SDC Has Officially Made Endorsements To Local Candidates

SDC, Los Angeles and all of us here in California are already standing up to the sheer audacity of the current administration.  With the help of you, our members and friends, together we will send a resounding message of unwavering opposition to the nation.  In particular, we will fight the GOP's anti-LGBTQIA agenda with bold Leadership and Action, and it all starts with electing strong progressive candidates right here in Los Angeles!  

After careful consideration by our Endorsement Committee and followed up by a spirited endorsement process at the General Membership Meeting on the 23rd, SDC is proud to endorse the candidates below for the March 7th election.

Each candidate has vowed to fight for our rights against the attacks from DC on LA. It is up to us, as LA Democrats, to support them over the next few weeks. Some of the candidates are in particularly tough contests.

Councilman Mike Bonin (CD11), Monica Rodriguez (CD7),Councilman Paul Koretz (CD5) and Steve Zimmer (LAUSD4) have voiced a special need for canvassers and phone bankers.  They are fighting against campaigns of disinformation and/or big money from Charter School proponents.  (Click their names to get in touch with them.)

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We are the resistance!

Our complete endorsement list is as follows:

Los Angeles Mayor
Eric Garcetti

Los Angeles City Attorney
Mike Feuer

Los Angeles Controller
Ron Galperin

Los Angeles City Council
Gil Cedillo (CD1)
Bob Blumenfield (CD3)
Paul Koretz (CD5)
Monica Rodriguez (CD7)
Curren Price (CD9)
Mike Bonin (CD11)
Mitch O’Farrell (CD13)

We will be taking up CD15 next month.

Los Angeles Unified School District:
Steve Zimmer (Seat 4)
Imelda Padilla (Seat 6)

LA Community College Trustee: 
Steven Vere (Seat 2)
Dallas Fowler (Seat 4)
Nancy Pearlman (Seat 6)

San Fernando City Council
Joel Fajardo 

West Hollywood City Council
John Heilman
John Duran

 

Endorsed Ballot Measures

YES ON MEASURE H – Los Angeles County Plan to Prevent and Combat Homelessness. 

To fund mental health, substance abuse treatment, health care, education, job training, rental subsidies, emergency and affordable housing, transportation, outreach, prevention, and supportive services for homeless children, families, foster youth, veterans, battered women, seniors, disabled individuals, and other homeless adults; shall voters authorize Ordinance No. 2017-0001 to levy a ¼ cent sales tax for ten years, with independent annual audits and citizens’ oversight? http://voteyesonh.com/ 

YES ON MEASURE M – CANNABIS REGULATION AFTER CITIZEN INPUT, TAXATION AND ENFORCEMENT. 

PROPOSITION M. 

Shall an ordinance providing for enforcement, taxation and regulation of cannabis and/or cannabis products (cannabis) by: 1) providing that the City Council retains the authority to amend existing and adopt new regulations regarding cannabis activity in the City after conducting public hearings regarding various aspects of the commercialization of cannabis and medical cannabis, and giving priority in the processing of applications to existing medical marijuana dispensaries operating in compliance with current City law; 2) authorizing criminal penalties, nuisance abatement, increased civil fines and disconnection of water and power utilities for unauthorized cannabis activities; and 3) establishing new business taxes, effective January 1, 2018, including taxes of $100 per each $1,000 of gross receipts from cannabis sales and $50 per each $1,000 of gross receipts from medical cannabis sales, $10 per each $1,000 of gross receipts from cannabis transportation, testing or research, and $20 per each $1,000 of gross receipts from cannabis manufacturing, cultivation or other commercialization of cannabis; be adopted?


NO ON MEASURE N 
– CANNABIS ACTIVITY PERMITS, REGULATION AND TAXATION. INITIATIVE ORDINANCE N. 

Shall an ordinance establishing a City permitting program for cannabis activity, prioritizing existing medical marijuana businesses compliant with current City law (MMBs) and maintaining 135 dispensaries in the City unless increased by the City Council, including by: 1) authorizing the City to issue permits for cannabis activity including cultivation, manufacture and sale of medical cannabis; 2) providing existing compliant MMBs a limited time to register for initial permits for specified cannabis activity and other priority in the permitting process; 3) allowing permitted cannabis activity in certain non-residential zones; 4) providing operational standards and minimum-distance requirements from schools and other sites; 5) authorizing fines and other penalties for non-permitted cannabis activity but limit enforcement procedures for violations of the ordinance by permit holders; and 6) allowing permittees to operate as adult use marijuana businesses and impose a tax of $80 per each $1,000 of gross receipts from adult use marijuana sales if state law changes to allow non-medical adult use of marijuana; be adopted?

YES ON MEASURE P – MAXIMUM TERM OF HARBOR DEPARTMENT LEASES. CHARTER AMENDMENT P.

Shall the City Charter be amended to increase the maximum term for franchises, concessions, permits, licenses and leases that may be entered into by the Harbor Department from the current maximum of 50 years to a new maximum of 66 years, to be consistent with recent changes to state law?


NO ON MEASURE S 
– BUILDING MORATORIUM; RESTRICTIONS ON GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENTS; REQUIRED REVIEW OF GENERAL PLAN. INITIATIVE ORDINANCE S. 

Shall an ordinance amending City laws related to the General Plan, including to: 1) impose a two-year moratorium on projects seeking General Plan amendments or zone or height district changes resulting in more intense land use, an increase in density or height, or a loss of zoned open space, agricultural or industrial areas, with exceptions including for affordable housing projects and projects for which vested rights have accrued; 2) prohibit geographic amendments to the General Plan unless the affected area has significant social, economic or physical identity (defined as encompassing an entire community or district plan area, specific plan area, neighborhood council area or at least 15 acres); 3) require systematic, public review of the General Plan every five years; 4) prohibit project applicants from completing environmental impact reports for the City; 5) require the City make findings of General Plan consistency for planning amendments, project approvals and permit decisions; and 6) prohibit certain parking variances; be adopted?  http://www.goestoofar.com/ 

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