Congress (District 14)
State Senate (District 11)
State Assembly (District 20)
East Palo Alto City Council
Doug Fort, Carlos Romero, Goro Mitchell
Ravenswood City School District ...
Saree Mading, Sharifa Wilson
Superior Court Judge (Office No. 8)
Santa Clara County Measure A: YES
Authorizes a 1/8-cent sales tax increase to finance $840 million in bonds to rebuilt and expand the Valley Medical Center to meet state-mandated earthquake standards and assure medical care for all patients. Two-thirds majority required.
Santa Clara County Measure B: YES
Authorizes a 1/8-cent sales tax increase to finance the operation over 30 years of a 16.1-mile extension of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system into San Jose and Santa Clara to link to the Caltrain system to create a transit loop around the bay.
Palo Alto Measure N: YES
Library upgrade and expansion bonds to raise $76 million over 30 years — two-thirds approval needed.
Proposition 1A: YES
Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Act for the 21st Century
Authorizes general obligation bonds to fund $9 billion in pre-construction activities and construction of a high-speed (speeds of over 200 mph) passenger rail system, and $950 million in capital improvements to passenger rail systems that expand capacity and/or enable train riders to connect to the high-speed rail system.
Proposition 2: YES
Treatment of Farm Animals
Prohibits the confinement on a farm of pregnant pigs, calves raised for veal, and egg-laying hens in a manner that does not allow them to turn around freely, lie down, stand up, and fully extend their limbs. The Humane Society of the U.S. is promoting this proposition and is joined by the California Veterinary Medical Association, Center for Food Safety, Union of Concerned Scientists, Sierra Club and Consumer Federation. Large egg producers oppose it.
Proposition 3: YES
Children's Hospital Bond Act
Authorizes $980 million in general obligation bonds for capital improvement projects at children's hospitals. The measure specifically identifies the five University of California children's hospitals as eligible for 20 percent of bond funds. The remaining 80 percent would go to other non-profit hospitals. The list of supporters is broad, beginning with hospitals and doctors.
Proposition 4: NO
Waiting Period and Parental Notification Before Termination of Minor's Pregnancy
Amends the State Constitution to require, with certain exceptions, a physician to notify the parent or legal guardian of a pregnant unemancipated minor at least 48 hours before performing an abortion involving that minor. This amendment is similar to others defeated by voters in 2005 and 2006, and it's proposed by the same backers as the prior two. It creates additional barriers and delays for pregnant minors seeking medical assistance and creates potential penalties for doctors who attempt to serve them using their best medical judgment.
Proposition 5: YES
Nonviolent Offenders. Sentencing, Parole and Rehabilitation.
Proposition 5 would (1) expand drug treatment diversion programs, (2) modify parole supervision procedures and expand prison and parole rehabilitation programs, (3) allow inmates to earn additional time off their prison sentences for participation in rehabilitation programs, (4) reduce some penalties for marijuana possession from misdemeanors to infractions, and (5) make changes to state law mainly affecting rehabilitation and parole programs.
Proposition 6: NO
Criminal Penalties and Laws. Public Safety Funding
Increases a long list of criminal penalties, establishes new crimes, and requires new state spending on various programs to combat crime and operate our prison and parole systems. Cost is estimated to exceed half a billion dollars annually not counting capital outlay for new prison facilities. Its approach is a sharp contrast to Proposition 5. Proposition 6 is supported by a broad range of law enforcement groups and opposed by the League of Women Voters, California Democratic Party and the California Teachers Association, among others.
Proposition 7: NO
Requires all utilities, including government-owned utilities, to generate 20% of their power from renewable energy by 2010. It requires all utilities to achieve 40% renewable energy by 2020 and 50% by 2025 and imposes penalties for noncompliance. We like the goal of Proposition 7 and are tempted to support it because we believe that climate change is serious, oil is peaking, and our prosperity will continue to suffer until we wean ourselves from fossil fuels. However, this measure is opposed by the League of Women Voters, the California Labor Federation and major environmental groups including: the League of Conservation Voters, the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies, Environmental Defense Fund and the Natural Resources Defense Council as well as the Union of Concerned Scientists. You might think it would be supported by renewable energy producers. It's not. Among the opponents are: California Solar Energy Industries Association, California Wind Energy Association, Large-Scale Solar Association and Independent Energy Producers Association. They all argue that Proposition 7, because of its flawed drafting, will set back the cause of renewables rather than advance it.
Proposition 8: NO
Limit on Marriage
Amends the California Constitution to specify that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California. It would reverse the California Supreme Court ruling earlier this year and limit marriage to include only individuals of the opposite sex. We see this is as an equal rights issue. We believe that all California citizens, regardless of sexual preference, should be treated equally, and entitled to the same rights and status. We believe that society as a whole benefits when more individuals, of whatever sexual preference, commit to love and support each other.
Proposition 9: NO
Criminal Justice System. Victims' Rights. Parole
Amends the State Constitution and various state laws to (1) expand the legal rights of crime victims and the payment of restitution by criminal offenders, (2) restrict the early release of inmates, and (3) change the procedures for granting and revoking parole. This measure is promoted by Henry T. Nicholas III, who provided almost $5 million for the campaign in addition to the $1 million he gave to Proposition 6. Nichols is a billionaire who has funded multiple anti-crime measures over the years. We don't believe it's a good idea to pass comprehensive and complex crime legislation through the initiative process and lock it into the state constitution. The fact that so much of the funding for this measure comes from one person, Nicholas, and that he was indicted this summer by a federal grand jury for 21 counts related to conspiracy, securities fraud, wire fraud and separately for narcotics crimes, raises additional questions.
Proposition 10: NO
Bonds. Alternative Fuel Vehicles and Renewable Energy
Authorizes $5 billion in bonds for various renewable energy, alternative fuel, energy efficiency, and air emissions reduction purposes. The majority (58% in cash payments of between $2,000 and $50,000) would go to purchasers of certain high fuel economy and alternative fuel (especially natural gas) vehicles. 20% is allocated for incentives for research, development and production of renewable energy technology. We're not convinced that California citizens should subsidize his large scale natural gas vehicle plan. Prop 10 is opposed by a number of consumer groups including Consumer Federation and TURN in the Bay Area. While it may seem attractive on the surface, there are many reasons to be troubled by this initiative: its narrow support and benefit, focus on fossil fuel use subsidy, and long term public cost.
Proposition 11: YES
Creates a 14-member redistricting commission responsible for drawing new lines for State Senate, Assembly and Board of Equalization districts. The measure establishes standards for drawing lines that require respect for the geographic integrity of neighborhoods and that encourage compact districts. The State Legislature would still draw lines for congressional districts but must adhere to the same geographic standards. The measure is supported by the League of Women Voters, California Common Cause, AARP and many business groups as well as Governor Schwarzenegger. While it has picked up support from Democrats such as Steve Westly, Gray Davis, former Assembly Speaker Robert Hertzberg, former Assemblymen Fred Keeley and Tom Bates, and more than a dozen Democratic clubs as well as, it is opposed by the state Democratic Party, Don Perata, Barbara Boxer and Nancy Pelosi who fear losing Democratic seats if it passes. Other support includes such diverse interests as ACLU – Southern California, the California Democratic Council, the California Police Chiefs Association, the Bay Area Council and the California Taxpayers Association. This measure is not perfect, but it's the best we've seen, and it's time for change in Sacramento.
Proposition 12: YES
Veterans" Bond Act of 2008
Authorizes $900 million in general obligation bonds for the Cal-Vet program, which allows the State Department of Veterans Affairs to purchase farms and homes and resell them to California veterans. These bonds would provide sufficient funds for at least 3,600 additional veterans to receive loans. Each participating veteran makes monthly payments to the Department. According to the Legislative Analyst these payments are sufficient to (1) reimburse the department for its costs of purchasing the farm or home; (2) cover all costs resulting from the sale of the bonds, including interest; and (3) cover the costs of operating the program. This is a proven program which helps deserving Californians at little or no cost.
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