Local ballot initiatives for Oaklanders, analyses

I am concluding my election writing with analyses and recommendations on local measures on the ballot for Oaklanders. In this case, our measures are those being voted on in the city itself, Oakland Unified School District, Alameda County, the AC Transit District (buses), and the BART District. I am going from biggest areas (BART) to…

Cheat sheet: Statewide and local proposition recommendations

Since I know I took up a lot of space with all my Important Thoughts™ on the statewide ballot measures (part 1, part 2), here are all my recommendations in handy tabulated form – with internal links, even, so you can jump to specific ones. Again, the “utilitarian” recommendation is trying to answer whether the…

Ballot initiatives, California statewide, 2016, part 2

Thank you for reading my analyses and recommendations on the California statewide. Read Part 1 (51 through 57, bonds and constitutional amendments) here. In this Part 2, I am moving on to 58 through 67, which are all initiative statutes, items that become part of law, but not the Constitution, and could be amended later…

Ballot analyses, California statewide, 2016 – part 1

Once again, I’m attempting to digest and communicate the substance of what propositions are up on the California November ballot, with the detail and contextual perspective I and others would want to see. I explicitly do not impose a neutral or “moderate” viewpoint, but do try to be intellectually honest about pros and cons and…

How we legalize marijuana, Part 5: What the Act does not do

This is part 5 of my series on the proposed Control, Regulate, and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act (“the Act”) that will likely reach the California ballot in November 2016. The series started here. Thank you for reading. What the Act does not do:Change DUI rules. Drugged driving will be just as illegal, and there are issues…

How we legalize marijuana, Part 4: The bad

This is part 4 of my series on the proposed Control, Regulate, and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act (“the Act”) that will likely reach the California ballot in November 2016. The series started here. Thank you for reading.The bad: pitfalls of creating big business and market concentration.The biggest problem I see with the Act is its…

How we legalize marijuana, Part 3: The mixed, the indulgent, and misc.

This is part 3 of my series on the proposed Control, Regulate, and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act (“the Act”) that will likely reach the California ballot in November 2016. The series started here. Thank you for reading.The mixed – racial equity issuesGood: no licensing shutout. As the fledgling legal marijuana industry has developed, it’s been obvious…

How we legalize marijuana, Part 2: The good

This is part 2 of my series on the proposed Control, Regulate, and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act (“the Act”) that will likely reach the California ballot in November 2016. The series started here. Thank you for reading. The good: remove and reduce criminal penalties, clear criminal records, regulate and tax.Penalties demolished. This is where any legalization…