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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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Los Angeles County Superior CourtCandidate for Judge, Seat 4

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A. Verónica Sauceda

Superior Court Commissioner, County of Los Angeles
1,352,156 votes (59.49%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Ensure access to justice
  • Maintain a fair and impartial courtroom
  • Empathetic in resolving conflicts presented to me for adjudication

Experience

Experience

Profession:Superior Court Commissioner, Los Angeles County
Commissioner, Los Angeles Superior Court, County of Los Angeles (2015–current)
Senior Attorney, Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (2013–2015)
Staff Attorney, Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (2002–2013)

Education

UCLA School of Law J.D. (2001)
University of California, Los Angeles B.A. Political Science and Chicana/o Studies (1997)

Community Activities

Mentor, Latinas Guiding Latinas, Law Fellows of UCLA, Latina Lawyers Bar Association (1995–2015)

Biography

* Superior Court Commissioner, Los Angeles County (2015- present)

* Non-profit Attorney (2002-2015); helped clients assert rights; removed barriers and helped them access justice

* J.D. UCLA School of Law, 2001

* B.A. Political Science and Chicana/o Studies, UCLA 1997

 

 

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Los Angeles Superior Court Presiding Judge, Daniel J. Buckley
  • Dolores Huerta, Labor Leader
  • Los Angeles Superior Court Assisting Presiding Judge, Kevin Brazile

Organizations (33)

  • National Women's Political Caucus/Los Angeles County
  • Democratic Alliance for Action
  • I-APAC (Chinese American Political Action Committee)
  • Democratic Club of the High Desert
  • UAW Local 509
  • Los Angeles County Democratic Party
  • AFSCME District Council 36 (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees)
  • SEIU Local 721 (Service Employees International Union)
  • UFCW, Local 1428
  • East Cities Young Democrats
  • Latinas Lead California
  • Los Angeles County Federation of Labor - AFL-CIO
  • East Area Progressive Democrats
  • United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA)
  • UFCW Local 1428
  • Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 9003
  • HOPE PAC
  • Mexican American Bar Association (MABA)
  • Democratic Party of San Fernando Valley
  • Miracle Mile Democratic Club
  • Progressive Democratic Club
  • Torrance Democratic Club
  • Avance Democratic Club
  • Rio Hondo Democratic Club
  • Alhambra Democratic Club
  • Democrats for Neighborhood Action
  • Los Angeles County Young Democrats (LACYD)
  • Glendale Democratic Club
  • Los Angeles Sentinel
  • Pacific Palisades Democratic Club
  • Feel the Bern Democratic Club
  • Monterey Park Democratic Club
  • North Valley Democratic Club

Elected Officials (26)

  • Dr. Armond Aghakhanian, Vice-President of the Burbank Unifed School District
  • Gustavo Camacho, Pico Rivera Mayor
  • Alex Vargas, Hawthorne City Mayor
  • Albert Robles, Mayor of Carson
  • Robert Garcia, Long Beach City Mayor
  • Connie Leyva, California State Senator
  • Autumn Burke, Assemblywoman
  • Paul Koretz, Los Angeles City Councilman
  • Curren Price, Jr. Los Angeles City Councilman
  • Jose Huizar, Los Angeles City Councilman
  • Mike Feuer, Los Angeles City Attorney
  • Mike Eng, Former Assemblyman
  • Congresswoman Judy Chu
  • Congressman Ted Lieu
  • Ben Allen, California State Senator
  • Los Angeles Board of Supervisors, Hilda Solis
  • United States Congresswoman, Linda Sanchez
  • Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Janice Hahn
  • United States Congresswoman, Grace Napolitano
  • California State Senator, Ed Hernandez
  • Andre Quintero, Mayor of El Monte
  • Blanca Pacheco, Downey City Council Member
  • California State Senator, Ricardo Lara
  • California State Senator, Kevin De Leon
  • Gary Mendez, Rio Hondo Community College District Board of Trustees
  • Luis Ayala, Alhambra City Council Member

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of Los Angeles County (3)

What criteria are most important for voters to use in evaluating judicial candidates?
Answer from A. Verónica Sauceda:

Voters need to know that the candidate has integrity and is well qualified to be a judge. A voter should look at the candidate's background, legal experience and dedication to public service. 

How can courts and judges better assure that all people have adequate access to legal help and the legal system?
Answer from A. Verónica Sauceda:

Courts and judges need to be aware of the diversity of the public it serves; including the various obstacles faced by court users. Access to justice and the legal system includes: having interpreters available for monolingual speaking court users; ensuring that litigants understand the court process (signage and information in their native language); court websites that are user friendly and easy to navigate; referrals to the courts own self-help centers or facilitators. Courts and judges need to understand the needs of the diverse populations they serve and make decisions that are both practical and empathetic when adjudicating cases. The public need to know that they will be treated with dignity and respect and that their voice matters. 

 

 

Most defendants are held in County jail before trial because they are not able, due to low income or homelessness, to secure bail imposed by the Court at their arraignment.  Does California’s system of imposing bail on defendants need reform?  If so, what would you recommend?
Answer from A. Verónica Sauceda:

Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye convened a committee of judges to explore the current money bail system. The committee made various recommendations, including a new system based on pretrial assessments of a defendant's flight risk and danger to public safety. The committee raised valid concerns on how the system can be improved.

 

 

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

How can courts and judges better assure that all people have adequate access to the legal system?

It is import that courts and judges become aware of the diverse needs of the communities that we serve and then educate ourselves about the resources available to assist litgants that appear before us daily. We need to collaborate with organizations and public agencies that offer social services to the public at low or no cost. It is our obligation not only to ensure that all litigants have access to the courty sytstem, but to make sure the court users are treated with dignity and respect. We all need to have empathy when applying the law to the facts of a give case and to ensure the public feels heard.

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