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For Santa Maria Valley ballots, the Santa Barbara County Democratic Party has endorsed the following people for the November 6th general election. (To find out more about our endorsement process,


Santa Maria City Council-District 3: Gloria Soto

Santa Maria City Council-District 4: Rafael Gutierrez

Santa Maria Bonita School District: Abraham Melendrez

Santa Maria Joint Union School District: Diana Perez

Measure G: YES | Establishes eleven member Independent citizens redistricting commission.

Measure H: NO | Designed by special interests FOR special interests. Major funding from California petroleum industry.

Measure U: No position.



The California Democratic Party has endorsed the following statewide candidates for the November 6, 2018 election:

CA-24th District United States Congress: Salud Carbajal

35th District California State Assembly: William Ostrander

 37th District California State Assembly: Monique Limón

Governor: Gavin Newsom

US Senator: Kevin DeLeon

California Attorney General: Xavier Becerra

California State Controller: Betty Yee

California Secretary of State: Alex Padilla

California State Treasurer: Fiona Ma

California Superintendent of Public Instruction: Tony Thurmond

California Insurance Commissioner: Ricardo Lara



Proposition 1: YES | Creates affordable housing for vets, working families, disabled, seniors, homeless-without raising taxes

Proposition 2: YES | Delivers housing with mental health services to alleviate chronic homelessness-without raising taxes

Proposition 3: No Position

Proposition 4: YES | Provides specialized care for 2 million seriously ill or injured kids a year, regardless of family income

Proposition 5: NO | Takes up to $2 billion per year from schools and local services to give a tax break to wealthy property owners

Proposition 6: NO | Stop the attack on bridge and road safety!

Proposition 7: YES | Saves lives and money by stopping dangerous time changes

Proposition 8: YES | Requires dialysis clinics to improve patient care, update equipment and provide safe and clean facilities

Proposition 9: Removed by Court Order

Proposition 10: YES | Empowers local communities to limit skyrocketing rents

Proposition 11: NO | Undermines basic workplace protections for hard-working and dedicated emergency responders

Proposition 12: YES | Prevents cruelty to millions of farmed animals by prohibiting unhealthy, cruel and extreme confinement.

(See Discussion on Propositions at the bottom of this page.)


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Judges appointed by Democrats:

Leondra R. Kruger

Helen Bendix

Elwood Lui

Luis A. Lavin

Halim Dhanidina

Anne H. Egerton

Dorothy C. Kim

Carl H. Moor

Lamar W. Baker

Arthur Gilbert

Martin J.Tangeman 

Gail R. Feuer

John L. Segal

All others on the ballot were appointed by Republicans.

(To research this information, do an internet search by name to find out who appointed them to office.)


Discussion on Propositions:

Proposition 1:  YES.  Issues $4 billion in bonds for housing programs and veterans’ home loans creating affordable housing for vets, working families, disabled, seniors, homeless WITHOUT RAISING TAXES.

Proposition 2:  YES.  Authorizes the state to use revenue from millionaire’s tax for $2 billion in bonds for homelessness prevention housing and will build housing with mental health services to alleviate chronic homelessness.

Proposition 3:  NO.  Issues $8.877 billion in bonds for water-related infrastructure and environmental projects.  (According to the League of Women Voters this proposition will shift the cost for water from the end users to California taxpayers; reduce state money available for other critical state programs like education, affordable housing, and healthcare; fails to provide for adequate project oversight and financial accountability.)  The California Democratic Party has not taken a position on Proposition 3.

Proposition 4:  YES.  Issues $1.5 billion in bonds for children’s hospitals to provide specialized care for 2 million seriously ill or injured kids a year, regardless of family income.

Proposition 5:  NO.  Revises process for homebuyers who are age 55 or older or severely disabled to transfer their tax assessments.  Prop 5 takes upwards of $1 billion EACH YEAR from schools and local services, from fire and emergency response to health care, to give new tax breaks to long-term homeowners, especially those with pricier houses, who already pay significantly lower tax bills.

Proposition 6:  NO.    Repeals 2017’s fuel tax and vehicle fee increases and requires public vote on future increases and would eliminate funding for more than 6,500 bridge and road safety, transportation and public transit improvement projects currently underway throughout California.

  • Here is what Prop 6 WILL ELIMINATE  if it passes:  39 Projects filling potholes and repaving crumbling roads, 31 Projects improving the safety of local roads, 10 Traffic congestion relief projects, 14 Safety improvements for pedestrians and bicyclists.


Proposition 7:  YES.  Authorizes legislature to provide for permanent daylight saving time if federal government allows.  Changing our clocks twice a year has proven to be hazardous to our health and public safety compared to typical workdays.  On-the-job injuries increase deadly vehicle accidents, and a spike in heart attacks over the few days following the “spring forward” time change.

Proposition 8:  YES.  Requires dialysis clinics to issue refunds for revenue above a certain amount.  Despite nearly $4 billion in profits from their dialysis operations in the United States, the giant dialysis corporations don’t invest enough in improving patient care.  Rather than spend their money on executives and investors, Prop 8 limits the corporations’ profits and encourages them to improve patient safety, staffing and conditions in the clinics.

Proposition 9 was removed from the ballot by order of the California Supreme Court.

Proposition 10:  YES.  Allows local governments to regulate rent on any type of housing.  Across California, people are struggling to stay in their homes, as developers, landlords and Wall Street speculators are given free reign over our cities, quickly transforming stable neighborhoods into high-priced markets at the expense of working-class communities.  Teachers, nurses, long-term care workers and grocery clerks are being forced to commute far from their place of work just to live in housing they can afford.  The less fortunate are forced to sleep on couches, in cars, or can be seen on our streets.  This didn’t just happen naturally.  In 1995, the California legislature passed the Costa-Hawkins Rental Act, which puts limits on how California cities can address the housing crisis and protect residents from displacement.

Proposition 11:  NO.  Allows ambulance providers to require workers to remain on call during breaks paid in a ploy that could save the American Medical Response  Company millions of dollars and potentially protect it from ongoing lawsuits.  This private ambulance outfit has poured $21,900,786 to date into the statewide campaign to pass Proposition 11 that regulates lunch and rest breaks for people who work in ambulance services.

Proposition 12:  YES.  Bans sale of meat from animals confined in spaces below specific sizes.  Prop 12 would require cage-free housing and improve space requirements in California for three types of animals who are typically confined in tiny cages on factory farms; baby veal calves, mother pigs, and egg-laying hens.  It would also ensure that veal, pork, and eggs sold in the state come from operatons meeting these modest standards.