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I’m still figuring out the ballot measures, but I thought this voters’ guide from the Unitarian Universalist Society was interesting.

Whatever you vote, VOTE.

Peace,

Sara

 

 

UULM Action Network on November Ballot Measures

Where do we stand on the 9 propositions on the November 2 ballot?

Absentee ballots are out, so it's good to start studying!

WE SUPPORT:

• Proposition 19 would allow legalization and local taxation and regulation of limited amounts

of marijuana. It would save millions of dollars in police and law enforcement costs, and the

expense of keeping numerous non-violent offenders in prison, in racially disproportionate

ratios. This proposition could also eliminate 70% of the funds of Mexican drug cartels. Our

UUA 2002 Statement of Conscience endorses legalization of marijuana in the belief that

prohibition does not work.

Proposition 21 raises the vehicle license fee $18 per car to fund the repairs our state parks

need, and provide the financial support needed for maintenance and ranger salaries, removing

the state parks from the annual budget battles and potential cuts.

Proposition 24 would close multi-state corporate tax loopholes opened by last year's budget

compromise. These loopholes do not create jobs in California, and the state very much needs

this revenue.

• Proposition 25 Simple Majority Vote on Budget, provides systemic change in favor of a

majority vote in the Legislature to pass a state budget, as is done in 47 other states. A super

majority gives unequal weight to no votes, creating a minority veto and resulting log-jams.

This proposition would enable California to pass a state budget on the basis of a legislative

majority.

WE OPPOSE:

• Proposition 23: This proposition to suspend the clean energy and air pollution regulations of

AB 32 until unemployment is 5.5 % is a scam by Texas oil companies to gut our state's model

environmental laws addressing climate change. We respect the interdependent web of all

existence of which we are a part.

• Proposition 26: This law would mandate a super–majority 2/3rds vote of the Legislature for

fines, levies, or fees. This is contrary to democratic simple majority rule. It would also create

an artificially high hurdle to creating fines for polluters, unsafe medical devices, etc. This

proposition threatens our environment and our use of democratic processes.

Proposition 27: This constitutional amendment would abolish the new Citizens Commission

for Redistricting and would create districts with equal populations. Our board is concerned

about gerry-mandered districts that aren't competitive. We would like to give the redistricting

commission a chance to work.

WE ARE NEUTRAL ON PROPOSITIONS 20 & 22

Proposition 20: This constitutional amendment would extend the redistricting Commission's powers enabling it

to draw lines for federal congressional districts in CA as well as the state senate and assembly districts. This

measure would also define “communities of interest” as similar economic and social groups for purposes of

redistricting. Some supported the Citizen's Commission's extension of power, others were concerned it was

unrepresentative and shouldn't redistrict on the basis of social class.

Proposition 22: This law, proposed by the League of CA cities, would prevent the state government from

using transportation and redevelopment money allocated to the cities. However it would not protect money for

education and health services, making it more likely cuts would be in these important areas.

Please vote on Tuesday, November 2, 2010

 

 

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( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
misterjustin
Oct. 16th, 2010 01:27 am (UTC)
It got through. It was just a large email and needed me to approve it. Sorry for the delay I've just been a wee bit busy.
sarabellae
Oct. 17th, 2010 03:23 am (UTC)
Thanks, Misterjustin. No worries!
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