Monday, November 5, 2012 – 10:30 a.m.
Last modified: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 0 08:30 a.m.
Here’s a few commonsense candidate recommendations, in select contests, for Riverside and San Bernardino County voters to consider.
To be blunt. Feinstein, who has represented California well, wins hands down.
U.S. House of Representatives
31st Congressional District
Congressman Gary Miller
Miller, who is running against State Senator and fellow Republican Bob Dutton in a newly configured district, bring 14-years of seniority and experience in the Republican-controlled U.S. Congress. Dutton, a good man, who is termed out in his current office, shortsightedly chose this contest to find a place to land.
35th Congressional District
Congressman Joe Baca
This is another termed-out politico looking for a place to go story.
Baca is being challenged by State Senator Gloria Negrete-McLeod, who is termed-out in her current job. Baca’s many years of legislative experience at the state and federal level is key here.
He has done nothing to warrant being removed by voters.
41st Congressional District
Tavaglione has performed admirably as a member of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors.
42nd Congressional District
Calvert is a veteran in Congress. And with republican control likely, Calvert’s seniority and experience will serve the area well.
40th Assembly District
Republican Morrell is being challenged by Democrat Russ Warner. Simply put. Morrell has done nothing to warrant replacement.
47th Asembly District
Joe Baca, Jr.
This race is between former Assemblyman and Rialto City Councilman Joe Baca, Jr and Cheryl Brown. Both are Democrats.
Clearly, Baca brings more local and state legislative experience to the table.
Supervisor Bob Buster
Buster, who is being challenged by union-backed Assemblyman Kevin Jeffries, has done a commendable job during his tenure on the board. His stand on pension reform has made county unions bristle.
San Bernardino County
Board of Supervisors - 1st District
Businessman Robert Lovingood
Unlike his opponent, Lovingood would bring real business experience to the county board. The other candidate in the race, Apple Valley Town Councilman Rick Roelle, is backed by county employee unions due to his commitment to protect their members pension and compensation packages.
Board of Supervisors – 3rd District
Supervisor Neil Derry
Derry is by far the most qualified. The former planning commissioner, city councilman and regional manager for Southern California Edison is being challenged by Former San Manuel Tribal Chairman and School Board Trustee James C. Ramos. Ramos is heavily-backed by Tribal gaming and county union money.
Ramos has presented only shallow positions that are lacking of any substance.
As with Riverside County’s Buster, employee unions oppose Derry due to his stance on pensions.
Measure Q – Yes
A sensible measure to provide comparable compensation for county supervisors.
Measure R – No
A county union-backed revenge driven measure that has legal problems built-in. Measure R is payback for county supervisors attempts to reign in compensation and benefits.