Endorsements

  • What crimes warrant the death penalty? Depends on the prosecutor

    What crimes warrant the death penalty? Depends on the prosecutor

    If the government is going to impose a punishment as medieval and irreversible as the death penalty, it should take pains to ensure that the penalty is invoked only for the most heinous crimes and that it is applied fairly and consistently. Data compiled by the state attorney general’s office,...

  • The problem Proposition 53 aims to solve is speculative, but the damage it could inflict is very real

    The problem Proposition 53 aims to solve is speculative, but the damage it could inflict is very real

    The California Constitution bars state and local governments from issuing tax-supported bonds unless they obtain voters’ approval in advance. It sets a particularly high bar for local measures, requiring a two-thirds majority (although state voters in 2000 lowered that threshold to 55% for school...

  • Proposition 54 is a modest proposal to make lawmaking more transparent

    Proposition 54 is a modest proposal to make lawmaking more transparent

    The proponents of Proposition 54, the California Legislative Transparency Act, would have you believe that all the ills of state politics — the backroom deals, the influence of special interests and the votes held on bills legislators haven’t read — will be fixed with this one simple measure on...

  • Yes on Proposition 52 to keep Medi-Cal funded

    Yes on Proposition 52 to keep Medi-Cal funded

    About 1 of every 6 Californians lives in poverty, which helps explain why almost 12 million state residents are enrolled in Medi-Cal — the state’s version of Medicaid, the health insurance program for impoverished Americans that’s jointly funded by federal and state taxpayers. California’s enrollment...

  • Prop 67: A vote to stop profiteering from polluting the Golden State

    Prop 67: A vote to stop profiteering from polluting the Golden State

    The “paper or plastic” era is, gratefully, on its way out. Over the last decade, more than 150 counties and cities in California have outlawed the flimsy, storm-drain-blocking, sea-turtle-choking, virtually immortal single-use plastic bags that grocery stores had been handing out at checkout lines...

  • Aceves — and three others — for Superior Court

    Aceves — and three others — for Superior Court

    Efrain Matthew Aceves is a well-regarded Los Angeles County deputy district attorney with 18 years of trial experience who also serves as a member of the Whittier school board. The Los Angeles County Bar Assn. has rated him “well qualified” to be a Superior Court judge. His opponent in the race...

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