For the upcoming election on Tuesday the Campus Times editorial board has some recommendations on a few ballot measures.
We recommend “yes” votes on Proposition 20, and “no” votes on propositions 23 and 27. With regard to Proposition 19, we want to be sure voters collect all of the facts before issuing a yes or no vote in a knee-jerk decision.
The California State Constitution requires that the boundary lines of congressional districts be adjusted every 10 years in accordance to the federal census. Usually this task is undertaken by the Legislature.
In Nov. 2008 voters passed Proposition 11 creating the Citizens Redistricting Commission, which planned to take the power away from the Legislature.
We feel that by voting yes on Proposition 20 the Commission, made up of five Republicans, five Democrats and four voters registered with neither party, is far less partisan than the State Legislature and will be more fair in drawing new congressional districts.
We have chosen to vote no on Proposition 27 because if passed, Proposition 27 would eliminate the Citizens Redistricting Commission and leave the power to redraw districts in the hands of the legislators.
We have also chosen to vote no on Proposition 23. This measure, if passed, would suspend air pollution control law, AB 32, until the state unemployment rate drops below 5.5 percent for a full year.
We feel that AB 32, which requires the levels of green house gas emissions to drop below the levels they were at in 1990 by the start of 2021, is beneficial to human health, the environment and the future of sustainability. We fail to see why the implementation of this law should be contingent on the unemployment rate.
We feel that although there may be some correlation between the two figures it is not significant enough to make AB 32 contingent on the unemployment rate.
The supporters of Proposition 23 claim that it will save jobs. But the supporters of this measure include Valero Energy Corporation and the Tesoro Corroboration, both of which are Texas-based oil companies making Proposition 23 a purely a special interest measure.
Finally, we feel that all of those who plan to vote on Proposition 19, the measure to legalize and tax marijuana, should gather all the facts before they make a hasty decision.
If Proposition 19 were to pass all people over the age of 21 would be allowed to “possess, cultivate or transport marijuana for personal use,” according to the initiative text.
To put it simply marijuana use would be treated similarly to alcohol, including laws that prohibit people from driving under the influence.
Backers of the measure claim that it would bring marijuana off of the black market and stimulate the economy.
In addition it would help the prison system by decriminalizing the drug by lessening numbers of marijuana-related arrests.
What is less known however, is that marijuana use would still be illegal under federal law.
On top of that, local or city laws would still regulate marijuana use and distribution, and laws between cities could vary greatly.
Even those who agree with the legalization of marijuana find this part of the law uneasy because it would be contradictory.
We encourage you to take this information into consideration on Tuesday and make an educated and well-thought out decision.
See you at the polls.