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10B Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter ED I T O RIAL and OPINION, EDITORIAL What's the proposition? The upcoming election Tuesday, Nov. 2, fea- tures quite an array of interesting propositions. If all were passed, significant changes would be made to the way our state collects revenue, en- forces the law, passes its budget, prepares for cli- mate change and prioritizes the economy. The following proposition explanations are drawn from the California Legislative Analyst (CLA). The CLA provides nonpartisan fiscal and policy analysis for the state legislature. Its descriptions of a proposition are intended to be an unbiased view to accompany arguments made by proponents and opponents of each propo- sition. The CLA section of the voter guide also pro- vides comments on potential fiscal impacts of each prop. Read your voter information guide and get out there and vote! Proposition 19 Allows people of at least 21 years of age to pos- sess, cultivate, or transport marijuana for person- al use. Permits local governments to regulate and tax production, distribution, and sale of marijuana. Prohibits possession of marijuana on school grounds, use in public, or smoking the substance While minors are present. Maintains prohibitions against driving while impaired. Limits employers' ability to address marijuana use to Situations where job performance is actual- ly impaired. Proposition 20 Transfers authority to establish congressional districts from elected representatives to 14-mem- ber commission authorized in a prior election. Commission is comprised of five Democrats, five Republicans, and four voters registered with neither party. New district lines must be approved by nine members including three members of each of the three designations. Proposition 21 Establishes $18 annual vehicle license sur- charge to help fund state parks and wildlife pro- grams. Grants surcharged vehicles:free admission to -- ..... all state parks.: .... , ,(v,, - . .... Funds to be used solely to operate, maintain ' and repair state parks. Exempts trailers and commercial vehicles from surcharge. Proposition 22 Prohibits the state from borrowing, delaying distribution, or taking funds used for transporta- tion, redevelopment, or local government projects and services. Proposition 23 Suspends state law that requires greenhouse gas emissions be reduced to 1990 levels by 2020. Law would be suspended until unemployment dropped to 5.5 percent or less for four consecutive quarters. Suspends comprehensive greenhouse-gas re- duction program that includes increased renew- able energy and cleaner fuel requirements, along with mandatory emissions reporting and fee re- quirements for major emissions sources such as power plants and oil refineries. Proposition 24 Repeals legislation that allows businesses to shift operating losses to prior tax years. Repeals legislation that allows corporations to share tax credits with affiliated corporations. Repeals legislation that allows multi-state busi- nesses to use sales-based income calculation rather than a property-, payroll-and sales-based calculation. Proposition 25 Changes the legislative vote requirement neces- sary to pass the state budget and spending bills related to it. More than one half of legislators would be need- ed to pass a budget instead of two-thirds. If the legislature fails to pass a budget by June 15, all members will permanently forfeit any salary or expenses for every day until it passes a budget. Proposition 26 Requires certain state fees be approved by two- thirds vote of legislature and certain local fees be approved by two-thirds of voters instead of one- half. Increased legislative vote requirement to two- thirds for certain tax measures. Proposition 27 Eliminates 14-member redistricting commis- sion. Consolidates authority for establishing state as- sembly, senate and board of equalization district boundaries with elected state representatives. Reduces budget and imposes limit on amount legislature may spend for re-disctricting. Provides voters with the authority to reject dis- trict boundary maps approved by the legislature. Requires populations of all districts for the same office to be exactly the same: an assem- blyperson in Las Angeles would represent the same amount of people as one in rural Northern California. Stop the stink already! Enoug, h is too much! MY TURN but that is what a Plumas County Sheriff's deputy told me. Before he told me what it was, I thought it was someone's home smoldering, maybe mine. It just had that kind of old lumber and building material smell, that's instantly rec- ognizable by someone who has been around a house fire before. Well I've had enough of someone else's poison. It's just plain rude and inconsiderate of people who are still burning garbage after all the public education about the health risks these past several years. And don't even forget the state has passed a law to make it illegal. Who cares about that? My neighbors who are still doing it sure don't give a horse apple about breaking laws or poisoning our air. They can stand upwind while they are burning it, but what about the rest of us? From what George Ozanich told me last year, people here don't really care. Either that or they just don't want to turn in their neighbors. So what do we do about it? Do we just give our neighbors dirty looks and hope social pressure will fix the problem? Good luck with that. That works just about as well as meeting your neighbors face to face and asking them ALIClA KNADLER Indian Valley Editor aknadler@plumasnews.com Well, it's that time of year again. The stink of burning trash once again assaults an other- wise gorgeous fall morning in Indian Valley. One when it should be the more natural smoke from woodstoves we smell and not the acrid stench of melting plastic and other garbage. Maybe it was the full moon, or maybe I'd just had enough, but this year I let the air quality folks know about it. Not only were the Greenville schools inun- dated with the stench early last Tuesday morning, so was my home across the valley. Last year it was the same story, and it was strange that smoke from someone burning trash in a Hot Springs Road woodstove could make it all the way into my kitchen window, 14'here in the world? /// ............... Jim Scott and Irene Amodei of Quincy visited Chkhen Itza, an.archaeological site built by the Maya civilization circa 600 A.D. Next time you travel, share where you went by taking your local newspaper along and including it in a photo. Then e-mail the photo to smorrow@plumasnews.com. to not let their dogs run loose. These are two areas where laws and ordi- nances don't have any strength. Both the air district and animal shelter are understaffed and underfunded, or some- thing of the sort. At least that is the gist of what they have said in the past when asked why they are not out enforcing the laws more often. When one has problems of this sort that go unresolved over a long period of time, years in some cases, one really begins to wonder exactly what our property taxes, income taxes and licensing fees are really going toward. Oh, I know -- how about remodeling of- rices instead of making do like the rest of us. Plumas County supervisors will hear from their facilities manager Joe Wilson about the move to remodel the small meeting room in the Greenville Town Hall so folks from Mental Health can have two office cubicles and a waiting area for their clientele in Greenville. From the talk around town, peo- ple wonder why they can't use the office al- ready carved out of the main hall. Several groups use the town hall for fundraisers, like the annual Crab Crack and Auction, the Shanghai Shindig, Ducks Un- limited and other events. Many such events are sellouts due to the limited space available. Group members make full use of all the space available, even that small meeting room area. "This proposal is only in the conceptual phase and no decision to approve or deny this use has yet been made by the Board of Supervisors," Wilson responded to my query. "It is interesting to note that the total operating cost of the facility is $16,143.53 per year and the total rental revenue last year was only $2,790." Potential benefits of the remodel include an offset to utility costs for the hall, as well as a continued Mental Health presence in In- dian Valley. OK, so there you have it all, my current stinky situations here in Greenville. Please, chime in on the issues. Here are some resources for you: For stinky air, call the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District at 283-4654, or send them a note by fax to 283-0699, by mail to P.O. Box 3981, Quincy, CA, 95971, or e-mail to george@myairdistrict.com. For better funded county services, contact your local supervisor at one of the following: Messages for all five supervisors may be left at 283-6170, or via fax to 283-6288. E-mails may be sent to: Terry Swofford, District 1 supervisor, terrellswofford@sbcglobal.net; Robert Meacher, District 2 supervisor, meacher.robert@gmail.com; Sherrie Thrall, District 3 supervisor, sthrall@digitalpath.net; Lori Simpson, District 4 supervisor, lorisimp@inreach.com; and Ole Olsen, District 5 supervisor, olsen@psln.com. Shop in Greenville. REMEMBER WHEN ....................................................................................................................................... 50 YEARS AGO ...... 1960 KERI TABORSKI Historian 80 YEARS AGO ..... 1930 Advertisement: Rooms at Hotel Quincy. Rates are $1.50 per day. Rates to permanent guests are negotiable upon application. Advertisement: Green Lantern Cafe in Greenville. Carnival dance every Wednes- day night $1.00. Italian dinner every Satur- day and Sunday. Advertisement: A very good place to eat....ask anybody!! The Black Cat Coffee A claim for $650,000 worth of damages to the Beckwourth Airport as a result of ex- treme usage by heavy airplanes combating forest fires by the United States Forest Ser- vice has been ordered by the Plumas Coun- ty Board of Supervisors. It was cited that the major runway was constructed for an estimated life of 15 years with normal use and now has been badly damaged. 30 YEARS AGO ........ 1980 Charles Nelson was named principal of Greenville High School by the Plumas Uni- fled School District governing board. He was raised in Chico and lastly was princi- pal of Gridley High School. Advertisement: For Sale, a 163 acre ranch in Indian Valley with a four bed- room home, barn outbuildings and two wells. All for $550,000. 10 YEARS AGO ...... 2000 Pluimas County Clerk Judith Wells un- veiled the new Plumas County Clerk- Recorder office web page this week prior to next weeks election. For the first time ever, the election office is offering on-line results as the ballots are counted. Get the plain facts MY TURN .......................................... i66iii;006iii6iiii ........................................... Staff Writer jsebold@plumasnews.com Before you head to the voting booth this year I would urge you to read the Legislative Analyst's Office report on each proposition. I'm perfectly aware that most citizens vot- ing for people to fill political positions, such as governor or assemblyperson, just go down the list and vote for the people that have the letter they prefer next to them, be itanRoraD. When it comes to propositions, however, the decision is never quite as clear. In reality, I think propositions can actual- ly be the more solid side of the voting expe- rience because groups like the legislative analyst office can investigate them objec- tively on their merits. when it comes to candidates, voting is a form of alchemy consisting of character study and party affiliation that is frankly a crapshoot, but in the case of propositions we have the actual language that will be voted on. Now you and I certainly aren't going to read that nonsense because its certainly not written in the Queen's English, it's all legalese. This is where the legislative analysts of- fice comes in. When I started covering the before you vote this election *1 state budget a couple years ago, I eventually found my way to the LAO's webpage. I was amazed to find this little known or- ganization provides an amazingly BS-free view of the state budget every year. The LAO is overseen by a 16-person bipar- tisan committee and is staffed by a bunch of experts in law and economics that can read that boring fine print and tell you what will actually happen if a proposition passes. Politicians think it's their job to accom- plish a goal through any means possible. That means twisting all information their purposes. The LAO's job is to just look at the facts and give them to the legislature and, lucki- ly, to the populace. Pages 12 - 67 of your voter information guide give the LAO's reports on each proposition. This is a great resource. Many times while reading the arguments for and against a prop it may seem like both sides have great points, that's when it's time to check what the LAO has to say. For instance, as you may remember earli- er in the year I wrote a column right here in favor of Proposition 19, the legalization of marijuana initiative. I have to say that even I was discouraged when I read the "against" argument in the Prop. 19 section. It argued the writers of Prop. 19 made a mistake when they wrote the initiative, which would force employers to let employ- ees come to work stoned and not be able to fire them. It also claimed another loophole would make it legal to drive while heavily under the influence of marijuana unless you were actually smoking while in the car. For a few moments there I actually con- sidered whether I had a moral obligation to vote no because of these mistakes in the lan- guage of the proposition. In fact, the legislative analyst office ad- dresses those claims. It explained, "The measure states that no individual could be punished, fined, or dis- criminated against for engaging in any con- duct permitted by the measure." This means an employer couldn't disqual- ify you simply for being positive for mari- juana on a routine drug test. That's because tests determine if you've had a puff of pot in the last month, not the last few hours or days. Similarly, an employer is not able to fire you for having a glass of wine two weeks ago on a Saturday. The next sentence in the LAO report said, "However, it does specify that employers would retain existing rights to address con- sumption of marijuana that impairs an em- ployee's job performance." Sound familiar doesn't it? If you come to work drunk you can be fired, the same will apply for marijuana. As for the claim about driving while im- paired, it is currently illegal to drive while under the influence of any substance that impairs your ability. The CHP has drug recognition experts who's specialize in determining if you're impaired. They can arrest you if you are high on an illegal drug or impaired by a legal one, even a prescription drug. This is why the LAO's report indicated the initiative "maintains prohibitions against driving while impaired." How you interpret the impact of each proposition on society is up to you; don't take my word for it, but give the LAO report a look before you vote, don't just read the political arguments.