Or: Another ballot in the life of a Rockefeller Republican.
President and Vice President: Barack Obama and Joseph Biden
Call it any name you want, cutting taxes to create jobs does not work. It didn't work during the Reagan era (trickle down, voodoo economics and my fave, Reaganomics) and it along with the dismantling of the Glass-Steagall Act by Clinton and a Republican congress are the cause of the recession and explosion of national debt. I will also never vote for a person who denies a woman's right to choose and opposes gay marriage. So economically, I'd rather go with what appears to have prevented a depression than bring back the policies that caused it in the first place; and socially, to not reverse all the gains made in the slow but progressive march towards true equality.
United States Senator: Diane Feinstein
I'm not that big a fan of Feinstein (I prefer Boxer) but her opponent's platform is pretty much the opposite of mine.
United States Representative, 37th District: Karen R. Bass or abstain
I'm new to this district since I was formerly in the 36th (reminder, ask Janice Hahn's office to stop sending me email) and Bass is the incumbent. Her opponent is a name and little else. I'm either just gonna go with the inevitable or abstain.
Member of the State Assembly, 62nd District: Steven Bradford
The new Top Two act has the contestants as two Democrats. Of the two, Bradford is the incumbent and more seasoned. Evans opposes "gay education" in schools, which I guess refers to the gay history education bill the state assembly passed last year. So, yeah. Easy pick.
County District Attorney: Jackie Lacey
It's who I picked during the primaries.
Proposition 30 – Temporary Taxes to Fund Education. Guaranteed Local Public Safety Funding. Initiative Constitutional Amendment: Yes
Education is the best long term investment available for people and therefore for society. Without 30 the UC and Cal State systems will be forced to make cuts and increase tuition. The other proposition, 38, will still force UC and Cal State to make cuts and increase tuition. That makes 30 the better option.
Proposition 31 – State Budget, State and Local Government. Initiative Consittutional Amendment and Statute: No
This is what we need: an inflexible and convoluted set of restrictions and unilateral power designed to confuse everyone and solve nothing.
Proposition 32 – Political Contributions by Payroll Deduction. Contributions to Candidates. Initiative Statute: No
If you're going to deny group fundraising, deny it all, not just the one method by which a particular type of group uses. You are cutting the political power of unions but keeping that of corporations. Either keep them all or cut them all.
Proposition 33 – Auto Insurance Companies. Prices Based on Driver's History of Insurance Coverage. Initiative Statute: Yes
Last time this came up I voted no because it looked like Mercury was trying to sneak one through. While I am not sure how this will shake out, basing insurance purely on driver history and not including coverage history sounds old-fashioned. To equate it to healthcare, it's akin to pre-existing conditions limiting your choices. So yeah, any discount possible is fine by me. Mercury thinks they'll out bid everyone, I think they're being optimistic.
Proposition 34 – Death Penalty. Initiative Statute: Yes
Maybe I'm getting soft in my old age. I'm morally opposed to a death penalty as part of our system of laws. I think we're past that.
Proposition 35 – Human Trafficking. Penalties. Initiative Statute: No
This solves nothing. What it does do is just label everything a human trafficking crime and therefore a sex offender registry crime. It dilutes the definition as to make it meaningless. We already prosecute the other crimes that this proposition wants to make "human trafficking", so what is this really? Because it sounds like an attempt to pretend to show results in a statistic that has increasing numbers in human trafficking convictions.
Proposition 36 – Three Strikes Law. Repeat Felony Offenders. Penalties. Initiative Statute: Yes
It makes no sense to send a person to life in prison without parole for a non-serious, non-violent crime like felony petty theft. Moreover, there is no evidence that the law has curbed violent crime.
Proposition 37 – Genetically Engineered Foods. Labeling. Initiative Statute: No
Like Proposition 32, if you're gonna label, label it all. You want to know if you are eating a GMO? Congrats, you are. All your food is genetically engineered; the difference is where traditionally breeding was a big guessing game you now have labs that can target desired traits right in the DNA. Label them? Sure, whatever. But if so, label it all, including products that used transgenic food. Label beef because the cow ate GMO corn, for instance. So label it all or don't label it at all. To create a false division and call one side unhealthy and dangerous is insulting.
Proposition 38 – Tax to Fund Education and Early Childhood Programs. Initiative Statue: No
If this passes along with 30, the one with the most votes wins. This one will not prevent schools from reacting to the current recession quickly enough, so go with 30.
Proposition 39 – Tax Treatment for Multistate Businesses. Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Funding. Initiative Statute: Yes
The current state tax code allows multistates to calculate either by sales in-state or by sales + property + employees. Obviously they'll use the cheaper calculation. This allows multistates that do not have property or employees in California to pay less taxes than business that have property and hire employees within the state. Stupid loophole. Put them all on the same calculation.
Proposition 40 – Redistricting. State Senate Districts. Referendum: Yes
Yes means keep the new lines and the folks who put this on the ballot and wanted you to vote no are no longer supporting this proposition. Nice wording, though, right? Most people vote no by default if they don't understand or don't read, so if you do that, you revert the lines and cost us $1 million in putting it all back to before.
Measure A – Advisory Vote Only: No
I'm fine with the state assessor being elected and not appointed.
Measure B – Adult Film Health Permits. Require Condom Use. Fines: No
This affects under 300 performers and will cost the county $300,000 to enforce. Let the industry self-regulate. Wait, they already do, and there hasn't been an HIV case among LA County performers since 2004. So what's this all about?
Measure J – Accelerating Traffic Relief, Job Creation: Yes
In the three short years since Measure R I have such drastic improvement in LA I can't help but want to see what could be done in five instead of 20 years. I want mass transit, nicely paved roads and efficiently designed roadways and I want them now. If that means keeping the Measure R 0.5% sales tax increase another 30 year by changing the expiration date from 2039 to 2069, yeah, I'm fine with that.