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Category: Pete Wilson

Death penalty repeal pits Mayor Villaraigosa vs. former Gov. Wilson


Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa goes up against former Gov. Pete Wilson in a debate over the death penalty that will be coming soon to mailboxes throughout California.

Villaraigosa signed the ballot argument to be included in the official state voter guide on Proposition 34, which would repeal the state’s death penalty if approved on the November ballot. Wilson signed the "no" argument.

"Proposition 34 lets serial killers, cop killers, child killers and those who kill the elderly, escape justice," says the argument against the measure, also signed by Keith Royal, president of the California State Sheriffs’ Assn., and Marc Klaas, who became an advocate for crime victims after his 12-year-old daughter, Polly, was murdered.

The argument endorsed by Villaraigosa, on the other hand, said the ballot measure will save "millions every year" and said more than 100 innocent people have been sentenced to death in the U.S., including some who have been executed.

"We’ll never execute an innocent person with Proposition 34," says the argument that is also signed by former state Atty. Gen. John Van de Kamp and retired Superior Court Judge LaDoris Cordell.


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Amber Alert is 10 years old in California, has helped hundreds of children

-- Patrick McGreevy in Sacramento

Photo: Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, in a file photo, has signed the ballot argument in favor of a measure that would repeal the death penalty in California. Credit: Michael Nelson / EPA

John McCain, Pete Wilson back Kuykendall for Congress

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and former Gov. Pete Wilson are heading an honorary host committee for former Rep. Steven T. Kuykendall.  He is one of several candidates running for the 47th Congressional District in Long Beach and Orange CountySen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and former California Gov. Pete Wilson are headlining an "honorary host committee" at a campaign open house for former Rep. Steven T. Kuykendall, who is seeking to return to Congress this year from a newly drawn Long Beach district.

Kuykendall, a GOP moderate who served one term in Congress before losing the seat to Democrat Jane Harman in 2000, also has lined up former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado, Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley and 10 other current or past elected officials for his open house committee. 

The open house will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 4132 Katella Ave., suite 206, in Los Alamitos, followed by a precinct walk.

Other Republicans running in the 47th Congressional District are Long Beach Councilman Gary DeLong and conservative activist Steve Foley of Orange County.  Democrats are state Sen. Alan Lowenthal of Long Beach, physician Jay Shah, community volunteer Usha Shah and Peter Mathews, a college professor and perennial candidate.

Democrats hold a 42%-32% registration edge over Republicans in the district.


Gov. Jerry Brown is giving unions most of what they seek

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California voters want public employees to help ease state's financial troubles

-- Jean Merl

Photo: Sen. John McCain. Credit: Alex Wong / Getty Images

Pete Wilson endorses in area congressional race

Pete Wilson in 2010

Former Gov. Pete Wilson has endorsed former Rep. Steven T. Kuykendall as the Republican businessman seeks to return to Congress from the newly drawn 47th District seat in Long Beach. Former Long Beach Mayor Eunice Sato also has endorsed Kuykendall, his campaign announced this week.

Developments in other area congressional races include those in the San Fernando Valley’s new 30th District, where veteran Democratic Reps. Brad Sherman and Howard Berman are competing in what is expected to be a hard-fought and costly race.  This week Sherman scored backing from former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe, as well as from an additional labor group, Ironworkers, Local 433.

In another intraparty fight, this one a three-way battle among Democrats, Rep. Janice Hahn of San Pedro announced endorsements from four more unions: Los Angeles Port Police, California School Employees Assn., American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and its legislative arm and  Heat & Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers, Local 5. Hahn is seeking reelection from the newly drawn 44th District and is facing competition from Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Long Beach) and Assemblyman Isadore Hall (D-Compton).

In the newly, open 41st District in Riverside County, Democrat Mark Takano announced backing from several unions, including the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees, the Communications Workers of America Southern California Council and the International Union of Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers, Local  4.  Takano, a Riverside Community College District trustee, faces competition from Riverside County Supervisor John Tavaglione, a Republican.

Perennial Democratic candidate Mervin Evans has announced he’s running again, this time for the Los Angeles area’s 37th District seat held by Democratic  Rep. Karen Bass. No other candidates have announced for this seat.


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--Jean Merl

Photo: Former Republican Gov. Pete Wilson speaks at a rally for Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman in Fullerton , June 5, 2010. Credit: Ann Johansson/For The Times


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