Those who want California voters to approve Proposition 93 - a measure on the Feb. 5 ballot to alter legislative term limits - are citing a new analysis of the measure by the Center for Governmental Studies, a nonpartisan political think tank, which more or less endorses its passage.

There used to be a phrase to describe a certain breed of California voter: Reagan Democrats.

Those were the moderate-to-conservative members of the Democratic Party who supported President Reagan and the first President Bush in the elections of 1980, 1984 and 1988.

It’s ba-aaaaack! Like the hockey-masked assailant in the “Friday the 13th” movies that refuses to die, the GOP ballot measure designed to ensure that their presidential candidate wins nearly half of California’s electoral votes has been revived. And it’s got Democratic leaders nervous.

The cost only goes up with waiting.

At least that could be the case for Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside.

Last year, voters twice rejected $596 million bond measures to upgrade and expand the public hospital to meet the state’s tougher earthquake standards and to accommodate a growing population.

I would like the public to know that I have been personally involved with the effort to craft a transportation ballot measure since 2003, the year prior to the demise of Measure J. I have heard all sides of the issues by participating in the 26-month Transportation Funding Task Force process and in 20 smaller caucus meetings attended by key stakeholders holding various opinions.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger could soon come to regard the epic budget mess he inherited four years ago as a minor nuisance compared to the challenge he faces now.

California Secretary of State Debra Bowen has announced that pro-life advocates in the Golden State can begin collecting signatures for a third try at passing a ballot proposal to provide for parental notification on abortion. The initiative requires teens to wait 48 hours for an abortion so their parents can be notified.

Ballot measure would set limits on fee increases, strengthen governing board and change financing structure.

Political Gridlock

Thu, Nov 22 2007

This spring, Oxnard’s iconic Wagon Wheel Motel shut its doors forever, as the Westlake Village-based Daly Owens Group completed plans for its 64-acre mixed-use project known as The Village. Depending who you ask, those plans are either a blessing for the city that a possible new ballot measure known as the Oxnard Traffic Initiative could kill, or the latest in a series of massive developments facing the city that could further bog down an already aggravating traffic nightmare.

A group calling itself Californians for Property Rights Protection is expected to submit more than one million signatures to state election officials here this week for an initiative it wants on the June 2008 ballot. Dubbed the California Property Owners and Farmland Protection Act, the initiative would end rent control in addition to restricting governments’ use of eminent domain.

A former Petaluma City Council member is leading an effort to place an advisory measure on a 2008 Sonoma County ballot regarding possible construction of a casino and resort complex in Rohnert Park.

A coalition led by developer Lennar Corp. took a first step Tuesday toward asking San Francisco voters to approve new zoning for a remake of Candlestick Point and adjacent Hunters Point Shipyard into a new neighborhood that could feature thousands of homes, retail shops, industry, parks and, potentially, a new 49ers stadium.

In the face of active opposition from other educational groups, supporters of a ballot initiative that would dramatically change the way California’s community colleges are funded held a news conference Monday morning at Laney College to make their case.

Californians for Property Rights Protection announced today that they are submitting more than one million signatures to qualify the California Property Owners and Farmland Protection Act (CPOFPA) for the June 2008 ballot. This eminent domain reform measure will stop government from taking homes, family farms, small business and places of worship and giving the land to other private interests.

The University of California Board of Regents voted Thursday to oppose a February ballot measure that would guarantee state funding for community colleges and reduce student fees at the 110-campus system.