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July 14, 2010
Despite criticism from some religious leaders who have called on her to resign her post , Alice Huffman, president of the NAACP's California chapter, said last week that she will not retract her support of an initiative to legalize marijuana in the state, according to an article in the San Jose Mercury News. She believes that Proposition 19 would "be a good first step in reforming marijuana laws," especially for African Americans who she feels are targeted, creating a "permanent underclass."
BUSINESS
By Andy Dick | February 2, 2006
Propositions may be received in several forms, and if you are over 55 years of age, you have been "propositioned" at least twice. Propositions 60 and 90 offer potentially significant tax relief to qualified home sellers. A closer look at Proposition 60 should be of interest to many of our local homeowners. Proposition 60 allows over-55 homeowners to transfer the base market value of their qualifying primary residence to a replacement primary residence of equal or lesser market value within the same county, relieving homeowners of otherwise higher property taxes.
NEWS
By Ralph Saenz | October 26, 2006
Believing it would do little to help students and educational programs in La Cañada Flintridge, the La Cañada Unified School District Board of Governors took a stand against Proposition 88 at Tuesday night meeting at the LCUSD Board Room. The board voted 5-0 to adopt a resolution to oppose the proposition on the November ballot that would use a new tax on property to fund education in the state. Scott Tracy, president of the Governing Board, said the proposition would be of little value to the LCUSD and that "need-based districts like La Cañada will be disadvantaged."
NEWS
By Mary O'Keefe | November 2, 2006
With a unanimous voice the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce has voted to oppose Proposition 90 on the Nov. 7 ballot. "We felt that is a bad piece of legislation that is misleading," said Pat Anderson, executive director of the chamber. The proposition concerns eminent domain, barring state and local governments from condemning or damaging private property to promote other projects or uses. Critics have claimed that although they agree there must be eminent domain reform, Prop.
NEWS
October 16, 2008
La Cañada voters will find the usual grab bag of topics ranging from reapportionment to gay marriage on the November ballot. The 12 propositions include initiatives, bond issues and mandated reforms in state government, as California continues its tradition of asking the voters to take a major role in determining state policy. Proposition 11, sponsored by California Common Cause, the League of Women Voters and the California Taxpayers Association among others would create a state commission to handle the drawing of district lines for the state Senate, Assembly and Board of Equalization after the next census.
NEWS
November 3, 2005
There are two similar-sounding propositions on the November 8th Special Election ballot that have to do with the cost of prescription medications: Propositions 78 and 79. If both measures pass, the one receiving the most votes will take effect and will cancel out the other. As a physician and as a member of our society, I feel that I have a stake in and an understanding of these propositions. The cost of medications can be prohibitive. In a recent Associate Press survey, 1 out of 3 respondents said that paying for medications was a problem for their families.
NEWS
October 20, 2005
I read with great sadness the story about the death of a newborn baby found in a box near USC. It has since been determined to have been the child of a 21 year old USC student. However, if the proponents of Proposition 73 are successful, I am very concerned that we are very likely to see additional stories such as this one. Proposition 73 will do absolutely nothing to educate or protect teen girls, to strengthen family communication or to reduce teen pregnancy. Obviously, the proponents' only objective is to reduce the number of safe and legal abortions performed in California.
NEWS
January 6, 2005
The Rand Corp. 18-month study "California's K-12 Public Schools: How Are They Doing" was released on Monday. It ranks California schools as scraping bottom in almost every area. It identifies part of the problem as the large number of immigrant children who do not speak our language, and says this group is growing. The report says California needs a "systemic solution." The people of California have already supplied the systemic solution by passage of Proposition 187. It would discourage illegal immigration by barring illegal aliens and their children from our tax-funded schools.
NEWS
October 24, 2013
Last November, California politicians persuaded voters to support a proposed seven-year, $50-billion tax increase, largely on the vow that the money would go to public education. The first five words of the Proposition 30 initiative are “Temporary Taxes To Fund Education.” It hiked both sales and state income tax on the top earners. In the next seven years billions of dollars from Proposition 30 will go to service the debt of the California State Teacher's Retirement System and not our schools.
NEWS
October 19, 2006
A function of the local La Cañada Flintridge Democratic Club is to keep its members informed about political issues. In keeping with that goal, the club listened to speakers who presented summaries about the upcoming propositions. The meeting took place at the home of Anthony and Ellen Portantino. The first speaker, Sid Gally from the League of Women Voters, presented Propositions 83 (Sex Offenders, Punishments and Restrictions), 84 (Water Quality, Safety and Flood Control)
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NEWS
October 24, 2013
Last November, California politicians persuaded voters to support a proposed seven-year, $50-billion tax increase, largely on the vow that the money would go to public education. The first five words of the Proposition 30 initiative are “Temporary Taxes To Fund Education.” It hiked both sales and state income tax on the top earners. In the next seven years billions of dollars from Proposition 30 will go to service the debt of the California State Teacher's Retirement System and not our schools.
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NEWS
By Peter Day | January 23, 2013
Gov. Jerry Brown's recently announced school funding proposal appears friendlier to the La Cañada Unified School District than his previous proposal, district officials said this week. “On the surface it's encouraging,” said Scott Tracy, president of the La Cañada school board, “but we've got a long way to go.” Much of the optimism comes from a change in how the governor proposes to fund the state's education. Last year, Brown had proposed a funding formula that based school district funding on individual student need rather than a set, across-the-board amount.
NEWS
By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | November 3, 2012
Local lawmakers want to see voters approve Measure J on Nov. 6 and commit more funds for regional transportation projects, but they are making sure transportation officials know they don't want money to flow toward a proposed extension of the Long Beach (710) Freeway. In recent weeks La Cañada Flintridge, South Pasadena and Glendale have passed resolutions supporting Measure J, a Los Angeles County proposition that would extend until 2069 an existing half-cent increase in the county sales tax to pay for transit projects and roadwork.
NEWS
July 14, 2010
Despite criticism from some religious leaders who have called on her to resign her post , Alice Huffman, president of the NAACP's California chapter, said last week that she will not retract her support of an initiative to legalize marijuana in the state, according to an article in the San Jose Mercury News. She believes that Proposition 19 would "be a good first step in reforming marijuana laws," especially for African Americans who she feels are targeted, creating a "permanent underclass."
NEWS
October 16, 2008
La Cañada voters will find the usual grab bag of topics ranging from reapportionment to gay marriage on the November ballot. The 12 propositions include initiatives, bond issues and mandated reforms in state government, as California continues its tradition of asking the voters to take a major role in determining state policy. Proposition 11, sponsored by California Common Cause, the League of Women Voters and the California Taxpayers Association among others would create a state commission to handle the drawing of district lines for the state Senate, Assembly and Board of Equalization after the next census.
NEWS
By Mary O'Keefe | November 2, 2006
With a unanimous voice the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce has voted to oppose Proposition 90 on the Nov. 7 ballot. "We felt that is a bad piece of legislation that is misleading," said Pat Anderson, executive director of the chamber. The proposition concerns eminent domain, barring state and local governments from condemning or damaging private property to promote other projects or uses. Critics have claimed that although they agree there must be eminent domain reform, Prop.
NEWS
By Ralph Saenz | October 26, 2006
Believing it would do little to help students and educational programs in La Cañada Flintridge, the La Cañada Unified School District Board of Governors took a stand against Proposition 88 at Tuesday night meeting at the LCUSD Board Room. The board voted 5-0 to adopt a resolution to oppose the proposition on the November ballot that would use a new tax on property to fund education in the state. Scott Tracy, president of the Governing Board, said the proposition would be of little value to the LCUSD and that "need-based districts like La Cañada will be disadvantaged."
NEWS
October 19, 2006
A function of the local La Cañada Flintridge Democratic Club is to keep its members informed about political issues. In keeping with that goal, the club listened to speakers who presented summaries about the upcoming propositions. The meeting took place at the home of Anthony and Ellen Portantino. The first speaker, Sid Gally from the League of Women Voters, presented Propositions 83 (Sex Offenders, Punishments and Restrictions), 84 (Water Quality, Safety and Flood Control)
NEWS
By Elaine La Marr | October 5, 2006
Superintendent Jim Stratton this week reported to the school board on several new curriculum courses that are being taught for the first time at La Cañada High. The courses include a third year Korean language course; Spanish 4; English 3 and 4 in separate classes; AP language and literature and a seventh grade semester speech class in conjunction with a semester of journalism. In addition there is a University of California approved discreet mathematics course and AP computer science JAVA.
NEWS
By Mary O'Keefe | June 1, 2006
On Tuesday La Cañada residents will be asked to vote on two propositions with lofty goals and big price tags. Proposition 81 is a bond that will raise $600,000 to provide funds for construction and renovation of public library facilities. The goals are to expand access to reading and literacy programs in California's public education system and to expand access to public library services for all residents. In 1988 voters approved Prop 85 authorizing $75 million in general obligation bonds to fund grants to local agencies for building, renovations and expanding.
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