November 4, 2014 General Election Endorsements

Lieutenant Governor
Gavin Newsom

Attorney General
Kamala D. Harris

John Chiang

Secretary of State

Alex Padilla

Insurance Commissioner
Dave Jones


Betty Yee

Supt. of Public Instruction

Tom Torlakson 

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 
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 
 --  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.

California State Assembly 
55th District: Gregg Fritchle 
65th District: Sharon Quirk Silva
68th District: Anne Cameron
69th District: Tom Daly
72nd District: Joel Block
73rd District: Wendy Gabriella
California State Senate
32nd District: Tony Mendoza
34th District: Jose Solorio

US House of Representatives
38th District: Linda Sanchez
39th District: Pete Anderson
45th District: Drew Leavens 
46th District: Loretta Sanchez
47th District: Alan Lowenthal
48th District: Suzanne Joyce Savary
49th District: David Peiser

Non Partisan Races

School Districts

Anaheim City School District: David Robert Heywood, Jeff Cole, Ryan Ruelas

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, Ofelia Hanson  

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 


City Council/Mayor

Anaheim City Council: Jose F. Moreno

Anaheim Mayor: Lorri Galloway

Buena Park City Council: Greg Ferguson

Costa Mesa City Council: Katrina FoleyJay Humphrey

Fullerton City Council: Doug Chaffee

Garden Grove City Council: Kris BeardQuang "Mike" Tran

Garden Grove Mayor: Bao Nguyen

Huntington Beach City Council: Connie BoardmanJoe ShawMark Bixby

Irvine City Council: Larry AgranMelissa Fox 

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


Local Measures

Yes on Measure H: AUHSD School Bond 
Yes on Measure J: North Orange County Community College District Bond
Yes on Measure L: City of Anaheim - District Elections 
Yes on Measure M: Expansion of Anaheim City Council from 4-6
No on O: Costa Mesa Charter Proposal
​​No on Irvine Measure W: Term limits 
​Yes on ​Irvine Measure V: Fiscal transparency



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. 

While the Democratic Party cannot endorse a candidate who is not a registered Democrat, be aware that in some races without a registered Democrat in the race, there are clear distinctions between candidates from other parties. In some important races there are extremists running against more moderate candidates. Do your homework before voting or contact your local Democratic Club for assistance. 
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