The Bright Coast

Progressive Thoughts from San Diego Alums on Law, Politics, and Culture

WTF has Obama Done So Far? & other progressive victories

Posted by brightcoast on November 4, 2010

See WTF here:

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California elections favored all of our Bay Area, particularly San Francisco candidates. I.e. Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom, and Kamala Harris- though the race for AG was so close (allegedly 0.2% by some accounts) counties have some additional time to complete their recounts. Honestly, I question whether an attorney with the name Cooley doesn’t have the subconscious advantage of sharing a name with a major global law firm. In fact, it may not come as a surprise to some to hear that Democrats swept the officer positions, although many incumbents were simply reelected (e.g. Controller & Treasurer).

Complete California election results available here: SOS site

Prop 19, which would have allowed for statewide regulation and taxation of marijuana did not pass, which is actually not surprising. It is a common misconception that Prop 19 itself would have decriminalized marijuana, as The Governator recently signed Senate Bill 1449 (by Senator Leno also of SF), removing the misdemeanor charge from possession of less than an ounce. Possession of this amount is now considered an, “infraction,” while maintaining the $100 fine. Article here. I was quite surprised of the means I learned of the bill, an out of state acquaintance, due to the utter lack of attention it received in the media. In fact, none of my California attorney friends had heard of this seemingly monumental change.

Here’s what I really want to know, what exactly is an avoirdupois ounce of marijuana? As in:
(b) Except as authorized by law, every person who possesses, while driving a motor vehicle upon a highway or on lands, as described in subdivision (b) of Section 23220, not more than one avoirdupois ounce of marijuana, other than concentrated cannabis as defined by Section 11006.5 of the Health and Safety Code, is guilty of an infraction punishable by a fine of not more than one hundred dollars ($100).
Link to entire bill here

More exciting, perhaps only to the legal community, is the fact that Prop 25, which changes the California Constitution to lower the threshold number of votes required to pass the budget from 2/3 to a simple majority, passed. This was of course in tandem with Prop 26 which requires a 2/3 vote for some local fees and taxes. Together, therefore (in theory of course), the Legislature can go about its business of balancing the budget via program cuts and fanagling the numbers without the corresponding months of bickering, notorious for months of delay in actually passing anything.

Lastly, what would a post from the Bay Area be without a huge congratulations to our San Francisco Giants, World Champions! What an amazing series, and I don’t ordinarily watch baseball. GO GIANTS!!

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