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November 1, 1988
The Times is right to oppose Proposition 96, a well-intended but unnecessary and deficient AIDS measure. If adopted, Proposition 96 would contradict strong, bipartisan legislation passed unanimously and recently signed into law by the governor that mandates AIDS testing of certain persons who commit sexual assaults or assaults on law enforcement officers. But The Times is wrong to blame legislative delay and ineffectiveness for this measure. Block sponsored Proposition 96 because at the very end of last year's session the Legislature chose to defer action on a bill that he supported which embraced the provisions of Proposition 96. Instead, we decided to consider that bill this year in conjunction with all other proposals on AIDS.
November 5, 2012 | By Karin Klein
There's been a lot of back-and-forth over the last few days on Proposition 37, the initiative to require labeling of genetically engineered foods. Too bad that almost none of it has had anything to do with whether or not this is a worthy measure. Supporters of 37 raised a stink about the opposition campaign's alleged misuse of a quote from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The campaign had implied, wrongly, that the FDA had said Proposition 37 would lead to "inherently misleading" labeling.
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.
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