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Our View: Make your voice heard on Tuesday

The Signal Editorial Board

Posted: October 30, 2010 8:58 p.m.
Updated: October 31, 2010 4:30 a.m.

If you haven’t already voted by mail, we urge you to go to your polling place Tuesday between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. and make your vote count.

Here are The Signal Editorial Board recommendations for the General Election:

n U.S. Senator: Carly Fiorina. Let’s try a fresh approach.

n U.S. House of Representatives, 25th District: Howard P. “Buck” McKeon’s ascent to the House hierarchy should Republicans seize the lower house of Congress, as expected, means his likely chairmanship of Armed Services — which should greatly benefit the growing SCV aerospace business sector. This and other reasons make him the clear choice for local representation in the House.

n Governor: We don’t like Meg Whitman or Jerry Brown. They have more personal and political baggage than the rest of the candidates combined. And there is no viable alternative among the other contenders. We endorsed none of the above in this race.

n Assembly: Cameron Smyth has proven effective on the state level because he is a consensus-builder with allies on both sides of the aisle. We say re-elect him.

n Controller: We endorse Tony Strickland, the western Santa Clarita Valley’s current state senator, for the job of the state’s accountant. We see him as someone a lot more likely to watch out for the interests of the taxpayers than his incumbent opponent, John Chiang.

n Attorney General: Our vote goes to Steve Cooley, so he can do for the state what he has done so well for Los Angeles County as district attorney. His record as a crime-fighter includes prosecuting the illegal alien who murdered sheriff’s deputy and Saugus resident David March. Thanks to Cooley’s tenacity, the killer will rot in a California prison for the rest of his life.

n State Board of Equalization: Sen. George Runner, R-Antelope Valley, has proven himself a fine representative of our community, both in the Assembly and state Senate.

He has extensive knowledge of the state budget and tax policy. The Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Association gave him its highest marks. We agree Runner is the ideal candidate for a seat on the board.

n Propositions – Yes on 20 (redistricting by newly created citizens commission, not the Legislature); 23 (suspension of AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006); 26 (two-thirds vote requirement for new fees, same as the requirement for new taxes).

n Propositions – No on 19 (marijuana legalization); 21 (vehicle-license surcharge); 24 (business-tax liability); 25 (budget reform that would make delivering a balanced budget even more difficult); 27 (redistricting by Legislature, as usual).

n Castaic Lake Water Agency: We urge you to return Ed Colley (Division 1), Peter Kavounas (Division 2), Jacque McMillan (Division 3) and Tom Campbell (at large) to the CLWA board. They know the business of delivering water, have done a good job, and plan well. This boat does not rock, so let’s keep it that way.


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