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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.
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 23, 2012 | By Jon Healey
Opponents of Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed tax increase are doubling down in their latest commercial , offering not one but two whoppers about what Proposition 30 would do. The measure would increase the state sales tax by 0.25 percentage points and raise the income tax by 1 to 3 percentage points on individuals earning more than $250,000 (and couples earning more than $500,000), generating about $6 billion a year. The money would go into a special fund for public schools and community colleges.
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