BLOG: Why I Support Torie Osborn for 50th Assembly District

Here are my reasons for supporting Torie Osborn for the 50th Assembly District.

I live in the 50th Assembly District and strongly support Torie Osborn for Assembly.  

Here are my reasons:

Torie Osborn is a fighter: Torie is a champion for social and economic justice and a life-long Democrat. Her legacy has been built on 25 years of living and working for social change within the boundaries of the 50th Assembly District.  Just look at what she has accomplished and you will get a great idea of how she will serve our district in Sacramento.

Education: We all understand the importance of education for leveling the playing field.  As a mom with a daughter who will start kindergarten next year, I am increasingly concerned about cuts to education. Torie is the one candidate I trust to advocate for my daughter and school age children like her who deserve a quality public education and an opportunity to matriculate to quality affordable universities.  Even those without school age children understand the importance of providing a quality education to those who will one day serve our community as doctors, nurses, engineers, health inspectors, lawyers, government staff, advocates and other critical service sector employees. Torie Osborn is going to Sacramento to restore education funding and I believe it is imperative to support her.

LGBT Rights: When Torie Osborn served as the Director of the Gay and Lesbian Center she grew that organization into a powerhouse for LGBT rights. How many candidates can claim co-authorship of the Ryan White legislation in addressing the AIDS/HIV crisis? Only Torie Osborn. At the Gay and Lesbian Task Force in Washington D.C., she provided key leadership in the fight against unfair and unjust policies such as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” In fact, she has been at the forefront of every important struggle for LGBT rights. She is a member of the LGBT community and her personal experience in the struggle for social justice within the community is something she has dealt with every day of her life.

Economic Justice: As someone who works with homeless and low income families throughout Los Angeles County, I can tell you that the number of politicians willing to stand up for underserved communities is too few and far between. We get a lot of lip service, but very few take action. Torie Osborn is the former Director of the Liberty Hill Foundation where she mentored and funded many grassroots organizations designed to empower underserved communities. She understands that lifting all boats requires a groundswell from the bottom-up. I can’t think of anyone more qualified to tackle these issues in Sacramento. She will be a champion for seniors, the disabled, children and low income individuals in desperate need of a voice in Sacramento. In addition, Torie Osborn has pledged to fight against draconian cuts to Adult Day Care Centers.

Renter’s Rights: Even though the 50th AD is one of the wealthiest in the nation, approximately 60% of the constituents are renters. While other candidates were busy soliciting the endorsement of the Apartment Owner’s Association, a group of ruthless lobbyists that have set out to destroy rent control and renter’s rights, Torie Osborn received the coveted endorsement of Santa Monica’s for Renter’s Rights (SMRR). Torie Osborn has shown that she is a champion for the district and those deserving fair representation in government. That is why SMRR and renter’s across the district support her campaign. No one should have to make a decision between paying their rent and getting medicine or buying food. And let’s face it, even homeowners understand that rent control helps to stabilize and enrich the entire community, giving renters more consumer buying power to support local establishments.   

Healthcare: The rising cost of healthcare has left many without access to quality care. People suffer with illness as a result, and some die. Former State Senator Sheila Kuehl represented much of this district for years. As part of her legacy, she championed Single Payer healthcare and mainstreamed the policy in Sacramento. Kuehl supports Torie Osborn as the one candidate she trusts to carry on her legacy for guaranteeing healthcare for all.  That’s good enough for me.

The Environment: Torie Osborn has a reputation as a staunch environmentalist.  She has lived in the coastal town of Santa Monica for decades and understands the importance of protecting our environment.  The only key difference I can think of between her and the other candidates running is the destruction of the Malibu Lagoon.  Torie Osborn has pledged to protect the lagoon from those who want to destroy it to ostensibly save it.  Many key constituencies oppose the Malibu Lagoon project, including the Malibu City Council, environmentalists, the CA Democratic Party, local surfers, and former State Senator Tom Hayden. 

And, the clincher - Torie Osborn has an MBA from UCLA and has managed multi-million dollar budgets.  She has received awards and accolades for her ability to think outside the box and get things done.  Over 500 community leaders have endorsed her for State Assembly, including former State Senators Shelia Kuehl and Tom Hayden. 

Torie is the real deal and the whole package. On policy, leadership, experience and compassion, we just cannot get better than Torie Osborn!

Please join me, my family, and neighbors in voting for Torie Osborn on Tuesday June 5th

The newly formed 50th Assembly District includes West Hollywood, Hollywood, Santa Monica, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, West Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Malibu and Topanga

Warm Regards,

Susie Shannon

50th Assembly District Resident

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Dante Atkins May 30, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Agreed, Susie. The 50th District has no better candidate to represent it in the Assembly than Torie Osborn. Her lifelong body of work and her experiences as an uncompromising progressive activist who is willing to take on Sacramento's dysfunction prove that case.
Don Jones May 30, 2012 at 09:21 PM
point of clarification Dante- Aren't you a consultant to the Osborn campaign?
Dante Atkins May 30, 2012 at 09:44 PM
@Don Jones: flattered that you think so, but I am just a volunteer. A dedicated volunteer, no doubt. But I haven't been paid a dime by the Osborn campaign. I give my time and energy entirely because I believe 1000 percent that she's exactly who my district needs in Sacramento right now.
Rebecca A. Anderson May 31, 2012 at 02:11 AM
What is a 3rd Reich Natzi born before World War II, whose parents were involved with what happens in Armenia just about the time of World War I. And why were their babies gelded and soddered. It seems those babies have trouble with what Sex they are, what Country they belong to having been deprived of regular food most of their lives, they now make bad decisions when it comes to what food they eat, or how they eat it, or where they get it from. Like those who currently run Wise & Healthy Aging in Santa Monica.
me May 31, 2012 at 03:48 AM
I like her....Torie has my vote! (and I don't work nor volunteer for her :-)
Ari Ruiz May 31, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Susie, I decided to return the favor and leave a comment in your post. I wanted to ask you, why did Torie Osborn decide to be the first and only candidate in the AD50 to go negative and attack Betsy Butler? Wasn't she running to be "a new kind of leader"? Mayor Richard Bloom, Assemblywoman Betsy Butler and Brad Torgan have declined to go negative in the race. http://santamonica.patch.com/blog_posts/education-leaders-respond-to-osborns-negative-mailer
Digelsrud May 31, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Since this is a progressive district, I will assume many who care about this race might also read The Nation magazine. There is a terrific article that came out last week about Torie Osborn and how this race is really coming down to a leader & champion in the district running against the Sacramento machine. Here is the link: http://www.thenation.com/article/168043/torie-osborn-takes-sacramento. My favorite quote (which really sums up the race for me) comes from Mike Bonin, Chief of Staff for Councilmember Bill Rosendahl. In the article Bonin says, "Butler is running to represent Sacramento in this district, while Torie is running to represent this district in Sacramento” - this could not be more true. In the end, I simply want someone who will represent our district & will take our voices to Sacramento and for me that's Torie Osborn.
Susie Shannon June 01, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Ari - Does Betsy Bultler believe that her vote to cut education is negative? If so, she should think about that before casting a vote against shcool age kids. If Butler thinks that her vote was a positive one, then the mailer can only help her. You can't have it both ways. You stand behind her vote to cut education, that's your prerogative. But I have a daughter starting school next year , potentially in a school with no library. This is a real issue for my family and I am really surprised that you support these cuts to our children's education.
Jerl Liandri June 01, 2012 at 03:53 AM
Followers think things are going just fine in Sacramento. New leaders don't, and think we need to change the conversation. If you're happy with the devastating education cuts coming from Sacramento, then you can vote for the same old people and circle the wagons. If you're not, you can vote for Torie Osborn and make sure we have progressive voices in the Assembly who don't owe their election to the Sacramento machine.
Susie Shannon June 01, 2012 at 04:01 AM
Meant to write "school." Yep, I'm a tired mom.
Ari Ruiz June 01, 2012 at 04:14 AM
Susie, How can you possibly twist my words and say I support education cuts? That's not a fair accusation towards me, a gay progressive Democrat. And how can you use your own daughter to justify the truth twisting of Torie Osborn? You think Torie is the solution for CA? Then why didn't she run for Governor? It is so easy to point fingers and pass on the blame. We had two choices: to vote for the Democratic Budget or join Republicans in opposing it. By Torie's own admission, she would have voted w/Republicans. (Republicans wanted deeper cuts on everything)
Susie Shannon June 01, 2012 at 08:05 AM
Ari - So your position is that you support the vote to cut education but you don't support education cuts? In one post you have explained everything that is wrong in Sacramento. Bravo.
Ari Ruiz June 02, 2012 at 08:33 AM
I don't know in what kind of world you and Torie live in, seriously. Budget cuts have been happening years before Betsy got elected and somehow its all her fault. I'm sure that you follow the careful, painful endless process to pass any budget especially with no support from Republicans. Republicans want deeper cuts everywhere and I am surprised you would support Torie's decision to join Republicans on those votes. Furthermore, if Torie has the $16 billion dollars to avoid any cuts tell her not to be selfish and donate money with California. And contrary to the last-minute misrepresentations against Betsy, last year's budget did not, in fact, reduce per-pupil classroom spending. But you know, slogans won't solve problems. You and Marcy Winograd used the same tactics against Debra Bowen and its truly sad you want to tear apart another fabulous Democrat.
Susie Shannon June 02, 2012 at 09:30 AM
Ari- 1) How can this possibly tear down your candidate (Butler) when you've determined that her vote to cut education was a good vote. If you firmly stand behind these budget cuts, than you can't possibly have a problem with the mailer. It just reinforces Butler's voting record which you think is a good thing. 2) What the Republicans would vote for is irrelevant because the budget is passed by a simple majority vote. Yes, Democrats can pass the budget without one Republican voting for it. That is thanks to Prop. 25 which passed in 2010 and of which you are fully aware. 3) Butler is responsible for only one vote, her own. She cast it against education. Hiding behind what other people voted for shows a lack of leadership and is cowardly. 4) Since you don't live in the district, I should let you in on something. The late Senator Paul Wellstone is a hero for many of us in the progressive community. He cast more dissenting 99-1 votes in Congress before he died. And not one person I know has ever tried to characterize his vote against bad policies from both Republicans and Democrats as "joining the Republicans." Democratic legislators don't define what it means to be a Democrat, constituents do. 5) On June 5th I will cast my vote for Torie Osborn. I would invite you to join me, but you can't vote in my district, because you don't live here. Maybe you can get Butler to run in your district sometime since you firmly stand behind her votes and she will move to win.
Susie Shannon June 02, 2012 at 09:35 AM
Ari - Debra Bowen is wonderful, but she never ran in my district. I held a fundraiser for her when she ran for Sec. of State. I've never written a bad thing about her. You obviously have me confused with someone else. By the way, Torie Osborn is a Democrat. I'm sure with your high standards of not attacking Democrats, you will refrain from further writing blog posts tearing her down. Or, is this a double standard?
Ari Ruiz June 02, 2012 at 10:22 AM
@Susie: Maybe you should get Winograd to run in your district, she too moved from her Santa Monica home into the 36th CD to run and you weren't a resident of that District and supported her. (You can't use that if we all have supported people who move to run). I'm not the only one, the president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 3299, which represents University of California workers said: "The mischaracterization of Assemblywoman Butler's support of education was taken right out of Karl Rove's Republican playbook. This swift boat attack is false, misleading and says nothing about the fact that Republicans were responsible for the cuts in this budget and refused to let voters decide on additional revenues. Assemblywoman Butler has been the legislature's top educations ally." Besides, I am not a candidate on the AD50 race and neither are you. Torie Osborn sent the first negative mailer attack ad against Butler. I wrote a piece about Torie's mailer because it twisted the truth & reality. But before asking me to refrain from writing "negative" posts (which have opened the eyes of voters switching support), ask your colleagues and candidate to do the same. After all, she is "not politics as usual" right?
Susie Shannon June 02, 2012 at 10:39 AM
Ari - I hope that Torie Osborn wins, so that my daughter has a library she can study in at school.
Susie Shannon June 02, 2012 at 10:41 AM
Yeah, I can see how well Butler has fixed the education system by cutting it to pieces.
Susie Shannon June 02, 2012 at 10:50 AM
Ari - It's true, neither one of us are running in the 50th AD. And once Torie is an incumbent I'm sure she will have your full support. I love that about finger-in-the-wind politics, when the wind shifts it can be quite a beautiful thing to behold.


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