Endorsements

Here are my ballot recommendations for the November 6, 2018 election based on my own research. Click here to download my entire list of endorsements which you can print out and take with you to the polls.

 
Governor - Gavin Newsom
Lieutenant Governor - Ed Hernandez
Secretary of State - Alex Padilla
Controller - Betty Yee
Treasurer - Fiona Ma
Attorney General - Xavier Becerra
Insurance Commissioner - Ricardo Lara
Member State Board of Equalization-1st district - Tom Hallinan
Member State Board of Equalization-2nd district - Malia Cohen
Member State Board of Equalization-3rd district - Tony Vazquez 
Member State Board of Equalization-4th district - No recommendation
Superintendent of Public Instruction- Tony Thurmond
United States Senator- Kevin De Leon

US Representative 27th District- Judy Chu
US Representative 25th District- Katie Hill
US Representative 28th District- Adam Schiff
US Representative 39th District- Gil Cisneros
US Representative 43rd District- Maxine Waters
US Representative 44th District- Nanette Barragan
US Representative 45th District- Katie Porter
US Representative 48th District- Harley Rouda
US Representative 50th District- Ammar Campa-Najjar

CA State Senate 22nd District - Mike Eng
CA State Assembly 41st District - Chris Holden

Judicial Supreme Court Justice
Carol A. Corrigan- NO
Leondra R. Kruger- Yes 

Judicial Court of Appeal Justice
Victoria G. Chaney- NO
Helen Bendix- not sure about this candidate. She was favorably rated by some conservative sties but is also endorsed by Indivisible Suffragists. I was leaning to No, but now I'm not sure...
Elwood Lui- YES
Victoria M. Chavez- NO
Luis A. Lavin- YES
Halim Dhanidina- YES
Anne H. Egerton- YES
Nora M. Manella- NO
Thomas Willhite- NO
Dorothy C. Kim- YES
Carl H. Moor- YES
Lamar W. Baker- YES
Arthur Gilbert- YES
Martin J. Tangeman- YES
Gail R. Feuer- YES
John L. Segal- YES
Tricia A. Bigelow-NO

Judicial Office No. 4- A. Veronica Sauceda
Judicial Office No. 16- Patricia (Patti) Hunter
Judicial Office No. 60- Either candidate is fine, LACDP endorses Tony J. Cho
Judicial Office No. 113- Javier Perez

County Assessor- Jeffrey Prang
Sheriff- Alex Villanueva

State Measures
Measure 1- YES
Measure 2- YES 
Measure 3- NO
Measure 4- NO 
Measure 5- NO
Measure 6- NO
Measure 7- YES
Measure 8- NO
Measure 10- YES
Measure 11- NO
Measure 12- YES

County Measures W- YES

South Pasadena City Measure N- NOOOOOOO!
Glendale City Measure S- YES 

South Pasadena City Council- Michael Cacciotti and Diana Mahmud
South Pasadena School Board- Michele Kipke, Julie Giulioni and Zahir Robb
South Pasadena City Clerk- Evelyn Zneimer
City Treasurer- Gary Pia 

Alhambra City Council- Adele Andrade-Stadler
El Rancho Unified School District Board - Jose Lara

I have reviewed the recommendations of the organizations, below, and have made my own determination on which candidates and measures to support or oppose. 

Los Angeles County Democratic Party, California Democratic Party, League of Women Voters, National Women’s Political Caucus, Sierra Club, League of Conservation Voters, Planned Parenthood, California Teachers’ Association, California Federation of Labor, Human Rights Campaign, California Nurses Association, The Green Party of California and some conservative websites.

The cheesy graphic above was made by Sean 😉

 

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Dr. Suzie Abajian's List of Recommended Candidates for June 5, 2018 Election

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Upcoming April 18 SPUSD Board of Education Meeting

This is a courtesy reminder about the upcoming Tuesday, April 18 (6:30PM) Regular Board Meeting in the SPUSD Board Room at 1020 El Centro Street. 

ON THE AGENDA: 

  • Report & Discussion on Construction Options for the South Pasadena Middle School "Old" Gymnasium

Below, you can read some recent NEWS: 

  • On April 11, two of our SPHS students participated in a Town Hall with Congresswoman Judy Chu sponsored by the South Pasadena Democratic Club. Sophomore Sophie Dreskin and Senior Anthony Chen read questions from the audience to Rep. Chu in the Library Community Room. 
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  • Congratulations to the SPHS Virtual Business classes, which recently competed in the San Francisco Competition and Trade Fair. Pictured below from left to right, Kate Ba, Ben Elbaum, Daniel Chun and Jae Jin Lee won first place in the Sustainable Business Plan Competition. Tiger teams overall knocked out the competition with six, first place awards, one second place award and two gold level awards. Go Tigers! (photo credit: SPHS)
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  • On March 21, together with 150 CA School Board Members I went to Sacramento for a California School Boards Association (CSBA) Legislative Action Day to advocate on behalf of our public schools. We met with our state Senators and Assemblymembers and asked them to support legislation that would address school funding issues and the California teacher shortage. Last month I was elected by the school boards of surrounding cities to the CSBA Delegate Assembly. I will be representing 13 school districts in Region XXIII.

With Senator Portantino
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With Assembymember Holden
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In the California State Senate Chamber
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With Assemblymember Chau
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With Senator Mendoza & CSBA Regional Director Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez
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Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Sincerely,
Suzie

Dr. Suzie Abajian
Board Member, South Pasadena Unified School District
http://www.suzieabajian.com/

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Upcoming March 14 SPUSD Board of Education Meeting

This is a courtesy reminder of the upcoming Tuesday, March 14 (6:30PM) Regular Board Meeting in the SPUSD Board Room at 1020 El Centro Street. 

ON THE AGENDA: 

PUBLIC HEARING- SOUTH PASADENA MIDDLE SCHOOL "OLD" GYMNASIUM PROJECT 

This is the public's opportunity for comment about construction related to the South Pasadena Middle School (SPMS) old gymnasium building. Specifically, the Board wants to hear the community's perspective on repurposing the existing space versus replacing the structure. The future building will be a vibrant addition to the campus and will house a black box theater, instructional space for art classes, and a lab for robotics and other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) programs.

Following the public hearing there will be a presentation on the overview of construction options for the South Pasadena Middle School "Old" Gymnasium by Bob Simons, SVA Architects.


Below, you can read some recent SPUSD NEWS: 

  • Last month the SPUSD School Board unanimously voted to approve a resolution affirming South Pasadena Unified's commitment to a safe, inclusive, and non discriminatory school environment. Click here to see Student Board Member Anthony Chen read the resolution.

 

  • In January Governor Jerry Brown released a new state budget proposal for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. The proposal allows for modest education increases to Proposition 98 (Prop 98) and the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). However, based on this 2017-2018 budget proposal, South Pasadena Unified will receive less money than previously planned by the Governor. “Much to our surprise, considering the passage of Proposition 55, low unemployment, and economic growth, Governor Brown abruptly decreased the revenue for California’s public education system and, subsequently, for South Pasadena Unified by an estimated $900,000 from the state’s adopted budget in June of 2016. The Governor’s budget revisions have created an unexpected financial challenge for the district going forward,” said Superintendent Geoff Yantz. “In light of the state funding proposal, we need to start thinking less about establishing new programs and more about maintaining, operating and creating success within existing initiatives, and unfortunately, reducing or modifying programs and services to balance the budget,” said Yantz. Administrators, staff and the school board will work over the next few months to prepare a balanced budget for 2017-2018 that addresses the unexpected decline in state revenue.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Sincerely,
Suzie

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Upcoming February 14 SPUSD Board of Education Meeting

This is a courtesy reminder that on Tuesday, February 14 (yes, that's Valentine's Day!) at 6:30PM there will be a Regular Board Meeting in the SPUSD Board Room at 1020 El Centro Street. 
  • The Board will be voting on a resolution approving the form of a preliminary official statement in connection with the issuance of the District’s election of 2016 general obligation bonds Series A and approving various related actions
  • The Board will also be voting on a resolution approving a debt issuance and management policy in accordance with Senate Bill 1029
Resolution 2016-2017-20 In light of the rise across the country of xenophobia, racism and homophobia during and following the presidential election, I have been working on a resolution that will be presented to the board for a vote for us to show our commitment to all of our students, no matter what their race, religion, sexual orientation, national origin or immigration status may be. The resolution, if passed, will re-affirm our district's commitment in providing a safe, inclusive and supportive learning environment for all of our students. You can read the full text of proposed resolution here: http://southpasadena.agendaonline.net/public/Meeting/Attachments/DisplayAttachment.aspx?AttachmentID=533961&IsArchive=0

During the board meeting there will be presentations on the following:
  • South Pasadena High School Academic Decathlon Team - Janet Anderson, Principal 
  • Introduction of Bond Construction Coordinator - YANTZ 
  • South Pasadena High School Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Report - Janet Anderson, Principal 
  • Elementary Professional Development Update - GERVAIS 
  • Dual Immersion Update - GERVAIS 
  • Governor's January Budget Proposal - LUBS
Below, you can read some recent SPUSD NEWS: 
  • We're very proud of the SPHS Academic Decathlon Team which won the LA County contest for the 3rd consecutive year! Next stop: Sacramento for the California Academic Decathlon, which will be at the end of March in the state capital. Click here for the full LA Times article.
  • Congratulations to SPHS senior, Jason Kang, who has been selected as a Posse Foundation Scholar. Nominated by his counselor Nan Ng, Kang will be attending Bucknell University next fall and will participate in foundation-sponsored workshops, meetings and peer collaboration groups from his senior year though college graduation. Each Posse Scholar receives a four-year, full-tuition, leadership, merit scholarship and is placed in a “posse”, or group of 10 students from the Los Angeles area, who are attending the same partner college or university. Chosen from thousands of local students, Kang exemplifies extraordinary academic and leadership potential.
  • Mandarin Immersion Underway at Marengo and Spanish ImmersionContinues into Second Year at Monterey Hills. At  the start of the 2016-2017 school year, students in several South Pasadena Unified School District (SPUSD) classrooms began their public-school experiences with teachers instructing them in English and in a targeted language – either Spanish or Mandarin. This school year, Spanish is taught in one kindergarten and one first grade class at Monterey Hills Elementary School, and Mandarin instruction takes place within two kindergarten classes at Marengo Elementary School. Designed for children and parents who desire a proficiency in a language other than English, the classes seek to expand world language experiences for young learners. Click here to read more.

  • January 24, 2017 – Recently, Governor Jerry Brown released a new state budget proposal for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. The proposal allows for modest education increases to Proposition 98 (Prop 98) and the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). However, based on this 2017-2018 budget proposal, South Pasadena Unified will receive less money than previously planned by the Governor. “Much to our surprise, considering the passage of Proposition 55, low unemployment, and economic growth, Governor Brown abruptly decreased the revenue for California’s public education system and, subsequently, for South Pasadena Unified by an estimated $900,000 from the state’s adopted budget in June of 2016. The Governor’s budget revisions have created an unexpected financial challenge for the district going forward,” said Superintendent Geoff Yantz. “In light of the state funding proposal, we need to start thinking less about establishing new programs and more about maintaining, operating and creating success within existing initiatives, and unfortunately, reducing or modifying programs and services to balance the budget,” said Yantz. Administrators, staff and the school board will work over the next few months to prepare a balanced budget for 2017-2018 that addresses the unexpected decline in state revenue.
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Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Sincerely,
Suzie

Dr. Suzie Abajian
Board Member, South Pasadena Unified School District

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Upcoming January 10 SPUSD Board of Education Meeting

This is a courtesy reminder that on Tuesday, January 10 at 6:30PM there will be a Regular Board Meeting in the SPUSD Board Room at 1020 El Centro Street. 

In light of the rise across the country of xenophobia, racism and homophobia during and following the presidential election, I have requested that a resolution be presented to the board for a vote so that we can publicly demonstrate our commitment to all of our students, no matter what their race, religion, sexual orientation, national origin or immigration status may be. The resolution, if passed, will reaffirm our district's commitment in providing a safe, inclusive and supportive learning environment for all of our students. 

Also, during the board meeting, there will be presentations on the:

  • Preliminary Master Schedule for School Construction
  • Design for Construction of New Math Building Project at South Pasadena High School - Bob Simons, SVA Architects
here's a drawing of the new math building:

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Below, you can read some recent SPUSD NEWS: 

  • December 20 - The South Pasadena Unified School District (SPUSD) School Board voted to approve a construction delivery methodology and the international infrastructure company, Balfour Beatty, as construction manager for its bond program – Measure SP. The Board selected the company after the District completed interviews, reference checks, site visits, and a financial review and discussed the results at length during the public board meeting on December 13, 2016. The Board also heard a follow-up presentation and participated in a question and answer session with District legal counsel and representatives from the construction firm before voting to approve the selection of Balfour Beatty at its bond workshop held on December 17, 2016.  READ MORE HERE
  • December 13 - Collaboration between the Monterey Hills Elementary School (MHS) PTA and SPHS art students resulted in several beautifully painted outdoor umbrellas, which are now installed at the tables on the MHS playground. Led by high school art teacher Aimee Levie, students decorated the umbrellas in a Keith Haring style intended to unify the artwork with the subject of children, playgrounds, and the school’s mascot, the roadrunner. The school’s colors of yellow and green are artfully represented on the umbrellas with supplies paid for by the PTA.

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Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Sincerely,
Suzie

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December 13 Board Meeting

This is a courtesy reminder that on Tuesday, December 13 at 6:30PM there will be a Regular Board Meeting in the SPUSD Board Room at 1020 El Centro Street. 

Upcoming December 16 (Friday) deadline: As you know South Pasadena residents voted by almost 75% to approve Measure SP. Now a Citizens' Oversight Committee will be established. If you are interested in being on the committee, here is the application: http://www.spusd.net/news/view?d=x&id=1476958272404&group_id=1332658559183&return_url=1481598361266 

Below, you can read some recent SPUSD NEWS: 

  • December 7, 2016. SPHS Math Club Wins First Place at Bay Math League Competition:

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Congratulations to the SPHS Math Club for winning first place in the Bay Math League team competition on December 7, 2016 at Arcadia High School. The Bay Math League is a local competition between 12 high schools in the surrounding area, including San Marino, Arcadia, Palos Verdes, and North Hollywood. Thirty-five SPHS students competed in both team and individual competitions. Go Tigers! 

  • SPHS Academic Decathlon Off to a Strong Start

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2016-2017 SPHS Academic Decathlon team led by teacher Oliver Valcorza prepares for competition. (Photo courtesy of South Pasadena High School). The SPHS Academic Decathlon team is off to a strong start after round one of the Los Angeles County regional competition on November 12, 2016 at Monrovia High School. Posting their highest scores ever and breaking last year’s record, the SPHS team brought home 102 out of 140 awards given at the tournament. After this outstanding performance, the team is positioned in a three-way tie for third place in the nation. Go Tigers! 

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

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Dr. Suzie Abajian's Ballot Recommendations

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Vote YES on Measure SP

Join me in voting YES on Measure SP!

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I had an opportunity recently to do some phonebanking and called South Pas neighbors to encourage them to vote YES on Measure SP. Can you volunteer for 1 hour? Here are some volunteer opportunity dates:

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Have you seen the 2nd Yes On SP video? It's awesome!

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Our South Pasadena kids make the best case for why we need to vote YES on Measure SP:

Kudos to Julian Petrillo, Dean Serwin, Sheila Rossi and everyone who made this wonderful Public Service Announcement!

 

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