California Propositions June 2010
by Tony Medley
Proposition 13, legislative
two Constitutional exclusions from increasing property taxes for
earthquake retrofits, which are limited and specific and expire 15 years
after made. Replaces them with an all-inclusive exclusion for all
earthquake retrofits with no time limit. In other words, the property
taxes canít be increased by the amount of the retrofit until the
property is sold.
Proposition 14, legislative
Explanation: Allows any
voter to vote for any candidate in primary, regardless of party,
resulting in the top two vote-getters to run off in the general
election, again, regardless of party. Does not apply to presidential
This allows candidates to conceal their party affiliation which would
allow all sorts of chicanery. Gov. Schwarzenegger and the AARP support
the ban on public funding of political campaigns and allows the state
legislature (and some city, county, and local policy makers) to
establish future public financing programs. As written, this measure
applies only to the office of Secretary of State.
Regardless of how you feel about funding of political campaign, this is
clearly an unconstitutional violation of the right of free speech. In
addition, Iím against anything that gives state legislators and/or local
politicians more power.
Proposition 16: Initiative
2/3 vote before a local government can arrange to provide electric
Recommendation: No. The
last time California messed with electric service, in a law drafted by
Democrat Steve Peace that no other legislator read or understood, it
destroyed a system that had withstood the test of time for over a
century and resulted in Enron and incredibly increased rates. We
shouldnít mess with it again. This is just a power grab by PG&E.
allows an insurance company to offer a continuous coverage discount on
This is sponsored by Mercury Insurance and could
actually result in increasing premiums. Why should the auto insurance
premium have anything to do with anything other than a driverís driving
Los Angeles Measure E:
Explanation: Levies a
$100 per parcel tax for four years to give more money to schools.
Schools already get too much money for very little educational services.
They donít need more money. They need better teachers, fewer
administrators, and an end to union domination.