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2012 Voter Guide

Posted in Political by rwsierk on October 23, 2012

My Voter Guide

Proposition 30 NO

Summary: This is the Governor’s and California Federation of Teachers’ compromise measure that increases income taxes and raises the sales tax rate. Proponents will try to sell this measure as a tax increase to help our schools, but the money will likely go to fund underfunded teachers’ pensions. The initiative will retroactively raise income taxes on individuals (and small business that file as individuals) making over $250,000 per year for seven years. It will also increase sales taxes by a 1/4 percent for four years.

Supporters: Governor Brown, California Teachers Association, California Democratic Party & League of Women Voters

Opponents: Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, Small Business Action Committee, National Federation of Independent Business/California & the California Republican Party

Proposition 31 YES

Summary: The initiative would establish a two-year budget cycle with performance- based budgeting. There is also a “pay-as-you-go” requirement that would require any new program (or tax cut) costing over $25 million to have an identified funding source before it is enacted. It also has an oversight requirement for the last six months of the two-year legislative session and makes all bills available to the public three days before a vote to preclude the practice of late night “gutting and amending.”

Supporters: California Forward, California Republican Party & California Chamber of Commerce

Opponents: California Democratic Party & California Federation of Teachers

Proposition 32 YES

Summary: Passing the Stop Special Interest Money initiative is a top priority for the New Majority this November. This initiative will limit the special interests’ control of Sacramento and help return the balance we need to tackle the growing problems of the state.

The initiative does three key things: 1. Bans both corporate and union contributions to state and local candidates; 2. Bans contributions by government contractors to the politicians who control contracts awarded to them; and 3. Bans automatic deductions by corporations, unions and government employee’s wages to be used for political purposes.

Supporters: National Federation of Independent Business/California, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association & the California Republican Party

Opponents: League of Women Voters, California Democratic Party, California Labor Federation & California Common Cause

Proposition 33 YES

Summary: This initiative is similar to Proposition 17, which narrowly failed in 2010. Again, the initiative is being backed by Mercury Insurance and would create “persistency discounts,” which allows drivers to switch insurers and keep loyalty discounts, but those who allow their insurance to lapse could face steep hikes.

Supporters: California Republican Party & California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce

Opponents: Consumer Watchdog & California Democratic Party

Proposition 34 NO

Summary: The measure would eliminate California’s death penalty and convert the sentences of more than 720 inmates to life in prison without the possibility of parole. This initiative pits “justice” groups against law enforcement and victims’ rights advocates. Polls show Californians continue to support the death penalty, but the proponents will argue that this is a cost-savings measure.

Supporters: League of Women Voters, California Catholic Conference of Bishops, American Civil Liberties Union & the California Democratic Party

Opponents: California Republican Party, Criminal Justice Legal Foundation & the California State Sheriffs’ Association

Proposition 35 YES

Summary: This initiative expands the definition of human trafficking and strengthens penalties and fines for trafficking. It requires convicted traffickers to register as sex offenders and to surrender their “internet identifiers,” namely email accounts and user names. It also prevents using trafficking victims’ sexual history against them in court.

Supporters: California Republican Party, California Democratic Party, Crime Victims United of
California, California Association of Highway Patrolmen and the California Police Chiefs Association

Opponents: None

Proposition 36 NO

Summary: This initiative changes the current Three Strikes Law so that a life sentence for the third strike can only be imposed when the third strike “serious or violent.” It also authorizes re- sentencing for offenders currently serving life sentences if their third strike conviction was not “serious or violent” and if a judge determines that they do not pose unreasonable risk to public safety. Life sentences for third strikes would still apply for those whose previous offenses were rape, murder, child molestation or certain “non-serious, non-violent sex or drug offenses or involved firearm possession.” If Proposition 36 passes, approximately 3,000 convicted felons who are currently serving life terms under the Three Strikes law, whose third strike conviction was for a nonviolent crime, will be able to petition the court for a new, reduced sentence.

Supporters: California Democratic Party

Opponents: California Republican Party, California State Sheriff’s Association, California District Attorneys Association, Crime Victims United of California & the California Peace Officers Association

Proposition 37 NO

Summary: This initiative requires labeling of food made from plants or animals with genetically engineered material and prohibits modified foods be labeled as “natural.”

Supporters: California Democratic Party, Organic Consumers’ Association, Consumer Watchdog

Opponents: California Republican Party, California Taxpayer Protection Committee, California Chamber of Commerce & the California Small Business Association

Proposition 38 NO

Summary: The measure is a 12-year, progressive (.4% to 2.2%) income tax increase on all but the lowest income earners. It is estimated to generate about $10 billion in increased revenues per year with most of the revenue earmarked for K-12 schools and early childhood development programs.

Supporters: Molly Munger & California State PTA

Opponents: California Chamber of Commerce, California Republican Party & the California Democratic Party

Proposition 39 NO

Summary: Single Sales Factor changes the apportionment formula that California uses to calculate its share of corporate tax revenues. It requires multistate businesses to calculate their California income tax liability based on the percentage of their sales in California. This initiative repeals the existing law that gives multistate businesses an option to choose a tax liability formula that provides favorable tax treatment for businesses with property and payroll outside California.

Supporters: Tom Steyer, Los Angeles Business Council, Latin Business Association

Opponents: California Chamber of Commerce, California Republican Party & the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Proposition 40 YES

Summary: The group that qualified this measure (namely the California Republican Party) is no longer going to be pursing this measure’s passage because the courts refused to stay the lines ahead of the November election, thus defeating the referendum’s purpose.

Supporters: California Chamber of Commerce, California Republican Party, California Democratic Party, League of Women Voters, AARP California & National Federation of Independent Business/California

Opponents: None

LOS ANGELES COUNTY MEASURES

Measure A – NO
Measure B – NO
Measure J – NO

LOS ANGELES COUNTY RACES & ENDORSEMENTS

33rd Congressional District – Bill Bloomfield
47th Congressional District – Gary DeLong
27th State Senate District – Todd Zink
38th Assembly District – Scott Wilk
44th – Assembly District – Jeff Gorell
49th Assembly District – Dr. Matthew Lin
66th Assembly District – Craig Huey

Los Angeles County District Attorney – Alan Jackson

CALIFORNIA TARGETED CONGRESSIONAL RACES

3rd Congressional District – Kim Vann
7th Congressional District – Congressman Dan Lungren
9th Congressional District – Ricky Gill
10th Congressional District – Congressman Jeff Denham
21st Congressional District – David Valadao
24th Congressional District – Abel Maldonado
26th Congressional District – Tony Strickland
33rd Congressional District – Bill Bloomfield
36th Congressional District – Mary Bono Mack
41st Congressional District – John Tavaglione
47th Congressional District – Gary DeLong
52nd Congressional District – Congressman Brian Bilbray

CALIFORNIA TARGETED LEGISLATIVE RACES

5th State Senate District – Bill Berryhill
27th State Senate District – Todd Zink
31st State Senate District – Jeff Miller
39th Sate Senate District – George Plescia 8th Assembly District – Peter Tateishi
32nd Assembly District – Pedro Rios
49th Assembly District – Dr. Matthew Lin
61st Assembly District – Bill Batey
66th Assembly District – Craig Huey

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