Editorial: California’s election results require patience. That’s a good thing. They aren’t going to change anything until the new legislature is seated, when we can expect some changes to make it easier for the other side to get their message out.
But there is one important factor that is a factor in this election and may help to tip the balance of power in Sacramento, just as it did in Orange County when the new legislature was first sworn into office.
The most important factor involved in the state assembly election is the question of who is willing to be a “team player.”
The result was a tight race — with three candidates in the top eight — but the real difference was that two of the candidates wanted to be a team player, while the other two were strong partisans.
To understand the significance of this factor, you need only to read the statements of candidates who ran for office in the assembly and who said they would act in a bipartisan manner. Those who didn’t fit this description were in the pack of “team players” who didn’t speak out.
In the case of two of these candidates, those were incumbents who had served longer than their opponents on the council. In all three cases, the incumbents were strong partisans who didn’t want to be identified as “team players.”
In each case, the results of the election showed that these incumbents couldn’t get over the partisanship and refused to cooperate in their own campaign.
Take a look at the statement made by Assemblyman Richard Pan (R-Sacramento) at the end of his election campaign which said, “Although I respect the efforts of those in both parties I don’t understand where there has been a clear, open dialogue on how we can get past the dysfunction in Sacramento to work together.”
Pan, along with his two friends, voted against Proposition 30, which was the “sunset” provision on the tax on the special, high-interest entities. He voted in favor of the bill which increased the state sales tax by three percentage points. In the November election, Pan won re-election with 61 percent of the vote.
Pan’s second statement — as he ran for re-election — said that he would like to work across party lines and that he believes people want bipartisanship