Every voting cycle thousands of you readers ask for my recommendations. I appreciate your confidence.
Be forewarned — this is from a moderate Democrat, but I’ve been accused of being a “Communist pinko liberal” as well as a “right-wing nut job.”
Credibility across the spectrum.
One of Governor Arnie’s best accomplishments was to get us all to vote for statewide direct primaries meaning in the primary election we can cross pollinate — Republicans may vote for Democrats and Democrats may vote for Republicans.
This is a good thing because it discourages Republicans from selecting in June the most conservative Republicans and keeps Dems from electing their most liberal candidates — for voters to choose in the November election. Hopefully resulting in more moderates.
As you can see, I cross all over the board.
Governor: This is not even a contest, vote for whomever you choose, but Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown will be elected in a landslide. I’m a Jerry fan. He stands up to both sides. Not sure I support his expensive water plan and bullet train, but that’s another story.
Lieutenant Governor: Gavin Newsom all the way.
Secretary of State: On my ballot, Leland Yee is at the top of the Secretary of State column. We don’t want Leland Yee, who was recently charged with corruption.
Controller and Treasurer: I’m not familiar with these candidates. Sorry, do your homework.
Attorney General: Kamala D. Harris, a Democrat, is the incumbent and has done a terrific job protecting the rights of California residents, including those facing foreclosure.
Insurance Commissioner: Dave Jones is the competent Democrat incumbent, but former State Senator Ted Gaines is a stand-up guy who served our community well. I’m going with Ted Gaines, Republican.
State Board of Equalization: George Runner, incumbent.
4th Congressional District: Anyone but Tom McClintock — vote for Arthur “Art” Moore, Republican.
State Assembly 1st District: I’m crossing over to Republican Brian Dahle. He “works both sides of the aisle,” as they say. He knows our area well.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction: Tom Torlakson has union support and has done a decent job. The Sacramento Bee is endorsing Marshall Tuck as more progressive. That may be the way to go.
Placer County Superintendent of Schools: Gayle Garbolino-Mojica, incumbent, does a good job.
County Assessor/Auditor-Controller and Recorder/Registrar: All of these candidates are unopposed in Placer and Nevada County. If you are a contrarian, vote “Write-in.”
District Attorney, Placer County: Scott Owens.
District Attorney, Nevada County: A hotly contested race between incumbent Cliff Newell and challenger David Alkire. I’m taking a pass — do your own research.
Nevada County Sheriff and Treasurer/Tax Collector: Keith W. Royal for Sheriff and Tina M. Vernon for Treasure/tax collector, both unopposed.
Placer County Sheriff and Treasurer/Tax Collector: Ed Bonner does a great job as Sheriff as does Jenine Windeshausen, Tax Collector, both unopposed.
Nevada County Superior Court: A hotly contested election. I’m a strong vote for Robert Tice-Raskin. He is the best qualified and enjoys broad support. If for some reason you don’t support Tice-Raskin, try Angela Bradrick.
Prop. 41: Redirects $600 million of previously approved, unspent bond funds to construct rehabilitative housing for California veterans, which increases State bond costs about $50 million annually over 15 years. It is hard to say no, but California doesn’t need yet another bond. I’ll vote “YES.”
Prop. 42: This Measure eliminates State reimbursement for costs of local cities and counties complying with the Brown Act open meeting laws and public records availability laws. Unfair to local governments but we need to protect our open meeting and public records laws. Vote “YES.”
TOWN OF TRUCKEE MEASURE R
Absolutely “YES”, “YES”, “YES” on Measure R to increase the Town of Truckee sales tax paid by visitors and residents by a quarter percent (one quarter of one percent) for 10 years to enhance Truckee’s trails. No argument against Measure R was submitted for the ballot – appropriately.
Jim Porter is an attorney with Porter Simon licensed in California and Nevada, with offices in Truckee, Tahoe City and Reno. Jim’s practice areas include: real estate, development, construction, business, HOAs, contracts, personal injury, mediation and other transactional matters. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.portersimon.com.