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SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL AND MONTEREY HERALD EDITORIALIZE: VOTE NO ON PROP 53

The Santa Cruz Sentinel and Monterey Herald are urging a “NO” vote on Proposition 53, saying the November ballot measure “would just add new problems.” 

“Initiatives like this one create more problems that they solve. Instead of getting hammered out by legislators and state officials, there’s only one author,” the papers wrote. “And as Californians should know by now, once ballot measures become law, they become nearly impossible to fix — and can’t be reconsidered without another public vote.”

Prop 53 “is clearly not about controlling debt,” the newspapers said. “It’s about stopping California’s progress and would bring with it a host of unintended consequences.”

The newspapers also note the measure will undermine local control and threaten water, highway, and other vital infrastructure projects in California.

Other newspapers opposing Prop 53 include the San Francisco ChronicleSan Jose Mercury NewsThe East Bay Times, Bakersfield Californian, and The Press Democrat

More than 200 groups have joined the bipartisan statewide coalition representing local government, public safety, water, business, labor, agriculture, educators and more opposing Prop 53. The measure will erode local control and add red tape and delays to crucial infrastructure projects, by requiring statewide votes for some local projects.

Read the editorials here:

http://www.montereyherald.com/article/NF/20160903/LOCAL1/160909955

http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/opinion/20160903/editorial-sept-4-2016-vote-no-on-proposition-53-which-would-just-add-new-problems