I’ll start with two assumptions. If you are reading this blog today, you are probably doing your homework to inform your ballot choices tomorrow, and you are probably a progressive voter. On the off chance that these assumptions misconstrue your visit, you may, nevertheless, find the information that follows useful.
Below I have put together the links to 1) voter guides–statewide and local, and 2) sites that highlight the various positions taken by local organizations and parties, on city and county measures, with more attention paid to information about the issues that fail to break down along the historical Democrat/Republican lines. (For instance, there are some notable silences and abstentions.)
Lost your Personal Ballot/Official Voter Information Guide?
Courage Campaign – A very useful, statewide progressive voter guide showing how various left organizations align and disagree.
Progressive San Diego – Endorsements by a local progressive political action committee.
San Diego & Imperial Counties Labor Council
Prop A- While the UT says it’s an easy choice, are landfills the sustainable future? Also, if you want to know about the developers and the history of the site, check out this article in the Reader.
Prop B – TERM LIMITS for COUNTY SUPERVISORS
While many partisans, both left and right, argue that term limits can cause more problems down the line, Labor has certainly raised awareness among voters about these elected positions. In particular, unions representing thousands of county workers have shown the Board’s lack of responsiveness to duties such as distributing food stamps, the lack of transparency in discretionary spending, and the inaccessibility of these seats to non-incumbent, non-Republican candidates. While term limits would not come into effect immediately, the Labor Council has argued that Prop B eventually will get these races to follow the broader, county trend toward the Blue end of the political spectrum. In recent debates, they also remind other left organizations that no previous campaign has managed to change the composition of the Board. The Dems have been persuaded.
YES – Labor, Democrats.
NO – The Republican Party opposes, stating that “Term limits made the state legislature dysfunctional.” Of course, Republicans have held the County Board of Supervisors, quite literally forever, so why would they support change?
ABSTENTIONS: Notably, PSD abstained. The Green Party did not offer local endorsements.
YES – Democrats call this the Veterans Hiring Initiative. Labor says, “San Diego Vote for Veterans.”
ABSTAINED – The Republican Voter Guide doesn’t mention Prop C.
Proposition D – City of San Diego- The “Strong Mayor” Form of Government
NO – The nonpartisan League of Women Voters strongly opposes changing the city charter and weakening the city council to empower the mayor. (The proposition imposes a 2/3 majority vote on the council to override a mayoral veto.) They also argue that the during the 5-year trial period, political accountability, responsiveness to citizen concerns, efficient management of the city, checks and balances, access, and openness have deteriorated. They also argue that adding a 9th district is too costly during a deficit year. The Dems and PSD also oppose.
YES – The Republicans say “Don’t go back to the system that created the City’s financial problems.” See the list of supporters here.
City of Chula Vista: Proposition G
The City Attorney’s Impartial Analysis, states that Prop G “prevents the City from signing any agreements directly with labor organizations from public works construction projects.” And that a “yes” vote “means that the City is prohibited from funding or entering into public works contracts that require agreements with labor organizations…”
NO – Labor calls this measure “a ban on Union Jobs.” The no list is long, but includes the Dems, and organizations, such as Sierra Club, League of Conservation Voters, and the Environmental Health Coalition.
YES – Republicans say “Fair and open competition for all qualified firms in public construction saves your tax dollars!”
City of Del Mar: Proposition J
YES – Labor calls this a “Time-Share Tax.” Dems say, yes, to a “Tax on Short‐Term Rentals.”
NO – Republicans “say No to bailouts of politicians!” (That is, no new taxes.)
City of Oceanside: Proposition K
NO – Labor says no. Dems say, “No to Charter.”
YES – Republicans say, “Pass the Oceanside Charter – More Local Control.” (Endorsed by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.)
City of Solana Beach: Proposition L
NO – Republicans say this is “a Business Tax to bail out politicians’ overspending.”
YES – Dems say yes to Business Tax.
Prop. H (Coronado Tunnel)
NO – Labor says no. (Party voter guides don’t mention it.)