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California Elections 1996

CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 1996 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN and HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A few months ago, Assemblywoman Paula Boland was on the front page every day fighting for her Valley secession bill. A headline about her opponent dubbed him "Candidate What's His Name." Now Democrat Adam Schiff has a name and a title--state senator from the 21st District--and is the first Democrat in many years to represent the Glendale-Burbank area. The former federal prosecutor beat Boland handily, racking up 52% to her 43.8% in a race heavily funded by both political parties.
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NEWS
November 7, 1996 | DAN MORAIN and ERIC SLATER and H.G. REZA, 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 | PAUL JACOBS and VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Backers of campaign finance reform say that California voters sent "a clarion call heard around the nation" when they overwhelmingly approved Proposition 208, which imposes limits on the size of state and local campaign contributions.
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.
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 | 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.
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