FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 29, 2020
San Diego, CA – August 29, 2020 – Southern California News Group (SCNG) publications yesterday called for voters in California to vote NO on Proposition 16 in this November’s election. SCNG is the owner of leading regional and local newspapers, including the Orange County Register.
Prop 16 seeks to overturn Proposition 209, which passed in 1996 and placed in the California constitution the following language: “The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.”
In adopting Prop 209, the SCNG newspapers observed, “voters affirmed the principle that government should judge people on equal terms and not on the basis of immutable characteristics.”
Prop 16 rejects this fundamental American principle. SCNG publications have called on voters in California to reject this measure this November.
The No on Prop 16 campaign is grateful to SCNG publications for their thoughtful endorsement and for their courageous stance in defense of equal opportunity.
The editorials of SCNG publications calling for a NO vote on Prop 16 are provided below.
Orange County Register
Los Angeles Daily News
Long Beach Press-Telegram
Torrance Daily Breeze
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Whittier Daily News
San Bernardino Sun
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Redlands Daily Facts