Traci Park Erin Darling election 2022

The Westside is about to get their chance to cast their votes in the 2022 elections. Here’s all the information you need to cast your ballot as easily and safely as possible.

Early voting is set to begin next Monday, Oct 10. A 2021 law made voting by mail permanent in California.  Monday, October 24, is the deadline to register to vote 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. 

Campaign Trail: We are out of the mudslinging stage and right into the mud wrestling until election day.  There was a slight reprieve due to Rosh Hashanah.

The Los Angeles Mayor seat, the chief executive officer of the municipality and often presides over council meetings and may have the power to hire and fire heads of municipal departments, is between Representative Karen Bass and Rick Caruso. 

Caruso, who according to the Times on Sunday, has made significant progress in the race for mayor, closing a large part of the gap with Rep. Karen Bass since August, started the week with a big buy tv ad of Bass giving a speech to Scientologists.The ad got major play all week and created mega back and forth between the two candidates.

Bass spent much of her week trying to shake off the accusations by hammering women’s rights, especially pro-choice, and also touched on the situation in Iran and her stand with all Iranian women.  Bass also continued her criticism of Caruso as not being a real Democrat.

Caruso also called out Bass for her response in a recent debate about the  $110k USC scholarship. "Here are the facts," his campaign stated. "Prosecutors say it wasn’t publicized, there was no application process, and it was more generous than what other students got. And now it’s considered critical to a federal bribery case."

Caruso also rolled out a ‘bill of rights’ for small businesses promising assistance to owners.

Caruso got endorsements from United Firefighters of Los Angeles City with its over 3000 members plus AVANCE, the largest Latino organization in LA.

Bass got Actors Equity.

Caruso fired three former campaign canvassers who were touting MAGA ties.  They’d worked for the campaign for five days.

Los Angeles City Controller 

Competing in the city comptroller race is Paul Koretz and Kenneth Mejia. The Controller is the chief financial officer of the city, and person responsible for auditing city agencies, their performance, and spending.

Koretz and Mejia continued sparring over the city animal shelter situations, while both continued to argue for more transparency and efficiency in City spending.  

Mejia was endorsed by former City Controller candidate, J. Carolan O’Gabhann

Koretz picked up an endorsement by the LA Daily News.

The week’s fundraising deadlines ended with Mejia claiming Koretz’s donor average is $680 while his came in at $75 per donor.

City Attorney

The Los Angeles City Attorney is another critical race. The city attorney is responsible for appearing in judicial, administrative and other legal actions; issuing legal opinions to city officers; drafting ordinances, bonds, and other legal documents; prosecuting ordinance violations in municipal court; and providing a full range of legal services to various City departments, boards, and entities. Competing in that race is Faisil Gill and Heidi Soto. 

Soto got the endorsement of La Opinion, the Spanish language newspaper, on the heels of her LA Times endorsement.

Gill personally dropped $400K into his campaign.

County Board of Supervisor District 3

The County Legislature or Executive Board is the governing body of the county and exercises broad policy-making authority. The Board is charged with implementing policy and overseeing the county budget process and allocation.

Competing in that race is Lindsey Horvath and Senator Bob Hertzberg. The two squared off in debates at the Hammer and at the Palisades Democratic Club.  Horvath was on the attack for the evening.

Horvath picked up the California Environmental Voters endorsement.

Gov. Newsom signed off on three Hertzberg bills this week.  One addressed climate change and drought, one addressed service animal certification for the homeless and one provided property tax relief for seniors in case of natural disasters

Hertzberg announced his fundraising update, and out did his opponent 2.5 to 1.  He is also ahead in latest polling.

Council District 11

Among candidates you'll need to cast your vote for in the LA City Council District 11 Race, Erin Darling and Traci Park.

This week on the campaign trail Park picked up endorsements from Monica Rodriquez, former CD11 candidate Mike Newhouse, recovery advocate Tom Wolf and Congresswoman Yvonne Burke.

Darling got endorsement from Assemblyman Richard Bloom, also the former mayor of SM, as well as the Asian Dems of LA County and the Miracle Mile Democratic Club.  Hilda Solis also endorsed Darling.

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.

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.