santa barbara county voter guide

Santa Barbara County Voter Guide

This Election 2018 Santa Barbara County Voter Guide will help you cut through the rhetoric, election propaganda and biased media coverage of the campaigns. This guide ranks every aspect of a candidate’s record according to experience, integrity and commitment to community.

Here you’ll find recommendations for:

  • Governor
  • Statewide Offices
  • Legislatures
  • Judges
  • Propositions and More!

Scroll down for our recommendations.

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Ratings:

Every candidate is considered after thorough research; we also have a questionnaire for candidates to complete.

Here is our rating system:

  •  : The best candidate. Our strongest endorsement.
  • : Very good.
  • : Acceptable.
  • : Vote only to prevent worse candidate(s) from winning.
  • : Terrible. Do Not Vote. All your other votes will count.

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General Election Recommendations

November 6th, 2018

Watch our webinar for full explanation on the upcoming election.

Statewide Offices

Governor

  • John Cox (R) 
  • Gavin Newsom (D)

Lt. Governor

  • Ed Hernandez (D) 
  • Eleni Kounalakis (D) 

Important voting note:

Many are recommending Ed Hernandez to “strategically limit” evil. Why? Eleni Kounalakis is a socialist and probable governor/presidential candidate in the future. She is a powerful, more appealing Bernie Sanders. It would be best to defeat her now. Ed will never advance to a higher office.


Secretary of State

  • Mark Meuser (R) 
  • Alex Padilla (D)

State Controller

  • Konstantinos Roditis (R) 
  • Betty Yee (D)

Treasurer; California

  • Fiona Ma (D)
  • Greg Conlon (R) 

Attorney General; California

  • Steven Bailey (R) 
  • Xavier Becerra (D)

Insurance Commissioner

  • Ricardo Lara (D)
  • Steve Poizner (I) 

State Superintendent of Public Instruction

  • Tony Thurmond (D)
  • Marshall Tuck (D) 

U.S. Senator

  • Dianne Feinstein (D) 
  • Kevin de Leon (D) 

Important voting note:

Many recommend Dianne Feinstein over Kevin de Leon to “strategically limit” evil. They dislike the thought of voting for her, but de Leon is a socialist anti-family candidate. If elected, he could run another one or two terms. Feinstein will never run again. In addition, de Leon could be a vice presidential candidate – our first total socialist. He must be defeated and stopped from being senator for the next 18 years.


California Supreme Court (Vote Yes/No)

Court rating explanation here

  • Carol Corrigan: 7 (JI: 7, Q: 8) Yes 
  • Leondra Kruger: 3 (JI: 3, Q: 3) No

Justice, California State Court of Appeal; Second District (Vote Yes/No)

Division 1

  • Helen Bendix: 6 (JI: 3, Q: 9) Yes 
  • Victoria G. Chaney: 7 (JI: 6, Q:8) Yes 

Division 2

  • Elwood G. Lui: 5 (JI: 3, Q: 8) No
  • Victoria Chavez: 7 (JI: 6, Q: 8) Yes 

Division 3

  • Luis A. Lavin: 4 (JI: 1, Q: 7) No
  • Hamlin Dhandina: 5 (JI:1, Q:9) No 
  • Anne Egerton: 5 (JI: 1, Q:9) No

Division 4

  • Thomas Willhite: 7 (JI: 6, Q: 8) Yes 
  • Nora Manella: 6 (JI: 3, Q:9) Yes 

Division 5

  • Lamar W. Baker: 3 (JI: 1, Q: 6) No
  • Carl Moor: 5 (JI: 1, Q:9) No 
  • Dorothy Kim: 4 (JI: 1, Q: 8) No 

Division 6

  • Arthur Gilbert: 5 (JI: 2, Q: 8) No
  • Martin J. Tangeman: 5 (JI: 3, Q: 7) No

Division 7

  • John Segal: 4 (JI: 2, Q: 8) No
  • Gail Feuer: 4 (JI: 1, Q: 8) No 

Division 8

  • Tricia Bigelow: 6 (JI: 5, Q: 7) Yes 

U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Representative, 19th District

  • Zoe Lofgren (D)

U.S. Representative, 24th District

  • Justin Fareed (R) 
  • Salud Carbajal (D)

California State Assembly

State Assembly, 35th District

  • Bill Ostrander (D)
  • Jordan Cunningham (R)

State Assembly, 37th  District 

  • David L. Norrdin (D) 
  • Monique Limón (D) 

California Board of Equalization

California Board of Equalization, Member, District 2

  • Mark Burns (R) 
  • Malia Cohen (D)

Propositions 


Proposition 1

Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act

  • A Yes Vote: The state will sell $4 (8) billion in bonds for affordable housing.
  • No Vote: The state will not sell bonds.

Recommendation: Vote No 

Proposition 2

No Place Like Home Act

  • Yes Vote: The state can use mental health funds for housing for the homeless.
  • No Vote: The state cannot use the funds.

Recommendation: Vote No

(The Biggest Taxpayer Rip Off Award 2018)

Proposition 3

Bonds for Water

  • Yes Vote: The state can sell $8.9 (17 billion) in bonds to fund water and environmental projects.
  • A No Vote: The state cannot sell bonds.

Recommendation: Vote No 

Proposition 4

Bonds for Construction at Hospitals Providing Children’s Health Care

  • Yes Vote: The state can sell $1.5 (3 billion) in bonds for the construction, expansion, renovation, and equipping of certain hospitals that treat children.
  • No Vote: The state cannot sell bonds.

Recommendation: Vote No 

Proposition 5

Homeowners Tax Base Replacement Initiative (Prop 13)

  • Yes Vote: All homeowners who are over 55 (or who meet other qualifications) would be eligible for property tax savings when they move to a different house.
  • No Vote: Homeowners who are over 55 would not see a continuation of Proposition 13 benefits if they move to a different home.

Recommendation: Vote Yes 

Proposition 6

Gas Tax

  • Yes Vote: Gas and vehicle taxes recently passed by the Legislature would be eliminated.
  • A No Vote: Gas and vehicle taxes recently passed by the Legislature would continue to be in effect.

Recommendation: Vote Yes

Proposition 7

Daylight Saving Time

  • Yes Vote: The Legislature, with a two-thirds vote, could change daylight saving time if the change is allowed by the federal government.
  • No Vote: California would maintain its current daylight saving time period, early March to early November.

Recommendation: Vote No 

Proposition 8

Regulation and Price Control of Kidney Dialysis Clinics

  • Yes Vote: Kidney dialysis clinics would have their revenues limited by a formula and could be required to pay rebates to certain parties (primarily health insurance companies) that pay for dialysis treatment.
  • No Vote: Kidney dialysis clinics would operate without the extra control.

Recommendation: Vote No 

(The Most Deceptive Proposition of 2018 Award) 

Proposition 10

Expands Local Governments’ Authority to Enact Rent Control on Residential Property

  • Yes Vote: State law would not limit the kinds of rent control laws cities and counties could have.
  • No Vote: State law would continue to limit the kinds of rent control laws cities and counties could have.

Recommendation: Vote No

Proposition 11

Private-Sector Emergency Ambulance Employees to Remain on Call During Work Breaks

  • Yes Vote: Private ambulance companies could continue their current practice of having emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics stay on-duty during their meal and rest breaks in order to respond to 911 calls.
  • No Vote: Private ambulance companies would be subject to labor laws for this industry. Based on a recent court decision, these laws likely would require ambulance companies to provide EMTs and paramedics with off-duty meal and rest breaks that cannot be interrupted by 911 call.

Recommendation: Vote Yes 

Proposition 12

New Standards for Confinement of Certain Farm Animals; Bans Sale of Certain Non-Complying Products

  • Yes Vote: There would be new minimum requirements on farmers to provide more space for egg-laying hens, breeding pigs, and calves raised for veal.
  • No Vote: Current minimum space requirements for confining animals would continue to apply.

Recommendation: Vote No 

City and County Ballot Measures

  • A2108 – Buellton Union School District Parcel Tax – Recommendation: Vote No
  • B2108 – Santa Barbra Election Consolidation – Recommendation: Vote Yes
  • C2018 – Santa Barbra By-District Elections – Recommendation: Vote Yes
  • D2018 – Lompoc Marijuana Business Tax – Recommendation: Vote No
  • E2018 – Lompoc Unified School District Bond Issue – Recommendation: Vote No
  • F2018 – Solvang Marijuana Business Tax – Recommendation: Vote No
  • G2018 – Santa Barbra County Independent Redistricting Ordinance – Recommendation: Vote No
  • H2018 – Santa Barbra County Independent Redistricting Initiative – Recommendation: Vote Yes
  • U2018 – Santa Maria Sales Tax Renewal – Recommendation: Vote No
  • W2018 – Goleta City Salaries – Recommendation: Vote No
  • X2018 – Carpinteria Sales Tax – Recommendation: Vote No
  • Y2018 – Allan Hancock Joint Community College District Bond Issue – Recommendation: Vote No
  • Z2018 – Goleta Marijuana Business Tax – Recommendation: Vote No

Full information on all measures, click here
For information on schools bonds, click here