The challenge for the next Democratic nominee will be to keep a broad coalition of Hispanic and small-business voters energized while appealing to environmentalists.
Tri-county voters approved $910 million in school bonds on Nov. 4, with every bond proposal passing in Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties while just one passed in Santa Barbara County.
Realistically, the best that either party, or the American public, can hope for is small ball.
With Tuesday’s elections headed to the rear view mirror, it’s clear that politics on the Central Coast have tilted toward the center and toward a more business-friendly agenda.
Some Democrats who lost their race could try again in 2016. For today, however, it’s a safe bet that anyone who has just completed an exhausting and losing campaign isn’t thinking about two years from now.
Money and party lines still count. But in the end, turnout will matter most.
For most of the summer, Ventura County was at the heart of a statewide debate over public-sector pensions. Reformers spent tens of thousands of dollars on a proposed referendum to change Ventura County’s public employee retirement system from a defined-benefit system to a 401(k)-style system. On Aug. 4, the battle ended when a judge struck Read More →