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VOTER GUIDE: THE NOV. 4 ELECTIONS

Orange County ballot measures

October 19, 2008

Anaheim

Measure N

Savanna Elementary School District bond

What it would do: Authorize the sale of $24.9 million in bonds to finance improvements to schools and facilities.

Chief proponents: Jarvis Reeves, PTA president; Vickie Rush, teacher; Doug Sundman; Meredyth McClure; and Art Brown, Buena Park councilman

Chief opponents: None listed.

Main argument in favor: Measure N would renovate classrooms and school facilities to meet fire and safety codes. No funds could be used for administrators' salaries.

Main argument against: None filed.

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Buena Park

Measure P

Adoption of a city charter for Buena Park

What it would do: As a charter city, Buena Park would be able to adopt ordinances on matters of local concern without regard to state law.

Chief proponents: Mayor Jim Dow; Gail Dixon, chief executive of Buena Park Area Chamber of Commerce; Irene Fogle, Buena Park Senior Citizens Commission; Don McCay, Buena Park Charter Exploratory Committee; Jim Adams, Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council.

Chief opponents: Baron Night, financial administrator.

Main arguments in favor: A provision in the state Constitution known as "home rule" gives charter cities more control over local matters.

Main arguments against: New laws would be adopted by the City Council, leaving out some current laws.

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Cypress

Measure M

Cypress School District bond

What it would do: Authorize the sale of $53.6 million in bonds to improve and construct school facilities.

Chief proponents: Cindy Clack; Marsha Ahn, teacher; Darrell Essex, retired city manager; Carol Erbe, school principal; and Larry Boberg.

Chief opponents: None listed.

Main arguments in favor: Measure M would renovate classrooms, libraries and school facilities to meet fire and safety codes. Funds could not be used for administrators' salaries.

Main argument against: None filed.

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Garden Grove

Measure Q

Amend the city of Garden Grove's term limits.

What it would do: Amend the city's term limits ordinance to reduce the time a two-term council member must sit out before running again, from four years to two years.

Chief proponents: Mark Rosen, mayor pro tem; Bruce Broadwater, city councilman; Charles Mitchell, service officer with American Legion Post 555.

Chief opponents: Mayor William Dalton, City Councilwoman Dina Nguyen.

Main arguments in favor: Measure Q would allow the mayor and council members to be treated equally. A two-term council member has to sit out four years before being able to run again, while a mayor has to sit out two years.

Main arguments against: Voters already approved term limits. Measure Q would have no benefits to the taxpayers, only to politicians.

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Irvine

Measure R

Ratify and implement certain City Council-approved policies relating to the Orange County Great Park project.

What it would do: Affirm the major policies and programs, funding and construction, and governing structures and responsibilities of the city of Irvine and the Orange County Great Park Corp.

Chief proponents: Larry Agran, city councilman; Great Park Corp.

Chief opponents: Christina L. Shea, city councilwoman, Great Park Board director; Steven Choi, city councilman, Great Park Board member; Patrick A. Rodgers, retired police lieutenant; Richard G. Sim, former director, Great Park Board; Mark P. Petracca, former chairman, Irvine Planning Commission.

Main arguments in favor: Measure R would enable Irvine to keep control of planning, designing and building the Great Park without new taxes.

Main arguments against: Measure R would put Irvine taxpayers on the hook for potentially millions of dollars in Great Park budget shortfalls by diverting money from the general fund or raising taxes to help finance the park's completion.

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Measure S

Irvine Personal Information Privacy Act

What it would do: Allow the city to determine, on a case-by-case basis, whether personal information provided to the city by private citizens should be released to others when a public records request has been made.

Chief proponents: Mayor Beth Krom.

Chief opponents: Stephen C. Smith, auditor; G. Allan Bartlett, businessman; Jeffrey Lalloway, attorney.

Main arguments in favor: Measure S would respect the California Public Records Act while also respecting the privacy of citizens. It would protect the privacy rights of those who provide personal information when they participate in community events and activities.

Main arguments against: Measure S is crafted to allow Irvine elected officials to deny the public and the press access to documents. Measure S does not assure open, honest and transparent government at City Hall.

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La Habra

Measure T

Transactions and Use Tax in the city of La Habra

What it would do:

The proposed 0.5% tax would apply to all retail sales transactions and uses within the city. The tax would be collected by retailers and be administered by the state Board of Equalization. The sales tax would be effectively increased from 7.75% to 8.25%.

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