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Our endorsements for the March 5 Primary

Sixth Congressional District

Democrat: Lynn Woolsey. The incumbent is smarter, more experienced, and better attuned to North Bay values than her opponent, Santa Rosa mayor Mike Martini, whose lamentable record includes rubber-stamping the outrageous ridge-top development in Santa Rosa that even he now admits was a big mistake.

Governor

Democrat: Gray Davis
Republican: Richard Riordan
Green: Peter Camejo

Lieutenant Governor

Democrat: Cruz Bustamante
Green: Donna Warren

Secretary of State

Democrat: Michela Alioto
Green: Larry Shoup

Controller

Democrat: Steve Westly
Green: Laura Wells

Treasurer

Democrat: Philip Angelides
Green: Jeanne-Marie Rosenmeier

Attorney General

Democrat: Bill Lockyer
Green: Glen Mowrer

Insurance Commissioner

Democrat: John Garamendi
Green: David Sheidlower

State Assembly (District One)

Democrat: Ed Robey. Everybody else is too inexperienced or too unfriendly to the environment.

Statewide Ballot Measures

Prop. 40: California Clean Water, Clear Air, Safe Neighborhood Parks, and Coastal Protection Act

What it does: issues $2.6 billion in debt to protect and improve the state's beaches, parks, farmland, and water quality.

The Bohemian recommends: Yes. Development, pollution, and neglect threaten California's natural beauty. If we don't take action now, we'll regret it later.

Prop. 41: Voting Modernization Bond Act

What it does: issues $200 million in debt to allow counties to buy modern voting equipment.

The Bohemian recommends: Yes. Could a Florida Y2K-style election debacle happen here? Let's make sure it doesn't.

Prop. 42: Transportation Congestion Improvement Act

What it does: changes the state constitution to permanently dedicate gasoline sales tax to transportation improvements.

The Bohemian recommends: No. Why bother having a constitution if we're just going to rewrite it every couple of years?

Prop. 43: Right to Have Vote Counted

What it does: allows county elections officials to petition the Superior Court to extend postelection deadlines so votes can be counted or recounted.

The Bohemian recommends: Yes. Again, let's not repeat Florida 2000 here.

Prop. 44: Chiropractors Unprofessional Conduct

What it does: creates new restrictions on the way chiropractors procure patients and imposes new penalties for insurance fraud.

The Bohemian recommends: No. Is there fraud in the profession? Some. Is that a problem for the legislature to solve? Yup.

Prop. 45: Legislative Term Limits, Local Voter Petitions

What it does: allows voters to petition to let an incumbent legislator run for re-election. A legislator can use this provision only once.

The Bohemian recommends: Yes. Let's keep good legislators around a little longer.

Sonoma County

District Attorney

The Bohemian suggests: Stephan Passalacqua. Incumbent Mike Mullins has made some high-profile blunders lately, but the truth is that his entire time in office has been marked by incompetence and dubious priorities. Among other improvements, Passalacqua seems willing to pay serious attention to domestic violence.

County Superintendent of Schools

The Bohemian suggests: Carl Wong.

Board of Supervisors (Second District)

The Bohemian suggests: Ray Peterson.

Board of Supervisors (Fourth District)

The Bohemian suggests: Fred Euphrat.

Measure A: $251 million in bonds for Santa Rosa Junior College

The Bohemian suggests: Yes. In a time of economic uncertainty, education has to remain a top priority.

Measure B: $77 million in bonds for high schools in Santa Rosa

The Bohemian suggests: Yes.

Measure C: $19 million in bonds for the Elementary School District in Santa Rosa

The Bohemian suggests: Yes.

Measure D: $130 million parcel tax for the Sonoma Valley Hospital

The Bohemiansuggests: Yes. This money won't solve all the problems at this troubled facility, but the alternative is a hospital-free Sonoma.

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From the February 28-March 6, 2002 issue of the North Bay Bohemian.

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