California Judicial Candidates Voter Guide

Your recommendations guide for the California Supreme Court,
California Court of Appeals, California Supreme Courts.

Warning: Do NOT Vote for a Judicial Activist

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Judges sitting on California courts may be incompetent, corrupt or lazy.

Even worse, many are political opportunists with a political agenda. They are “judicial activists.” A judicial activist legislates from the bench. Instead of strictly interpreting California law, these judges make the laws. Instead of applying the law to facts, they impose their own values on us all.

It is the voters of California and the legislatures that are supposed to make laws. Not judges. In fact, these judges ignore the law in favor of their own liberal, left-wing, anti-family agendas.

Legislating from the bench, these judges destroy or weaken constitutional protection, votes by the people, family values, marriage, religious liberty and economic freedom.

Judicial activists have:

  • Overturned voter-passed initiatives and laws passed by the state legislature, simply because they personally have a different belief system. They twist the law to rationalize their decisions.
  • Imposed their own moral codes, political beliefs and secular values in an effort to reshape our society and promote social engineering.

The proper role of a judge is to fairly interpret the law to the facts of a particular case in order to arrive at a fair judgment. But that is not happening today in many courts.

Instead, activist judges have been advancing a political agenda that:

  • Destroys the separation of powers
  • Weakens the structure of federalism
  • Usurps the right of the people to govern themselves
  • Undermines protection of religious freedoms and the First Amendment
  • Seeks to impose humanism, multiculturalism, relativism and internationalism on us, regardless of the people’s will
  • Is biased against free enterprise and is anti-growth—resulting in higher taxes and less opportunity for our future

Pure and simple, it’s politics from the bench.

We research the candidates very carefully. We talk to many on the phone. We have evaluated their rulings, who appointed them, their endorsements and other criteria. Our recommendations are posted here for every judicial election.


Ratings:

Judicial Index

Judicial Index Average
Judicial Activist Strict Constructionist
  • Positions
  • Contributions
  • Rulings
  • Statements

Qualifications

Qualifications
Unqualified Very Qualified
  • Experience
  • Reputation
  • Integrity
  • American Bar
    Association ratings

How we come up with a final rating

We come up with the final rating by taking the average of the candidate’s Judicial Index and Qualifications. For example, if the candidate had a Judicial Index of 8 and Qualifications of 6, their overall rating would be 7.

How the state chooses the winner

On the California Supreme Court and the state Courts of Appeal, you vote “yes” or “no.” If a majority says “no,” they are out of the office and the Governor must select a new judge.

Most Superior Court races are two candidates running against each other and the one with the most votes win.

Click here to read more about judicial activists vs. strict contructionists Click here to read our Candidate Endorsement Questionnaire

JUNE 3, 2014 PRIMARY ELECTION RECOMMENDATIONS


BUTTE

Superior Court Judge, Dept 7; County of Butte

  • Eric “Ric” Ortner- 7 (JI: 7, Q: 7)
  • Sandra L. McLean– 6 (JI: 6, Q: 5)

EL DORADO

Superior Court; El Dorado County Superior Court; Office 1

  • David W. Combellack –    (JI:  , Q:  )
  • Vicki Ashworth –    (JI:  , Q:  )
  • Joe Weinberger –    (JI:  , Q:  )

Superior Court; El Dorado County Superior Court; Office 5

  • Joseph Hoffman –    (JI:  , Q:  )
  • Dylan Mary Sullivan –    (JI:  , Q:  )

FRESNO

Superior Court; County of Fresno; Judicial District 15

  • Phillip Jarrett Cline – (JI: 8, Q: 6)
  • Lisa M. Gamoian – (JI: 8, Q: 7)
  • Rachel Hill – (JI: 8, Q: 7)
  • Steven D. Smith – (JI: 8, Q: 6)
  • Charles F. Magill – 8 (JI: 9, Q: 7)

LOS ANGELES

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 22

  • Amy Carter – (JI: 7, Q: 7)
  • Pamala F. Matsumoto – (JI: 6, Q: 7)

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 48

  • Carol Rose – (JI: 4, Q: 7)
  • Charles M. Calderon – (JI: 1, Q: 4)

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 54

  • Shannon L. Knight – (JI: 6, Q: 6)
  • Debra L. Losnick – (JI: 1, Q: 5)

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 61

  • B. Otis Felder – (JI: 1, Q: 5)
  • Dayan Mathai- 9 (JI: 9, Q: 8)
  • Jacqueline H. Lewis – (JI: 3, Q: 3)

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 76

  • Helen Kim – (JI: 4, Q: 7)
  • Alison Matsumoto Estrada – (JI: 7, Q: 7)

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 87

  • Steven P. Schreiner – (JI: 7, Q: 7)
  • Andrew M. Stein – (JI: 4, Q: 7)
  • Tom Griego – (JI: 3, Q: 3)

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 97

  • Teresa P. Magno – (JI: 5, Q: 7)
  • Songhai “Sunny” Armstead – (JI: 2, Q: 4)

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 107

  • Emma Castro – (JI: 4, Q: 7)
  • Joan M. Chrostek – (JI: 5, Q: 7)

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 113

  • Stacy Wiese – (JI: 5, Q: 6)
  • Steven Klaif – (JI: 5, Q: 6)

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 117

  • Carol Najera – (JI: 5, Q: 8)
  • James B. Pierce – (JI: 7, Q: 8)

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 138

  • Marc A. Gibbons – (JI: 5, Q: 6)
  • Donna Hollingsworth Armstrong – 5 (JI: 5, Q: 5)

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 157

  • Arnold William Mednick – (JI: 2, Q: 5)
  • Andrew Cooper – (JI: 8, Q: 8)

MONTEREY

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Monterey; Office 3

  • Steven Somers – (JI: 6, Q: 7)
  • Andrew Liu – (JI: 2, Q: 9)

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Monterey; Office 10

  • Luma Serrano Williams – (JI: 4, Q: 7)
  • Heidi Whilden – (JI: 3, Q: 6)

ORANGE

Superior Court Judge; County of Orange; Office 14

  • Fred Fascenelli – (JI: 7, Q: 6)
  • Kenneth C. “Kc” Jones – (JI: 6, Q: 7)
  • Thomas E. Martin – 5.5 (JI: 6, Q: 5)
  • Kevin Haskins – (JI: 8, Q: 9)

Superior Court Judge; County of Orange; Office 20

  • Derek Johnson – (JI: 5, Q: 8)
  • Helen Hayden – (JI: 8, Q: 5)

Superior Court Judge; County of Orange; Office 27

  • Joanne Motoike – (JI: 4, Q: 8)
  • Wayne Philips- 5 (JI: 5, Q: 6)

Superior Court Judge; County of Orange; Office 35

  • Jeff Ferguson – (JI: 9, Q: 9)
  • Carmen Luege – (JI: 7, Q: 6)

RIVERSIDE

Superior Court Judge; County of Riverside; Office 3

  • Leonard J. Cravens –    (JI:  , Q:  )
  • Mark Ashton Cope –    (JI:  , Q:  )

Superior Court Judge; County of Riverside; Office 18

  • Michael J. Harrington –    (JI:  , Q:  )
  • Sunshine S. Sykes –    (JI:  , Q:  )

Superior Court Judge; County of Riverside; Office 21

  • Al Marchetti –    (JI:  , Q:  )
  • Sean Lafferty –    (JI:  , Q:  )
  • Brian C. Pearcy –    (JI:  , Q:  )

SAN DIEGO

Superior Court Judge; County of San Diego; Office 9

  • Ronald S. Prager –    (JI:  , Q:  )
  • Douglas Crawford –    (JI:  , Q:  )

Superior Court Judge; County of San Diego; Office 19

  • Paul Ware – (JI: 9, Q: 7)
  • Michael J. Popkins- 6 (JI: 4, Q: 8)

Superior Court Judge; County of San Diego; Office 20

  • Carla Keehn – (JI: 3, Q: 8)
  • Lisa Schall – (JI: 6, Q: 7)

Superior Court Judge; County of San Diego; Office 25

  • Brad A. Weinreb – (JI: 7, Q: 8)
  • Ken Gosselin – (JI: 8, Q: 7)
  • Michele Hagan – (JI: 3, Q: 7)

Superior Court Judge; County of San Diego; Office 44

  • Joseph Adelizzi – (JI: 5, Q: 5)
  • Jacqueline M. Stern – (JI: 6, Q: 6)

SAN FRANCISCO

Superior Court Judge; County of San Francisco; Office 20

  • Daniel Flores – (JI: 1, Q: 7)
  • Kimberly Williams – (JI: 3, Q: 7)
  • Carol M. Kingsley – 5.5 (JI: 3, Q: 7)

SAN MATEO

Superior Court Judge; County of San Mateo; Office 4

  • Susan L. Greenberg– 5.5 (JI: 3, Q: 6)
  • Jeffrey B. Hayden – (JI: 2, Q: 8)

Superior Court Judge; County of San Mateo; Office 6

  • Stephanie Garratt – (JI: 7, Q: 5)
  • Ray Buenaventura – (JI: 1, Q: 5)

SANTA CLARA

Judge – Superior Court; County of Santa Clara; Office 21

  • Julianne Sylva – (JI: 5, Q: 7)
  • D. A. Lempert – (JI: 2, Q: 8)

Judge – Superior Court; County of Santa Clara; Office 24

  • Annrae Angel –    (JI:  , Q:  )
  • Diane Ritchie –    (JI:  , Q:  )
  • Matthew S. Harris –    (JI:  , Q:  )

 

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