My Idiosyncratic California 2018 Voter’s Guide

California 2018 Voter Guide

I wish I had more time to dedicate to this. But life is crazy and I don’t see it being anything other. If you disagree please express yourself in the voting booth and not in my feed

First, some commentary

There are four bonds on this ballot. Since 2000 the voters have approved more than $100 billion dollars in bond sales. Many of these projects are worthy and should be funded. But I’m beginning to worry that using the credit card is not the best way.

Take for example the $9 billion approved in 2016 for school construction. That money could have come from the general fund over the course of 10 or 20 years and the state could have avoided all the interest payments… As it stands now, $1 of every $2 going to an infrastructure project is to pay debt payments.

The people of this state really need to think hard about their priorities and wants and start investing to make sure those priorities and wants are met. And, the way you do that is by taxes. Taxes are how we as a society express what is important to us. This isn’t the “government” stealing from you. This is all of us investing in our community. In the places we want to live and flourish. Do you want good schools? Do you want good roads? Do you want housing for your friends, family, and neighbors? Then you need to pay for it. And, together we can. Cheaper in the long run than if we borrowed in the long run… Though not as expedient for everyone involved in the democratic process.

Anyway, here’s to the Propositions

Prop. 1 – $4 billion in bonds to fund existing affordable housing programs. The final cost to us is $5.9 billion over 34 years. The housing crisis is dire in this state. Ask anyone who isn’t already an owner. This is low-hanging fruit and I wish we could expect more from our legislators. – Support.

Prop. 2 – Allows funds from Prop. 63 (all the way back in 2004) to fund statewide housing projects for the homeless and mentally ill, like No Place Like Home. Getting the mentally ill into housing and on to programs that will help them is desperately needed. – Support.

Prop. 3 – Authorizes $8.877 billion in bonds for various, mostly water related, infrastructure projects. The final cost to us is $17.2 billion. This is pork belly propositioning at its finest. There is something for everyone in this thing (38 pages long) and all the people/groups who support it get something specifically out of it. Not to mention we past water/enviro bonds in this year (Prop 68) and in 2014 (Prop. 1) This is a prime example of how the state could fund these projects without doubling the cost to all of us. – Oppose.

Prop. 4 – Authorizes $1.5 billion in bonds for the expansion, construction, and renovation of children’s hospitals. The final cost to us is $2.8 billion. The majority of these funds (70+ percent) would go to non-profit private hospitals. The state passed similar propositions in 2004 and 2008. This won’t cost you like Prop. 3 will but the fact that most of the money goes to Hospitals that while non-profit are profitable and could do this on their own bothers me. – I don’t know. Probably Oppose.

Prop. 5 – Allows property owners over the age of 55 or those who are severely disabled to transfer their property tax rate to a new home when they sell their old one. Thing is you can already do this in California. As long as your new property is valued equal to or less than your current, it’s in one of 10 counties, and you can only do it once. This is to ensure that people are just playing the market. This proposition. was put on the ballot by the Realtors Association and is nothing but a giant handout to people who have already benefitted the most from the unfair provisions of Prop. 13. Bonus it will further gut local tax bases. – Oppose.

Prop. 6 – Repeals the provision of SB1. SB1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act, passed last year and updated the state’s transportation funding model for the first time since 1994. I get it, we all hate taxes. Somehow expecting advanced civilizations to exist on mere wishes and spite alone. Roads cost money. Quite a bit of money. California has a lot of roads. They’re all desperately in need of repair. This fix only gets more expensive the longer we delay. Taxes are the price we all pay for a smooth ride. – Oppose.

Prop. 7 – Daylight Savings is dumb. It was a dumb idea then. It’s a dumb idea now. Arizona was right never to adopt it. There is some talk about kids going to school in the dark if this passes. I can assure that as a kid myself at one point that was already the case. – Support.

Prop. 8 – Regulates the amount outpatient dialysis clinics can charge for treatments. Look another FUBAB situation because our country seems incapable of coming around to the not that radical notion that health care shouldn’t drive you into the poor house or the morgue… Sadly, I don’t think this will fix anything. Just make our health markets more complicated, more expensive and more concentrated in a few hands – No idea.

Prop. 9 – Doesn’t exist because even the dumbest people on the planet can be super rich in this crazy reality…

Prop. 10 – The “Rent Control” proposition. Which it isn’t. This proposition, if passed, would mean local governments could decide for themselves if rent control could play a role in solving their housing difficulties. I tried to do research on rent control. You think there’d be some studies. Turns out there aren’t that many. And all of them seem to contain some pretty big flaws or conjectures to twist data to preconceived notions. I don’t think having another tool in the toolbox will hurt. If it does it locals can always change their mind! Democracy! It works, sorta – Support.

Prop. 11 – Requires private EMTs to remain on-call during work breaks. Hey! When you don’t like court rulings and have a boatload of cash why not just re-write the laws to suit you? Pesky labor laws always getting in the way of profit! Why even try and negotiate with your employees? – Oppose.

Prop. 12 – Creates new minimum standards for confining chickens, pigs, and calves. We did this already once in 2008 (Prop. 2) those requirements are still being implemented and we’re already changing the game? As long as you eat meat you have to realize that you are responsible for some amount of suffering. I prefer to have the animals I eat have some semblance of normalcy and happiness before they become a meal but I know I pay a premium for that. And I am happy to. Many people do not have that luxury. And I’m not yet comfortable pricing them out of the market. – Oppose.

There you have it. Now you can tell me how awful or wonderful I am. (Please don’t)

I Voted the Hell Out of this Election! Take that Democracy! Now You!

October 20, 2016 at 08:34PM
I voted already but this is just a reminder to all of you to make sure you get out there and vote if you haven’t already! Today is the day! Mail-in ballots can be dropped off at any voting center as well as counted as long as they postmark date on them is today!


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No post for tomorrow. I’m going to be too busy spending the majority of today at a phone bank, making calls and encouraging people to get out to their polling place and cast their vote. If you’re reading this and you’re in the United States chances are you should be voting too!

Thank you if you already have. And, if you haven’t stop reading this and go out and vote! If you’re not registered to vote and you’re eligible you can’t vote today. But, you can register to vote for the next election. Go do that!


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