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California Nov 8 Special Election Guide

PLEASE VOTE ON TUESDAY, NOV. 8!!!

  • NO on 73
  • YES on 74
  • YES on 75
  • YES on 76
  • YES on 77
  • NO on 78
  • YES on 79
  • NO on 80

(Update 11.8.05– voters seem to have given the thumbs down to all 8 initiatives with 72% of precincts reporting–in a stinging slap to Gov. Schwarzenegger)

  • NO on 73 – WAITING PERIOD AND PARENTAL NOTIFICATION BEFORE TERMINATION OF MINOR’S PREGNANCY. This is a thinly veiled attempt by the religious right to legislate against abortion. It also codifies the idea of abortion as killing an unborn child in the law. What is needed is fast access to emergency contraception and swift abortions so that the most vulnerable and young girls are not traumatized by a long ordeal. Requiring parental notification is likely to cause young girls to delay dealing with the problem until the fetus is several months along, making the abortion much more ethically dubious. Unintended pregnancies should be terminated in the first 60 days if possible.
  • YES on 74 – PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS. WAITING PERIOD FOR PERMANENT STATUS. DISMISSAL. To me, all this does is require more accountability for teachers, and allows poorly perfoming ones to be dismissed. Anything that battles civil service “job-for-life” mentality is a good thing. On the other hand, I do think that high-performing teachers should be paid better, but that’s not on this years ballot.
  • YES on 75 – PUBLIC EMPLOYEE DUES. RESTRICTIONS ON POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS. EMPLOYEE CONSENT REQUIREMENT. This seems like common sense to me. It does not allow union dues to be spent for political purposes without permission. I think unions have been too powerful generally, and are an anachronism. For certain jobs, you have no choice but to join the union, and that being the case, I think you should have a say in how your dues are being spent politically.
  • YES on 76 – STATE SPENDING AND SCHOOL FUNDING LIMITS. Families and individuals have to live within their budgets. It’s notoriously hard to get governments to do the same thing. I’ll take my chances with a law that requires this. Everyone is screaming because they don’t want their favorite programs to be touched. But I’d rather spend less money and have some pain than keep the deficits rolling and ignore the problem.
  • YES on 77 – REDISTRICTING. – Is the number one way politicians ensure they stay in power. I say let independent judges at least try to keep the system fair. It’s the only way to keep politicians accountable.
  • NO on 78 – DISCOUNTS ON PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. INITIATIVE STATUTE. This is a voluntary plan, which seems to be backed by the large pharma companies to keep a more stringent plan from being introduced. I’m all for companies making their money, but it seems to me something must be done to allow those who can’t afford their medications to have access. I’d like to see this done in a more mandatory way.
  • YES on 79 – PRESCRIPTION DRUG DISCOUNTS. STATE-NEGOTIATED REBATES. Far more likely to result in a system that will get medicine to those who need it at the lowest cost. Companies are required to participate, and the government uses its purchasing power to keep the price down.
  • NO on 80 – ELECTRIC SERVICE PROVIDERS. REGULATION. The way to go is toward more renewable energy and away from regulation. The power grid will be moving toward a much more distributed approach in the future. In order to allow for the growth of green power, we need a less regulated climate. Real costs need to be passed on to the consumer to encourage conservation. Time-of-use rates SHOULD be implemented, no matter how painful. They are vitally important to encourage people to reduce loads during peak hours (reducing the need for more ‘peaking’ power plants which burn ever scarcer natural gas). Renewable energy providers all oppose Prop. 80

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