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October 31, 1996
After reading through the wording of the propositions, considering the advice given by The Times and many television commercials, it is evident that all of them are badly and incompletely written. This sums up to one conclusion--vote no on all of them! MARVIN S. LUNTZ Los Angeles
April 27, 2014 | By Laura W. Brill
Last year's Proposition 8 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court changed the lives of many same-sex couples and their families in California for the better. But the political fallout from that decision is also having a profound and worrisome effect on the state's initiative process. The reason has to do with the nature of the court's action. The Supreme Court did not rule on the constitutionality of Proposition 8 itself. Rather, it decided an issue of standing, concluding that the initiative's backers had not been directly harmed by a lower-court ruling that the law was unconstitutional and that they therefore lacked standing to appeal that ruling.
October 17, 2010
Cartoonists sift through mountains of information, mine the deepest layers of the mediasphere, seeking to strike that one golden nugget of truth and then extract it and amalgamate it into irony. Pat Oliphant used the headline-grabbing Chilean rescue to undercut underhanded underground business. In a lighter vein, Matt Davies blasted the cast of caricatures hoping to be elected this fall. And Jeff Koterba's undersized rescue vehicle conveys a metaphorical message that doesn't augur well for financial markets.
March 21, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
Documentaries in this age of Netflix and VOD don't often get a theatrical release, but HBO is betting that “The Case Against 8,” its Sundance-decorated documentary about the legal battle to overturn Proposition 8, can buck the trend. The network has scheduled a limited theatrical run in June for Ben Cotner and Ryan White's movie, which examines the legal battle, ultimately successful, to overturn California's same-sex marriage ban that passed in 2008. HBO will put the movie in Los Angeles and New York theaters on June 6, expand it on June 13, and then air it on June 23, which is close to the anniversary of the Supreme Court's historic ruling on the federal Defense of Marriage Act last year.
November 1, 2012
Re "Closer look at 4 measures," Column, Oct. 29 The near-unanimous support for Proposition 40 and the fact that its own sponsors have abandoned it, coupled with the murky and costly effects a "no" vote would bring, provide a rare insight into our electorate. When all the votes are counted, we will not have a consensus on redistricting in California; what we will have is a precise tally of the percentage of citizens who have the slightest understanding of the propositions on which they are voting.
October 10, 2010
There are nine statewide propositions on the ballot that cover a range of subjects, including car fees, global warming and marijuana use: Proposition 19 ? Marijuana What it would do: Make it legal to use marijuana in California. Supporters say regulating and taxing the sale of marijuana would help raise money for cash-strapped local governments and save tens of millions of dollars per year on the costs of jailing and supervising marijuana offenders. As with alcohol, the legal age for buying marijuana would be 21, and it would still be illegal to drive under the influence.
November 8, 2012
Proposition: Passed/Failed 30 - Gov. Brown's tax plan: Passed 31 - State budget, other government issues: Failed 32 - Payroll deduction for politics: Failed 33 - Auto insurance rates: Failed 34 - Repeal death penalty: Failed 35 - Human trafficking: Passed 36 - Ease three-strikes law: Passed 37 - Genetically modified food labeling: Failed 38 - Tax for education: Failed 39 - Corporate taxes: Passed 40 -...
October 27, 2000
There is no way the average voter can assess the financial impact of the various propositions included on the Nov. 7 ballot. Also, one cannot believe the TV ads by both sides of a proposition. I suggest voters do as I am and vote no (except for Prop. A) on all propositions. Maybe such actions would stop voters having to rely on silly ads for information and save the exorbitant ad dollars, which could be used for helping the poor and homeless. WILLIAM H. DUDLEY Encino
March 8, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - Anxious about last summer's ruling on Proposition 8, sponsors of California ballot measures are going to considerable lengths to ensure they will be able to defend them if the state doesn't. Nearly 1 in 4 proposed initiatives include language intended to skirt the ruling and avoid having a measure overturned because of antipathy by state officials, a review of the measures showed. The proposal topics are as varied as public pensions and Internet privacy, each armed with clauses aimed at turning sponsors into semi-public officials able to defend the measures if the state refuses.
February 7, 2014 | By Jennifer Gratz
Much progress has been made in the fight for equal treatment under the law for all people. Unfortunately, California politicians are actively working to ensure that the state reverts to policies that treat people differently based on skin color or ethnic identity - policies that were rejected by voters more than 17 years ago. In 1996, California voters outlawed the use of racial preferences in state institutions by overwhelmingly passing Proposition 209....
December 7, 2013 | By Anthony York
SACRAMENTO - While much of the country is gearing up for the holidays, political forces in Sacramento are girding for battle. Already, special interests are lined up with plans that could shape next year's general election ballot. They are considering propositions to increase medical malpractice awards, hike tobacco taxes and give local governments the right to scale back public employee pensions, among other ideas. Each of the proposals could spawn campaigns costing tens of millions of dollars.
November 19, 2013 | By Harvey Rosenfield
"We didn't do a good enough job in terms of how we crafted the law," an apologetic President Obama said this month, shortly after millions of Americans got notices from their health insurance companies that their current policies were going to be canceled because the policies didn't comply with the minimum standards of the Affordable Care Act. Worse, the federal website where people were supposed to be able to buy replacement coverage was still barely...
November 5, 2013 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
HOUSTON - Forget Monticello or the Chrysler building: There may be no piece of architecture more quintessentially American than the Astrodome. Widely copied after it opened in 1965, it perfectly embodies postwar U.S. culture in its brash combination of Space Age glamour, broad-shouldered scale and total climate control. It also offers a key case study in how modern architecture treated the natural world - and how radically the balance of power in that relationship has shifted over the last half-century.
October 15, 2013 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court's conservative justices signaled Tuesday that they were inclined to uphold California and Michigan ballot measures that forbid state universities from granting "preferential treatment" to applicants based on race. Oral arguments on affirmative action turned into a debate over the meaning of equal treatment under the law, with the justices sounding split along the usual ideological lines. The conservatives, agreeing with Michigan's state lawyers, said removing race as a factor led to equal treatment as required under the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.
September 26, 2013 | By Roger Vincent
Provisions of California's landmark Proposition 13 property tax measure are stoking ire again as reform activists say a high-profile commercial property deal is being structured to avoid tax increases by taking advantage of a loophole. A group of unions and anti-poverty organizations accuses real estate giant Brookfield Office Properties Inc. of trying to skate on potentially millions of dollars in new property taxes on downtown Los Angeles skyscrapers the company is buying by taking less than a 50% stake in a new entity that will take title to the properties and others now held by Brookfield.
September 11, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
California community colleges are starting the fall term on an upbeat note, with most boosting enrollment and the number of classes offered, according to a survey of the state's two-year schools released Wednesday. About 90% of the campuses that answered the survey reported higher enrollment than last fall, and 84% are increasing course sections. Of the state's 112 community colleges, 95 responded to the survey from the chancellor's office. Overall, enrollment is expected to increase by 2.5% and course sections by 5%. About 60,000 more students are expected to enroll systemwide this fall, officials said.
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