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Fears for Future

July 03, 1988

The June election may shape the future of California politics. It reflects the growing uneasiness of many Californians as they reflect on the state's future.

The ballot contained, by my count, 10 spending, taxation or public debt propositions at virtually every level of government. Some succeeded, others failed. The Times supported most of these ballot measures. It also contained a plethora of growth control measures in counties and cities throughout the state. These reflect the growing concern about the rapid growth rate in California. The Times opposed every growth control initiative. Many were passed by the voters.

The November ballot will bring with it more controlled growth measures initiated by the beleaguered public, who increasingly despair at the loss of neighborhood integrity and quality of life . . . .

Regardless of the results of the June ballot, it represents a watershed in California history. For the first time, Californians are questioning the assumption, almost an article of faith, that growth is a panacea for our future.

RALPH W. BALLMER

Escondido

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