I just finished my deep dive into my mail-in ballot. I usually have the most difficulty with the elective offices, but this year I realized that if I was faced with choosing between individuals I didn’t know much about, I could just go to the local republican party website and eliminate anyone they endorsed.
The measures have some tough ones. As a Californian I am both proud and appalled with our experiments in direct democracy. Right now, my leanings are:
14 - weak No; now is not the time for this type of funding.
15 - Yes
16 - Yes
17 - Yes
18 - weak Yes; Why not? It will have minimal impact, if any, on election results.
19 - No; too many (well disguised) negative impacts
20 - Not just No, but hell No! It is no coincidence that this is one of only two measures the Republicans support.
21 - Yes/No? It appears that this just extends a law that covers all properties built after 2005 to those built before 2005 (and the Republicans are against it, which is a mark in its favor). But I worry about hidden pitfalls in this one. Maybe this is something for the legislature to take up.
22 - No. There are problems with the recent law, but let’s get the legislature to fix it. Plus the Party of Evil supports it, so there must be something wrong with it.
23 - No. Too many hidden agendas in this one. Toss it to the legislature.
24 - Reluctant No. Too many balls in the air in this measure. Another one for the legislature.
25 - Not just Yes, but hell Yes! When communities were small and homogeneous, bail affected everyone in similar fashion, Nowadays, it’s just another example of “In its majestic equality, the law forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets and steal loaves of bread.”