It’s the Primary – Progressives – and Time to Vote!

by on June 6, 2016 · 3 comments

in Culture, Economy, Election, Ocean Beach, Politics, San Diego

ballot box san diegoProgressive Primary Voting Guide for San Diego

Endorsements by OB Rag and San Diego Free Press

By Doug Porter

If you haven’t voted in San Diego yet, now is the time to get focused, and I’m here to help.

While there are many candidates and issues on the ballot, let me remind readers that a Yes vote on Proposition I will have the most immediate impact locally. More than 170,000 hard-working San Diegans will get a badly needed, overdue raise and access to five earned sick days a year.

What I hope to do here today is offer one-stop shopping for those of you just getting around to making your ballot box decisions.

Plus: Scroll down for the SDFP Weekly Progressive Calendar including locations for various election night gatherings around San Diego. (This will be updated as new information comes in)

Question_mark_blueHow Do I Vote? (And other such questions)

At this point in the game, if you haven’t registered to vote, you’re not voting in this election. There are more than 2.3 million Californian’s who’ve registered in recent months. Democrats are thinking they’ll get a big turn out.

The most often asked question this election cycle comes from No Party Preference Voters who want to cast a ballot for Bernie Sanders.

Here’s how it’s done:

California has semi-closed primaries, which means that if you’re not registered as a Democrat or No Party Preference you can’t vote for Sanders.

If you are registered as No Party Preference, be sure to ask for the Democratic ballot if you want to vote for Bernie! (Or Hillary)

And, no, the forces of evil (aka The Establishment) didn’t rig the rules for this election just to trip up the Sanders campaign; it’s been this way for a while. ALSO, the rumors being spread by the Chicken Little wing of the Sanders movement about a shortage of ballots are not true. AS IS TRUE IN EVERY ELECTION, some balloting locations may run short. Poop happens. Be patient and demand your rights. Whining is soooo unfashionable.

Not sure if you are registered, or what you’re registered as? Check your current registration status online.

Polls will be open from 7am-8pm on Tuesday, June 7th. Find your polling place here.

Through today, June 6th, Mail-in Ballots can be dropped off at nearly two dozen locations throughout San Diego County. Check this link for hours and addresses.

Here are lots of other answers to your basic voting questions in this 2012 story by Anna Daniels:

Do I need a California ID to vote? Where is my Polling Place? The SDFP Quick and Easy Guide to Election Day

Who to Vote For…

crowing the voteaThe OB Rag and San Diego Free Press Progressive Voter Guide for June 2016

This guide includes links to stories we’ve posted, our reasoning in endorsing candidates, links to candidate websites, and handy-dandy symbols behind candidates names showing who they’ve been endorsed by.

Other places to visit:

San Diego Democratic Party Endorsements
San Diego Democrats for Equality Endorsements
San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council
San Diego Sierra Club
Run Women Run
San Diego City Beat Endorsements
KPBS Voter Guide
Voice of San Diego: Engaged Voter’s Guide
San Diego Union-Tribune (Worth reading for the interviews and noting that they’re no longer exclusively supporting flat-earthers.)

Too much reading? In a hurry? Here’s…

OB Rag and SDFP Official Cheat Sheet

(See our Voter Guide link above for details)

President: Bernie Sanders
US Senate: Kamala Harris

House of Representatives
NOTE: We declined to endorse the incumbent Democrats in three contests. Too many of their votes on issues ran counter to our values. Too many office holders are too eager to embrace corporate causes rather than the needs of their constituents.

49th District: Doug Applegate
50th District: Patrick Malloy
51st District: No Endorsement
52nd District: No Endorsement
53rd District: No Endorsement

California Legislature

Senate District 39: Toni Atkins
Assembly District 71- No Endorsement
Assembly District 75 – Andrew Masiel
Assembly District 76 – No Endorsement
Assembly District 77 – Melinda Vásquez
Assembly District 78 – Todd Gloria
Assembly District 79 – Shirley Weber
Assembly District 80 – Lorena Gonzalez

San Diego County Board of Supervisors

District 1 – No Endorsement
District 2 – Rudy Reyes
District 3 – No Endorsement

City of San Diego
In the case of dual endorsements, our aim was to make sure the ‘establishment’ candidate doesn’t get more than 50%+1 of the vote.

Mayor- Either Ed Harris OR Lori Saldaña

City Council District 1 – Barbara Bry
City Council District 3 – Chris Ward
City Council District 5 – No Endorsement
City Council District 7 – Either Jose Caballero OR Justin DeCasare
City Council District 9 – Either Georgette Gomez OR Sarah Saez

City Attorney – Gil Cabrera

Chula Vista City Council

Seat 4 – Rudy Ramirez

Ballot Measures

State Proposition 50: California Suspension of Legislators YES

San Diego (Propositions A-H are revisions to the City Charter)

Proposition A: Redistricting Commission Update YES
Proposition B: Bond Authorization Process Update YES
Proposition C: Property Tax Charter Language Clarification YES
Proposition D: Amendment on Setting City Titles & Salaries YES
Proposition E: Budget Approval Process Update YES
Proposition F: Financial Operations Process Update YES
Proposition G: City Audit Language Update YES
Proposition H: Kersey’s Infrastructure Scheme PLEASE VOTE NO
Proposition I: Earned Sick Leave and Minimum Wage PLEASE VOTE YES

San Diego County Board of Education

District 1- Gregg Robinson
District 2 – Guadalupe Gonzalez
District 4 – Mark Anderson
District 5 – Rick Shea

Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College Board

Seat 4 – Elena Adams

San Diego Community College Board

District B – Bernie Rhinerson
District D – Mary Graham

San Diego Unified School Board

District A – John Lee Evans
District D – Richard Barrera
District E – Sharon Whitehurst-Payne

What About the Judges?

Sorry, No Endorsements
(Background Story)


Election Night Parties – Tuesday, June 7th

i votedBernie Sanders
6:30pm, Park & Rec, 4612 Park Blvd

Lori Saldaña
8pm, Grassroots Oasis, 3130 Moore St. (Old Town)

Democratic Party
8:15, Westin Gaslamp Quarter Hotel (Plaza Room, 2nd floor)
910 Broadway Circle

Republican Party
8:01pm, US Grant Hotel
326 Broadway
RSVP Required


This is an excerpt from Doug Porter’s column at San Diego Free Press, our progeny.

Other Things of Note ….

 sdfpfbPssst! The San Diego Free Press is 4 Years Old

Our first postings appeared on June 4, 2012. Five thousand, seven hundred plus postings later, we’re still here.
(We’ll have the party later in the summer)

History of The OB Rag

Thursday, June 16th, 7pm
OB Historical Society Meeting
Point Loma United Methodist Church
1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd.

Learn the history of the OB Rag as told by current OB Rag Editor Frank Gormlie.


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Lori Saldaña June 6, 2016 at 4:51 pm

Are you SURE you know your polling location for ??Election Day??
Confirm it here:
Or call: 858-565-5800

I thought I knew where to drop off my ballot- until I received a “Change of Election Polling Place” notice in the mail TODAY- less than 24 hours before walking to my polling location down the street.

If you receive a last minute “Change of Election Polling Place” notice- please notify the County Registrar of Voters office that this is NOT acceptable and could prevent many people from casting a ballot.

Very bad timing- people may NOT get the notice, and go to the wrong place, and not be able to vote tomorrow.

Help your friends: post this notice. Check your polling location.


John Loughlin June 6, 2016 at 8:48 pm

Here are the endorsements from the Point Loma and OB Dems


South OB Girl June 7, 2016 at 1:25 pm

TODAY!!! Polls are open until 8 pm.
And don’t forget to vote for some of the initiatives and people that get less attention in media… Such as Ocean Beach local — Rebecca Taylor– running for AD78 Democratic Central Committee. You’ve likely seen her working hard with Ocean Beach Town Council, San Diego Young Democrats, Point Loma Democratic Club, and other efforts and causes –and she deserves our votes!!


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