California ballot initiative news archives, 2008
Archive, 2008 ballot initiative news, California
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California propositions get their numbers
"Eleven new measures, including initiatives to ban same-sex marriage, toughen criminal penalties for gang members and take redistricting out of the hands of the Legislature, received their official ballot numbers Friday, setting the table for what's likely to be another long and expensive campaign season." ...more
Term limits in Ventura
Ventura County voters will decide in November whether to limit county supervisors to three terms, after the board took the final step Tuesday to put the matter on the ballot. The supervisors agreed last year to submit Supervisor Peter Foy's term limits measure to the voters, and the vote Tuesday was a formality to place it on the ballot.......more
Ten statewide measures ready for November ballot
Ten statewide measures will appear on the November ballot in California, and a number of other possible initiatives are still in the field collecting signatures.
On June 3, school bonds, League of Cities win big
Proposition 98 crashed, rival Proposition 99 soared, and everything came up roses for Jeff Denham. School superintendents are beaming all over the state. Some believe that a stern puritanical tide has swept through previously laid back Mendocino. In Porterville, God is now legally trusted. Californians can take a deep breath and prepare for the November onslaught, with abortion, marriage and clean energy all on the same ballot.
Gay marriage ban qualifies for November ballot
Debra Rowen, the California Secretary of State, announced on June 2 that the Limit on Marriage Initiative has qualified for the November ballot. The initiative, if it passes, will undo a May 2008 ruling of the California Supreme Court invalidating an earlier gay marriage ban, California Proposition 22 (2000)....more
Parental notification for abortion makes ballot
California SOS institutes up-to-the-minute-information on signature validation
Debra Rowen, the California Secretary of State, has instituted a new disclosure practice on the "Initiatives Update" website maintained by her office, namely, for any initiative on which signatures are undergoing the validation process, a website reader can click to see a spreadsheet of how many signatures have been validated, per county. Seven initiatives are pending validation for the November ballot--the Limit on Marriage Initiative, Voters First Initiative, the Abortion Waiting Period & Parental Notification Initiative, the Clean, Renewable Energy Initiative, Nonviolent Offenders Initiative, and Marsy's Law.
California top court legalizes gay marriage
May 15, 2008. In a court ruling with broad implications and heated national interest, the California Supreme Court on May 15 declared that California Proposition 22 (2000) was unconstitutional. This gives new significant to a ballot measure heading for the November 2008 ballot in the state, the Limit on Marriage Initiative. ...more
Ojai, ballot activist at legal loggerheads
May 6, 2008. The city of Ojai and local activist Jeff Furchtenicht are appealing a 2006 decision by Ventura County Superior Court judge. The ongoing case, which has cost Ojai over $78,000 in legal fees, began when city attorney Monte Widders refused to prepare a ballot title and summary for two citizen’s initiatives, proposed by Furchtenicht on Aug. 21, 2006. ...more
Reforms urged for California initiative system
May 2, 2008. Ballot initiatives have reshaped the lives of California citizens for almost 100 years, yet the initiative process itself has become outmoded, inflexible, confusing, complex, difficult for citizens to use and excessively dominated by money, concludes a new report, Democracy by Initiative: Shaping California's Fourth Branch of Government, issued by the Center for Governmental Studies. ...more
Big Labor donates $750K in two days to recall Denham
As State Senator Jeff Denham fights for his political life with a recall looming on June 3, the San Francisco Chronicle, "None of the $495,000 raised this year by the pro-recall group comes from the district." Big Labor is spending Big Money on the recall. In late April, AFSCME put $300,000 into the recall, and the California State Council of Service Employees added another $450,000.
"Safe Neighborhood Act" supporters turn in signatures
Supporters of the Safe Neighborhood Act turned in over 750,000 signatures on April 25 to qualify the measure for the November 2008 ballot., The signatures will now be checked for validity. The measure is a "get tough on crime" bill that would require about $350 million a year to fully fund.
June 3 school bond issues total over $1.2 billion
On June 3, voters in fifteen school districts will vote on bond issues totalling over $1.2 billion. See California 2008 local ballot measures for details.
Right to Health Initiative fails
Oakland group plans to initiate petition for youth funding
The measure, if it makes the ballot and is approved by voters, would double the funding the city provides for a youth services program, the Oakland Fund for Children and Youth. The existing program is funded by 1.5% of the city's annual revenues. The proposed ballot initiative would keep the funding at that level until 2012, when the spending level would increase to 2.5% of city revenues.
Alternative fuels initiative poised to file signatures
The California Solar and Clean Energy Initiative (2008) would, if approved, require California utilities to generate half of their power through renewable sources by 2025. In order to make that goal, levels of production of solar, wind and other alternative energy sources would have to quadruple from their current output.
According to Jim Gonzalez, the former San Francisco supervisor who chairs the initiative committee, 735,000 signatures have already been collected—significantly more than the 433,971 valid signatures required—and will be filed the week of April 7, 2008.
Cigarette tax initiative approved for circulation
Debra Bowen's office announced on April 2 that the California Children's Health Insurance and Youth Smoking Initiative (2008) is ready for petition circulation.
Teachers union opposes anti-development initiative
The Unified Association of Conejo Teachers has voted to oppose City of Thousand Oaks "Right to Vote on Traffic Congestion", Measure B (June 2008), arguing that the school district will lose future property tax revenues if the measure passes and voters reject large development projects that have an impact on traffic congestion.
Jeff Denham recall election set for June
After recall signatures were certified, Gov. Schwarzenegger on April 1 issued the official proclamation certifying that an election to recall Jeff Denham will take place on June 3, 2008.
Three more initiatives approved for circulation
Debra Bowen's office announced on March 26 that three more initiatives have been approved by the AG's office for circulation, the Human Embryo Research Ban, Human Cloning Ban, and an initiative to restrict abortion.
Charges fly in Napa Valley slow-growth initiative
As Measure N heads for the June ballot, opponents have spent over $200,000 to slow down the slow-growth proposal. Measure N, a county-wide initiative, would require any political subdivision in the county to put many real estate development proposals to a vote of the people. Backers of the initiative have not disclosed their donors.
Assembly Dems move to regulate initiative process
Representative Al Torrico, a Democrat, has proposed California Assembly Bill 1914 (2008). AB 1914 would require initiative sponsors to report allegations of circulator malfeasance to the government or risk a civil penalty.
Pasadena City Council endorses statewide ballot measure
L.A. Developers cut deal to receive $246 in tax breaks
AEG devlopers, whose hotel project is expected to receive at least $246 million in tax breaks from the city of Los Angeles is taking lead of the city's effort to win Proposition S. The passage of the proposal would pass a telephone utility tax on the Feb. 5 ballot. Tim Leiweke, president and chief executive of AEG, has sent a fundraising letter urging businesses across the city to contribute $100,000 apiece to Proposition S. The pitch drew criticism from opponents, who argued the city would not need so much tax revenue if it gave smaller raises to public employees and fewer tax breaks to real estate projects.
Ninth Circuit strikes down PAC burdens on ballot measures
The California Prolife Council recently won an appeal that now makes it illegal to place PAC burdens on groups that occasionally become involved in ballot measure campaigns. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that PAC requirements could not be placed on groups involved in ballot measure advocacy and that only donors involved in the ballot measure must be disclosed.
Los Gatos City Council puts skate park on ballot
Despite strong opposition the town council has agreed to put the proposal for a new skate park on the Feb. 5 presidential primary election ballot. Proponents collected 1,833 signatures to qualify the initiative for the election, which calls for the town to spend possibly $1 million to build the skate park and up to $50,000 a year to maintain it. One of the park's opponents, Randi Chen said, "If you put this on the ballot you can expect that the soccer, baseball and basketball leagues will band together, get a ballot initiative requiring the town to buy some land and give us each $50,000 a year to maintain it."
Marriage Amendment proposed in California
In California a new proposition is being prepared to ban same-sex marriage. The new ballot measure aims to strengthen the state's current ban. Proposition 22 requires that marriage be between a man and a woman, but because the proposition enacted a statute rather than a constitutional amendment, it is more susceptible to legal challenge.
Ballot to drive off uninsured motorists
California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner is reportedly pushing the idea of a ballot measure for 2008 designed to get uninsured motorists off the roads. One provision of the ballot measure would allow police officers to remove license plates from vehicles driven by uninsured motorists. There are some rumors that Poizner is using the ballot measure to boost his name recognition before the 2010 election.
Gambling initiatives spark workers rights war
Four tribal compacts are set to be approved by voters on the February 5, 2008 California ballot. While the deals have already been given the stamp of approval by the Governor and Legislature, others are protesting the working conditions of the casinos. The tribes are backing the initiatives, having already spent over $17 million dollars.
Morongo Band of Mission Indians ($5, 172,286)
Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation ($657,770)
Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians ($5,880,200)
Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians ($5,447,863)
Initiative to extend term limits loses steam
Down from a 56 percent approval rating to 51 percent, a term limits proposition is steadily losing favor amongst constituents and the legislature. The reason many believe that the term limits initiative is losing ground is because the emphasis in the ballot summary is on shortening the amount of overall time a lawmaker can spend in office from 14 years to 12 years, despite the fact that it would allow the legislature to spend a longer time in the Assembly or Senate.
- ↑ Hank Shaw's blog, Denham Recall: Labor adds another $450k, April 30, 2008
- ↑ The Appeal Democrat, Crime initiative could hit ballot, April 30, 2008
- ↑ KHTS-AM, "Runners Looking To Target Gangs In Ballot Initiative", March 18, 2008
- ↑ April 2 initiative status report
- ↑ Inside Bay Area, "Advocates push youth funding for November ballot", April 16, 2008
- ↑ Modesto Bee, "Initiative requiring renewable energy has dark side"
- ↑ Sacramento Bee, "Renewable power initiative poised for ballot, draws fire, April 8, 2008
- ↑ April 2 initiative status report
- ↑ March 26 initiative status report
- ↑ Pasadena City Council endorses ballot measure, Pasadena News, March 10, 2008
- ↑ Developer backs mayor's phone tax initiative, Los Angeles Times, Dec. 17, 2007
- ↑ Ninth Circuit Strikes Down PAC Style Burdens on Groups Making Independent Expenditures Advocating for or Against Ballot Measures, James Madison Center for Free Speech, Nov. 15, 2007
- ↑ Bruising campaign expected on Los Gatos skateboard ballot issue, San Jose Mercury News, Nov. 13, 2007
- ↑ Groups jousting over gay rights in California, SignOnSanDiego.com, Nov. 12, 2007
- ↑ Calif. Considers Ballot Measure to Crack Down on Uninsured Motorists, Nov. 12, 2007
- ↑ Feb 2008 Ballot: Indian Tribes Fight Employee Rights, Open Left, Nov. 12, 2007
- ↑ California voters would support tax to fund health insurance, poll finds, Mercury News, Oct 15, 2007