As usual, I’ve done my research for the upcoming election and written up my notes to share with the rest of the class. I’ve given my conclusions, and invite you to come to your own. Even if we disagree on every issue, I’m happy if this saves you a headache.

San Jose Inside has A Voter’s Guide to California’s 17 Statewide Ballot Measures and Santa Clara County Voter’s Guide to All 32 Local Ballot Measures.


From: [identity profile] kalimac.livejournal.com


Measure M supporters claim heatedly that the supposed bugs in their measure are not there, and that claims of their existence are disinformation spread by evil opponents. But the opponents have a neutral authority behind their position, the report filed to the city by city-manager consultants, and the supporters' declarations on their website and literature offer no authority saying that they're right.

So I wrote to the supporters e-mail, asking who told them that their measure lacked these flaws, and how they knew that this person knew more than the consultants did. I got back a reply referring me back to the website declarations. So I wrote back again and repeated that I wanted to know how they knew this. No answer. (It's been well over a week.)

So I can best conclude that they know nothing: they just looked it over with their laymen's eyes and said "It looks fine to me." If it passes, and the city decides not to put some leases on the ballot, we'll just have to hope nobody files suit against the city for not following the other interpretation.

So, a "No" on this one, even though I support the measure's stated goals.

It reminds me of the uncertainty of whether 65 would invalidate 67, if they both pass but 65 gets more votes. The voter guide chart says 67 would still go into effect, but there's a footnote saying there could be a suit to invalidate 67. Well, I'm not taking that chance.
It reminds me a lot

From: [identity profile] heron61.livejournal.com


Wow, I see California politics remains similar to then I lived there 20 years ago. Living in California and Oregon with their many ballot measures cured me of any belief in the utility and justice of direct democracy, but these days Oregon non-bond measure ballot measures are mostly a mixture of kooky stuff that has no chance of passing and awesome bills like the current measure 97 that solves state funding by significant tax increases on large corporations. More than half of the measures you mention are a total mess. Good luck on the pot legalization and death penalty ban though, those would be excellent.

From: [identity profile] heron61.livejournal.com


Vote by mail is vastly superior to having to walk down to a voting both and seems to work really well for increasing voter turnout (although not by much). Also, it guarantees paper ballots (which are typically read by non-networked optical scanners), so it's also superior from a safety perspective. I'd love to see it instituted nationally.

I’m hoping that 2017 will be a good time for a #NoMoreTrumps initiative, and having all the voters weigh in on primaries rather than the ones who want to take the time to go to the polls could help with that.

That depends upon whether the bulk of the Republican base is OK with having the GOP turn into a hard core nationalist party like Britain's UKIP or France's National Front. Most of the fundys seems ambivalent and most of the non-fundy Republicans seem to support this change. If he loses badly enough (which seems increasingly likely), the big GOP donors will push from some way of reversing this change, but it's unclear if they will succeed.

If that's what happens to the GOP, I want them to pick more blowhard idiots, since a competent racist demagogue with dictatorial ambitions who doesn't conveniently have a cemetery full of skeletons in his closet is an even more terrifying prospect.
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