Recommendations on How to Vote for 17 State Propositions by Steve Frank

In the book “Taxifornia 2016” (found on Amazon) I wrote that in the future public policy will be made not by the legislature, but directly by the voters via Propositions and Measures.  In this election there are 17 Statewide ballot measures, 650 total including local measures—San Fran has 24 on their ballot.  Of these 427 either increase taxes, create new taxes or asks to sell bonds.  In 2014 there were “only” 230 money measures—and that was a record.

In this election many of the measures have joke titles (Californians Safety for All Act by Gavin Newsom, takes away gun rights on the margin, Prop. 63 )  Or Prop. 58 “English Proficiency Act” which segregates students by language and makes it more difficult to for Hispanic students to get a quality education or have a successful future in this country.

Some organizations make money from their endorsements by selling slate card positions.  Others make their determinations an ideology or control of the organization by special interests.

In this case, I am personally making the recommendations based on my ideology of “Conservatarianism”—I am a social conservative and an economic libertarian.  I have been giving speeches throughout the State on the Propositions, been on numerous radio shows discussing them.  As you will tell my views are not based on joining the herd or taking an easy position—they are formed based on what I believe  is best for the community, our families and freedoms.

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Recommendations on How to Vote for the 17 State Propositions by Steve Frank

Steve Frank, Exclusive to the California Political News and Views  10/10/16

Proposition 51  On the ballot they claim this is a $9 billion bond.  That is a lie.  This is an $18 billion bond, when you add the interest to Wall Street.  It is proposed and financed by unions and construction companies as a jobs bill—for them.  Even the confused Guv Brown believes it is too large.



Proposition 52   This is to allow hospitals to pay a fee and the money “goes” to Medi-Cal coverage.  First, hospital NEVER pay the fees—the private patients are charged MORE and the hospital passes the fee to the government.  Second, in 2015, Guv Brown signed a bill to allow 200,000 illegal aliens to qualify for Medi-Cal, but the bill by Sen. Lara did not include any financing—this is a major part of the financing.  Prop. 52 is about financing free health care for illegal aliens.


Prop. 53  This measure would mandate that if a government agency sells $2 billion or more in bonds for a project or project they will sell $2 billion or more over time for a project, the voters need to confirm the sale before it occurs.  That part is great.  The devil is in the details.  Under this measure if an agency is part of a joint powers agreement they must get a public vote—statewide.  The city of Simi Valley is under orders to upgrade our sewer system—it has some joint powers agreements. The cost could be between $2-3 billion.  That means the people of Simi Valley get to vote for it—and the folks in Chico, Chino and El Centro.  Simi Valley can turn it down, but if the folks statewide approve, we get stuck with the bill.  Let them come back in 2018 with a clean measure.

The goal was to stop the financing of the choo choo to nowhere and the environmentally unsafe Delta Tunnel.  The measure is supported by the California Republican Party and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.  Well intended—but defective.



Proposition 54  This measure brings transparency to the legislative process.  It mandates a 72 hour period of being published before any measure can be voted on by the legislature.  Expect a lawsuit when it passes.  The issue is whether the voters can create rules for the Assembly or Senate.

My concern is that is the work of Charles Munger, Jr.  He brought us Prop. 14—which created in this election 28 legislative seats with only one Party on the ballot, 16 seats with only one candidate on the ballot and no Republican running for the U.S. Senate—this has finalized making California one Party State.  Then he gave us the “Citizens Redistricting Commission” meant o end partisan redistricting—instead it was taken over by the Democrats and became “non partisan” since it recognized just one Party.  While Prop. 54 is needed, sounds good and will pass, I oppose it on the basis that the history of Mr. Munger is to limit free elections, not expand them.



Proposition 55  This measure expands Pro. 30 that passed in 2012 and expires in 2019.  Prop. 30 raised taxes by $6 billion a year for seven years.  Prop. 55 collects between $11 and $12 billion a year for twelve years.  Allegedly the money goes to education—the same education that created a 54% real graduation rate in the Los Angeles school district.  Fix the curriculum—pretty buildings don’t educate.  This is a $140 billion transfer of money from families and businesses to government—think government will spend the money wisely?



Proposition 56.  (Disclosure: I am working professionally to defeat this measure).  This is the $2 a pack added tax on cigarettes.  The measure exempts itself from Prop. 98, meaning that every year approximately $600 million will NOT be going to schools.  Only 13% will be spent on smoking reduction.  In New York, per CNN, 60% of the cigarettes sold are black market—a whole new criminal industry was born due to the high taxes—kind of like Prohibition.




Proposition 57  This is the measure by Guv Brown to reduce sentences.  Current law gives determinant sentences.  Prop. 57 would allow a political appointed Parole Board to decide that if an inmate takes classes, visits the clergy and work work with other they are allowed an early release.—if convicted of a “non-violent” crime.  Under Prop. 57 the RAPE of an unconscious women is a NON VIOLENT crime. This measure puts women in danger.  No more needs to be said.



Proposition 58This the “English Proficiency Act”.  How do they makes Hispanic students proficient in English?  By teaching them in Spanish.  Confused.  We voted down bi-lingual education as racist with Prop. 227.  This is a return of a program that harms Hispanic kids—in the name of proficiency.  It is one thing to have parents voluntarily enroll their child in a foreign immersion program—it is another for government to force kids into a foreign language only program and keep them there.  That is what bilingual education did to two generations of Hispanic students.  End segregation by language.



Proposition 59This measure tells members of Congress they can introduce a Constitutional Amendment to repeal the Supreme Court decision “Citizens United” which allowed corporations to donate in Federal election to Super PACS.  This does not stop unions from stealing money from workers and donating the stolen money to candidates that are ethically challenged enough to take money from workers, without permission.

This measure presupposes that California members of Congress are not smart enough to know they can introduce a repeal bill without a ballot measure or vote of the people.  Total waste of time and tax dollars.




Proposition 60  If you want to assure that porn actors—and those filming themselves at home having sex use a condom, this measure is for you.  Los Angeles County already has such a law—wonder how many cops are used to monitor condom use instead of trying to find gangbangers, rapists and real criminals?  Pornography is an $8 billion industry—just as easily moved to Nevada—and the porn starts and corporations would save on taxes!  In fact, wonder why they have not moved yet.



Proposition 61  This measure mandates the State of California pay no more for drugs than the Veterans Administration pays.  The problem is that the VA in their contracts with the drug companies have a confidentiality clause—they are not allowed to tell anyone what they are paying.  California asked for the price lists and the VA turned them down.  Now they are trying to use a ballot measure to get the Federal government to violate their contracts.

If the State gets the list, the price of VA drugs will go up to make up the losses—which means the co-pays for vets go up to finance this government mandated price fixing.  Everyone loses, but the Left feels good about itself—at your expense.



Prop. 62 and Prop. 66  These measures are on the same subject.  Prop. 62 outlaws the death penalty and converts the death sentence to “life in prison without a possibility of parole”.  Of course that could change and the courts can change it by fiat.  California has approximately 750 people on death row, only 13 executions since 1978.  Hundreds have been on death row more than ten years—dozens on death row 25 years or more.  The ACLU has been diligent to throw roadblocks in the implementation of the death penalty.


Prop. 66 ends some of the regulations, puts time limits on others and end the frivolous lawsuits.  One death row inmate who has been on the “Row” for 32 years has sued—he says being on death row for 32 years is cruel and unusual punishment, without mentioning his numerous frivolous lawsuits that caused this.



Proposition 63.  This is the effort by the elitist Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is provided armed guards for himself and family, at taxpayers expense—to make it harder for you to defend yourself.  This proposition would limit the number of rounds allowed in a magazine.  Does not matter if it passes or not—just like the marijuana laws and laws against illegal aliens, this too will be ignored—and another cause for people not to trust or respect government.  People prefer to defend themselves, since the police are unable to do so.

Newsom is again attempted to limit your Second Amendment rights—let him give up his armed guards before he tells you to limit your rights.



Proposition 64  If you want to legalize the recreational use of marijuana you do not have to vote for this measure.  With the passage of Prop. 47 in 2014 it has been de facto legalized, this just formalizes the common usage of this dangerous drug.  Dangerous?  Did you know that marijuana is ten times more toxic than a cigarette? That means it causes cancer, quicker.  So, if you oppose cigarette smoking because of the health dangers, you should also oppose pot because if its health dangers—to do otherwise is hypocrisy.  As a conservatarian I understand the desire to allow citizens the choice.  In this case, society pays a heavy price in health costs for the choice while at the same time trying to limit cigarettes.

This measure also allows government to control the potency of the marijuana sold.  That means if you want weak pot, buy government approved.  If you want strong marijuana, keep your dealer—he does not charge sales tax!



Proposition 65 and Proposition 67 are on the same issue.  The grocers association spent a lot of money to pass a statewide bank on the use of plastic bags in grocery stores.  They lobbied hard to outlaw these bags.  This is one of those yes means no and no means yes measures on the ballot.

If you vote YES, that means you want to keep the statewide ban on plastic bags.  If you vote NO, that means you want to end the statewide ban.

If defeated, more NO votes, the statewide ban is repealed—BUT, if your city or county has voted a ban, that stays in place—this only affects the statewide ban.

VOTE NO on Prop. 67

The reason I support Prop. 65 is because the crony capitalist grocery association used lobbyists to make themselves $700 million a year by banning plastic bags and selling canvas and paper bags.  Their effort was not for the consumer, it was for profit.  The only way to punish them—and to show others we will not tolerate the use of government to steal from the public, is to vote YES on Prop. 65.  The money will instead all go to environmental organizations. Not a favorite of mine.  But, to make a point, this will be cheap in the long run.  Vote to tell business that government can not be used to profit at your expense—that is not the free market.



In summary, I am voting YES on Prop. 65 and Prop. 66—all the rest I am voting NO.

Would love to hear your views on these recommendations—also please forward this article to your friends.  Absentee ballots are in the mail, now is the time to look at them and decide.


About Stephen Frank

Stephen Frank is the publisher and editor of California Political News and Views. He speaks all over California and appears as a guest on several radio shows each week. He has also served as a guest host on radio talk shows. He is a fulltime political consultant.