Malibu Democratic Club Announces Candidate Endorsements

The club also backed Measure ES, a $385 million bond measure meant to provide a portion of $1 billion of needed improvements at schools in Santa Monica and Malibu.

The Malibu Democratic Club endorsed several candidates for the November election this week.

The club announced endorsements for Betsy Butler, who is running for California's 50th Assembly District seat; Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District school board incumbent Ben Allen and candidate Karen Farrer; and Jackie Lacey for District Attorney.

Butler is running against Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom to represent the 50th Assembly District in the Nov. 6 election.

Also running in the SMMUSD school board race are incumbents Jose Escarce and Maria Leon Vazquez as well as challengers Craig Foster and Seth Jacobson.

Previously, the club announced endorsements for Fran Pavley for State Senate, Brad Sherman for the Congressional 30th District, Henry Waxman for the Congressional 33rd District, Dianne Feinstein for U.S. Senate and President Barack Obama.

The club also endorsed Measure ES, a $385 million bond measure meant to provide a portion of $1 billion of needed improvements at schools in Santa Monica and Malibu.

Hans Laetz October 02, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Not Craig Foster or Seth Jacobsen for school board? And they endorsed ES? The Malibu Democrats endorsed the $40 million tax transfer from Malibu to rebuild Samohi? I have to seriously question just who these "Malibu Democrats" are. They seem to be Ted Vaill and ... just exactly whom? Ted Vaill, of course, is the visionary Democrat who tried to speak for the local Democratic party in support of the losers at the anti-lagoon cabal. "I have read both sides' filings, and I am certain the state is going to lose." Another "pay to play" bunch? The registered democrats who live at my house were not invited to this self-selected club's cheap wine, Kraft cheese and cheesy endorsements get-together. This "club" seems every bit as representative of Democratic Party members in Malibu as are those godawful slate mailers.
Steve Scheinkman October 03, 2012 at 04:07 PM
I agree with Hans. Given the backdrop of the national elections, how can the Democratic party support a bond measure that has no plan as to how the money will be spent? And given the need for Malibu to have representatives on the school board, why aren't they supporting candidates who have presented their position as to how they will work to ensure that Malibu is fairly treated and the interests of Malibu's students are equally considered?
Hans Laetz October 03, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Well, it turns out that the other two candidates cannot be endorsed because they are registered independents. That seems to be a very bad policy, to only vote for partisan candidates in a nonpartisan school board election. It's not fair of me to make fun of the club, as opposed to question their endorsements. I was trying to be droll and failed. Bad me.
Ted Vaill October 03, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Control yourself. To vote, you have to be a member of the Malibu Democratic Club, and have paid your dues at least a month before the meeting. Craig Foster and Seth Jacobson are Decline to State persons, not Democrats. I will support Craig Foster at the polls, in addition to Karen Farrer and Ben Allen for the School Board, but we cannot vote to endorse a non-Democrat according to the MDC by-laws.
patti braun November 06, 2012 at 07:40 AM
Steve Scheinkman: The plan is: every SMMUSD school will receive its fair share of money based on SMMUSD's "Future Facility Improvement Projects" report - the result of 6 years of assessment and planning. Every school was inspected and evaluated, with hundreds of parents, teachers, and administrators identifying needs and priorities. The Master Plan identified more than $1.2 billion of needed facility repairs and upgrades, with $268 million of that need to be paid for by the 2006 Measure BB. The Board of Ed has prioritized 20% of the ES funds to be specifically dedicated for Malibu modernization projects and upkeep. However, some of the needs identified at a few of the schools —building classrooms or replacing portables—are no longer relevant. That’s why site committees will also be formed and will have input into how the funds are allocated. Some Malibu critics have said conversely “There is no plan,” or “They have a plan that is no longer relevant.” Clearly, neither is true. There is a guiding plan in place which will be open to site committees’ review and redefinition. The School Board has approved the creation of a “Malibu super-site committee" to give a broad cross section of Malibu community stakeholders the decision how Malibu’s 77 million will be spent. It will have the resources (project managers, architects, etc) to make executable plans. The Malibu Dems understand the importance of keeping our kids safe and supporting 21st Century learning.


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