Education Voter Guide, CA State Senate & Assembly Races, June 5, 2012: Who Are the Bullies of 2011? (UPDATE: Now With Assembly Races)

Education Voter Guide, CA State Senate & Assembly Races, June 5, 2012: Who Are the Bullies of 2011? (UPDATE: Now With Assembly Races)

Coming up on June 5, 2012: California’s first open primary election in which anyone can vote for any candidate for state legislative offices, so long as you live in the district. Among other things, you’ll be choosing new State Senators in odd-numbered districts, and new Assembly members in all districts this year.

Wondered who’s up for election in the newly redistricted state of California who also DID NOT ALLOW state voters to extend revenue that funded schools? Put briefly, most schools around the state had to cut their per-pupil spending by about $540 dollars when taxes expired last June 30, 2011. Here’s who’s responsible for budget cuts to your school. If you’re seeing and feeling the pain of the cuts at your child’s school, it’s because every vote counts.

We’ve gone ahead and compiled a map of new districts, along with information on the incumbent in the district, and how they voted on some key education issues in 2011. These were all bills that the California State PTA supported and advocated to the state legislature. It’s good to see who voted what — past behavior is predictive of future behavior, right?

The biggest surprise is that the Bullies of 2011 who didn’t allow Californians to extend our existing taxes and fund our schools are the same Bullies of 2011 who voted no on a state law (AB9) that protects children from harassment, torment, and intimidation in the schoolyard. If you guessed that these are the same people who signed the Grover Norquist “no taxes ever” pledge, you’d be correct.

AB9 was a historic anti-bullying law that extended protection to LGBT/LGBT-appearing youth. Ultimately it passed, to the credit of our state, but not before 14 State Senators voted against it. Who is against making sure that kids can learn in a safe environment? Are these State Senators saying it’s ok to harass others based on “actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender, gender identity expression, race or ethnicity, nationality, religion, disability, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics”? Who votes to allow bullying? The Bullies of 2011, that’s who.

Check out the maps, and please VOTE FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVES WHO SUPPORT EDUCATION ON JUNE 5, 2012! If they don’t support education, vote them OUT.

How To Read the Maps:

  1. Find your district. It should be an odd-numbered district for the State Senate.
  2. If a district’s boundaries are almost the same, the incumbent and his/her party is listed.
  3. If a district’s boundaries have changed for the State Senate, and the incumbent is now a different person (who may also have a different party affiliation), that is designated either D+ or R+. Assembly incumbents from another district — i.e., “inherited” are listed with an asterisk (*).
  4. You’ll find information on how the old or “new” incumbent voted on three sample pieces of legislation, Yes or No.
  5. Once you know how the incumbent voted, figure out how you plan to vote on Tuesday, June 5, 2012!

For more on methodology and the legislation compared, see below.





Note on methodology:

I used the following sources to develop my map. K12NN is solely responsible for the opinions herein.

California PTA list of legislative votes, The Communicator, January 2012 (pdf)


CA State Senate Redistricting Maps, 2011 Final


AB9: Anti-Bullying Law: see the description of Seth’s Law and a moving story about Seth here:

SB128: School Facilities Funding

SBX1: Funding for Partnership Schools, $8,000,000

More information on the California June 5, 2012 primary here.

I'm Cynthia Liu, Owner/Founder of K12 News Network. I'm the proud product of public schools through post-grad, the mom of a child in public schools, and the daughter of two teachers. Connect with me professionally on LinkedIn.

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  1. Linda Sutton - June 13, 2012, 3:33 pm

    I’d like to see you NAME NAMES inside the article rather than requiring people to go to the links. I like your calling out these guys and if it’s done and networked on a regular basis, maybe eventually, some day, they’ll be held accountable. Or at least people in the district will become more knowledgeable about what their votes have been. I think that’s the least covered of the news in the state. Activists who care need to zero in on these egregious votes and keep blogging the hell out of them until more people wake up.

    Oh, I’m a former Californian now in WA state….just visiting for the week. But catching up on e-mails///LS

  2. Cynthia - June 14, 2012, 5:10 pm

    Hi Linda,
    Thanks for reading and for the feedback. Sounds like you prefer me to give recommendations in my next one.

    You may have missed the Facebook postings where I did exactly that:

    “For CA voters — a handy Education Voters’ Guide from @K12NN that shows the edu voting records of State Senate and Assembly incumbents on the newly redistricted maps. These incumbents denied us the chance to extend taxes for public schools, and voted NO on an important anti-bullying law. WTH??

    Key races for CA State Senate where electing the Dem could make a difference for public education: Riverside (SD 31) Vote NO on Jeff Miller (R); Walnut to Fullerton (SD29) Vote NO on Bob Huff (R); Irvine to Laguna-Huntington-Newport (SD37) Vote NO on Mimi Walters (R); Santa Cruz to San Luis Obispo could flip blue (SD21).

    Key races in the Assembly where electing the Dem could make a difference for public education: Bakersfield (AD34) Vote NO on Shannon Grove (R); Oxnard & Thousand Oaks (AD44) Vote NO on Jeff Gorell (R); San Luis Obispo (AD35) Vote NO on Katcho Achadjian (R); Manteca-Oakdale (AD12) Vote NO on Kristin Olsen (R); Yuba City to Chico (AD3) Vote NO on Dan Logue (R).

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