Concerned Los Angelenos:
My apologies for not giving you the good news about the primary election held on June 5 until now. To sum it up, the primary yielded some extremely encouraging results! The highlights are below.
But first, I’d like to thank the 25 Hancock Park Patriots who walked the 12 precincts of Hancock Park to distribute our Hancock Park Patriots Conservative Voter Guide for the primary election. (I will be thanking each of you by name at the meeting tonight.) We distributed the Conservative Voter Guide to 2/3 of the households in Hancock Park that have at least one registered Republican! There is no doubt that this effort made a big difference in our community. Hancock Park conservatives are now aware that there is a vibrant conservative group in their neighborhood (and many of them will want to find out how they can attend our meetings!), and we no doubt inspired many more conservatives to vote in the primary. Turning Los Angeles County around is a long term project, but we are making progress! Thank you to all of the precinct walkers who made this happen!
Okay, so here are the very exciting highlights from the primary election:
(1) 69% of voters in San Jose voted to reduce San Jose’s municipal employees’ pension benefits. This reform was spearheaded by a Democrat mayor in a city whose City Council is comprised of nine Democrats and one Republican. Even Democrat voters are realizing that government budgets cannot be balanced with bloated public employee pension benefits!
(2) 66% of voters in San Diego voted to reform San Diego’s public employee pension benefits (replacing pensions with a 401k for new city employees and reducing benefits for existing employees). The pension reform results in San Jose and San Diego have (a) piqued the interest of mayors and governors all over the country who are now considering putting similar pension reform measures on their own ballots and (b) buoyed the hopes of reformers in California who want to curb the state’s public employee pension benefits through the political process.
(3) All six of the Los Angeles Superior Court Judges that were elected are politically conservative;
(4) Alan Jackson, a Republican, beat Carmen Trutanich to make it into the general election runoff against Jackie Lacey for Los Angeles County District Attorney;
(5) State Measure 29 (Cigarette Tax Initiative that would have increased taxes by $735M per year) was defeated;
(6) Craig Huey and Nathan Mintz (both conservative Republicans) together took 59.3% of the primary vote in their race for California Assembly (District 66--Torrance), a district with 38% Democrat registration and 35% Republican registration. Craig Huey will square off in the general election against Democrat Al Muratsuchi. Craig is favored to win that seat and take a seat in the CA Assembly away from the Democrats. Craig was supported heavily by the tea party during his run for U.S. Congress in the 2011 Special Election against Janice Hahn;
(7) Mathew Lin took 52.2% of the primary vote in his race for California Assembly (District 49--Monterrey Park), a district with 41% Democrat registration and 25% Republican registration. Mathew Lin will compete in the general election against Democrat Ed Chau who garnered only 35% of the vote in the primary. Mathew Lin has an excellent chance to take this California Assembly seat away from the Democrats; and
(8) Joe Gardner took 45.7% of the primary vote in his race for California Assembly (District 48—West Covina), a district with 49% Democrat registration and 31% Republican registration. The Democrat Roger Hernandez received only 43% of the vote. This would be another pickup in the California Assembly for the Republicans.
There are many, many signs that California voters are finally getting fed up and are ready to throw the bums out! Hancock Park Patriots will be on the forefront of the efforts to build on these primary results and bring real change to California at the next election on November 6. You can be part of this success. The first step is to join us at one of our monthly meetings. The next meeting is this evening, and the invitation to the meeting is below. We’ve got a great guest speaker! Please RSVP now and join us at 7pm tonight!
Thank you for your attention and commitment.
City Coordinator, Hancock Park Patriots
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