Tag: CA-30

Feb 22 2012

CA-30: Sen Barbara Boxer Endorses Rep Howard Berman

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Rep. Howard Berman

California Senator Barbara Boxer has entered the Democratic Party intra-fight in the San Fernando Valley by endorsing Rep. Howard Berman.

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-California) has decided to endorse Rep. Howard Berman (D-Valley Village) in his bruising intraparty fight with Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) for a newly drawn San Fernando Valley congressional district seat.

In a letter  to Berman dated Monday, Boxer said she was abandoning her position of neutrality because of a mailer the Sherman campaign sent out which Boxer said “outrageously tries to connect you to the San Bruno tragedy.”

The Sherman campaign sent the mailer to call attention to an independent expenditure by a PG&E, which has contributed $10,000 to support Berman.  PG&E is operating as a “super PAC” — a corporate campaign organization that can spend unlimited amounts for or against candidates so long as they do not coordinate with the candidate they are supporting.  At least one other super PAC has contributed to elect Berman.

Sherman has urged Berman to sign a pledge aimed at neutralizing Super PACs, which Sherman expects to play a big role helping reelect Berman over himself.  Berman so far  has ignored Sherman’s entreaty to “sign the pledge.”

The mailer refers to 2010’s PG&E pipeline explosion in San Bruno that killed eight people, injured others and leveled homes.  “Instead of spending money to make their pipelines safer, PG&E is donating to a Super Pac set up to elected Congressman Howard Berman,” the mailer says.

California’s senior Senator Democrat Dianne Feinstein has already endorsed Rep. Berman.

One has to wonder at this point whether Rep. Brad Sherman may be reconsidering his decision to not move to Thousand Oaks or Oak Park and run in CA-26?

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Feb 20 2012

CA-30: Rep Brad Sherman Will Face Off Against Rep Howard Berman and NOT Move to Thousand Oaks

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Guess Rep. Brad Sherman does not want to move out to Ventura County and will stay put in the Valley.

The congressman isn’t trading Sherman Oaks for Thousand Oaks, according to Sherman’s campaign consultant, Parke Skelton.

“No, Brad Sherman is not running in the 26th,” Skelton said in an email Friday.

So it’s on to Tuesday night, when Sherman and Berman are scheduled to square off in their second debate of the campaign, a forum sponsored by the Jewish Journal.

Republican California State Senator Tony Strickland has to be considered the front-runner in the CA-26 race (Ventura County) and will face NO incumbent Congressional incumbent.

Looks like this seat will remain Republican.

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Jan 23 2012

California Election 2012: California Democratic Party Pre-Endorsement Conferences

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Scott Lay at AroundtheCapitol.com and The Nooner has the breakdown on some of the results.

The Democratic Party held pre-endorsement conferences around the state over the weekend for state legislative and congressional races. Candidates receiving 70% of the vote of delegates to the conferences will be placed on the “consent calendar” for endorsement at the party’s February 10-12 convention. If one candidate receives more than 50% but less than 70% of the vote, the endorsement for that district will be considered at caucuses held at the convention. The candidate that received over 50% is listed here for reference, but they are not the only eligible candidate for the endorsement for that district at the convention caucuses. Here’s the official guide from the California Democratic Party.

Of interest to Ventura County are the following:

  • SD19 – Hannah-Beth Jackson – over 70%
  • SD27 – Fran Pavley – over 70%
  • CD26 – Steve Bennett – over 70%
  • CD30 – Brad Sherman – 50% – to convention

If you  are confused as to what these California Democratic Party Pre-endorsement conferences are or how they work, then head over to read John Meyer’s post here.

Thankfully, the California GOP will NOT weigh in with such a convoluted process – much to the dismay of California Republican Party Big Wigs who would like to be in control.

California voters will just have to decide for themselves, as to who is GOP enough and who is the RINO, I suppose.

I trust the voters, to make the RIGHT choice.

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Jan 13 2012

CA-30: Will Rep Brad Sherman Move to Ventura County?

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Democrat Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman

If Democrat Rep. Brad Sherman is smart and wants to remain in the House, he will.

You see, the disagreement between him and Rep. Howard Berman goes back a few years and they have been redistricted into the same CD.

The new Ventura County Congressional District CA-26 is in turmoil with the retirement of GOP Rep. Elton Gallegly last Friday. There will be no incumbent in this race and the POLS are all scrambling.

No less than 7 candidates have expressed interest in the race, including Ventura County Supervisor Steve Bennett from Ojai, Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks from Thousand Oaks, California State Senator Tony Strickland who lives in Moorpark, two Democrats from Oxnard, one from Moorpark and one from Westlake Village.

It is rumored that environmentalists and the Ventura Public Employee Unions are pressuring Bennett to drop out of the race in favor of the nominally Republican Linda Parks. They are afraid that Bennett’s Supervisoral seat (Ventura, Ojai) will be lost to a Republican (Ventura County Fire Chief Bob Roper). The special interests are correct.

However, Linda Parks, a slow growth, public employee union loving environmentalist is in the second year of her four year term and has a “free ride.” Parks has pledged to run more as an independent than Democrat or Republican.

But, all of these machinations leave a hole for a Democrat who has some campaign cash to burn and this is where Brad Sherman comes in. He has plenty of money and has represented Thousand Oaks before. His former field staffer is former Thousand Oaks Mayor Larry Horner who is still very popular, particularly in the Westlake Village area.

Can Sherman beat Parks et. al in a top two primary?

I believe he could at least spend his way into a second place finish with either Parks or Strickland making the run off.

I don’t think D.C. Democrats will allow this seat to be contested by an independent and a conservative Republican.

So, when will Sherman make the switch? It will have to be soon – filing closes on March 9.

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Nov 20 2011

CA-30: Majority of House Democrats Back Rep. Howard Berman Over Rep. Brad Sherman

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Democrat Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman

And, with Ventura County Supervisor Steve Bennett declaring his intention to run in CA-26 which is based primarily in Ventura County last week, Rep. Brad Sherman has no adjoining CD to which to bail. Now, his House Democratic colleagues appear to be abandoning him.

A majority of Democrats in the House’s California delegation have lined up behind Rep. Howard Berman (D-Valley Village) in his clash with fellow Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) for the same seat in Congress, the Berman campaign announced Friday.

Twenty-three of the 34 members of the delegation are backing Berman, who earlier marshaled other prominent Democratic elected officials, including Gov. Jerry Brown and the state’s senior senator, Dianne Feinstein.

“I’m proud to have so many of my California colleagues standing with me,” Berman said. “Our colleagues work day in and day out with Brad and me” and their endorsements show that “I’m more than just another vote or just another voice — I deliver.”

The Sherman campaign, which earlier lined up former President Clinton’s support and that of the Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley, said it’s not impressed.

This race will be an expensive “Clash of the Titans.”

Two long-time and experienced Democratic POLS with no place to go but run against each other = perfect storm for the GOP.

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