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.
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!
• 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
• 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
• 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