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San Diego politicians not eager to endorse Prop. 19

October 15, 2010 |  3:08 pm

If there are any San Diego County officeholders or high officials preparing to vote in favor of Proposition 19, the marijuana initiative, they're keeping it a secret.

KPBS, the local public broadcasting radio and television station, polled 146 elected and appointed officials on Proposition 19.

Of those who responded, 41 were opposed, three declined to state and two asserted that they had no opinion. The other 100 did not respond to the poll, according to KPBS.

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All five members of the county Board of Supervisors responded that they oppose the measure. So did all five members of the San Marcos City Council.

But no member of the San Diego City Council was willing to express an opinion, although Councilwoman Sherri Lightner responded "neither" when asked if she opposed or supported the measure.

The most assertive "against" response came from Randy Voepel, mayor of Santee, a suburb east of San Diego.

 "I have been disgusted by all the dopers I have had to endure in high school, Vietnam, business, government and our whole society," Voepel wrote in an e-mail. "... California is completely dysfunctional on almost every level, this just adds to the misery of many people too dumb or doped up to know/care the difference."

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

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