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California Statewide Primary Election Results

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(FOX 11 / AP) California Gov. Jerry Brown easily advanced to the November general election Tuesday night, while two Republicans were locked in a tight battle for the right to face him. 

Brown finished first based on early returns Tuesday night, which showed him with 55 percent of the vote. He addressed reporters outside the historic governor's mansion in Sacramento, saying "I take nothing for granted" in November.

"At this point, 40 years from the time I won my first primary for governor of California, I'm ready to tackle problems, not on a partisan basis, but on the long-term basis of building California and making sure we're ready for the future," said Brown, who is 76.

Voters are choosing between competing visions for the GOP: Donnelly is a social conservative who supports expanding gun rights, restricting immigration and has worried some of the Republican establishment with his heated rhetoric; Kashkari, a son of Indian immigrants, emphasizes a pragmatic approach and could appeal to a broader electorate as a social libertarian and fiscal conservative.

From Olga Ospina:

The showdown is set...Jerry Brown is hoping to make history this fall with a fourth term in office. His Republican opponent is a first time political candidate.

Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, all business last night, as he spoke to reporters outside the governor's mansion in Sacramento. He easily advanced to the general election...setting up an unprecedented bid for a fourth term as California’s governor.

While brown is looking to make history, his Republican opponent in the fall is looking to "re-make" his party.

Neel Kashkari was all smiles as he spoke to supporters in Orange County. Kashkari advances to the fall showdown, after his Republican rival, Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, conceded the race.

Donnelly is a tea-party favorite who sought to appeal to conservatives. Kashkari is a former Treasury official, who led the bank bailout.

He's a social libertarian and fiscal conservative.

Kashkari released a statement, after taking Donnelly's concession call. The statement reads in part: "My commitment is to rebuilding California's middle class and re-energizing the Republican Party."

Kashkari's work is cut out for him. Aside from Jerry Brown's name recognition, the governor as already built a 21-million dollar campaign war chest.

(FOX 11 / AP) -- Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Attorney General Kamala Harris cruised to victories in Tuesday's primary, while Republican hopes to break the Democrats' stranglehold on statewide offices got a boost with strong showings in the secretary of state and controller races.
   Democrats hold all eight statewide offices and five incumbents are running for re-election and favored to win November's general election. GOP hopes rest on the races for controller, secretary of state and treasurer.
The secretary of state is California's chief elections officer and oversees the campaign finance reporting system. From a diverse field of eight candidates, voters chose Democratic state Sen. Alex Padilla of Los Angeles and Republican Pete Peterson, who runs a Pepperdine University think tank dedicated to public engagement in politics.
With more than 2 million votes counted, Peterson and Padilla each had about 29 percent.
Peterson's priorities include greater campaign finance transparency and more public involvement in the state initiative process, which he said has become too politicized. Among his proposals is a "citizen's initiative review" where a citizen "jury" would review and comment on state ballot proposals.
He acknowledged the challenge of taking on a prominent Democrat in a blue state.  "We're going to be outspent all the way straight through to November," he said. Padilla's priorities include increasing voter turnout, which was dismal Tuesday. "I think the low turnout today is Exhibit A in terms of why we must do better when it comes to civic engagement," Padilla said.
Also on the ballot for secretary of state was state Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco, who ended his campaign after being arrested on federal corruption charges earlier this year. He ran third, with 11 percent of the votes.

The race for superintendent of public instruction was a union-versus-reformers referendum, and the unions made a strong statement that their political power remains strong in California.  The incumbent, Tom Torlakson, was backed by teacher unions and had nearly 49 percent of the votes. Marshall Tuck, a former charter school operator who wants changes to how teachers are evaluated and when they can be fired, trailed with 27 percent. The third candidate was Long Beach educator Lydia Gutierrez, a Republican who also ran four years ago. She attracted 24 percent of votes with a campaign critical of recently enacted national learning benchmarks called Common Core State Standards. Because the race for schools chief is nonpartisan, Torlakson can win the seat outright if the remaining votes push him past 50 percent. In all the other primary races, the two candidates with the most votes advance to November, even if they are from the same party.

In the race for controller, the state's chief fiscal officer, four candidates were bunched with between 20 percent and 24 percent of the votes.  Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin had a narrow lead over fellow Republican David Evans and two Democratic stalwarts who are termed out of their current offices -- former Assembly Speaker John Perez of Los Angeles and Betty Yee, a member of the state Board of Equalization. The current controller, John Chiang, is termed out and is running for treasurer. He easily advanced to November, winning 55 percent of the votes and will face Republican Greg Conlon, who had 38 percent.

In the lieutenant governor's race, Newsom, the former San Francisco mayor, had about 50 percent of the votes. In November he will face former California Republican Chairman Ron Nehring, who had 23 percent. Harris had about 53 percent of the votes in her quest for another term as attorney general and waited to see which of four closely bunched Republican challengers would emerge to face her in the fall.

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones took a step toward a second term, winning about 54 percent of the votes and will meet Republican state Sen. Ted Gaines in November. Gaines, who had 41 percent, listed himself as an independent insurance agent rather than state lawmaker, a nod to the public's generally low opinion of the Legislature.

(FOX 11 / CNS) - Former state Sen. Sheila Kuehl will face Bobby Shriver in a November runoff for a seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, with Kuehl slightly favored by voters in today's primary.

John Duran, a West Hollywood Councilman, despite strong endorsements late in the race, including from Mayor Eric Garcetti, lagged a distant third.  "I'm the only person that's represented most of this district, so most of my voters had already voted for me," Kuehl said as election returns
rolled in. "And you know, when they vote for you, they're kind of invested in you."  She said the big difference in the campaign was "experience."
 "Because the county is not like a city, the county is the implementation arm of the state," she said. "So experience for 14 years in
Sacramento is more relevant."

Supervisor Gloria Molina, who endorsed winner Hilda Solis to fill her own First District seat, had hoped that Duran might secure a second Latino seat on the county board.

"Latinos make up close to 48 percent (of the county population) -- yet, to date, just one Latino has served on the Board," Molina said. "John Duran
represents a younger generation of leadership, one which will reinvigorate the Third District and Los Angeles County as a whole."

Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who has represented the roughly 2 million residents who live in the affluent Westside/San Fernando district for 20 years, will term out in December. He did not endorse a successor.

Shriver and Kuehl split other key endorsements and had far outstripped Duran in fundraising, collecting nearly $1.9 million and $1.2 million to
Duran's roughly $400,000. Shriver contributed $1 million to his own campaign and raised the balance through individual donations capped at $300 each under campaign finance laws.

Former Malibu Mayor Pamela Conley Ulich, public watchdog Eric Preven, tutor Yuval Kremer, environmentalist and automotive technician Doug Fay and film lighting technician Rudy Melendez ran with little in the way of funding or big-name endorsements and gained little traction with voters.

Kuehl highlighted her policy work and experience in state government as critical to the role of running the county. The first openly gay or lesbian
member of the Legislature, Kuehl served in the Assembly for six years and then as a senator for eight more. She has fought for legislation to protect victims of domestic violence, establish paid family leave and safeguard the environment, among other efforts. She said her priorities for L.A. County are affordable health care, improving the child welfare system and creating a countywide public transit system.

Shriver, former Santa Monica mayor and a nephew of the late President John F. Kennedy, stressed his work on homelessness and cleaning up Santa Monica Bay and also sees his entrepreneurial experience as key to managing the county and its $26 billion budget. Together with Bono of the rock band U2, Shriver co-founded the nonprofits DATA, ONE and (RED) to fight poverty and disease in Africa. He said his focus as supervisor would be on expanding transit options, job creation and water cleanup and conservation.

Kuehl had implied that Shriver, 60, is a lightweight, while Shriver positioned himself as an innovator to a stodgier Kuehl.

 LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Voters today approved the re-purposing of $600 million in general obligation bonds to help fund construction of rental housing for low-income veterans and their families across the state.

Proposition 41 was leading 65.6 percent-34.4 percent with 47.5 percent of the precincts statewide partially reporting, according to figures released
by the Secretary of State's Office.

California voters have approved all 28 veterans housing bond measures.  

The measure will redirect two-thirds of the amount of a bond issue approved by voters in 2008 that could previously have only been used to fund
home loans for veterans. The Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Bond Act of 2014 will increase state bond repayment costs averaging about $50 million annually over 15 years, according to the Legislative Analyst's Office. The bonds will be
repaid from general tax revenues.

Proposition 41 will allow the state to provide local governments, nonprofit organizations and private developers with financial assistance, such
as low-interest loans, to fund part of a project's costs. At least half the funds will go toward housing homeless veterans and veterans at risk of becoming homeless.

The measure requires services for programs addressing homeless veterans and those at risk of becoming homeless be provided in the facilities built.

Proposition 41 was endorsed by both the California Democratic Party and California Republican Party.   It was opposed by the Green Party of California, which believed a revised version should have been placed on the November ballot with provisions added calling for the proposed housing to be placed close to jobs and public transportation; preventing undue profiteering by private builders, developers and financiers; assuring that companies providing management services to senior citizens and low-income renters would not shift funds toward profits before providing housing; ensuring adequate state staffing to oversee management services; and establishing a publicly owned state bank or authorizing a
feasibility study to start one.

There was no organized opposition to Proposition 41.    The legislation putting Proposition 41 on the ballot passed both houses
of the Legislature without any no votes.

 SANTA ANA (CNS) - Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen and Rancho Santiago Community College District Trustee Jose Solorio will advance to the November general election in the hotly contested race to replace termed out
Sen. Lou Correa, D-Santa Ana, in the 34th District.

Nguyen, a Republican, was the top vote-getter among the three candidates in today election, with fellow Republican Long Pham rounding out the field.  Solorio, a Democrat and former Assemblyman, and Nguyen were expected to spend about $1 million apiece in their campaigns. Solorio got chippy with Nguyen in May, chiding her for accepting $4,000 from an Orange County union. Solorio taunted Nguyen for violating the so-called "Baugh Manifesto" to never accept donations from unions.

Baugh, the county Republican Party chairman, however, told City News Service that while he would prefer the party faithful never take money from unions, he emphasized Nguyen did not violate the party's rules.    "My strong preference is that until the pension abuses of public
employee pensions are addressed and our cities are put on more fiscal soundness that no one take (union money), but that's just my preference not the rule," Baugh said. "My preference would be that she did not, but candidates often do things that I don't agree with. But, no, it's nothing that's fatal nor would it diminish our enthusiasm to elect Janet Nguyen and defeat Jose Solorio."

In the race to succeed Assemblywoman Diane Harkey in the 73rd Assembly District, Democratic teacher/attorney Wendy Gabriella and Republican Dana Point Councilman William Brough will advance to the general election.

In the campaign to succeed Assemblyman Allan Mansoor in the 74th District, Republicans Keith Curry -- a Newport Beach councilman -- and
Huntington Beach Mayor Matthew Harper appeared heading for the November election.

RIVERSIDE (CNS) - Measures to extend or add tax levies -- including one that supporters argue is vital to keep the municipality's emergency services available -- were enjoying strong support tonight in various Riverside County cities.

In Banning, 84 percent of voters approved Measure E in a vote-by-mail-only election. The measure will permit the city to continue collecting a 12
percent transient occupancy tax from hotels and motels. Supporters argued that the tax, which is charged to hotel and motel
occupants for overnight stays, is comparable to what many localities in the region impose.

In Desert Hot Springs, Measure F had the backing of 65 percent of voters, with 29 percent of precincts reporting. The proposal calls for the
imposition of a $372.68 tax on vacant parcels that are privately held throughout the city. The city council voted in favor of placing the measure on the ballot following the declaration of a fiscal emergency, under which city hall staffing was cut by two-thirds and many remaining employees' salaries were slashed by 22 percent, according to documents posted to the Riverside County Registrar of Voters' website. According to supporters, the funds generated from the new parcel tax will be used exclusively to pay for public safety services, including police, fire, animal control and code enforcement. The "Yes on F" campaign stated that, without the additional revenue, the city could face bankruptcy and the
loss of its police department.  Opponents countered that the tax would be punitive, unfairly targeting owners of unoccupied land.

In Cathedral City, a majority of voters appeared ready to enact Measure B, which will allow for the continuation of a 1 percent sales and use tax first established four years ago. Of 2,288 votes counted by 9:30 p.m., 71 percent favored the "Fiscal Emergency Tax," imposed primarily on retailers for every transaction involving real merchandise.  The "Yes on B" camp argued the estimated $4 million generated by the
measure would ensure Cathedral City "maintains our locally controlled police and fire departments and other vital programs."

In Perris, meanwhile, Measure C was bound for approval, with 65 percent of votes from nearly half of precincts in favor of the bond authorization,
under which $40 million in general obligation bonds may be sold in support of the Perris Elementary School District. Backers noted that local schools are in need of a range of repairs and upgrades, including expansion to accommodate more than 900 enrollees -- 40 percent above what the facilities were designed to handle.

The last local measure on the ballot, D, was also destined for enactment, with 74 percent of voters from one-fifth of  precincts affirming it.
The proposal asked voters in the Coachella Valley Water District to decide whether members of the Board of Directors should be elected by division, or continue to be elected via a general district-wide vote.  

RIVERSIDE (CNS) - Moreno Valley Mayor Tom Owings was recalled today by a more than 3-1 margin following state and federal criminal probes over alleged fraud. The recall was approved 77.2 percent-22.8 percent, with all 1,577 vote-
by-mail ballots tabulated.

Former Moreno Valley Parks & Recreation Director George Price was elected to replace Owings in the Third District seat on the City Council,
receiving 47.65 percent of the vote in the six-candidate field.

A group named Recall Moreno Valley's City Council began a petition drive in 2013 following a federal and state criminal probe into alleged public corruption at Moreno Valley City Hall. The investigation resulted in felony charges against then-Councilman Marcelo Co, who resigned in August.

Co pleaded guilty five months later to accepting bribes in connection with a real estate development deal. He is scheduled to be sentenced July 7.
The longtime Moreno Valley businessman is also facing state welfare fraud charges for allegedly taking money intended for his mother's care when she was, in fact, overseas.

Owings was the only other member of the City Council to be subject to a recall. He insisted in May 2013 on testifying before a federal grand jury when he was not even summoned to appear, telling reporters he could speak for "25 to 30 hours" about his innocence of any wrongdoing.
During comments at a council meeting three weeks ago, Owings told attendees that he had never "abandoned my principles."  "The bar has been raised by the quality of people holding positions (on this) council," Owings said. "We can never go back to the good-old-boy days
where people lied and said whatever they had to in order to keep the money flowing."

The Moreno Valley City Employees Association opposed the recall effort, stating that under Owings' leadership, the city's economic fortunes improved.  According to recall supporters, Owings has close ties to the same developer implicated -- but not charged -- in Co's case, Iddo Benzeevi.

Recall activists also pointed to multiple cases in which public funds were allegedly mismanaged by Owings and other council members. According to the recall campaign, in one case, a former city attorney, Robert Hansen, was fully compensated while taking six months administrative leave -- even as the city government was laying off employees in the face of a budget shortfall.

In their complaints, activists further noted Owings' push for a new city charter, apparently modeled after a proposed one drawn up by his attorney six years earlier.

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