This is one election I am not looking forward to. Mainly because I feel like we’re damned if we do and damned if we don’t and in the end the only people who are going to get hurt either way—are us. Not the politicians, but us.

Now I’ll be honest, I feel like giving the State a big FU and voting no on everything except for the measure that says they don’t get a raise when the budget’s late. Although that measure, Proposition 1F, was written wrong, it should read they don’t get PAID if the budget is late.

I just ask that before you head to the polls and vote, you ask yourself how many similar propositions have we been asked to vote on? Then think about the current sales tax and other taxes recently imposed on us, without our vote. And right before you mark your ballot, take a look at the balance in your checking account. Now you’re ready to vote.

That’s all I am going to say. I don’t care as much about how you vote as I do that you vote.  Don’t let others decide for you.  Now get out there and represent for your hood at the ballot!

Candidates for Office

State Senator; District 26 – 4 Year Term

  • Curren D. Price Jr. (Dem)

Member of the Board of Trustees; Los Angeles Community College District; Office 2 Voter Information – 4 Year Term.

  • Angela J. Reddock

City Attorney; City of Los Angeles Voter Information – 4 Year Term

  • Carmen “Nuch” Trutanich
  • Jack Weiss

Not impressed by either candidate. Less impressed with Weiss.

State Ballot Measures

Proposition 1A State Budget

Changes California Budget Process. Limits State Spending. Increases “Rainy Day” Budget Stabilization Fund
Changes the budget process. Could limit future deficits and spending by increasing the size of the state “rainy day” fund and requiring above-average revenues to be deposited into it, for use during economic downturns and other purposes.

  • No recommendation

Proposition 1B Education Funding. Payment Plan

Requires supplemental payments to local school districts and community colleges to address recent budget cuts.

  • No recommendation

Proposition 1C Lottery Modernization Act

Allows the state lottery to be modernized to improve its performance with increased payouts, improved marketing, and effective management. Requires the state to maintain ownership of the lottery and authorizes additional accountability measures. Protects funding levels for schools currently provided by lottery revenues. Increased lottery revenues will be used to address current budget deficit and reduce the need for additional tax increases and cuts to state programs.

  • No recommendation

Proposition 1D Protects Children’s Services Funding. Helps Balance State Budget

Temporarily provides greater flexibility in funding to preserve health and human services for young children while helping balance the state budget in a difficult economy.

  • No recommendation

Proposition 1E Mental Health Services Funding. Temporary Reallocation. Helps Balance State Budget

Helps balance state budget by amending the Mental Health Services Act (Proposition 63 of 2004) to transfer funds, for two years, to pay for mental health services provided through the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment Program for children and young adults. Fiscal Impact: State General Fund savings of about $230 million annually for two years (2009+10 and 2010+11). Corresponding reduction in funding available for Mental Health Services Act programs.

  • No recommendation

Proposition 1F Elected Officials’ Salaries. Prevents Pay Increases During Budget Deficit Years

Encourages balanced state budgets by preventing elected Members of the Legislature and statewide constitutional officers, including the Governor, from receiving pay raises in years when the state is running a deficit. Directs the Director of Finance to determine whether a given year is a deficit year. Prevents the Citizens Compensation Commission from increasing elected officials’ salaries in years when the state Special Fund for Economic Uncertainties is in the negative by an amount equal to or greater than one percent of the General Fund. Fiscal Impact: Minor state savings related to elected state officials’ salaries in some cases when the state is expected to end the year with a budget deficit.

  • Yes