I submitted my ballot by mail last week– and I have to say that despite this being a horrible year in national politics, that there is actually a lot of great opportunity for positive change on my local California and LA County Ballot. Here’s a roundup of how I voted, with some of my favorite social media posts/campaigns on each.
President: Obvious! Hillary Clinton-Tim Kaine! I love this clip from Louis C.K.– “we’ve had 240 years of fathers– it’s time for a mother!”
CA Ballot Initiatives:
Proposition 51 (school bonds): No (this one was really tough– ultimately, we voted ‘no’ based on assessment from Gerry Brown that this bond would essentially be used by developers to rationalize sprawl development, and that school bonds are better managed at a local level (see YES vote on CC, local community college bond for LA County).
Proposition 52 (Medi-Cal hospital fees): Yes– info here: https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/ballotbrief
Proposition 53 (revenue bond voter approval): No
Proposition 54 (legislative transparency): No (I personally wanted to vote for this, it would make it easier for me to follow what is going on in Sacramento–which is important to my work– but I have concerns about the reasons behind the bill and that it might put undue burdens on the already insane legislative process).
Proposition 55 (income tax extension): Yes!
Prop 55 funds schools and Prop 57 encourages rehabilitation of prisoners. Vote Yes for schools not jails! pic.twitter.com/ooOvajbP6k
— MIV (@mivcalifornia) October 26, 2016
Proposition 56 (tobacco tax): Yes
Proposition 57 (criminal sentencing and parole): Yes
— John Legend (@johnlegend) November 7, 2016
Proposition 58 (bilingual education): Yes
Proposition 59 (Citizens United constitutional amendment): Yes: meaningless, but sending a message
Proposition 61 (state prescription drug purchases): Yes
Proposition 62 (repeal death penalty): Yes
— Kristyne Elizabeth (@_kayfett) October 28, 2016
Proposition 63 (gun regulation): Yes. This is the one ballot initiative I gave money to this year. I promised myself after Sandy Hook that I would take action on gun violence. I sincerely hope this passes. http://safetyforall.com/
— Julia Schardt (@schardt_julia) October 26, 2016
Proposition 64 (marijuana legalization): Yes?
Proposition 65 (carryout bag fees): No
Proposition 66 (accelerate death penalty): No
Proposition 67 (plastic bag ban referendum): Yes
No on 65 and yes on 67 Its voting time let’s talk about the bag ban!! The ocean can’t take anymore plastic! The whole point of prop 65 is to trick the people of California into disposing of the ban on plastic bags under guise that the new funding will help the environment. Sneaky stuff, funded by the plastic bag industry. Prop 67 is the actual referendum on the plastic bag ban. I hope this helps you make your decision while voting, let’s all ban the plastic bag and strive for more! No on 65 and Yes on 67 #plasticfreeforthesea #savethemermaids #zerowaste #reusablenotdisposable
A photo posted by Fair Trade ☆ Green Made CLU (@fairtradeclu) on
Measure A (L.A. County parcel tax for parks): Yes
Measure M (L.A. Metro sales tax for transportation): Yes This is the first time I’ve ever held a sign at a street corner for a ballot measure.
A great explanation of the equity benefits of Measure M here was produced by Investing In Place and can be seen here.
LOS ANGELES COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT
Measure CC (L.A. Community College District bond): Yes
LOS ANGELES CITY MEASURES
Measure HHH (L.A. City homelessness housing bond): Yes
Measure JJJ (L.A. City affordable housing mandate): Yes
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LA County Department of Public Health did an Health Impact Assessment on JJJ here. Though there appear to be concerns that it would ‘make the affordability crisis worse‘, I think the protecctions it proposes would set up good groundrules for devlopment around our transit investments, and that we need to come up with financing solutions to make it happen at a state level.
Measure RRR (L.A. DWP reform): Yes
Measure SSS (L.A. City airport police pensions): Yes
And finally, because I care about San Diego’s ballot measures too: here are two great local guides:
Be sure to vote NO on prop B. http://sandiegofreepress.org/2016/09/measure-b-ballot-box-planning-at-its-worst/ and http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/opinion/editorials/sd-no-measure-b-lilac-hills-flawed-20161006-story.html
— NoMORELieLac (@NOmoreLielac) July 3, 2016