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My people, my people, for all of us who live in Leimert Park, Mid City, West Adams (Holla!), Hollywood, Culver City, Baldwin Hills, Ladera Heights, the Crenshaw District etc, it’s ELECTION DAY…again, lol.

So here’s the deal, former Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas now Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, vacated his seat in the State Senate in November when he took on his new role.  That meant that we had to have a special election to fill his seat in the Senate.

Eight people are running.  Two of them I like, but only one is getting my vote today (Sorry Robert) and that’s Assemblymember Curren Price.  Why?  Because besides working on his campaign, I genuinely like Curren and his work ethic.  He takes care of business and that’s what I am about.  I first met him when he ran for the Assembly in 2006 when he was on the Inglewood City Council, since then he’s hit the floor running and that’s what I am about.  Take no prisoners and fuck the dumb shit.  People’s lives are at stake.

It’s the Assembly and Senate who make the laws that govern our state.  These are the people who are in control of how much you pay in taxes, among other things.  Hello?

So here’s a quick State Politics 101 for you before you head to the polls today…and I do expect all of you who live in the district to head to the polls today.

About Curren Price

Assemblyman Curren Price was first elected to the California State Assembly in 2006, and was re-elected by an overwhelming margin to a second term in 2008. He is currently a candidate for the 26th senatorial district that was vacated when Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas was recently elected to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

Assemblyman Price has earned a reputation as a thoughtful, principled, and effective leader. He is a strong advocate for investing in our public schools, empowering parents and challenging all students to meet higher academic standards. He seeks to give all Californians, regardless of income, the chance to go to college and develop the skills needed to succeed in today’s highly competitive workplace.

Assemblyman Price has been a leading champion for working families and has fought to preserve the rights of California workers. He helped to defeat efforts to open a big-box Wal-Mart store in Inglewood, and also led efforts to support homecare workers, hotel workers, security guards and other workers to organize for better wages and benefits.

Assemblyman Price has been a strong and consistent advocate for small business, and has continued to be one of California’s most influential voices for creating new opportunities for small business enterprises. He believes in policies that spark business growth, encourage innovation, open the doors of opportunity for all, creates jobs and stimulate our state’s economy. He wrote legislation that would increase opportunities for small businesses to compete for state contracts and offer incentives for creating new jobs.

Assemblyman Price is a state leader who works across party lines to find common ground, who speaks his conscience, and who gets things done for his constituents. His passion to serve his community led him to work towards expanding and improving job training opportunities, particularly for our youth, and investing in our families and their futures.

Assemblyman Price has worked to expand the quality and affordability of health care for all Californians and has authored legislation that would allow parents to add dependent children up to age 27 to their employer-based health plans. He also joined colleagues to pass legislation that would have led to universal health care, and authored legislation that was signed into law requiring hospitals to give public notice prior to closing its doors or eliminating vital health services.

Assemblyman Price grew up in Los Angeles where he attended Audubon Jr. High School. His family later moved to the city of Inglewood where he became the first African-American to be elected student body president at Morningside High School. He graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, and earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Santa Clara School of Law.

About the Senate

The California State Senate is the upper house of the California State Legislature. There are 40 State Senators. The state legislature meets in the state capital, Sacramento. The Lieutenant Governor is the ex officio President of the Senate. The officers of the Senate, elected at the start of each legislative session, are; President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, Secretary of the Senate Gregory Schmidt, Senate Sergeant at Arms Tony Beard.

Prior to 1968, state senate districts were restricted such that one county could only hold at most one seat. This led to the situation of Los Angeles County, with 6 million residents as of 1968, receiving 600 times less representation than residents of Alpine County and Calaveras County, some of California’s least populous counties. The federal Reynolds v. Sims decision by the United States Supreme Court compelled all states to draw up districts with equal populations. As such, boundaries were changed such that equal representation was provided.

Senators serve four year terms. The terms of the Senators are staggered so that half the membership is elected every two years. The Senators representing the odd-numbered districts are elected in years evenly divisible by four. The Senators from the even-numbered districts are elected in the intervening even-numbered years. Senators are limited to two terms.

Each Senator represents approximately 846,791 Californians, which is more than the approximately 639,088 residents in each of California’s Congressional Districts.

California is unusual in that a two-thirds vote of both the Senate and Assembly is required by the California Constitution to increase taxes or to pass a budget.

About the California Legislature

The California State Legislature is the state legislature of the U.S. state of California. It is a bicameral body consisting of the lower house, the California State Assembly, with 80 members, and the upper house, the California State Senate, with 40 members. New legislators convene each new two-year session, to organize, in the Assembly Chambers at noon on the first Monday in December following the election. After the organizational meeting, both houses are in recess until the first Monday in January, except when the first Monday is January 1 or January 1 is a Sunday, in which case they meet the following Wednesday.

The State Legislature meets in the California State Capitol in Sacramento.

The California State Legislature currently has a Democratic majority, with the Senate consisting of 25 Democrats and 15 Republicans; and the Assembly having 51 Democrats and 29 Republicans. Except for the period from 1995 to 1996, the Assembly has been in Democratic hands since the 1970 election (even while the governor’s office has gone back and forth between Republicans and Democrats). The Senate has been in Democratic hands continuously since 1970.
Terms and term limits

Members of the Assembly are elected from eighty districts, serve two year terms, and since 1990 are limited to being elected three times. Members of the Senate serve four year terms and are limited to being elected twice. There are forty Senate districts, with half of the seats up for election on alternate (two year) election cycles.

Recordkeeping

The proceedings of the California State Legislature are briefly summarized in regularly published journals, which show votes and who proposed or withdrew what. Since the 1990s, the legislature has provided a live video feed for its sessions, and has been broadcast statewide on the California Channel and local access television. Due to the expense and the obvious political downside, California did not keep verbatim records of actual speeches made by members of the Assembly and Senate until the video feed began. As a result, reconstructing legislative intent outside of an act’s preamble is extremely difficult in California for legislation passed before the 1990s.

Legislative committees

The most sought-after legislative committee appointments are to banking, agriculture and insurance. These are sometimes called “juice” committees, because membership in these committees often aids the campaign fundraising efforts of the committee members, because powerful lobbying groups want to donate to members of these committees .[citation needed]

Legislative analyst

An unusual institution is the nonpartisan California Legislative Analyst’s Office, or LAO. The LAO analyzes for legislators the effects of proposed laws. The office is staffed by several dozen fiscal and policy analysts. The LAO’s most visible public acts are to write the impartial ballot booklet analyses of initiatives and bond measures placed before the voters and to provide public commentary on many aspects of proposed and enacted budget bills.