Dispatch Endorses …

Tuesday, voters will go to the polls to elect three Gilroy City
Council candidates and cast ballots on a bevy of controversial
state propositions.
Tuesday, voters will go to the polls to elect three Gilroy City Council candidates and cast ballots on a bevy of controversial state propositions. Below, we will take this opportunity to remind voters of the selections made by The Dispatch editorial board. Agree or disagree, we urge you to vote. Remember: We get the government we deserve.

• Dion Bracco

At his best, the 47-year-old owner and president of Bracco’s Towing is a straight-talking businessman who is fiscally conservative and accessible to the public. He has served as the chairman of the city planning commission and he’s an active participant in our community.

• Bob Dillon

Our clear top choice. The 58-year-old incumbent is plain-spoken and articulate. He is a former library commissioner who decided not to include a 200-word statement in ballot pamphlets sent to every voter, thus saving the city $1,500 in filing fees. He’s determined to fix the city’s sidewalks and takes a no-nonsense approach to city issues.

• Craig Gartman

The nine-year Gilroy resident pays attention to detail. Gartman, 47, is sharp, articulate and clearly enjoys city politics. His four years on the council and four years on the planning commission separate him from the pack. Given his serious commitment to studying the issues, he’s a wealth of knowledge and experience who is difficult to replace.

Propositions

• Proposition 73 would require a waiting period and parental notification before an unemancipated minor can have an abortion. A closely split editorial board backs this proposition, saying that parents have a right to know about any minor child’s surgery. Yes on Proposition 73.

• Proposition 74 would extend the probation period for teachers from two years to five years and would make it easier to dismiss tenured teachers. We believe it will give school districts a longer time to evaluate new teachers and make it easier and less expensive to dismiss tenured teachers. Yes on 74.

• Proposition 75, which would require unions representing public employees to gain permission of union members before using their dues for political contributions, split our editorial board. But it’s a reform measure that narrowly won our endorsement. Yes on Proposition 75.

• Proposition 76 would limit state spending, amend minimum school-spending requirements and give additional budgeting power to the governor. If our governor and legislators can’t get the job done, it’s the voters’ job to replace them. No on 76.

• Proposition 77 would change the process for drawing California’s state Senate, Assembly and U.S. House of Representatives districts. It would charge a panel of retired judges to draw districts instead of having state legislators gerrymander ridiculous boundaries that have to do with re-electing themselves rather than what’s good for communities and the state. Yes, yes, yes on Proposition 77.

• Propositions 78 and 79 are competing prescription drug plans, one sponsored by pharmaceutical companies and the other by consumer, health and senior citizen advocates. We don’t like either. No on Proposition 78 and Proposition 79.

• Proposition 80 would re-regulate California’s electric industry. We’ve experienced deregulation and believe it would be foolish to ignore the lessons of history. Yes on Proposition 80.

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