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January 29, 2008
JIM RIGHEIMER Absentee ballots have been delivered, and voting has now started in California for the Feb. 5 presidential primary. Here are my picks, starting with the propositions. Proposition 91 transportation funds: According to the proponents, this initiative is no longer needed. Subsequent to 91 qualifying for the ballot, a bipartisan group of legislators and the governor put Proposition 1A on the ballot in November of 2006 that accomplished what Proposition 91 set out to do. Proposition 1A passed with 77% of the vote.
January 24, 2008
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger recently said he changed his mind on term limits and supports Proposition 93, which would allow lawmakers to serve longer in the Legislature. What do you think of the governor’s change of heart and the proposition?   I remain opposed to this initiative. In 1990, the voters passed Proposition 140 by a narrow margin of 52% in favor of mandatory term limits to rid Sacramento of career politicians. As a result, new faces and ideas arrived in Sacramento to better represent Californians.
By Alicia Robinson | October 19, 2007
In politics, some things never seem to change. In Costa Mesa, some of those things are the names on the ballot. Former Mayor Gary Monahan, who left the City Council in 2006 due to term limits, is serious enough about running for office next year that he has opened a council campaign to start raising funds. “I’ve gotten ready in case I decide to do it,” he said this week. “There’s still issues ... that I was involved in, that were dear to my heart, that I can still make a difference on, and I think there’s still some people that would support me.” Monahan was first elected to the council in 1994, which allowed him to squeak by the term limits law city voters adopted in 1996.
July 7, 2007
In the wee hours of the morning on Independence Day, the Costa Mesa City Council, once again, demonstrated their meetings can be high drama. At five minutes before midnight Tuesday ? the time when their rules call for them to cease deliberations for fear of making boneheaded decisions ? Mayor Mansoor had the city clerk read into the proceedings the issue of whether or not to place the question of a directly elected mayor on the ballot. As some will recall, this subject was requested recently by former 12-year councilman and multiple-term mayor, Gary Monahan.
By Michael Miller | March 30, 2007
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District board doesn't appear to have term limits in its near future, as the trustees turned back a proposal by school board member Karen Yelsey to hold officials to 12 years of service or less. Yelsey, who scored an upset victory over incumbent Serene Stokes in November, proposed a system in which trustees could serve no more than three consecutive four-year terms. Yelsey's plan would have started in January 2009. On Tuesday, however, her motion died without a second.
By Michael Miller | March 27, 2007
Karen Yelsey pulled off an upset victory four months ago in the Newport-Mesa school board race, toppling a longtime incumbent with an aggressive grass-roots campaign. Now, the newly elected trustee hopes to shake things up in the future. Yelsey, who advocated setting term limits for Newport-Mesa trustees during her campaign last year, has submitted a proposal to the board asking that members be limited to 12 years or less. Newport-Mesa, like most school districts in the area, imposes no limits on how long trustees can stay in office.
March 22, 2007
With the state's presidential primary now set for February 2008, the ballot also is expected to include a measure changing term limits so state legislators could serve up to 12 years in either chamber, rather than a total of six years in the Assembly and eight years in the Senate. Have term limits been good or bad for California, and do you think they should be changed? I believe that term limits have been good for California. It forced career politicians like Willie Brown out of office and out of power.
By Ana Facio Contreras | October 21, 2006
Term limits, vocational education and helping low-achieving students were among the topics discussed at a Newport-Mesa school board candidates forum Thursday at the Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center. The two-hour forum, hosted by the League of Women Voters and the Harbor Council Parent Teachers Assn., drew about 100 people. The questions posed to the seven candidates were written by members of the audience. Among the Nov. 7 election candidates are longtime board members Judy Franco and Serene Stokes, who respectively are facing challengers Sandy Asper and Karen Yelsey.
October 8, 2006
It may sound naive to suggest that a single City Council election truly can represent a turning point for a community, but that is exactly what this fall's Costa Mesa City Council election will do. Depending on whom voters choose, the city will continue in the direction it has been headed for the past two years — toward fear, divisiveness and discord — or it can return to a more moderate, considered and, yes, reasonable philosophy of...
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