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Future Voters Take Sides on Ballot Measures in Napa

After researching state and local ballot propositions, seniors at New Technology High School gave voters their opinions at the Napa County Library Friday.

Though nearly all of them are too young to vote, seniors at New Technology High School have been following the candidates and issues on the Nov. 6 ballot as part of their education.

One of the seniors' assignments was, working in small groups, to choose a ballot proposition and develop a position for or against the measure.

On Friday, they took their conclusions public at the Napa County Library.

Shea Reiswig, 17, was part of a group opposing California Proposition 32, which seeks to end union members' paycheck deductions for political donations.

"I feel the proposition as a whole is very sneaky," Reiswig said. "As a union member, you're allowed to check in a box whether or not you want to actually have money donated."

Reiswig's anti-Prop. 32 group was also a pro-Scott Sedgley group, offering handouts supporting the retired firefighter now campaigning for city council.

Garren Melton, 17, and Sergio Soria-Gil, 16, were with the No on Proposition U group, opposing a Napa County voter initiative that would rezone land owned by Pacific Union College to prevent the college from developing.

"That's completely violating their property rights as landowners," Melton said.

"It's taking land away from the school that students can use," said Soria-Gil, adding that he's considering attending PUC because he likes its nursing program.

Students also took sides for and against state   and 37, making their arguments to voters face to face with the help of posters, stand-up displays, computer slideshows and old-fashioned handouts.

For more voices from their ballot workshop Friday, please see our accompanying video.

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MICHAEL WILSON "Republican Kid" November 05, 2012 at 12:42 AM
No on 30 The Government needs to manage the $$$ it has.
Lorie November 05, 2012 at 04:28 PM
I'm happy to see that there's kids (even though not for much longer) who are capable of understanding that because "you want it!" doesn't mean "you must have it!". Bravo to Garren and Sergio!
chuck2251 November 06, 2012 at 12:18 AM
LA UNION TEACHERS BLOCKED THE SCHOOL DIST FROM RECEIVING 40 MILLION DOLLARS ,BECAUSE THEY WERE AFRAID OF THE EVALUATIONS.. LOCAL DISTS SHOULD KEEP THE LOCAL TAX MONEY AND SPEND LIKE THE COMMUNITY WANTS AND NEEDS.. GOLD MINER CHUCK PLEASE READ IF YOU KNOW ANYONE IN CONGRESSIONAL DIST. # IN CALI . HAVE THEM SUPPORT DAN ROBERTS..HE IS PRO MINER.. HIS OPPONENT IS JARED ,WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONTINUED BAN ON DREDGING IN ALL RIVERS IN CALIF.. CHUCK DUNN I OWN THE OAR HOUSE 2 ON THE MERCED RIVER,BUT I CANT DREDGE IT.. WE NEED TO GET OUT THE VOTE.. PLEASE SHARE .. DAN ROBERTS FACE BOOK http://www.facebook.com/DanRobertsForCongress?ref=ts&fref=ts
Alex Shantz November 06, 2012 at 04:56 AM
There were at least two yes on Prop 30 groups. The no on Prop 30 group was terribly misinformed. I'd love to hear their excuses for opposing prop 30 if it fails and they find themselves unable to get into any their college classes when they graduate.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) November 06, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Did you see the group that was urging a Yes vote on Measure J?

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