Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine are my choices for president and vice president for obvious reasons. Clinton brings tons of experience to this office and Trump’s unsteady temperament, possible friendly relationship a Russian dictator, and horrific remarks about anyone non-male or non-white make him downright dangerous.
In the race for U.S. Senate, current Attorney General Kamala Harris has my vote over Rep. Loretta Sanchez. She fought hard for Californians who lost their homes in the massive foreclosure scandal and I believe she’ll be just as tough in Washington.
Speaking of fighting, anyone who knows Rep. Maxine Waters knows she doesn’t quit. From police brutality, sexism, equal access to health care, housing and lending, she has always been a champion for the less fortunate. She has also been instrumental in getting funding approved in Inglewood for projects like residential sound insulation. She gets my endorsement.
In another Congressional race, I am endorsing Isadore Hall. He currently represents the 35th State Senate District, which includes Inglewood.
Statewide, I have been a supporter of both Steve Bradford and Autumn Burke and remain so until this day. Bradford, the former Assemblymember is now running for State Senate District 35, currently occupied by Sen. Isadore Hall. Burke is running for re-election in Assembly District 62, which covers Inglewood.
There are 17 state propositions. It’s a lot to read through and I must admit I haven’t finished my homework. But here is a rundown of what each one is about:
Prop 51: School Bonds. Funding For K-12 School And Community College Facilities. Authorizes $9 billion in general obligation bonds for new construction and modernization of K-12 public school facilities; charter schools and vocational education facilities; and California Community Colleges facilities.
Prop 52: Medi-Cal Hospital Fee Program. Extends indefinitely an existing statute that imposes fees on hospitals to fund Medi-Cal health care services, care for uninsured patients, and children's health coverage.
Prop 53: Revenue Bonds. Statewide Voter Approval. Requires statewide voter approval before any revenue bonds can be issued or sold by the state for certain projects if the bond amount exceeds $2 billion.
Prop 54: Legislature. Legislation And Proceedings. Prohibits Legislature from passing any bill unless published on Internet for 72 hours before vote. Requires Legislature to record its proceedings and post on Internet.
Prop 55: Tax Extension To Fund Education And Healthcare. Extends by twelve years the temporary personal income tax increases enacted in 2012 on earnings over $250,000, with revenues allocated to K-12 schools, California Community Colleges, and, in certain years, healthcare.
Prop 56: Cigarette Tax To Fund Healthcare, Tobacco Use Prevention, Research, And Law Enforcement. Increases cigarette tax by $2.00 per pack, with equivalent increase on other tobacco products and electronic cigarettes containing nicotine.
Prop 57: Criminal Sentences. Parole. Juvenile Criminal Proceedings And Sentencing. Allows parole consideration for nonviolent felons. Authorizes sentence credits for rehabilitation, good behavior, and education.
Prop 58: English Proficiency. Multilingual Education. Preserves requirement that public schools ensure students obtain English language proficiency. Requires school districts to solicit parent/community input in developing language acquisition programs..
Prop 59: Corporations. Political Spending. Federal Constitutional Protections. Asks whether California's elected officials should use their authority to propose and ratify an amendment to the federal Constitution overturning the United States Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Citizens United ruled that laws placing certain limits on political spending by corporations and unions are unconstitutional.
Prop 60: Adult Films. Condoms. Health Requirements.
Requires adult film performers to use condoms during filming of sexual intercourse. Requires producers to pay for performer vaccinations, testing, and medical examinations.
Prop 61: State Prescription Drug Purchases. Pricing Standards.
Prohibits state from buying any prescription drug from a drug manufacturer at a price over the lowest price paid for the drug by United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
Prop 62: Death Penalty. Repeals death penalty and replaces it with life imprisonment without possibility of parole. Applies retroactively to existing death sentences.
Prop 63: Firearms. Ammunition Sales. Requires background check and Department of Justice authorization to purchase ammunition. Prohibits possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines.
Prop 64: Marijuana Legalization. Legalizes marijuana under state law, for use by adults 21 or older. Imposes state taxes on sales and cultivation.
Prop 65: Carryout Bags. Charges. Redirects money collected by grocery and certain other retail stores through mandated sale of carryout bags.
PROP 66: Death Penalty. Procedures. Changes procedures governing state court challenges to death sentences. Designates superior court for initial petitions and limits successive petitions.
Prop 67: Ban On Single-Use Plastic Bags. A "Yes" vote approves, and a "No" vote rejects, a statute that prohibits grocery and other stores from providing customers single-use plastic or paper carryout bags but permits sale of recycled paper bags and reusable bags.
For more information on the candidates, propositions, or polling places, consult your voter information pamphlet, sample ballot or go online to www.lavote.net.