Add No On Proposition 76 To Special Election Recommendations
The L.A. Times editorial on Proposition 76, giving the governor exorbitant powers to veto state expenditures, draws attention to another of these bad ideas, and, as the Times advised, it should be defeated.
The governor, as the Times noted, already has all the powers he legitimately needs to keep California's budget within bounds. To give him more would amount to unbalancing state government and taking meaningful power away from the Legislature.
In many ways, it is becoming apparent that the governor has a dictatorial streak which must be carefully controlled, and that it's aimed in excessive ways at the public employee unions, the teachers, the police and firemen and other civil servants.
These on occasion can become overbearing, but that still does not mean they should be disarmed from the same power to influence state government as business interests have, which would also be the case with Proposition 75. The Times endorsed that, but mistakenly in my view.
If Schwarzenegger loses the Special Election, that will not prevent him from continuing to do his job and run for reelection next year, when the electorate will be at the polls in greater, more representative numbers.
So, again, my recommendations would be to vote against Propositions 74, 75, 76, 78 (the drug lobby's measure) and the unnecessary measure Y, the $4.6 billion school bond issue in the city of Los Angeles. For now, no endorsements on other ballot measures.