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California Elections 1996

CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 1996 | EFRAIN HERNANDEZ JR., TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tony Cardenas, the first Latino state legislator from the San Fernando Valley, expressed confidence Wednesday that family values, mixed with hard work and a love for the area where he grew up, would bring him success in Sacramento. "I think I have the potential of being one of the best legislators the state of California has ever seen," said Cardenas, 33, a political newcomer who Tuesday night easily beat Republican Ollie M.
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NEWS
November 7, 1996 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fresh from a stinging defeat at the polls, state and federal law enforcement officials Wednesday were left puzzling over how to deal with California's new medical marijuana law. Atty. Gen. Dan Lungren ordered a meeting of California's police chiefs, sheriffs and county prosecutors on Proposition 215, which voters approved Tuesday 56% to 44%. "We have legal anarchy," said Steve Telliano, Lungren's spokesman. "No one knows what this means."
NEWS
November 7, 1996 | DAN MORAIN and ERIC SLATER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In their lopsided approval of Proposition 218, California voters gave the go-ahead to the most significant tax-cutting initiative in a decade, prompting local officials statewide Wednesday to warn that services from libraries to police could be cut. In Los Angeles, City Councilwoman Jackie Goldberg called for the city to file a lawsuit to have the initiative, which restricts the ability of local governments to increase or impose general taxes, declared unconstitutional.
NEWS
November 7, 1996 | MARK GLADSTONE and CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Democrats on Wednesday were savoring a surprisingly strong election comeback in the state Legislature, where they strengthened their 25-year dominance in the Senate and edged out Republican Speaker Curt Pringle to narrowly recapture the Assembly. Even with some races still up in the air, Democrats were talking about extending an olive branch to Republican Gov.
NEWS
November 7, 1996 | DAVID FERRELL and DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Call him one of the, ah, grass-roots campaigners. He sings and tells jokes for pocket change. His sign--"World's Greatest Wino"--features a bumper sticker supporting Proposition 215, in no small part because Clarence Bobby Brown has been treating himself with pot for some time now. "I'm nearly blind," Brown, 59, said Wednesday on the Venice boardwalk, proudly sporting an "I voted" sticker. "Therapeutic purposes is what I use marijuana for. When I want to get high, this is what I use."
BUSINESS
November 7, 1996 | CHRIS KRAUL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Voters' passage of propositions G, I and J prompted a big sigh of relief at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, where the measures were seen as key to enabling the utility to streamline and prepare itself for the new age of electric power deregulation dawning in January 1998. But much remains to be done if the DWP, the nation's largest municipal power company, is to compete effectively. Topping the list of priorities are reducing the DWP's $7.
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