CALIFORNIA VOTER GUIDE - NOV 2014

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PowerPoint Presentation: CALIFORNIA GENERAL ELECTION Tuesday, November 4, 2014 PowerPoint Presentation: PROP Water Bond. Funding for Water Quality, Supply, Treatment, and Storage Projects Summary – Authorizes $7.545 billion in general obligation bonds for state water supply infrastructure projects, including surface and groundwater storage, ecosystem and watershed protection. Fiscal Impact – Increased state bond costs averaging $360 million annually over 40 years. Local government savings for water-related projects, likely averaging a couple hundred million dollars annually over the next few decades. YES NO Exisiting state debts likely would be paid faster. There would be new rules for state budget reserves. Local school district budget reserves would be capped in some years. Prop 1 will cost California taxpayers $360 million dollars per year for 40 years on top of our already staggering $777 billion dollar state debt. It won’t solve our state’s water needs. PowerPoint Presentation: PROP State Budget. Budget Stabilization Account. Legislative Constitutional Amendment. Summary – Requires annual transfer of state general fund revenues to budget stabilization account. Requires half the revenues be used to repay state debts. Limits use of remaining funds to emergencies or budget deficits. Fiscal Impact – Long-term state savings from faster repayment of existing debts. Different levels of state budget reserves, depending on economy and decisions by elected officials. Smaller local reserves for some school districts. YES NO Exisiting state debts likely would be paid faster. There would be new rules for state budget reserves. Local school district budget reserves would be capped in some years. Rules for payment of state debts, state budget reserves, and local school district reserves would not change. PowerPoint Presentation: PROP Healthcare Insurance. Rate Changes. Initiative Statute. Summary – Requires Insurance Commissioner’s approval before health insurer can change its rates or anything else affecting the charges associated with health insurance. Provides for public notice, disclosure, and hearing, and subsequent judicial review. Fiscal Impact – Increased state administrative costs to regulate health insurance, likely not exceeding the low millions of dollars annually in most years, funded from fees paid by health insurance companies. YES NO Rates for individual and small group health insurance would need to be approved by the Insurance Commissioner before taking effect. State regulators would continue to have the authority to review, but not approve, rates for individual and small group health insurance. PowerPoint Presentation: PROP Drug and Alcohol Testing of Doctors. Medical Negligence Lawsuits. Initiative Statute. Summary – Requires Insurance Commissioner’s approval before health insurer can change its rates or anything else affecting the charges associated with health insurance. Provides for public notice, disclosure, and hearing, and subsequent judicial review. Fiscal Impact – Increased state administrative costs to regulate health insurance, likely not exceeding the low millions of dollars annually in most years, funded from fees paid by health insurance companies. YES NO The cap on medical malpractice damages for such things as pain and suffering would be increased from $250,000 to $1.1 million and adjusted annually for future inflation. Health care providers would be required to check a statewide prescription drug database before prescribing or dispensing certain drugs to a patient for the first time. Hospitals would be required to test certain physicians for alcohol and drugs. The cap on medical malpractice damages for such things as painand suffering would remain at $250,000 and not be subject to annual inflation adjustments. Health care providers would not be required to check a statewide prescription database before prescribing or dispensing drugs. Hospitals would not be required to test physicians for alcohol and drugs. PowerPoint Presentation: PROP Criminal Sentences. Misdemeanor Penalties. Initiative Statute. Summary – Requires misdemeanor sentence instead of felony for certain drug and property offenses. Inapplicable to persons with prior conviction for serious or violent crime and registered sex offenders. Fiscal Impact – State and county criminal justice savings potentiallyin the high hundreds of millions of dollars annually. State savings spent on school truancy and dropout prevention, mental health and substance abuse treatment, and victim services. YES NO Criminal offenders who commit certain nonserious and nonviolent drug and property crimes would be sentenced to reduced penalties (such as shorter terms in jail). State savings resulting from the measure would be used to support school truancy and dropout prevention, victim services, mental health and drug abuse treatment, and other programs designed to keep offenders out of prison and jail. Penalties for offenders who commit certain nonserious and nonviolent drug and property crimes would not be reduced. PowerPoint Presentation: PROP Indian Gaming Compacts. Referendum. Summary A “Yes” vote approves, and a “No” vote rejects, tribal gaming compacts between the state and the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians and the Wiyot Tribe. Fiscal Impact – One-time payments ($16 million to $35 million) and for 20 years annual payments ($10 million) from Indian tribes to state and local governments to address costs related to the operation of a new casino. YES NO The state’s compacts with the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians and the Wiyot Tribe would go into effect. As a result, North Fork would be able to construct and operate a new casino in Madera County and would be required to make various payments to state and local governments, Wiyot, and other tribes. The state’s compacts with North Fork and Wiyot would not go into effect. As a result, neither tribe could begin gaming unless new compacts were approved by the state and federal governments. PowerPoint Presentation: MEASURE Summary Shall voters authorize implementing the Alameda County 30 year Transportation Expenditure Plan to: Expand and modernize BART in Alameda County; Improve transit connections to jobs and schools; Fix roads, improve highways and increase bicycle and pedestrian safety; Reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality; and Keep senior, student, and disabled fares affordable? Fiscal Impact – Approval augments by ½ cent and extends the existing County sales tax, with independent oversight and audits. All money will benefit local residents. YES NO Measure BB benefits people who live in Alameda County. It will expand BART, bus, and rail services within Alameda County, keep transit fares affordable for youth, seniors, and people with disabilites, provide traffic relief on city streets and highways using new technology, and more. Measure BB will take over $540 million from Pleasanton’s economy alone. This tax’s impact on the local economy is massive. Measure BB’s priorities are not Pleasanton’s priorities. Let’s get other things funded first! PowerPoint Presentation: SECRETARY OF STATE ★ ★ Alex Padilla knows how to reach across party lines to get things done, working with both parties to pass 80 laws from improving education to protecting patients. He championed renewable energy, so by 2020, one-third of California’s electricity will come from renewables. Firefighters, police officers and nurses support Padilla. Sacramento has become a merry-go-round for career politicians who use their power to move up the political ladder instead of helping Californians. I am not a politician, and my résumé uniquely prepares me to reform this particular office. I will bring my background in civic engagement and private sector experience to Sacramento to increase informed participation, while protecting the integrity of our ballot box. Alex Padilla Pete Peterson www.alex-padilla.com www.petesos.com PowerPoint Presentation: CONTROLLER ★ ★ Betty Yee has deep knowledge of tax policy, bond oversight, cash management, and financial audits of state programs. Betty Yee’s proven record of fairness includes making online retailers pay taxes on sales in California just like local merchants do; providing tax equity for same-sex couples; and updating tax rules to promote good jobs in a green economy. Betty Yee is proudly endorsed by California’s classroom teachers, nurses, the Sierra Club, and the California National Organization for Women (NOW). Betty T. Yee www.bettyyee.com Ashley Swearengin www.ashleyforca.com As Controller, I will be an independent watchdog for California’s taxpayers, ensuring tax dollars are spent efficiently and effectively . I’ll reform the office, fix the accounting mess, and get the state’s fisccal watchdog back on track. PowerPoint Presentation: TREASURER ★ ★ As a businessman, CPA and veteran pilot of the U.S. Air Force, I will be the independent fiscal watchdog our state needs to manage its finances. I’ll fight to keep money, jobs and hard working families here in California, and finally get our fiscal house in order. Please join my fight for fiscal sanity and an improved economy by voting Greg Conlon for State Treasurer. State Controller John Chiang has been California’s independent watchdog safeguarding our tax dollars. As our next Treasurer, John Chiang will continue his work to make government spending more transparent and accountable. John Chiang has returned $3 billion in cash and more than 235 million shares of stock to millions owed money by banks and corporations. He hosts free seminars to help small businesses and non-profits navigate complex tax retgulations. Greg Conlon John Chiang www.gregconlon.com www.electjohnchigang.com PowerPoint Presentation: ATTORNEY GENERAL ★ ★ Ron Gold will prosecute vigorously those sleazy nursing homes and dishonest care givers who abuse our elderly. It’s time for Californians to demand that the office of Attorney General not simply be a stepping stone to the governorship but a place where dedication and service should rule for the benefit of all Californians. Ron Gold www.rongold.org Kamala D. Harris www.kamalaharris.org Has focused on combating transnational gangs that are trafficking guns, drugs, and human beings throughout California. Has led a bold response to the state’s foreclosure crisis. Aggressively defended the rights of consumers. She has fought to preserve California’s natural resources, and ensure marriage equality for all. PowerPoint Presentation: INSURANCE COMMISSIONER ★ ★ I’ve been the ultimate consumer advocate for more than 30 years. As Insurance Commissioner, I’ll protect consumers and create a stronger jobs climate. We can do better. I respectfully ask for your vote. Dave Jones has saved consumers $1.67 billion by rejecting excessive auto and homeowners insurance rates. We need an Insurance Commissioner with the courage, integrity, and independence to fight to protect consumer. We need Dave Jones. Jones has helped over 260,000 consumers with complaits about their insurance companies. He recovered $207 million for consumers. The Consumer Federation of California named Dave Jones a “Consumer Champion.” Ted Gaines Dave Jones www.tedgaines.com www.davejones2014.com PowerPoint Presentation: BOARD OF EQUALIZATION District 1 ★ ★ From defending Prop 13 to fighting against tax increases on California families and businesses, I’ve stood firm against the special interests who want to take more of your money. We’re fighting the unfair and illegal “Fire Free” tax targeting rural homeowners and senior citizens across California and when we win in court we’ll return millions of dollars back to taxpayers. As a consumer advocate and tax professional, I fight for taxpayers and hold tax cheats acountable. I have settled over $300 million in tax disputes for individuals, small businesses, and families quickly and efficiently, ensuring hard working taxpayers are treated fairly and corporations pay their share. As an educator, I teach business and employment law to aspiring entrepeneuers. I understand small businesses are the backbone of our economy and communities. George Runner Chris Parker www.georgerunner.com www.parkerforboel.com PowerPoint Presentation: BOARD OF EQUALIZATION District 2 ★ ★ I will put my 20 years of auditing and tax experience including my service as an Associate Appeals Board Commissioner, Member of San Francisco Board of Supervisors and California State Assembly- member to knock out tax fraud and the under-reporting of taxes that cost California billions. I have authored many tax-related bills to help businesses prosper and keep California competitive with other states. I was raised on a ranch in Montana, served honorably in the US Navy, and worked in law enforcement as a Deputy Sheriff. My wife and I live on an organic farm in rural San Benito County. I drive a pickup truck to work each day and our children attend local public schools. I am not a professional politician, and have never run for political office. If elected, I promise to listen to your concerns and provide fair & equal treatment for all taxpayers. Please let me help you. I would appreciate your vote. Fiona Ma James “Jim” Theis www.fionama.com www.jimtheis.com PowerPoint Presentation: BOARD OF EQUALIZATION District 3 ★ ★ A strong supporter of Prop 13, a recognized taxpayer advocate and is endorsed by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. Will vote to repeal unfriendly policies like charging sales tax on the full retail cost of cell phones, regardless of the price charged the buyer. He knows every dollar Government spends is taken from a hardworking taxpayer. Will help people retain more of what they earn by keeping taxes low and government restrained. It has been an incredible privilege to serve you as Chair of the Board of Equalization (BOE), and to be in position to use my 36 years of BOE, legislative, and financial experience – including 26 years with the Board of Equalization, to protect and serve Californians. I started with the Board as an 18-year old intern and rapidly progressed to become an Executive Business Tax Law counselor, before joining the California State Legislature. G. Rick Marshall Jerome E. Horton www.grickmarshall.com www.boardofequalizationjehorton.com PowerPoint Presentation: BOARD OF EQUALIZATION District 4 ★ ★ I will be your problem solver by using my tax experience in the Board of Equalization to bring solutions to complex tax issues. I will ensure your voice is heard and that you receive a fair hearing on matters relating to taxes and fees in the State of California. With a healthy job market we can reduce your tax burden, California’s “wall of debt,” fund public safety, education, and services government should provide. I’ll work to get our economy moving and jobs returning to our State. Working together we can return the gold to California, and I would be honored to have your vote. Diane L. Harkey www.dianeharkey.com Nader Shahtit www.electnadershahatit.com PowerPoint Presentation: Superintendent of Public Instruction Nonpartisan Office ★ ★ I have a proven record of turning around failing schools. Leading 17 publlic schools in some of LA’s toughest neighborhoods, we increased graduation rate by 60%. I’ll be an independent advocate for parents and students – not political insiders. I’ll work to: (1) Get the politicians out of our schools; (2) Cut the bureaucracy to get more money into classrooms and encourage innovation; (3) Get parents more involved; (4) Support public charter schools; (5) make sure students have effective teachers and principals. We can’t accept mediocrity. I know bold action is needed to strengthen our schools. My plan calls for parents, teachers and schools themselves to make education decisions rather than turning our schools over to Washington politicians or Wall Street speculators.Every student deserves great teachers, which is why we must improve teacher training and support, and remove – fairly – those not up to the job. I helped pass a law making it easier to dismiss teachers for misconduct or poor performance, and I made helping struggling teachers a priority. Let’s keep working together. Tom Torlakson www.tomtorlakson.com Marhsall Tuck www.marshalltuck.com PowerPoint Presentation: Under the California Constitution, justices of the Supreme Court and the courts of appeal are subject to confirmation by the voters. The public votes “yes” or “no” on whether to retain each justice. These judicial offices are nonpartisan. The term prescribed by the California Constitution for justices of the Supreme Court and courts of appeal is 12 years. Justices are confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments only until the next gubernatorial election, at which time they run for retention of the remainder of the term, if any, of their predecessor, which will be either 4 or 8 years. (Elections Code section 9083) Kathryn Mickle Werdegar Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar Goodwin Liu PowerPoint Presentation: Shall the following individuals be elected to the office for the term provided by law? Jim Humes 1 st Appellate District Division 1 Kathleen M. Banke 1 st Appellate District Division 1 J. Anthony Kline 1 st Appellate District Division 2 Therese M. Stewart 1 st Appellate District Division 2 Stuart R. Pollak 1 st Appellate District Division 3 Ignazio John Ruvolo 1 st Appellate District Division 4 Mark B. Simons 1 st Appellate District Division 5 Terrence L. Bruiniers 1 st Appellate District Division 5 PowerPoint Presentation: Hugh Bussell Eric Swalwell www.bussellforcongress.org www.swalwell.house.gov ★ ★ United States Representative PowerPoint Presentation: Bob Wieckowski Peter Kuo www.bobwieckowski.com www.kuoforsenate.com ★ ★ State Senator 10 th State Senate District PowerPoint Presentation: Bill Quirk Jaime Patino www.asmdc.org/members/a20/ www.patinofor20thassembly.com ★ ★ State Assembly 20 th State Assembly District PowerPoint Presentation: ★ ★ County Superintendent of Public Instruction www.helenkfoster.org www.karenmonroe.org PowerPoint Presentation: ★ ★ District Governing Board Members https://www.facebook.com/dotforCVUSDschoolboard https://www.facebook.com/janice.friesen.56?fref=ts https://www.facebook.com/GaryHowardforschoolboard Dorothy “Dot” Theodore Parent Gary Howard Appointed CVUSD District Governing Board Member Janice Friesen CVUSD Board Member PowerPoint Presentation: AC Transit District Director, At Large Dollene C. Jones Retired Bus Driver Adrienne C. Andrews Paralegal / Student AC Transit District Director, Ward 4 Murphy McCalley Retired Transportation Consultant Mark Williams AC Transit District Director, Ward 4 PowerPoint Presentation: Castro Valley Sanitary District Directors Kunio Okui Certified Public Accountant Ralph Johnson Board Mmeber, CV Sanitary District Marc Crawford Real Estate Management Melody Appleton Appointed, Director, CV Sanitary District John Maher Retired Transit Mechanic

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