What’s at stake

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2This is hardly an election to sit out. Of course, that’s what the professional politicians and their spinners would like you to do. They bank on the assumption that too few voters care enough to vote. It lets them happily do their special interests’ bidding. So don’t be fooled into thinking this election doesn’t mean much. It means a lot, and one way or the other, we will feel its repercussions for years. At first glance, it may seem like there’s not much at stake in today’s election. But there is. In the Democratic gubernatorial primary, voters will choose between moderate Steve Westly and partisan Phil Angelides. The outcome will have a profound effect on this fall’s campaign, as well as the next four years in California. Gerrymandering makes today’s legislative races critical. Because the parties own their respective districts, partisan primaries ultimately choose our legislators. Also on the ballot are two propositions that, together, could cost Californians billions, reshape our public-education system, affect our public libraries and increase our tax bills. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more