June 7, 2006


Voters reject Prop. 82 (Dana Hull, 6/07/06, San Jose Mercury News)

California voters soundly rejected Proposition 82 Tuesday, crushing the hopes of early childhood education advocates who hoped to make universal preschool public policy in the nation's most populous state.

Throughout much of the evening, returns showed that 60 percent of voters statewide opposed Prop. 82 while just 40 percent supported it, making it nearly impossible for the measure to ever get the simple majority it needed to pass.

``It doesn't look good,'' admitted Hollywood director Rob Reiner, who spoke to about 200 supporters at a Los Angeles hotel ballroom shortly after 10 p.m. But he vowed to fight on, saying that the push for universal preschool would not go away. ``This is important, and if it is not today the train has left the station.''

It's an automobile kind of proposal.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 7, 2006 2:40 PM

"It's an automobile type of proposal"

Okay, I'll bite. Why? Is Meathead Ike or Henry Ford? That train ain't gonna leave the station, at least for now.

Posted by: jdkelly at June 7, 2006 6:38 PM

An enormous waste of tax payer money on social engineering.

Posted by: oj at June 7, 2006 8:13 PM

Just finished watching the History Channel on the trans-continental railroad. Lots of taxpayer money there. Wrong time zone, however. Like I said, love trains ( the old IC runs 50 feet from my office), but I-55 is faster. Good use of taxpayer money, at least out here in the "Flatlands"

Posted by: jdkelly at June 7, 2006 9:19 PM

The railroads grew organically, the railroads grew organically, the railroads grew organically...

Posted by: joe shropshire at June 7, 2006 9:21 PM

You're confusing thievery with social engineering.

Posted by: oj at June 7, 2006 11:28 PM

I remember few things I learned in preschool...maybe to tie my shoelaces. The other was that the teacher made up share toilets when we peed....this I found objectionable.

Posted by: RC at June 8, 2006 10:54 AM