THINKING ABOUT THE CALIFORNIA BALLOT INITIATIVES
California voters have a lot to think about this November when it comes time to vote. The presidential election is on the minds of everyone, but we have 12 more propositions to vote on.
Proposition 2 has to do with our farm raised food and requires 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. Aside from the animal rights perspective, the concerns are for food safety, environmental impact and also helping smaller, family farmers be competitive as larger “factory” farms are more likely to practice these confined methods.
Proposition 3 is basically a bond measure which 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. Proposition 6 is a criminal justice initiative for tougher punishment for gang crimes, drive-by shootings, meth distribution and victim intimidation.
Props 7 and 10 are two ballot initiatives focusing on alternative energy, Prop 10 on fuel and prop 10 on wind and solar which would require California utilities to procure half of their power from renewable resources by 2025. There are major concerns that the proposition as written will cause established, small renewable energy companies our of business, and that it is poorly written and so complicated that it could hurt the cause of renewable energy in the state.
Proposition 8 would eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry in California. The California Supreme Court unequivocally held that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry under the California Constitution.
Proposition 11 is called the Voters First Act, it creates a citizen’s commission to make independent decisions leading to legislative boundaries based on fairness and the public good and not political aspirations.
Proposition 12, a Veterans Bond, authorizes issuance of $900 million in bonds to create a fund that assist veterans who are purchasing farms, homes and mobile home properties.
A lot to think about and read about and become an informed voter. Remember to vote, November 4th!
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