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Election Recommendations – November 2010 October 28, 2010

Partisan Office: I was rather disappointed in the Democrats, so I voted Republican on all partisan offices.

Superintendent of Public Instruction: Larry Aceves.  I checked the Internet and his opponent, Tom Torlakson, is the one endorsed by the Teachers Unions.

Judges: I voted NO on all, but I had failed to do my research.  I should have voted YES on Ming Chin.  He voted to uphold the important Proposition 8.

Schoolboards and Community College Boards: Insufficient knowledge of the personalities involved; left blank.

City Council of Newport Beach: Insufficient knowledge of persons, left blank.  In Costa Mesa or Irvine, it would have been easier to get good information.

Propositions:

19.  Legal sale and marketing of marijuana without ‘medical’ excuse.  YES.  The drug war has failed.  It’s not a ‘rights’ issue to me, just the most prudent way to handle the matter.

20.  Apportionment commission, currently handling State Assembly and State Senate, to have U. S. House of Representatives added to its responsibility.  YES.

21.  Vehicle license fee of $18 per year for support of state park system.  YES.

22.  Restores to local governments money plundered from them by the state.  Unfortunately also restores money to redevelopment districts. I decided to trust Christopher Norby on this one.  NO.

23.  Suspends AB 32, harsh “global warming prevention” law, until unemployment falls to a certain level.  YES.

24.  Suspends certain tax incentives for business.  NO.

25.  Eliminates the requirement of a 2/3 vote to approve the state budget.  Maintains 2/3 requirement for some taxes.  YES.  Instead of relying on a 1/3 rump to protect us, let’s throw the bums out if we don’t like what they do.  I might favor keeping the 2/3 requirement for raising some taxes, if we also had a requirement that ballot box budget setasides like the notorious Proposition 98 – and yes, the Prop 21 above that belongs in the same category – would have to be supported by 2/3 of the electorate also!

26.  Requires a 2/3 vote to increase any fee.  NO.

27.  Would eliminate redistricting commission and return redistricting to the legislature.  NO.

2 Comments
PeterAttwood 10/28/2010

I agree with most of your picks, especially on the Props.  No daylight between us.
 
I strongly disagree with you on Torlakson-Aceves, Supeirntendent of Public Instruction.  Aceves is former school superintendent who will assuredly do nothing to make CDE actually protect kids and their parents, or in any way to discipline the education industry.  I talked with Torlakson and even gave him Educate Advocate’s Legislative wishlist, and he promptly started marking it up and agreeing with some of what he saw – noting immediately that 60% of graduating students need remedial instruction, supporting our analysis of the problem.  He might actually push for a little meaningful reform.

Teacher unions have their problems, but the way school administrators already retaliate against teachers that advocate for lawful and effective treatment of kids with disabilities, increasing their power over teachers will only make things even worse.  School administrations are about gaming the system to look good, not doing the job right if that involves them looking bad in the short term – that’s how institutions work.

Our legislative wishlist:
http://educateadvocateca.com/Documents/Legislative%20Wish%20List.htm
 
 

speotter 10/28/2010

Definitely have a problem with several items.  I think you might have gone off the reservation on several items here Howard.  My recommendations are at http://www.taxfighter.com, I include research on local races and judges as well.
 
The props:
 
19. I understand why you went yes on 19, not sure I can go there yet.
20. We agree.
21. Is just another tax.  It will free up funds from the general fund for more Dem. spending.
22.  I disagree with Norby.  This is NOT a redevelopment issue, this is a State Funding issue.  I go with Yes.
23. We agree.
24. We agree
25. Right now it is our only protection against tax increases.  Since the courts ruled that “fees” only needed 50%+1, without this they can raise “fees” without any input for the minority (those that pay taxes).  McClintock agrees.
26. Just like taxes, should require 2/3rds.
27. We agree.
 

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