The ultimate voter guide: Everything to know about election day, L.A. mayoral race

Polling location in Hollywood
On Monday I voted at this polling location in Hollywood. When I was done and a man gave me my voting sticker, I cheered and the polling staff clapped for me.
(Justin Ray)

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Tuesday, June 7. I’m Justin Ray.

On Monday I voted. I felt like I couldn’t rightly send you all a guide to voting without having done so myself.

I went in person to a place in Hollywood, where they easily located my registration records. The only part I messed up is, at one point, the machine printed off my ballot. Then it asked me to review it and put it back into the machine. I tried to give it to the staff who kindly explained the process.

To make sure your voting experience goes a lot smoother, here is everything you need to know about the election. Turnout so far has been dismal, but that could all change Tuesday. A larger guide can be found here, but I will lay out the basics.

How to vote


You can check here if you are registered. Not registered? You can visit a voting center Tuesday to complete a conditional voter registration.

Registered voters can cast their ballots in person or return a completed mail-in ballot at each site. On election day, which is Tuesday, each site will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Here is everything that will be on your ballot. If you need to find voting centers, here is an interactive map (or you can check the county’s map).

What about the L.A. mayoral election?

The Times Editorial Board has issued its endorsements for the election.

Here is where the mayoral candidates stand on transportation, policing, crime, climate change and homelessness.

The Times has published profiles of the three mayoral candidates who have polled the highest:

And now, here’s what’s happening across California:


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Sonoma State President Judy Sakaki announced Monday that she is stepping down. Sakaki faced an outcry over her leadership amid a campus sexual harassment and retaliation scandal involving her and her husband. Los Angeles Times

There are initial signs that California’s latest wave of coronavirus cases may be slowing. One big question, however, is whether reporting delays from the Memorial Day weekend are contributing to the perceived decrease. Here is what the latest numbers show in L.A. and across the state. Los Angeles Times

People wait in line for a COVID-19 test in Los Angeles.
People wait in line for a COVID-19 test in Los Angeles on Jan. 4.
(Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)


Column: These Black men say they’ll vote for Rick Caruso, not Karen Bass. A new poll of likely voters found that roughly half of Black men plan to vote for Rick Caruso, not Karen Bass. “Of course, it’s not written in stone somewhere that all Black people must vote for Black candidates,” columnist Erika D. Smith writes. “But in this liberal city in this very liberal state, it’s also true that Caruso is the most conservative candidate running.” Smith gives her theories about why Black men are backing the billionaire, and she explains what she calls the “Ice Cube effect.” Los Angeles Times

Congresswoman Karen Bass, who is running for L.A. mayor, among her supporters.
Congresswoman Karen Bass, who is running for L.A. mayor, among her supporters and volunteers.
(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles is hosting the Summit of the Americas, the first time the event has been hosted in this country since 1994. We have created a guide for the event that includes information on attendees, President Biden’s goals for the summit and what the LAPD has said about policing the event. Los Angeles Times

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Column: The outcome is still unclear in fight over California Assembly speaker position. Besides governor, there’s no office in California government more powerful than Assembly speaker. There is a fight over this position that’s being waged mostly out of public view between current Speaker Anthony Rendon of Lakewood and Assemblyman Robert Rivas from Hollister in San Benito County. Here’s what else you may not realize about the position, and the men who are vying for it. Los Angeles Times

Assemblyman Robert Rivas, left, and Speaker Anthony Rendon
Current Speaker Anthony Rendon of Lakewood, right, and Assemblyman Robert Rivas from Hollister in San Benito County.
(Associated Press)


A California man accused of killing a couple after mistaking a woman for his ex-girlfriend will spend the rest of his life in prison, Orange County prosecutors said. James Rayon Buggs, 47, of Huntington Beach, was sentenced to two consecutive life terms without parole plus 54 years to life in prison in the 2019 slayings. Buggs killed Darren Partch, 38, and Wendi Sue Miller, 48, inside Partch’s condo, prosecutors say. Miller, whose hair resembled that of Buggs’ ex-girlfriend, had met Partch just hours before both were slain. Sacramento Bee

A lawyer won a personal-injury case. Then came the video, and an apology. A medical malpractice attorney told an Orange County jury how utterly meritless the case against his gastroenterologist client was. The plaintiffs’ demand for $10 million for the death of their father, a 49-year-old forklift operator, amounted to nothing less than “extortion,” he said. However, when the attorney talked to his colleagues, he used different language, saying the case involved “a guy that was probably negligently killed, but we kind of made it look like other people did it.” That’s not all. Los Angeles Times

Katherine Garcia, 21, left, and her sister Johanna Garcia, 27, are photographed at their home in Norwalk.
Katherine Garcia, 21, left, and her sister Johanna Garcia, 27, are photographed at their home in Norwalk. They are the daughters of Enrique Garcia, seen in a framed photograph they are holding, a 49-year-old Santa Ana man and forklift operator who died in December 2017 after a medical procedure at South Coast Global Medical Center.
(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

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A McDonald’s was temporarily closed in Central California after videos allegedly showed mice and roaches inside the restaurant. The videos were posted on Facebook (click if you dare). The Fresno County Health Division said it was looking into the conditions of the McDonald’s. The Fresno Bee said that a message left with McDonald’s corporate office was not immediately returned. The Fresno Bee

3 articles on saving water during the drought. The Times’ Utility team published stories to help you in the state’s efforts to save water:

A kayaker fishes in Lake Oroville as water levels remain low in Oroville, Calif.
A kayaker fishes in Lake Oroville as water levels remain low due to continuing drought conditions in Oroville, Calif., on Aug. 22, 2021.
(Associated Press)


A woman found $36,000 in cash hidden inside a couch she obtained through Craigslist. Vicky Umodu, of Colton in San Bernardino County, found two sofas and a matching chair that someone was giving away for free on the site. The family was getting rid of the furniture after a loved one passed. When she got home, she found several envelopes filled with thousands of dollars in cash. She returned the cash but, as a way to say thank you, the family agreed to give Umodu $2,200 — money she needed to buy a new refrigerator. ABC7


After three turbulent years atop one of college baseball’s proudest programs, Jason Gill is out as USC’s baseball coach. Gill was fired by USC on Monday, more than a year after the university opened an investigation into his conduct. Los Angeles Times

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Today’s California memory is from Rita Sotolongo:

Tucked away in a shoebox is my time machine. When I open the lid, I am transported to senior ditch day at the Santa Cruz boardwalk. I see skateboarders performing tricks at San Francisco’s pier seven. I feel the crisp chill as I drive along the Pacific Coast Highway. My parents are still married and we’re at Disneyland. And conversations drip with the word “hella.” All without leaving my bedroom. In 2005 I traded Golden for Sunshine, but I keep you safe in my mementos, Cali. You will always be with me in these treasured coming-of-age memories. And I will never be fully gone from your shores.

If you have a memory or story about the Golden State, share it with us. (Please keep your story to 100 words.)

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