California Judge Voter Guide

Your recommendations guide for the California Superior Court races for Alameda, Los Angeles, Marin, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, and San Francisco  counties.

Our Judge Voter Guide  for California’s June 7th General Election will help you cut through the rhetoric, election propaganda and biased media coverage of the campaigns. This guide ranks every aspect of a candidate’s record according to cases, judicial philosophy, experience, integrity and commitment to community.

Need to take a look a specific county? Go to the list of counties here or scroll down.

 Warning: Do NOT Vote for a Judicial Activist 

How important is it for you
to vote for the right judges?

   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 their personal beliefs on certain issues, regardless of law
  • Is biased against free enterprise and is anti-growth—resulting in higher taxes and regulations, fewer jobs 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 (JI)

  • Positions
  • Contributions
  • Rulings
  • Statements

 

Qualifications (Q)qualifications rating scale

 

  • 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 you get your winners/losers

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

For the California Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals, you vote “Yes” or “No.” The judges do not compete. If more than 50% say yes, they are winners. If more than 50% say no, they lose. 

Ratings:

We have changed our ratings system from the the Thumbs Up to a Five Star system.

Every candidate is considered after thorough research; we also have a questionnaire for candidates to complete.

Here is our new rating system:

  •  : The best candidate. Our strongest endorsement.
  • : Very good.
  • : Acceptable.
  • Vote only to prevent worse candidate(s) from winning.
  • : Terrible. Do Not Vote. All your other votes will count.

To view your county, click on the appropriate link below.

 

Alameda Imperial Modoc San Diego Sonoma
Alpine Inyo Mono San Francisco Stanislaus
Amador Kern Monterey San Joaquin Sutter
Butte Kings Napa San Luis Obispo Tehama
Calaveras Lake Nevada San Mateo Trinity
Colusa Lassen Orange Santa Barbara Tulare
Contra Costa Los Angeles Placer Santa Clara Tuolumne
Del Norte Madera Plumas Santa Cruz Ventura
El Dorado Marin Riverside Shasta Yolo
Fresno Mariposa Sacramento Sierra Yuba
Glenn Mendocino San Benito Siskiyou  
Humboldt Merced San Bernandino Solano  

 (MORE JUDICIAL RATINGS TO FOLLOW VERY SOON!)

California Supreme CourtVote Yes/Nov (refer to the rating scales above for definitions)

No Election This Year.

ALAMEDA (to top)

Judicial

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Alameda; Office 2

  • Jennifer Madden– 3(JI: 1, Q: 5) 
  • Jonathan Van Ee– 6(JI: 6, Q: 6)  

ALPINE (to top)

Judicial

(NO ELECTION OR MORE JUDICIAL RATINGS TO FOLLOW)

AMADOR (to top)

Judicial

(NO ELECTION OR MORE JUDICIAL RATINGS TO FOLLOW)

BUTTE (to top)

Judicial

(NO ELECTION OR MORE JUDICIAL RATINGS TO FOLLOW)

CALAVERAS (to top)

Judicial

(NO ELECTION OR MORE JUDICIAL RATINGS TO FOLLOW)

COLUSA (to top)

Judicial

(NO ELECTION OR MORE JUDICIAL RATINGS TO FOLLOW)

CONTRA COSTA (to top)

Judicial

(NO ELECTION OR MORE JUDICIAL RATINGS TO FOLLOW)

DEL NORTE (to top)

Judicial

(NO ELECTION OR MORE JUDICIAL RATINGS TO FOLLOW)

EL DORADO (to top)

Judicial

(NO ELECTION OR MORE JUDICIAL RATINGS TO FOLLOW)

FRESNO (to top)

Judicial

(NO ELECTION OR MORE JUDICIAL RATINGS TO FOLLOW)

GLENN (to top)

Judicial

(NO ELECTION OR MORE JUDICIAL RATINGS TO FOLLOW)

HUMBOLDT (to top)

Judicial

(NO ELECTION OR MORE JUDICIAL RATINGS TO FOLLOW)

IMPERIAL (to top)

Judicial

(NO ELECTION OR MORE JUDICIAL RATINGS TO FOLLOW)

INYO (to top)

Judicial

(NO ELECTION OR MORE JUDICIAL RATINGS TO FOLLOW)

KINGS (to top)

Judicial

(NO ELECTION OR MORE JUDICIAL RATINGS TO FOLLOW)

LAKE (to top)

Judicial

(NO ELECTION OR MORE JUDICIAL RATINGS TO FOLLOW)

LASSEN (to top)

Judicial

 (NO ELECTION OR MORE JUDICIAL RATINGS TO FOLLOW)

LOS ANGELES (to top)

Judicial

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 11

  • Debra R. Archuleta– 4(JI: 2, Q: 7) 
  • Paul Kim– 7(JI: 7, Q: 7)
  • Jonathan Alexan Malek– 5(JI: NA, Q: 4)
  • Steven Schreiner– 8(JI: 7, Q: 8)

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 42

  • E. Matthew Aceves– 4(JI: 2, Q: 7)  
  • Alicia Molina– 3(JI: 3, Q: 4)  
  • Michael Ribons– 7(JI: 7, Q: 7) 
  • Cindy Zuzga– 4(JI: 2, Q: 6)  

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 60

  • James A. Kaddo– 7(JI: 6, Q: 7)  
  • Stepan Baghdassarian– 6(JI: 7, Q: 5)  

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 84

  • Javier Perez– 4(JI: 3, Q: 5)  
  • Susan Jung Townsend– 5(JI: 4, Q: 6)  
  • Aaron J. Weissman– 5(JI: 6, Q: 5) 
  • Hubert Yun– 6(JI: 7, Q: 6)  

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 120

  • Eric O. Ibisi– 5(JI: 3, Q: 5)  
  • Ray Santana– 4(JI: 2, Q: 6)  

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 158

  • David A. Berger– 6(JI: 7, Q: 5)  
  • Onica Valle Cole– 4(JI: 2, Q: 7)  
  • Naser “Nas” Khoury– 8(JI: 9, Q: 7) 
  • Fred Mesropi– 4(JI: 3, Q: 6)  
  • Kim L. Nguyen–5(JI: 4, Q: 7)  

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 165

  • Kathryn Ann Solorzano– 5(JI: 4, Q: 7)  
  • Tami L. Warren– 4(JI: 4, Q: 4)  

MADERA (to top)

Judicial

(NO ELECTION OR MORE JUDICIAL RATINGS TO FOLLOW)

MARIN (to top)

Judicial

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Marin; Office 2

  • Otis Bruce–3(JI: 2, Q: 5)  
  • Michael Coffino–3(JI: 2, Q: 5)  
  • Beth Jordan–5(JI: 3, Q: 7) 
  • Sheila Lichtblau– 3(JI: 2, Q: 6)  
  • Renee Marguerite Marcelle– 4(JI: 3, Q: 6) 
  • Thomas M. McCallister– 5(JI: 5, Q: 6)  
  • Nancy P. McCarthy–4(JI: 3, Q: 6)  
  • Nicole Panteleo–4(JI: 3, Q: 6)
  • David Shane–3(JI: 1, Q: 6)

MARIPOSA (to top)   

Judicial

(NO ELECTION OR MORE JUDICIAL RATINGS TO FOLLOW)

MENDOCINO (to top)

Judicial

(NO ELECTION OR MORE JUDICIAL RATINGS TO FOLLOW)

MERCED (to top)

Judicial

 (NO ELECTION OR MORE JUDICIAL RATINGS TO FOLLOW)

MODOC (to top)

Judicial

(NO ELECTION OR MORE JUDICIAL RATINGS TO FOLLOW)

MONO (to top)

Judicial

(NO ELECTION OR MORE JUDICIAL RATINGS TO FOLLOW)

MONTEREY (to top)

Judicial

 (NO ELECTION OR MORE JUDICIAL RATINGS TO FOLLOW)

NAPA (to top)

Judicial

(NO ELECTION OR MORE JUDICIAL RATINGS TO FOLLOW)

NEVADA (to top)

Judicial

(NO ELECTION OR MORE JUDICIAL RATINGS TO FOLLOW)

ORANGE (to top)

Judicial

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

  • Andrew M. Stein– 4(JI: 3, Q: 6) 
  • Megan L. Wagner– 9(JI: 9, Q: 9)
  • Wayne Philips– 6(JI: 6, Q: 7)
  • Steven Schreiner– 8(JI: 7, Q: 8)

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Orange; Office 40

  • Larry Yellin– 7(JI: 7, Q: 7) 
  • Thuy Pham– 5(JI: 6, Q: 5)

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Orange; Office 48

  • Scott Steiner– 7(JI: 8, Q: 6) 
  • Karen Lee Schatzle– 8(JI: 8, Q: 7)

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Orange; Office 49

  • Mike Murray– 9(JI: 8, Q: 9) 
  • Thomas E. Martin– 7(JI: 7, Q: 7)

PLACER (to top)

Judicial

(NO ELECTION OR MORE JUDICIAL RATINGS TO FOLLOW)

PLUMAS (to top)

Judicial

(NO ELECTION OR MORE JUDICIAL RATINGS TO FOLLOW)

RIVERSIDE (to top)

Judicial

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Riverside; Office 6

  • Burke E. Strunsky– 4(JI: 3, Q: 6) 
  • D. W. Duke– 8(JI: 8, Q: 8)
  • Shaffer Cormell– 9(JI: 9, Q: 8)

SACRAMENTO (to top)

Judicial

(NO ELECTION OR MORE JUDICIAL RATINGS TO FOLLOW)

SAN BENITO (to top)

Judicial

(NO ELECTION OR MORE JUDICIAL RATINGS TO FOLLOW)

SAN BERNARDINO (to top)

Judicial

(NO ELECTION OR MORE JUDICIAL RATINGS TO FOLLOW)

SAN DIEGO (to top)

Judicial

Judge of the Superior Court; County of San Diego; Office 25

  • James A. Mangione– 5(JI: 2, Q: 7) 
  • Paul Ware– 8(JI: 8, Q: 7)

Judge of the Superior Court; County of San Diego; Office 38

  • Keri Katz 4(JI: 1, Q: 8) 
  • Carla Keehn 4(JI: 2, Q: 7) 

(No endorsement)

SAN FRANCISCO (to top)

Judicial

Judge of the Superior Court; County of San Francisco;  

  • Paul Henderson– 4(JI: 1, Q: 8) 
  • Victor Hwang– 5(JI: 2, Q: 8)
  • Sigrid Irias– 4(JI: 1, Q: 7) 

SAN JOAQUIN (to top)

Judicial

(NO ELECTION OR MORE JUDICIAL RATINGS TO FOLLOW)

SAN LUIS OBISPO (to top)

Judicial

(NO ELECTION OR MORE JUDICIAL RATINGS TO FOLLOW)

SAN MATEO (to top)

Judicial

(NO ELECTION OR MORE JUDICIAL RATINGS TO FOLLOW)

SANTA BARBARA (to top)

Judicial

(NO ELECTION OR MORE JUDICIAL RATINGS TO FOLLOW)

SANTA CLARA (to top)

Judicial

(NO ELECTION OR MORE JUDICIAL RATINGS TO FOLLOW)

SANTA CRUZ (to top)

Judicial

(NO ELECTION OR MORE JUDICIAL RATINGS TO FOLLOW)

SHASTA (to top)

Judicial

(NO ELECTION OR MORE JUDICIAL RATINGS TO FOLLOW)

SIERRA (to top)

Judicial

(NO ELECTION OR MORE JUDICIAL RATINGS TO FOLLOW)

SISKIYOU (to top)

Judicial

(NO ELECTION OR MORE JUDICIAL RATINGS TO FOLLOW)

SOLANO (to top)

Judicial

(NO ELECTION OR MORE JUDICIAL RATINGS TO FOLLOW)

SONOMA (to top)

Judicial

(NO ELECTION OR MORE JUDICIAL RATINGS TO FOLLOW)

STANISLAUS (to top)

Judicial 

(NO ELECTION OR MORE JUDICIAL RATINGS TO FOLLOW)

SUTTER (to top)

Judicial

(NO ELECTION OR MORE JUDICIAL RATINGS TO FOLLOW)

TEHAMA (to top)

Judicial

(NO ELECTION OR MORE JUDICIAL RATINGS TO FOLLOW)

TRINITY (to top)

Judicial

(NO ELECTION OR MORE JUDICIAL RATINGS TO FOLLOW)

TULARE (to top)

Judicial

(NO ELECTION OR MORE JUDICIAL RATINGS TO FOLLOW)

TUOLUMNE (to top)

Judicial

(NO ELECTION OR MORE JUDICIAL RATINGS TO FOLLOW)

VENTURA (to top)

Judicial

(NO ELECTION OR MORE JUDICIAL RATINGS TO FOLLOW)

YOLO (to top)

Judicial

(NO ELECTION OR MORE JUDICIAL RATINGS TO FOLLOW)

YUBA (to top)

Judicial

(NO ELECTION OR MORE JUDICIAL RATINGS TO FOLLOW)

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