April 22, 2010
How much does it cost to buy an election in California? Northern California utility Pacific Gas & Electric aims to test that question with Proposition 16, the most odious piece of special-interest electioneering to come around in, oh, a year or so. PG&E is expected to pour $35 million into its campaign for the measure, which features commercials and glossy mailers so misleading that they could have been written by the Iranian information ministry....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 1988
The Times editorial "AIDS: No on 96" (Oct. 17), suggests that Proposition 96 is "a flawed instrument now rendered essentially unnecessary." As sheriff of Los Angeles County and the proponent of Proposition 96, I disagree. While The Times is correct in its conclusion that the new legislation would never have passed if the initiative had not qualified for the ballot, the new legislation contains some serious omissions. For example, it does not require medical personnel in jails, prisons and juvenile detention facilities to inform custodial personnel when they become aware of persons infected with AIDS or are HIV-positive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 1988
The proponents of Proposition 92 do not go far enough in their proposal in changing the Commission on Judicial Performance. If you're going to amend the Constitution then do it right the first time. Too many ignorant and incompetent lawyers are appointed as judges, who too often become arrogant in their security of immunity. The record of the Commission on Judicial Performance given by the proponents, i.e., only 25 out of 7,185 complaints resulted in public punishment in 27 years, speaks for itself--wimpy--merely a wrist-slapping public entity that is neither useful nor cost effective in its present state.
November 6, 2012 |
The ballot's strangest measure, Proposition 40, coasted to the electorate Tuesday, running without any opposition but still subject to voter confusion. Because Proposition 40 is a referendum, not an initiative, the effect of voting for it may be the opposite of what some voters think. To be clear: A vote for the measure upholds the work of a citizens redistricting commission in drawing lines for California state Senate districts. A vote against it would overturn the commission, with uncertain consequences.