How We’re Voting: State Propositions 9-12

Proposition 9.

Criminal Justice System. Victims’ Rights. Parole — State of California (Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute – Majority Approval Required)

Shall notification to victim and opportunity for input during phases of criminal justice process, including bail, pleas, sentencing and parole be required? Shall victim safety be a consideration for bail or parole?

No.

Because: This proposition is unduly costly and proven to be an ineffective means of protecting citizens and victims.

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Proposition 10.

Alternative Fuel Vehicles and Renewable Energy. Bonds — State of California (Initiative Statute – Majority Approval Required)

Shall $5 billion in bonds paid from state’s General Fund be authorized to help consumers and others purchase certain vehicles, and to help research in renewable energy and alternative fuel vehicles?

No.

Because: Like Prop 7, this proposition will put entrepreneurs (new inventors) out of business, keeping the origination of ideas controlled by big corporations.

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Proposition 11.

Redistricting — State of California (Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute – Majority Approval Required)

Shall the authority for establishing state office boundaries be changed from elected representatives to a commission comprised of Democrats, Republicans, and representatives of neither party selected from the registered voter pool in a multilevel process?

NO.

Because: This process is a ridiculous idea. It’s wasteful and time-consuming and will not make districts more diverse. The system of choosing the redistricting “representatives” is choosing people who have nothing but conflicts of interest. It’s a mess that will be bad for everyone. Truly a hootenany idea that shouldn’t be on the ballot.

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Proposition 12.

Veteran’s Bond Act of 2008 — State of California (Bond – Majority Approval Required)

Shall a nine hundred million dollar ($900,000,000) bond be issued to provide farm and home aid for California veterans?

No.

Because: Veterans should be taken care of by the United States Government, for whom they served. California cannot afford to lift the country’s burden off it’s shoulders by borrowing money. We do not have the resources to make this happen, and the oversight of the project would be a mess. Money needs to go into rehabilitation services, health services, and especially mental health services for our veterans.

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One Response to “How We’re Voting: State Propositions 9-12”

  1. Jerry Jones Says:

    Just so your readers will have a complete picture, Proposition 12 would authorize $900 million in self-supporting veterans general obligation bonds for home loans to California’s wartime veterans. These bonds do not require General Fund support and voter approval will not affect the state’s debt ratio. Most general obligation bonds are paid off using the state’s General Fund. But the principal and interest on CalVet bonds, and the total cost of administering the program, are paid off using only the participating veterans’ loan payments. The General Fund would provide support only it revenues fall short. In 85 years, this has never happened and there is no expectation that it ever will happen. Proposition 12 is the only bond measure on the ballot that will be paid back by its recipients, the veterans, not taxpayers.

    Jerry R. Jones, Chief of Legislation and Public Affairs, California Department of Veterans Affairs

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    Hello Jerry,
    I appreciate you taking the time. I should be clear that I support Veterans, as well as my community (be it my neighborhood or my state). However, in this economy I just cannot support borrowing to fund one group of people (as much service as they have done) when many millions are also suffering from the housing crisis.

    A state bond measure is not the way to fix the problem.

    Furthermore, and I quote from the official ballet literature argument for NO, “[I]f anyone who receives a Cal-Vet loan does not make the payments and cannot sell the property, at a time of declining housing prices, state taxpayers will be liable for any shortfall.”

    Our budget is literally bleeding, and there are so many deserving groups and projects that I’ve come to the conclusion that our elected officials must be the ones who figure out how to balance our financial crisis to something better.

    And finally, when Barack Obama is elected, I truly hope he follows up on his promise to not only cut taxes for the middle class (of which nearly all veterans are a part) as well as put a moratorium on mortgages. This kind of relief is much more fiscally responsible than a nearly $1B bond.

    Again, I thank you for sharing your viewpoint so our readers here can see all sides of the issue.

    xx, Holden

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