We have received our mail-in ballots, and maybe you have too. Of course, KATIE PORTER in District 45, HARLEY ROUDA in District 48 and MIKE LEVIN in District 49 are the ways to flip the House.
With our busy lives, I thought I’d do some research on the ballot measures and judges and give you my spin. I think of myself as a Progressive and I have my own biases, so PLEASE – do your own research. I found that Ballotpedia is a good site for information about people that are in office, and votersedge.org is a good site for ballot measures. Also, the Democratic Party of Orange County has their recommendations at https://orangecountydemocrats.com/candidates/
Here’s my take:
Proposition 1 – Affordable Housing Bonds.
I will probably vote YES. Though it doesn’t go far enough to address affordable housing and homelessness, it’s a step in the right direction. And the impact on the state budget is minimal.
Proposition 2 – Mental Health Housing
YES – this proposition just allows money collected from an earlier proposition to be used for housing the homeless and other individuals with mental health issues. There is no budget effect.
Proposition 3 – Issue Bonds for Clean Water
YES – no brainer!!
Proposition 4 – Bonds for Children’s Hospitals
Probably YES – I’m not sure why this is limited to children’s hospitals, but improving healthcare is a good motive.
Proposition 5 – Lower Property Taxes for 55+ Moving
I am a strong NO – First, I realize that when you sell a house and move up to a higher-priced house your property taxes go up. But the value of the house you owned also increased. And how many years were you paying 1% on the old house? If you are 55+, you probably will be down-sizing, so the profits you made on the house you sold should more than cover any increase in taxes. In addition, the reduced property taxes will effect funding for schools and fire departments. The only contributors in favor of this measure are Realtor Associations. Sort of says it all. Those against include Teacher’s and Firefighter Unions, and more.
Proposition 6 – Repeal the Gas Tax
Another strong NO – Do you want our bridges to be safe? Do you think we should have repaired highways? This tax costs a consumer about $75 a year. Sounds like it’s worth it.
Proposition 7 – Allow Legislature to Enact Daylight Savings Time
NO – It’s hard enough with the 3 time zones, now we’ll add a 4th for CA.
Proposition 8 – Dialysis Clinics
Though I don’t understand why Dialysis was singled out to be legislated, I’ll probably vote NO because Kidney disease experts are opposed.
Proposition 10 – Rent Control Policies shift to Counties
I will probably vote Yes because the supporters include liberal organizations that I support, and the opponents are Realtor organizations.
Proposition 11 – Ambulance Employees Remain On-Call During Breaks.
Your call on this one.
Proposition 12 – Animal Protection
YES – of course, tree-hugger that I am.
As for judges, I based my decision on 2 factors –
1) was the judge appointed by a Democratic Governor; and
2) the age, gender, and ethnicity of the judge.
Again – this is 2018 and I am having a hard time with old white men, and some old white women (of which I am one). Some of these judges terms are for 12 years! And some of them are in their 70's. Call it discrimination, but for me this is what’s wrong with our country. The old people aren’t stepping aside. (And as a baby-boomer, I am old enough to say that.)