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The California State Legislature remains in the hands of one party, and when all the ballots statewide are finally counted might actually find itself with supermajorities should things continue to go their way. All of which means they can raise taxes and the opposition won't be able to do anything about it. Considering what those people have done to this state so far, I am not certain how anyone can find much comfort in that thought.
Then again, this is something that will make our state very similar to many of the poorer republics in this world. World synergy being a good thing I have been told. One party rule having brought them many of the same benefits we in California have now begun to enjoy. Apparently the prospect of things only getting worse is no impediment to a ruling party's permanent grip on power.
If government really is a process, then we have certainly been processed. All of which also goes to show that as dysfunctional as things might be now, most folks didn't see the alternative as being any better, and perhaps even worse. I don't know how that could be, though. Then again, maybe I should just look harder.
Statewide I am proud to say a full 2.4% of the electorate voted for third party presidential candidates. With 86.2% of the vote counted, the results are as follows:
Gary Johnson (Libertarian) 88,632 votes, or 1.0%
Jill Stein (Green) 52,755, or 0.6%
Roseanne Barr (Peace and Freedom) 33,032, or 0.4%
Thomas Hoefling (American Independent) 24,034, or 0.3%
The remaining 97.6% of the California electorate having voted for those other two guys. 38.4% of them threw their vote away.
Jerry Brown got Prop 30 passed, which means that public education as we now know it will live to see another day. You tell me if that is a good thing or not. Of course, this will only be a temporary arrangement. Meaning, I suppose, that any resulting possible change for the better won't last.
Prop 32 went down to defeat by a 3 to 2 margin. Maybe next time someone will come up with a proposition that puts spending and campaign cash raising limits on both labor and their bosses at the same time. But don't hold your breath for too long, though. You could turn blue and your lungs might burst. Nobody really wants to limit the cash spent on elections, just the spending of the folks they don't like.
The death penalty that rarely if ever gets used is still available for use should anyone figure out how to actually do it. Human trafficking and the three strikes law were dealt deserving blows by the electorate. Long term incarceration for stealing a pack of cigarettes, along with human slavery, were shown to be no longer in favor with California voters. We must be getting soft.
Prop 37 fell victim to the kind of money that would not have been restricted by Prop 32. The right to know what exactly made your food what it is remaining none of your business. Here, have an apple instead.
Sierra Madre now finds itself to be a part of a deep blue district, and at every level. We will now be served by a Democrat in the U.S. Congress, California State Senate and State Assembly. Green jobs and transit villages are just around the corner it seems. But do not worry, there will be plenty of grant money to make it all happen. Prepare to see our town forcibly downsized, and at your own personal expense.
Measure J might be going down to defeat. Then again, it might not. It needs to get two thirds of the vote, and as of this typing it is right around the 64% mark. There are lots of ballots to still be counted, so stay tuned for further developments. Metro may still get its $60 billion dollars and dig freeway tunnels to its little cold heart's content.
Here in Sierra Madre, of the 7,990 people eligible to vote on Measure ALF, 2,730 decided they didn't really feel like doing it. Out of the 4,760 who were into voting on this matter, or possibly even knew what ALF was, a plurality of 3,668 fell for it. Though I suspect far fewer than that will care to own up to having done so once this thing starts getting built.
By 2014 I believe these numbers will have completely flip-flopped, and only 1,092 will admit to being dumb enough to have voted to enable so gargantuan a pile. Most of them packed onto the ALF's deluxe multi-suite uni-kitchen dementia floor.
One thing to be grateful for, election madness has ended for the time being. Things will be fairly safe for a while, or at least until April of 2014. But it will be back. Of this you can be certain.
Enjoy the time off.