News Panel: Election Results, Pension Reform, and Stockton Update
Voter turnout was low but Tuesday's primary, which put California's newly drawn districts and the top two primary system to the test for the first time, produced some surprising results in candidate races throughout the state. Voters also overwhelmingly approved new term limits for state lawmakers while Proposition 29, a cigarette tax, appears to be headed for defeat. There are already legal challenges to the pension reform measures that passed by wide margins in San Jose and San Diego, sending a signal to Gov. Brown and the Legislature to take similar action for the state and other struggling local governments. In Stockton, financially strapped from having the second-highest foreclosure rate in the country, the City Council has authorized the city manager to seek Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection if an agreement can't be reached with its creditors through mediation by June 25.
- Carla Marinucci, San Francisco Chronicle
- Dan Walter, Sacramento Bee
- Scott Smith, Stockton Record