The Bee rec­om­mends a mix of in­cum­bents, new­com­ers

The Modesto Bee (Sunday) - - Opinion - BY THE MODESTO BEE ED­I­TO­RIAL BOARD

News­pa­pers have been en­dors­ing can­di­dates for of­fice since their in­cep­tion in colo­nial Amer­ica when they were the only form of mass me­dia. Times have changed, but news­pa­pers con­tinue to make en­dorse­ments in an ef­fort to to help read­ers put can­di­date po­si­tions and bal­lot pro­pos­als into per­spec­tive – not to “tell” peo­ple how to vote.

Most of our rec­om­men­da­tions are linked to an ed­i­to­rial. In some cases, The Bee is re­it­er­at­ing en­dorse­ments made prior to the June 5 pri­mary. In the case of mea­sures to move city or board elec­tions to even-num­bered years (Mea­sure F for Modesto City Schools; Mea­sure Z for Modesto City Council), state law now re­quires – as does sim­ple logic, as we ar­gued in 2015 – mov­ing all elec­tions to even-num­bered years.

U.S. SE­NATE:

Dianne Fe­in­stein

HOUSE OF REP­RE­SEN­TA­TIVES:

District 10: Josh Harder District 9: Jerry McNer­ney

STATE OF­FICES

Gov­er­nor: Gavin New­som Lieu­tenant Gov­er­nor: Eleni Kounalakis At­tor­ney Gen­eral: Xavier Be­cerra In­sur­ance Com­mis­sioner: Steve Poizner Su­per­in­ten­dent of Schools: Tony Thur­mond Sec­re­tary of State: Alex Padilla State Trea­surer: Fiona Ma State Con­troller: Betty Yee Board of Equal­iza­tion: Tom Hal­li­nan

STATE ASSEM­BLY

District 21: Adam Gray

STATE SE­NATE

District 8: An­dreas Borgeas District 12: Anna Ca­ballero

STATEWIDE BAL­LOT MEA­SURES

Propo­si­tion 1, Af­ford­able hous­ing sup­port: Yes

Propo­si­tion 2, Hous­ing for men­tally ill: Yes

Propo­si­tion 3, Fund­ing for water projects: No

Propo­si­tion 4, Chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal fund­ing: Yes

Propo­si­tion 5, Al­ter some prop­erty tax val­u­a­tions: No

Propo­si­tion 6, Re­vokes gas tax for road projects: No Propo­si­tion 7, Year-round day­light-sav­ings time: No

Propo­si­tion 8, Lim­its charges for kid­ney dial­y­sis:

No

Propo­si­tion 10, Al­lows cities to have rent con­trol:

No

Propo­si­tion 11, Keeps pri­vate emer­gency work­ers on-call: No

Propo­si­tion 12, Caging rules for farm animals: No

STANIS­LAUS COUNTY

Su­per­vi­sor, District 3: Terry Withrow Su­per­vi­sor, District 4: Frank Dam­rell Su­per­in­ten­dent of Schools: Scott Kuyk­endall Tur­lock Mayor: Amy Bublak

LO­CAL BAL­LOT MEA­SURES

D, $ 74 mil­lion bond, Modesto City Schools: No E, $57 mil­lion bond, Modesto City Schools: No

CANNABIS MEA­SURES

The cities of Ceres (Mea­sure W), Pat­ter­son (Mea­sure Y), Oakdale (Mea­sure C) and River­bank (Mea­sure B) have mea­sures al­low­ing cities to im­pose sales taxes and busi­ness fees on the growth and sale of recre­ational mar­i­juana. Most put the sales tax at 15 per­cent; River­bank has set it at 10 per­cent. The Bee sup­ports all four mea­sures.

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