Friday, April 29, 2016

LA Times Judicial Endorsements 2016

The Los Angeles Times this week delivered its verdicts on those they found most suitable in the 2016 race for robes.

On Wednesday, April 27, 2016, the Times considered the three sitting Judges who have drawn challenges and found Judge James Kaddo, Judge Ray Santana* and Judge Kathryn Solorzano all more than worthy of reelection.

On Thursday, April 28, 2016, the Times reviewed the 17 candidates for the 4 open seats in this years' election cycle, finding as follows:

Office No. 11 Deputy District Attorney Steven Schreiner “has the most experience,” “with the calm demeanor that a judge must have,” and is “a candidate who would likely make a model judge.”

Office No. 42 Superior Court Commissioner Cyndy Zuzga is “already is doing much of a judge’s work. And by all accounts, she is doing it well.”

Office No. 84 Deputy District Attorney Susan Jung Townsend has “17 years on the job” and “possesses the most integrity and the best judgment.”

Office No. 158 Deputy District Attorney David Berger “was never shy about expressing his opinion, including about his rivals. He has a long and successful record as a prosecutor” adding “Berger is the best choice.

The primary election is on June 7, 2016, and the 'down ticket' nature of judicial elections means that for the vast majority of voters the LA Times is the only source of information and makes their endorsement a most valuable asset. Our hearty congratulations to the 2016 LA Times Judicial Endorsees.

*Judge Ray Santana is not pictured above as he has not yet established a campaign website and we are unable to locate a suitable photograph.

In the interests of full disclosure, the Los Angeles Dragnet is edited by David Berger. Any and all opinions expressed here are personal and are not reflective of any opinion of the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. 


Anonymous said...

Congrats, Berger, on getting the Not Qualified rating from LACBA. I hope you enjoy your new career in Traffic Court - that's where all the NQs go.

Anonymous said...

LACBA has lost all credibility with their ratings this year. Kim Nguyen has never tried a case in his entire career and gets 'well qualified.' Naser Khoury gets 'qualified' and after reading what the Met News reported, that makes no sense. Berger gets 'not qualified' because of this blog - I guess LACBA never heard of the first amendment.

LA Times got it right in all the races, and that's the way most will vote, I predict.