PRESS RELEASE: Mercury News and East Bay Times Endorse Proposition 16
Major Northern California Newspapers say Prop 16 “ helps create a level playing field in California”
SAN JOSE, CA — The Mercury News and East Bay Times Editorial Boards emphatically endorsed Proposition 16, the measure to promote equal access to opportunity in California by reinstating affirmative action on this November’s ballot.
“The events of this year have highlighted the level of racial injustice that exists across the nation, including California. The disparity between Black and Latino residents and their White counterparts is readily apparent when it comes to income, health, education and the criminal justice system,” wrote the joint Editorial Boards. “Reducing those disparities will require a major effort on multiple fronts. Proposition 16 would give the state’s universities and government a valuable tool they need to fight existing structural inequalities.”
The endorsement signals sustained momentum for the Prop 16 campaign, which secured endorsements from Governor Gavin Newsom, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and San Jose City Council — all in the last week.
In addition, 170,000 viewers watched the campaign’s ‘Women’s Roundtable’ featuring Chelsea Handler, Gloria Steinem, Dolores Huerta, Jodi Hicks, Helen Zia, and Eva Paterson.
Proposition 16 has been endorsed by over 500 organizations and leaders, including U.S. Senators Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein, California Governor Gavin Newsom, U.S. Representatives Ro Khanna (CA- 17), Barbara Lee (CA-13), Jackie Speier (CA-14), Eric Swalwell (CA-15), and Anna Eshoo (CA-18), Black Lives Matter Co-Founders Alicia Garza and Patrisse Cullors, ACLU of California, California/Hawaii State Conference NAACP, Dr. Bernice King, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, California Teachers Association, and League of Women Voters California, as well as East and South Bay leaders Assemblymembers Buffy Wicks (AD15), Ash Kalra (AD27) and Rob Bonta (AD18), among many others.