Propositions focus of town hall

The pros and cons of initiatives on the November ballot will be hashed out at two meetings presented by the League of Women Voters.

A presentation will be made 10 a.m. today at the Senior Center. A Town Hall Meeting will take place 9:30 a.m. Oct. 16 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 429 Cypress.

Longtime league member Jean Raun organized the meetings.

"Because of the Initiative Process in California, every election cycle presents big challenges to the electorate in our state," Raun stated in a news release. "We citizens of California, if we are to be responsible electors, need to have adequate information before we use our values to make decisions about selecting the choices we are asked to make."

According to Raun, this election is particularly challenging for the voters. A casual perusal of the initiative won't do the trick because some propositions conflict with others. "If [Propositions] 20 and 27 both pass, the one with the most 'yes' votes prevails," Raun stated.

"If 26 and 19, the Marijuana Initiative, both pass, needed regulations to enforce and monitor the law legalizing marijuana in California will not be funded without a two-thirds vote. And in this political climate, that rarely happens.

"Other initiatives overturn laws or initiatives recently passed."

The non-partisan League of Women Voters was established after 1920 when women won the right to vote. The central philosophy of the organization was that a viable democracy must have an informed electorate.

"Indeed, it demands that we trust the decision of the majority when they base their decisions on accurate information and their own values," Raun stated.

Iseman fundraiser to feature nephew

Comedian Matt Iseman, star of Style Network's "Clean House" and E! Networks "Sports Soup," will perform at a fundraiser for City Council candidate Toni Iseman, his aunt.

The fundraiser will be held at the Veterans Memorial Building, 380 Legion St., starting with a wine and cheese reception at 7 p.m. Matt Iseman's performance will begin at 8 a.m.

Admission is $65 per person, proceeds to benefit the incumbent's reelection campaign.

The comedian, who hosts the irreverent sports show on Versus, is expected to take some shots at "Aunt Toni," who is running for her fourth term on the council.

He will be recognized by fans of "Transformers 2," in which he made his big screen debut, although he may be best known as the Go-to Guy on "Clean House" and "Clean House Comes Clean" and has made appearances on "Chelsea Lately" and "RedEye" on Fox News.

In December, he will be hosting the "American Ninja Warrior" on G4.

Reservations are required for the fundraiser. Payment may be made at the door in cash or check, but a check is preferred.

Seating is limited. To make a reservation for An Evening of Comedy with Matt Iseman e-mail or call (949) 357-4309.

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