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Our Nov. 4 voter guide

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Posted: November 1, 2008 2:23 p.m.
Updated: January 3, 2009 5:00 a.m.
Our editorials during the last few weeks have provided information and The Signal’s position on the various propositions, measures and candidate races on the Nov. 4 ballot. Below we summarize what we previously said.

Local candidates
n Buck McKeon for Congress — No question, this veteran Santa Clarita congressman is more in tune with the 25th District than his unknown Democratic challenger from Barstow. Send McKeon back to finish his work on the Wilderness and Cemex bills.

n George Runner for 17th State Senate — Whenever this Republican lawmaker’s tough-on-crime bills hit roadblocks in the Democrat-controlled Legislature, he doesn’t give up. He takes them directly to the voters — and wins.

n Tony Strickland for 19th State Senate — In this straight-up partisan election, Strickland’s conservative philosophies mesh with a majority of Santa Clarita voters. It’s a tossup in the Ventura and Santa Barbara portions of the district, where an Obama bump could hand liberal Democrat Hannah-Beth Jackson this historically Republican seat.

n Cameron Smyth for 38th State Assembly — The youthful, ex-Santa Clarita mayor proved he could cross the partisan divide in his first term to pass crime and alternative energy bills. He deserves a second term.
n Audra Strickland for 37th State Assembly — This anti-tax, anti-crime Republican is a good fit in a solidly Republican district where the Democratic challenger hasn’t mounted much of a campaign.

n Cooper, Kelly, Gladbach, Pecsi for CLWA Board — The Castaic Lake Water Agency is providing an ample supply of clean water at a reasonable cost. That means the current water board is doing its job. Because the CLWA board is divided into “divisions,” you won’t see all four of these names on your ballot. Reelect the ones you do see.

Local measures
n Measure R: MTA Sales Tax — Vote No. An unfair and disproportionate amount of this new half-cent sales tax would get spent in Los Angeles, to the detriment of smaller cities such as Santa Clarita.

n Measure SA: Hart School District Construction Bonds — Vote Yes. Castaic parents have waited long enough for a high school. Students in existing Hart District schools suffer academically when their classroom facilities are a mess. The school superintendent has vowed that the community will have ample oversight as the district allocates and spends the money.

n Measure S: Sanitation District — Vote Yes. You’ve got two choices: Pay a tiny bit now to remove chloride from the Santa Clara River, or watch your sewer fees quadruple when the state forces us to spend hundreds of millions to do it later.

n Measure U (Unincorporated county only) — Utility Users’ Tax — Vote No. Cutting taxes from 5 percent to 4.5 percent sounds good, but it’s a ruse. More things, including cell phone calls and text messages, get taxed, so the total tax you end up paying goes up.

State ballot propositions

n Proposition 1: High Speed Rail Bonds — Vote No. The first $10 billion of a $45 billion bullet train system — in this economy?

n Proposition 2: Standards for Confining Farm Animals — Vote No. Hurts California farmers, raises the prices consumers will spend and leads to increased imports of foreign food products that aren’t held to the same standards.

n Proposition 3: Children’s Hospital Bond Act — Vote No. Hundreds of millions from the last bond act remain unspent. Don’t let the title fool you.

n Proposition 4: Waiting Period and Parental Notification — Vote Yes. This isn’t parental permission. It’s just notification. Parents have a right to know what’s going on in their children’s lives — especially something as serious as pregnancy.

n Proposition 5: Nonviolent Drug Offenses — Vote No. Another misleading title for an initiative that spends $1 billion and grants early release to 45,000 serious felons. This is a terrible proposition that is poorly written and deserves to go down.

n Proposition 6: Police and Law Enforcement Funding — Vote Yes. This gives law enforcement and the courts the tools they need to fight gang bangers.

n Proposition 7: Renewable Energy Generation — Vote No. Imposes arbitrary and unreasonable and unfunded mandates on electric companies; state already forces them to provide more and more renewable energy each year.  Let the market determine the future, not government.

n Proposition 8: Eliminates Same-Sex Marriage — Vote Yes. California voters (61 percent of them anyway) thought they already did this in 2000.  Then a judge overturned the majority vote. A Yes adds this as a constitutional amendment, which would be harder for activist judges to overturn.

n Proposition 9: Victims’ Rights — Vote Yes. Requires courts to consider victims’ safety before setting their assailants free on bail; expands victims’ rights throughout the legal and penal processes. Imagine that victims have rights.

n Proposition 10: Alternative Fuel Vehicles — Vote No. Change needs to be made on the supply side. Spending tax dollars to try to manipulate the demand side is wasteful and crazy.

n Proposition 11: Redistricting — Vote Yes. Californians deserve fair elections. Stop the politicians from carving safe districts that virtually guarantee their return to office.

n Proposition 12: Veterans Bond Act — Vote Yes. A routine refinancing of the veterans home loan program. The vets repay the loans so the taxpayers aren’t out of pocket.


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