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EDITORIAL FOUR FOR ASSEMBLY VOTE SMYTH, GROVEMAN, FEUER AND QUINTERO.

FORTUNATELY, even though gerrymandering and incumbency have made several of the region's legislative primary races meaningless, term limits have given us four truly open Assembly seats in our readership area this year. These are campaigns that offer a real choice -- at least for members of each district's majority party -- on June 6. The following are our endorsements:

38th District, Republican primary: In the race to succeed Keith Richman, Santa Clarita City Councilman Cameron Smyth is far more qualified, knowledgeable and in touch with the needs of the district than his rival, governmental consultant Mary Barrientos.

41st District, Democratic primary: In a crowded field of earnest and decent candidates looking to replace the term-limited Fran Pavley, Calabasas City Councilman Barry Groveman -- the only candidate not from Santa Monica -- stands out. Nonpartisan and nonideological, Groveman brings a healthy, business-friendly approach to the campaign, as well as innovative positions on traffic relief and education reform.

42nd District, Democratic primary:

The two most prominent candidates in this race, former L.A. City Councilman Mike Feuer and West Hollywood City Councilwoman Abbe Land, are politically similar, reflecting the liberal values of their district and its outgoing assemblyman, Paul Koretz. But Feuer is the better choice.

When he served part of the San Fernando Valley on the City Council, Feuer proved himself to be a hardworking, intelligent advocate for his community. And if elected, he would bring a reformer's passion -- noticeably lacking in Land -- to Sacramento.

43rd District, Democratic primary: Glendale City Councilman Frank Quintero and Burbank school board member Paul Krekorian are both likeable, hardworking champions of their community. What separates them, though, is Quintero's more independent, cooperative and reform-minded spirit, as well as his detachment from some of the most powerful and pernicious forces in the educational bureaucracy. Quintero would make a solid replacement for the district's outgoing assemblyman, Darrio Frommer.

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Date:May 30, 2006
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