Local campaigns report fundraising totals


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Political signs line the perimeter of Cuesta Park in Mountain View. Candidates fundraise to offset the costs of such signs, among other expenditures.

Measure GG proponents pushing for a new parcel tax to fund Los Altos School District schools were by far the biggest fundraisers in local election campaigns. Supporters raised more than $100,000 from Parent Teacher Associations, the California Charter Schools Association and other organizations.

SCC measures tackle two big challenges: Housing and transportation in Valley

Two measures on the Nov. 8 ballot address major issues that threaten to derail Silicon Valley growth and overall quality of life – affordable housing and transportation.

Measure A

Measure A proposes a $950 million bond to “acquire or improve real property” for affordable housing throughout Santa Clara County. Beneficiaries would include homeless residents, veterans, the disabled and victims of domestic violence.

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.

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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.


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