Candidates and California Ballot Measures-2016

Several people have asked me for my input on candidates and Ballot Measures. I’d be interested to hear from you! My choices came from extensive reading and news coverage. I also interviewed candidates with the Sierra Club, talked with several of the candidates in person (indicated by asterisks), took a day long class with the League of Women Voters on Ballot Measures for the State, County and City and heard some of the candidates speak with  the Democrats with Environmental Action.  Here’s my recommendations on the candidates and the Ballot Measures:

  • S. Congress, 49th District (CA-49)  –  Doug Applegate
  • S. Congress, 52nd District (CA-52)  –  Scott Peters*
  • California State Assembly, District 78  –  Todd Gloria*
  • San Diego County Supervisor, District Three  –  Dave Roberts*
  • San Diego City Attorney  –  Mara Elliott*
  • San Diego City Council, District One (D-1)  –  Barbara Bry*
  • San Diego City Council, District Nine (D-9)  –  Georgette Gómez*
  • Carlsbad City Council  –  Cori Schumacher
  • Carlsbad City Council  –  Bill Fowler
  • Chula Vista City Council, District 3  –  Steve Padilla
  • Encinitas City Council  –  Tasha Boerner-Horvath
  • Encinitas City Council  –  Tony Kranz*
  • Encinitas Mayor-  Catherine Blakespear*
  • Helix Water Board, District Three  –  Mark Gracyk
  • Imperial Beach City Council  –  Mark West
  • Lemon Grove Mayor  –  George Gastil
  • National City Council  –  Alejandra Sotelo-Solis
  • Oceanside City Council  –  Esther Sanchez*

CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO MEASURES

  • Measure A (SANDAG Tax increase and Transportation Plan)  – Adamantly-  NO This is the tail wagging the dog.  San Diego County has no Climate Action Plan with which to judge whether SANDAG’s  Regional Transportation Plan will help us to meet state mandated Climate Action targets (we suspect that it will not).  This sales tax is raising money for the next 40 years to implement this half – assed plan. 
  • Measure B (Lilac Hills Development Proposal)  –   Vehemently NO- this was brought to the ballot by the developer in an effort to bypass the General Plan with a very dense development reached by windy two lane roads out near Valley Center with no transit and about 30 miles from most jobs.  It would go from around 300 homes to 1,700 homes and decimate farm land. 
  • Measure C (Chargers Downtown Stadium Proposal)  –  NO 
  • Measure D (Citizens’ Initiative)  –  YES
Type Title Subject Description
CISS Proposition 51 Education $9 billion in bonds for education and schools  NO WHERE THIS MONEY WOULD GO IS  IS DECIDED IN SACRAMENTO – I THINK LOCAL OVERSIGHT IS BETTER AND DISCUSSIONS ON ALLOCATIONS SHOULD BE DONE AT THE LOCAL LEVEL NOT REQUIRE TRAVEL TO SACRAMENTO.
CICA/SS Proposition 52 Healthcare Voter approval of changes to the hospital fee program NOT SURE ABOUT THIS- I DON’T LIKE THAT THE LEGISLATURE DIVERTED FEES OUT OF THE MEDICAL PROGRAM TO THE GENERAL FUND! Check Ballotpedia for more info link below
CICA Proposition 53 Elections/Bonds Projects that cost more than $2 billion would require voter approval. THIS MEANS THAT PROJECTS LIKE ROADWAYS OR TRAINS THAT WOULD BE PAID BACK (PARTLY) BY FEES WOULD NEED VOTER APPROVAL.  CURRENTLY, PROJECTS THAT ARE PAID FOR BY GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS (FROM OUR TAXES) REQUIRE VOTER APPROVAL.  NOT SURE. Check Ballotpedia for more info link below
CICA/SS Proposition 54 Accountability Conditions under which legislative bills can be passed VOTE YES- THIS IS TO HAVE ANY CHANGES MADE TO BILLS IN THE LEGISLATURE TO HAVE 72 HOURS FOR THE PUBLIC TO LOOK AT THE LANGUAGE BEFORE VOTING CAN OCCUR-  My thoughts:   MORE TRANSPARENCY IN GOVERNMENT IS ALWAYS GOOD!  YES.
CICA Proposition 55 Taxes Extension of personal income tax on incomes over $250,000 YES- PEOPLE THAT EARN MORE SHOULD PAY MORE   (cloaing loopholes would be good too)
CICA Proposition 56 Tobacco Increase the cigarette tax by $2.00 per pack- (include other tobacco products and e-cigarettes to be allocated to physician training, prevention and treatment of dental diseases, Medi-Cal, tobacco-use prevention, research into cancer, heart and lung diseases, and other tobacco-related diseases, and school programs focusing on tobacco-use prevention and reduction).

YES- THIS GOES TO EDUCATION PROGRAMS AGAINST TOBACCO USE and INCLUDES OTHER TOBACCO PRODUCTS.
CICA/SS Proposition 57 Trials Felons convicted of non-violent crimes and juvenile trials A “yes” vote supports increasing parole and good behavior opportunities for felons convicted of nonviolent crimes and allowing judges, not prosecutors, to decide whether to try certain juveniles as adults in court

 UP TO THE JUDGE YES
LRSS Proposition 58 Education Bilingual education in public schools  NOT SURE ABOUT THIS ONE-
AQ Proposition 59 Campaign finance State’s position on Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission  YES- THIS IS A WAY FOR THE CALIFORNIA LEGISLATORS TO POLL THE CITIZENS AS TO WHETHER WE WANT TO OVERTURN CITIZEN’S UNITED- which means getting big corporate money out of our elections.AND YES, YES AND YES!!!!!
CISS Proposition 60 Movies Require the use of condoms in pornographic films-  HMMMM not sure how this would be “policed”.
CISS Proposition 61 Healthcare Prescription drug price regulations A “yes” vote supports regulating drug prices by requiring state agencies to pay the same prices that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pays for prescription drugs
CISS Proposition 62 Death penalty Repeal the death penalty   YES
CISS Proposition 63 Firearms Background checks for ammunition purchases  YES
CISS Proposition 64 Marijuana Legalization of marijuana and hemp  YES
CISS Proposition 65 Environment Grocery and retail carry-out bags- CHARGING FOR BAGS IS DIFFERENT THAN PROHIBITING-  VOTE NO BUT YES ON PROHIBITION Prop 67  BELOW
CISS Proposition 66 Death penalty Death penalty procedures- I AM AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY, BUT VOTED YES ON THIS IN CASE THE DEATH PENALTY IS NOT OVERTURNED – IT STREAMLINES PROCEDURES. Right now someone can be on Death Row for 25 years, this gives deadlines to the appeals.
VR Proposition 67 Business reg Prohibition on plastic single-use carryout bags  YES

—-for much more information and an interactive chart go to BALLOTPEDIA:  https://ballotpedia.org/California_2016_ballot_propositions

 

 

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