Undecided on Candidates or Issues? Use LAAPOA’s Voter Guide

With November 8 just around the corner, LAAPOA reminds all members and supporters that it’s time to make sure that you are registered to vote, as well as informed on the issues and candidates. If you are not registered to vote (or are not sure whether you are), visit registertovote.ca.gov to check your status, register or re-register online. The registration deadline to vote in the 2016 general election is Saturday, October 15.

While selecting our nation’s next president is obviously at the top of the list of priorities for most voters, there are numerous state office candidates and public-safety-related ballot measures that will be decided in this election. These political leaders and new laws will greatly affect not only the future of our state but also, because of California’s significant economic and cultural influence, the entire country. As the frequently used phrase says, “As California goes, so goes the nation.” (Considering our state is the sixth-largest economy in the world, it’s even safe to say that the decisions we make at the ballot box have global consequences.)

LAAPOA has taken a stand on the following initiatives related to public safety, consistent with the Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC) and other law enforcement organizations in California.

Prop 51: YES
Authorizes new school bonds

Prop 53: NO
Requires voter approval for revenue bonds over $2 billion

Prop 56: YES
Increases cigarette tax

Prop 57: NO
Increases parole chances for felons convicted of nonviolent crimes and gives them more opportunities to earn credits for good behavior

Prop 59: YES
Asks whether California’s elected officials should propose and ratify a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United

Prop 61: NO
Caps amount state agencies are allowed to pay for prescription drugs

Prop 62: NO
Repeals death penalty

Prop 63: NO
Prohibits possession of large-capacity magazines; requires background checks for ammunition purchases

Prop 64: NO
Legalizes marijuana and hemp

Prop 66: YES
Reforms death penalty procedures

LAAPOA also endorses the following candidates, who have been vetted for their backgrounds and voting records on issues important to law enforcement.

U.S. SENATE
Kamala Harris

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
CD 1: Doug LaMalfa
CD 2: Jared Huffman
CD 3: John Garamendi
CD 5: Mike Thompson
CD 6: Doris Matsui
CD 7: Scott Jones
CD 8: Paul Cook
CD 10: Jeff Denham
CD 11: Mark DeSaulnier
CD 15: Eric Swalwell
CD 16: Jim Costa
CD 17: Mike Honda
CD 20 Jimmy Panetta
CD 21: David Valadao
CD 23: Kevin McCarthy
CD 24: Salud Carbajal
CD 25: Steve Knight
CD 26: Julia Brownley
CD 27: Judy Chu
CD 28: Adam Schiff
CD 29: Tony Cardenas
CD 30: Brad Sherman
CD 31: Pete Aguilar
CD 32: Grace Napolitano
CD 33: Ted Lieu
CD 34: Xavier Becerra
CD 35: Norma Torres
CD 37: Karen Bass
CD 38: Linda Sanchez
CD 40: Lucille Roybal-Allard
CD 41: Mark Takano
CD 42: Ken Calvert
CD 43: Maxine Waters
CD 44: Isadore Hall
CD 45: Mimi Walters
CD 46: Lou Correa
CD 47: Alan Lowenthal
CD 50: Duncan Hunter
CD 51: Juan Vargas
CD 52: Scott Peters
CD 53: Susan Davis

STATE SENATE
SD 3: Bill Dodd
SD 5: Cathleen Galgiani
SD 9: Nancy Skinner
SD 11: Scott Wiener
SD 15: Jim Beall
SD 17: Bill Monning
SD 19: Hannah-Beth Jackson
SD 23: Mike Morrell
SD 25: Anthony Portantino
SD 27: Henry Stern
SD 31: Richard Roth
SD 33: Ricardo Lara
SD 35: Steven Bradford
SD 37: Ari Grayson
SD 39: Toni Atkins

STATE ASSEMBLY
AD 1: Brian Dahle
AD 2: Jim Wood
AD 3: James Gallagher
AD 5: Frank Bigelow
AD 6: Kevin Kiley
AD 9: Jim Cooper
AD 11: Jim Frazier
AD 12: Heath Flora
AD 15: Tony Thurmond
AD 17: David Chiu
AD 18: Rob Bonta
AD 21: Adam Gray
AD 24: Marc Berman
AD 25: Kansen Chu
AD 26: Devon Mathis
AD 27: Ash Kalra
AD 28: Evan Low
AD 29: Mark Stone
AD 30: Karina Cervantez Alejo
AD 31: Joaquin Arambula
AD 32: Rudy Salas
AD 33: Jay Obernolte
AD 35: Jordan Cunningham
AD 36: Tom Lackey
AD 37: Monique LimĂłn
AD 39: Raul Bocanegra
AD 40: Marc Steinorth
AD 41: Chris Holden
AD 42: Chad Mayes
AD 44: Jacqui Irwin
AD 45: Matt Dababneh
AD 46: Adrin Nazarian
AD 47: Cheryl Brown
AD 48: Blanca Rubio
AD 49: Ed Chau
AD 50: Richard Bloom
AD 51: Jimmy Gomez
AD 52: Freddie Rodriguez
AD 53: Miguel Santiago
AD 54: Sebastian Ridley-Thomas
AD 56: Eduardo Garcia
AD 57: Ian Calderon
AD 58: Cristina Garcia
AD 59: Reggie Jones-Sawyer
AD 60: Eric Linder
AD 61: Jose Medina
AD 62: Autumn Burke
AD 63: Anthony Rendon
AD 64: Mike Gipson
AD 65: Sharon Quirk-Silva
AD 66: Al Muratsuchi
AD 67: Melissa Melendez
AD 69: Tom Daly
AD 70: Patrick O’Donnell
AD 71: Randy Voepel
AD 72: Travis Allen
AD 75: Marie Waldron
AD 76: Rocky Chavez
AD 77: Brian Maienschein
AD 78: Todd Gloria
AD 80: Lorena Gonzalez

Click here to access or print this list of endorsements.

Now more than ever, it is crucial that we engage in the political process and make sure law enforcement’s voice is heard loud and clear on the issues that affect our profession and the safety of our communities. Get registered, and get out and vote!