California Proposition Guide

I grew up in Pennsylvania, a state without voter propositions.  Upon arriving in California some years ago, I found the "prop" system to be complicated and kind of a big pain.  Over the years I’ve taken to making myself a chart of what the various useful (to me) sources are saying about the propositions.  This time I am sharing it here as I hope it will be useful to others.  Any mistakes are probably the result of transcription error on my part.  I’ll be happy to correct them.  In compiling this, I picked my region’s two largest papers, plus the LA Times.  You’ll also find the recommendation of the California League of Women Voters and the "party lines" of the two major parties.  Whatever you do: go out and vote!

Useful Links:

Prop Pro / Con / BallotPedia CA LWV SF Chron SJ Merc LA Times CA Dem Ca GOP
1A High Speed Rail
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
2 Standards for Confining Farm
No Stance No Yes No Yes No
3 Children’s Hospital Bond Act. Grant Program.
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
4 Abortion Waiting Period/Parental Notification
No No No No No Yes
5 Nonviolent Drug Offenses. Sentencing, Parole and Rehabilitation.
Yes No No No Yes No
6 Police and Law Enforcement Funding. Criminal Penalties and Laws. (“Runner Initiative”)
No No No No No Yes
7 Renewable Energy Generation
No No No
No No No
8 Eliminates Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry
No No No No No Yes
9 Criminal Justice System. Victims’ Rights. Parole.
No No No No No Yes
10 Alternative Fuel Vehicles and Renewable Energy. Bonds.
No No No No Neutral No
11 Redistricting Reform: California Voters FIRST Act
Yes Yes Yes Yes No Neutral
12 Veterans’ Bond Act of 2008 ???
No Stance Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

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