T imes policy is to endorse selectively, on a case-by-case basis. Only those races in which this newspaper is endorsing in Tuesday's election are listed below.
U.S. Senate: DIANNE FEINSTEIN (D). Why take a chance with a relative unknown? Especially when the incumbent is terrifically effective? Feinstein is a powerful voice for California in the U.S. Senate and richly deserves reelection.
U.S House of Representatives,
24th--ANTHONY C. BEILENSON (D)
26th--HOWARD L. BERMAN (D)
28th--DAVID DREIER (R)
29th--HENRY A. WAXMAN (D)
30th--XAVIER BECERRA (D)
32nd--JULIAN DIXON (D)
33rd--LUCILLE ROYBAL-ALLARD (D)
34th--ESTEBAN E. TORRES (D)
35th--MAXINE WATERS (D)
36th--JANE HARMAN (D)
38th--STEVE HORN (R)
40th--JERRY LEWIS (R)
42nd--GEORGE E. BROWN JR. (D)
43rd--MARK TAKANO (D)
47th--CHRISTOPHER COX (R)
Governor: PETE WILSON (R). Kathleen Brown is fresh and determined but the experienced and capable Wilson, though wrong about Proposition 187, is right about a lot of other things and merits a second term.
Lieutenant Governor: GRAY DAVIS (D). The longtime state controller offers experience and imagination.
Secretary of State: TONY MILLER (D). Miller, the acting secretary of state, promises to curb voter fraud and clear the deadwood from voter registration rolls.
Controller: KATHLEEN CONNELL (D). Formerly an investment banker, Connell would bring sharp, modern management ideas to government.
Treasurer: MATT FONG (R). Fong gets the nod over Phil Angelides, a quality player, because of his comprehensive proposals to increase efficiency and cut government costs.
Attorney General: TOM UMBERG (D). The tough-on-crime Orange County assemblyman offers a nuanced approach to crime-fighting.
Insurance Commissioner: ART TORRES (D). The Los Angeles state senator has a solid record as an advocate for consumers and has much experience dealing with insurance issues.
Board of Equalization Office No. 4: BRAD SHERMAN (D). Sherman is a solid choice and deserves a second term in this important but often overlooked office.
Superintendent of Public Instruction: DELAINE EASTIN. Maureen DiMarco is also a good candidate, but the edge for this nonpartisan office is held by Eastin, a Fremont assemblywoman who knows educational issues and has the political acumen for this key post.
36th--KAY CENICEROS (D)
41st--SHEILA JAMES KUEHL (D)
42nd--WALLY KNOX (D)
43rd--ADAM SCHIFF (D)
44th--BRUCE PHILPOTT (D)
53rd--DEBRA BOWEN (D)
69th--MIKE METZLER (D)
70th--MARILYN C. BREWER (R)
NO--Proposition 181 (Public Transportation Bonds): Authorizes $1 billion in general-obligation bonds to fund California's passenger rail transportation network. Unwise given the state's heavy debt load.
YES--Proposition 183 (Recall Elections): Attacks wasteful back-to-back elections by allowing recall votes to be held as late as 180 days after certification.
NO--Proposition 184 ("Three Strikes"): This ill-conceived and hugely expensive measure would imprison criminals convicted of a third felony (there are more than 500 such felonies under California law) for 25 years to life. It's dumb criminal justice policy. Worse still, it's unnecessary; legislation nearly identical to this initiative took effect last March. Passage would only make it harder for the Legislature and the governor to make necessary refinements in the existing law.
NO--Proposition 185 (Gas Tax/Transportation): This measure, backed by Southern Pacific Railroad Co., imposes a 4% sales tax on gasoline. It would fund rail projects primarily; other transportation-related needs such as seismic retrofitting would be scanted.
NO--Proposition 186 (Single-Payer Health Care): Establishes a state-run "single-payer" health care insurance plan and creates the post of state health commissioner. It sounds good in principle, but it's a big-government nightmare. This is one time California doesn't need to be the guinea pig for the nation.
NO--Proposition 187 (Illegal Immigrants): This counterproductive measure would cut schooling, health and social services for the estimated 1.7 million illegal immigrants here--and, even then, not come close to addressing the complex problem of immigration, which is rooted in economics.
NO--Proposition 188 (Smoking and Tobacco Products): Masquerading as a tough anti-smoking measure, this mendacious offering--paid for by tobacco companies--would in fact emasculate all tough smoking regulations, both local and statewide.
YES--Proposition 189 (Expanding No-Bail Provisions): Amends the Constitution to permit courts to deny bail to individuals accused of "felony sexual assault offenses" who threaten another with physical harm. Good idea as long as it's not abused in implementation.