The American people have a clear choice for president this election season. On one hand, a reckless and divisive candidate who relies on fear and vitriol to fuel his base.
It's certainly not every election that voters face a choice between two Democrats for a statewide race. But this year's United States Senate race between California's Attorney General Kamala Harris and U.S. Representative Loretta Sanchez isn't every election.
This board endorses Ted Lieu as the House Representative for California's 33rd congressional district. Lieu, the Democratic incumbent, currently serves on the Budget Committee and Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
This board endorses Sebastian Ridley-Thomas to continue representing the 54th district in the California State Assembly. Ridley-Thomas won a special election in December 2013 to win this seat and successfully retained his position in the 2014 race, commanding an impressive 80 to 20 percent margin.
Proposition 51 fails to address the problem of existing school facilities and does not serve the school districts that need the most assistance. Proposition 51 is a bond measure that, if passed, would raise $9 billion for school construction and improvement projects.
Proposition 52 is an excellent way to ensure that vital healthcare funding for low-income individuals remains solid for years to come. Medi-Cal provides healthcare coverage for low-income individuals in California, and the federal government provides matching funds for every dollar California spends on the program.
Infrastructure bonds are the lifeblood of urban development. Placing unnecessary restrictions on them will only come back to bite Californians. The board does not endorse Proposition 53 because of the impractical burden it will place on the state government in improving California's infrastructure.
Legislative transparency is the driving force of democracy, and Proposition 54 is just that - transparent. Proposition 54 would prohibit the California legislature from passing any bill if it is not published in print and online for 72 hours prior to the vote.
Proposition 55 extends a previous measure that provided funding for K-12 education, California community colleges and healthcare programs - a vital source of revenue for these institutions.
Don't let the tobacco lobby's $70 million propaganda campaign fool you into voting against Proposition 56. The "No on 56" campaign, backed by the two largest cigarette manufacturers in the United States, Philip Morris USA and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, claims the proposition will divert funds from schools to wealthy insurance companies.
This board endorses Proposition 57 because it would provide nonviolent and juvenile offenders a chance for rehabilitation, saving taxpayers millions in the process. California's prisons are notoriously overcrowded - their population topped 129,000 as of Sept. 30.
While one out of five American students did not grow up speaking English, most students in the U.S. are expected to exclusively communicate in English in a classroom setting.
Let's get this straight: this board is not opposed to the principles of Proposition 59 - an advisory measure which calls for drafting a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court's Citizens United case.
Although the goal of preventing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases is noble, Proposition 60 fails in doing so altogether. The proposition would require California's pornographic film industry to mandate condom use in filming.
While Californians should fight for lower drug prices, Proposition 61 is not the right approach. Proposition 61 aims to lower drug prices for Californians by requiring the state government pay the same prices the United States Department of Veterans Affairs pays for prescription drugs.
No justice system is bulletproof, and this nation's is no exception, especially when it comes to the death penalty. In fact, a 2014 study found that about one in 25 people on death row are innocent.
Gun violence is a given in the U.S. Even our own campus caught a glimpse of it last June. But Proposition 63 could help fight gun violence by introducing reasonable gun regulations to make California safer and strengthening existing measures to keep guns out of dangerous hands.
Countless Americans have languished in the criminal justice system over marijuana possession. The result: overcrowded prisons with nonviolent offenders and a thriving illegal marijuana market that extends beyond the United States borders and into marginalized communities.
Proposition 66 would limit the appeals process for prisoners on death row to five years, and even though advocates argue the measure would reduce the cost of death penalty cases, the current time frame is necessary to prevent unjust executions.
Don't let these two plastic bag propositions confuse you - even though that's exactly what they were created to do. Let's keep it simple: If you want to help the environment with a logical plastic-bag ban, vote "No" on Proposition 65 and "Yes" on Proposition 67.
The board does not endorse Measure JJJ, which would require developers to make a percentage of projects larger than nine units affordable to low-income and working residents.
Measure HHH is a vital step to jump-start housing projects for homeless individuals in Los Angeles. As it stands, there are too few options to help the estimated 28,000 homeless people counted in the city earlier this year.
It's time for Los Angeles to get out of its gridlock. While Measure M will not be a panacea, it would be an important step toward reducing congestion and Angelenos' reliance on cars.