In the official Voter Information Guide that we received in the mail, I read through the quick-reference guide and decided that Proposition 32 sounded like a good thing. Then, the television ads swayed my opinion, and I decided that it wasn’t a good thing.
Finally, I read the more complete arguments for and against the proposition. One of the authors of the rebuttal to the argument against Proposition 32 was retired California Supreme Court Justice John Arguelles.
When I first came to stay in California in 1958, I worked in the American Health Studios in east Los Angeles for a while. There was a gentleman working out there who I learned was an attorney with an office just across the street. I don’t think I even knew his name.
I moved on, and at least eight years later, I was working as a Superior Court clerk in Torrance. I was instructed to take some exhibits to the Municipal Court in Inglewood, which I did. I was sitting in court waiting to return the exhibits.
When the court recessed for a while, the judge remained on the bench. He said, “Don, what are you doing here?” I told him that I had delivered the exhibits and was waiting to take them back. He said, “You don’t remember me, do you?”
I said, “No sir, you look familiar, but I really don’t.” He said that he had worked out in the gym in east Los Angeles.
Years later, I was working as a relief clerk in various courts around the county, and I was assigned to now Superior Court Judge Arguelles’ court. He still remembered me.
It happened to be probation and sentence day in his court. When one of the defendants’ names was called for violation of probation, the defendant stepped forward. The judge called him by name and asked him, “Do you know the man that you walked in here with?”
The defendant said, “Yes, he gave me a ride.”
The judge then told the defendant, “He is also on probation with me. One of the provisions of both your probations is that you not associate with one another.” What a memory.
I did not see the judge after that, but some years later, I read in the paper that California Supreme Court Justice John Arguelles was retiring. Justice Arguelles was one the wisest and most honorable men I have ever known.
If he says that Proposition 32 is a good thing, you can bet that Proposition 32 is a good thing. Join me and vote “yes” on Proposition 32.
Holinsworth lives in Calistoga.