June 6, 1990 |
Furon Co. shareholders Tuesday approved a change in how the company's directors are elected, which will make it more difficult for a potential hostile raider to gain control of its board. At the company's annual meeting, shareholders approved the election of directors by majority vote rather than by cumulative vote, which had until recently been required by state law.
May 7, 1993 |
Local school district parcel taxes could be increased by a simple majority vote of the electorate instead of a two-thirds vote under legislation approved by the Senate. A 23-10 vote sent the bill (SB 1) by Sen. Gary K. Hart (D-Santa Barbara), the chairman of the Education Committee, to the Assembly. Last year, 82% of local ballot measures designed to increase school funding were approved by a majority of the voters, Hart said, but only 29% of those met the two-thirds vote requirement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 2010 |
It's the oldest and most successful strategy for fighting ballot measures: Argue that a proposal "is not what it seems." Don't necessarily argue against the merits of the measure's intent. That's often a weak case. Instead, strive to confuse. Point to "drafting flaws." Warn of "unintended consequences." As in: This proposition purports to offer free apple pie. You may like apple pie. But don't be fooled. This is not apple pie. It's a crab apple tart.
November 4, 2010
Were California voters especially wise Tuesday when they adopted both Proposition 25, which erases the Legislature's crippling two-thirds vote requirement for adopting a budget, and Proposition 26, which imposes a new two-thirds mandate for imposing or raising a fee? End the gridlock, perhaps they were saying, but not at the expense of taxpaying families or businesses. Or were they being especially clueless, telling Democratic lawmakers to adopt the budget they want, but without knowing or caring that they were simultaneously making the job close to impossible by depriving those same politicians of one of their chief budget-balancing tools?
November 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Democrats made a historic change to Senate rules Thursday, ending the minority party's ability to use filibusters to block most presidential nominations and, in the process, virtually guaranteeing that the rest of President Obama's term will be dominated by executive actions and court battles rather than legislation. In changing the long-standing rules with a near party-line vote in the middle of the session, Democrats brushed aside a century of congressional tradition and further embittered relations between the parties on an already deadlocked Capitol Hill.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO — This is nonsense, I'm thinking: A legislative candidate wins a majority of votes in the June primary but still must run in November against the same guy he already beat. That seems a waste of tax dollars for an unnecessary election redux. You'd think if a candidate collected a majority of the vote — not a plurality, but a clear majority — that would be it. Game over. That's how it works in mayoral and other local elections — also for state superintendent of public instruction and special elections to fill legislative and congressional vacancies.