“There are so many candidates and ballot items that our endorsements this election season are spread out over two weeks, with ballot measures in this week’s newspaper and candidates in next week’s paper.
Local Ballot Measures
Measure M—Recommend an emphatic ‘yes’ vote
We need and want our own school district. This has been years in the making. We have it in our power to create a public school district that will rival the best in the country and bring added value to our community. First, we have to break from the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, to which the school board appears to be agreeable. The next major step is to vote ‘yes’ on this bond measure. The bond funds will all be spent in Malibu and only Malibu. Santa Monica has its own separate bond issue.
Measure G—Recommend an emphatic ‘yes’ vote
This will allow, regulate and tax the adult use of marijuana and also allow home delivery. Marijuana is here to stay and in medical cases, it’s a much maligned but very useful drug for cancer patients and others.
State Ballot Measures
Prop 1: Bonds for housing—An emphatic ‘yes’
We are desperately short of low and medium income housing in this state. Building or “rehabbing” some housing will also help to get some of the homeless off the streets
Prop 2: Bonds for housing for the mentally ill—Another emphatic ‘yes’
Many in the homeless population are mentally ill, and with no place to live, they often end up in the criminal justice system, which is a very bad $70,000 per year alternative.
Prop 3—Recommend a ‘no’
Every election cycle for as long as I can remember, we get another one of what I call these “gurgling brook” bonds, with commercials showing fresh water running over rocks in beautiful mountain streams. These bonds cover projects that various government agencies and environmental groups can’t sell to the legislature, so they put together these bonds to go around the normal legislative process.
Prop 4: Bonds for hospitals for children’s healthcare—Recommend a ‘yes’
Spending money on child health is the best public health investment we can make and saves great costs as they get older.
Prop 5: Property tax replacement scam—Recommend a strong ‘no’
This takes about $100 million a year from schools and local governments, which, in time, they estimate will increase to over $1 billion per year to give homeowners over the age of 55 an unneeded additional tax break. Much as I like tax breaks, let’s leave some on the money for future generations.
Prop 6: Eliminate some taxes on gasoline—Recommend a strong ‘no’
The fairest way to pay for repairing roads and bridges (infrastructure) is to have the users pay for it and that is a gas tax. Everybody pays their share. We are in desperate need of repair and replacement. It’s not going to come from the federal government, and taking $5.1 billion (gas tax dollars) away from roads and bridges is about the dumbest thing we could do.
Prop 7: Gives the legislature the chance to end daylight saving time—Recommend a ‘no’ vote
I have no idea why this is on the ballot. I like daylight savings time, so I’m voting ‘no.’ If you don’t like it, vote ‘yes.’
Prop 8: Regulates charges in dialysis centers—Recommend a ‘no’ vote
None of us are even remotely qualified to decide what fees should be for dialysis treatments. Some group is spending a lot of money to pass this, meaning they expect to make a lot more money if this passes, which is reason enough to vote ‘no.’
Prop 10: Rent control—Recommend a strong ‘no’ vote
This is not going to get people to build any more housing; in fact, it’s going to have the opposite effect. If it passes, there are going to be rent control battles in many communities, and it will becomes a big political football. It was in Malibu, with the mobile home parks, and it got very nasty.
Prop 11: Setting hours of work for emergency ambulance employees—Recommend a strong ‘no’ vote.
There is no way we, the voters, could or should set work rules for ambulance employees. We don’t have the information or knowledge to make this kind of call. Some group is spending a lot of money to push this, which is reason enough to vote ‘no.’
Prop 12: Setting animal confinement standards—Recommend a ‘no’ vote
This is a job for the legislature, not the voters. This sort of a decision requires a bill, hearings in the legislature with experts, farmers and animal groups testifying so we can make sensible decisions.