Tomorrow marks election day—and if you’re feeling out of the loop, you’re not alone; 40% of voters had no idea Governor Jerry Brown is even running for re-election.
So we’ve broken down the main things you need to know before heading to the polls tomorrow. Don’t know where your poll is? We have not only a map below but a link to where you can find your specific polling spot. On top of it all, the majority of Long Beachers can walk to your polling place within 10 minutes so we are encouraging everyone to #WalkTheVote.
For the voting guide, scroll beyond the map below. Candidates are listed alphabetically in their categories.
Authorizes $7.12 billion in general obligation bonds for state water supply infrastructure projects, such as surface and groundwater storage; ecosystem and watershed protection and restoration; drinking water protection; water supply management; water recycling and advanced water treatment technology; and flood control.
Amends the State Constitution to end the existing rules for a state budget reserve—the Budget Stabilization Account (BSA)—and replace them with new rules. The new rules would change how the state pays down debt and saves money in reserves, including the requirement to spend a minimum amount each year to pay down specific debts. If passed, a new state reserve would be created for schools and community colleges. In addition, a new state law would go into effect that sets the maximum budget reserves school districts can keep at the local level in some future years.
Requires insurance commissioner’s approval before health insurer can change its rates or anything else affecting the charges associated with health insurance. Provides for public notice, disclosure, and hearing, and subsequent judicial review. Exempts employer large group health plans.
This measure would increase the state’s cap on damages that can be assessed in medical negligence lawsuits to over $1 million from the current cap of $250,000, with annual adjuments for inflation going forward. Additionally, it requires drug and alcohol testing of doctors and the reporting of positive tests to the California Medical Board for mandated discipline. Lastly, it mandates that health care practitioners consult a state prescription drug history database before prescribing certain medications.
This measure reduces penalties for certain offenders convicted of nonserious and nonviolent property and drug crimes. The measure also allows certain offenders who have been previously convicted of such crimes to apply for reduced sentences. In addition, the measure requires any state savings that result from the measure be spent to support truancy (unexcused absences) prevention, mental health and substance abuse treatment, and victim services.
Current Representative and Democrat Janice Hahn will face off against Peace and Freedom party member and ICT consultant Adam Shbeita.
Current Representative and Democrat Alan Lowenthal will face off against Republican and real estate investor Andy Whallon.
Democrat and current Governor Jerry Brown will face off against Republican and investment banker Neel Kashkari.
Republican and political strategist Ron Nehring will face off against Democrat and current Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom.
Republican and lawyer Ron Gold will face off against Democrat and current Attorney General Kamala Harris.
Current State Controller John Chiang will not be seeking reelection since he is running for State Treasurer. Republican and university administrator Ashley Swearengin will face off against Democrat and government administrator Betty Yee.
Secretary of State:
Current Secretary of State Debra Bowen cannot run for a third term. Democrat and current 20th District Senator Alex Padilla will face off Republican and nonprofit executive Pete Peterson.
Superintendent of Public Instruction:
Current Superintendent Tom Torklason will face off against nonprofit administrator Marshall Tuck.
Democrat and current State Controller John Chiang will face off against Republican and public accountant Greg Conlon.
This district, which has a sliver of West Long Beach in its boundaries, will have Republican and businessperson Janet Nguyen face off Democrat and current 69th Assembly District Member Jose Solorio.
Democrat and union organizer Mike Gipson will face off against fellow Democrat and engineer Prophet Walker.
Republican and chemical engineer John C. Goya will face off against Democrat and current Long Beach 4th District Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell.
To ensure continued funding from an expiring voter-approved measure for improving the safety of neighborhood parks and senior/youth recreation areas; assisting in gang prevention; protecting rivers, beaches, water sources; repairing, acquiring/preserving parks/natural areas; maintaining zoos, museums; providing youth job-training, shall Los Angeles County levy an annual $23/parcel special tax, requiring annual independent financial audits and all funds used locally?
Current Head Deputy District Attorney John Morris will face off against current Special Assistant Assessor Jeffrey Pang.
Current Long Beach Police Department Chief Jim McDonnell will face off against retired undersheriff Paul Tanaka.
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