LOS ANGELES: Pressure continued to grow on Los Angeles City Council members Kevin de León and Gil Cedillo to resign in a racism scandal surrounding the city's redistricting process. All candidates for City offices were compelled to address the situation.

It is also the last round of debates and community forums with all candidates seeking maximum exposure.

Many voter guides are being released to coincide with ballots arriving and candidates are touting endorsements in those guides.

Monday, October 24, is the deadline to register online or with a voter-registration card.

If you’re registering less than 15 days before the election, you’ll need to complete the same-day voter-registration process and request your ballot in person at your county elections office or polling location.

Vote-by-Mail

California automatically sends all active, registered voters a vote-by-mail ballot. You don’t need to apply.

Completed vote-by-mail ballots must be postmarked no later than Election Day and received no later than Tuesday, November 15. They may also be hand-delivered to any polling place, drop-off location, or drop box in the state by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Anyone can return your ballot for you as long as they don’t get paid on a per-ballot basis and you have filled out the authorization section on your ballot envelope.

If you didn’t receive a vote-by-mail ballot, or if it’s been lost or destroyed, contact your county elections office for a new one.

On the campaign trail this week:

Both mayoral candidates weighed in on the City Hall scandal and both made comments requesting the three controversial council members resign.

Bass got extra push by President Biden in his visit to LA this week as a renewed endorsement by the LA Times came out on the same day paperwork from Bass’ USC issues came to light.

Caruso spent much of the week courting the Latino community while Bass continues her campaign for pro-choice meeting with womens’ groups.  He was endorsed by the Armenian National Committee.

The two squared off in the last debate of the election process.  Contentious at times with Bass accusing Caruso of never having built a unit of affordable housing at his company.  Caruso jabbed back with examples of Bass’ lack of bill passing success in the House.  They did agree, however, on asking for the resignations implicated councilmembers.

City Controller

Koretz picked up an endorsement from Lily Tomlin while Mejia counters with his Jane Fonda endorsement.

Mejia continues to roll out apps and data on his website to entice potential voters along with participating in a number of youth forums with Faisal Gill and Hugo Soto-Martinez,

City Attorney

Faisal Gill attacked Rick Caruso for Caruso’s support of his opponent.  

Gill picked an endorsement from Alex Lee, California assemblymember.  Feldstein-Soto Picked up the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project endorsement, West Hollywood City Council member, John M Erickson, Heart  of LS Democratic Club,  and Stonewall Democrats

Gill is now a part of the progressive youth movement, attending their functions this week.

Supervisor Race

ICYM: Election 2022: Hertzberg, Horvath Vie to Fill Seat Kuehl is Vacating

Senator Bob Hertzberg picked up Governor Gavin Newsom’s endorsement.

Horvath earned the endorsement of the Westside Voice, the Committee of Interns and Residents at SEIU Healthcare.

In what appears to be a political move, several top Democratic women have once again attacked Hertzberg for unwanted hugging.

Horvath is touting all of the endorsements from womens’ organizations on her social media and spending the weekend canvassing with and for women.  Hertzberg spent much of the week also visiting district neighborhoods and meeting with voters.`

Council District 11

ICYM: Current Elections 2022: Darling, Park Look to Fill Vacant CD11 Seat 

The stolen or destroyed lawn sign war continues between the Darling and Park camps.

Traci Park attended the BIPOC vigil in front of City Hall this week.  The event was organized by CM Currin Price against the City Hall scandal.  Darling attended and spoke at a West LA Oaxacan event in protest of racism on the City Council.

Darling picked up an endorsement from Rep. Maxine Waters, the Westside Voice and the tenant activist group, ACCE.  He was also endorsed this week by CMs Nithya Raman and Marqueece Harris-Dawson.

Sheriff

Robert Luna received endorsements from Santa Monica mayor, Sue Himmelrich and Senator Dianne Feinstein along with CM Marqueece Harris-Dawson as well as the Chinese American Citizens Alliance.

Villanueva picked up endorsements from Newell Ruggles, City of Industry CM, the Mayor of Walnut, Loaquin Lim and the Latin Business Association on top of the LA Metropolitan Hispanice Chamber of Commerce.

Measures

Proposition 31: Referendum on 2020 Law That Would Prohibit the Retail Sale of Certain Flavored Tobacco Products

A "Yes" vote approves, and a "No" vote rejects, a 2020 law prohibiting retail sale of certain flavored tobacco products. Fiscal Impact: Decreased state tobacco tax revenues ranging from tens of millions of dollars annually to around $100 million annually

What does a yes vote mean? 

A "yes" vote on this measure means in-person stores and vending machines could not sell most flavored tobacco products and tobacco product flavor enhancers

What does a no vote mean? 

A "no" vote on this measure means in-person stores and vending machines could continue to sell flavored tobacco products and tobacco product flavor enhancers, as allowed under other federal, state, and local rules.

Proposition 30: Provides Funding for Programs to Reduce Air Pollution and Prevent Wildfires by Increasing Tax on Personal Income Over $2 Million. Initiative Statute.

Allocates tax revenues to zero-emission vehicle purchase incentives, vehicle charging stations, and wildfire prevention. Fiscal Impact: Increased state tax revenue ranging from $3.5 billion to $5 billion annually, with the new funding used to support zero-emission vehicle programs and wildfire response and prevention activities.

What does a yes vote mean? 

A "yes" vote on this measure means taxpayers would pay an additional tax of 1.75 percent on personal income above $2 million annually. The revenue collected from this additional tax would support zero-emission vehicle programs and wildfire response and prevention activities.

What does a no vote mean? 

A "no" vote on this measure means no change would be made to taxes on personal income above $2 million annually.

Proposition 29: Requires On-Site Licensed Medical Professional at Kidney Dialysis Clinics and Establishes Other State Requirements. Initiative Statute.

Requires physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant on during treatment. Requires clinics to: disclose physicians' ownership interests; report infection data. Fiscal Impact: Increased state and local government costs likely in the tens of millions of dollars annually.

What does a yes vote mean? 

A "yes" vote on this measure means chronic dialysis clinics would be required to have a physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant on-site during all patient treatment hours.

What does a no vote mean? 

A "no" vote on this measure means chronic dialysis clinics would not be required to have a physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant on-site during all patient treatment hours.

Proposition 28: Provides Additional Funding for Arts and Music Education in Public Schools. Initiative Statute.

Provides additional funding from state General Fund for arts and music education in all K–12 public schools (including charter schools). Fiscal Impact: Increased state costs of about $1 billion annually, beginning next year, for arts education in public schools.

What does a yes vote mean? 

A "yes" vote on this measure means the state would provide additional funding specifically for arts education in public schools. This amount would be above the constitutionally required amount of funding for public schools and community colleges.

What does a no vote mean? 

A "no" vote on this measure means funding for arts education in public schools would continue to depend on state and local budget decisions.

Proposition 27: Allows Online and Mobile Sports Wagering Outside Tribal Lands. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.

Allows Indian tribes and affiliated businesses to operate online/mobile sports wagering outside tribal lands. Directs revenues to regulatory costs, homelessness programs, nonparticipating tribes. Fiscal Impact: Increased state revenues, possibly in the hundreds of millions of dollars but not likely to exceed $500 million annually. Some revenues would support state regulatory costs, possibly reaching the mid-tens of millions of dollars annually.

What does a yes vote mean? 

A "yes" vote on this measure means licensed tribes or gambling companies could offer online sports betting over the Internet and mobile devices to people 21 years of age and older on non-tribal lands in California; those offering online sports betting would be required to pay the state a share of sports bets made; a new state unit would be created to regulate online sports betting; and new ways to reduce illegal online sports betting would be available.

What does a no vote mean? 

A "no" vote on this measure means sports betting would continue to be illegal in California and no changes would be made to the way state gambling laws are enforced.

Proposition 26: Allows In-Person Roulette, Dice Games, Sports Wagering on Tribal Lands. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.

Also allows: sports wagering at certain horseracing tracks; private lawsuits to enforce certain gambling laws. Directs revenues to General Fund, problem-gambling programs, enforcement. Fiscal Impact: Increased state revenues, possibly reaching tens of millions of dollars annually. Some of these revenues would support increased state regulatory and enforcement costs that could reach the low tens of millions of dollars annually.

What does a yes vote mean? 

A "yes" vote on this measure means four racetracks could offer in-person sports betting; racetracks would pay the state a share of sports bets made; tribal casinos could offer in-person sports betting, roulette, and games played with dice (such as craps) if permitted by individual tribal gambling agreements with the state; tribes would be required to support state sports betting regulatory costs at casinos; and people and entities would have a new way to seek enforcement of certain state gambling laws.

What does a no vote mean? 

A "no" vote on this measure means sports betting would continue to be illegal in California; tribal casinos would continue to be unable to offer roulette and games played with dice; and no changes would be made to the way state gambling laws are enforced.

Proposition 1: Constitutional Right to Reproductive Freedom. Legislative Constitutional Amendment

Amends California Constitution to expressly include an individual's fundamental right to reproductive freedom, which includes the fundamental right to choose to have an abortion and the fundamental right to choose or refuse contraceptives. This amendment does not narrow or limit the existing rights to privacy and equal protection under the California Constitution. Fiscal Impact: No direct fiscal effect because reproductive rights already are protected by state law.

What does a yes vote mean? 

A "yes" vote on this measure means the California Constitution would be changed to expressly include existing rights to reproductive freedom—such as the right to choose whether or not to have an abortion and use contraceptives.

What does a no vote mean? 

A "no" vote on this measure means the California Constitution would not be changed to expressly include existing rights to reproductive freedom. These rights, however, would continue to exist under other state law.