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Times endorsements for the March 8 city elections

Los Angeles voters will decide several City Council seats and a number of ballot measures.

March 06, 2011

Measure N: Yes. This is a housekeeping measure that would remove from the City Charter three provisions governing campaign contributions that have been declared unconstitutional. Leaving them intact exposes the city to lawsuits. (Read the full endorsement)

Measure O: No. Los Angeles would impose a tax on oil drillers under this measure, which isn't an unreasonable step; but the city went a little too far by proposing an unnecessarily steep and possibly duplicative tax, which would have a minuscule effect on city revenue. (Read the full endorsement)

Measure P: Yes. This measure amends the City Charter to require contributions to the existing emergency reserve fund and would make it harder for the City Council to draw money from it in non-emergency situations. It's a fiscally prudent move. (Read the full endorsement)

Measure Q: Yes. Another housekeeping measure, this one allows city personnel managers to limit the pool of applicants tested for civil service jobs, thus saving time and money. (Read the full endorsement)

L.A. Unified School District board

District 1: Eric P. Lee. He's more reform-oriented than incumbent Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte.

District 3: Tamar Galatzan. The most independent-minded member of the board, she deserves another term.

District 5: Luis Sanchez. He's knowledgeable about the issues and committed to improving school performance.

District 7: Richard Vladovic. Another incumbent, he's a strong advocate for the mainly poor and minority students in his district.

(Read the full endorsements for L.A. Unified School District board)

Bell City Council

Coco Ceja.

Ana Maria Quintana.

Mario Rivas.

Ali Saleh.

Nestor Enrique Valencia.

Teresa Jacobo recall: Yes. The only incumbent council member fighting for her recall, she richly deserves to be ousted.

(Read the full endorsements for Bell City Council)

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