September 22, 2000
Guia/Guide to local and state Proposals. Save on your bulletin board to remind you how to vote or not to vote it's your choice. La Prensa San Diego calls them as they see them!
Guía de votación para las elecciones de noviembre 7, 2000. Como siempre realizamos un análisis de las propuestas y damos nuestra mejor opinión. Ustedes tienen el poder de votar libremente, de manera que su familia salga beneficiada.
TO WILL AUTHORIZE THE STATE TO SELL $500 MILLION IN GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS FOR THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS PROVIDE FARM, HOME AND MOBILE HOME LOANS TO 2,500 VETERANS.
Analysis: Voters have approved 25 such bond measures since 1924. With the high cost of homes, one is inclined to continue assistance to the veterans. However one has to wonder why money needs to be provided to alleged "Farmers" when Agri-business has taken over the major functions of farming. There are no small farmers in America much less Veteran Farmers. Most servicemen coming out of the service are highly trained individuals. Few come out of the service with training in growing lettuce or carrots. Perhaps veteran's assistance should be given to assist them in getting them a secure health program for service-connected disabilities.
Lets rethink PROP 32 and ask for a new deal for Veterans.
VOTE NO ON PROP 32
PROPOSITION 33: Legislators Retirement Benefits
When PROP 140, the voters passed the Term limits Proposition in 1990, and it included provisions that eliminated the state-run Legislators Retirement system. Proposition 103 would amend the state constitution to now allow legislator to participate in the state's Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS). A legislator who joins the program would pay five (5)% of his or her salary into the system. The state would contribute in the same manner that it contributes for all other state employees.
It is our opinion that this is equitable and should be approved by the voters. In the past, the legislature controlled their retirement system. Too often abuses occurred and outrageous retirement benefits were given. Under PROP 33 the legislature has no role in setting the terms of the benefits or how the money is invested. Our legislators deserve the same benefits as all other state employees.
We urge a YES VOTE on PROP 33
PROPOSITION 34: Campaign Finance Reform
Prop 34 would repeal previous limits that voters imposed on political contributions to statewide candidates. Prop 34 would substitute its own limits which are far less than those passed by the voters in PROP 208 in 1996 but which have been tied up in the courts. Unfortunately, PROP 34 is seriously flawed. It would allow "unlimited, undisclosed donations" to political parties i.e. "soft-money." This is the same process that is currently allowed in Federal elections. We now are confronted with a Presidential Election that has turned into a playground for special interests (Read: those who own or control huge amounts of money). The mega-buck Corporations and multi-millionaires now control the national elections.
Proposition 34 was created in secret with no public hearings by a cadre of politicians without any input from you and I: "John Q Public". Prop 34 would allow the parties to spend "unlimited amounts" of "soft money" without any accountability. PROP 34 would take the "public" out of the political process. Put a stop to this selling out of the political process and bring government back under the control of the VOTERS!
WE URGE A RESOUNDING NO VOTE ON PROP 34!