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CFT endorses Brown, Torlakson in General Election 2014

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Below is the complete list of state and federal races in which CFT has endorsed. Candidate names followed by an asterisk (*) indicate incumbents.

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Statewide Offices

Governor Jerry Brown*
Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom*
Attorney General Kamala Harris*
Treasurer John Chiang
Controller Betty Yee
Secretary of State Alex Padilla
Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson*
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones*
Board of Equalization, District 1 Chris Parker
Board of Equalization, District 2 Fiona Ma
Board of Equalization, District 4 Jerome Horton*

Statewide Ballot Measures

YES - 1 Conserve water resources 
Water bond addresses drought by increasing funding for water storage projects and watershed restoration

Neutral2 Rainy Day Fund
Reduces state funds available for programs in “good years.” If enacted, the state will cap
K-12 district reserves, freeing up additional resources in some districts.

YES -45 Pre-approval of health insurance increases
Requires insurance companies to justify premium increases and obtain pre-approval for rate hikes

Neutral 46 Medical malpractice
Increases awards for malpractice and requires doctors to be drug tested

YES - 47 Sensible sentencing reform
Reduces sentences for certain nonviolent crimes and invests savings in treatment programs

YES 48 Confirms Indian gaming compacts
Ratifies contracts negotiated between the state and tribes

NO - Measure L (Sacramento only)

California Legislature

State Assembly
AD 2 Jim Wood
AD 4 Bill Dodd
AD 7 Kevin McCarty
AD 8 Ken Cooley*
AD 9 Darrell Fong
AD 10 Marc Levine*
AD 11 Jim Fraizer, Jr.*
AD 12 Harinder Grewal
AD 13 Susan Talamantes Eggman*
AD 14 Susan Bonilla*
AD 15 (Dual) Elizabeth Echols and Tony Thurmond
AD 16 Tim Sbranti
AD 17 David Campos
AD 18 Rob Bonta*
AD 19 Phil Ting*
AD 20 Bill Quirk*
AD 21 Adam Gray*
AD 22 Kevin Mullin*
AD 24 Richard Gordon*
AD 25 Kansen Chu
AD 27 Nora Campos*
AD 28 Evan Low
AD 29 Mark Stone*
AD 30 Luis Alejo*
AD 31 Henry Perea*
AD 32 Rudy Salas*
AD 36 Steve Fox*
AD 37 Das Williams*
AD 39 Raul Bocanegra*
AD 41 Chris Holden*
AD 43 Mike Gatto*
AD 44 Jacqui Irwin
AD 45 Matt Dabahneh*
AD 46 Adrin Nazarian*
AD 47 Cheryl Brown*
AD 48 Roger Hernandez*
AD 49 Edwin Chau*
AD 50 Richard Bloom*
AD 51 Jimmy Gomez*
AD 52 Freddie Rodriguez*
AD 53 Miguel Santiago
AD 54 Sebastian Ridley-Thomas*
AD 57 Ian Calderon*
AD 58 Cristina Garcia*
AD 59 Reginald Jones-Sawyer*
AD 61 Jose Medina*
AD 63 Anthony Rendon*
AD 64 Michael Gipson
AD 65 Sharon Quirk-Silva*
AD 66 Al Muratsuchi*
AD 69 Tom Daly*
AD 70 Patrick O’Donnell
AD 78 Toni Atkins*
AD 79 Shirley Weber*
AD 80 Lorena Gonzalez*

State Senate 
SD 2 Mike McGuire
SD 6 Richard Pan
SD 10 Bob Wieckowski
SD 12 Anthony Canella*
SD 14 Luis Chavez
SD 18 Robert Hertzberg
SD 20 Connie Leyva
SD 22 Ed Hernandez*
SD 24 Kevin De Leon*
SD 26 Sandra Fluke
SD 30 Holly Mitchell*
SD 32 Tony Mendoza
SD 34 Jose Solorio
SD 40 Ben Hueso*

U.S. Congress

CD 2 Jared Huffman*
CD 3 John Garamendi*
CD 5 Mike Thompson*
CD 6 Doris Matsui*
CD 7 Ami Bera*
CD 9 Jerry McNerny*
CD 10 Michael Eggman
CD 11 Mark DeSaulnier
CD 12 Nancy Pelosi*
CD 13 Barbara Lee*
CD 14 Jackie Speier*
CD 15 Eric Swalwell*
CD 16 Jim Costa*
CD 17 Mike Honda*
CD 18 Anna Eshoo*
CD 19 Zoe Lofgren*
CD 20 Sam Farr*
CD 21 Amanda Renteria
CD 24 Lois Capps*
CD 26 Julia Brownley*
CD 27 Judy Chu*
CD 28 Adam Schiff*
CD 29 Tony Cardenas*
CD 30 Brad Sherman*
CD 31 Pete Aguilar
CD 32 Grace Napolitano*
CD 33 Ted Lieu
CD 34 Xavier Becerra*
CD 35 Norma Torres
CD 36 Raul Ruiz*
CD 37 Karen Bass*
CD 38 Linda Sanchez*
CD 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard*
CD 41 Mark Takano*
CD 43 Maxine Waters*
CD 44 Janice Hahn*
CD 46 Loretta Sanchez*
CD 47 Alan Lowenthal*
CD 51 Juan Vargas*
CD 52 Scott Peters*
CD 53 Susan Davis


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CFT endorses Brown, Torlakson in Primary Election 2014

Recognizing his support for public education, CFT has endorsed Gov. Jerry Brown for reelection in 2014. Brown, as the state’s chief executive, worked closely with CFT to pass Prop. 30, raising additional revenue for schools, and then helped shape a historic funding bill that recognizes that students from low-income families, and students who speak little English, need additional resources in order to excel.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson has also won CFT support in another race with particular importance to educators. Torlakson has established a strong record of promoting public education. He is committed to expanding early childhood education as way to increase student success. Torlakson has also demonstrated a particular interest in career and technical education.TheEducatorsChoice CFTVoterGuide

In other races, CFT endorsed the reelection of Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Attorney General Kamala Harris, and Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. In three races without an incumbent, CFT supports State Controller John Chiang for State Treasurer and Board of Equalization member Betty Yee for State Controller.

Voters face a choice in the competitive races for the secretary of state and controller. Yee is highly qualified to serve as state controller, having done an admirable job on the State Board of Equalization. Derek Cressman will make sure that every vote counts as secretary of state. He is a good government reformer who spent many years leading Common Cause.

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Governor Jerry Brown
Lt. Governor Gavin Newson
Attorney General Kamala Harris
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones
State Treasurer John Chiang
State Controller Betty Yee
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson
Secretary of State Alex Padilla

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Educators stand behind David Alvarez for mayor of San Diego

Rally February 8 at Mesa College

Community college teachers and other educators are rallying behind David Alvarez in the San Diego mayoral race. The Special Election is February 11.

On Saturday, February 8, at 9 a.m., CFT is co-sponsoring a get-out-the-vote rally at Mesa College, located at 7250 Mesa College Drive. Meet at Parking Lot #1. Activists are encouraged to attend the rally and to participate in the precinct walking that will fallow.

Alvarez established himself as an advocate for working families as a member of the city council. Educators and other union members, along with community allies, have responded enthusiastically to the Alvarez candidacy, calling thousands of voters and walking door to door.

CFT endorses educator Andra Hoffman for state Assembly

Photo of Hoffman pointing to white board and holding a bookCFT is enthusiastically supporting California government teacher Andra Hoffman for the state Assembly in District 45 in the San Fernando Valley. Hoffman’s hands-on classroom experience is needed in the state Legislature.

Hoffman grew up in the assembly district and is a graduate of CSU Northridge. She teaches at Glendale College and previously ran a program there assisting adults to reenter the workforce.

The incumbent, Bob Blumenfield, will assume his seat on the Los Angeles City Council on July 1, 2013. The governor is expected to call a special election in the district in early September. The district includes Calabasas, Canoga Park, Chatsworth, Encino, Northridge, West Hills, Woodland Hills, and part of Los Angeles.

UTLA-backed candidate wins in Los Angeles school board race, overcoming outside big money

utla2March 7, 2013, Los Angeles—Despite an infusion of millions of dollars by wealthy anti-union "reform" ideologues, Steve Zimmer, a former teacher, won reelection to his seat on the LAUSD School Board. Monica Garcia, an incumbent backed by billionaires like Mayor Bloomberg of New York, also won reelection, and a third seat will go to runoff.

AFT president Randi Weingarten hailed the victory of Zimmer. "“Steve Zimmer’s re-election to the Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD) Board of Education is a victory for the city of Los Angeles and the families whose children attend public schools. Big monied interests – most of whom live far away from Los Angeles and virtually none of whom have children in LAUSD schools – were rebuked by parents, teachers and the community. They saw these efforts for what they were: an attempt to spend millions to elect a candidate who they believe would help them carry out an ideological agenda that has both polarized and failed in cities all across America.


CFT endorses Eric Garcetti for mayor of Los Angeles

GarcettiFebruary 20, 2013—The California Federation of Teachers announced today that it has endorsed the candidacy of Los Angeles Councilman Eric Garcetti for Mayor of Los Angeles.

CFT president Joshua Pechthalt said, “The CFT proudly endorses Councilman Eric Garcetti for Mayor of Los Angeles. Councilman Garcetti has the experience and integrity to provide the guidance needed for Los Angeles. As the next mayor of Los Angeles, Mr. Garcetti will be a positive force bringing together parents, teachers, administrators and the community to help our students and our schools succeed. As a Councilman, Mr. Garcetti has helped bring much needed services to schools in his district and he is committed to doing the same for all the communities of Los Angeles. Councilman Garcetti will be a breath of fresh air in a city faced with serious challenges and in need of thoughtful leadership.”

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