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ENDORSEMENTS 2008

The Times' picks

October 31, 2008

It's the final stretch. Voters going to the polls Nov. 4 or still planning to drop their ballots in the mailbox have the weekend to read, research and decide. To help, The Times reiterates its endorsements, which are available in full at latimes.com/elections. President: Barack Obama

California measures:

Proposition 1A (high-speed rail bonds): Yes

Proposition 2 (cage size mandates for chickens): No

Proposition 3 (children's hospital bonds): Yes

Proposition 4 (parental notification of minor's abortion): No

Proposition 5 (drug offender diversion and rehabilitation): No

Proposition 6 (new crimes and penalties): No

Proposition 7 (renewable energy mandate): No

Proposition 8 (same-sex marriage ban): No

Proposition 9 (new rights for crime victims' families): No

Proposition 10 (alternative fuel bond): No

Proposition 11 (redistricting reform): Yes

Proposition 12 (veterans' mortgage bonds): Yes

Los Angeles Superior Court:

Office No. 72: Hilleri Grossman Merritt

Office No. 82: Cynthia Loo

Office No. 84: Pat Connolly

Office No. 94: Michael J. O'Gara

Office No. 154: Michael V. Jesic

L.A. County supervisor, 2nd District:

Bernard C. Parks

City of Los Angeles:

Measure A (parcel tax for gang programs): No

Measure B (housing law update): Yes

L.A. Community College District:

Measure J (construction bond): Yes

L.A. Unified School District:

Measure Q (construction bond): No

L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority:

Measure R (sales tax increase for transportation projects): Yes

Los Angeles County (unincorporated areas):

Measure U (utility user tax update): Yes

Orange County:

Measure J (pension reform): No

California State Senate, District 19:

Hannah-Beth Jackson

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