2UrbanGirls intentionally waited to post a follow-up to this years mid-term elections. As the L. A. County Registrars office continues to tabulate provisional ballots, there are some clear winners that we wish to acknowledge in addition to congratulating the many women candidates who have made an impact on their community via their respective campaigns. Many candidates, attached to legal issues, somehow retained voters confidence.
Board of Equalization Seat 3
Despite his wife being under investigation for possible conflict of interest, due to her voting patterns, on the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, Santa Monica Councilman Tony Vazquez cruised to an easy victory over his opponent. His wife’s alleged conflict of interest surrounded her voting in favor of contracts for individuals who were clients of her husband.
U.S. Rep 38th District
Two days after winning re-election, Rep. Linda Sanchez was forced to abandon her plans of taking on a leadership role in the House Democratic Caucus due to her husband being indicted for misusing federal funds. Apparently, he was using federal funds for personal use and his wife partaked in a few of those events.
State Assembly 63rd District
Maria Estrada gets kudos from this author for running a campaign that drew national attention and a showdown with incumbent Anthony Rendon. Estrada was a wild card. She’s a progressive who refused to bite her tongue throughout the entire campaign. We expect to see her run again for either this seat or perhaps a local one.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Despite his dismal record of student underachievement while serving on the West Contra Costa Unified School District, Assemblymember Tony Thurmond beat pro charter school candidate Marshall Tuck. Most surprising, Inglewood Unified School District teachers union endorsed Thurmond. Perhaps it was his votes to support leasing/selling school land to reduce the emergency loan we received in 2012 was important to them. Thurmond’s record on the school district, where there was no growth for the students, should’ve been of more importance to the teachers since those reasons lead to the steady decline in enrollment. 2UrbanGirls doesn’t see Inglewood Unified School District improving at all under Thurmond’s leadership.
L.A. County Sheriff
Never in the entire history of the existence of the Sheriff’s department has the incumbent been defeated by his challenger. Retiree Alex Villanueva continues to lead Jim McDonnell as the vote counting draws to a close. 2UrbanGirls wrote EXTENSIVELY in 2014 as to why McDonnell shouldn’t have been elected and we are ecstatic that voters have shown up to show him the door.
In nearby city of Carson, Jim Dear was elected to return to the dais in the position of Councilmember. Somehow the Daily Breeze tried to draw a correlation to City Manager Ken Farsing abrupt resignation the day after, to Dear’s re-election, despite reporting on his troubles with the council post Dear’s recall in 2016. The city declared a fiscal emergency in 2017 and the council attempted to strip Farsing from hiring powers ALL post Dear. Carson residents also voted in favor of becoming a Charter City.
Inglewood Mayor James Butts beat a field of four opponents and a nearly million dollar campaign by New York to move into his third term. The following Monday, on the observed Veterans Day holiday, the city failed to give proper notice to residents and Parking Enforcement ticketed hundreds of cars due to “alleged” parking violations. After the residents uproar on social media, the city was forced to acknowledge their error and pledged to rescind all tickets issued that day as a “one time courtesy”. Despite articles emerging painting Mayor Butts as an unethical person, he continued to do damage control and remain a constant presence on Facebook to dispel those “myths”. He has quoted Katy Perry and Roots to keep the public unaware of the many legal issues he could possibly be facing. 2UrbanGirls has initiated a public records request to the LA County District Attorney’s office, requesting ALL current complaints lodged against Mayor Butts and they have requested an additional 14 days to respond.
Compton residents have voted to return former Councilwoman Barbara Calhoun to the Compton Community College Board of Trustees. Calhoun bested the appointed incumbent Nicole Jones, who the college’s faculty didn’t vote to support.
Hawthorne residents returned Angie Reyes-English to her seat despite her being under investigation by the LA County District Attorney’s office.
Maywood residents supported Measure CT which allows a special tax on cannabis to fund their police department.
Lennox residents have seen the light and have elected new leadership to their school board with newcomer Alexis Aceves who commutes weekly to UC Berkely to finish her degree.
Newcomer Estefany Castaneda was victorious in her bid to represent Centinela Valley Union High School District in Seat 5.
Overall the showing at the polls indicate that moving the elections to coincide with national elections was a huge success. LA County has until November 30th to finish counting ballots. Stay tuned.