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Propositions on June ballot draw mixed reviews

The Union Democrat has already endorsed Proposition 14, which calls for open primary elections. The paper has also urged a no vote on the PG&E-backed Proposition 16, which would require a two-thirds’ vote before any local government can enter the power business or expand its existing service.

With ballots due in the mail shortly, here are The Union Democrat’s recommendation on the remaining three June 8 measures:
   


Proposition 14 would only enhance democratic process

The 25th Assembly District race right here in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties should be Exhibit A in the Yes on Proposition 14 campaign.
   

In the Republican primary, six candidates are trying to outflank each other on the right. “Conservative,” “True conservative” and “Reagan conservative,” read the signs.
  


Lowe’s making huge impact before moving to community

Although it won’t open for business in Sonora for some months, Lowe’s is already proving itself a good neighbor and a generous member of our community.

Generous, in fact, may be an understatement.
 


Columbia serving students well in this fiscal crisis

    One might conclude that doing more with less is being efficient.  In emergency situations, we have all had to tighten our belts to get by.  Even in the short term, a newly acquired efficiency can survive.  At Columbia College, we have coined the term “over efficiency.”  It sounds good, but it cannot be sustained over a long period of time — especially in education.   Eventually, a point of diminishing returns threatens quality and productivity.  

Affordable housing ordinance should remain intact

On the books for just over two years, Tuolumne County’s affordable housing ordinance is suddenly in jeopardy.

Otherwise known as the Inclusionary Ordinance, the law provides that those proposing to build 10 or more homes make at least 10 percent of them affordable for families earning the county’s median income or less.The prices of these homes would then be regulated for 15 years.


Despite funding, Railtown chugging full-steam ahead

For Railtown State Historic Park, the switches are open, the track is clear and it’s time to highball into the summer season.

More than 1,000 rail buffs — undeterred by cloudy, chilly weather — made the pilgrimage to Jamestown last weekend to take advantage of free steam excursion rides offered by the popular park.
 


BOFG Board remains disappointing, dysfunctional

The toughest, most thankless job in Tuolumne County’s educational system?

Sadly, it belongs to Mike King, acting superintendent of the Big Oak Flat-Groveland School District.
  


Public works projects will spur local economic growth

Is there a light at the end of this long and dark economic tunnel?

We’ve been hearing for months that the so-called Great Recession is over, but relief seems stubbornly slow in coming to our neck of the woods.
  


Negligence at TCSD warrants Grand Jury probe

The Tuolumne Sanitary District has about 850 customers and 923 registered voters. It might account for less than a 20th of Tuolumne County’s population.
   

Through the district’s nearly 70-year history, contested elections for seats on the district’s five-member board have been unusual, controversy has been rare and attendance at monthly meetings sparse.

   
 


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