Bud Emerson | Klish Way
November 2 is election day, the final day to cast our ballots. Although the Sandpiper does not officially endorse candidates or measures, it is important that we consider the potential impacts of specific ballot decisions on our community. Here are several we think you should consider carefully.
Candidates Sinnott and Haydu are the only two viable candidates because Tucker has withdrawn his candidacy, although his name still appears on the ballot.
>State Assembly 74th District
Del Mar Council Member Crystal Crawford is facing incumbent Martin Garrick who has consistently voted to delay passage of the state budget and is now opposing Del Mar’s bid to purchase the fairgrounds property.
>US Congressional Representative 50th District
Incumbent Brian Bilbray has consistently voted party line against measures proposed by the President and the Democratic majority. Challenger Francine Busby promises to be more independent in reflecting views of her constituents and will be more aligned with the President and the Democratic Party.
Prop. 19 - Legalization of Marijuana:
Allows people 21 years old or older to possess, cultivate, or transport marijuana for personal use. Permits local governments to regulate and tax commercial production and sale of marijuana to people 21 years old or older.
Prop. 20 – Redistricting for Congress:
Removes elected representatives from the process of establishing congressional districts and transfers that authority to the recently authorized 14-member redistricting commission. This measure takes resdistricting power away from elected representatives who are accountable to voters.
Prop. 21 – State Park Fee:
Establishes an $18 annual state vehicle license surcharge and grants free admission to all state parks to surcharged vehicles.
Requires such revenue be deposited in a new trust fund that must be used solely to operate and repair the state park system, and to protect wildlife and natural resources. Environmental groups favor this measure to protect our state parks, including nearby Torrey Pines and Cardiff parks, with a dedicated source of funding.
Prop. 22 – Borrowing from Local Government:
Prohibits the state from shifting, taking, borrowing, or restricting the use of tax revenues dedicated by law to fund local government services, community redevelopment projects, or transportation projects and services even in a “severe state fiscal hardship.”
The State has taken monies from local government that has had a very negative effect on Del Mar’s budget.
Prop. 23 – Suspending Greenhouse Gas Law:
Suspends state laws requiring reduced greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming until California’s unemployment rate drops to 5.5 percent or less for four consecutive quarters.
This measure, funded by Texas oil companies, will likely result in significant increases in air pollution statewide.
Prop. 24 – Tax Breaks for Businesses:
Would repeal recent legislation that would allow businesses to carry back losses, share tax credits, and use a sales-based income calculation to lower taxable income. This measure will close tax loopholes for large corporations and yield more revenue for schools, health care, and public safety.
Prop. 25 – Passage of State Budget:
Changes the legislative vote requirement necessary to pass the state budget from two-thirds to a simple majority.
Provides that if the Legislature fails to pass a budget bill by June 15, all members of the Legislature will permanently forfeit salary and expenses for every day until the Legislature passes a budget bill. This measure, similar to what happens in most other states, will put an end to the disfunctional state budget deadlock every year that undermines services throughout the state.
Prop. 26 – Passage of State Fees:
Increases legislative vote requirement to two-thirds for state levies and charges, with limited exceptions, and for certain fees currently subject to majority vote. Changes Constitution to require voters to approve, either by two-thirds or majority, local levies and charges with limited exceptions. This measure opposed by Sierra Club, League of Women Voters and public health organizations will likely result in less revenue to clean up pollution damage.
Prop. 27 – Voiding Redistricting Commission:
Eliminates 14-member redistricting commission and allows elected state representatives to draw boundaries for Congressional, state Senate, and state Assembly offices. This measure will nullify Prop 20 if it receives more votes and return the redistricting authority to elected representatives who are accountable to voters.
For more information about each item, visit the California Secretary of State website at www.voterguide.sos.ca.gov/pdf/english