Pete Rates the Propositions
Sensible opinions on the California ballot propositions      since 1980      by Pete Stahl

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Prop. 45 - YES
Prop. 46 - YES
Prop. 47 - YES
Prop. 48 - YES
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No Propositions in 2015

Pete StahlHowdy, voters!

Odd-numbered years have no regularly-scheduled statewide elections, and hence no statewide ballot propositions. So you'll see no ratings from me this year.

Relax, enjoy the break (I certainly will!), and gird your loins for next year's extravaganza. Three propositions have already qualified for 2016. A June measure would allow the Assembly or Senate to suspend a member temporarily without pay; currently the only option is permanent expulsion. In November there will be an attempt to overturn the current ban on single-use plastic shopping bags, and a complicated prop regarding state fees on hospitals and Medi-Cal matching funds. More props will no doubt be added over the coming months.

In the meantime, stay involved in your communities, and keep abreast of what's going on in Sacramento. There's a possible state budget surplus; it will be interesting to see what happens with that. Great news sources include John Myers of KQED, George Skelton of the LA Times, and the gang at the Sacramento Bee's Capitol Alert.

Happy off-year,
Pete Stahl

Back to Nursery School

Happy Election Season!

The Legislature could use a remedial class in counting. Specifically, what number comes after 2. Could it be ... 45?

In a brazen ploy to protect their favorite measures against ballot fatigue, your legislators plucked two prized propositions from the anonymous mass of 40-somethings and gave them a free pass to the front of the line. So now we have Props 1 and 2 followed by 45 through 48. It may be legal, but it sure smells fishy. This cynical manipulation of the ballot will only increase distrust of the electoral process and of government in general.

I wonder: If you're going to disregard conventional counting, why use numbers at all? Why not name them Proposition Yellow, Proposition Horse, Proposition Mike, and Proposition Yowza? At least those names have memorable personalities.

Regardless, I have given all six misnumbered measures my ratings. By coincidence, they're all "yes" votes for this election. I originally had a "no" rating for Prop 46, but flip-flopped to "yes" after doing my research. Please have a look, then make up your own mind.

One, two, buckle my shoe.
Forty-five, forty-six, I detest these stupid tricks.

Happy voting,
Pete Stahl

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