Similar Ideologies, Good Hair: How To Differentiate Between Bonta, Guillen

Rob Bonta, Abel Guillen

ELECTION ’12//ASSEMBLY 18 | Because of California’s new top-two primary system, the 18th Assembly District race this fall between Alameda Vice Mayor Rob Bonta and Peralta Community College Trustee Abel Guillen is not your typical Democrat-versus-Republican contest. Instead, Bonta and Guillen are both staunch liberals who tend to see eye-to-eye on nearly every major policy position. Indeed, it’s difficult at times to tell the two apart.

Both, for example, want to eliminate the two-thirds majority to raise taxes in the state Legislature. Improving education is a top priority, they say, as is reducing crime. How would they increase revenue to the state’s coffers? Enact an oil severance tax. Even when legendary civil rights leader Dolores Huerta endorsed Guillen, she soon gave her support to Bonta as well, adding to the large number of dual endorsements in this race…

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