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SCV Republicans celebrate election results at Route 66

Posted: May 19, 2009 10:24 p.m.
Updated: May 20, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Santa Clarita Valley Republicans gathered at Route 66 Classic Grill in Canyon Country late Tuesday and cheered special-election results that showed that five of six propositions failed.

Propositions 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D and 1E were failing by large margins as of 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Only Proposition 1F, which would curtail state legislators' wages during budget deficits, won approval in the statewide voting.

"The voters clearly hold the legislators responsible for the budget problems - that's why Proposition 1F will pass," said Republican Bob Haueter.

Propositions 1A through 1E, as a package, would have helped close California's massive budget gap by prolonging taxes and shifting money from earmarked causes to the state's general fund.

Republicans at Route 66 said they hoped those measures' resounding defeat sends a clear message.

"(The voters) need to send the legislators back to the drawing board to put a budget together," said Devon Wensel, 30, of Canyon Country. She attended the gathering of the Santa Clarita Valley Republicans at Route 66.

"We as citizens in our household need to learn to live within our means - so does Sacramento," Wensel said.

Wensel and others at the SCV Republican gathering advocated slashing the budget and knew exactly where to start.

"One thing we can do is go to a part-time Legislature," said Alice Khorsravy, 35, of Stevenson Ranch.

Local Democrats held no formal meetings, but many opposed the propositions, said Carole Lutness, chairwoman of the 38th Democratic Central Committee.

Lutness said she was ecstatic to see the propositions failing.

California's budget problem is rooted in the budget process, which requires two-thirds vote by the state Legislature for a budget to pass, she said.

"As long as we have a two-thirds requirement to pass a budget, the Republicans control the budget process even though they are a minority party," Lutness said.


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