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November 1, 1988
Nonpartisan political analysts estimate the price of Proposition 102 would cost California taxpayers up to $1.7 billion to implement in its first year alone. In addition are court challenges to possibly many of its unconstitutional provisions and the public health costs of many persons with AIDS whose private insurance would be cancelled. Your taxes increased? You bet! Money could be taken from vital research for a preventive vaccine or cure. AIDS education would suffer and this would affect many of our young people who need it most.
April 22, 2010 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
If your dream — most likely fantasy — is to install public financing of California state political races, then Proposition 15 is worth voting for. Barely. It would create public financing — sort of — for only one office, the low-profile secretary of state. But it could pave the way for a much broader system later. I'm one of those who shares the pipe dream but doubts it ever will become a reality. I've always felt that if the public doesn't buy the politicians, the special interests will.
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.
October 2, 2012
The day Gov. Jerry Brown took office in 2011, the state budget was more than $25 billion in the red - the latest installment in a long-running drama of boom-and-bust budgeting. Since then, lawmakers have slashed billions of dollars from education, health, public safety and community development programs, reducing the general fund to the smallest share of the economy in 40 years. Barring a miraculously speedy turnaround in the economy, however, the budget will remain far out of balance for the next several years unless Sacramento raises revenue or cuts spending by a draconian $6 billion annually.
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....
April 15, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO --  Brett Schoenhals thought he was following the law by putting one of California's all-too-familiar warnings in the bar of his Coffee Table restaurant in Eagle Rock. Soon after he posted the sign, “This facility contains chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm,” Schoenhals got a letter from a lawyer saying he was representing an irate patron who wanted to see more warnings. Invoking the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, or Proposition 65, the lawyer threatened a lawsuit.
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