Questionnaires were distributed to candidates this month. Answers have been edited to fit the available space.
Family Sick Leave
Q. Gov. Deukmejian recently vetoed legislation that would have granted workers as much as four months of unpaid leave every two years to care for sick children, spouses and other family members without fear of losing their jobs. Do you favor this type of legislation?
Nolan: This is not a matter for government intrusion. It should be a matter of negotiations between labor and management.
Mann: Yes. Women are primarily responsible for the care of children, the elderly and other family members. Women cannot have a chance for decent jobs to support their families without such protection.
Q. The Legislature approved a 4.7% cost-of-living raise for school employees, and Gov. Deukmejian reduced it to 3%, placing the difference in an account for special education programs. Should this money be used for salaries?
For the Record
Los Angeles Times Thursday November 1, 1990 Home Edition Glendale Part J Page 4 Column 1 Zones Desk 2 inches; 37 words Type of Material: Correction
Assemblyman's position--Due to a typesetting error, Assemblyman Pat Nolan's position on Proposition 139 was misstated in the Oct. 25 Glendale Section. Nolan favors the measure, which would allow private companies to hire state and county inmates as laborers.
Nolan: California's children suffer from the largest class size in the nation. It is imperative that we begin to bring down the size of our classes. The governor proposed a modest 0.8% of the education budget be used to lower the student to teacher ratio. I supported this reasonable proposal.
Mann: Yes. Schoolchildren and their teachers should not be held hostages to the internecine war between the governor and the Legislature. The educational needs of children in special education programs should not be pitted against their teachers' needs for a decent salary to support their families.
Q. Proposition 128, the so-called "Big Green" initiative on the November ballot, seeks to eliminate ozone-depleting chemicals by the year 2000, phase out pesticides known to cause cancer and require that trees be planted in all new developments. Do you support this initiative? Nolan: No. It makes no sense to add more layers of governmental approval and bureaucracy to our already huge state government. It makes even less sense to allow Tom Hayden to create a powerful new political position from which to impose his discredited philosophy. Proposition 128 won't really help clean up the environment, but it will create a regulatory nightmare for people.
Mann: Yes. We must stop poisoning the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat. Our wanton destruction of the environment has threatened our very survival.
Q. Proposition 130 on the November ballot would restrict clear-cutting of forests, allow the sale of $710 million in bonds to preserve ancient redwood forests and provide $32 million to retrain unemployed loggers. Do you support this initiative? Nolan: No.
Q. Proposition 131 on the November ballot, authored by Atty. Gen. John K. Van de Kamp and Common Cause, would limit most statewide elected officials to eight consecutive years in office, and senators and Assembly members to 12 years. Proposition 140, sponsored by Los Angeles County Supervisor Pete Schabarum, is more stringent, limiting lifetime service to eight years in the Senate and six in the Assembly. Do you support limiting the number of terms state legislators can serve? If yes, how long should the limits be? Nolan: Yes. The Founders of our Republic never intended for the legislative branch of our government to be a permanent, ruling oligarchy. I support Proposition 140 because it would force a regular turnover in the state Legislature.
Mann: Yes. I support the consecutive term limits of eight and 12 years in Proposition 131. The present system is not responsive to the voters. It is time for new, clean leadership which will be responsive to the voters.
Q. Proposition 133 on the November ballot would raise state sales and use taxes by 0.5% for four years to raise $7.5 billion for drug enforcement and treatment, anti-drug education, and prison and jail construction and operation. Do you support this initiative?
Q. Proposition 134 on the November ballot would substantially raise taxes on beer, wine and liquor, and dedicate the revenue from the tax hike to programs for the treatment of drug and alcohol abuse. Do you support this initiative? Nolan: No.
Q. Proposition 139 on the November ballot would allow private companies to hire state prison and county jail inmates as laborers. Do you support this initiative? Nolan: No.
Mann: No position.
Q. Do you support capital punishment? If so, do you think it should be imposed on those convicted of importing or selling drugs? Nolan: Yes on both.
Q. Do you support additional limits on handgun purchase or possession in California? Nolan: No.
Mann: Yes. There is no place in the urban home for handguns. Hundreds of children and young people are murdered each year in California because of the presence of handguns in their homes and the homes of their friends.