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If it isn’t Laden with Propositions, it isn’t a California Ballot

Posted by brightcoast on October 15, 2008

I’m sure we’ve all heard someone say it, if we haven’t said it ourselves, there are too many propositions on the ballot to know what to do with. So, I thought I’d give my personal opinion on the current statewide ballot initiatives on our Golden State’s ballot this election. You can find the voter info guide here:

Prop 1A— funding for a high speed rail from San Diego to San Francisco– aside from the obvious environmental benefits, I would love to be able to have an alternative to the hassle of having to drive through LA or pay up to fly.

Prop 2–sets minimum requirements for farm animals– It’s kind of funny, the Oprah show did a feature of this the other day, and in the name of fairness, she had farmers who would be hurt by this proposition. It’s obviously no fun when someone in such an important industry will be put out of business, period. But I must say, I still hold on dearly to those childhood visions of farm animals actually living on a–wait for it– farm. And how can you deny that free range animals seem, if they aren’t actually, happier running around wherever they want under the California sun? Obviously this is not requiring farmers to go free range, but it is making their life at least a little bit better.

Prop 3— $$ for Children’s hospitals, need I say more? If so:

  • Designates that 80 percent of bond proceeds go to hospitals that focus on children with illnesses such as leukemia, cancer, heart defects, diabetes, sickle cell anemia and cystic fibrosis.
  • Requires that qualifying children’s hospitals provide comprehensive services to a high volume of children eligible for governmental programs and meet other requirements.
  • Designates that 20 percent of bond proceeds go to University of California general acute care hospitals.
  • Prop 4–Yet another attempt to require a waiting period & parental consent for minors trying to get an abortion. Aside from the fact that it is a bad idea, it’s most likely unconstitutional under the U.S. Constitution. If a young girl is too scared to discuss the fact that she’s pregnant with her parents, there is something wrong with that relationship to begin with, and the government shouldn’t force her to get their permission. Young women’s bodies are not other peoples’ property, they decide what to do for themselves.

    Prop 5–I think that the treatment programs are essential, but the rest of what the initiative does, namely let violent offenders and drug dealers serve shorter parole does not justify the former, in my opinion.

    Prop 6–don’t think it solves the problem.

    Prop 7–debatable, I believe that the NRDC opposes it, but I could be wrong.

    Prop 8–I think In Re Marriage Cases was rightly decided, and that it is a violation of Equal Protection to deny two consenting adults (who love each other) the right to marry. The Domestic Partnership schematic in California is not the same as marriage.

    Prop 9–Here’s who supports it, you decide:

    MARCELLA M. LEACH, Co-Founder
    Justice for Homicide Victims

    LaWANDA HAWKINS, Founder
    Justice for Murdered Children

    DAN LEVEY, National President
    The National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children

    Prop 10–seems like a good idea to me, those California commuter stickers for hybrids flew off of the shelves when the last program like this was implemented.

    Prop 11–This one deals with redistricting, I’m on the fence about its effectiveness at solving the problems it claims to be aiming at.

    Prop 12— This one deals with benefits for veterans, I agree that there should be certain restrictions–such that they served active duty–before we go so far reaching.

    And lastly, for those of you in San Diego, I urge you to vote NO on prop D. Among other reasons, I think that holiday bans and the like would be much better at solving the problem than an all out ban which hurts the SD tourism economy.

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    3 Responses to “If it isn’t Laden with Propositions, it isn’t a California Ballot”

    1. Lauren said

      Yeah prop 7 is being opposed by almost $30 million of utility money (PG&E, SEMPRA, and Edison). And the NRDC.

      These are a couple articles that give a decent perspective on prop 7:
      http://www.independent.com/news/2008/oct/16/dog-dead/
      http://www.independent.com/news/2008/oct/16/proposition-7-solar-and-clean-energy-act-critical-/

    2. Carolina said

      Prop. 7 will require that by 2025 50% of all the electricity in the state comes from renewable sources like solar and wind. Prop. 7 does not raise taxes or issue any bonds and includes a consumer protection clause that ensures your bill will never go up more than 3% by 2025. Prop. 7 will also create 370,000 high wage construction jobs right here in California. Over 40% of global warming pollution comes from electricity generation and by voting Yes on Prop. 7 we can do something real about global warming by requiring the Big Utility Companies to use more clean renewable energy.As individuals we are all doing our part by using less energy and changing our light bulbs, by voting Yes on Prop 7 we can make sure that the Big Utility Companies do their part as well and use more clean renewable energy. Prop 7 is also supported by Nobel Prize scientists Walter Kohn; Alan Heeger; Herbert Kroemer

      On the other hand the Big Utility Companies, such as PG&E and SMUD are spending $27 million to defeat Prop 7 because they don’t want to change their ways and are spreading a lot of misinformation. Please don’t allow them to continue polluting our air vote YES on 7.

    3. Sandy said

      Prop 7 does not shut out smaller plants because it does nothing to change current law on the books – which gives these smaller plants state subsidies and when they go about building their plants, they will only have to go through city and county permitting regulations to help them build their plants faster. In actuality, Prop 7 HELPS smaller plants. It is clear these utilities are just grasping at straws to scare voters. Unfortunately, these environmental groups are in the pockets of the utility companies. The NRDC and Ralph Cavanaugh, who was interviewed in this article, PUSHED FOR DEREGULATION, WHICH LEAD TO OUR 2001 ENERGY CRISIS!!! The article, How the Environmentalists Sold Out to Save Enron, is VERY INFORMATIVE. http://www.prwatch.org/prwissues/2003Q3/enviros.html.

      VOTE YES ON 7!

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