Voter’s Guide for 2016 Election

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2016 General Election voting Guide for Southern California 2016南加州大选指南)

Election Date: Tuesday 11/8/2016, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Vote-by-mail request: must arrive by 11/1
Vote-by-mail ballots: postmarked on or before 11/8

This voting guide is provided by The Orange Club (TOC) and for reference only. The guide is aimed to serve our community for electing the right politicians at all levels in order to protect our wellbeing and equal rights for generations to come. While respecting the core values and politic system of this great country, we are striving for more equal and fair systems especially in education and working places.
本指南含盖南加洛杉矶县,橙县和圣地亚哥县等部分地区的各级选举情势分析和推荐。仅供参考。2016年大选不同以往,事关美国未来走向和华裔福祉的重大选择。也正值华裔参政觉醒。TOC强烈呼吁大家积极投票,投票支持符合华裔核心利益及美国未来的候选人。

President of the United States – Donald Trump:

Trump’s Superior Court judge nominations will give us better hope in fighting inequality in high education admission. His polices in economy, trade and immigration are all intended to help Americans. There may be risks to implement such changes therefore we also see uncertainties on him.

United States Senate – We recommend to leave this contest blank.

Loretta Sanchez (D) – She is a little moderate, “lesser of two evils”.  Both candidates hold identical positions on all issues. Kamala Harris (D) – Extreme Liberal

US Representatives in Congress:

CD25 (Palmdale, Lancaster) – Steve Knight
CD26 – Rafael Dagnasses
CD27 (Pasadena, Claremont) – Jack Orswell
CD28 (Burbank, Glendale) – Lenore Solis
CD30 (Sun Valley & Etc.) – Mark Reed
CD32 (La Puente, West Covina) – No recommendation
CD33 (South Bay, Malibu) – Ken Wright
CD34 (Downtown Los Angeles) – No recommendation
CD35 (Pomona) – Tyler Fischella
CD38 (Whittier/Artesia) – Ryan DowningCD39 (Brea)Ed Royce. Rep. Royce has been a strong voice for Asian Americans equal education rights. So let’s support him 100%!

CD40 (Bell, Downey) – Roman Gonzalez
CD43 (Torrance, Hawthorne) – Omar Navarro
CD45 (Irvine) – Mimi Walters
CD46 (Santa Ana) – Bao Nguyen. You may eave it blank if not sure.
CD47 (Long Beach) – Andy Whallon

CD48 (Newport Beach)Dana Rohrabacher. Rep. Rohrabacher has been a strong voice for Asian Americans equal education rights. So let’s support him 100%!

CD49 (Oceanside) – Darrell Issa

CD52 (La Jolla) - Denise Gitsham. Attorney, Political Consultant, Ex-Congressional Aide. Please support her to increase our voice in the Congress. As a Chinese American, she has been very active and firm in supporting Asian American communities.

CA State Senator – Preventing Democratic Party from becoming supermajority not only serves our community best interest but also good for the State and a health democracy. Support Ling Ling Chang!

SD25 (Glendale, Pasadena) – Michael Antonovich
SD27 (Moor Park etc.) - Steve Fazio

SD29 (Brea) - Ling Ling Chang. Crucial seat to beat Democratic supermajority.

SD37 (Costa Mesa) – John Moorlach

CA State Assembly – Two very crucial Assembly seats that we have to defend in Sothern California to prevent Democratic Party from being supermajority party in the Assembly!

AD38 (Santa Clarita) – Dante Acosta
AD39 (Los Angeles) – Patty Lopez
AD41 (Pasadena) – Chris Holden
AD48 (West Covina) – Cory Ellenson
AD49 (Arcadia) – Peter Amundson
AD55 (Brea) – Phillip Chen
AD57 (Whittier) – Rita Topalian

AD66 (Torrance, Palos Verdes) - David Hadley. This is a crucial seat to beat Democratic supermajority, David has been a very good friend of Asian American communities in last two years in the Assembly. He supports all our fights for fairness and equality. Let’s stand behind him 100%.

AD65 (Fullerton) - Young Kim. This is a crucial seat to beat Democratic supermajority, Young has been a very good friend of Asian American communities in last two years She Assembly. He supports all our fights for fairness and equality. Let’s stand behind her 100%.

AD68 (Tustin) – Steven Choi. Former Irvine Mayor
AD69 (Santa Ana) – Ofelia Velarde-Garcia
AD72 (Huntington Beach) – Travis Allen

AD74 (Irvine) - Matthew Harper. Matthew stood out to oppose AB176 to desegregate Asian in 2016.  Let’s stand behind her 100%.

State Measures:

51 – Authorizes $9 billion in general obligation bonds for modernization of K-12 public school facilities; $1 billion for charter schools and vocational education facilities; and $2 billion for California Community Colleges facilities. TOTAL ESTIMATED COST: $19 BILLION
NO – This measure does not change the way how the State spends taxpayer’s money which have led to a mounting 340 billion in debt. The revenue allocation and special interests are two big concerns behind these bond measures. There are other more efficient ways to improve California schools. California’s taxpayers will be on the hook for $500 million every year for the next 35 years.

52 – Ensures that the hospitals’ fee to California would be used for its designated purpose by requiring voter approval of changes to the fee program to ensure that California uses the fees for the purpose of supporting hospital care.
YES – Changes in funding and taxation should not take place without the widespread support of the legislature. If it takes a two-thirds vote to pass taxes, that should include the fees imposed on hospitals.

53 – Requires statewide voter approval for revenue bonds that exceed $2 billion. Prohibits dividing projects into multiple separate projects to avoid voter approval.
NO – Revenue bond does not need to be paid back by taxpayers directly, maybe indirectly. Leaving the decision to local residents is still a reasonable solution.

54 – Bills must be printed, published and on the Internet at least 72 hours before a vote, except in cases of public emergency. Requires the Legislature to provide recordings and post them on the Internet. Authorizes any person to record legislative proceedings. Allows use of recordings for any legitimate purpose, without a fee.
YES – More transparent politic activities and less under-the-table deals.

55 – Extends Prop 30 tax hikes by twelve years for K-12 schools and California’s Community Colleges.
NO – This has been going endlessly. We have to stop them. Prop 30 made California home to the highest taxes in the country. Businesses are fleeing. The job growth is anemic.

56 – This tax amendment would increase the tax on cigarettes by $2 a pack and other nicotine products (i.e. electronic cigarettes). The revenue would increase funding for existing healthcare programs, tobacco use prevention and tobacco-related disease research.
N/R – No specific recommendation given to this measure. $2.80 tax per pack of cigarette may increase cigarette smuggling into the community and cause more problems.  The revenue distribution needs to be transparent. The money may not be used in areas that it is intended to. However, it could be a good step to improve public health.

57 – This measure increases the chance for parole for non-violent offenders. Establishes judges, and not prosecutors, as the deciding factor to try juveniles as adults in court.
NO – Criminals have to pay for what they did.

58 – This legislation would repeal key aspects of Proposition 227, which was passed by voters in 1998. This legislation would reinstate bilingual education, permitting English Language Learners in California schools to learn core subjects in their first language instead of English.
NO – This is a very tricky proposition. In reality, the second language choice would not be what our community would think of. Our kids may end up in classes using languages they don’t know and intended to learn.

59 – Serves as a statewide initiative, which would appeal to the federal government and the states to pass a Constitutional Amendment overturning Citizens United, SCOTUS Decision allowing unlimited, third-party campaign contributions.
NO – Target on the wrong area. Allow more individuals to participate in independent PACs, and corporates to balance out other PACs, so it forces incumbents to fight harder for their careers.

60 – Requires performers in adult films to use condoms during filming. Requires producers of adult films to pay for vaccinations, testing, and medical examinations related to STDs. Producers must obtain state health licenses and post condom requirement at film sites.
NO – Not the government’s business. This legislation is moving the adult film industry out of state.

61 – Prohibits agencies from paying more for drugs than the lowest price paid by the US Department of Veteran Affairs. It would also apply when the state provides the funding for the purchase of the drugs even if not purchased directly by a government agency. NO – This legislation will actually increase the cost of medications, and reduce the number of choices available to patients. Government intervention to the pharmaceutical industry is a bad idea. The consequence is very uncertain

62 – Repeals death penalty as maximum punishment. Applies retroactively to persons already sentenced to death.
NO – The death penalty serves as a necessary deterrent to crime, and strengthens the plea bargaining power of our prosecutors. The vilest of murders deserves the severest punishment.

63 – Prohibits possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines, and requires their disposal by sale to dealer, destruction, or removal from state. Requires background checks and ammunition sales through licensed ammunition vendors.
NO – Criminals don’t buy gun and ammunition in stores. They buy them in the black markets. Crime rates are not going down because of gun control, but proper deterrence and law enforcement. The Second Amendment should be protected, and the right of lawful gun owners respected.

64 – Legalizes marijuana and hemp under state law, including the regulation and taxation of the product for distribution and sale.
NO – Marijuana use leads to higher crime rates, less economic activity, and endangers our youth and our communities. We need to keep the restrictions and criminal penalties in place.

65 – Redirects money collected by grocery and certain other retail stores through sale of carry-out bags to environmental causes.
NO – Any money derived from the sale or purchase of any item should belong to the business, corporation, or salesman. No one should take profit from any private firm.

66 – Limits successive petitions to challenge death penalty convictions and sentences. Imposes time limits on state court death penalty review. States death row inmates must work and pay victim restitution.
YES – The death penalty system in California is broken, so it should be mended, not ended. Speeding up the death penalty appeals process would save taxpayers millions annually.

67 – Should the state of California Keep the Statewide Plastic Bag Ban?
NO – Leave it to local residents and governments to decide.

Orange County Nonpartisan:

County Supervisor, 1st District – Andrew Do. In line with our positions on education, economy and taxes
Municipal Water District of Orange County, Division 6: Frank Ury. MWDOC is not well run which is a symptom of poor board stewardship and direction.  Ury resides in Mission Viejo and has served as a City Council member there since 2004.  He is supportive of sustainable water development and recycled water reuse, and may increase the potential possibility to veto the veteran cemetery.

Los Angeles County Nonpartisan:

Board of Supervisors District 4: Steve Napolitano
Board of Supervisors District 5: Kathryn Barger

Superior Court Judge Office 11: Steven Schreiner
Superior Court Judge Office 42: Efrain Matthew Aceves
Superior Court Judge Office 84: Susan Jung Townsend
Superior Court Judge Office 158: Kim L. Nguyen

City of Irvine:

City of Irvine, Mayor: Gang Chen. First Chinese American to run Irvine mayor and he has been working very hard to get recognition. He is all for Irvine residents’ interests.

City of Irvine, Member, City Council:
Anthony Kuo
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Christina Shea

Irvine Unified School District:
Paul Bokota
– Lauren Brooks
Geri Zollinger - Asian, Patent Lawyer, Engineering from Harvey Mudd College, a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from Duke University, and a law degree from Harvard Law School. We need an outsider with fresh eyes in the Board.

City of Mission Viejo:

Member, City Council:
– Patricia Lelly
– Cathy Schlight

 

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