David Dodd 2:33 a.m., May 19
As a Citizen Activist....Sharing My Research and Endorsements of Candidates and Props
Happy Election Day!!!!
Every election day people get sort of excited to voice make their voices heard. They proudly wear their "I voted" stickers to let everyone know they are concerned and active citizens participating in their world. This is a wonderful thing.
But it is also VERY VERY VERY confusing and I am not saying by any means that I am special but I can promise I am no special interest and never have been and have been a vocal citizen activist for years advocating for things like historic preservation, development reform, preservation of open space, community gardens and real reform and transparency in San Diego Government (just look at all my postings over the years) and every election I am always looking for someone I trust to give me their endorsements so I can research for myself and make the best educated decision rather than just choosing based on a Party affiliation or media advertisement.
So as a citizen activist I will share my research with you and perhaps we can all help each other so we do not get tricked into voting against ourselves.
I am still looking into things now like judges and those positions we dont pay much attention to but matter ALOT like Treasurer or Controller and I will add more as the day goes on for the procrastinators.
Prop 19: Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010 - SUPPORT
Prop 20: Redistricting of Congressional Districts - Voters FIRST Act for Congress - OPPOSE
Prop 21: $18 Vehicle License Surcharge to Help Fund State Parks/Wildlife Programs - SUPPORT
Prop 22: Local Taxpayer, Public Safety and Transportation Protection Act - OPPOSE (the key to this proposition is "redevelopment".....the developers want to stop you tax payers from taking their tax money away for their projects like the new Charger Stadium)
Prop 23: OPPOSE (the big Corps seem to really want this one)
Prop 24: Repeal Corporate Tax Loopholes Act - SUPPORT
Prop 25: On Time Budget Act of 2010 -SUPPORT
Prop 26: Stop Hidden Taxes Initiative - OPPOSE
Prop 27: Eliminates State Commission on Redistricting - SUPPORT
Governor: I can't really get behind anyone in this race but I can tell you the Chamber of Commerce wants Meg Whitman so I am definitely not voting for her.
County Board of Supervisors:: Steven Whitburn
Ron Roberts has been put in office by the land developers and if they have it their way he will stay there.
Prop D: No Way!!!
There are no REAL reforms in this proposition and it will only raise money to pay inflated pensions and does not encourage what we really need which is REAL renegotiations of these pensions....and despite what Sanders says.....yes we can renegotiate w/ the unions. They would much rather renegotiate than risk a court decision on bankruptcy. (Vallejo is not a reasonable excuse)
Prop C: No Way!!!!!!!!!!!!!
These guys didnt even put their signs up until 1 week before the election and their biggest reason why you should vote for it is because there is No organized opposition....there is no organized opposition because no one really knew about this proposition. The proposition was put on the ballot by Pardee homes and is about undoing a very good proposition that limited development along highway 56.
Secretary of State: Deborah Bowen !
this is SO important. this person controls how honest our elections are. She certifies or decertifies the election machines we are allowed to use and determines recount rules. (FYI our registrar sued Bowen because Bowen said that a recount is required if there is a 1% difference, this is smart. Seiler does not want a recount unless the election is less than 1/2 a percentage point). And the Republican in this.....he is from Orange County and is being pushed by the Building Industry aka the developers that currently run California. I mean com'on Damon Dunn is a Professional Football Player and realtor. Thats great and all but doesnt that sound like a shill to you? He is being pushed by Karl Rove and the infamous Chamber of Commerce.
That brings me to my point about the Chamber of Commerce. I think people have recently become enlightened to the real agenda of the Chamber. They are a large and very powerful group of corporations whether its WalMart or its McMillan land developers, but they all have the same goal.....to weaken and destroy ANY and all environmental regulations and to syphon as much tax money as possible through things like tax cuts or the evn more dubious "retro-active" tax refunds all under the guise of creating jobs!
Give the billionares billions in tax dollars and they will create more jobs. They try and make it sound like they are the little guy and the small businesses but they are not. So the best piece of advice about anything you vote for is to find out who and what the Chamber wants and vote the opposite. They are not looking out for you I guarantee it.
here is the best thing to look at....it is the California Chamber of Commerce' endorsements. Your best bet is to vote the OPPOSITE !!! http://www.calchamber.com/GovernmentRelations/PoliticalAction/BallotMeasures/Pages/BallotMeasures.aspx
I can't find any good research on judges.....anyone? I can't find anything that I can be sure isn't spin. Help if you know of anything please.