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In Long Beach, they revving up for a busy election day April 8, topped by the contest to fill the big shoes of retiring Mayor Bob Foster (expect a June 3 runoff), and races for five open seats on the nine member city council.
For those who understand that county and city elections generally affect people lives more than the contests that dominate America cable news shows, the local elections scheduled to take place throughout the region in the next few months were engrossing already. (county and city), the sudden resignation of scandal plagued county Sheriff Lee Baca this week opened up the June 3 primary election that would have been a referendum on the incumbent performance. Former Baca subordinates Paul Tanaka and Bob Olmsted were considered the strongest challengers; now, others are considering the race.
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Despite that, and in municipalities nationwide, eligible voters put less energy into local elections than national and state ones. As an example: When Los Angeles held its Louis Vuitton Neverfull Inside general election last May, with a chance to choose a new mayor and make sweeping changes in the city management, about four in five registered voters instead chose not to cast ballots.
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This is shaping up as a big election year for the nation and the state. And yet for many of us in Southern California, the national and state elections will not even be the most important in 2014.
For those who haven paying attention to local elections, 2014 will be a great time to start.
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In San Bernardino (again, the county and the city), the Feb. 4 runoff for mayor will decide if it will be Carey Davis or Wendy McCammack who shapes the bankrupt city future. Two council seats are on the ballot.
Veteran Supervisor Gary Ovitt announcement this week that he retiring sets up a June race that will include Assemblyman Curt Hagman and may draw Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod.
People may debate passionately about national and state policies the ones dealing with issues like health care, unemployment insurance, immigration rules, gun control and bullet trains. But readers of newspapers letters to the editor columns know that the issues that really hit people where they live tend to be the ones handled by city and county officeholders kids educations, crime fighting, water and electrical service, traffic laws, street maintenance, public transportation, airports and plastic bags.
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Two of the five county supervisor seats will be open because of term limits. Former congresswoman and Obama administration labor secretary Hilda Solis has come home to El Monte to seek Gloria Molina seat. city official Wendy Greuel decision Thursday not to run makes former state Sen. Sheila Kuehl and former Santa Monica Councilman Bobby Shriver the big names Lv Artsy Mm Review
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Meanwhile, all around Southern California, voters will be choosing their representatives in Congress and the state Legislature, and giving thumbs up or down to Brown second stint as California governor.
It bears repeating, though: While Congress and state leaders get the glamour treatment, and obviously make (or should make) colossal decisions, it is local officials who make the biggest difference in the quality of life for their constituents.
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