Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Tuesday, December 31, 2002


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Voting Begins for Two Superior Court Commissioner Posts


By a MetNews Staff Writer


An election to fill two commissioner slots on the Los Angeles Superior Court will begin with the sending out of ballots today and end with the counting of those ballots Jan. 24, a Superior Court spokesman said yesterday.

The election became necessary when Commissioners David Sotelo and Robert Schnider were appointed by Gov. Gray Davis last week as judges of the court.

The Superior Court’s judges will elect the new commissioners from a list of 14 candidates who remain from the original 35 nominated last year by a judicial panel. Nineteen of the group have been elected commissioners, one was appointed a judge, and one dropped out for undisclosed reasons.

The remaining candidates, in ranked order, are Covina lawyer and former Superior Court candidate H. Don Christian; Stuart Rice of Long Beach; Dennis Mulcahy of Woodland Hills; Riverside Superior Court Commissioner Gretchen W. Taylor, Deputy Public Defender Lisa Brackelmanns; Referee Brian Petraborg; Long Beach attorney and onetime Antelope Municipal Court candidate Joel Wallenstein, who was recently laid off from his referee’s position due to budget constraints; Torrance attorney and “as-needed” Referee Steven Lee Berman; Referee Anthony Trendacosta; Downey lawyer Daniel Wilson; Los Angeles attorney Joseph Sheehan; Santa Monica family law specialist Susan Weiss; Beverly Hills attorney Marilyn Nelson; and Santa Monica criminal law specialist Steven Hauser.


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