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Mailbag: Parting shots. Our readers weigh in on Election Day

November 01, 2012

Yes on Measure V

Measure V doesn't change current practices. It preserves nearly 60 years of Costa Mesa city laws and policies. State conflict-of-interest and political contribution laws would still apply. Current bidding practices would continue, ensuring that the city saves money through competitive bidding. Measure V removes the city from local politics. It requires Costa Mesa to stop collecting via its payroll system public union political dues. Public unions wanting to use their dues for political purposes will have to collect these amounts themselves, as they should.

Tim Sessler

Costa Mesa

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No on Measure V

In one breath, charter proponents say, "The charter preserves current laws and policies," and in the next, they say, "It will change everything." Which is it? If nothing changes, why adopt a charter?

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Perry Valantine

Costa Mesa

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Charter propaganda

The scary anti-charter propaganda pours in, filling our newspapers and mailboxes, but the truth is: The charter isn't scary at all; it's a practical tool to reduce our city's expenses.

Dennis Popp

Costa Mesa

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Flawed charter

Let's not approve the flawed charter. It puts too much temptation in the path of our council members. Let's start over and have a citizens' commission do it right.

Sara Lubandi

Costa Mesa

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No on EE

The League of Women Voters supports the principle that the functioning of government should be open and transparent. We also call for full public discussion of issues on the ballot with accessible and understandable information made available to the voters. Neither of these principles has been honored by the Newport Beach City Council's placement of Measure EE on the Nov. 6 ballot. Newport Beach voters are being asked to approve 38 unrelated changes in the current city charter, but with only one single yes or no vote. The wide variety of changes are not adequately described or explained in the minimal wording on the ballot. Allowing only one single vote on such a broad spectrum of items effectively disenfranchise the voters from adequately exercising their rights.

Armida Brashears

Christina Lucey

Marcia Marlowe

Harrient Bemus

Patricia Harrigan

Eva Sachs

Phoebe Loos

Helen Dinkins

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Yes on EE

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