The Republicans have made a mess of things for decades. But in recent years they have been explicit that their primary goal is to block any progress that Obama or other non-Republicans might be working for. Even if they know it is harmful to our country, the people and the planet.
This means that it is important to have a unified front on such partisan matters. If there were a credible third alternative, I would be happy to consider it in some cases. In other cases, the Democrats have been exemplary. Barbara Boxer is a good example of someone I support in every way.
OK... Here is how I am voting:
First, the State and Federal positions.
I am basically voting the straight Democratic ticket on these.
Governor: Jerry Brown
Lieutenant Governor: Gavin Newsom
Secretary of State: Debra Bowen
Controller: John Chiang
Treasurer: Bill Lockyer
Attorney General: Kamala Harris
Insurance Commissioner: Dave Jones
Board of Equalization: Betty Yee
US Senator: Barbara Boxer
US Representative: Lois Capps
State Assembly: Das Williams
Judges: It is difficult to find information on the judges. However, I have two guidelines:
1) Who appointed them
2) What the bad guys think. The site http://www.judgevoterguide.com/ is run by Craig Huey as a guide to Christian Fundamentalists who oppose gay rights, etc. This is helpful information!
I am definitely voting for these based on this information. They are all appointed by Davis and opposed by the bad guys:
The following are Republican appointees and/or vigorously supported by the bad guys. I am definitely voting against these:
Elizabeth Annette Grimes
The others I cannot determine and will not vote for or against them
Superintendent of Public Instruction: Tom Torlakson
SB Community College District
Explanation: I see serious problems in the management of City College. My direct experience had to do with Adult Education. I offered to teach a course on science for good citizenship and was turned down. The claim was that no new courses are being considered because of budget problems. But it turns out they would turn down new courses even if they are taught by volunteers. They also prioritize existing classes, no matter how fluffy or outdated, over new courses. I asked what they would do if Socrates offered to teach a course for free. They said he would be turned down. I am in good company.
Meanwhile, they spend money on foolish things.
I trust former Mayor Marty Blum and support throwing out all of the existing trustees and voting for these new ones:
SB High School and Elementary District
I am going with the Independent endorsements:
Goleta Union School District:
City of Goleta:
Paula Perotte - She has worked for Safe Routes to School, promoting sustainable transportation in our community for all people... including the one third who cannot drive!
The other candidates have done nothing to earn my support or vote
Goleta Water District:
The challengers have offered zero information on why the incumbents should be removed, what they have done wrong, or what the challengers would do differently. They never even attended a single Water District meeting before deciding to run!
Q-2010 for Schools - YES
S-2010 for Crime reduction - YES - I find jails and prisons abhorrent. But keeping prisoners overcrowded in old facilities with no rehab programs is even worse.