I assume you've all received your mail-in ballots. So now is the time to show our support. I hope you've decided on your Congressional candidate, keeping in mind that we need to beat the Republican establishment in November.
But equally important are the Down-Ballot races and the propositions.
First - to find out who is running in the down-ballot races in your district, go to votersedge.org/ca and enter your address. Your personal ballot will appear.
Below is an Officially Endorsed Democratic Ballot for my district (South Orange County). Please know how important these races are. Our County has been run for too long by ultra-Conservative Republicans, and it's time to make a change -- starting with Dog-Catcher if necessary! Seriously, we need to pay better attention to our local races, and supporting Democratic Candidates is one way to do that. An example: I was told that the Republican opponent of Tony Thurmond for Superintendent of Public Schools is "a male Betsy DeVos". We need to pay attention.
Second - An explanation of the Propositions is below. Nothing major, but interesting none-the-less. The information was presented at a meeting of the Canyon Democrats by the League of Women Voters.
PROPOSITIONS JUNE 5, 2018 PRIMARY
(This information was provided by the Educational branch of the League of Women Voters. For more information, go to their website.)
There are 5 Propositions on the Ballot.
A little background:
Legislative Propositions were voted on and passed by the California Legislature. They will not become law until approved by voters.
Propositions that are Constitutional Amendments change the California Constitution and require another Constitutional Amendment to rescind or change.
Proposition 68 (Legislative)
Bond for Environment, Parks and Water
Allows the state to sell $4 Billion in bonds for combating climate change, improving air and water quality. The projects are currently undefined.
PRO: environmentalists and those in favor of protecting the environment.
AGAINST: those who don’t want more debt.
(In voting for this, keep in mind that the State is projecting a $9Billion surplus this year. Our fiscal position seems to be strong.)
The new gas tax and motor vehicle fees and taxes already in effect were not designated as to how or where to spend. This proposition requires that the money be spent for transportation purposes only. THERE ARE NO NEW TAXES! And no financial impact to the budget.
PRO: pretty much everyone😊
AGAINST: there are those who think this doesn’t go far enough (better to start somewhere, I say.)
YES vote means that already in place new taxes and fees must be spent on transportation only.
NO vote keeps as is so funds can go to the general fund.
Let me see if I can explain this: Currently the funds collected for Greenhouse Gas Reduction are in a reserve fund that can be spent by a simple majority. This proposition would set up a new reserve that would require a 2/3 vote to spend.
No financial impact to the budget.
PRO: this bill is supported by Jerry Brown.
AGAINST: the opposition (including Tom Steyer) believe a small group could stop spending on a specific project. I tend to agree with him. We’ve seen this at a national level – special interests block any climate-related legislation.
YES vote means 2/3 vote of Legislature would be required to spend Cap-and-Trade funds.
Currently a homeowner who installs a Rainwater Capture System can have their property re-assessed for tax purposes. It is up to the local jurisdiction. This proposition prevents a property from being re-assessed. It is similar to solar panels.
Pro: the system is not considered an improvement so should not be eligible for re-assessment.
Yes vote means properties will not be re-assessed after installing Rainwater Capture System.
No vote means it stays as is and is up to local jurisdictions.
Please get in touch with me if you have any questions. There are still candidate forums going on for those of you who are undecided. Moms Demand Action is holding a candidate forum focused on gun violence prevention on Sunday May 20 at Temple Beth Shalom, 2625 N.Tustin Ave., Santa Ana. I'm sure there are other events -- check your candidate's websites.
Here we go --- Time to make or voices heard and VOTE THEM OUT!!!