Bay Area Democratic organizer Kimberly Ellis, who narrowly lost the race to be the next leader of the California Democratic Party, on Monday said her campaign found evidence of hundreds of voting discrepancies, including mismatched voter signatures and “multiple” cases of delegates voting more than once.
“Based on the information contained here, the actual vote count is in question. It is believed that the wrong individual is serving as chair,” the Ellis campaign stated in a six-page memo released Monday evening.
Ellis lost the election for state party chairperson to Eric Bauman, the chairman of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, by just over 60 votes during the party’s convention in Sacramento on May 20.
The "Star Wars" theme song blared as participants entered Nanjing’s environmental conference on Monday, a fitting lead-in to Gov. Jerry Brown’s fervent speech about climate change and the new frontiers he pledged to conquer.
The Democratic governor gave his usual rally cry in this coastal Chinese city, imploring the packed ballroom to help reinforce a global commitment to climate change. But a more specific theme also emerged, an undercurrent in his five-night trip that he’s echoed in several meetings with officials: Brown is looking to China for the future of California’s electric vehicles.
The state aims to put 4 million to 5 million electric cars on roads by 2030, he said at the event, “and we aren’t going to get there until Chinese business people, Chinese government leaders make it a priority to develop batteries and electric cars. And we will too.”
The drama surrounding the election of a new California Democratic Party leader continues.
Newly elected state party Chairman Eric Bauman on Monday criticized his rival in the race for continuing to allege improprieties in the election she narrowly lost just over two weeks ago at the state party convention, saying her attacks are disparaging the party.
“Ms. Ellis has chosen to ratchet up the rancor at every turn, propagating inaccurate innuendoes and disingenuous half-truths designed to turn our members against each other,” Bauman said a statement released Monday morning.
State Treasurer John Chiang plans to poke at one of his top gubernatorial rivals Tuesday when he unveils a notable endorsement at Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights.
That neighborhood is the birthplace of former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and Chiang will be endorsed there by Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar, the man Villaraigosa recruited to run for his council seat when he was elected mayor in 2005. Villaraigosa declined to comment on the endorsement.
“John Chiang is a powerful voice for efficiency and transparency in state and local government who has saved taxpayers billions as Controller and Treasurer,” Huizar said in a statement. “John Chiang is the candidate for Governor with the experience and proven track record to fight for a better future for all Californians.”
California Gov. Jerry Brown’s first day in China began with a ceremonial signing and then proceeded to pandas.
Brown started the first leg of his five-night China tour Sunday in Chengdu, the southwestern city known for the cuddly creatures, high-tech and fiery hot pot.
He quickly signed a ceremonial document acknowledging a sister relationship between his state and the broader province, known as Sichuan, while traditional Chinese music blared from a speaker. The ceremony added another ally in California’s relationship with China and set the tone for a trip focused on forging climate change partnerships.
With less than three days until the special congressional election in Los Angeles, hundreds of newly registered voters have not received the mail ballots they requested, county election officials say.
More than 400 voters who registered as permanent mail voters between May 1 and May 31 have not gotten their ballots to vote, said Aaron Nevarez, a manager for governmental and legislative affairs at the L.A. County registrar's office.
He said although these voters showed up in the Secretary of State's database as permanent mail voters, they did not appear in the county's records as mail voters. The campaigns of attorney Robert Lee Ahn and Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez, both Democrats, received an email about the issue Saturday. The two are running to replace Xavier Becerra, who left Congress to become California's attorney general.