November 4, 2014 General Election Endorsements
Secretary of State
No official endorsement. Alex Padilla and Derek Cressman are Democrats in the race
Supt. of Public Instruction
Yes on Proposition 1
WATER QUALITY, SUPPLY, AND INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2014 (CALIFORNIA WATER BOND) --Provides a reliable supply of water to farms, businesses and communities, especially during droughts. It supports economic growth and protects the environment. It is fiscally responsible, is guided by a comprehensive state water plan and does NOT raise taxes.
Yes on Proposition 2
STATE BUDGET. RAINY DAY FUND. LEGISLATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT -- Requires annual transfer of state general fund revenues to budget stabilization account. Requires half the revenues be used to repay state debts. Limits use of remaining funds to emergencies or budget deficits. Fiscal Impact: Long-term state savings from faster payment of existing debts. Different levels of state budget reserves, depending on economy and decisions by elected officials. Smaller local reserves for some school districts
Yes on Proposition 45
APPROVAL OF HEALTHCARE INSURANCE CHANGES. INITIATIVE -- Requires health insurance rate changes to be approved by Insurance Commissioner before taking effect. Requires sworn statement by health insurer as to accuracy of information submitted to Insurance Commissioner to justify rate changes.
Neutral on Proposition 46
DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTING OF DOCTORS. MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE. INITIATIVE --Requires drug and alcohol testing of doctors and reporting of positive test to the California Medical Board. Requires Board to suspend doctor pending investigation of positive test and take disciplinary action if doctor was impaired while on duty. Requires doctors to report any other doctor suspected of drug or alcohol impairment or medical negligence. Requires health care practitioners to consult state prescription drug history database before prescribing certain controlled substances. Increases $250,000 cap on pain and suffering damages in medical negligence lawsuits to account for inflation.
Yes on Proposition 47
CRIMINAL SENTENCES. MISDEMEANOR PENALTIES. INITIATIVE STATUTE. -- Requires misdemeanor sentence instead of felony for petty theft, receiving stolen property, and forging/writing bad checks when value or amount involved is $950 or less. Requires misdemeanor sentence instead of felony for certain drug possession offenses. Allows felony sentence for these offenses if person has previous conviction for crimes such as rape, murder or child molestation or is a registered sex offender. Requires resentencing for persons serving felony sentences for these offenses unless court finds unreasonable public safety risk.
Yes on Proposition 48
INDIAN GAMING COMPACTS RFERENDUM -- This is a challenge to a state law previously approved by the Legislature and the Governor. The law ratifies two gaming compacts (with the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians, and the Wiyot Tribe); and it exempts execution of the compacts, certain projects, and intergovernmental agreements from the California Environmental Quality Act. A Support position (Yes vote) supports the law, an Oppose position (No vote) backs the Referendum.
38th District: Linda Sanchez
46th District: Loretta Sanchez
Non Partisan Races
Anaheim Union High School District Area 1: Al Jabbar
Capistrano Unified School District Area 6 : Gila Jones
Centralia School District: Art Montez, Connor Traut
Coast Community College District Area 5: Joel Flores
Cypress City School District: Steve Blount
Fullerton Joint Union School District: Joanne Fawley
Huntington Beach Joint Union School District: Bonnie Castrey, Kathleen Iverson
La Habra City School District: Cynthia Aguirre, Ida MacMurray
Newport Mesa Unified School District Area 7: Fidel Mora
Orange Unified School District Area 5: Florice Hoffman
Rancho Santiago Unified School District Area 4: Lawrence Labrado
Santa Ana Unified School District: John Palacio, Valerie Amezcua
Anaheim City Council: Jose F. Moreno
Anaheim Mayor: Lorri Galloway
Buena Park City Council: Greg Ferguson
Fullerton City Council: Doug Chaffee
Garden Grove Mayor: Bao Nguyen
Irvine Mayor: Mary Ann Gaido
Laguna Beach City Council: Toni Iseman
Santa Ana City Council Ward 2: Michele Martinez
Santa Ana City Council Ward 4: David Benavides
Santa Ana City Council Ward 6: Sal Tinajero
Stanton City Council: Kevin Carr
Tustin City Council: Rebecca Gomez
Municipal Water District of Orange County Area 1: Greg Diamond
Municipal Water DIstrict of Orange County Area 5: Ron Varasteh
The Democratic Party of Orange County has the authority to conduct additional endorsements in future meetings, including candidates for office and measures.