A point of view on the many topics voters
will weigh in on this month. BY JIM WOOD
We are blessed to
have Hillary Clinton as a
presidential candidate; she
is eminently qualified.
Constitution is useless and unenforceable.
The U. S. Constitution shouldn’t be amended
to overturn Citizens United. No, definitely.
Prop 60: Condoms for Adult Films Would cost
millions to administer; would incur loss
of millions in local/state taxes. No.
Prop 61: Prescription Drug Pricing Complex,
should be handled by Legislature. Abstain.
Prop 62: Death Penalty Repeal Replaces death
penalty with life without possible parole. Is
retroactive for those on death row. Will save
$150 million per year. Yes, definitely.
Prop 63: Ammunition Sales Prohibits possession of ammunition magazines and makes it
harder to purchase any ammunition. Yes.
Prop 64: Legalize Marijuana Legalizes marijuana and hemp; imposes a 15 percent tax on
sales; heavier taxes on buds than leaves. Yes.
Prop 65: Carryout Bag Sales Requires stores to
send proceeds from the sale of paper bags to the
Wildlife Conservation Fund Initiative. Yes.
Prop 66: Death Penalty Procedures Changes
(possibly limits) procedures regarding death
sentence appeals. No, definitely not.
Prop 67: Ban on Plastic Bags Upholds legisla-
tion banning plastic bags. Yes.
Regarding U. S. president: we are blessed
to have Hillary Clinton as a presidential
candidate; she is eminently qualified. As
for U. S. Senator, Kamala Harris is smart
and Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez is
best in her current role — Harris is an easy
call. I strongly recommend returning Jared
Huffman to the U. S. Congress and Marc Levine
to the California State Assembly.
I like Dominic Grossi over Dennis
Rodini to replace Steve Kinsey as Marin’s
4th District supervisor. He’s considerably
younger (can potentially serve longer) and
doesn’t hold extreme positions (he’s willing to
listen). In the equally close race for Superior
Court judge, I’ll take public defender Michael
Coffino over county counsel Sheila Lightblau.
He has more courtroom experience and is
less politically connected.
That’s my point of view. What’s yours?
THERE ARE 17 state propositions on the November 8 ballot; here are my descriptions and recommendations. First, though, let’s tackle
Measure A: A Strong Start for All Marin
Kids. This will provide $12 million annually
(replacing an expiring tax) for nine years for
underfunded preschool, child care and medical
programs. Backing it are Congressman Jared
Huffman and the county’s district attorney,
sheriff, board of supervisors and superintendent
of schools. Vote yes, definitely.
Prop 51: K- 12 and Community College Funding
Authorizes $9 billion for constructing K- 12
schools; charter and vocational schools; and
community colleges. Yes, definitely.
Prop 52: Medi-Cal Hospital Funding Program
Way too complicated, but faces no opposition
and has no tax implications. Yes, or abstain.
Prop 53: Revenue Bond Approvals Would
negatively impact high-speed rail and
Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta tunnels.
Democrats and unions oppose it. Republicans
favor. No, or abstain.
Prop 54: Legislature Proceedings Prohibits
passing legislation that has not been in print
or on the Internet for at least 72 hours. Yes.
Prop 55: Extend Education and Health Care
Taxes Extends for 12 years tax increases on
high incomes; money goes to K- 12 education
and health care programs. Yes, definitely.
Prop 56: Cigarette Tax Would add $2 tax per
pack, but is murky regarding where the money
goes. No, or abstain.
Prop 57: Criminal Sentencing Allows parole
consideration for nonviolent crimes once term
of primary offense is served. Will save mil-
lions of dollars. Yes, definitely.
Prop 58: English Proficiency Complex effort to
bring back bilingual education in California,
should be handled by Legislature. Democrats
favor; Republicans oppose. No, or abstain.
Prop 59: Corporate Political Spending
Instructing our politicians to propose ratifying one or more amendments to the U. S.
The vie ws and opinions expressed in this article are
those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the
policy or position of Marin Magazine and its staff. RIC