Voter’s Guide 2014

Election-VoterGuide

The general election is Tuesday, November 4th and if you’re like me you’re trying to figure out how you will vote. Navigating all of the sites, and figuring it all out is crazy making. On top of that I can’t find a site that is easy to use that has all of our ballot information on it in one place. So I made us one, below is a list of the items on our ballot with links to websites for every candidate. I have also included ballot measure information, as well as for and against. There is also a list of websites that are following some of these items and what they think. I have tried to make it as evenly balanced and non partisan as possible. All the links below are meant to allow you to inform yourself on the issues and vote as you see best. The information is in the same order as the official ballot which many of you should have already received in the mail.

Governor

Jerry Brown (Democratic) currently in office

http://www.jerrybrown.org

http://votersedge.org/california/2014/november/state/candidates/governor/2633-jerry-brown


Neel Kashkari
(Republican)

http://www.neelkashkari.com

http://votersedge.org/california/2014/november/state/candidates/governor/2650-neel-kashkari

Lieutenant Governor

Ron Nehring (Republican)

http://www.ronnehring.com

http://votersedge.org/california/2014/november/state/candidates/lieutenant-governor/2651-ron-nehring


Gavin Newsom
(Democratic) currently in office

http://www.gavinnewsom.com

http://votersedge.org/california/2014/november/state/candidates/lieutenant-governor/2652-gavin-newsom

Secretary of State

Alex Padilla (Democratic) currently in office

http://www.padilla4sofs.com

http://votersedge.org/california/2014/november/state/candidates/secretary-of-state/2653-alex-padilla


Pete Peterson
(Republican)

http://www.petesos.com

http://votersedge.org/california/2014/november/state/candidates/secretary-of-state/2655-pete-peterson

Controller

Ashley Swearengin (Republican)

http://www.ashleyforca.com

http://votersedge.org/california/2014/november/state/candidates/controller/2669-ashley-swearengin


Betty T Yee
(Democratic)

http://bettyyee.com

http://votersedge.org/california/2014/november/state/candidates/controller/2662-betty-yee

Treasurer

John Chiang (Democratic) currently the California State Controller

http://www.electjohnchiang.com

http://votersedge.org/california/2014/november/state/candidates/treasurer/2637-john-chiang


Greg Conlon
(Republican)

http://www.gregconlon.com

http://votersedge.org/california/2014/november/state/candidates/treasurer/2638-greg-conlon

Attorney General

Kamala D Harris (Democratic) currently in office

http://kamalaharris.org

http://votersedge.org/california/2014/november/state/candidates/attorney-general/2647-kamala-harris


Ronald Gold
(Republican)

http://www.rongold.org

http://votersedge.org/california/2014/november/state/candidates/attorney-general/2663-ron-gold

Insurance Commissioner

Dave Jones (Democratic) currently in office

http://www.davejones2014.com

http://votersedge.org/california/2014/november/state/candidates/insurance-commissioner/2676-dave-jones


Ted Gaines
(Republican)

http://www.tedgaines.com

http://votersedge.org/california/2014/november/state/candidates/insurance-commissioner/2644-ted-gaines

Member, State Board of Equalization 2nd District

Fiona Ma (Democratic)

http://www.fionama.com

http://votersedge.org/california/2014/november/state/candidates/board-of-equalization-member-sbe-2/3030-fiona-ma


James E. Theis
(Republican)

http://jimtheis.com

United States Representative 18th District

Richard B Fox (Republican)

http://www.drfox4congress.com

http://votersedge.org/united-states/2014/november/california/candidates/representative-district-18/2567-richard-fox


Anna G. Eshoo
(Democratic) currently a member of Congress

http://annaeshoo4congress.com

http://votersedge.org/united-states/2014/november/california/candidates/representative-district-18/240-anna-eshoo

Member of State Assembly 29th District

Mark Stone (Democratic) currently in office

http://www.friendsofmarkstone.org

http://votersedge.org/california/2014/november/state/candidates/assembly-member-district-29/2928-mark-stone


Palmer Kain
(Republican)

http://www.palmerkain.org

http://votersedge.org/california/2014/november/state/candidates/assembly-member-district-29/2973-palmer-kain

Judicial (vote yes or no for each office)

For Associate Justice of the Supreme Court

Goodwin Liu

http://votersedge.org/california/2014/november/state/candidates/california-supreme-court-justice/13804-goodwin-liu


Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar

http://votersedge.org/california/2014/november/state/candidates/california-supreme-court-justice/13805-mariano-florentino-cuéllar


Kathryn Mickle Werdegar

http://votersedge.org/california/2014/november/state/candidates/california-supreme-court-justice/13803-kathryn-mickle-werdegar

For Associate Justice Court of Appeal, 6th District

Eugene Milton Premo

http://votersedge.org/california/2014/november/state/candidates/justice-state-court-of-appeal-district-6/13849-eugene-milton-premo


Adrienne M Grover

http://votersedge.org/california/2014/november/state/candidates/justice-state-court-of-appeal-district-6/13851-adrienne-m-grover


Patricia Bamattre-Manoukian

http://votersedge.org/california/2014/november/state/candidates/justice-state-court-of-appeal-district-6/13852-patricia-bamattre-manoukian


Miguel Marquez

http://votersedge.org/california/2014/november/state/candidates/justice-state-court-of-appeal-district-6/13848-miguel-marquez


Franklin D Elia

http://votersedge.org/california/2014/november/state/candidates/justice-state-court-of-appeal-district-6/13850-franklin-d-elia

Superintendent of Public Instruction

Tom Torlakson – currently in office

http://www.tomtorlakson.com

http://votersedge.org/california/2014/november/state/candidates/superintendent-of-public-instruction/2660-tom-torlakson


Marshall Tuck

http://www.marshalltuck.com

http://votersedge.org/california/2014/november/state/candidates/superintendent-of-public-instruction/2681-marshall-tuck

San Lorenzo Valley Water District (vote for no more then 3)

Eric Hammer

www.hammerpratherratcliffe4water.com

Voter’s Pamphlet http://www.votescount.com/nov14/slvwater.pdf


Gene Elizabeth Ratcliffe

www.hammerpratherratcliffe4water.com

Voter’s Pamphlet http://www.votescount.com/nov14/slvwater.pdf


Larry Prather
– currently in office

www.hammerpratherratcliffe4water.com

Voter’s Pamphlet http://www.votescount.com/nov14/slvwater.pdf


Karen Brown

http://www.votekarenbrownslvwater.com

Voter’s Pamphlet http://www.votescount.com/nov14/slvwater.pdf


Chuck Baughman

http://www.chuck4slvwd.com

Voter’s Pamphlet http://www.votescount.com/nov14/slvwater.pdf


Bob Fultz

http://www.bobfultz.com

Voter’s Pamphlet http://www.votescount.com/nov14/slvwater.pdf


SLV Water District information sites

http://www.slvwd.com/BoardInfo.htm about the district and board

http://www.slvwd.co SLVWD watchdogs

http://www.slvwd.co/dp/sites/default/files/docs/grandjury_slvwd.pdf
Grand Jury Report 6/2014

State Measures

1 – Water Bond. Funding for water quality, supply, treatment, and storage

http://www.voterguide.sos.ca.gov/en/propositions/1/

http://votersedge.org/california/ballot-measures/2014/november/prop-1

https://cavotes.org/vote/election/2014/november/4/ballot-measure/proposition-1

Voter’s Pamphlet http://vig.cdn.sos.ca.gov/2014/general/en/pdf/proposition-1-title-summary-analysis.pdf

Yes http://www.yesonprops1and2.com

No http://www.noonprop1.org


2 – State Budget. Budget stabilization account. Legislative constitutional amendment.

http://www.voterguide.sos.ca.gov/en/propositions/2/

http://votersedge.org/california/ballot-measures/2014/november/prop-2

https://cavotes.org/vote/election/2014/november/4/ballot-measure/proposition-2

Voter’s Pamphlet http://vig.cdn.sos.ca.gov/2014/general/en/pdf/proposition-2-title-summary-analysis.pdf

Yes http://www.yesonprops1and2.com

No http://www.2badforkids.org


45 – Healthcare insurance. Rate changes. Initiative statute.

http://www.voterguide.sos.ca.gov/en/propositions/45/

http://votersedge.org/california/ballot-measures/2014/november/prop-45

https://cavotes.org/vote/election/2014/november/4/ballot-measure/proposition-45

Voter’s Pamphlet http://vig.cdn.sos.ca.gov/2014/general/en/pdf/proposition-45-title-summary-analysis.pdf

Yes http://www.yeson45.org

No http://stophighercosts.org


46 – Drug and alcohol testing or doctors. Medical negligence lawsuits. Initiative statute.

http://www.voterguide.sos.ca.gov/en/propositions/46/

http://votersedge.org/california/ballot-measures/2014/november/prop-46

https://cavotes.org/vote/election/2014/november/4/ballot-measure/proposition-46

Voter’s Pamphlet http://vig.cdn.sos.ca.gov/2014/general/en/pdf/proposition-46-title-summary-analysis.pdf

Yes http://www.yeson46.org

No http://www.noon46.com


47 – Criminal sentences. Misdemeanor penalties. Initiative statute.

http://www.voterguide.sos.ca.gov/en/propositions/47/

http://votersedge.org/california/ballot-measures/2014/november/prop-47

https://cavotes.org/vote/election/2014/november/4/ballot-measure/proposition-47

Voter’s Pamphlet http://vig.cdn.sos.ca.gov/2014/general/en/pdf/proposition-47-title-summary-analysis.pdf

Yes http://www.VoteYes47.com

No http://www.californiapolicechiefs.org


48 – Indian gaming compacts. Referendum.

http://www.voterguide.sos.ca.gov/en/propositions/48/

http://votersedge.org/california/ballot-measures/2014/november/prop-48

https://cavotes.org/vote/election/2014/november/4/ballot-measure/proposition-48

Voter’s Pamphlet http://vig.cdn.sos.ca.gov/2014/general/en/pdf/proposition-48-title-summary-analysis.pdf

Yes http://www.voteyes48.com

No http://www.stopreservationshopping.com


County
Measures

K – Cannabis Business Tax

http://votersedge.org/unincorporated-area/ballot-measures/2014/november/measure-k

Voter’s Pamphlet http://www.votescount.com/nov14/meak.pdf

Yes – no site found

No – no site found

Voter informative sites

Santa Cruz County Election Department

http://www.votescount.com

California Official Voter Information Guide

http://www.voterguide.sos.ca.gov
http://www.voterguide.sos.ca.gov/en/pdf/ PDFs for all the candidates statements and propositions

League of Women Voters of Santa Cruz County

http://lwvscc.org

Easy Voter Guide California

http://www.easyvoterguide.org

Smart Voter

http://votersedge.org/santa-cruz-county-california-election-voters-guide-to-ballot-measures-and-candidates#.VEdz88klqR4

TOMORROW A Split History: book release, signing, & reception

2014-06-08 Split History

What:        A Split History, book release, signing, & reception

When:       Sunday, June 8th 2014, 2pm – 4pm

Where:     Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
705 Front Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Price:        $5 general admission
$3 students (with ID), teens, and seniors (65 and older)
Free museum members and children under 12

Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History is releasing their seventh history journal this Sunday, the reception and signing of the book is from 2pm – 4pm in the atrium. A Split History is about redwood logging and conservation in the Santa Cruz mountains, the book is written by 21 authors, has 34 articles, and 128 illustrations. It covers the first peoples to the present day and is split between the interests of loggers and conservationists alike.

The natives of the mountains saw redwoods as an integral part of their cultural landscape. While new settlers recognized the timber value of these same trees. An imaginative few realized redwoods were an irreplaceable treasure and fought to preserve them. With new research, previously unpublished materials from local authors, and 128 illustrations makes this book a wonderful read about our local history.

You can purchase your copy at MAH or the San Lorenzo Valley Museum. For all of you who love local history this is a must attend event and a must have book.

http://www.santacruzmah.org/event/mah-history-journal-book-signing-reception/

Election TODAY

Go Vote

Today is election day, the polls are open from 7am and close at 8pm. Please vote and make your voice heard. All ballots must be received by 8pm, that includes mail-in ballots.

You can lookup your polling place here:
http://www.votescount.com/jun14/root0603/

If you have a mail-in ballot you can drop it off at any polling place in the county. Boulder Creeks polling places are:

Boulder Creek Fire Station
13230 Highway 9
Boulder Creek, CA 95006

Redwood Elementary School
16900 Highway 9
Boulder Creek, CA 95006

Other information about what is on the ballot or other voting related issues can be found here.
http://www.votescount.com

So get out there and rock the vote.

THIS SATURDAY Methodist Church Rummage Sale

RummageSale

United Methodist Church is having their annual spring sale. They have a piano, tools, golf equipment, Barbie dolls, and lots lots lots more for sale.

Where:    United Methodist Church
12855 Boulder Street
Boulder Creek, CA 95006

When:    Saturday May 31 from 7am – 5pm

Website
http://bcumc.com/BCUMC/Events.html

Ad / Map
http://gsalr.com/boulder-creek-umc-spring-boulder-creek-ca-20079651.html

SLV Museum – Crystals, Caves, & Kilns

SLV - 2014-04 Crystals

SLV Museums’ new exhibit Crystals Caves & Kilns is now open and will be on display through November 30th 2014. It explores the natural and cultural history of limestone, lime, and marble in our area. By visiting you will learn about the geologic history of our area and how marble caves form. The exhibit includes mineral and crystal specimens, 19th century artifacts, local historic photographs, and activities for the kids.

The exhibit was previously on display at Santa Cruz Natural History Museum, and is sponsored by that museum as well as SLV Water District and the Friends of the Cowell Lime Works Historic District.

At the entrance of the exhibit is a reading cave for the kids with books about cave life. Kids can also add their cave story or drawings with materials that are provided. There is a rock and minerals lab table in the back of the museum, allowing kids to examine and make their own discoveries.

The exhibit also includes information about our local marble quarry, making cement, production of lime, getting lime to market, and the legacy lime has left behind. There is a video playing that talks about a recently discovered cave that is one of the largest in California, as well as the kind of life you find in caves. There are calcite crystals, limestone, marble, travertine, and tufa samples for you to look at up-close and personal. As well as how lime is part of our everyday lives, maps, and how caves need our help to preserve them.

This exhibit has a little bit for everyone and is packed with information. The museum is open every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 12:00noon till 4:00pm.

Where:    San Lorenzo Valley Museum
12547 Highway 9
Boulder Creek, CA 95006

When:    April 26th – November 30th 2014
Wednesdays 12:00noon – 4:00pm
Fridays 12:00noon – 4:00pm
Saturdays 12:00noon – 4:00pm
Sundays 12:00noon – 4:00pm

Website
http://www.slvmuseum.com

Film about the Lime industry in Santa Cruz
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWXxDxfLW2I

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THIS THURSDAY Fundraising Lecture for SLV Museum

Hear the untold local story of who and how Big Basin was saved.

2014-05-08 SLV Museum Lecture

What:         Fundraising Lecture for San Lorenzo Valley Museum

When:        Thursday, May 8th, 7pm – 9pm, Doors open at 6pm

Where:       Historic Park Hall, 9400 Mill Street, Ben Lomond

Price:         $25 per person ($20 for SLV Museum members, students with ID, seniors 65+)

SLV Museum is having a fundraising lecture this Thursday from 7pm – 9pm at the Historic Park Hall in Ben Lomond.  Doors open at 6pm, so come on by and help support our local museum, and learn something about our local pride at the same time.

You will hear about a female writer who In the winter of 1900 sent a bold letter to the Santa Cruz Sentinel urging citizens to preserve the old growth redwoods in Big Basin. Just fifteen months later, the first California Redwood State became a reality. Dr. Traci Bliss will combine social, political, and family history to provide a fresh perspective on the Park’s creation, with emphasis on the unsung role of women. The Bliss family settled in Santa Cruz in the 1870’s. Jennie Bliss, the sister of Traci’s great grandfather, married William T. Jeter, lawyer, bank president and the first Democrat to be elected mayor of Santa Cruz. Through Jennie’s persistent urging, Jeter embraced the campaign to save the Big Basin Redwoods. Together with Andrew P. Hill, he forged a preservationist coalition of women’s groups, businessmen and academics.

Speaker Traci Bliss, an Emerita Professor and award winning educator holds a BA, MA, and PhD from Stanford and an MPA from the University of Texas at Austin. She serves as the President of the History Forum at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (MAH). With San Lorenzo Valley historian, Randall Brown, she is the author of three chapters in the forthcoming MAH History Journal: Redwood Logging and Conservation in the Santa Cruz Mountains—A Split History. Bliss has been a docent at Henry Cowell Redwood State Park since 2009.

Purchase your ticket today
http://www.slvmuseum.com/tickets_lecture.html

LAST DAYS – SLV Museums’ Special Smithsonian Exhibit

SLV - 2014-03 Way We Worked

The exhibit has been extended for one more day, so if you have not seen it yet catch it before it’s gone. The last days is this Saturday and Sunday from 12:00noon – 4:00pm.

SLV Museum’s exhibit “The Way We Worked”, is a Smithsonian exhibition which have exhibits all over the United States. Our exhibit is from March 9 – April 12 now till April 13, 2014. The Way We Worked, is adapted from the original exhibition developed by the National Archives, explores how work became such a central element in American culture by tracing the many changes that affected the workforce and work environments over the past 150 years. The exhibition draws from the Archives’ rich collections to tell this compelling story. The exhibition invites visitors to hear workers tell their own stories, or view films of various industries. Interactive components convey the experiences of multiple generations of families involved in the same industry. So go see it before it’s gone!

http://www.slvmuseum.com

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