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Our View: A recap of our endorsements for the election this Tuesday

Posted: June 3, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 1, 2012 1:55 a.m.

It's been a long time coming, but voting in the California primary finally takes place on Tuesday.

Many citizens have already voted by mail, but those going to the polls will get to vote on races for U.S. Senate, U.S. House, state Assembly and Senate, county supervisor and district attorney, as well as state propositions and county ballot measures.

Voters in the Sulphur Springs School District will also be voting on bond Measure CK.

In all but the presidential race, all voters will get to vote for members of all parties as California institutes its open primary system.

In this system, the top two vote-getters in each race in the primary, regardless of party, get to face each other in the November general election.

Voters who are registered with specific parties will get to vote for the presidential candidates in their party only. Nonpartisan voters who decline to state a party affiliation will not get to vote in that race in the primary.

The Signal has endorsed in a few state primary races in the past several weeks. We recap our positions here.

38th Assembly District: Edward Headington and Scott Wilk are our two top choices here.

Headington, although a Democrat from the San Fernando Valley, has been knowledgeable about the issues in his appearances here in our valley, and his fiscal conservative stances have played well. He is also willing to reach across the aisle to the other party.

Wilk is knowledgeable about the crucial state issues that face us and about how Sacramento works. We believe he is prepared to engage Sacramento on behalf of residents of the Santa Clarita Valley.

Yes on Proposition 28: This state measure revamps term limits by changing the total time a legislator can serve from 14 total years (six in Assembly and eight in Senate) to 12 total years, but they could serve all of those years in either house.

We support this measure and believe it will provide better balance, allowing the Legislature to retain some vital experience in government while at the same time preventing our state representatives from becoming legislators for life.

We believe it will also help our leaders focus more on their jobs rather than on running for their next political opportunity. This might bring greater stability to California.

No on Proposition 29: In theory, this ballot measure sounds good - imposing a "sin tax" of $1 on every package of cigarettes purchased.

The intent of the bill is to fund research and facilities focused on preventing, treating and curing tobacco-related diseases. But we don't like it because it creates another statewide spending mandate and a new nine-member committee to administer the fund.

It would just create another inefficient and wasteful bureaucratic structure. Only 60 percent of the taxpayers' dollars would go to research.

Yes on Measure CK: This school bond measure in the Sulphur Springs School District in Canyon Country will help repair decaying school buildings, upgrade classroom and library technology, replace aging and inefficient heating and air conditioning units, and modernize a 40-year-old structure that serves severely disabled students.

It has been 22 years since Canyon Country voters last approved a school district bond measure.

That measure, which amounts to $90 to $100 per $100,000 valuation of property, expires in 2017.

This new measure would not take effect until the other one expires and would impose a maximum of $30 obligation per $100,000 valuation of property.

Students of the district deserve it. It's time for these upgrades and this bond measure.

State officials say voter registration for the primary election has increased by 1 million since the 2008 presidential primary election.

That's great news and shows greater engagement by the citizens of this state.

Please vote on Tuesday. California needs our involvement.



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