The League of Women Voters put out a voters guide which explains the National and state positions & propositions.
I’ll be voting Republican for those that are party designated – below are my thoughts for the non- positions and propositions and how I plan to vote.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Lance Christensen has had massive support from conservative mama bears! He’s my choice.
Tony Thurmond (current Sup) – endorses by Nancy Pelosi, Alex Padilla and the Democratic Party.
California Supreme & Appellate Court Justices
California Court Justices are appointed by the Governor. Newly appointed judges are listed on the ballot during the next gubernatorial race. This is a YES /NO vote for a 12 year term – they will be listed again at that time. Take the time to read about the individuals and decide whether you want to vote to keep them in their roles. Keep in mind that if Brian Dahle (R) wins the election, he would be in the position to appoint the new justices.
|Justice||Appointed by||My Vote|
|Patricia Guerrero||Gavin Newsom (D)||NO|
|Martin J. Jenkins||Gavin Newsom (D)||NO|
|Joshua Groban||Jerry Brown (D)||NO|
|Goodwin Liu||Jerry Brown (D)||NO|
|Stacy Boulware Eurie||Gavin Newsom (D)||NO|
|Laurie M. Earl||Gavin Newsom (D)||NO|
|Harry Hull||Pete Wilson (R)||YES|
|Peter Krause||Jerry Brown (D)||NO|
I’m in agreement with all but Prop 31 in the Reform California Voter Guide. Decide for yourself what you think is important – my decisions are below.
PROP 1: Reproductive Freedom
My Vote: NO – Prop 1 isn’t about healthcare – it’s about politics. This proposition allows for abortion up to and including birth. I personally believe life begins at conception. I understand their can be circumstances when difficult decisions need to be made, but I am not in agreement with a blanket law allowing abortions at all stages of pregnancy.
The questions you have to ask yourself:
- When does life begin?
- Does this proposition allow for abortion after that point?
My Vote: NO – This gives more power to 5 wealthy SoCal casinos that are behind this proposition. It hurts small business.
My Vote: NO – Arts & Music are important, but I’m not convinced this is the right solution.
There is NO formal opposition to Prop 28. Opponents argue that the measure would limit schools’ options to navigate future budget crises.
“Proposition 28 would require the state to set aside 1% of revenue in the general fund for arts education in K-12 public schools.”
Carl DeMaio, chairman of Reform California, believes Prop 28 would lead to budget cuts in core education programs like reading, writing, and arithmetic.
“Prop 28 sounds good on the surface — more funding for arts and music — but the language is fatally flawed to allow diversion of funding from other education programs that are already not meeting the performance goals we’ve set,” says DeMaio.
He further notes, “California’s public schools are failing and it isn’t because we aren’t offering enough music and arts programs – it is because we have a total lack of accountability within the bureaucracies that run these school districts.”
My Vote: NO – dialysis patients are they will not be able to get proper treatment. Prop 9 is too restrictive. Dialysis patients, nurses & doctors support NO on this proposition.
My Vote: NO
“The state of California recently ruled that 90% of rideshare vehicles must be electric vehicles by 2030. Lyft is trying to force the taxpayers to foot the bill – rather than spend their own corporate money to support their drivers and comply with the new law.”
“Prop 30 revenue will be put in a special interest lock box overseen by an unelected board, redirecting general fund monies traditionally used to support California’s public schools, teachers and students.”
My Vote: YES – Prop 31 makes it more difficult for youth to get their hands on addictive tobacco products. (Note: the major tobacco companies oppose prop 31)
GET TO KNOW YOUR LOCAL CANDIDATES!
Below is a link to the local candidates who will be on the November ballot, including contact info.
Ask the hard questions – share answers with your community.
IF ANY CANDIDATES are willing to answer the questions on the above link, I would be happy to share those answers here!
RBJUHS District Board
- Barbara Klotz is a conservative who has been supporting our group and coming to rally’s. I support her candidacy! She’s the only one I know anything about.
Red Bluff City Council
I don’t live in the city limits so I don’t get a vote, but their decisions still impact those of us who call Red Bluff home.
Who I would vote for if I were in the city limits:
- Kris Dieters is a current councilwoman and is aligned with the majority of our local political beliefs. There is a talk about a recent decision made by Ms Dieters and 2 other councilmen in regards to Dog Island Park being a designated homeless encampment. Before you write them off, talk with them. The 3 that voted this way are and have been representing the people of Tehama County as we would want to be represented. Get the full picture before voting out the good ones!
- Pat Hurton is a long time resident of Red Bluff, retired law enforcement officer, and pastor. He is also the current chairman of Christian Peace Officers of Tehama County. He has been attending the council meetings for quite some time and has been disappointed with some of the decisions made in the past. He sees the need for good, local representation and wants to make a difference.
- Johanna Jones is also a current councilwoman. She is often aligned with Ms Eyestone. However – compared to those listed below, she is a less problematic choice.
Who I would not vote for:
- Danielle Eyestone is a current councilwoman and former mayor pro tem. She was removed as mayor pro tem last year when she became visibly and verbally angry toward the other councilmen about an incident that she believed was a violation of the Brown Act (which is designed to ensure public transparency). She ended up walking out of the closed session meeting. The DA ultimately determined no violation had been committed. However 3 of the other councilmen (Parker, Dieters & Gonzales) determined her behavior was not appropriate for someone leading the council; they voted to strip her of her title as mayor pro tem. KRCR Article
- Cody Strock ran for council 2 years ago. He is young, which is not in and of itself a bad thing! But his grand ideas, which sound good on the surface, are not realistic. When problems were pointed out to him during the last election, he became defensive and argumentative. Ask the very hard questions – but make sure you have the same conversations with some of the other sitting councilmen (Kris Dieters, JR Gonzales, Clay Parker).
- Colton “Magi” Douglas Epperson is clearly connected to Strock. Check him out on FB.
PLEASE VOTE NO! Measure E would repeal and replace City Council ordinance 1063, which was developed through an extensive Committee process that ultimately provides accountability among government officials and commercial cannabis businesses within Red Bluff.
Cannabis dispensaries, distribution, delivery, cultivation, manufacturing, microbusiness, and testing laboratories are currently allowed. In fact, three dispensary permits have already been approved for operation within the City of Red Bluff.
Passage of Measure E would rescind and replace City of Red Bluff Ordinance 1063 and while it would not invalidate the permits and development agreements that the City has diligently been working on for the past two years, current permittees may not be re-permitted at their annual review under Measure E.
Measure E has several legal deficiencies that would subject it, and the City, to legal challenges and at least partial invalidity:
(1) the residency preference would subject commercial cannabis permit applicants potentially violating our Constitution’s Commerce Clause, Privileges and Immunities Clause, and Equal protection Clause,
2) the restrictions on criminal background of applicants could be unconstitutionally vague; and
(3) the process for revoking commercial cannabis permits may violate a permittee’s procedural due process rights.
Finally, there are ambiguities within the Measure that will complicate implementation if passed and Measure E does not reflect best practices for commercial cannabis permitting ordinances.
Measure E would have a detrimental financial effect on the City because the initial fees will likely not cover the City’s costs of processing applications, requiring a subsidy from the General Fund. Additionally, Measure E does not provide for public benefit payments in connection with their applications. The financial loss to the City if this Measure is passed is estimated to be approximately $400,000 annually. Furthermore, Measure E allows consumption lounges within the City, while City of Red Bluff Ordinance 1063 does not allow consumption lounges.
The City Council is opposed to Measure E. It is unnecessary since the City has passed Ordinance 1063 which already permits cannabis operations within City limits and urges the public to vote No.
Councilmember Kris Deiters, Mayor
“This is a misguided and ill-informed effort to remove and replace Red Bluff’s recently adopted Cannabis Ordinance. The language contained in Measure E to replace the ordinance has already been rejected by the City Council, after legal counsel determined that several clauses are non-enforceable and would subject the city to expensive and lengthy litigation.”
IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS BY CITY ATTORNEY MEASURE E
In February 2022, the City Council of the City of Red Bluff adopted Ordinance 1063 which authorized Commercial Cannabis dispensaries, manufacturing, cultivation, delivery, and microbusinesses within the City of Red Bluff.
Measure E seeks voter approval to repeal and replace Ordinance 1063 with an ordinance that would amend the Zoning Chapter of the Red Bluff Municipal Code to permit and regulate commercial and personal marijuana or cannabis activities.
Measure E would not invalidate the cannabis storefront permits or development agreements currently in place pursuant to Ordinance 1063, however the permit renewal process would be modified and there is no guarantee that the current permit holders meet Measure E standards for re-permitting.
Measure E would allow the following state commercial cannabis license types to operate in the City: storefront retail, retail delivery (non-storefront), microbusiness, manufacturing (including volatile), distribution, testing, cannabis events, and indoor cultivation. It would also permit cannabis consumption lounges if permitted by state law.
Measure E allows 1 storefront retail business, delivery retailer or consumption lounge for every 5,000 people in the City.
Measure E establishes a “first come, first served” process for selecting applicants to obtain a retail or consumption lounge cannabis permit. The City must select applicants based on a ranking system of “social equity” factors which prioritize applicants living in or within 10 miles of Red Bluff for the last two years.
Cannabis businesses must be at least 500 feet from schools, day care facilities, and youth centers when established.
Retailers may operate in the central, historic, and general commercial zoning districts, and industrial districts. Other commercial cannabis businesses are allowed in certain commercial or industrial zones, though cannabis event organizers may be located in any district when operating as a home occupation.
Measure E creates a permit procedure that gives the City Planning Director authority to approve applications. There is no requirement for Planning Commission approval.
The initiative requires permittees to maintain odor control systems but does not require security systems. It provides the City cannot be liable for its permitting decision, but it also prevents the City from requesting applicants indemnify the City for claims others may bring due to the applicant’s conduct.
Measure E allows personal cannabis cultivation inside a dwelling or accessory building that complies with state and local building codes. However, it does not create a mechanism for inspections to ensure compliance with such codes. Although outdoor personal cultivation is prohibited, the City Council may allow it.
Measure E allows up to 6 plants to be grown indoors per property unless cultivation is for medical use. It then allows up to 12 indoor plants per qualified patient or primary caregiver.
The City estimates that the Measure E will result in approximately $400,000.00 in lost revenue annually due to the lack of Public Benefit Fee provisions in the initiative.
Measure E can be approved by the voters by a majority vote of the ballots cast on the measure.
Measure E was placed on the ballot via a Proponent Driven Ballot Initiative.
RED BLUFF UNION ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT
SCHOOL SAFETY, UPGRADE, RENOVATION AND IMPROVEMENT MEASURE
ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE F
Our elementary schools are the most important asset in our community and should be our number one priority. From higher achieving students, to greater neighborhood safety and improved property values, quality schools make a difference. Teachers and staff do their best in educating our children, many classrooms and school facilities at the Red Bluff Union Elementary School District are outdated and inadequate to provide students with the schools they need to succeed. This is why our children need your YES vote on Measure F!
Although our elementary schools have had some major renovations recently through the successful passage of Measure C, our work is not done. It’s time to finish our plan to fully renovate all our schools and provide quality education to our local children. These aging schools need major classroom and infrastructure improvements to preserve the quality of education provided to local children. By investing in our schools, we can meet today’s safety, technological, and educational standards and better our community.
If passed, Measure F will provide funding to make facility improvements at local elementary schools including:
• Repairing or replacing leaky roofs
• Replacing outdated heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems
• Upgrading inadequate electrical systems
• Replacing deteriorating plumbing and sewer systems
• Making health, safety and handicapped accessibility improvements
Measure F makes financial sense and protects taxpayers.
• All funds must be spent locally and cannot be taken by the State.
• By law, spending must be reviewed and annually audited by an independent citizens’ oversight committee.
• Funds can only be spent to improve our schools, not for teacher or administrator salaries.
Measure F upgrades and renovates old and inadequate school facilities, improves the education of local children, and maintains the quality of our community.
Join us and VOTE YES ON MEASURE F!
s/ Kate Grissom
s/ Ron Clark
s/ William R Moule
s/ Richard DuVarney