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Spectrum - October 29, 2010

Editorial: The Weekly recommends:

While many have already voted by mail, for those still thinking about how to vote the following suggestions may help

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.

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


Posted by 4 more days, a resident of another community
on Oct 30, 2010 at 12:02 am

Your endorsement of Boxer is too little, too late. 26 newspapers have endorsed Carly Fiorina. In San Francisco, Boxer gets no love. First, the Chronicle refused to endorse anyone for Senate, and The Examiner endorsed Fiorina!

Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Oct 30, 2010 at 8:13 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

Years ago in Southern California it was said that, if you didn't have time to study the issues, get a LA Times and vote opposite their recommendations. Odd that, after all these years that still works for me. As a veteran I can never forget or forgive Boxer's vendetta against the military and her roll in closing California military bases. [Yes, I know about the Base Closing Commission but I also know about senatorial privilege.]
Brown had only one good idea during his terms of office, Cal-sat, and he failed to implement that. Edmond Brown's reluctance to see justice in murder cases carried over to Jerry's appointment of Rose Bird as Chief Justice, saw killers elevated to folk hero status. His Era of Limits brought a moratorium on infrastructure from which we have never recovered.
Jerry's surface asceticism, appropriate to a seminarian, was imposed on California while Jerry never denied himself the real pleasures of the high born.
Proposition 23 is one last chance to stave off the industrial diaspora that has seen much of California's industry exiled. Like the child who realizes that an expressed disbelief in Santa will bring a net reduction in fun and games presents, the Green Warmies are reluctant to give up the power they gained at the height of the Warmie scam.

Posted by Greg, a resident of Southgate
on Oct 31, 2010 at 11:40 am


I think you are not seeing Prop 23 correctly. If prop 23 is defeated (and I hope it is), the cost of energy will go up so much, and so many jobs will be lost, that only nuclear power will be able to save the day.

Until California embraces nuclear power, it will continue to decline. A "no" vote on Prop 23 will force the issue.

Posted by Walter walter walter, a resident of Stanford
on Oct 31, 2010 at 11:49 am

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Oct 31, 2010 at 8:59 pm

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

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Greg, remember how long it took to cancel the Double Nickle. The President openly said his energy plan would raise the cost of utilities but the only outrage was from those who know the critical importance to available affordable energy.

Posted by any member name, a resident of Midtown
on Nov 1, 2010 at 7:33 pm

As usual, the Weekly is in favor of those whose only idea of governing is to spend more and more money. That's how the state budget got in the mess it's in now.

Posted by food for thought, a resident of another community
on Nov 10, 2010 at 8:47 am

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Have you seen these videoes? They are a must see for anyone who wants to begin to understand what is happening in the USA today. JFK's speech may explain why the elitest decided to get rid of him. It also explains a little more about the secret government we have today.

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