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Ballot Measures Spotlighted at Downtown Napa Forum

Napa voters are facing 11 ballot propositions and four local measures in November. Sunday at 11, a panel of local speakers examines three of the statewide propositions and all of the local measures at First Methodist Church.

Do you feel lost among all the propositions and local measures on the November ballot?

First United Methodist Church in downtown Napa is offering guidance beyond the spiritual plane Sunday morning, when a panel of local speakers will examine all four county measures and three of the statewide propositions.

Organizers say time constraints have forced them to choose only three of the 11 state propositions:

Proposition 30 (Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act): Speakers will be Bruce Ketron, attorney and current board trustee for the Napa Valley College; Leon Brauning, appraiser and the president of the Napa County Taxpayers Association from 2010-2011.

Proposition 34 (SAFE California Act): Jan Geren, retired from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation; Doug Farr, attorney and former Deputy District Attorney (Stanislaus County and Mendocino County)

Proposition 37:  (California Right to Know):  Erica Martenson, educator and Napa coordinator for the statewide effort to label GE(genetically engineered) food;  Ruth and Ronall Waltenspiel, farmers in Sonoma County.

County Measures S, T, U and VKeith Caldwell, Napa County Supervisor from District 5 and chair of the Yes on County Measure T Committee.

The forum runs from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at First United Methodist, 625 Randolph St. in Napa.

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Alex Shantz October 07, 2012 at 07:02 PM
You know, I understand there are a lot propositions on the ballot...But, this is also a democracy. I think we should take more time to explore all the proportions and frankly everything and everyone that will be on the ballot. I understand it takes time for people to inform themselves on these issues in general, but it really doesn't take long to at least read the summaries. And, if you give yourself a few hours it doesn't really take that long to scan through the actual proposition text. Just my two cents....
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) October 07, 2012 at 10:49 PM
It's also worthwhile hearing what other people in the community have to say on the issue, pro and con. I had to leave the forum this morning for a prior commitment Upvalley, but the organizers at First Methodist very kindly let me leave my digital audio recorder running and Debby Stevens from Worm Endings Unlimited even more generously agreed to save the data and take it home with her so I can get it later or tomorrow. Thanks, everyone, I look forward to hearing the rest of the forum.

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