How to vote and why.

By Daniel Brockman, 061020.

Election, Petaluma, Sonoma County, November 7, 2006.

 

Office

Vote

Why

Governor

Peter Miguel Camejo (Green)

Favors marriage option for everyone, ranked choice voting, public election funding, proportional representation, alternative energy, tolerance for immigrants. Opposes death penalty. (Won’t win. My money is on Arnold by a landslide.)

Lieutenant Governor

Lynnette Shaw (Libertarian)

Favors decriminalization of marijuana on the Marin County model. (Won’t win.)

Secretary of State

Debra Bowen (Democratic)

Favors paper trail voting., full disclosure of initiative proponents. Sierra Club endorsement.

Controller

Laura Wells (Green)

Prefers crime prevention to prison construction.

Treasurer

Mehul M. Thakker (Green)

Favors moving state investments into community development banks and credit unions, legalization of undocumented workers and fair minimum wage for all workers.

Attorney General

Michael S. Wyman (Green)

Prefers life imprisonment to death penalty. Favors medical marijuana, tolerance of immigrants. Opposes prison for nonviolent offenders. Opposes War on Drugs.

Insurance Commissioner

Tom Condit (Peace & Freedom)

Favors “single system of quality health care for all”.

State Board of Equalization, 1st District

Betty T. Yee (Democrat)

Favors universal access to health care, clean natural environment. Opposes special tax breaks.

United States Senate

Feinstein (Democratic)

Defeat Republican.

United States Representative

Woolsey (Democratic)

Opposes Bush’s wars.

Member of State Assembly

Jared Huffman (Democratic)

Defeat Republican.

Judicial

Yes (for all)

No reason to vote no.

State Propositions

Vote

Why

1A

No

Benefits cars at the expense of pedestrians, bicycles and public transit

1B

No

Benefits cars at the expense of pedestrians and bicycles.

1C

Yes

Increases housing available to disadvantaged persons.

1D

No

Promotes dependence of local schools on central govt for funding.

1E

Yes

Improves waterways and emergency preparedness for natural disasters.

83

No

Creates great expense for doubtful benefit, despite some good features.

84

Yes

Promotes water resource quality.

85

No

Anti-choice.

86

No

Promotes illegal trade in tobacco with associated use of weapons to settle commercial disputes. Provides new diversification for business enterprises engaged in prostitution and illegal drug trafficking.

87

Yes

Tends to increase the cost of petroleum and subsidize other energy sources, reducing oil consumption.

88

No

Promotes dependence of local schools on central govt for funding.

89

Yes

Reduces corrupt campaign financing.

90

No

Too complex. Someone’s reaching for your wallet, but I don’t know who.

Office

Vote

Why

Mayor

Pam Torliatt

Promises bike path improvements.

City Council

Tiffany Renee

Promises bike path improvements. Doesn’t actively promote road widening for automobiles and Rainier connector.

City Council

David Rabbitt

Bicyclist. Promises bike path improvements.

City Council

John Mills

Former bicycle salesman. Track record lobbying for traffic calming and bike path improvements.

Petaluma Health Care District

Glennon T. Moran

Brings a new view to district financing. Experienced expert in health care institutional finance.

Petaluma Health Care District

Josephine S. Thornton

Promotes district financing of health care, and long term preservation of the community health care safety net.

Local Propositions

Vote

Why

F (Sonoma County)

Yes

Preserves water quality and open space, with reasonable compensations for impairments to development projects.

H (Petaluma)

Yes

Opposes construction of casino outside designated urban growth boundary.

R (SMART)

Yes

Builds and operates bike path and passenger railway from Cloverdale to Larkspur.