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Times endorsements for Nov. 4

President
He is the competent, confident leader who represents the aspirations of the United States.
Local offices
Office No. 72: Hilleri Grossman Merritt
Office No. 82: Cynthia Loo
Office No. 84: Pat Connolly
Office No. 94: Michael O'Gara
Office No. 154: Michael V. Jesic
In the hard-fought match between Mark Ridley-Thomas and Bernard Parks, The Times opts for Parks.
State initiatives
Californians should authorize the state to sell $9.95 billion in bonds to fund a high-speed rail line.
> Click here for more on Proposition 1AThough admirable, Proposition 2's ban on tight cages for hens could drive the egg business out of state.
> Click here for more on Proposition 2Proposition 3 would authorize nearly $1 billion in general obligation bonds to benefit hospitals that treat seriously ill children.
> Click here for more on Proposition 3Proposition 4 isn't really about parental notification; it's an attack on the right to an abortion.
> Click here for more on Proposition 4Proposition 5 means well, but the measure aimed at rehabilitating addicts would create chaos.
> Click here for more on Proposition 5With the state scrambling for funds, Proposition 6 would add $1 billion in confused anti-crime spending.
> Click here for more on Proposition 6Even environmental groups see problems with this initiative to increase renewable energy.
> Click here for more on Proposition 7
By banning same-sex marriages, Prop. 8 would create second-class citizens.
> Click here for more on Proposition 8Prop. 9 constitutionally upends the criminal justice system by involving victims' families in prosecutions.
> Click here for more on Proposition 9Billed as an environmental measure, Prop. 10's real goal is to enrich sponsor T. Boone Pickens.
> Click here for more on Proposition 10California desperately needs redistricting reform. Prop. 11 isn't perfect, but it would take some of the politics out of drawing legislative districts.
> Click here for more on Proposition 11California voters should approve this $900 million bond issue to help veterans buy homes.
> Click here for more on Proposition 12
Local measures
Results first, then more anti-gang funding.
Jurisdiction: City of Los AngelesL.A. needs more affordable housing for families.
Jurisdiction: City of Los Angeles
Measure J benefits us all by helping to upgrade classroom technology at L.A. community colleges.
Jurisdiction: Los Angeles Community College District
> Click here for more on Measure J
Measure Q is far too vague for voters to risk $7 billion on future, unspecified L.A. Unified expenses.
Jurisdiction: Los Angeles Unified School District
> Click here for more on Measure QIt's a tough time to seek a tax hike, but paying for badly needed local transportation project is worth it.
Jurisdiction: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
> Click here for more on Measure RLos Angeles County voters in unincorporated areas should keep their telephone tax intact to fund vital services.
Jurisdiction: Los Angeles County
> Click here for more on Measure U Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times
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