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Voting has changed in Los Angeles County this year. The Voter’s Choice Act was enacted in the county to make voting more convenient. Changes include an expanded period of in-person early voting, every registered voter in the county will receive a vote-by-mail ballot, and every registered voter in the county is able to vote in-person at any Vote Center in their county. Also, in-person voters in Los Angeles County will have the opportunity to use the new Ballot Marking Device, a touchscreen with audio features, to mark their ballots. Have questions about the changes to voting in Los Angeles County? Visit your county elections website.

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Myanna Dellinger

Los Angeles County Bar Association ranking: NOT QUALIFIED

Myanna Dellinger is a professor of law focused on international law and climate change. She is an Associate Law Professor, University of South Dakota School of Law.

Dellinger was born in Denmark and has lived in southern California for over 20 years. She received her J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law. She contributes often to law journals and outlets, and hosts the podcasts "The Global Energy and Environmental Law Podcast" and "Dellinger on the Law." 

She signed an open letter to Congress opposing strategic lawsuit against public participation (SLAPP) laws in 2015. SLAPP laws are intended to intimidate or deter objections to public discourse with the threat of massive legal lawsuits that would exhaust the resources of individuals or organizations. Before teaching at the University of South Dakota, she was an associate professor at Western State University College of Law.

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Vote YES on FD Los Angeles

Measure FD would add a parcel tax of 6 cents per square foot on residential and commercial buildings in the unincorporated areas of LA County as well as in the 58 cities that contract with the county for fire protection and emergency services. (This does not include the city of Los Angeles, but does include many of the smaller cities in and around the city limits.) The parcel tax would cap out at 100,000 square feet and the money would be used to by the Los Angeles County Fire Department to hire more firefighters and paramedics and upgrade its equipment.

In a region famed for being prone to natural disasters, fires are among the most frequent large-scale crises we face. Climate change is making matters worse. All over the state, fire departments are being stretched by the increasing frequency with which they’re dispatched to battle major fires, and, as we learned in 2018, this means reinforcements and resources from elsewhere are not always available when they’re needed. LA County’s fire department also operates paramedic services, which are concurrently seeing an increase in demand. Both of these functions are vital to protecting the health and property of LA County’s citizens and worth funding. 

LA County’s fire department is funded entirely via property taxes -  it doesn’t receive any money from the county’s general fund. Because of this unique funding scheme they periodically have had to go to voters to pass parcel taxes for additional funding. The last time they did this, however, was over twenty years ago in 1997. Though the department has been late in getting their overtime report to voters, meaning they have not done everything they could have to document the need for this tax, it’s still worth voting YES. Too much rides on the fire department’s ability to provide quick, efficient service.

This measure requires a two-thirds vote to pass and the resulting tax would only apply in areas where the L.A. County Fire Department does its work. 

Vote YES on Measure FD.
 

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Bruce A. Moss

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Bruce A. Moss is a private practitioner specializing in family law and is a volunteer Temporary Judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Moss received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Southern California and his law degree from San Fernando Valley College of Law.

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LA City Measure R

This proposition would authorize the Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission in Los Angeles to develop a Comprehensive Public Safety Reinvestment Plan, the goal of which would be to reduce incarceration, ease jail overcrowding, reduce recidivism -- in particular among mentally ill and chronically unhoused populations -- and mandate that alternatives to incarceration for vulnerable populations be studied and prioritized over the building of new jails. That’s already a mouthful, but it would also give the commission a greater ability to investigate police misconduct by giving them the power to subpoena testimony and evidence. 

The effort to get this on the ballot was organized by a grassroots organization called Reform L.A. Jails, led by Patrisse Cullors of Black Lives Matter, and it’s supported by the ACLU, Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles, Dignity and Power Now, Community Coalition, White People 4 Black Lives and Real Justice PAC. Tackling a culture that permits widespread police brutality, endangers the lives of people of color, and prioritizes incarceration over assistance is vitally important, and we get a chance to help do that by voting YES on Measure R. 

We strongly recommend a YES vote on Measure R.

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Submitted by caitlin on Thu, 02/20/2020 - 09:16

There are three candidates for this open seat. The Los Angeles County Bar Association has rated candidate Caree Anne Harper as NOT QUALIFIED. Our research found numerous questionable practices and complaints about her. As a result, we concur with the LACBA assessment and do not recommend her in this race. 

With respect to the other two candidates, Courage California does not have enough information to recommend one over the other in this race, but we have compiled basic biographical information for your reference.

LA JUDGE SEAT 129

Submitted by caitlin on Thu, 02/20/2020 - 09:14

There are three candidates for this open seat. Courage California does not have enough information to recommend one over the other in this race, but we have compiled basic biographical information for your reference.

LA JUDGE SEAT 97

Submitted by caitlin on Thu, 02/20/2020 - 09:13

There are two candidates for this open seat. Courage California does not have enough information to recommend one over the other in this race, but we have compiled basic biographical information for your reference.

LA JUDGE SEAT 80

Submitted by caitlin on Thu, 02/20/2020 - 09:11

There are three candidates for this open seat. Courage California does not have enough information to recommend one over the other in this race, but we have compiled basic biographical information for your reference.

Nick C. Rini

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Nick C. Rini has been a Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney for 35 years. He briefly practiced civil law before joining the DA’s office in 1984. 

Rini received his law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law.

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LA JUDGE SEAT 72

Submitted by caitlin on Thu, 02/20/2020 - 09:04

There are three candidates for this open seat. Courage California does not have enough information to recommend one over the others in this race, but we have compiled basic biographical information for your reference.