State propositions determine fate of plastic bags, death penalty, pot

By Eliza Ridgeway

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California's epic list of propositions, in brief

It's a long scroll, but it is worth it: the Town Crier read up on all 17 of California's ballot iniatives to get you the local angle and the low-down before you face a long, long ballot Nov. 8. Read on for our synopsis.

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Propositions seek to tax, reform parole and support language immersion

California’s century-old initiative system enables voters to make their own laws and change public policy, circumventing the Legislature and directly accessing the ballot.


Although two-thirds of state propositions brought by citizen initiative have failed over the past 15 years, this year includes a bumper crop of new proposals targeting everything from tobacco sales to school funding. Each requires a simple majority to pass.

24th District race reveals narrow differences

The race between Marc Berman and Vicki Veenker for the State Assembly’s 24th District seat is expected to be tight.

Berman edged Veenker by 8,000 votes in the June 7 primary, with more than 100,000 voters casting ballots. Veenker is optimistic that recent endorsements from local, state and federal politicians will help her close the gap.

Meet the candidates for the Foothill-De Anza district board of trustees

Six candidates are running for three seats on the Foothill-De Anza Community College District Board of Trustees in the Nov. 8 election.

Patrick Ahrens, Peter Landsberger, Orrin Mahoney, Eric Rosenthal and Gilbert Wong join incumbent Laura Casas in the race.

Early-voting options begin for November election

Local in-person early voters started submitting ballots for the upcoming election on Tuesday (Oct. 11).

Election watchers have predicted that early voting could make up to one-third of the vote this fall. Santa Clara County’s Registrar of Voters opens to walk-in voters 29 days before the Nov. 8 election and will also be mailing ballots beginning Tuesday. The registrar’s office, at 1555 Berger Drive, Building 2, in San Jose, is open for voting weekdays during regular business hours. During the final two weekends before the election, the registrar will operate early-voting centers around the region, with the closest one to Los Altos at Palo Alto’s Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Road.

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