Daily News goes no on B

The editorial page at the Daily News came out against both Measure B, the solar energy and jobs program, and Measure E, which is billed as a way to give businesses more incentive to come to Los Angeles.

While the ideas behind them have merit, the mechanism for accomplishing those two goals doesn't. The propositions would unnecessarily change the City Charter with vague and restrictive requirements that could saddle Angelenos with bad policy for decades to come.

Moreover, neither charter amendment is necessary. The city could adopt solar power and become more business friendly tomorrow through adopting ordinances and new policy by city leaders. The proponents of both initiatives admit as much, but they say voter approval would give them a symbolic victory. We don't think that's a good reason to rewrite the City Charter.

The concerns about amending the city's charter aside, there are additional reasons to be wary of the so-called "Green energy/good jobs" proposition.

The Times editorial board also opposes Measure E and hopes to make a recommendation soon on Measure B — a blog post at the paper's Opinion L.A. discusses the deliberations.

5th council district: The L.A. Times endorsed Ron Galperin. Paul Koretz was endorsed by City Council members Dennis Zine, Janice Hahn, Bill Rosendahl, Herb Wesson, Ed Reyes, Jose Huizar and Richard Alarcon, and by former council members Joy Picus, Bob Ronka, Nate Holden, Mike Feuer and Joel Wachs.

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