California’s Nov. 8 election ballot is jammed with initiatives, 17 of them to be exact. Matamoros MCT
California’s Nov. 8 election ballot is jammed with initiatives, 17 of them to be exact. Matamoros MCT

Viewpoints

These people want to influence your vote on California's propositions

Sacramento Bee Staff

October 26, 2016 06:00 AM

California’s Nov. 8 ballot is jammed with initiatives, 17 of them to be exact. Read these opposing views on each and see if they can sway your vote.

PROPOSITION 51 – Public school building and repair

▪  Vote yes: School districts need Prop. 51 money to fix, build classrooms

Joan Buchanan is a former state Assembly member who was chairwoman of the Assembly Education Committee and who wrote this viewpoint on behalf of the Yes on Proposition 51 campaign.

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▪  Vote no: Prop. 51 is too costly and locks in flawed rules

Michael Cohen is director of the California Department of Finance.

PROPOSITION 52 – Health care funding

▪  Yes: Prop. 52 will protect health care access for millions

C. Duane Dauner is president/CEO of the California Hospital Association.

▪  No: There is no organized opposition to Prop. 52.

PROPOSITION 53 – Funding state public works

▪  Yes: Prop. 53 will give voters a voice on mega-projects

Katy Grimes is president of the Sacramento Taxpayers Association and wrote this viewpoint on behalf of the Yes on Proposition 53 campaign.

▪  No: Prop. 53 could block badly needed local projects

Lou Paulson is president of California Professional Firefighters and wrote this viewpoint on behalf of the No on Proposition 53 campaign.

PROPOSITION 54 – Legislative transparency

▪  Yes: Prop. 54 will make Legislature more transparent, accountable

Helen Hutchison is president of the League of Women Voters of California. Teresa Casazza is president of the California Taxpayers Association. They both signed the official ballot arguments in support of Proposition 54.

▪  No: Prop. 54 plays into the hands of special interests

Art Torres is a former state senator, was chairman of the California Democratic Party from 1996 to 2009, and signed the official ballot argument against Proposition 54.

PROPOSITION 55 – Extending tax on the wealthy

▪  Yes: Prop. 55 will protect schools from painful budget cuts

Jamee Gardner is a site maintenance technician with the Roseville Joint Union High School District. Laura Shirley is a math teacher at Rosa Parks Middle School in Sacramento. They wrote this viewpoint on behalf of the Yes on Proposition 55 campaign.

▪  No: Prop. 55 is another money grab by special interests

Jon Coupal is president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and signed the official ballot argument against Proposition 55.

PROPOSITION 56 – Raising tobacco, e-cigarette taxes

▪  Yes: Prop. 56 will save lives and discourage young people from smoking

Michael Ong is associate professor of medicine in residence at UCLA and chairman of the state Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee and wrote this viewpoint on behalf of the Yes on Proposition 56 campaign.

▪  No: Prop. 56 will enrich hospitals and insurance companies

Ourania Riddle is a former president and current board member of the Solano County Taxpayers Association and wrote this viewpoint on behalf of the No on Proposition 56 campaign.

PROPOSITION 57 – Prison sentences, rehabilitation

▪  Yes: Prop. 57 will fix our prisons and improve public safety

Jan Levine was a Los Angeles Superior Court judge from 2003 to 2013 and wrote this viewpoint on behalf of the Yes on Proposition 57 campaign.

▪  No: Prop. 57 would release violent criminals and undermine victims’ rights

Marc Klaas is founder of the Klaas Kids Foundation and wrote this viewpoint on behalf of the No on Proposition 57 campaign.

PROPOSITION 58 – Language education

▪  Yes: Prop. 58 will give school districts, parents more choice for bilingual education

David Nevarez is principal at Harmon Johnson Elementary School in North Sacramento and wrote this viewpoint on behalf of the Yes on Proposition 58 campaign.

▪  No: Prop. 58 would undo an English learning system that’s working

Ron Unz, a Silicon Valley software developer, is chairman of English for the Children, which sponsored Proposition 227.

PROPOSITION 59 – Overturning Citizens United decision

▪  Yes: Californians can send a strong message against big money in politics

Jeff Clements is president of American Promise, which is seeking to overturn Citizens United. Derek Cressman directs California Common Cause’s campaign to pass Proposition 59.

▪  No: There is no organized opposition to Prop. 59.

PROPOSITION 60 – Condom use in adult films

▪  Yes: Prop. 60 is needed to protect the health of porn actors

Gary Richwald is former director and chief physician of the Los Angeles County sexually transmitted disease program, signed the official ballot argument in favor of Proposition 60 and wrote this viewpoint on behalf of the Yes on Prop. 60 campaign.

▪  No: Prop. 60 isn’t needed to protect porn actors

Chanel Preston is chairwoman of the Adult Performer Advocacy Committee. Jay Gladstein is an internal medicine/HIV specialist at UCLA School of Medicine and Cedars-Sinai Medical. They wrote this viewpoint on behalf of the No on Proposition 60 campaign.

PROPOSITION 61 – Prescription drug pricing

▪  Yes: Proposition 61 will help reduce outrageous prescription drug prices

Kathy Dennis is a Sacramento registered nurse and board member of the California Nurses Association who wrote this viewpoint on behalf of the Yes on Proposition 61 campaign.

▪  No: Prop. 61 will backfire, especially against veterans

Don Harper of Sacramento is legislative commission chairman of the American Legion in California and wrote this viewpoint on behalf of the No on Proposition 61 campaign.

PROPOSITIONS 62 and 66 – Death penalty

▪  California’s death penalty can be fixed by speeding up appeals

Anne Marie Schubert is Sacramento County district attorney. Richard Riggins is the father of John Riggins. They wrote this viewpoint on behalf of the No on Proposition 62/Yes on Proposition 66 campaign.

▪  California’s death penalty is beyond repair and should be repealed

Donald Heller is a former state and federal prosecutor who is the primary architect of California’s death penalty statute, signed the official ballot argument in support of Proposition 62 and wrote this viewpoint on behalf of the Yes on Prop. 62 campaign.

PROPOSITION 63 Changes gun control laws

▪  Yes: Prop. 63 will reduce gun violence and send a message to NRA

Gavin Newsom is lieutenant governor of California and chief proponent of Proposition 63. He wrote this viewpoint on behalf of the Yes on Prop. 63 campaign.

▪  No: Prop. 63 would complicate gun laws and hamper law enforcement

Rudy Escalante is chairman of the California Police Chiefs Association’s firearms committee.

PROPOSITION 64 – Legalizes marijuana for recreational use

▪  Yes: Californians have a chance to tax and regulate a huge pot industry and to reduce racism in criminal justice.

Alice Huffman is president of NAACP California and wrote this viewpoint on behalf of the Yes on Proposition 64 campaign.

▪  No: Legalization proponents had a chance to put up a better, smarter ballot measure. They failed.

Jim Cooper, an Elk Grove Democrat, represents the 9th Assembly District and wrote this viewpoint on behalf of the No on Proposition 64 campaign.

PROPOSITIONS 65 and 67 – Plastic bag ban

▪  Out-of-state bag companies are spending big bucks to kill the plastic bag ban.

Stephen Green is president of Save the American River Association and wrote this viewpoint on behalf of the Yes on Proposition 67 campaign.

▪  The bag ban is misguided and a big giveaway to grocers.

Lee Califf is executive director of the American Progressive Bag Alliance, the trade association representing U.S. plastic bag manufacturers and recyclers.

MEASURE B – Transportation tax in Sacramento County

▪  Yes: A crumbling and clogged transportation system could stall Sacramento region’s economy.

Darrell Steinberg is mayor-elect of Sacramento. Susan Peters represents District 3 on the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors.

▪  No: Politicians and special interests trying to hoodwink voters into approving another tax hike.

Craig Powell is president of Eye on Sacramento and chairman of the No on Measure B campaign committee. Katy Grimes is president of the Sacramento Taxpayers Association.