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Category: Torie Osborn

Voters approve Brown's tax measure, Proposition 30, AP says

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California voters have approved Gov. Jerry Brown’s measure to temporarily increase the state sales tax by a quarter-cent and income taxes on the wealthy by 1% to 3%, according to the Associated Press.

Brown had warned that if voters rejected the measure, billions of dollars would be cut from public education.

The reductions were written into the budget the governor signed over the summer, scheduled to take effect if Proposition 30 failed.

FULL RESULTS: California races

During the campaign, Brown faced opposition from the left and the right.

On the left, millionaire civil rights attorney Molly Munger pushed her own tax-hike measure, Proposition 38, and criticized the governor’s plan. Her proposition was rejected by California voters.

Meanwhile, anti-tax activists and wealthy conservative donors said the state government could not be trusted with more tax money.


Munger’s Proposition 38 fails, according to AP

Prop. 40, on state Senate districts, passes, per AP

Proposition 36 on three strikes law passes, AP says

-- Chris Megerian in Sacramento


Photo: Gov. Jerry Brown thanks supporters for their work on his temporary tax-hike initiative, Proposition 30, during an election night party in Sacramento. Credit: Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press

Torie Osborn hopes to ‘friend’ voters


Assembly candidate Torie Osborn has begun using a new online social organizing tool designed to help her campaign volunteers reach out to their Facebook friends and mine votes from those who live in her Westside district.

The system can identify which of a person’s Facebook friends is registered to vote in  the 50th Assembly District, where Osborn is competing  with two other Democrats—Assemblywoman Betsy Butler and Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom—and  Republican Bradly S. Torgan, an environmental attorney.  The top two finishers in the June 5 primary will advance to the November general election, regardless of party, in the hard-fought, high-spending contest.  (Butler and Osborn both had nearly $500,000 in their campaign treasuries at the end of the latest reporting period.)

Once the “Facebook for Torie” system locates registered voters, it can send volunteers to a phone bank interface to contact those voters.  Based on their conversations,  the volunteers can label  each  voter “supporter,” “undecided” or “supporting another candidate” and the results are added to the voter file for the campaign’s records.  Volunteers can learn how to use the new system by watching a video on—what else?—YouTube. 

Osborn campaign advisor Dave Jacobson said this is the first time the organizing tool has been used in a California political campaign.  It recently won a Campaign Excellence Award for best use of new technology from the American Assn. of Political Consultants, based on its  debut  in a 2011 ballot measure campaign in Ohio.

This isn’t the first time the Osborn campaign has tapped into technology.  It recently began using a virtual phone banking operation in which volunteers can call voters from the comfort of their own homes.  No  more slogging  to the campaign office  through that notorious Westside traffic!


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--Jean Merl

Photo: Facebook signage at the company's Menlo Park campus. Credit: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Torie Osborn wins Assembly race endorsement at Malibu forum

In a battle among three Democrats for a new, open Assembly seat, activist Torie Osborn was the overwhelming choice of the Malibu Democratic Club after a candidates forum on Sunday. But her victory may prompt a revision of the club’s endorsement rules.

Jean Goodman, the club's president and the forum's moderator, estimated that at least three-fourths of the approximately 80 people who attended the event at Malibu City Hall were not Malibu residents and had never before attended a meeting of the club and probably never would again.

Club rules allow anyone in attendance to vote as long as he or she has signed up for membership at least 30 days in advance of a club endorsement vote. The forum was scheduled well before the 30-day deadline, and Osborn’s supporters appeared to have seized the opportunity to join.

Osborn got 41 votes, Assemblywoman Betsy Butler of Marina del Rey received five and Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom received none; there were 13 votes for “no endorsement.”

Goodman said she is considering asking for a review and possible change of the rules.

The Westside-based 50th Assembly District seat is part of new political maps drawn for the first time by a voter-authorized independent citizens commission instead of legislators. The largely affluent, strongly Democratic district also includes Beverly Hills, West Hollywood and some L.A. neighborhoods.


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-- Jean Merl


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