and Economic
Development Committee and serves on the Senate Appropriations, Energy, Utilities and Communications, Health,
and Public Safety committees. It should be noted that Ridley-Thomas also founded the Empowerment Congress,
arguably the region’s most successful Neighborhood Council.

HOW DOES HE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Civil Rights for All: Mark has signed 3 separate acts of legislation to reduce practices that cause innocent people to go to
jail. (The Governator generally vetoes them, but Mark always tries again!) Also co-authored Assembly bills
protecting voter rights and helping register new voters (requiring that voter registration forms and information be
given to students in high schools, community colleges and campuses of state colleges and universities.)
Economic Responsibility/Justice: Mark wants to close "sloopholes" (the yacht loophole) that allows the wealthiest
corporations to avoid paying their fair share of taxes, while middle class working families pay more than theirs. Also
wants to expand affordable housing and to require performance audits of each County department.
Environmental Responsibility: Will make the environment a budget priority. While in the CA Senate, he helped pass the
Lead Abatement Act of 2006, which increased consumer and worker protection against lead poisoning.
Right to Affordable, Quality Healthcare: Moving towards universal healthcare is listed as top priority. In his career he has
fought to fund cancer screenings, healthy students through the School Health Centers Act of 2006, access to low
cost prescription drugs, and quality nursing homes.
Right to Free, Quality Education: Quality schools are listed a priority. Also helped pass a bill that helped ex-offenders attain
GEDs to help them succeed once out of jail.
Reproductive Freedom: Staunchly Pro-choice.

KEY DONORS & ENDORSEMENTS
Sierra Club, American League of Conservation voters, Planned Parenthood, Los Angeles County Democratic Party




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Bernard Parks (D)

PLATFORM
Aims to align County fees to the actual cost of County services, move away from grant funding, establish strict
County financial policies, address the fact that the County has unfunded pension and retiree health care obligations,
and secure a performance review and financial audit of all County departments.

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Bernard Parks was born in 1943 in Beaumont, Texas, attended LACC, received his B.S. from Pepperdine, and holds a
M.A in Public Administration from USC. So, he’s a well educated Sagittarius and a member of the L.A. City Council,
representing the 8th District (South L.A.). He is also the former Chief of Police of the LAPD. Appointed Chief of
Police in 1997, Parks oversaw a serious drop in violent crime throughout the city, especially in South Central.
However, during his tenure, the LAPD was rocked by the Rampart scandal (corruption and police brutality galore).
His critics called his leadership “inflexible and high-handed.”. He refused to discuss the scandal with a city panel
trying to assess the situation. Because of all the brouhaha, then Mayor, Hahn removed Parks from his post as Chief,
but Parks remained popular among South L.A.’s black population and won a seat on the City Council in 2002. Parks
ran, unsuccessfully, for Mayor in 2005.

HOW DOES HE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Economic Responsibility/Justice: Parks is Chair of the Budget & Finance Committee on the City Council, where he
developed a “guidebook for prioritizing budget expenditures.”
Environmental Responsibility: Parks says, “ [a]s a philosophical matter, I embrace principles of environmental stewardship
and environmental justice and equity. I believe that natural resources are properly public resources to be preserved
and protected rather than privatized and exploited.” He has worked for the extension of public transportation,
upgrading L.A. river facilities, and the reduction of emissions at the ports of L.A. and at LAX.
Right to Affordable, Quality Health Care: Wants to reign in costs while providing quality health care. As Supervisor, Bernard
would insist that the selection of care providers be re-evaluated on a competitive basis at least every five years and
that all providers include coverage for wellness programs, disease management programs, efficient plan design
options, data mining and e-mail physician diagnoses and prescription service. (Note:some of those programs raise
privacy issues.)
Right to Free, Quality Education: Listed as a top priority, but no specific initiatives can be found.
Reproductive Freedom: Strongly supports a woman’s right to choose. He opposes any measures that would restrict
women's access to all options available.

FUN FACTS
Bernard was one of the first elected officials in the Country to endorse Barack Obama.

KEY DONORS & ENDORSEMENTS
Incumbent Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke, Supervisor Gloria Molin, Councilmember Herb Wesson, Apartment
Association of Greater Los Angeles, Beverly Hills Greater L.A. Association of Realtors, Central City Association
(CCA), Mexican American Democratic Club/South Bay, L.A. Chamber of Commerce, Teamsters Joint Council 42
International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the Orange Juice Blog




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These positions are non-partisan. We ‘ve used the Judicial Elections Evaluation Committee of the L. A. County Bar
Association’s ratings: Exceptionally Well Qualified, Well Qualified, Qualified, and Not Qualified. Some factors considered
during evalutions are: integrity, fairness, experience, knowledge, temperament, and reputation.



Office 72

Hilleri Merritt
Rating: Well Qualified
Background: Criminal Trial Prosecutor and Deputy District Attorney, worked for the Sex Crimes Division,
1998-2003
Endorsed By: Former District Attorney Gil Garcetti, The L.A. Times



Steven Simons
Rating: Qualified
Background: Consumer Rights Attorney, Church Leader
Endorsed By: City Council Member Tony Cardenas,
L.A. County Supervisor Mike Antonovich, State Assembly Member Felipe Fuentes




Office 82

Cynthia Loo
Rating: Qualified
Background: Superior Court Referee, "2004 Outstanding judicial officer” - Juvenile Courts Bar Association
Endorsed By: Endorsed by: L.A. Times, L.A. County Federation of Labor AFL-CIO, L.A. County Democratic Party




Thomas Rubinson
Rating: Well Qualified
Background: Criminal Prosecutor. 17 years as Deputy District Attorney, 6 years Hardcore Gang Division




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Office 84
NOT-SO-FUN FACT
Neither of these candidates are considered to be qualified, according to the LA County Bar



Lori-Ann Jones
Rating: Not Qualified
Background: L.A. County Superior Court Commissioner. Hardcore gang, family violence prosecutor
Endorsed By: L.A. County Democratic Party




Pat Connolly
Rating: Not Qualified
Background: Criminal Gang Prosecutor




Office 94

Michael O’Gara
Rating: Well Qualified
Background: Criminal Prosecutor, 17 years with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office
Endorsed By: L.A. Times, Supervisors Michael Antonovich and Don Knabe




C. Edward Mack
Rating: Qualified
Background: Criminal Trial Attorney; chemist; wants to establish a mental health court/diversion program and a
juvenile court "Early- Prevention/Parental Intervention program to stop gang killings, violence and other gang
crimes.”
Endorsed By: Yvonne B. Burke, Don Knabe, and Michael Antonovich, L A County Supervisors




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Office 154

Michael Jesic
Rating: Well Qualified
Background: Criminal Gang Prosecutor, Hardcore Gang Division Prosecutor for 6 1/2 Years
Endorsed By: L.A. Times




Rocky Crabb
Rating: Well Qualified
Background: Superior Court Commissioner, elected by the Superior Court Judges in 2005 to the position of
Superior Court Commissioner. Put himself through college working as a steel worker at Kaiser Steel Fontana.
Endorsed By: Los Angeles County Police Chief's Association, Los Angeles County Democratic Party




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Linda Armstrong

PLATFORM
House all Homeless Women in Santa Monica; Prompt Police Response to 911 calls From Women; Guarantee All
Santa Monica Schoolchildren Access to After Care School Programs; Create Breakfast, Lunch, and End of School
Day Snack Program; Create Mentoring Programs to keep Students In School; Guarantee a Place in the U.C. System
for all High School Graduates with a “B” Average Or Above;    Bring About a Comprehensive Living Wage Covering
All of Santa Monica – The Only Exemptions Being Small Businesses Making $5 Million or Less Per Year.

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
She currently works as a computer data entry employee for Santa Monicans Allied for Responsible Tourism
(SMART). And is a homeless women's civil rights activist. A Santa Monica resident for 12 years.

HOW DOES SHE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
No informational available.

FUN FACTS
In the 2004 election, Armstrong received 1,027 votes, or .73 percent.




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Richard Bloom

PLATFORM
Complete Civic Center Park, bring more music and art to our Civic Auditorium and expand Memorial Park; Fulfill
our goal of renewable energy & water self-sufficiency; Preserve and protect our neighborhoods and keep Santa
Monica safe; Maintain responsible fiscal policies and apply my skills as a mediator to bring divergent groups
together.

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Bloom has been on the Santa Monica City Council since April 1999, and is currently serving a second one-year term
as Mayor Pro Tem. He's been the chair of the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission since 2002. In private life,
he's an attorney with nearly 30 years of experience in family law, while consulting on community issues and civic
engagement.

HOW DOES HE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Civil Rights for All: was pivotal in the Bring LA Home initiative to battle homelessness in Santa Monica; plans to
reorganize and coordinate mental health, law enforcement and social services system with aggressive government
funding.
Environmental Responsibility: Adamant about goal of renewable energy and water self-sufficiency.




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John Blakely

CANDIDATE PLATFORM
Bikes and Solar Power

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Blakely is a 25-year old entrepreneur and actor. He says he's a pragmatist and would go to bat for full solar power
funding and more bike riding in Santa Monica tranpsortation. Other than that, there's no further information.




Ken Genser
There is no information on this candidate.




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Ted Winterer

PLATFORM
* Preserve Santa Monica's Beach Town charachter and scale
* Increase funding for our public schools rein in the growth of government and restore accountability to residents
* Make Santa Monica the most sustainable community in the U.S. protect socio economic diversity in our city
* Add new public open space and recreational facilities
* Enviornment
* Advocates more parks and recreational facilities, has installed solar panels at his home

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Ted Winterer is a Santa Monica Journalist. He has not previously held office, but has been active civically. He was
the president of the Ocean Park neighborhood association, and has been a public parks commissioner. Most recently
he has co-authored Santa Monica Prop T to reduce traffic and congestion in Santa Monica.                     “While
the city has done a great job with sustainability, we can still do more in terms of new energy, green energy, new
building design,”

HOW DOES HE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Environmental Responsibility: Ted Winterer wants to see more sustainable growth in Santa Monica. He is a major
proponent of Proposition T to reduce development in Santa Monica in order to reduce traffic. He has worked as a
public parks commisoner to increase public parks and green areas and thinks santa monica can do more to become a
model of sustainable growth.
Right to Free, Quality Education:  Worked to help pass prop R, renewing santa monica property taxes for
education.




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Susan Hartley

PLATFORM
* Limiting growth, height and density
* RIFT (Measure T) limiting future commercial development
* Rent control and protecting our housing supply
* Preservation and improvement of the city’s trees, parks and beaches
* Preserving the integrity of the 3rd Street Historic District
* Decreasing traffic, improving parking, encouraging biking
* Continued excellence in our schools and equal educational opportunity
* More police officers

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Susan Hartley has been a lawyer for 28 years. Aside from practicing law, she has been active in Santa Monica politics
having served on the boards of Friends of Sunset Park, Treesavers, and Santa Monica veterans for peace.

HOW DOES SHE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Environmental Responsibility: Susan Hartley supports limiting growth in Santa Monica, reducing the amount of
development. She also seeks to keep renters rights and supports rent controlled housing.          Susan Harley, wants
santa monica to retain it's beachside feel. She fought to limit the types of aircraft in Santa Monica Airport. She also,
wishes to make tugging of aircraft mandatory to further reduce the air pollution. She has fought to protect the trees
in Santa Monica from destruction by the city.
Right to Free, Quality Education: Susan Hartley has been active on the Santa Monica school system and lists schools as one
of her priorities however has no voting record on education.

KEY DONORS & ENDORSEMENTS
Los Angeles County Democrats




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Linda M. Piera-Avila 

PLATFORM
Putting “Service” Back into Public Service, Ending Homelessness, Electoral Reform.
 
BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Linda has been a Santa Monica resident for the 28 years, and currently works there, serving seniors as a home health
physical therapist. She has worked on numerous campaigns over the years, including the Forests Forever initiative in
1990, Ralph Nader’s 1996 and 2000 presidential campaigns, and the Campaign for Old Growth from 2002 to 2004.
Linda’s been an active member of the Green Party since she registered Green in 1990 and serves as a member of the
Green Party of L.A. County Council and also as a national delegate from CA to the Green Party of the U.S.A. Linda is
married to Tony Avila, a retired pediatric nurse. They enjoy the company of their cat Tenaya.

HOW DOES SHE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Civil Rights for All: Supports efforts to address and reduce youth violence with community based activity programs. 
Wants the police department take a proactive approach to investigating possible cases of human trafficking.
Economic Responsibility/Justice: Strongly supports workers’ rights to a living wage and fair working conditions. Wants to
localize our economy as much as possible with community-serving and "green" businesses. Would protect rent
control, continue affordable housing programs for low- and middle-income folks, and create more collaborative
housing (one of those scenes where every one has separate apartments, but shares a kitchen and composting duty,
etc.)
Environmental Responsibility: Linda is Super Pro-Bicycle. She believes that increased rider-ship will ease the transition
from being oil dependent to post carbon and wants to create the Santa Monica Bicycle Station with resources for
bikers. She’s also Pro- more urban gardens and Pro- solving traffic by supporting land-use patters that reduce the
need to drive. Wants all construction to utilize "green" building methods and endeavor to conserve our tree canopy,
partly by creating an urban forestry commission.
Right to Affordable, Quality Healthcare: She doesn’t mention it specifically on her website, but she does want to expand
Farmers Markets.
   
FUN FACT
Linda joined the picket line in front of Vons on Lincoln Blvd. in solidarity with the striking grocery store workers.
She has repeatedly participated in actions to support hotel workers near LAX.   

KEY DONORS & ENDORSEMENTS
Santa Monica Greens, Los Angeles Greens, South Central Farm Action Fund, Michael Feinstein, Santa Monica City
Councilmember (1996-2004), Kelly Hayes-Raitt, former commissioner, SM Commission on the Status of Women
(for id purposes only)
 




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Jon Louis Mann        

PLATFORM
Jon is running for Santa Monica City Council because he believes “special interests have more input into public
policy than residents.” He wants to create a virtual electronic village to empower residents to monitor and
participate in city government on-line, hold our public officials accountable, expose corruption, incompetence,
conflict of interest, audit the budget on-line, and troubleshoot solutions to the problems of homelessness, traffic,
crime, etc.  To accomplish this the city should provide free citywide WiFi to moderated public forums on the city
website.

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Jon is a Flight Attendant, Certified Parole Agent, Deputy Probation Officer for LA County, a Teacher, a Mediator,
and an Internet Activist with a B.A. in Sociology. Jon is 63, and says this is his “ninth and final run” for City Council.

HOW DOES HE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Economic Responsibility/Justice: Would audit the entire city. In terms of Development, his policy is NO MORE
GROWTH, and to curtail future plans already in process. He does advocate allowing home owners to remodel their
homes, within reason, and cease putting them through unnecessary delay and expense.
Right to Free, Quality Education: “We all know how badly the schools are fiscally mismanaged and the problems with the
former Superintendent, and now a board member wants to continue that incompetence on the council?”

KEY DONORS & ENDORSEMENTS
Association of Flight Attendants. “This City Council and most of the candidates, (especially those with their slick
mailers, big name endorsements and financial inducements), have sold out the residents of this city to special
interests. I have no such contributions or endorsements and seek only to represent the residents.”
   




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Michael Kovac (D)
 
PLATFORM
Michael Kovac wants to make your voice heard - and bring you closer to the Santa Monica City Council, by leading
them into the 21st Century. He wants meet Santa Monica citizens who are interested in sharing their ideas on how
to improve the city, thereby improving the responsiveness of the City Council to the citizens of Santa Monica.
   
BACKGROUND & HISTORY
We’ll break it down like this: Michael is a small businessman who has had success over the past decade doing
advising for high-tech companies.  He is now running for city council on a very broad platform.  From the
information available, we gather that he is excited about using the internet to make government more accessible and
user-friendly.  However, we don’t get from research available on the web (his specialty) that he knows what is going
on in his city or has the relationships to garner success if elected into office.  Plus points for enthusiasm though!   

FUN FACT
He a Pisces who doesn’t smoke or drink.  He’s straight and single.  Holla at cha boy!   

KEY DONORS & ENDORSEMENTS
Claims to “not [be] taking money from special interests.” Not endorsed by the local Democratic Club or the SMRR
who are endorsing other candidates.




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Jerry “Peace Activist” Rubin

PLATFORM
Pro-peace, pro-trees and pro-accountability.

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Who is Jerry Rubin? “From early childhood nightmares and struggles with epilepsy to overcoming heroin addiction
and committing to world peace, experience one man’s redemptive search for self-identity, his struggle for
understanding and his evolution into the activist he was destined to become. In trying to save the world, Rubin saves
himself.” Born in Philadelphia in 1943, Jerry Rubin moved to CA at the height of the peace movement and anti-
Vietnam War sentiment. He has worked as a peace activist for the last twenty years. He ran for City Council in 2000,
and didn’t win, and then ran again in 2002, but dropped out shortly before the election for health and political
reasons.

HOW DOES HE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Economic Responsibility/Justice: Pro- Rent control and renters’ rights, and wants more affordable housing and support
for Santa Monica public employees and smaller community businesses.
Environmental Responsibility: Would create a Santa Monica Tree Commission, ban jets and fight to curb pollution at the
Santa Monica Airport. Wants more environmental and sustainability programs and more support for a Solar Santa
Monica. More parks and open space, more recreational fields.
Right to Free, Quality Education: Though he offers no plan of where it would come from, he wants more city money for
our schools.  He is also a proponent of more peace and non-violence programs in school, and of more input and
participation from students.

FUN FACTS
In 2003, Rubin legally added "Peace Activist" as his middle name — a birthday present to himself that cost about
$300. In March of 2008, Peace Activist launched a fast to protest the Nader presidential bid. Eventually he ate, and
Nader is still running. Once (but not this time) he fasted for 103 days straight.

KEY DONORS & ENDORSEMENTS
"I'm not asking for donations," Rubin says. "I'm not soliciting any endorsements or any volunteer help. I'm trying to
make this a people's campaign." (Volunteers aren’t people?)




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Bobby Shriver

PLATFORM
According to Shriver's candidate statement, he is seeking a second term as City Councilman for Santa Monica to
"finish what [he] started." Specifically, Shriver wants to open three unused buildings at the West Los Angeles VA
Healthcare Center and continue his work with "Heal the Bay," a measure passed in 2006 to clean the Santa Monica
Bay. He also wants to continue improve programs for the homeless in Santa Monica by working with Los Angeles
and 87 other cities.

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Shriver was born in Chicago. He graduated from Yale and Yale Law School, where he was a member of the Scroll
and Key organization. He is President of RSS Inc., a music, film and philanthropic company.

HOW DOES HE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Civil Rights for All: Though Shriver expresses no views on civil rights that are directly related to his work as City
Councilman of Santa Monica, he has been instrumental with such organizations as the Special Product RED (a
corporate partnership that raises money for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria) and the ONE
Campaign (spreads awareness about the emergency of global AIDS and extreme poverty).
Environmental Responsibility: Along with Clint Eastwood, Shriver was appointed to the California State Park and
Recreation Commission, a non-paid position in 2001 by Governor Davis and re-appointed in 2004 by Governor
Schwarenegger. In March 2008. Governor Schwarenegger fired both men, apparently due to their opposition to
building a large road through San Onofre State Beach in Orange County.

FUN FACTS
Shriver is a Kennedy. His mother is Eunice Mary Kennedy and his father is Sargent Shriver. His brother in-law is
Governor Schwarzenegger.

KEY DONORS & ENDORSEMENTS
Los Angeles County Democratic Party




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Herbert Silverstein

PLATFORM
Silverstein feels that the current Council would rather “rule than represent.” He says he is running because he was
tired of going to City Council meetings and feeling like the Council members were sneering at him and not listening
to him and other residents. He wants a Council who will listen.

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Retired stockbroker with 40 years “in operations management and as a registered representative” in NYSE firms.
Served in the Air Force and was the Grand Master of Free Sons of Israel, a fraternal organization, for 3 years. Feels
his experience and education readies him for the job.

HOW DOES HE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Environmental Responsibility: Spoke at a City Council forum sponsored by the Treesavers. Treesavers was organized
about a year ago to oppose the City’s plans to remove more than 50 ficus trees from downtown streets as part of an
“improvement” project. Silverstein claimed that 23 trees came down, despite the wishes of residents and
shopkeepers.

FUN FACTS
Silverstein was raised in New York.

KEY DONORS & ENDORSEMENTS
Endorsed by the Treesavers




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Ben Allen

PLATFORM
Commitment to academic excellence as well as verbal and numerical literacy, recruitment of top quality
superintendent and teachers, increased involvement of teachers in educational policy-making, improvement of
special education, fiscal responsibility, expansion of parent-child reading programs, promotion of nutrition and
exercise, expansion of partnerships with SMC and UCLA, protection of music, arts, athletics, libraries and early-
childhood education, and the extension of ties to the government, business and alumni.

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Allen is a former teacher, educational law and policy researcher, and Regent of the University of California. He has
also worked as a communications director for Congressman Jose Serrano (D-NY), a Latin American program
assistant for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, and a community organizer. He was
educated in Santa Monica public schools and has family members who currently attend and teach in public schools.
Allen presently serves on the school district’s Financial Oversight Committee.

HOW DOES HE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Civil Rights for All: Has worked on diversity initiatives.
Economic Justice/Responsibility: Supports fiscal responsibility.
Environmental Responsibility: Has pushed through initiatives on sustainability.
Right to Free, Quality Education: A huge supporter of the right to free, quality education.

FUN FACTS
Allen is the son of two public school teachers. He graduated from Santa Monica High School in 1996 and is fluent
in Spanish.

KEY DONORS & ENDORSEMENTS
Oscar de la Torre, President, Board of Education; Jose E. Serrano, United States Congressman;
Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles County Supervisor; Sherry Lansing, UC Regent, Former CEO, Paramount Pictures;
Former Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin; Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights; Los Angeles
County Federation of Labor; Santa Monica-Malibu Classroom Teachers Association; Richard Bloom, Santa Monica
Mayor Pro Tem; Julia Brownley, Member, California State Assembly




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Jose Escarce

PLATFORM
Strengthen leadership by hiring an outstanding superintendent, improving Board of Education’s relationships with
teachers, parents, and the community, promoting academic achievement through consistent curriculum standards,
teacher and staff development and reduction of class size at the secondary level, and the cultivation of accountability
by encouraging a culture of openness and respect, ongoing program assessment, and an annual report on academics
and finances.

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Escarce is seeking a third term on the school board. He works as an adjunct professor of Health Services at UCLA
and as a researcher on health policy for the RAND Corporation. Escarce was formerly a professor of medicine at the
University of Pennsylvania and has sat on the SMMUSD District Advisory Committee for Fine Arts and the Steering
Committee of the Community for Excellent Public Schools.

HOW DOES HE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?


FUN FACTS
Escarce holds both an M.D. and a Ph.D.

KEY DONORS & ENDORSEMENTS
The Teacher’s Union, Santa Monicans for Renter’s Rights




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Chris Bley

PLATFORM
Supports special education reform, community involvement and fiscal responsibility.

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Bley has over 10 years of experience in education and is currently a high school teacher of government and history
at Brentwood School. He has also staffed the 1996, 2000, and 2004 Democratic National Convention Committees
and has 12 years of experience participating in campaign work.

HOW DOES HE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Economic: Supports fiscal responsibility.
Education: Promotes special education reform.

FUN FACTS
Bley graduated from Santa Monica High School. He also completed a two-year assignment with the Peace Corps as
an English as a Second Language teacher in Romania.




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Maria Leon-Vazquez

PLATFORM
“I think that every single board member that is elected onto the position has to consider the overview of all the
students, from Olympic High all the way to Point Dume.”

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Maria Leon-Vazquez is seeking a third term on the school board. She has been active in the Santa Monica
community for 30 years, serving as a board member for Westside Legal Services, chair of the Santa Monica
Commission on the Status of Women, and a board member for the Community Corporation, which provides
affordable housing in Santa Monica.

KEY DONORS & ENDORSEMENTS
The Teachers Union, Santa Monicans for Renters Rights




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Ralph Mechur

PLATFORM
Hire a highly qualified Superintendent, Support a comprehensive review of Special Education, Successfully
renegotiate the facilities use contract with the City of Santa Monica, Make SMMUSD a leader in sustainable
practices, Support teachers and staff, and Support programs that raise achievement levels of all students

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Mr. Mechur was appointed to the Santa Moinca-Malibu School Board in August 2007. He has been a resident of
Santa Monica for 35 years and has put his three children through Santa Monica Public Schools. Previously, Mr.
Mechur served on the Santa Monica Planning Commission where he worked on plans with the Third Street
Promenade, Santa Monica Pier Expansion, and the Civic Center of Santa Monica. Mr. Mechur spent 18 years on the
Education Foundation of Santa Monica-Malibu.

FUN FACTS
Mr. Mechur was an AYSO soccer coach for 10 years.

KEY DONORS & ENDORSEMENTS
The Teachers Union, Santa Monicans for Renters Rights




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Christopher Braun

PLATFORM
Worked on the SMRR (Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights) helpline to help tenants in need and on the recent
campaign against Proposition 98 (Eminent Domain). He intends to “continue to ensure renters are protected and
are well educated on their rights as tenants.”

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Doctor of Chiropractic. Lives in a rent control apartment. An active member of SMRR (Santa Monicans for
Renters’ Rights). The SMRR is a rather influential group that has dominated the City Council for decades. It was
created on the platform of Rent Control and it is responsible for the creation of the Rent Control Board and the Rent
Control Ordinance.

FUN FACTS
Likes movies and rollerblading, according to his PeekYou profile. (A PeekYou profile helps other people find your
websites, social-networking pages, photos or anything else about you online.)

KEY DONORS & ENDORSEMENTS
Local Democratic Club, SMRR (Santa Monicans for Renters Rights)




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Joel Koury

PLATFORM
Candidate Statement: “In these uncertain economic times with an overpriced and broken real estate market, the
only thing standing between many Santa Monicans and homelessness is their rent controlled apartment. As the
Chairperson of the Santa Monica Rent Control Board, I have worked tirelessly to ensure our long term tenants do
not get priced out of their homes. These tenants are critical, on so many different levels, to maintaining the
community that we all love, so protecting our long term tenants will always be my highest priority.”

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Koury is a deputy public defender, and was selected as commissioner of the Santa Monica Rent Control Board in
January of 2008.

KEY DONORS & ENDORSEMENTS
SMRR (Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights)




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Robert Kronovet (R)

PLATFORM
Believes that rent control affects everyone in the city and that both homeowners and tenants should be represented
on all elected bodies in Santa Monica. Will work to ensure that the Board no longer recognizes nor promotes the
unnatural conflict between supply and demand in the housing industry.

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Kronovet is a broker and property manager. As Chairman of the Pico Improvement Organization he has worked
with local officials, residents, tenants and merchants in achieving common goals such as promoting safe streets, less
traffic, youth programs and community involvement.

FUN FACTS
Kronovet is the only non-Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights candidate for the Rent Control Board. Every single
member of the Rent Control Board has been endorsed by SMRR since the Board’s inception in 1979. He is also the
only Republican running for local office in Santa Monica.
Key Donors & Endorsements




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Robert Greenstein Rader

PLATFORM
Our community college should serve our community.  Goals for next term if elected: Maintain SMC’s academic
excellence as the top transfer school. Support Emeritus College and high school dual enrollment. Switch to
alternative energy sources. Preserve fiscal stability, including prudent use of bond funds

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Incumbent. A Pepperdine law professor J.D, M.A. Entertainment Lawyer. former MGM vice president, Business
Affairs. First college graduate in his family, he believes everyone should have that chance. Vice Chair, Malibu Public
Facilities Authority; Secretary/Treasurer, Bayside District Corporation (which manages the Third Street
Promenade); and Chair, Wilshire/Montana Neighborhood Coalition. Wife is a former LASD teacher.
Board member Bayside District Corporation (Which owns Third Street Prominade)

As a board of Trustee member-Expanded vocational/technical programs, for ex: automotive, nursing, early childhood
education, logistics. Opened the Broad Stage at Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center’s Madison Campus.
Updated College facilities to enhance sustainability and academic opportunity. Built bridges with neighborhoods,
the City of Santa Monica, the City of Malibu, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District and the City of Los
Angeles




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Heidi Hoeck

PLATFORM
If elected, Hoeck will serve on the Liaison Committee between the city, the college, and the school district. She will
work toward creating a green Santa Monica College campus, and ensure that Santa Monica College development
respects Santa Monica's residential neighborhoods. She respects student initiated projects and supports programs
like the Pico Partnership. Wants to bring diversity to the Board of Trustees.

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Hoeck is a former Student President of Santa Monica College. As President, she worked on negotiations between
the city officials, school administrators, and student government to provide free Big Blue Bus passes to SMC's
32,000 students. The "Any Line, Any time" program was designed to be environmentally friendly by reducing traffic
and lessening parking problems. She studied and practiced environmental politics.

HOW DOES SHE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Civil Rights for All: Wants to bring diversity to the Board of Trustees.
Economic Responsibility/Justice: Wants to ensure that the development of Santa Monica College respects Santa Monica’s
residents and neighborhoods.
Environmental Responsibility: Wants to green the Santa Monica College campus. As Student President of Santa Monica
College, she supported the “Any Line, Any Time” program which gave free Big Blue Bus passes to SMC’s 32, 000
students in order to reduce traffic, lessen parking problems, and encourage use of public transportation.

FUN FACTS
Hoeck is 25 years old.




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Susan Aminoff

PLATFORM
Prof. Abinoff's top priorities if elected are: 1) student achievement and retention, 2) Campus sustainability, and
textbook cost initiative.

BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Abinoff's is a professor at Pierce College in Woodland Hills. She received her PhD from USC and chairs the Joint
Labor/Management Benefits Committee for the Los Angeles Community College District.

She has lived in Santa Monica for 24 years and has served on the SMCC since 2004.

KEY DONORS & ENDORSEMENTS
Santa Monica College Faculty Association, Santa Monicans for Renters Rights, Santa Monica Democratic Club,
Assemblywoman Fran Pavley, the Santa Monica Mirror




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Margaret Quinones-Perez

PLATFORM
* Moving SMC's Facilities to the 21st Century
* Bringing more financial reosurces to the campus
* Increasing student success transfer and graduation of all SMC students
* Making sure SMC continues to be a good neighbor to it's surrounding communities
* Promoting workforce programs and opportunities for SMC students
*
BACKGROUND & HISTORY
Dr. Margaret R. Quiñones-Perez has been on the board of trustees for the last eight years. The first Latina elected to
the Santa Monica Board of trustees. Prior to being on the board for the community college district she was a trustee
on the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board. She got her bachelors degree at SMC for mental health
research, a masters in counseling psychology and her doctorate in educational leadership from UCLA.
 
HOW DOES SHE FARE WITH YPM ISSUES?
Right to Free, Quality Education: Has worked to increase scholarships for students, during the last 8 years in office.
Supported measure C bond and oversaw the the development of campus facilities. Also got 3.6 million from the
state to develop community college.
Economic Responsibility/Justice: Supports equitable compensation for faculty and staff at Santa Monica City College.

KEY DONORS & ENDORSEMENTS
California Democratic Party, Santa Monicans for Renters Rights, Malibu times




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http://www.friendsofmarsyslaw.org/marsys-law-benefits.htm

Legislative Analyst's Office report and from the Initiative itself.

LATimes.com- David Lazarus' "Consumer Confidential" Column on 07/09/2008
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LATimes.com- Article on Pickens' Phone Tax Initiative on 02/01/2008
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votesmart.org
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
No Malibu Candidates Are in Upcoming School Board Race

• Five Sign Up to Campaign for Four Available Seats

BY SUZANNE GULDIMANN


No additional candidates have submitted nominating petitions for the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District
Nov. 3 board of education election, despite an extended filing period that ended on Aug. 13.
The extension occurred because Kathy Wisnicki, one of four incumbent board members eligible for reelection, and
the board’s only Malibu representative, failed to pull papers by the original Aug. 8 deadline.
The election is for four of the seven seats on the board. Incumbents Jose Escarce and Maria Leon-Vazquez are both
seeking their third four-year term. Ralph Mechur, who was appointed to fill a vacated seat, is running to finish out
that seat’s two-year term.
Running against the three incumbents are two longtime Santa Monica residents and Santa Monica High School
alumni.
Chris Bley is a U.S. government and history teacher who has participated in camp
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An email has been sent!
Phone 310.344.3220


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