Friends, Romans, Republicans:


Welcome to the Granick Slate Card for the November 6, 2012 National Election.  I missed the last opportunity to opine on all things voting because I didn’t have the time to do the kind of analysis I like.  This year is no different, but rather than sitting out, I’ll just be terse, under the theory that one should not let the perfect be the enemy of the Done. So, without further ado, the picks.




Barack Obama: On the issues that are closest to my professional heart — government surveillance and due process – Barack Obama has been just awful.  But I will be volunteering to call voters to get out the vote and I will be voting for him. I’ve come to see that this is no time for complacency, even if your support is lukewarm.  Romney is a disastrous liar and the Republicans are horrific on women’s rights.




Proposition 30. YES

Temporary Taxes to Fund Education. Guaranteed Local Public Safety Funding — State of California (Initiative Constitutional Amendment – Majority Approval Required)


Should the California Constitution be amended to (a) temporarily increase sales and personal income tax rates; (b) guarantee certain revenue transfers to local governments; and (c) eliminate state funding of certain mandates to local governments?


If this doesn’t pass, we will have three less weeks of public school next year.


Proposition 31. NO


State Budget. State and Local Government — State of California (Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute – Majority Approval Required)

Should the state constitution and law be amended to require government performance reviews and two-year budget cycles, to prohibit the Legislature from creating certain expenditures unless offsetting revenues or spending cuts are identified, and to make changes in certain responsibilities of local government, the Legislature and the Governor?

Proposition 32. NO!!


Political Contributions by Payroll Deduction. Contributions to Candidates — State of California (Initiative Statute – Majority Approval Required)


Should unions, corporations, government contractors and state and local government employers be prohibited from using payroll-deducted funds, or in some instances their own funds, for political expenditures?


This is an effort to hobble organized labor and other left-associated forces from participating in government.


Proposition 33. NO


Auto Insurance Companies. Prices Based on Driver’s History of Insurance Coverage — State of California (Initiative Statute – Majority Approval Required)

Should automobile insurance companies be permitted to offer a discount to drivers who have continuously maintained their insurance coverage, even if they change their insurance company?


We voted against this before, in June of 2010. Its mostly funded by insurance companies that want more flexibility in pricing.


Proposition 34. YES

Death Penalty — State of California (Initiative Statute – Majority Approval Required)

Should the death penalty be repealed and replaced with life imprisonment without possibility of parole when someone is convicted of murder with specified special circumstances?


It’s the moral thing to do, and the money saved will go to solving otherwise unsolved murders and rapes.


Proposition 35. NO


Human Trafficking. Penalties — State of California (Initiative Statute – Majority Approval Required)


Should the definition of human trafficking be expanded, penalties for traffickers be increased, convicted sexual traffickers be required to register as sex offenders, and additional training for law enforcement officers be required?


There’s no need to expand the definition of these crimes.



Proposition 36. YES


Three Strikes Law. Repeat Felony Offenders. Penalties — State of California (Initiative Statute – Majority Approval Required)

Should California law be amended to provide that a life sentence should not be imposed for a third felony conviction unless the third conviction is for a serious or violent felony?


Right now, we incarcerate people for life for stealing and other non-serious felonies.  This would fix that.


Proposition 37. YES


Genetically Engineered Foods. Labeling — State of California (Initiative Statute – Majority Approval Required)

Should labeling be required on foods containing genetically modified ingredients when such foods (whether raw or processed, plant or animal) are offered for sale to consumers in California?


We have a right to know


Proposition 38. NO


Tax to Fund Education and Early Childhood Programs — State of California (Initiative Statute – Majority Approval Required)

Should California’s personal income tax rates be increased during 2013-24 to provide funds for public schools, early childhood education programs, and state debt payments?


This is a sloppy measure put on the ballot to interfere with Prop 30, on which you should vote yes.  If both pass, the one with the most votes wins, so make sure to vote no here.


Proposition 39. YES


Tax Treatment for Multistate Businesses. Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Funding — State of California (Initiative Statute – Majority Approval Required)

Should the California tax code be changed to require multistate firms to pay income taxes based on a percentage of their sales in California, with roughly half of the resulting tax increase to be used to fund clean/efficient energy projects for five years?


This would incentive businesses to locate in and bring jobs to California, as currently companies locate outside the state to avoid the in-state California tax. Half of money goes to renewable energy for 5 years, expected to raise $1B/year.


Proposition 40. YES


Redistricting. State Senate Districts — State of California (Referendum – Majority Approval Required)

Should the current state Senate districts be retained?


A yes doesn’t change anything



San Francisco Propositions:


Proposition A. NO


City College is mismanaged, it doesn’t need more money now. It needs to be fixed first.


City College Parcel Tax — San Francisco County (Parcel Tax – 2/3 Approval Required)

To provide City College of San Francisco with funds the State cannot take away; offset budget cuts; prevent layoffs; provide an affordable, quality education for students; maintain essential courses including, but not limited to, writing, math, science, and other general education; prepare students for four-year universities; provide workforce training including, but not limited to, nursing, engineering, technology, and business; and keep college libraries, student support services, and other instructional support open and up to date; shall the San Francisco Community College District levy 79 dollars per parcel annually for eight years requiring independent audits and citizen oversight?


Proposition B. YES


Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond — San Francisco County (Bond – 2/3 Approval Required)

SAN FRANCISCO CLEAN AND SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD PARKS BOND, To improve the safety and quality of neighborhood parks across the city and waterfront open spaces, enhance water quality and clean up environmental contamination along the Bay, replace unsafe playgrounds, fix restrooms, improve access for the disabled, and ensure the seismic safety of park and recreation facilities, shall the City and County of San Francisco issue $195 million dollars in General Obligation bonds, subject to independent oversight and regular audits?


Proposition C. YES


Housing Trust Fund — San Francisco County (Charter Amendment – Majority Approval Required)

Shall the City amend its Charter to: create a Housing Trust Fund that supports affordable housing for low-income and moderate-income households; and change the affordable housing requirements imposed on some private residential developments?


This will direct SF money previously allocated to affordable housing via the state Redevelopment Agency to that same worthy purpose, with more help for middle income families and additional flexibility for developers.


Proposition D. YES


Consolidating Odd-Year Municipal Elections — San Francisco County (Charter Amendment – Majority Approval Required)

Shall the City amend its Charter to change the election cycle for City Attorney and Treasurer so that these officers would be elected at the same time as the Mayor, Sheriff and District Attorney?


Less elections


Proposition E. YES


Gross Receipts Tax — San Francisco County (Ordinance – Majority Approval Required)

Shall the City: create a gross receipts tax designed to eliminate or reduce the tax on payroll costs; and increase business registration fees?


Keeps startups here, though it won’t encourage established businesses to move here from the ‘burbs.


Proposition F. NO


Water and Environment Plan — San Francisco County (Ordinance – Majority Approval Required)

Shall the City prepare a two-phase plan that evaluates how to drain the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir so that it can be restored by the National Park Service and identifies replacement water and power sources?


$8M for a study that is step one is draining Hetch Hetchy, the marvelous source of our pristine drinking water, brought to the City by gravity, without need for (polluting) electricity or filtration.


Proposition G. I don’t vote on these non-binding things, especially because they are woefully ignorant.  The same theories that give us corporate personhood give us First Amendment rights for unions and NGOs.  When you figure out how to parse that under our law, I’ll read your ballot measure.  Until then, you are wasting trees.


Policy Opposing Corporate Personhood — San Francisco County (Declaration of Policy – Majority Approval Required)

Shall it be City policy that corporations should not have the same constitutional rights as human beings and should be subject to political spending limits?




Sorry I didn’t do picks for School Board or Community College Board.  I did some research and realized that it was hard.  For School Board, I’ll be voting the Chron/Guardian overlap, which is Fewer, Wynns and Walton.




SF Chronicle:


Bay Guardian:


That all, Race Fans!  See you at the ballot box.














President: Obama



Statewide San Francisco
Prop 30: Yes Prop A: No
Prop 31: No Prop B: Yes
Prop 32: No Prop C: Yes
Prop 33: No Prop D: Yes
Prop 34: YES Prop E: Yes
Prop 35: No Prop F: No
Prop 36: Yes Prop G: blather blather
Prop 37: Yes  
Prop 38: No  
Prop 39: Yes  
Prop 40: Yes  






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