Endorsements

  • Proposition HHH could finally make a dent in homelessness in L.A. Vote yes.

    Proposition HHH could finally make a dent in homelessness in L.A. Vote yes.

    There are nearly 47,000 homeless people in Los Angeles County, 28,000 of them residing in the city of Los Angeles. They bed down in tents and sleeping bags under bridges and in doorways; they sprawl out in Metro train cars and stations. If they are lucky enough to have vehicles, they sleep in cars...

  • Prop 57 is a much-needed check on prosecutorial power. Vote yes

    Prop 57 is a much-needed check on prosecutorial power. Vote yes

    Proposition 57 is Gov. Jerry Brown’s effort to recalibrate California's criminal justice system by returning to judges, parole boards and prison officials some of the power that craven lawmakers and frightened voters have, over the years, unwisely transferred to prosecutors. It's a welcome and...

  • Proposition 61 is the wrong solution to the problem of high drug prices

    Proposition 61 is the wrong solution to the problem of high drug prices

    Blatant price-gouging by EpiPen-maker Mylan and other pharmaceutical companies has stoked public outrage about the high cost of prescription drugs. Meanwhile, the emergence of a new class of exceptionally expensive specialty drugs has caused budget nightmares for state governments. But in California,...

  • Yes on Measure RRR to push LADWP reform in the right direction

    Yes on Measure RRR to push LADWP reform in the right direction

    Last year an independent consulting firm hired by the city controller repeated a longstanding criticism of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. The nation’s largest municipal utility is hamstrung because managers face too many bureaucratic hurdles and answer to multiple layers of political...

  • Don't tie California's fate to Wall Street volatility. Vote no on Proposition 55

    Don't tie California's fate to Wall Street volatility. Vote no on Proposition 55

    California’s finances were in such trouble in the not-too-distant past that by 2009, even many tax-shunning Republican lawmakers were pleading with their constituents to temporarily increase sales, income and vehicle license taxes. Voters said no repeatedly, until Gov. Jerry Brown offered them...

  • Measure JJJ could make L.A.’s housing crisis even worse. Vote no.

    Measure JJJ could make L.A.’s housing crisis even worse. Vote no.

    Measure JJJ on the November ballot purports to offer solutions to two of Los Angeles’ most challenging problems: How to create more affordable housing for the city’s poorest residents, and how to increase the number of good-paying jobs. Sounds like a slam dunk, right? It’s not. Measure JJJ vividly...

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