California Special Election

"All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing."
--Edmund Burke

It's time for the controversial California Special election. Governor Arnold has taken quite a bit of heat for the measures on this ballot. It's now time for the commentary you've been waiting for :)

I must confess that I'm writing this for more than one purpose. Sure, I think these are critical issues that are at the forefront of both state and national politics. However, I do have an ulterior motive. Every election day I get a ton of phone calls from friends who ask me to, in essence, tell them how to vote. So, this post is dedicated to these beloved last-minute voters as well.

The summaries below come from a Concerned Women for America voter guide. I will comment on just a few of the ballot initiatives.

Prop 73 Requires that a parent be notified 48 hours before a minor can undergo an abortion procedure. Measure provides for judicial bypass and has an emergency exception.

YES: In public schools today, a student may not receive an aspirin from the school nurse without permission from a parent. When I was a teacher, even I would not be allowed to request an aspirin on behalf of one of my students. And, believe me, I tried.

How is it that the state does not currently already notify parents when their minor daughter is going in for a procedure of such consequence?! This measure is not about parents giving permission; this is about parents simply being notified. This is not about abortion; it's all about parents' rights. I believe that a YES vote on 73 will begin to correct one of the ways the state has usurped the authority and responsibility of a parent.

Prop 74 Extends probationary period for teachers from two to five years and allows for more streamlined dismissal of poor performing teachers.

YES: Again, I cannot help but draw from my experience. The year I began teaching, there was a science teacher who had been transferred from another school in the area who spent all his time in the school library. I didn't get it. Well, there was a story. It turns out that our school worked out an exchange deal with another school. It was common practice. In this case, our school sent a math teacher who'd just been caught kissing a female student for this science teacher who was a rehabilitating drug addict. Why didn't they just fire these guys? They were tenured.

Our children deserve better!

Prop 75 Requires annual written consent from union employees before dues for political purposes can be deducted from their paychecks.

YES: Here I go again. I thoroughly resented being required to join a union that spent my money on causes I would never support. As a matter of fact, they were sometimes causes I completely opposed. What happens to pro-choice advocates when it comes to this? I am pro-choice when it comes to how other people spend my money. I want the choice to opt out.

Prop 76 Provides budgetary reforms, including placing limitations on state spending and allowing midyear budget corrections. Prop 76 is a constitutional amendment.

YES: Why does government get to play by a different set of rules? We would never teach our kids or run our businesses the way we have handled finances in this state. Let's get some order and accountability. Isn't this why we elected Arnold? No more double standards.

Prop 77 Changes the redistricting process to make legislative districts more compact and, in some cases, more competitive. The goal is better representation for Californians overall. Prop 77 is a constitutional amendment.

YES: Another one that intellectually honest liberals and conservatives should vote for. Smaller districts translates into better, more accurate representation.

An estimated 5% of registered Californians will get out and vote. If you ever doubted whether your vote would matter, doubt no more. With voter turn out being so low, each vote will carry that much more weight. People around the world are dying--literally--for the right to vote.

John Quincy Adams wrote, "Posterity, you will never know how much it cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it."

Let's make good use of our right and our privilege as citizens of this great nation! Get out and vote!


At 11/07/2005 12:17:00 PM, Anonymous aj4runner said...

I'm predicting a turnout in this Tuesday's California election of ... mmmm ... factoring in Governor Arnold advocating for the ballot propositions ... 47%.

In contrast my prediction in the upcoming December Iraqi election where they will be voting for a new Parliment I guess 82%.

At 11/07/2005 02:27:00 PM, Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

You're too late, Lores!!! I already sent in my absentee ballot!

Fortunately, it looks like I checked off everything "correctly".

Thanks for sharing your personal story regarding Prop 74.

I thoroughly resented being required to join a union that spent my money on causes I would never support. As a matter of fact, they were sometimes causes I completely opposed. What happens to pro-choice advocates when it comes to this? I am pro-choice when it comes to how other people spend my money. I want the choice to opt out.

As you might know, since working for Kerri once a week at the rec center, we are employees of the City of Los Angeles. That automatically makes us union members. I keep getting all this AFSCME anti-"Arnold's Agenda" mail. Let alone, receiving their member magazine that is just chock full of 100% liberal think.

I was absolutely livid last year, when I found out they actively contributed to Howard Dean's presidential campaign.

At 11/07/2005 06:09:00 PM, Blogger Sleep-Deprived said...

Lores, glad to hear you address the union issue as a teacher. I about choke everytime one of the anti-Arnold commercials comes on (paid for by the CTA) complaining about how Arnold broke promises and wants to steal money from our schools. I'd love to know how much (of teachers dues) was spent on those commercials!

And I'm with the wordsmith...had to do my own homework early to get my absentee ballot in!

At 11/07/2005 07:15:00 PM, Blogger Yurri said...

From this last minute issues researcher, tons of thanks! now why can't those political commericals be more like you?

At 11/07/2005 09:11:00 PM, Blogger Lores Rizkalla said...

aj: yes, i'm curious about both voter turn out and the way Californians vote. I predict a landslide win for 73...even in this oh-so-blue state.

wordsmith: glad you voted! i empathize with your frustration with the union!

sleep-deprived: I LOVE your pic...and your new blog! Welcome to the blogosphere :)

yurri: thanks to the blogosphere, it is now easier to assist my friends, like you :) Feel free to get the word out to our other "last-minute issue researchers."

At 11/07/2005 09:15:00 PM, Blogger JCOsmom said...

I did hear a teacher call in last week to KKLA and say that she had sued the school district some years back to remove her dues from going to causes she did not support. She won. She was saying that technically now you can pull your dues out, but they 1) don't let you know that (shocker) and 2) make it very difficult for you, (i.e. she said they would make her or anyone else pay all $900 up front in Sept. after not having taught all summer for salary and even then only gave you four other options for the money to be designated).

Also they discussed the falsehoods in the "anti" ads. It makes me so MAD! One ad in particular says that teachers will be fired "for no reason". However, the truth is that teachers will be/can be fired with two years of an "unsatisfactory" evaluation. How unjust, how horrible to fire a consistently unsatisfactory teacher. Where are the parents who will start taking more ownership and control in their chilren's lives and education?

I think of the many people who will not do the research, or don't know, or don't listen to talk radio that exposes these things, or don't have a wonderful resource like you, Lores, and merely rely on these false ads time and time again. So FRUSTRATING!!

At 11/08/2005 07:09:00 AM, Blogger Goat said...

Yes,73-77, no on the rest, Iam also voting "no" on a local casino intiative. I hate casinos and organized gambling as the people I see there should not be flushing their money down a slot hole with a decisive edge against them. I have made money on horses, golf and the slots. Two of them the odds were in my favor and I quit while ahead. Wallstreet is gambling, so be careful about laying blame there as many have and will bet their retirement there


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