Prop. 1 – High Speed Rail Bonds – Yes
Bonds are the worst way to finance anything, but a bullet train network in California will never get built overwise.
Prop. 2 – Standards for Confining Farm Animals – Yes
This is an animal rights measure.
Prop. 3 – Children’s Hospital Bond Act – No
This is a cynical measure that is not needed. There is still money left from a similar 2004 proposition.
Prop. 4 – Waiting Period and Parental Notification Before Termination of Minor’s Pregnancy – No
This is an attack on abortion rights and will harm teenagers in a disfunctional family.
Prop. 5 – Nonviolent Drug Offenses. Sentencing. Parole and Rehabilitation. – Yes
This will reduce prison overcrowding by treating drug users who never should have been sent to prison in the first place.
Prop. 6 – Police and Law Enforcement Funding. Criminal Penalties and Laws. – No
This would divert needed social service funds to the police. Schools, the poor and disabled would suffer.
Prop. 7 – Renewable Energy Generation – Yes
This is a tough call with different environment interests battling it out. A yes vote will get us to clean energy faster than will a no vote.
Prop. 8 – Eliminates Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry – No, No, No
A no-brainer for anyone who cares about equal rights.
Prop. 9 – Criminal Justice System. Victims’ Rights. Parole. – No
This would insert the victim into the administration of justice. That’s the job of the judge and jury.
Prop. 10 – Alternative Fuel Vehicles and Renewable Energy – No
A bond measure that would saddle taxpayers with $10 billion in debt. Now is not the time.
Prop. 11 – Redistricting. – Yes
Finally a good solution to redistricting which draws on a voter pool, like jury duty, except you have to apply for it. A good step toward spreading democracy.
Prop. 12 – Veterans’ Bonds – Yes
Another tough call. The bonds would be paid for by those who use the benefits. Only problem is that these benefits should be the right of everyone.º