There are four Supreme Court justices on the ballot this fall, facing uncontested, non-partisan “yes” or “no” votes. (I think there should have been five, but that’s another, and a long, story.) Today’s Los Angeles Times endorses all of them.

Patricia Guerrero, currently an associate justice, is seeking election to succeed retiring Tani Cantil-Sakauye as California’s Chief Justice. Justices Goodwin Liu, Joshua Groban, and Martin Jenkins are running to remain as associate justices. If elected, Guerrero, Liu, and Jenkins will win full 12-year terms, and Groban will need to face the voters again in fours years because he is running to fill an unexpired term.

The editorial says that, in general, “voters should vote ‘yes’ unless they believe a particular justice has demonstrated unfitness to continue serving.” Regarding the four Supreme Court candidates specifically, the LA Times writes, “Guerrero is a distinguished but non-ideological jurist and administrator and a good choice to lead the state’s judicial branch. Each of the other justices has proven records of sound decision-making.”


The specter of more frequent “100-year floods”

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