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Ron Paul Wins Arizona Straw Poll

January 29, 2012
Ron Paul Wins Arizona Straw Poll

Ron Paul has won the Arizona Republican Party straw poll in a dramatic landslide, suggesting that other GOP candidates may have trouble winning the state’s presidential primary on February 28th. In the Arizona straw poll, Ron Paul won 256 votes, Newt Gingrich got 20 votes, Mitt Romney received 17 votes, and Rick Santorum garnered 8 votes. Mr. Paul has won many straw polls during his campaign for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, including landslide victories in the California straw poll and the Los Angeles County straw poll. The fact that Ron Paul continues to win straw polls reflects a base of support is that is loyal, widespread and undaunted by media attacks on the popular constitutional conservative. Ron Paul Wins Arizona Straw Poll More here: Ron Paul Wins Arizona Straw Poll

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Local Democratic Club Controversially Backs Osborn for State Assembly

January 9, 2012

Political veteran Torie Osborn on Sunday received the endorsement of the Malibu Democratic Club in the campaign for the newly created 50th Assembly District , which includes Beverly Hills. Opponent Betsy Butler , who currently represents another district in the Assembly, said Osborn gained the backing unfairly because her campaign recruited people to join the club so they could vote for her. Club members made the selection at Malibu City Hall following a one-hour forum, which was the first of the campaign featuring the three Democratic candidates. Republican hopeful Brad Torgan was not invited to the event. Osborn received 42 votes. Thirteen favored making no endorsement, five selected Butler and nobody backed Santa Monica Mayor/California Coastal Commissioner Richard Bloom . “I’m over the moon,” Osborn said in an interview with Patch after receiving the endorsement. “It’s my first one [from a local Democratic club]. I was decisive and it feels like a dry run for the whole campaign.” She said she was not involved in recruiting club members, but admitted her campaign “organized some people to either re-up [their memberships] or join.” “It’s a pretty common practice to use the candidates forums to do recruitment drives,” Osborn said. Butler said she heard Osborn got 42 people to join the club prior to the deadline to be an eligible voter—which was 30 days before the event—and that one person paid for the memberships with a single check.  Club President Jean Goodman wrote in an email to Patch, “We received a $1,000 contribution for payment of dues for a group of Torie Osborn supporters [with each membership costing $25] …  as to the name of the contributor, we will disclose that in our next report to the Secretary of State.” Malibu City Councilwoman Pamela Conley Ulich said the club voting rules prevented several Malibu residents from being able to participate. She said they were not aware they had to pay the membership fee 30 days prior to the session. When Conley Ulich asked people to raise their hands if they were Malibu residents, only about half the attendees did it. Bloom said he was not bothered about receiving zero votes. “This was an accurate reflection of who was in the room,” Bloom said when asked about the meaning of the results. Bloom noted a study done by the polling and research firm Lauer Johnson Research, which was hired by his campaign, that determined he had the most support and name recognition in the district. He said he was also not concerned that Osborn and Butler have received most of the prominent endorsements. “I think they’ve spent more time in the endorsement process,” Bloom said. “I’m really happy with the endorsements I have. But I’m very focused with running for office and doing my job as the mayor of Santa Monica. So I’m focusing in on the core responsibility of campaigning, and that’s reaching out to voters and the people who are ultimately going to be casting those ballots.” The three candidates are liberal Democrats, so there was little disagreement on major issues that were discussed during the forum. They all said education spending should be a priority. Osborn and Butler said they oppose the death penalty. Bloom said he only supports it in “exceptional cases,” including “mass murder where there is an admission and the evidence is crystal clear.” The next forum, hosted by the Pacific Palisades Democratic Club, will take place Jan. 15 from 2-4 p.m. at the Palisades Woman’s Club. The Santa Monica Democratic Club will host a forum Jan. 17 from 6:30-9 p.m. at Santa Monica’s main library. Be sure to follow Beverly Hills Patch on  Twitter  and “Like” us on  Facebook . Visit link: Local Democratic Club Controversially Backs Osborn for State Assembly

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‘Avoid the 100′ Anti-DUI Campaign Netted Nearly 600 Arrests This Weekend

December 20, 2011
‘Avoid the 100′ Anti-DUI Campaign Netted Nearly 600 Arrests This Weekend

This weekend marked the beginning of L.A. County’s “Avoid the 100″ anti-DUI holiday campaign, and what a successful campaign it was. City News Service reports that from Friday at 12:01 a.. to Sunday at 11:59 p.m., 598 arrests of drunk or drugged drivers were made. That tops last year’s numbers, which netted 510 arrests for the same weekend. more › Read more: ‘Avoid the 100′ Anti-DUI Campaign Netted Nearly 600 Arrests This Weekend

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Drink & Stay Put: L.A. County Launches Winter Anti-DUI Campaign

December 13, 2011
Drink & Stay Put: L.A. County Launches Winter Anti-DUI Campaign

Before you reach for your keys after that third glass of eggnog or that fifth holiday brew this holiday season, think “Avoid the 100.” Drunk and drugged drivers will be targeted during a two-week campaign of DUI/driver’s license checkpoints and hundreds of roving DUI patrols. Enforcement begins on Friday, December 16 and ends on Sunday, January 1. more › Continued here: Drink & Stay Put: L.A. County Launches Winter Anti-DUI Campaign

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Drink & Stay Put: L.A. County Launches Winter Anti-DUI Campaign

December 13, 2011
Drink & Stay Put: L.A. County Launches Winter Anti-DUI Campaign

Before you reach for your keys after that third glass of eggnog or that fifth holiday brew this holiday season, think “Avoid the 100.” Drunk and drugged drivers will be targeted during a two-week campaign of DUI/driver’s license checkpoints and hundreds of roving DUI patrols. Enforcement begins on Friday, December 16 and ends on Sunday, January 1. more › Continued here: Drink & Stay Put: L.A. County Launches Winter Anti-DUI Campaign

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Patch Profile: BHUSD Board Candidate Brian Goldberg

November 2, 2011

At a time of dissatisfaction with local and national government, Board of Education Vice President Brian Goldberg sees his incumbency as an advantage. “I am the only candidate running with proven experience, leadership and the courage needed to continue pushing our district forward,” said Goldberg, one of four candidates running for three Beverly Hills Unified School District school board seats on Nov. 8. His opponents are El Rodeo parent Frances Bilak , educator and producer Lewis Hall and Beverly Vista parent Noah Margo , who is running as a write-in candidate. Goldberg consistently touts his record in his ads and at public forums. Specifically, he points to being an early and vocal opponent of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s proposed plan to tunnel under  Beverly Hills High School as part of the Westside Subway Extension, as well as being the only board member to vote against awarding management of the Measure E bond to Karen Christiansen ’s firm, Strategic Concepts. (Christiansen is scheduled to go on trial next month on four felony counts of conflict of interest related to her management of the Measure E bond.) The candidate also highlights his efforts to transition BHUSD to basic aid status , which generates more funding for the schools. Under basic aid, which BHUSD became in 2010, the district receives its funding from local property taxes rather than on a per-pupil allotment from the state. Being a basic aid district may have helped the board lure Gary Woods to become the BHUSD’s new superintendent; Woods left the state’s top performing district—the San Marino Unified School District—to join BHUSD. The father of three Horace Mann students, Goldberg has been a strong voice for maintaining small classrooms. Earlier this year he successfully encouraged a board majority to vote against a new teacher contract that could have led to larger class sizes at the K-3 level. He also led efforts to end the BHUSD‘s money-losing adult education program . “I have taken stands that are not always popular, but they reflect my commitment to what is right for our children, parents, teachers and residents,” he said.  Still, Goldberg has racked up an impressive list of endorsers. They include City Council members John Mirisch and Lili Bosse; Planning Commissioners Noah Furie and Brian Rosenstein; Human Relations Commissioner Sharona Nazarian; former mayors Nancy Krasne and Les Bronte; and former planning commissioner Kathy Reims. For his second term, Goldberg is running on what he describes as a “four point plan for the next four years.” The plan, which is explained in detail on his campaign website  and includes balanced fiscal policies, a districtwide master facilities plan, curriculum for the 21st century, and integrating technology into every subject and each class. For more information about Goldberg, visit his campaign website. Voters are also invited to attend his last candidate coffee at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 321 S. Bedford Drive. To RSVP, email Julie Gilberg .   Be sure to follow Beverly Hills Patch on  Twitter  and “Like” us on  Facebook . See the rest here: Patch Profile: BHUSD Board Candidate Brian Goldberg

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