This election’s 17 (pause for laughter) state propositions cover a huge range of issues. We did the 2 death penalty ones (62, 66) last week, leaving 15. I grouped them into four subject areas. I propose we cover them in the following order, aided by Linda, Carl, and John M., who are researching and will present on some of them. If I have any time over the weekend I may do separate posts on some of the prominent props.
A. Criminal Justice:
- 57: Criminal sentencing. (Linda)
- 64: Marijuana legalization. (David)
- 63: Gun (actually ammunition) control.
- [Skip 62 + 66 death penalty we did last week.]
B. Health Care and Environment:
- 52: Medi-Cal hospital fee. (Carl)
- 61: State prescription drug purchase costs. (Carl)
- 65: + 67: Plastic grocery bag ban. (David)
- 60: Condom use in porn. (David)
- 56: Cigarette tax hike. (Linda)
C. Taxes, borrowing, good government.
- 55: Extends a previous high-income tax increase. (John M.)
- 53: Requires voter approval for big state revenue bonds. (David)
- 54: Publishing of CA legislature’s draft bills and proceedings.
- 59: Citizens United – Non-binding declaration to reverse it.
- 58: English language proficiency, local control of it.
- 51: School bonds ($9b) for K-12 and JC’s.
The ones with names assigned I think are the more important ones. The others we can cover briefly. I’ll just quickly describe them and the issue they address, unless people want otherwise. But, remember: 15 props in 2 hours = 8 minutes each unless we keep some really short.
QUESTIONS FOR EACH PROPOSITION:
- Who is behind it and its opposition?
- Why did they put it on the ballot? Did they try and fail previously, or fail in the legislature? Who/what big powers are they trying to bypass?
- What would the proposition do? Is that in dispute? How is it intended to fix/repeal/change current law/policy?
- Major substantive pros and cons.
- Major stupid/deceptive pros and cons being used to sell/defeat it.
SUGGESTED BACKGROUND READING –
- Required snark: An epic joke this ballot is, as is the whole CA initiative process. Either recommended.
- Neutral (-ish) descriptions of each/all 17 props.
- Party endorsements: Democratic. Green. Republican.
- Major media: LA Times. City Beat. Voice of San Diego audio only. SD Union Tribune no single article.
- San Diego City propositions: Liberal recommendations VOSD. SDCA Taxpayer Assn the Jarvis org.
Next Week (Oct 24): Fox News, age 20: Impact and Future.