As We See It: Election '10: Much at stake today

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Today's election will shape California and Santa Cruz County for years to come. At a time when unemployment and recession still have a hold on far too many lives, your vote for a particular candidate or ballot proposition has more meaning in 2010 than in most recent elections.
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Since: Jun 10

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Please vote. It is your right, it is your responsibility.

And as my mom used to say,,,

If you don't vote, don't female dog.

(she was a bit of a prude)

Since: May 08

Santa Cruz, CA

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"That's also why we're backing the city's Measure H -- not because we think hiking taxes is the answer to all budget problems, but because the utility taxes raised will go to shoring up the police department. If Santa Cruz wants more shoppers, and more tourists, the streets have to be safe."

You mean to say that the Sentinel doesn't think hiking taxes is the answer to all budget problems? Wow. That certainly is the impression this longtime subscriber has, given that I cannot recall the last time the Sentinel has not endorsed a local tax increase. Certainly not since McPherson was involved with the paper.

If Measure H is to go only for Public Safety, it should be crafted that way. To say that it is not possible to craft a tax increase to only go for public safety without putting it into the General Fund is specious. There are processes that can be invented if necessary to do exactly that. This is not rocket science, it is public policy and Santa Cruz is chock-full of public policy experts.
Dont miss the vote

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Governor: Jerry Brown
Lieutenant Governor: Gavin Newsom
Secretary of State: Debra Bowen
Controller: John Chiang
Treasurer: Bill Lockier
Attorney General: Kamala D. Harris
Insurance Commissioner: Dave Jones
Member, State State Board of Equalization: Betty T. Yee
United States Senator: Barbara Boxer
United States Representative: Sam Farr
Member of the Assembly: Bill Monning
Judicial: YES for all
School: Larry Acevedes
SC City Council: Lynn Robinson, David Foster, Ron Pomerantz
MeasureS: 19-YES, 20-NO, 21-YES, 22-NO, 23-NO, 24-YES, 25-YES, 26-NO, 27-YES, H-YES

Giants rule!
Smarttron

Scotts Valley, CA

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Nov 2, 2010
 
I voted a week ago. Get over your self.
Nanny State

San Jose, CA

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Dont miss the vote wrote:
Governor: Jerry Brown
Lieutenant Governor: Gavin Newsom
Secretary of State: Debra Bowen
Controller: John Chiang
Treasurer: Bill Lockier
Attorney General: Kamala D. Harris
Insurance Commissioner: Dave Jones
Member, State State Board of Equalization: Betty T. Yee
United States Senator: Barbara Boxer
United States Representative: Sam Farr
Member of the Assembly: Bill Monning
Judicial: YES for all
School: Larry Acevedes
SC City Council: Lynn Robinson, David Foster, Ron Pomerantz
MeasureS: 19-YES, 20-NO, 21-YES, 22-NO, 23-NO, 24-YES, 25-YES, 26-NO, 27-YES, H-YES
Giants rule!
Congratulations! That is about as far left leaning as you possibly lean.

Today the Sentinel will learn how out of touch it is with its basic constituency.
Stupid County

Watsonville, CA

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I hope that some day my tax dollars will not go to benefit this county and possibly this state.
Ex Liberal

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Nov 2, 2010
 
Want to know who this guy actually is?

Watch and listen to the video clip from a CNN interview of Ex CA Democrat Governor Jerry Moonbeam Brown who was at the time running against Clinton for the Democrat Presidential ticket in 1992?

Watch it! It'll help you understand the ethics and mentality of a career politician and should assist in your choice of vote this Tuesday. Click on the first of the two video clips but watch both!

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/20...
Public Option Supporter

Vallejo, CA

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If you think Brown has a record of spending California into this mess, read more about Jerry Brown's record at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Brown :
Upon taking office, Brown gained a reputation as a fiscal conservative. The American Conservative [a conservative magazine started by Patrick Buchanan and others] later noted he was "much more of a fiscal conservative than Governor Reagan." His fiscal restraint resulted in one of the biggest budget surpluses in state history, roughly $5 billion. For his personal life, Brown refused many of the privileges and perks of the office, forgoing the newly constructed governor's residence and instead renting a modest apartment at the corner of 14th and N Streets, adjacent to Capitol Park in downtown Sacramento. Instead of riding as a passenger in a chauffeured limousine as previous governors had done, Brown drove to work in a Plymouth Satellite sedan.
It was the passage of Proposition 13 by the public, which Brown opposed, that caused the $5 billion surplus to disappear. Propositions can't be vetoed by the governor, so he and California government were stuck with it.
When Proposition 13 passed in June of 1978, he heavily cut state spending and, along with the Legislature, spent much of the $5 billion surplus to meet the proposition's requirements and help offset the revenue losses which made cities, counties and schools more dependent on the state. His actions in response to the proposition earned him praise from Proposition 13 author Howard Jarvis who went as far to make a television commercial for Brown just before his successful reelection bid in 1978.
Brown supported a balanced budget amendment. He proposed a 2-tier government pension system to get California out of the burden of excessively generous public pensions, putting new hires on a more austere track than existing workers. The Legislature didn't enact that reform. The public pension rules used to look back at the last 3 years of salary. Long after Brown was out of the Governor seat, the rule was changed to look only at the last year of work, pumping up compensation by allowing deferred vacation pay and other non-salary perks to be added as final-year compensation, causing bloated pensions for the rest of that employees life.

Read about how the California public pension system got screwed up here: http://www.claremont.org/projects/pageid.2653 .... It says:
"Then in 1999, the legislature and Governor Gray Davis authorized a large increase in the pension formulas for state employees. Like the final-year policy enacted nine years previously, Senate Bill 400 was a bipartisan blunder. It passed by votes of 39-0 in the Senate and 70-7 in the Assembly." The final-year-rule blunder was made in 1990. Brown was governor in 1975 to 1983, so this excessively generous pension system was not created on his watch. He never would have supported it.

Brown is not in the pocket of the unions. He has opposed them in the past.

Meg Whitman lies about Brown's fiscal record.
Fun Nuts

Watsonville, CA

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Please don't trust a 71 year old man to have the energy necessary to pull our state from the brink of bankruptcy.

Please don't make my small fleet of roofing trucks pay for low life's to loiter in our parks with their broke down RVs.

Please don't put me out of business by forcing me to throw away my trucks and buy electric service vehicles, among other grandiose environmental requirements that will raise unemployment. Yes on 23! AB32 has good intentions but is not practical in this economic climate.
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If the Sentinel truly wants a city council majority capable of moving the city forward economically, why didn't it include Kevin Moon among its endorsements?

Oh, that's right...he's a republican, and we can't have one of those icky crazy people on this "non-partisan" body.
Moonset

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Sentinel moons Moon wrote:
If the Sentinel truly wants a city council majority capable of moving the city forward economically, why didn't it include Kevin Moon among its endorsements?
Oh, that's right...he's a republican, and we can't have one of those icky crazy people on this "non-partisan" body.
Dude, not even republicans are voting for Moon. Have you been following his campaign at all? Big FAIL.
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This Just In: Fresh from the API wire.

Due to an anticipated voter turnout being much larger than originally expected, the polling facilities may not be able to handle the voter load all at once.

Therefore, Republicans are requested to vote on Tuesday, November 2, and Democrats on Wednesday, November 3.

Please pass this message along and help us to make sure that nobody gets left out.
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Lucas wrote:
This Just In: Fresh from the API wire.
Due to an anticipated voter turnout being much larger than originally expected, the polling facilities may not be able to handle the voter load all at once.
Therefore, Republicans are requested to vote on Tuesday, November 2, and Democrats on Wednesday, November 3.
Please pass this message along and help us to make sure that nobody gets left out.
This just in: The same old tired split voting joke is still being repeated by people with nothing original to say...
poke around

Richmond, CA

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#14
Nov 2, 2010
 
How about the Senile hire some editors and fact checkers before recommending anything? I cant in good faith believe anything the Sentinel pushes when they dont even edit of fact check their stories day after day.

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