California Democratic Party Takes Positions on Ballot Initiatives

Rancho Santiago Community College District Trustee and Resolutions Committee Co-Chair John Hanna convenes the Resolutions Committee of the California Democratic Party (Photo: Chris Prevatt)

This weekend delegates to the Executive Board of the California Democratic Party met in Anaheim, in part, to determine party positions on the November 6th General Election ballot initiatives. Our own John Hanna, a Rancho Community College District Trustee, co-chairs the Resolutions Committee which guides the decision-making process on party resolutions and state-wide ballot measures.

The committee approved all but two positions on their consent calendar. Propositions 35 and 37 were pulled for further discussion. Orange County’s Greg Diamond spoke against the Anti-Human Trafficking Initiative, Prop 35, because of what he calls sloppy drafting. While he opposes human trafficking, he feels that the language of the initiative is too broad and could be abused by prosecutors to charge people with Human Trafficking when their offenses have nothing to do with trafficking. Diamond’s arguments can be found in his post on the Orange Juice Blog here. The committee recommended support for Prop 35 with one dissenting vote.

The debate over Proposition 37 was over the possible impacts on small local businesses, such as farmers markets, that could potentially be burdened with the labeling requirements. The committee voted with two distensions to support Prop 37.

Here are the Official Positions of the California Democratic Party on the November 6th Ballot Initiatives.

Yes on Proposition 30
Protects funding for schools and local public safety

No on Proposition 31
Locks California into permanent underfunding of education, health, and other vital services

No on Proposition 32
Creates special exemptions for billionaires and Super PACs allowing them to buy elections

No on Proposition 33
Auto insurance rate hike

Yes on Proposition 34
Repeals death penalty and replaces with life without parole

Yes on Proposition 35
Increases penalties for human trafficking

Yes on Proposition 36
Reforms “Three Strikes” law

Yes on Proposition 37
Labeling of genetically engineered foods

No on Proposition 38
Munger initiative

Neutral on Proposition 39
Adjusts taxes for multi-state corporations to fund clean energy programs

Yes on Proposition 40
Referendum on State Senate district boundaries

“We have a real fight on our hands in California this year but Democrats are prepared to dig deep and work hard to win,” said California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton. “If Prop 32 were to pass, it would effectively silence the voice of working families at the ballot box while giving corporate interests and billionaire businessmen free rein to exert even more influence on our political system. We’re not going to let that happen.”

“In addition, we’re going to work hard to pass Proposition 30 to prevent further cuts to education and local public safety,” said Burton.

Melahat Rafiei campaigns for DNC membership at the California Demopcratic Party E-Board meeting in Anaheim, July 28, 2012. (Photo: Chris Prevatt)

The Executive Board members also selected California’s DNC members for the 2012-2016 term. There were several familiar faces among the 80 individuals competing for 19 seats on the Democratic National Committee. Former Democratic Party of Orange County  Executive Director Melahat Rafiei , Democratic Foundation of Orange County executive Director Henry Vandermeir, and local campaign volunteer and 39th Congressional District-Level Delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention, Dot Del Leon all campaigned for DNC membership.  While none of them were elected, we congratulate them for their enthusiastic campaign efforts. Click here for a list of the results of the DNC member elections.