Cheat Sheet for Nov. 6 Ballot

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Based on numerous requests from friends, I’m sharing my endorsements for the (tremendously long and difficult to understand) Nov. 6 election here, see below. Next election, I’ll give a summary of my thinking but I have too much on my plate to do so now, which is why this is a “cheat sheet” not a thorough endorsement with explanations.

After spending several hours researching the ballot, I’ve realized the following:

  • Ballotpedia should be praised for making our complicated and hidden election processes transparent. As a mostly volunteer organization, it’s totally deserving of your monetary donations, after all “Giving Tuesday” is right around the corner.
  • Our so-called democracy is set up for those who are highly educated. Most of the state measures require at least some graduate school in order to just read the language used on the ballot, according to Ballotpedia’s “Readability Score.” How’s the average bear supposed to navigate it all? 
  • Measure 7, on Daylight Saving Time, is the only state measure that had $0 money for-or-against it. This gives us a glimpse of what our democracy could look like if millions of dollars weren’t used to pay for advertisements to sway us one way or another. 


Position  Person
Governor Gavin Newsom
Lt Governor Eleni Kounalakis
Secretary of State Alex Padilla
Controller Betty T. Yee
Treasurer Fiona Ma
Attorney General Xavier Becerra
Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara
Member of State Board of Equalization: 3rd District Tony Vazquez
US Senator Dianne Feinstein
US Representative: 32nd District Grace Napolitano
State Senator: 22nd District Mike Eng
Member of State Assembly: 48th District Blanca Rubio
Judges  Yes or No
Supreme Court: Carol A. Corrigan No (based on this call)
Supreme Court: Leondra R. Kruger Yes
Court of Appeal Justice: Victoria G. Chaney Yes
Court of Appeal Justice: Helen Bendix Yes
Court of Appeal Justice: Elwood Lui Yes
Court of Appeal Justice: Victoria M. Chavez Yes
Court of Appeal Justice: Luis A. Lavin Yes
Court of Appeal Justice: Halim Dhanidina Yes
Court of Appeal Justice: Anne H. Egerton Yes
Court of Appeal Justice: Nora M. Manella Yes
Court of Appeal Justice: Thomas Willhite NO (based on this ruling)
Court of Appeal Justice: Dorothy C. Kim Yes
Court of Appeal Justice: Carl H. Moor Yes
Court of Appeal Justice: Lamar W. Baker Yes
Court of Appeal Justice: Arthur Gilbert Yes
Court of Appeal Justice: Martin J. Tangeman Yes
Court of Appeal Justice: Gail R. Feuer Yes
Court of Appeal Justice: John L. Segal Yes
Court of Appeal Justice: Tricia A. Bigelow Yes
Position Person
Judicial: Office No. 4 A. Veronica Sauceda
Judicial: Office No. 16 Patricia (Patti) Hunter
Judicial: Office No. 60 Tony J. Cho
Judicial: Office No. 113 Javier Perez
Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony K. Thurmond
Assessor Jeffrey Prang
Sheriff Alex Villanueva
State Measure Yes or No
State Measure 1 (Housing Assistance) Yes
State Measure 2 (Housing Assistance) Yes
State Measure 3 (Water) No
State Measure 4 (Hospitals) Yes
State Measure 5 (Property Tax) No
State Measure 6 (Tax/Road Repair) No
State Measure 7 (Daylight Saving Time) Yes
State Measure 8 (Kidney Dialysis) Yes
State Measure 9 (Removed from Ballot) N/A
State Measure 10 (Rent Control) Yes
State Measure 11 (Private Emergency Workers) No
State Measure 12 (Farm Animals) Yes
County Measure W (Water) No
Other Local
Mt. San Antonio Community College District: Governing Board Member Area 2 Ruth Luevand
Mt. San Antonio Community College District: Measure GO No

Feminisms in Motion Launch Party: Oct. 20


You’re invited to join us for an afternoon launch party and reading of Feminisms in Motion: Voices for Justice, Liberation and Transformation. This anthology is a culmination of 10 years of publishing of the feminist magazine make/shift, which Daria, Jess and I started a decade ago. I’ll be reading my essay from the book and there will plenty of food and hugs for all. You can buy a copy of the book online for a discounted price now. See you there!

Feminisms in Motion Debuts Oct. 9

Feminisms in Motion

Remember when Jess, Daria and I started the intersectional feminist magazine make/shift in 2007? The mag. was published for 10 years and the new anthology Feminisms in Motion: Voices for Justice, Liberation, and Transformation is a collection of some key pieces written by the “most inspiring feminist writers of the decade,” including yours truly! My essay and book review “Bathing Beneath the Lebanese Sky” is included in this stunning book. 

Angela Davis has said this about the new anthology: “This wide-ranging collection of extraordinary writings—drawn from a decade of the important work of make/shift magazine to document feminist cultures and organizing strategies—offers a snapshot of ten years of incisive political and cultural analysis centering the work of women of color artists and activists. In the contemporary political moment, when there is such urgency to act, these writers insist that we consistently critique our analyses and approaches, and remind us how vitally important explicitly intersectional, multi-issue organizing strategies are to the success of our movements. Feminisms in Motion provides both a historical record of significant antiracist feminist interventions and a roadmap for moving us in the direction of freedom and justice.”

Buy your copy today! You can preorder now at 25% off the list price ($15 instead of $20) and they’ll ship it to you in early October. Stay tuned for details of a release party on Oct. 20 in L.A.

Don’t Choke On Your Silence

Sister Outsider.pngAudre Lorde’s Sister Outsider has sat on my shelf unread for decades. Thankfully, I picked it up last night and found these much-needed words for these times:

“We can learn to work and speak when we are afraid in the same way we have learned to work and speak when we are tired. For we have been socialized to respect fear more than our own needs for language and definition, and while we wait in silence for that final luxury of fearlessness, the weight of that silence will choke us.

The fact that we are here and that I speak these words is an attempt to break that silence and bridge some of those differences between us, for it is not difference which immobilizes us, but silence. And there are so many silences to be broken.

Cheat Sheet for the June 5 California Election

Responsible Citizen 2018

A friend of mine who’s overwhelmed by making ends meet and mommyhood asked me if I could tell her how to vote in the upcoming primary. Given how non-transparent electoral politics are, I assume she’s not the only one who could use a hand. So, I spent most of my Sunday figuring out which bubbles to fill in so that you don’t have to! (I highly recommend to help sort through it all.) See my recommendations below. 


Catch Me At LitFest Pasadena!


Come on out to LitFest Pasadena at the Pasadena Playhouse on Sat., May 19 at 5:30 PM. I’ll be talking about my experience as an Arab American feminist writer from LA. Join in the thought-provoking discussion and give me a hug. Much-needed medicine in these times.