Dozens of voters occupied the median of Sunset Blvd outside the Stewart and Lynda Resnick mansion in Beverly Hills Thursday afternoon to declare "No More Sweetheart Deals for Billionaire Farmers!" Hand-painted signs pleaded for "real water solutions, not Prop 1" and decried the water bond as "water for the 1%," not for the people of California. #NoOnProp1
At the "No on Prop 1" press conference, actors portraying the Resnicks toasted the growth of their own wealth thanks to powerful friends in Sacramento, while a tuxedo-clad waiter held a tray of POM Wonderful juice, Fiji Water, and Wonderful Pistachios (brands owned by the Resnicks' umbrella company Roll Global). The skit touted record profits in a drought year, revealing the business model of growing water-intensive crops on toxic Central Valley soil for export to foreign markets in China.
Full story and photos: Voters Rally Against Proposition 1 Outside the Beverly Hills Mansion of Water Barons by Jessica Lux.
“Am I surprised? Yes,” said Brent Smiley, vice chair for UTLA’s political action committee. “I’m truly floored. I think, ultimately, [voters] saw [Sanchez] as a politician. And they viewed [Ratliff] as what she was – a classroom teacher.”
Going into the primaries in March, it was assumed that Antonio Sanchez, who was picked by Villaraigosa's political team and supported by numerous Democrats, and ultimately by both labor unions and "school reform" charter school advocates operating as the Coalition for School Reform, would be the shoe-in winner. They spent heavily to try and achieve a 50%+1 victory in the primaries, but were thwarted by a number of good challengers. Of those, the one with the second most votes was Monica Ratliff, a teacher at San Pedro elementary in South Central LA.
Ratliff, who had won dual endorsements from the LA Times and Daily News, had upset the system, and activists within the UTLA started pushing for her. Fresh from Steve Zimmer's victory against a charter school candidate that was threatening to hand over Venice High to privatizers, hopes were high that this dark-horse candidate could upset the selected candidate, despite the absence of a large campaign budget or active labor union endorsement.
Ratliff's decisive victory is not, formally, a victory for traditional public school, but it is a victory against the general trend toward privatization. Ratliff has not articulated an anti-charter position, and judging from past statements, will not. It's still up to activists to argue their point, and given that she got into office with activist and teacher votes, there is an opportunity.
When Governor Schwarzenegger ran for office in 2003 he promised to work for the people of California and not for the special interest, now in 2006 Arnold Schwarzenegger has become the champion of special interest groups. The 2006 bond and tax package, presented by the governor and the state legislature, is the worst package ever offered to California voters in the state's history. Read the details
This paper presents a fully independent security study of a Diebold AccuVote-TS voting machine, including its hardware and software. We obtained the machine from a private party. Analysis of the machine, in light of real election procedures, shows that it is vulnerable to extremely serious attacks. For example, an attacker who gets physical access to a machine or its removable memory card for as little as one minute could install malicious code; malicious code on a machine could steal votes undetectably, modifying all records, logs, and counters to be consistent with the fraudulent vote count it creates. An attacker could also create malicious code that spreads automatically and silently from machine to machine during normal election activities -- a voting-machine virus. We have constructed working demonstrations of these attacks in our lab. Mitigating these threats will require changes to the voting machine's hardware and software and the adoption of more rigorous election procedures. Read
Security Analysis of the Diebold AccuVote-TS Voting Machine
The Socialist Equality Party candidate John Burton is seeking office in the 29th Congressional district, however, the County Registrar has rejected some 3,600 of their
required petition signatures. Read the full story.
The 29th district was rocked earlier this year when two progressive, anti-war candidates, Bill Paparian and Bob McCloskey, campaigned to make headway against longtime incumbent Adam Schiff, who supported the war, is friendly to business interests, and keeps his family's primary residence outside of the district. Recent gerrymandering put more liberal parts of the west San Gabriel Valley into the district, shifting the balance toward liberal Pasadena, against the traditional conservative base in Burbank and Glendale.
LOS ANGELES, April 26, 2006 -- Peace Activist Cindy Sheehan came to a rally to support Marcy Winograd this Tuesday. Winograd is challenging incumbent Jane Harman in the 36th District for congress. Harman has been a supporter of the war in Iraq and Bush policy. Winograd is running on an End the war in Iraq, Bring the troops home now, platform. She is also challenging Harman on her vote for the patriot act and her support for Bush's domestic spying program. Progressive Democrats are hoping to defeat Harman in the Primary elections this June 6th. From the Newswire
LOS ANGELES - March 14, 2006 - Marcy Winograd, longtime Democratic Party activist, announced today she will challenge incumbent Jane Harman for the 36th Congressional district seat in California's June 6 primary.
"My campaign is building on a groundswell of dissatisfaction with the Iraq war and the Bush administration's policies, which continue to remove the civil liberties of American citizens," Winograd said. "In just the few weeks since I decided to run, I've received an outpouring of public support and political endorsements."
From the Newswire: Peace Activist, Marcy Winograd, to Run for Congress
VOTERS REJECT ALL PROPOSITIONS
Every proposition pushed by Gov. Schwarzenegger and his corporate allies has been rejected by California voters. In fact all propositions 73 through 80 have been given a NO vote. Independent Progressive voters, Greens, and left of center Democrats are celebrating and claiming victory in what many see as a referendum against the Governor and his party.
From the newswire:Nov 8: WE WON THE NOV 8 CALIFORNIA ELECTION! by Lee Siu Hin || Results
ELECTION DAY, November 8, 2005, California voters go to the polls today to vote in a special election called by a widely unpopular governor. The election, designed as end run around the state House and Senate, was neither asked for nor wanted by most voters.
The election now seen as a referendum on the current governor whose approval ratings have hit an all time low of 32%, Progressives are urging a NO vote on all of the governor's sponsored propositions.
From the Newswire:LA Greens Party Voter Recommendations || If you Vote, VOTE NO || 11/8 ELECTION DAY is TODAY. VOTE TODAY
ACCUSATIONS OF VOTE FRAUD CONTINUE
ANOTHER STOLEN ELECTION? - Was your vote counted?