November Prop Picks & Opinions

Are you as confused as I was? Here are the short, down and dirty prop choices… in my opinion…

November 2010 Statewide Initiatives

Proposition 18–California Water Bond Proposition:  !PULLED!

Safe, Clean, and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act of 2010

Vote = NO Proposition 19–Marijuana Legalization Initiative:

Changes California Law to Legalize Marijuana and Allow It to Be Regulated and Taxed
This is BAD, right! Need I say anything more?
We went from an ounce or less being a small crime to medical marijuana and now maybe to full legalization…
Claims it saves over $200 million in enforcement and it could raise over $1 billion in tax revenues?
Not true, we lost over 3400 lives to drunk drivers in 2009. How many after this law?
This is tracking 53% yes, 41% no.

Vote = YES Proposition 20–Congressional Redistricting Initiative:

Redistricting of Congressional Districts. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
This is a GOOD one, it will help line up our districts properly.
This lines up our State districts to Federal Districts.
1995 Supreme Court ruled on redistricting and it worked out great.
Google California Congressional Districts to see how the lines are drawn. They are Insane!

Vote = NO Proposition 21–Funding for State Parks Initiative:

Establishes $18 Annual Vehicle License Surcharge to Help Fund State Parks and Wildlife Programs and Grants Free Admission to All State Parks to Surcharged Vehicles. Initiative Statute.
This is a TAX-BAD!    “Ballot Box Budgeting”
The funds for this purpose have been BORROWED? Sure… to the point the state can never pay them back… So they want us to replenish the funds… with this “FEE”! How do we know they won’t spend these funds as well?

Vote = YES Proposition 22–Local Taxpayer, Public Safety and Transportation Protection Act of 2010:

Prohibits the State from Taking Funds Used for Transportation or Local Government Projects and Services. Initiative Constitutional Amendment
This is a GOOD one. STOP TAKING OUR MONEY. League of Cities backed this a few years ago. We allowed the Legislature to borrow from the cities… payback doesn’t look good. And the cities need this money for road maintenance and other upkeep.
This is an upgrade to a previous proposition that allowed them to BORROW the funds interest free until paid back…  HOWEVER there was a time limit. They would pay back on WEDNESDAY and re-borrow on Thursday.

Vote = YES Proposition 23–California Jobs Initiative: Suspension of AB 32:

Suspends Air Pollution Control Laws Requiring Major Polluters to Report and Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions That Cause Global Warming Until Unemployment Drops Below Specified Level for Full Year.
This is a GOOD one! Suspends AB32. Businesses can’t afford this in any way!!!
It was approved when unemployment was at 4.5% we are at 12%.
We need to wait until the rate goes down a bit.

Vote = NO Proposition 24–Repeal Corporate Tax Loopholes Act:

Repeals Recent Legislation That Would Allow Businesses to Carry Back Losses, Share Tax Credits, and Use a Sales-Based Income Calculation to Lower Taxable Income.
Simply put, by not allowing small and large corporations to write off losses, many companies are going under. If they eat all the losses especially in one year, employees go away….
This is a BAD one for everyone not just business. This is a JOB KILLER bill. We have enough businesses moving out of California. We need to keep Californians employed.

Vote = NO Proposition 25–Passing the Budget On Time Act:

Changes Legislative Vote Requirement to Pass a Budget from Two-Thirds to a Simple Majority. Retains Two-Thirds Vote Requirement for Taxes. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
This is a BAD, BAD one. This would allow them to pass a budget with 50 plus 1 vote. (Changes to Simple Majority Rule.) Think of the deficit spending we would have. We have operated with a 2/3 vote since the 80’s…  There are many sides to this, but I believe the 2/3 works. It forces people to play nice and ensures that truly the majority of constituents are served and represented, not just barely half of them. School boards, water boards, and City Councils work on a 60+% and get things done. Our Legislature needs to do the same.

Vote = YES Proposition 26–Stop Hidden Taxes Initiative:

Increases Legislative Vote Requirement to Two-Thirds for State Levies and Charges. Imposes Additional Requirement for Voters to Approve Local Levies and Charges with Limited Exceptions. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
This is Good – This gives control back to the people. Stops game playing with Taxes, Fees, Levies and so on. It would stop the Legislature and other agencies from simply calling something a fee or levy in order to pass it with a 50+ vote.

Vote = NO Proposition 27–Financial Accountability in Redistricting Act:

Eliminates State Commission on Redistricting. Consolidates Authority for Redistricting with Elected Representatives. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute
This is BAD! We voted these in 2 years ago!!! ( Prop 11) We are on track and doing well with this process. If this wins nothing will change. There is only ONE party funding this. This would eliminate ALL the work they have done on Prop 11!