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Twelve propositions will be listed on the November 2020 general-election ballot in California. The Peace & Freedom Party formally announces our endorsements for voting on these propositions. Click on any of the proposition numbers/titles to read more on the PFP position.
Proposition 14 – Bonds for stem cell research. NO. Bond financing profits wealthy investors at taxpayer expense.
Proposition 15 – Property tax. YES. Taxes commercial and industrial properties based on market value while keeping Prop 13 tax protection for housing and farmland.
Proposition 16 – Affirmative Action. YES. Repeals Prop 209 from 1996 that outlawed affirmative action.
Proposition 17 – Voting. YES. Gives the vote back to those released from prison on parole.
Proposition 18 – Voting. YES. Allows those who will be 18 by the general election to vote in the primary as well.
Proposition 19 – Property tax. No recommendation by PFP. Changes some property tax rules for transfers of housing ownership.
Proposition 20 – Law enforcement/incarceration. NO. Sends more to jail, stiffens penalties and reduces parole, when we should reduce prison populations.
Proposition 21 – Housing. YES. Changes state law to permit more local ability to control rents. Not perfect, but an improvement.
Proposition 22 – Business. NO. Would slash worker protections for app-based jobs to benefit the large corporations, i.e. Uber, Lyft, and Doordash, that put this on the ballot.
Proposition 23 – Healthcare. YES. Improves regulation of kidney dialysis clinics, forbids discrimination against Medicare and Medical patients.
Proposition 24 – Business. YES. Expands state consumer privacy protections, creates Privacy Protection Agency.
Proposition 25 – Trials. YES. End cash bail. Keep people from staying in jail solely because they don't have bail money.
The following article is run on this website courtesy of Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox, on which it originally appeared. Cindy is a longtime Peace & Freedom Party member and anti-war activist. She is the author of Peace Mom: A Mother’s Journey Through Heartache to Activism.
The recent “Dump Trump, then Battle Biden“ piece written by Noam Chomsky et al and signed by a few dozen liberal activists and authors who recycle this twaddle every four years makes many logical, factual and rhetorical errors.
Arguably, the main error is that no matter how terrible a Democrat candidate for POTUS is, no matter how many wars he supported, no matter how many women/girls he publicly molested, no matter how many cops went un-prosecuted, no matter how many immigrant families were separated at the border, no matter how many billions of dollars were transferred from the poor to the already wealthy, no matter how much corruption and pork barrel politics have been tied to him, and no matter how far he has gone into a state of mental decline, *he owns our votes.*
According to the letter, the signers are not in love with Democrat candidate Joe Biden, but it seems their only “beef” with him is that he is “beholden to the elites.” He *is* one of those political elite and has been a profound part of the decadence and violence of the U.S. political establishment for decades as well as an architect of many of the paths that led the U.S. straight to a Trump regime.
Another rhetorical and factual error in the very title of this piece is that after Trump is dumped, these same people will “Battle Biden,” the very support of him waters that threat down. Plus, it’s been historically shown that these same liberal forces will *not* “battle” a Democrat. They may make peeps and squeaks during a Democrat regime, but deep into the third year of the election cycle, they will revert to the same old rubbish demonstrated in this letter.
Proposition 24 is a measure on the ballot to add provisions to current privacy legislation and to create a State agency to help implement the law. According to the Legislative Analyst,
This proposition provides consumers with new data privacy rights. These include the right to:
Limit sharing (in addition to “sale” in the current law) of personal data – onsumers consumers may direct businesses to not share their personal data;
Correct personal data – consumers may direct businesses to take reasonable efforts to correct personal data that they possess; and
Limit use of “sensitive” personal data – The proposition defines certain pieces of personal data as sensitive. Examples include social security numbers, account logins with passwords, and health data. (Also includes precise location, race and sexuality) Consumers could direct businesses to limit use of their sensitive personal data only to 1) provide requested services or goods, and 2) fulfill key business purposes such as providing customer service.
The Alameda County Peace and Freedom Party and Movement has announced its endorsement of several candidates in local races in the upcoming election, including Aidan Hill in the race for Berkeley mayor. Below run our profile of Aidan.
Aidan Hill is a person who thinks globally and acts locally. Currently attending UC Berkeley studying climate change and public policy, Aidan also serves as the vice-chair on the Berkeley Homeless Commission and as a United Nations Department of Global Communications affiliate.
Aidan has also worked with and/or volunteered for the California Public Interest Research Group (CalPIRG), Youth Spirit Artwork and East Bay Food Not Bombs. Aidan is running on a platform of environmental justice and human rights in their run for the office against incumbent Jesse Arreguin, environmental attorney Wayne Hsiung and retiree Naomi D. Pete.
In an interview with independent news outlet Berkeleyside.com, Aidan explained the motivation behind running for mayor: “We are at a moment in history where the political decisions we make now will affect the rest of our collective history. As humans, we have the ability to protect our commons: the land, the sea, and the air. We also have the ability for great chaos such as nuclear weapons, land degradation, and the stain of poverty that denies basic human rights.
Over 1.7 million Californians signed petitions to put an initiative on the ballot this election which, if passed, would finally close the commercial property tax loophole that has allowed the wealthiest corporations, such as Walmart and Disneyland, to avoid paying billions of dollars in property taxes each year. California Proposition 15, also known as the Tax on Commercial and Industrial Properties for Education and Local Government Funding Initiative, will determine whether to close this loophole and make corporations pay property taxes reassessed at current market rates. This would bring $8 billion to $12 billion more in revenue which would go directly to public schools (40%) and local communities (60%).
Proposition 15 alludes to a commercial tax loophole that has been taken advantage of by corporations for decades since 1978, when Proposition 13 (“People's Initiative to Limit Property Taxation”) was passed. Prop 13 aimed to decrease property taxes by assessing property values at their 1976 value and restricting annual increases of assessed value to an inflation factor not to exceed 2% per year.
These tax cuts were what made Prop 13 widely popular for homeowners across California. However, Proposition 13 included a loophole in which homes were not differentiated from commercial property, allowing corporations like Disneyland to be paying property tax values from 1976 even to this day. For homeowners, every time their property is sold, the property value is reassessed to current rates; commercial property owners can avoid this reassessment provision as well by taking advantage of property transfer loopholes.
As property tax revenue goes directly toward funding schools and local governments, the passing of Proposition 13’s tax cuts in 1978 slashed revenue devoted to these by more than half. To this day, California spends less on its schools than most other states in the country because of this law. California public schools currently rank 39th in spending per pupil, are dead last with the largest class sizes in the nation, and face budget cuts and staff layoffs.
Proposition 21 would replace Costa-Hawkins, a statute that currently prevents local governments from enacting rent control. Repealing Costa-Hawkins is an important first step toward providing stable, affordable housing for everyone in our communities and preventing exorbitant rent increases.
Proposition 21 isn’t perfect – but if it passes, California cities and counties would be able to enact rent control for housing that is more than 15 years old. Rent control prevents landlords from raising rents in large increments and helps keep families, workers, seniors and housing-insecure populations in their homes. This would stabilize our neighborhoods and prevent homelessness.
Passage of Prop 21 would only apply to landlords who own more than two housing units, so small landlords will be exempt. Opponents of this proposition claim that this law will prevent new housing from being built – this is false and misleading.
In 2017, the ILO estimated that some 55 million Americans – so about 6.6 million Californians – were employed in “gig economy” work. Ballot Proposition 22, which appears on the California ballot in the upcoming election, is of critical importance for the human rights and future livelihoods of these workers.
Prop 22, more formally known as the App-Based Drivers as Contractors and Labor Policies Initiative (2020), is an initiative which is co-sponsored by rideshare services Uber and Lyft along with delivery driver service Doordash. The initiative comes in response to California Assembly Bill AB 5, passed in September 2019, which codified into law the California State Supreme Court decision on Dynamex Operations West Inc. v. Superior Court of Los Angeles. The law more fully defines which hires must be considered full-on employees as opposed to contract labor.
Since the enactment into law of AB 5, Uber and Lyft specifically have simply chosen to ignore it, continuing to employ workers as independent contractors. On August 10, a California Superior Court handed down a decision ordering the two rideshare companies to reclassify their workers from independent contractors to employees, with commensurate benefits due these employees under extant state law.
The Alameda County Peace and Freedom Party and Movement has announced its endorsement of five candidates, including two candidates running for seats on the Oakland city council, Carroll Fife in district 3 and Rebecca Kaplan for the at-large seat. Below run profiles of our endorsees.
Carroll Fife for Oakland City Council, District 3
Carroll Fife brings an impressive résumé of activism and community involvement to her bid for the district 3 seat on the Oakland City Council.
As one of the organizers behind the Moms 4 Housing movement, Carroll received statewide – and later nationwide – attention for actions including the takeover of an abandoned building in the city by the homeless. She also assisted in the establishment of Oakland’s Department of Race and Equity.
Carroll will be running against five other candidates for the district 3 seat on a platform described by the Mercury News as focused on “redistributing wealth and property to provide housing for all, and abolishing policing as we know it.” Campaign material further promises that Carroll will work on the council for greater financial investment in communities, support of essential workers and taxation of wealth.
Visit Carroll’s campaign website at CarrollFife.org.
Rebecca Kaplan for Oakland City Council, at-large member
In endorsing Rebecca to retain her seat on the Oakland city council, the Bay Area Reporter editorial board wrote of Rebecca: “First elected to the council in 2008, Kaplan, who identifies as a butch lesbian queer, is currently president of the eight-member body and has built a solid record not only on behalf of LGBTQ constituents, but all Oaklanders.”
Says Rebecca, Oakland city council at-large incumbent: “I am honored to work with community to support real solutions to our homeless crisis, fight for zone-based cleanup and enforcement of illegal dumping, get guns off the streets, provide for public health and local small business support, strengthen housing for all income levels, improve our air quality, transit, pedestrian and bicycle safety, racial and economic justice, and police accountability.”
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