California November 2014 Propositions
We have six statewide propositions on this ballot.
Election Day is Tuesday, November 4th.
You can also vote before then at Early Voting locations.
Check your sample ballot, or ask your county's Registrar of Voters
to find out where.
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among other places.
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Prop. 1: Water Bond
This is a $7.5 billion bond to improve water systems
in California, which we need.
It does not include the reincarnated Peripheral Canal that
Governor Brown has been pushing.
It may make it easier to pass the Canal later, but that's
not enough reason to vote against it.
A cautious yes.
Prop. 2: State Budget
Establishes a rainy day fund to ease future budget problems.
Prop. 45: Healthcare Insurance
Prop. 46: Drug Testing Doctors / Malpractice lawsuits
These are both good examples of the kind of thing that should
not be on the ballot.
I know I am not qualified to decide them, and that applies
a fortiori to the general populace.
I will probably vote NO to express my objection to their
existence, but really I have no idea.
I will say that both of these would be irrelevant if we had
single-payer health care.
Prop. 47: Criminal Sentences
Reduces some property and drug crimes from felonies to misdemeanors.
Property crimes above $950 would remain felonies.
Not that important to most people; hugely important to those
serving felony time for minor drug offenses, since they could
get their sentences reduced.
And saving hundreds of millions of dollars per year in costs
is kind of a big deal too.
Prop. 48: Indian Gambling AGAIN
I thought we had handled this.
Why does it keep coming up for a vote?
In any case my position remains the same:
I don't gamble, and I don't care whether or how you gamble,
as long as it's not down the block from me.
Knock yourself out.
And here are a few local issues.
Berkeley Measure D: Sugary Soda Tax
San Francisco Measure E: Sugary Soda Tax
Because kids with diabetes.
San Francisco Measure L: Restore Automobile Supremacy
Misleadingly titled "Restore Transportation Balance", this
is actually an attempt to roll back San Francisco's
"Transit First" policy.
It's just an advisory measure with no force of law, but
San Franciscans should vote it down anyway.
Alameda County Measure BB: Transportation Funding
Extends and expands funding for mass transit, bike and
pedestrian paths, and yes even good old cars.
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