California Measures and Props–Update!

PASS😕 Prop 1A (revised):

SAFE, RELIABLE HIGH-SPEED PASSENGER TRAIN BOND ACT

  • Provides long-distance commuters with a safe, convenient, affordable, and reliable alternative to driving and high gas prices.
  • Reduces traffic congestion on the state?s highways and at the state?s airports.
  • Reduces California?s dependence on foreign oil.
  • Reduces air pollution and global warming greenhouse gases.

PASS😕 Prop 2:

STANDARDS FOR CONFINING FARM ANIMALS. INITIATIVE STATUTE

  • Requires that calves raised for veal, egg-laying hens and pregnant pigs be confined only in ways that allow these animals to lie down, stand up, fully extend their limbs and turn around freely.
  • Exceptions made for transportation, rodeos, fairs, 4-H programs, lawful slaughter, research and veterinary purposes.
  • Provides misdemeanor penalties, including a fine not to exceed $1,000 and/or imprisonment in jail for up to 180 days.

PASS: Prop 3:

Childrens Hospital Bond Act of 2008

  • Authorizes $980,000,000 in bonds, to be repaid from state?s General Fund, to fund the construction, expansion, remodeling, renovation, furnishing and equipping of children?s hospitals.
  • Designates that 80 percent of bond proceeds go to hospitals that focus on children with illnesses such as leukemia, cancer, heart defects, diabetes, sickle cell anemia and cystic fibrosis.
  • Requires that qualifying children?s hospitals provide comprehensive services to a high volume of children eligible for governmental programs and meet other requirements.

FAIL: Prop 4:

WAITING PERIOD AND PARENTAL NOTIFICATION BEFORE TERMINATION OF MINOR?S PREGNANCY

  • Changes California Constitution to prohibit abortion for unemancipated minor until 48 hours after physician notifies minor?s parent or legal guardian.
  • Permits notification to certain adult relatives if doctor reports parent to law enforcement or Child Protective Services.
  • Provides notification exceptions for medical emergency or parental waiver.

FAIL: Prop 5:

NONVIOLENT DRUG OFFENSES. SENTENCING, PAROLE AND REHABILITATION

  • Allocates $460,000,000 annually to improve and expand treatment programs for persons convicted of drug and other offenses.
  • Limits court authority to incarcerate offenders who commit certain drug crimes, break drug treatment rules or violate parole.
  • Substantially shortens parole for certain drug offenses; increases parole for serious and violent felonies.

FAIL: Prop 6:

POLICE AND LAW ENFORCEMENT FUNDING
CRIMINAL PENALTIES AND LAWS

  • Requires minimum of $965,000,000 each year to be allocated from state General Fund for police, sheriffs, district attorneys, adult probation, jails and juvenile probation facilities. Some of this funding will increase in following years according to California Consumer Price Index.
  • Makes approximately 30 revisions to California criminal law, many of which cover gang-related offenses. Revisions create multiple new crimes and additional penalties, some with the potential for new life sentences.

FAIL: Prop 7:

RENEWABLE ENERGY GENERATION

  • Requires utilities, including government-owned utilities, to generate 20% of their power from renewable energy by 2010, a standard currently applicable only to private electrical corporations.
  • Raises requirement for utilities to 40% by 2020 and 50% by 2025.
  • Imposes penalties, subject to waiver, for noncompliance.
  • Transfers some jurisdiction of regulatory matters from Public Utilities Commission to Energy Commission.
  • Fast-tracks approval for new renewable energy plants.
  • Requires utilities to sign longer contracts (20 year minimum) to procure renewable energy.

PASS: Prop 8:

ELIMINATES RIGHT OF SAME?SEX COUPLES TO MARRY

  • Changes the California Constitution to eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry in California.
  • Provides that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.

PASS: Prop 9:

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. VICTIMS? RIGHTS. PAROLE

  • Requires notification to victim and opportunity for input during phases of criminal justice process, including bail, pleas, sentencing and parole.
  • Establishes victim safety as consideration in determining bail or release on parole.
  • Increases the number of people permitted to attend and testify on behalf of victims at parole hearings.
  • Reduces the number of parole hearings to which prisoners are entitled.

FAIL: Prop 10:

ALTERNATIVE FUEL VEHICLES AND RENEWABLE ENERGY

  • Provides $3.425 billion to help consumers and others purchase certain high fuel economy or alternative fuel vehicles, including natural gas vehicles, and to fund research into alternative fuel technology.
  • Provides $1.25 billion for research, development and production of renewable energy technology, primarily solar energy with additional funding for other forms of renewable energy; incentives for purchasing solar and renewable energy technology.
  • Provides grants to cities for renewable energy projects and to colleges for training in renewable and energy efficiency technologies.

PASS: Prop 11:

REDISTRICTING

  • Changes authority for establishing Assembly, Senate, and Board of Equalization district boundaries from elected representatives to 14 member commission.
  • Requires government auditors to select 60 registered voters from applicant pool. Permits legislative leaders to reduce pool, then the auditors pick eight commission members by lottery, and those commissioners pick six additional members for 14 total.
  • Requires commission of five Democrats, five Republicans and four of neither party. Commission shall hire lawyers and consultants as needed.

PASS: Prop 12:

VETERANS? BOND ACT OF 2008.

  • This act provides for a bond issue of nine hundred million dollars ($900,000,000) to provide loans to California veterans to purchase farms and homes.
  • Appropriates money from the state General Fund to pay off the bonds, if loan payments from participating veterans are insufficient for that purpose.

PASS: County Measure R: MTA Transit Auth

TRAFFIC RELIEF. RAIL EXTENSIONS. REDUCE FOREIGN OIL DEPENDENCE.

To: Synchronize traffic signals; Repair potholes; Extend light rail with airport connections; Improve freeway traffic flow (5, 10, 14, 60, 101, 110, 138, 210, 405, 605, 710); Keep senior/student/disabled fares low; Provide clean?fuel buses; Expand subway/Metrolink/bus service; Dedicate millions for community traffic relief; Shall Los Angeles County?s sales tax increase one?half cent for 30 years with independent audits,public review of expenditures, all locally controlled

PASS: County Measure J: Schools

LOCAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE CLASSROOM REPAIR, PUBLIC SAFETY, NURSING AND JOB TRAINING MEASURE.

To prepare students for jobs by improving classrooms, laboratories, equipment; train nurses, police, firefighters, paramedics; increase apprenticeship training opportunities; repair electrical wiring, plumbing, fire alarms; improve earthquake safety, energy efficiency to reduce costs; acquire/improve real property; shall Los Angeles Community College District issue $3.5 billion in bonds at legal interest rates, requiring public review, oversight, audits, no money for administrators? salaries and no tax rate increase?

PASS: County Measure Q: LA Unified Schools

SAFE, HEALTHY NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOLS MEASURE

To improve student health, safety and educational quality, shall the Los Angeles Unified School District: continue repair/upgrade of aging/deteriorating classrooms, restrooms; upgrade fire/earthquake safety; reduce asbestos, lead paint, air pollution, water quality hazards; build/upgrade specialized classrooms students need to meet job/college requirements; improve classroom Internet access by issuing $7 billion in bonds, at legal interest rates; with guaranteed annual audits, citizens? oversight, no increase in maximum tax rate

Update:? Upon passage of a hate filled bigotry filled Prop 8, rallys are forming all over california to protest the validity of this.? See post I made today:? https://photolarry.com/2008/11/06/gay-marriage-and-equality-for-everyone-without-hatred/