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Vote June 3 – The Courier’s Election Endorsements


U.S. Representative (33rd Congressional District) – Ted Lieu

Henry Waxman’s retirement after giving 40 years of faithful service representing our district surfaced 18 candidates to follow in his footsteps.

Our editorial team has attended many of the candidates forums and we chose to interview the six who had gathered considerable support – Wendy Gruel, David Kanuth,Ted Lieu, Matt Miller, Elan Carr, and Marianne Williamson – over the last two weeks. I hope you will read Matt Lopez’s articles written about all six last week and in today’s paper.

It has been extremely difficult to sort through all the information, speeches, and ideas generated by this energetic group of candidates, but in the end we are endorsing Ted Lieu.

Ted, most recently a California State Senator, has also served on the Torrance City Council, in the California State Assembly, and continues to serve in the Air Force Reserve. He made good on his promise to himself to give back to the United States and he wants to continue in that vein.

The Courier questioned all the candidates on their position on the subway and Ted made the time to walk the campus, meet with consultants and developed a good understanding of the problems with the Metro tunnel under BHHS. He is tough, asked the right questions, and has shown independence in the past on difficult issues.

Wendy Gruel said she would make a decision based “on safety” and Matt Miller was not well versed on the issue, but listened carefully. Matt, who served in the Clinton administration (as did Wendy) as a Senior Advisor in the White House Office of Management and Budget also impressed our editorial board with his knowledge and proficiency on financial issues.

Marianne Williamson was very clear on opposing the subway under the high school and any other special-interest project. David Kanuth has surprised all with his ability to raise funds and become a credible candidate in a crowded race. We were very impressed with our own Beverly Hills resident Elan Carr and hope that he will gather all the Republican votes.

We are fortunate to have choices, but the bottom line is Ted Lieu will do the homework, will be independent, and has the experience and the chops to get a seat at the table and be an excellent representative and defender of this district.

 Sheriff of Los Angeles County – Jim McDonnell

We have met with the three leading candidates to succeed Lee Baca and endorse current Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell for Los Angeles County Sheriff. McDonnell spent most of his career with the Los Angeles Police Department.  He is a consummate professional who barely lost the top LAPD job to Charlie Beck.  Since taking up his post in Long Beach, he has improved that department impressively.

That said, as we told Chief McDonnell, our greatest fear is a change of attitude in the Sheriff’s Department.  We know cultural differences between the LAPD’s: “hardcore-we-are-here-to-enforce-the-laws” and the Sheriff’s Department’s: “we’re here to protect you and we’re one of you.”  That’s also what we told Chief McDonnell. The Courier endorses Jim McDonnell for Sheriff.

 California State Treasurer – John Chiang

The Courier wholeheartedly endorses a vote for John Chiang to become treasurer of the state of California. Chiang serves now as the state’s controller and under his administration the office has become a model for transparency in government and service to the taxpayers—his employees answer the phone promptly, research your questions, and follow through precisely and in a timely manner. Other state agencies, for example, the Secretary of State’s office, run you through Internet hell, are grumpy if you happen to reach them by phone, and refuse to fix their own mistakes.

Chiang was the first state controller to post state, county, and city salaries online in an effort to educate us and make that information available to the general public. He was quite clear that the Bell scandal resulted from secrecy about how resident’s tax money was expended. The Courier has followed his example and continues to post complete salary and benefit information on all employees of the City of Beverly Hills to inform our neighbors on our website.

Chiang is accessible and responsive and, in our opinion, will be proactive in educating all of us on the intricacies of buying and selling bonds and the implications for future indebtedness and possible threats to California’s financial stability.

To remind the Beverly Hills Salary Survey: City Salary 2014 PDF


The Courier offers its endorsements only for certain offices of particular interest to its readers or where voters may consider our views material to their decisions.  Above all, The Courier encourages all its readers to vote.

Governor of California – Democratic:  Edmund G. Brown, Jr.   Republican:  Tim Donnelly

Lieutenant Governor: Ron Nehring

Secretary of State – Pete Peterson

Superintendent of Public Instruction – Marshall Tuck

Ballot Proposition – Proposition 42 – YES

Judicial – Superior Court

Office 22: – Amy Carter

Office 48: – Charles Calderon

Office 54: – Deborah Losnide

Office 61: – Dayan Mathai

Office 72: – Christopher Frisco

Office 76: – Alison Matsumoto Estrada

Office 82: – Anne H. Park

Office 87:   – Steven Schreiner

Office 97:   – Teresa Pineda Mango

Office 107: – Joan M. Chrostek

Office 113: – Stacy Wiese

Office 117: – James B. Pierce

Office 138: – Donna Hollingsworth Armstrong

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