Saturday, April 15, 2006

Burton Pipes In On Prop. 82

Wow! Hard to believe that former State Senate Leader and liberal icon, John Burton, would come out publicly opposing Prop. 82, the Universal Pre- School Initiative, but it looks like he did, according to the Sacramento Bee's, Dan Weintraub (April 14 post).

That makes two big time Democrats (Don Perata being the other one) that have come out against Prop. 82, so far.


At 10:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 2:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gosh darn it, Fred, the Sacramento Bee always wants us to sign in. Won't they give you a free link - name and password for your bloggers?

At 2:32 PM, Blogger Fred said...

They even want you to sign in for Dan's blog? That's lame. I'll figure out something. In the meantime, I'll post the text here.

I might mention, though, they're not spammers, at least as far as I can tell. I just subscribe to three of their daily news updates, that I actually enjoy getting. I'm not sure that you even need to subscribe to register with them.

At 2:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

interesting article on weintraub's blogging...

At 2:34 PM, Blogger Fred said...

Burton: No on 82
Liberal icon and former Senate Leader John Burton has come out against Prop. 82, the preschool initiative. And he does so more forcefully, and more convincingly, than Gov. Schwarzenegger, who said through a spokeswoman that he opposes the measure because he's against raising taxes. Here's Burton's statement:

Without any income tests the plan would help wealthy and middle class families who already take advantage of preschool, but not reach those who need it most: poor, disadvantaged and English learning children;

K-12 faces a shortage of qualified teachers. Prop. 82 offers more competition that could keep teachers out of classrooms;

The initiative would pay more per pupil for a few hours of preschool than many K-12 schools get for a whole day;

Prop. 82 ties up a resource stream that should go to the general fund for a variety of important state programs.

Proposition 82 makes it easier for my grandkids to get preschool. That's great, but they're not the ones who need the help. Even those of us who have a high regard for preschool need to vote no on Prop. 82.

Interestingly, Burton is meeting with reporters to announce his opposition at the headquarters of the California School Employees Association, the union that represents support employees in the public schools.

Posted by dweintraub at 09:30 AM

At 5:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meathead will not be pleased. Burton is against the prop for the wrong reasons (sort of like the war aims of the U.S. in ww 2) but that's OK as long as the job gets done.

At 8:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with anon5:04 he is against it for the wrong reasons, but having someone big like that come out against it is a good thing.

At 7:24 AM, Blogger Fred said...

Yep. Don't look a gift horse in the mouth.

At 10:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the way Gallegos tries to make it look like he is IN with law enforcement... he JOINED law enforcement... and what for? Why - to endorse an intitiative for the ballot, of course.

Gallegos endorses Prop. 82
Date: March 30, 2006
Publication: Times-Standard (Eureka, CA)
EUREKA -- Humboldt County District Attorney Paul Gallegos JOINED OTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES AROUND THE STATE in getting behind Proposition 82, which would make preschool available to every California 4-year-old...


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