Brian Kindsvater on the 2016 California Initiatives
Brian Kindsvater says vote NO on Proposition 51
Proposition 51 is a developer proposed initiative giving the state a blank check of $9 billion dollars to be used for school construction.
The hidden purpose behind Proposition is a section which bans increases in developer fees for school construction projects.
This is one reason why the Governor is against Proposition 51 and the initiative was not placed on the balot by the legislature.
The proponents of the initiative begin with a litany of scare tactics. Schools have asbestos, lead paint, not earthquake safe, fire traps. etc. But not a single school is mentioned.
It's a generic money pit with no specific construction in mind, but it does prevent developers from having to pay higher fees for projects that have already been approved.
Brian Kindsvater says vote NO on Proposition 52
Proposition 52 is a constitutional amendment forever giving money to hospitals.
This is a money grab by the medical industry and an unnecessary constitutional amendment.
Initially, constitutional amendments should be for important issues. Not permanent money grabs for one specific industry.
The way it works today is the federal government will provide funds if a certain fee is obtained from hospitals.
The funds exceed the fees so it is a good deal for hospitals. They pay $1 and receive about $2.
Current law provides for those hospital fees.
But the law sunsets every few years, meaning the legislature has to renew it. The sunsetting purpose is to ensure existing law matches the federal requirements for matching funds and allows the legislature to amend it as needed.
Proposition 52 is different. It makes the law permanent by putting it in the constitution.
As a result it end-runs the legislative oversight to ensure the fees are needed and money is appropriately being used.
It is dumb, dumb, dumb to permanently have a fee like this in the constitution.
Brian Kindsvater says vote NO on Proposition 53
Proposition 53 requires voter approval for any state project requiring $2 billion or more in bonds.
The concept is to ensure the legislature does not approve large projects, such as the bullet train to nowhere.
Really, Proposition 53 is an attempt by one very rich guy to kill a water infrastructure project he does not like.
If you don't want a large project approved voice your concern with your representative.
There is no reason to have an artificial dollar limit (which will degrade over time due to inflation) requiring voter approval for more and more projects.
Brian Kindsvater says vote YES on Proposition 54
Proposition 54 is a no-brainer requiring any new proposed law to be posted on the Internet for 72 hours before being passed.
There is an exception for emergencies.
What happens now is a legislature will propose a law that is literally blank.
Immediately before the end of the legislative session, at about midnight, the blank bill is filled in to benefit a special interest and pet project.
A vote is quickly made and there is a new law.
The process is called gut and amend.
That is wrong.
If there is one initiative you vote yes on this year it should be Proposition 54.
Brian Kindsvater says vote NO on Proposition 55
In 2012 the voters approved Proposition 30 which was promised to be a temporary tax increase on the three highest tax brackets.
Naturally, as the temporary tax is about to expire an attempt is made to make it permanent. That is what Proposition 55 does.
Promises made should be promises kept - and temporary means temporary.
Say no to continued lies and higher taxes.
Brian Kindsvater says vote YES on Proposition 56
Proposition 56 increases the tax on cigarettes.
The tobacco industry of course wants to keep killing people after addicting them and picking their pockets for decades, and claims Proposition 56 is a special interest money grab that will not fund stop smoking programs and gives the money to the medical industry without putting any money to schools (as Prop 98 otherwise requires).
Basically, everything you may hear about the no on Proposition 56 campaign is true.
Yep, it's a money grab, does not fund stop smoking programs, and gives no money to schools.
But so what.
I don't care if they burn the money in a fire pit.
If the increased tax keeps people from starting to smoke that is a good thing.
Too bad the tax increase isn't a lot higher.
Brian Kindsvater says vote YES on Proposition 57
Proposition 57 allows earlier parol for noncriminal convictions.
The California prison system is way overcrowded and ridiculously expensive. The state is repeatedly subject to lawsuits and federal court orders due to the overcrowding problem.
Fact is, a huge number of people are imprisoned for non-violent crimes. Mostly drug related. And they are not being rehabilitated in prison. And we don't need to keep paying tax dollars to keep them locked up for decades and long after these elderly inmates are likely to commit new crimes.
The claim by opponents that a tsunami of violent criminals will be immediately released to prey upon the innocent is some fine fear baiting - and ridiculous.
Brian Kindsvater says vote NO on Proposition 58
In 1998 voters passed Proposition 227 requiring English learning in the schools.
Proposition 227 has been a proven success for 18 years.
But that hasn't stopped those who want Spanish education for the flood of Spanish speaking immigrants - legal and illegal. Who cares if they do not integrate into society.
Proposition 58 would overturn important parts of Proposition 227. It also has a poison pill preventing the legislature from making any changes in the future - even if critically needed to educate students.
Brian Kindsvater says vote NO on Proposition 59
Proposition 59 doesn't do anything except ask whether there should be a constitutional amendment overturning a US Supreme Court opinion and election financing AND declaring corporations do not have constitutional rights.
There have only been 27 amendments to the US Constitution in 242 years. None of which involve mundane things like federal campaign financing.
The real purpose is to have declared corporations do not have constitutional rights to strike at religious protection laws.
For example, the Hobby Lobby case saying a business owner who incorporates does not lose his or her first amendment rights simply by incorporating.
While the Citizens United financing case is not popular, declaring corporations have limited, or no constitutional rights in certain situations would have far ranging impact.
Basically, there is zero chance of this being a constitutional amendment.
It is a complete waste of time to be on the ballot.
Brian Kindsvater says vote NO on Proposition 60
Proposition 60 would require adult (porn) film stars (participants) to wear a condom.
Can sexually transmitted diseases by transmitted during sex? Yes. That is why they are called sexually transmitted diseases.
Can other diseases be transmitted by kissing, touching someone, or even just being close by? Yes.
Maybe all film actors should be banned from kissing or touching someone so they don't get a virus or some bacteria.
They could get the cold.
Or the flu.
The flu (influenza) can kill after all.
What a ridiculous proposition. This isn't about health. It's about killing the adult film industry in California and causing it to move to another state.
Brian Kindsvater says vote YES on Proposition 61
A lot of money is being spent on Proposition 61.
Everyone knows drug prices are out of control.
Federal law requires discounts for veterans.
Proposition 61 would require the same discount for state purchases.
Naturally, the drug industry doesn't want to discount anyone so money is being poured in against this initiative. All that money just shows how much money the prescription drug industry is stealing from everyone.
Opponents claim veterans will lose their discount. Not true. It is a federal law.
Opponents claim the drug industry will raise its prices. True. But they're raising prices by astronomical amounts anyway.
Epi-Pen has been in the news. Life saving insulin drug prices have skyrocketed. Other medications are through the ceiling.
The drug industry doesn't want to see a wave of state laws following California. Too bad. Vote yes.
Brian Kindsvater says vote NO on Proposition 62
Proposition 62 repeals the death penalty.
What has happened is opponents of the death penalty have imposed so many roadblocks that it takes decades and millions of dollars to execute anyone.
So now opponents say the death penalty is too expensive and should be killed off (pun intended).
What should happens is the appeals process is streamlined so it is less costly and does not take decades.
That is the real solution to the expense of death penalty cases.
Brian Kindsvater says vote NO on Proposition 63
Proposition 63 requires background checks before buying ammunition and bans the possession of certain firearms.
The proponents arguments are beyond absurd - referring to ISIS and terrorist attacks - which has nothing to do with a background check to buy ammunition.
This is an indirect attack on the Second Amendment by making it more expensive and time consuming to protect yourself.
Instead of police spending time catching real criminals, they will be spending their time conducting background checks on someone who already passed a background check to buy a firearm in the first place.
Brian Kindsvater says vote YES on Proposition 64
Proposition 64 would legalize marijuana.
There hasn't seemed to be a disaster in states where marijuana has been legalized.
Marijuana is basically legal anyway per the medical marijuana law. Its time to stop spending billions of dollars imprisoning people for marijuana crimes.
Brian Kindsvater says vote YES on Proposition 65
If Proposition 67 fails (no shopping bag fee) then proposition 65 is moot.
But if proposition 67 passes (there is a shopping bag fee) then proposition 65 determines if the 10 cent a bag fee is paid to grocery stores or paid to a wildlife conversation fund for environmental projects.
A yet vote on this proposition is fair payback to grocery stores who paid (bribed) legislators a lot of money to get a bag fee passed which is paid to them - claiming it will be good for the environment.
Proposition 65 would ensure money forcibly collected from shoppers would be used to help the environment and not the bottom line of large corporate grocery chains.
Brian Kindsvater says vote YES on Proposition 66
Remember our prior discussion about Proposition 62 and what is needed to fix the cost of the death penalty?
Proposition 66 is that solution.
Instead of allowing endless appeals costing millions Proposition 66 fixes the legal process. No longer will first degree killers get to milk the system for decades.
Brian Kindsvater says vote NO on Proposition 67
The California legislature passed a law requiring shoppers to pay grocery stores ten cents a bag.
This initiative, if approved, would keep the law and require the bag fee.
If the initiative is rejected the law would be nullified.
The shopping bag law is a money grab by grocery stores. Nothing like getting the legislature to make shoppers pay extra money.
The bag law is like a tax increase because the government is imposing it.
But instead of paying the government grocery stores pocket the money.
A dime here and a dime there, over 30 million residents adds up to a lot of money.