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Millender-McDonald is a liberal vote, and not much more, from this south-county district.
An undistinguished though reliable Democratic vote.
As a Democratic freshman in Tom DeLay’s House, Sanchez hasn’t had a lot to do except vote, and she’s done that well enough.
In the 2002 reapportionment, the Orange County district of veteran GOP Congressman Dana Rohrabacher was redrawn so that it now snakes into L.A. County along the south coast up through Palos Verdes. Rohrabacher’s Democratic opponent in this heavily Republican district is software engineer Jim Brandt, who has our support.
He’s a talented, folksy lawmaker with particular expertise in education and gun control. Scott’s never afraid to take on the NRA and has done so successfully over and over again.
She’s smart and professorial with extensive knowledge on health-care reforms and the will and patience to get them through.
Vincent’s an unremarkable talent of middling ethical virtue, but he’s usually a reliable Democratic vote. That counts for something with a Republican governor in the Statehouse.
Lowenthal is looking to make the jump from the Assembly to the state Senate because of term limits. He’s a keeper. A dedicated progressive, he has focused needed attention on the deadly air pollution generated by the ports of L.A. and Long Beach.
Member of the State Assembly
You gotta like Ferial Masry, a 55-year-old history and government teacher at Cleveland High in the Valley. She’s vying to become the first person from Saudi Arabia to hold elected office in this country. In her native land, she wouldn’t even be allowed to vote. Masry won the Democratic nomination as a write-in candidate, but she’s even more of a long shot for the general election in this strongly Republican district. Her opponent, Audra Strickland, is the well-funded, 30-year-old wife of termed-out Tony Strickland. Husband Tony has the look of a rising Republican, and Audra, also a teacher, is no cipher either. Husband and wife are both hard-right conservatives. Against this juggernaut, can the effusive and proudly liberal Masry pull off the upset of the year? One can always hope.
She’s got the heart and fight of a 30-year-old liberal, which she is. What’s not to like?
Two years ago, we endorsed Levine against a talented Democratic primary opponent in hopes that we would get a hard-working, conscientious and astute legislator in the bargain. We were right.
Pavley’s a leader on environmental issues. Notably, she authored the state’s groundbreaking legislation to limit greenhouse-gas emissions from cars.
A workmanlike progressive, Koretz pushed through a ban on .50-caliber sniper-style rifles, which Governor Schwarzenegger signed.
Frommer is a progressive legislator whom we agree with most of the time. His bills included a health-care measure that makes it harder for hospitals to price-gouge patients.
Schwarzenegger vetoed some of her most interesting bills, including one that mandated rest periods for hotel workers and another that required government contractors to certify that they would not offshore state work.
Goldberg remains a fiery, unapologetic liberal. Schwarzenegger vetoed every one of her substantive bills on this round. But Goldberg’s also smart enough to realize when she needs to change tack to get some wins.
NuĂ±ez fared only slightly better than Jackie Goldberg when it came to getting his bills past Schwarzenegger’s veto. NuĂ±ez is still finding his way as the Assembly’s new Democratic leader, but his history as an effective lobbyist for L.A. Unified and for powerful unions suggests that he’s got the skills.
Bass, a highly regarded, longtime community activist, is poised to try life as a political insider. She’ll be replacing termed-out Assembly Speaker Herb Wesson. We expect Bass to make the transition effectively.
Ridley-Thomas quietly got some useful things accomplished, including legislation that would allow cities to sell blighted, abandoned land sooner and a redevelopment bill that helps keep Exposition Park in the game for a future NFL team. But Schwarzenegger vetoed his bill that targeted wasteful and abusive tax breaks.
An effective legislator, Chu had mixed success this year getting the governor to sign bills aimed at lowering Medi-Cal costs and protecting the rights of Medi-Cal patients. Another bill that didn’t make it would have prevented domestic corporations from establishing phony parent companies in Bermuda and the Cayman Islands. That one never made it to the governor — not that he would’ve signed it.
Hector de la Torre
De la Torre was one of the heroes of South Gate’s successful recall of corrupt officials. The contentious state Legislature ought to seem like a garden party after the roiling in South Gate.