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SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE RECOMMENDATIONS
For the June 7, 2016 California Primary Elections

JUDGE VOTER GUIDE
Judge Voter Guide is a great resource from my knowledgeable, conservative friend, Craig Huey. Note-his New Rating System is now a 1 to 5 scale (instead of a 1-3 scale) For an explanation as to how JVG comes up with their recommendations, see their website. I refer extensively to the recommendations from Craig’s site below.


SEE “ALL COUNTIES” PAGE for links to various counties.
Additional Conservative Judge Recommendations will be posted within some of the conservative voter guides posted on some of the county pages. We will keep adding the information in the next couple of weeks as we receive it.

Ideas for Researching Judges

Basic Information on the California Court System


ALAMEDA COUNTY Superior Court Judge Recommendation
This Alameda County Judge recommendation came from JudgeVoterGuide.com

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Alameda; Office 2
Jonathan Van Ee - Selected by JudgeVoterGuide.com as the best candidate in this race
JVG rates him as 3 stars-“acceptable” (on their 1-5 Star Rating System)


EL DORADO COUNTY Superior Court Judge Recommendation
Robyn Nordell highly recommends voting for ROLAND TIEMANN!

Trusted El Dorado Judge Steven Bailey recommends Roland Tiemann, as do many other fine people. See Roland’s endorsement list and learn more about him here.


KERN COUNTY Superior Court Judge Recommendations
These Kern County Judge recommendations come from JudgeVoterGuide.com - http://www.judgevoterguide.com/
For fuller explanation as to how JVG comes up with their recommendation, see their website.

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 20
David Wolf - Selected by JudgeVoterGuide.com as the best candidate in this race
JVG rates him as 4 stars-“very good” (on their 1-5 Star Rating System)

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 34
Tiffany Organ-Bowles
Selected by JudgeVoterGuide.com as the best candidate in this race
JVG rates him as 4 stars-“very good” (on their 1-5 Star Rating System)


LOS ANGELES COUNTY Superior Court Judge Recommendation
These LA County Judge recommendations come from JudgeVoterGuide.com - http://www.judgevoterguide.com/
For fuller explanation as to how JVG comes up with their recommendations, see their website.

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 11
Steven Schreiner - Selected by JudgeVoterGuide.com as the best candidate in this race
JVG rates him as 4 stars-“very good” (on their 1-5 Star Rating System)

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 42
Michael Ribons - Selected by JudgeVoterGuide.com as the best candidate in this race
JVG rates him as 3 stars-“acceptable” (on their 1-5 Star Rating System)

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 60
James A. Kaddo– Selected by JudgeVoterGuide.com as the best candidate in this race
JVG rates him as 3 stars-“acceptable” (on their 1-5 Star Rating System)

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 84
Aaron J Weissman and Hubert Yun were given equal ratings as the best candidates in this race
JVG rates Both of Them as 3 stars-“acceptable” (on their 1-5 Star Rating System)

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 120
Eric O. Ibisi– Selected by JudgeVoterGuide.com as the better of the two candidates in this race
JVG rates him as 2 stars-“Vote only to prevent worse candidate from winning” (on their 1-5 Star Rating System)

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 158
Naser “Nas” Khoury- Selected by JudgeVoterGuide.com as the best candidate in this race
JVG rates him as 5 stars-“The best candidate. Our strongest endorsement” (on their 1-5 Star Rating System)

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 165
Kathryn Ann Solorzano
JVG rates her as 2 stars-“Vote only to prevent worse candidate from winning” (on their 1-5 Star Rating System)


MARIN COUNTY Superior Court Judge Recommendation
This Marin County Judge recommendation came from JudgeVoterGuide.com - http://www.judgevoterguide.com/
For fuller explanation as to how JVG comes up with their recommendation, see their website.

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Marin; Office 2
Thomas M. McCallister - Selected by JudgeVoterGuide.com as the best candidate in this race
JVG rates him as 3 stars-“acceptable” (on their 1-5 Star Rating System)


ORANGE COUNTY Superior Court Judge Recommendations
These Orange County Recommendations came from Robyn Nordell

JUDGE OFFICE #3: MEGAN L WAGNER
I highly recommend Megan!

JUDGE OFFICE #40: LARRY YELLIN
This is not a strong endorsement, but simply a recommendation for the better of the two options.

JUDGE OFFICE #48: NO RECOMMENDATION IN THIS RACE
You can do your own research or just leave this race blank. I (Robyn) have significant issues with both of these candidates.

“Several O.C Judicial candidates choose their favorite US Supreme Court Justices,” by Kelly Robinson, 4/10/16. This article asked: “Which United States Supreme Court Justice, living or dead, do you admire most and why?”

Karen Schatzle chose Liberal Justice Stephen Breyer. She comments that Breyer embodies “neutrality,” and “follows a philosophy of judicial restraint.” (Karen’s choice of Breyer and comments about him are deeply disturbing, as Liberal Justice Stephen Breyer voted For Obamacare, For Same-sex marriage, and earlier had authored the 5-4 majority opinion that struck down a Nebraska statute criminalizing partial birth abortions.) Scott Steiner chose Conservative Justice William Rehnquist.

Some research tools for this race:
Candidate Karen Schaltze   -   Candidate Judge Scott Steiner
You might Check out their endorsements. You might also search for each of their names, with Superior Court Judge 2016. Then add “OC Bar ratings.”

Orange County Superior Court judge [Steiner] censured for in-office sex, Sept. 2, 2014.

JUDGE OFFICE #49: MIKE MURRAY

ORANGE COUNTY JUDGE Recommendations from Craig Alexander, Nancy Sandoval, and Kathy Dittner can be found within their voter guides on the O.C. page.


RIVERSIDE COUNTY Superior Court Judge Recommendation
This Riverside County Judge recommendation came from JudgeVoterGuide.com - http://www.judgevoterguide.com/
For fuller explanation as to how JVG comes up with their recommendation, see their website.

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Riverside; Office 6
Shaffer Cormell - Selected by JudgeVoterGuide.com as the best candidate in this race
JVG rates him as 5 stars-“The best candidate. Our strongest endorsement” (on their 1-5 Star Rating System)
(Robyn Nordell’s note: I also looked into this race and am in agreement that Shaffer Cormell is the best choice in this race.)


SAN BERNARDINO Superior Court Judge Recommendation
This S.B. County Judge recommendation came from JudgeVoterGuide.com - http://www.judgevoterguide.com/
For fuller explanation as to how JVG comes up with their recommendation, see their website.

Judge of the Superior Court; County of San Bernardino; Office 24
Susan Slater Selected by JudgeVoterGuide.com as the best candidate in this race
JVG rates her as 4 stars-“very good” (on their 1-5 Star Rating System)


SAN DIEGO COUNTY Superior Court Judge Recommendation
This San Diego County Judge recommendation came from Several Sources

Judge of the Superior Court; County of San Diego; Office 25
Paul Ware - Selected by JudgeVoterGuide.com as the best candidate in this race
JVG rates him as 4 stars-“very good” (on their 1-5 Star Rating System)
Robyn Nordell and Penny Harrington (see San Diego pg-Penny’s Picks) also recommend Paul Ware

Judge of the Superior Court; County of San Diego; Office 38
You can see JudgeGuide.com for a little more insight, but they do not give a recommendation in this race.
Penny Harrington (see San Diego pg-Penny’s Picks) also gives no recommendation in this race.
Penny simply states, “No recommendation. Neither is conservative.”


SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY Superior Court Judge Recommendation
This S.B. County Judge recommendation came from JudgeVoterGuide.com - http://www.judgevoterguide.com/
For fuller explanation as to how JVG comes up with their recommendation, see their website.

Judge of the Superior Court; County of San Francisco
Victor Hwang - Selected by JudgeVoterGuide.com as the better of the two candidates in this race
JVG rates him as 2 stars-“Vote only to prevent worse candidate from winning” (on their 1-5 Star Rating System)


ADDITIONAL WAYS OF FINDING OUT ABOUT JUDGES – for those who want to do their own research.
  • Check with lawyers and those within the court system who you know have similar values and philosophy to your own. They may be able to give you advice.
  • Check with conservative, knowledgeable, and trusted legislators and activists in your county. Some of them research judge candidates and are prepared to share their recommendations.
  • Attend a Debate or Other Public Speaking Event. Many judicial candidates participate in/speak at candidate forums and other events.

    If you have an opportunity to interview candidates running for judge, you might want to incorporate some of the questions used in JudgeVoterGuide.com Candidate Questionnaire.
  • Check candidates’ websites for basic information and their endorsement lists. You might do a Google search for the candidates’ names and various issues. Sometimes even pictures on the candidates websites give insightful clues about the candidate – who they are pictured with, at what events, etc.
  • Look for more ideas in KCET’s article, “How to Judge a Judge,” by Brian Frank.
DISCLAIMER: I’m posting this article because it has some good ideas Under the Section, “Resources to Help You Evaluate the Candidates.” However, I would not pay much attention to the mentions of the liberal State Bar or the liberal LA County Bar Association’s ratings - historically they favor Liberal Judge candidates NOT conservatives.


BASIC INFORMATION on the California Court System
Fact Sheet – California Judicial Branch
Basics on California Supreme Court, Appeals Courts, and Superior Courts

Official California Courts Website
Extensive information on the California Supreme Court, Courts of Appeals, and Superior Courts, including bios of Justices of both the Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal.

Student Resource Center Materials
Of the Orange County Superior Court
California Court Overview-FLOW CHART
California Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Superior Courts
California Court History / Structure
Criminal Court
Civil Cases
Juvenile Court

California Courts Judicial Selection/Election/Retention Process
California Court Duration of Term
Supreme Court 12 years
Court of Appeals 12 years
Superior Court 6 years
 
California Court Method of Retention
Supreme Court Retention election
Court of Appeals Retention election
Superior Court Reelection
 
California Court Time Frame for Election/ Appointment
Supreme Court 10 years' practice of law in state or service
as a judge of court of record
Court of Appeals 10 years' practice of law in state or service
as a judge of court of record
Superior Court 10 years' practice of law in state or service
as a judge of court of record


Selection and retention methods and term lengths are prescribed by Article VI of the California Constitution.

Judicial Positions

Judge: An official of the judicial branch of government with authority to decide lawsuits brought before the court. Elected or appointed by the Governor.

Commissioner: A person elected by the judges of the court and given the power to hear and make decisions in certain kinds of legal matters.

Referee: A person appointed by the Court who can make decisions on limited legal matters such as juvenile or traffic offenses.

Judge Pro Tem: A person or judge appointed by the Presiding Judge of a particular county to sit temporarily on a given court usually in the regular judge's absence.

Temporary Judge: A member of the State Bar appointed by the court and stipulated to by the parties to hear cases and make decisions in certain kinds of legal matters.

The above chart was used with permission of the American Judicature Society.
Source: AJS Methods of Judicial Selection: California