The editorial board of The Sacramento Bee believes that an informed electorate is the bedrock of a sturdy democracy. Endorsements are one of many sources of information that voters can use in making their decisions. Here are our recommendations for the November 6, 2012 election.
Barack Obama (D)
Prop. 30 - Yes
Tax increase supported by Gov. Jerry Brown would avoid deep cuts to public schools, community colleges and universities.
Prop. 31 - No
Well-intended but flawed mishmash of reforms that could make it harder to fix state's budget and governance problems.
Prop. 32 - No
Power play to limit campaign influence of labor unions without commensurate check on political contributions by corporations.
Prop. 33 - No
Yet another attempt by insurance billionaire George Joseph to change auto insurance law to benefit his company, Mercury General Corp.
Prop. 34 - Yes
Ends the fiction of California's costly death penalty and replaces it with life imprisonment without possibility of parole.
Prop. 35 - No
Poorly crafted initiative intended to crack down on human trafficking could complicate police efforts and face constitutional challenges.
Prop. 36 - Yes
Would modify state's "three-strikes" law to limit excessive and unjustified punishments and ensure it is applied equally.
Prop. 37 - No
Initiative to require labeling of foods produced with genetically modified organisms is laden with problematic provisions. Could add to lawsuits faced by food processors.
It could result in a litigation nightmare for food manufacturers.
Prop. 38 - No
Tax initiative by civil rights attorney Molly Munger would increase spending for public schools, but could negate Gov. Brown's Prop. 30, thereby adding to the state's budget challenges.
Prop. 39 - Yes
Initiative would end system that lets out-of-state corporation choose their method of taxation. Projected $1 billion revenue increase would go to general fund and energy efficiency projects.
Prop. 40 - Yes
Vote "yes" on this referendum to leave in place state Senate districts drawn by the Citizens Redistricting Commission.
Sacramento City Council
District 2: Rob Kerth
District 4: Steve Hansen
Sacramento City Unified school board
Area 3: Mark Ambrose
Area 7: Patrick Kennedy
Sacramento Municipal Utility District board
Ward 5: Michael Picker
Citrus Heights City Council
Jeff Slowey and Sue Frost
El Dorado County Supervisor
3rd District: Brian Veerkamp
El Dorado County Superior Court Judge
Warren C. Stracener
Elk Grove Mayor
Elk Grove Unified school board
Susan Parvis, Jake Rambo and Al Rowlett
Lincoln City Council
Allen Cuenca, Paul Joiner and David Kawas
Los Rios Community College board
Area 3: Terry Cochran
Area 7: Kay Albiani
Natomas Unified school board
Scott Dosick, Vina Guzman and Bruce Roberts
Rancho Cordova City Council
Dave Sander, Robert McGarvey, Donald Terry
Rocklin City Council
Ken Broadway, Dave Butler and Greg Janda
Roseville City Council
Carol Garcia, Bonnie Gore and Pauline Roccucci
San Juan Unified school board
Pam Costa, Saul Hernandez and Mike McKibbin
West Sacramento City Council
Bill Kristoff and Oscar Villegas
Washington Unified school board
Alicia Cruz, Mary Leland and Katie Villegas
Sacramento Measure M - No
Proposed city charter commission is unneeded and costly.
Sacramento Measure T - Yes
Would end outdated ban on mandatory yard waste containers.
Sacramento Measure U - No
City hasn't done enough to reduce costs to justify this half-cent sales tax increase.
Sacramento City Unified schools
Measure Q - Yes
A $346 million bond issue for classroom and lab upgrades, other projects.
Measure R - Yes
A $68 million bond issue to fix playgrounds, ball fields and other upgrades.
Measure K - Yes
A 1.75 percent utility tax increase to improve streets, policing.
Davis city schools
Measure E - Yes
An additional $242 parcel tax on Davis residents, but only if voters reject Proposition 30.
San Juan school district
Measure N - Yes
A $350 million bond issue for new classrooms and other school improvements.
Folsom Cordova Unified schools
Measure P - Yes
$68 million bond, primarily for Cordova High.
Measure H - Yes
Would save $180,000 yearly by allowing supervisors to appoint a finance director, eliminating an elected position.