November 4 election: presidential, state, city, county and special districts
Key dates and deadlines
Sept. 25: Mailing of sample ballots begins Oct. 6: First day to apply for vote-by-mail ballot Oct. 20: Last day to register Oct. 28: Last day to apply for vote-by-mail ballot Nov. 4: Election Day Dec. 15: Electoral college convenes
Register to vote (deadline is Oct. 20) (Click here to go to the California secretary of state Web site)
Apply for vote-by-mail ballot (deadline is Oct. 28) (Click here to go to the Los Angeles County registrar web site)
Find your polling place and check your sample ballot:
Proposition 1A: "." Authorizes issuance of $9.95 billion of general obligation bonds to create a high-speed passenger train network beginning with a line between San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Proposition 2: "." Prohibits confinement of farm animals in a manner that does not allow them to turn around freely, lie down, stand up, or fully extend their limbs.
Proposition 3: "." Authorizes issuance of $980 million in bonds to build, renovate and equip children's hospitals.
Proposition 4: "." Requires parental notification prior to minors' abortions.
Proposition 5: "." Establishes a California secretary of rehabilitation and parole and other departments, offices and programs intended to provide rehabilitation and alternative sentencing for drug defendants.
Proposition 6: "." Establishes an Office of Public Safety Education and Information and appropriates $12.5 million annually to pay for it and other programs; establishes a California Early Intervention, Rehabilitation and Accountability Commission to evaluate publicly funded anti-crime programs and sets standards for such programs; appropriates $92.5 million annually to help counties house juvenile offenders; appropriates $50 million for a Juvenile Probation Facility and Supervision Fund; broadens the admissibility of hearsay evidence; establishes a Crimestopper Reward Reimbursement Fund and appropriates $10 million annually to fund it; stiffens penalties for threatening judges and witnesses and for various gang-related crimes; broadens civil actions against gangs; and establishes other programs and laws intended to protect crime victims and more effectively deter crime and punish criminals.
Proposition 7: "." Establishes mandatory renewable energy threshold for the L.A. Department of Water and Power and other government utilities.
Proposition 8: "." Outlaws same-sex marriage by adding the following words to the state Constitution: "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California."
Proposition 9: "." Broadens role of victims and victims' families in parole hearings and restricts frequency of hearing.
Proposition 10: "." Authorizes $5 billion in bonds ($9.8 billion with interest), much of which would provide rebates to buyers of hybrids and other alternative-fuel cars and fund research.
Proposition 11: "." Redistricting Constitutional Amendment and Statute. Would transfer the power to re-draw Assembly, state Senate, and Board of Equalization district lines, once every 10 years after census data come in, from the political parties and elected officials to a 14-member citizens' commission.
Proposition 12: "." Would extend the current Cal-Vet program which helps veterans buy homes and farms with lower interest rates. Veterans' payments historically have covered the cost of servicing the state bonds, but if they don't, lenders are repaid from the state's general fund. The Cal-Vet program began in 1921 and currently is available only to veterans who served before 1977. The measure would allow those who have served since them to take advantage of the program.
City of Los Angeles ballot measures:
. A tax of $3 per month on each parcel of propety in the City of Los Angeles to fund anti-gang programs.
. A measure to remove some height restrictions on low-rent housing that is fully or partially funded with state money.
Other regional and local measures:
. Metropolitan Transportation Authority 1/2-cent sales tax to fund transportation.
. Los Angeles County measure to extend the utility user tax in unincorporated county areas to telecommunications equipment not covered by the present telephone tax, while reducing the rate from 5% to 4.5%.
. $3.5 billion bond measure for construction and education (to be repaid with a property tax increase).
. $7 billion construction bond (to be repaid with a property tax increase).
President of the United States
The nominees: Republican John McCain Democrat Barack Obama Times endorsements in February 8 California primary: John McCain Barack Obama
Los Angeles County supervisor:
(Second District voters only)
Bernard C. Parks Endorsed by the Los Angeles Times for June 3 election
Los Angeles Superior Court judge:
Office No. 72 Hilleri Grossman Merritt** Ballot designation: Criminal Trial Prosecutor Los Angeles County Bar Association rating: Well Qualified
Steven A. Simons Ballot designation: Consumer Rights Attorney Los Angeles County Bar Association rating: Qualified
Office No. 82 Cynthia Loo** Ballot designation: Superior Court Referee Los Angeles County Bar Association rating: Qualified
Thomas Rubinson Ballot designation: Criminal Prosecutor Los Angeles County Bar Association rating: Well Qualified
Office No. 84 Pat Connolly** Ballot designation: Criminal Gang Prosecutor Los Angeles County Bar Association rating: Not Qualified
Lori-Ann C. Jones Ballot designation: Superior Court Commissioner Los Angeles County Bar Association rating: Not Qualified
Office No. 94 Michael O'Gara** Ballot designation: Criminal Prosecutor Los Angeles County Bar Association rating: Well Qualified
C. Edward Mack Ballot designation: Criminal Trial Attorney Los Angeles County Bar Association rating: Qualified
Office No. 154 Michael V. Jesic** Ballot designation: Criminal Gang Prosecutor Los Angeles County Bar Association rating: Well Qualified
Rocky L. Crabb Ballot designation: Superior Court Commissioner Los Angeles County Bar Association rating: Well Qualified