Local results for June primaries

No surprises resulted from the statewide primaries held on June 5, with Democrats’ worst fear of being locked out by their own enthusiasm a nonfactor. Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom will face Republican John Cox for Governor in November, and all but one (Prop 70 regarding majority vote for cap and trade negotiations) of five propositions passed. Locally, voters fell in line with expectations as well.

Congresswoman Julia Brownley, D-Agoura Hills, will face off against Republican challenger Antonio Sabato Jr., a Republican, in District 26, which encompasses parts of both Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.

Sabato came under fire from fellow Republican Jeffrey Burum for having performed nude in videos simulating sex with a man. A vocal proponent of President Donald Trump, Sabato stated during the 2016 Republican Convention that “We had a Muslim president for seven and a half years,” in reference to former President Barack Obama.

Congressmen Salud Carbajal, District 24; Steve Knight, District 25; and Brad Sherman, District 30; each received a majority of the vote, the former two by a wide margin, while Democratic Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin, District 44, faced a closer contest against Republican Ronda Baldwin-Kennedy, though fellow Democrat Robert Zelinsky collected 4 percent of the vote as well.

For full election results, visit www.recorder.countyofventura.org.

Limón on high-interest debt, nonprofit day

Monique Limon

Assemblywoman Monique Limón, D-Santa Barbara, has advanced legislation that would protect borrowers from losing vehicles, and legislation that would protect consumers from payday lender practices that would perpetuate the cycle of debt.

Limón, chair of the Assembly Committee on Banking and Finance, authored AB-2953, which establishes a 36 percent interest rate cap on auto loans. Limón says that often borrowers are struck with high-interest rates that make repayment impossible, sometimes exceeding 100 percent.

AB-3010 prevents “loan stacking,” a practice of so-called payday loan lenders that allows for triple-digit interest loan rates to build up on multiple loans. Limón says that in 2016, borrowers paid on average a 372 percent interest rate on $3.14 billion of loans issued that year. Senior citizens made up the largest portion of payday loan borrowers among all age groups.

“For too long, consumers who are desperate for help have fallen prey to high-risk lending practices that hide a path of incessant debt behind upfront, easy cash,” said Limón. “Healthy credit markets are based on the principle of a borrower’s ability to repay, and both AB-2953 and AB-3010 support this principle by implementing responsible and fair lending practices.”

In celebration of California Nonprofits Day, Limón selected Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura as her 2018 California Nonprofit of the Year.

“The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura offered free child care and activities during a community emergency,” said Limón. “They helped hundreds of families affected by the Thomas Fire find needed child care when schools were closed, which alleviated a major financial burden for families.”

Irwin on nonprofit of the year

Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin, D-Thousand Oaks, has selected Senior Concerns as her 2018 Nonprofit of the Year.

Irwin says that Senior Concerns was selected for its wide range of programs aimed at improving the lives of family caregivers and seniors, including providing more than 56,000 hours of social and cognitive stimulation through its Adult Day Program, awarding more than $140,000 in scholarships to seniors in need of services at the Adult Day Program and Meals on Wheels, and delivering more than 30,000 freshly prepared meals to homebound seniors in Thousand Oaks and Newbury Park.

“On a fixed income, it can be difficult to afford even basic necessities such as food, living arrangements or transportation without having assistance,” said Irwin. “Senior Concerns helps thousands of local seniors to live well-meaning and empowering lives. That’s why I’m proud to have them as my 2018 Nonprofit of the Year.”

“We are deeply humbled and honored to be chosen as a Nonprofit of the Year by Assemblyperson Jacqui Irwin,” said Andrea Gallagher, president of Senior Concerns. “This recognition reflects our commitment to serving the needs of a growing population of seniors and family caregivers in our community.”