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Delaine Eastin

November 18, 1994

Re "Eastin Strikes Conciliatory Note," Nov. 10:

How strange. Jean Merl points out that Maureen DiMarco, the loser for superintendent of public instruction, will continue in her appointed office as Gov. Pete Wilson's education policy adviser along with the Wilson-appointed State Board of Education; and it is the elected winner, Delaine Eastin, who will be expected to "seek compromise." Appointees have more clout than elected officials? Why?!

Why should someone elected to office by about the same percentage of votes (56%) as the governor (55%) have to seek compromise with a group of appointees on whom voters had no say? The one appointee the voters could vote on--DiMarco--was defeated. Surely Wilson is looking for a different education policy adviser--the voters don't want this one.

I hope he will act on this call for change as quickly as he acted to implement Proposition 187. Voters look for consistency in thinking and behavior. Presidential hopefuls might do well to keep that in mind.

CHARMAINE BLATT

Studio City

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