Editorial: The Weekly recommends:In recent weeks the Weekly has taken editorial positions on candidates and issues we felt were most important or of interest to Palo Alto area voters. Following is a summary of those recommendations, with references to the archived editorials.
While many have already voted by mail, for those still thinking about how to vote the following suggestions may help
Additional state office and Congressional recommendations are included.
Yes on Measure A
Santa Clara County's 'Healthy Kids' measure will quietly help children stay healthy. Published Oct. 8, www.paloaltoonline.com/weekly/story.php?story_id=13712
YES on Measure E
Foothill-De Anza parcel tax needed to replace lost funds
Published Oct. 1, www.paloaltoonline.com/weekly/story.php?story_id=13673 .
No on Measure R
Firefighters union proposal deserves overwhelming defeat. Published Oct. 15, www.paloaltoonline.com/weekly/story.php?story_id=13755 .
Yes on Measure S
Switch to even-year Palo Alto elections for savings, larger turnouts. Published Oct. 15, www.paloaltoonline.com.
A mixed bag of state propositions
A brief recap of leading state propositions, published Oct. 15, www.paloaltoonline.com/weekly/story.php?story_id=13757 .
Proposition 19: Yes.
Legalizes marijuana under California but not federal law.
Proposition 20 and 27: Yes and No
Proposition 20 removes elected representatives from establishment of congressional districts and gives that authority to a bipartisan 14-member redistricting commission. Proposition 27 eliminates 14-member state redistricting commission and returns redistricting authority to elected representatives.
Proposition 21: Yes
Establishes $18 annual vehicle-license fee to help fund state parks and wildlife programs.
Proposition 22: Yes
Prohibits the state from diverting funds intended for transportation, redevelopment or local government projects.
Proposition 23: No, No, No!
Suspends air-pollution-control law AB 32 until unemployment drops to 5.5 percent for a full year, which could be forever.
Proposition 24: Yes
Repeals recent legislation that would allow businesses to lower their tax liability.
Proposition 25: Yes
Changes legislative vote requirement to pass budget and budget-related legislation from two-thirds to a simple majority.
Proposition 26: No
Requires certain state and local regulatory fees be approved by two-thirds vote.
Proposition 27: No
See write-up above under Proposition 20.
State, national offices
California Assembly, District 21: Rich Gordon
Published Oct. 8, www.paloaltoonline.com.
14th Congressional District: Anna Eshoo
Governor: Jerry Brown
U.S. Senator: Barbara Boxer