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WIN: Special Election Feature

California voters will soon decide the fate of a slew of ballot measures in the most expensive election in state history. Called for by Governor Schwarzenegger in mid-June, the measures had early support, but according to several recent opinion polls, opposition is growing, and many of them appear to be headed for defeat on November 8. WIN reporter Vinny Lombardo examines what's at stake in this election for unions in California. 4:58
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Re: WIN: Special Election Feature

The democrats messed up the state and this govenor is trying to set thing straight. These ballots will be bitter medicine but are necessary to put us back on track.
 

Re: WIN: Special Election Feature

There's a reason why the federal government doesn't have propositions, and we shouldn't either.

Propositions are why this state and its government is such a mess, and propositions won't fix that.

All the state government to function as it should, and not be interfered with by poorly constructed propositions voted on by poorly informed constituents.

I urge everyone to vote NO on every proposition...

Not withstanding that every proposition is bad for us, vote NO on all propositions as a mater of principle!
 

Re: WIN: Special Election Feature

Umm...the federal government is even worse than the state government (proving the latter possible!). Propositions are not "the answer," but the bureaucratic state government is even less "the answer." If I could vote, I'd probably vote NO on most of the propositions just to defeat them, but more important is direct action in our own community. Fuck the state government, it's a worthless institution of dependency and control. It's time to live!
 

There's Still Time! Most Polls Close at 8:00 pm tonight

Hey --

If you haven't done so yet, go out there and VOTE! It appears that most if not all of the governor's propositions will pass, though nothing is certain in elections. However, Props. 79 and 80 have the possibility of passing and could make positive change for low and middle income people.

Proposition 79 would provide drug benefits to groups to people who are on limited incomes. If you already know that rent in SC is over $700/mo. for a studio and some seniors pay over $700/mo. for drugs to keep them alive, where does that leave a senior person? You do the math.

Proposition 80 would REREGULATE the electricity utilities. As we will be facing more and more energy shortages due to peak fossil fuel production and recovery, REREGULATION of the electrical industry will most likely force the power companies into finding more sustainable sources of energy and it will also help ensure that they don't exploit energy declines for their profit.

Measures A, B and C should all be approved. They will provide for the most basic, bare-bones necessities for schools such as minimal arts and counseling programs and facilities upkeep. The great part is, no increase in property taxes for most of these measures.
 

California Propositions

California Propositions
www.sfgate.com/election/

55.0% of precincts reporting as of Nov 08 11:19 PM PST

Proposition 73 Abortion Notification
Requires a simple majority.

Description
Choice Votes %
Yes 1,942,796 49.3%
No 1,992,299 50.7%

Proposition 74 Teacher Tenure
Requires a simple majority.

Description
Choice Votes %
Yes 1,876,294 47.3%
No 2,089,013 52.7%

Proposition 75 Union Political Contributions
Requires a simple majority.

Description
Choice Votes %
Yes 1,979,365 49.9%
No 1,979,524 50.1%

Proposition 76 State Spending Limit
Requires a simple majority.

Description
Choice Votes %
Yes 1,584,531 40.0%
No 2,369,964 60.0%

Proposition 77 Redistricting
Requires a simple majority.

Description
Choice Votes %
Yes 1,685,717 42.9%
No 2,237,304 57.1%

Proposition 78 Discounts on Prescription Drugs
Requires a simple majority.

Description
Choice Votes %
Yes 1,637,074 42.0%
No 2,259,504 58.0%

Proposition 79 Prescription Drug Discounts - State-Negotiated Rebates
Requires a simple majority.

Description
Choice Votes %
Yes 1,506,905 38.9%
No 2,359,333 61.1%

Proposition 80: State Electricity Regulation
Requires a simple majority.

Description
Choice Votes %
Yes 1,320,308 34.7%
No 2,479,297 65.3%

For further details, visit the California Secretary of State's web site at ss.ca.gov.
 

State Ballot Measures

State Ballot Measures
60.3% ( 10649 of 17657 ) precincts reporting as of Nov 8, 2005 at 11:23 pm

Statewide Returns County Returns | County Status

Propositions Yes Votes Pct. No Votes Pct.

73 N Minor's Pregnancy 2,135,263 49.4 2,178,573 50.6 Map

74 N Teacher Tenure 2,056,293 47.3 2,290,772 52.7 Map

75 N Public Union Dues 2,159,348 49.7 2,181,323 50.3 Map

76 N Spending/Funding 1,740,353 40.1 2,595,644 59.9 Map

77 N Redistricting 1,845,211 42.8 2,457,348 57.2 Map

78 N Rx Drug Discounts 1,802,255 42.1 2,470,349 57.9 Map

79 N Rx Drug Rebates 1,641,929 38.7 2,596,274 61.3 Map

80 N Electric Regulation 1,437,148 34.4 2,728,936 65.6 Map

Y - Proposition is passing
N - Proposition is not passing
 

Santa Cruz County Status

County Name Santa Cruz

Total Precincts 188

Precincts Rpt'g 188

% Rpt'g 100

Reg'd Voters 142,889

Ballots Cast 68,353

% Turnout 47.8

First Report Date-Time 8 8:16pm

Latest Report Date-Time 8 11:20pm

Report Type* F

F = Final report filed on election nigh

vote2005.ss.ca.gov/Returns/status.htm
 

Santa Cruz County Election Results

SANTA CRUZ
Special Statewide Election
November 8, 2005

Final Results for Election

Registration and Turnout
Completed Precincts: 188 of 188
Reg/Turnout Percentage
Total Registered Voters 142,889
Precinct Registration 142,889
Precinct Ballots Cast 45,290 31.7%
Absentee Ballots Cast 23,063 16.1%
Total Ballots Cast 68,353 47.8%


Central Water District
Director (Short Term)
Completed Precincts: 4 of 4
Vote Count Percentage
William "Doug" Sharp 587 69.1%
Phil Bates 259 30.5%
Write-in candidate(s) 4 0.5%


73-Minor's Pregnancy
Completed Precincts: 188 of 188
Vote Count Percentage
Yes 18,877 27.9%
No 48,700 72.1%


74-Public School Teacher
Tenure
Completed Precincts: 188 of 188
Vote Count Percentage
Yes 20,770 30.6%
No 47,023 69.4%


75-Public Employee Union
Consent Requirement
Completed Precincts: 188 of 188
Vote Count Percentage
Yes 23,027 34.0%
No 44,616 66.0%


76-School Funding Limits
Completed Precincts: 188 of 188
Vote Count Percentage
Yes 17,138 25.3%
No 50,481 74.7%


77-Redistricting
Completed Precincts: 188 of 188
Vote Count Percentage
Yes 20,911 31.3%
No 45,900 68.7%


78-Drug Discounts
Completed Precincts: 188 of 188
Vote Count Percentage
Yes 19,881 29.9%
No 46,513 70.1%


79-Drug Rebates
Completed Precincts: 188 of 188
Vote Count Percentage
Yes 30,928 46.8%
No 35,200 53.2%


80-Electric Service Reg
Completed Precincts: 188 of 188
Vote Count Percentage
Yes 26,792 41.2%
No 38,252 58.8%


A -Santa Cruz High Sch.
Funding Renewal - 2/3
Completed Precincts: 92 of 92
Vote Count Percentage
Yes 25,640 76.8%
No 7,744 23.2%


B-Santa Cruz Elementary
Funding Renewal - 2/3
Completed Precincts: 48 of 48
Vote Count Percentage
Yes 14,129 79.9%
No 3,544 20.1%


C-Scotts Valley Sales
Tax Increase Maj
Completed Precincts: 8 of 8
Vote Count Percentage
Yes 2,561 70.8%
No 1,056 29.2%

www.votescount.com/nov05/frame16.htm
 

Re: WIN: Special Election Feature

I'm so glad that the majority of Californians disagree with chicano831.
 

Re: WIN: Special Election Feature

yo anon check the stats, the majority of california didnt even vote. It was a close race for the left coast. Ok, we lost by a narrow margin, but theres light at the end of the tunnel. The people are getting tired of the left :)
 

Re: WIN: Special Election Feature

Wow. It looks like someone got handed their ass.
 

Re: WIN: Special Election Feature

The anonymous rightist claims, "The people are getting tired of the left."

Tired of the left? Sure. That's why the gubernator's anti-worker propositions went down in flames with the opinion polls of his performance reflecting the dangerous rightwing politician he is. That's also why the war and the idiot in the White House also have their popularity ratings at an all time low.

The working class and left in general has won a tremendous victory be defeating Schwarzenegger's rightwing agenda.
 

Re: WIN: Special Election Feature

n5667 should be happy, NONE of the propositions seem to have passed. If the Left defines itself by opposition to the Right, that is extremely pathetic. Just because people are against Arnold's propositions does not mean that they are "progressive" or "leftist." And after all, the "liberal" propositions did not pass either. And as has been pointed out, the majority of Californians either couldn't or didn't care to vote. In an election for office, shouldn't that "tyranny of the majority" result in NO President?
 

Re: WIN: Special Election Feature

This whole election showed that Californians don't feel like changing the way the state runs, regardless if they have the money to make it work or not.

Arnold now has to realize that star power only takes you so far....all I hope is that we will stop getting these Actors turned politicans, but I fear there are more to come...
 

Re: WIN: Special Election Feature

Anti-union right-wingers like Oscar post their calls for working class austerity, privatization, and attacks on unions under the guise of the richest country in the world not being able to afford to take care of its people anymore.

If all this system can afford is war and privatizations (that in turn only line the pockets of the wealthy while providing worse and more costly services) this a sure sign of the need for a socialist revolution.

For the time being, however, the people have defeated a few of the worst plans that the capitalists have come up with. This is a victory and it was largely due to the campaigns carried out by workers through the unions.

For those who want more, work for more, but don’t deny a victory when we get it.
 

To: Chicano831

It would be strongly recommended you change your alias to Hispanvendido, Tio Tacitos, El Nalgudo, or El Gran Baboso. Chicano is political ideology that you’re defiantly not aligned with.
 

chinga tu pinche madre mammon

The "Chicano" to me us anyone that takes pride and makes a positive contribution to his or her spanish & indiginous culture not this 60's political radical/communist bullshit you babbosos want everyone to conform to. I could give a rants ass about fitting that archaic role.

You should Stop smoking all that peyote & marijuana and join the 21st century, the sixties are long gone (check the year its 2005). All your role playig and ranting then and now did nothing to help our people.

pinche militant che types. How many more will you guys shoot in cold blood before you figure out ur ideals only work in a book.
 

To: "chicano831"

Temper, temper. Well my ignorant compadre, let me brake down a little history in hopes that you take the blindfold off your eyes and connect with your ancestors that is if you are a Chicano.

"The 'chicano' to me us anyone that takes pride and makes a positive contribution to his or her spanish & indiginous culture..."

First of all Chicanismo is an antithesis to Spanish culture. It defied that narrow version of European culture that was imposed on Mexicanos living on this side of the Border who had been truncated form their indigenous histories, languages, identity, culture, ceremony, names, and societies. The term was barrowed from the word Mexica (pronounced Me-shee-kaa) the proper name of the Azteca. Chicano rejected labels imposed by the Federal government such as Hispanic or Latino. Both these terms are rooted in European/ western origins, and fail to acknowledge the indigenous connections of this population to this continent. Not every Latino, Hispanic, or Mexican is Chicano. Chicanismo is a political ideology created to install a sense of identity to a population who had been devastated by 513 years of colonialism, genocide, and oppression and had been stripped of all identity. Chicanismo reclaims our connection to this land. To quote Ignacio M. Garcia, "During the 1960s and '70s, Mexican Americans began to agitate for social and political change. From their diverse activities and agendas there emerged a new political consciousness. Emphasizing race and class within the context of an oppressive society, this militant ethos would become the unifying theme for groups involved in a myriad of causes. Chicanismo, as it came to be known, marked a transformation in the way Mexican Americans thought about themselves, enabling them for the first time to see themselves as a community with a past and a present."

"not this 60's political radical/communist bullshit you babbosos want everyone to conform to."

Once again, it does not matter if we are living in the 60's or the present. The past, present, and future are one. At least that is how are ancestors instructed us to think. If you don’t know your past, you are like a tree with no roots, any wind will knock you down. We must know our history brother, because the struggles that existed in the 60's are still alive today. We are still a people confused in a land materialism and greed. Our schools are still in terrible conditions. Police brutality is still rampant, the prisons are full with Black and Brown people, and we continue to be the minority not only in politics but also in higher education. To be a Chicano is to fight for social justice and to empower your community. Tell me, what are you doing to uplift your community? In addition, Chicanismo has nothing to do with communism, that to is a European ideology. Chicanismo is indigenous.

"I could give a rants ass about fitting that archaic role."

The past is us and will always be us. The connection to Tonantzin and Ometello is the foundation of our struggle.


"You should Stop smoking all that peyote & marijuana and join the 21st century, the sixties are long gone (check the year its 2005). All your role playig and ranting then and now did nothing to help our people."

Once again, your statement shows how little you know of our people. The Huichol of Jalisco and Nayarit utilized peyote. They were the caretakers of this sacred medicine and only utilized in the most respected ceremonies. It was later introduced to the Apache and Arapaho who still use it in what is now called the Native American Church. Spaniards forbid our ceremonies the use of our medicines. We were forced to submit to the Christian church. Fanatical Christian conquistadors use to say the same statements that you just did.

"pinche militant che types. How many more will you guys shoot in cold blood before you figure out ur ideals only work in a book."

Our ideas have worked further than books. The reason these is even Chicano studies programs in schools and universities is due to militant and direct action, especially in the 60's. The reason farm workers are no longer exposed to most toxic pesticides is due to militant action. The reason we have elevated our position in this society is due to that actions of many militant Chicanos and Chicanas through out the years. Now, due to their efforts, you reap the benefits, sit smug and condemn their actions. How stupid of you. I invite you to join the struggle, it is not over, and I doubt that it will ever be. Social justice is an ongoing battle. Yo soy Chicano, yo soy de la tierra, yo soy Tezcatlipoca, y tambien soy Quetzalcoatl. I am you and you are me. Your ancestor call...but can you hear?
 

To: "chicano831"

"chicano831" is really a gringo FBI agent. He use to call himself "blackpower415" but was discovered by his superiors sitting behind his computer chocking his chicken while looking at pet store websites. He was later reassigned to Santa Cruz County. Beware of this imposter.
 

'Chicano 831' ain't Chicano

 

more...

"How would steve feel about the minutemen or mecha types coming down to the mall to have their little racist protest?"-
"Chicano"831
 

Cem Anahuac

Tezcatlipoca
a reflection, a moment
of reconciliation of the past
with the possiblities of the future.
Not a vision of the light but an awareness
of the shadow that is the smoke of light's passing.
It is the Smoking Mirror into which the individual, the
family, the clan, nation and barrio must gaze to acquire the
sense of memory that steers intuition, the sense of history that
calls for liberation!
 

Re: WIN: Special Election Feature

what does this stuff have to do with the election?
 

Re: WIN: Special Election Feature

Everything my friend.
 

Re: WIN: Special Election Feature

This is becoming a flame war not related to the elections but answer your previous post one last time.

I said before I have my own version of the term Chicano, that’s my business. How you wish to define the term is your choice.

“Chicanismo, as it came to be known, marked a transformation in the way Mexican Americans thought about themselves, enabling them for the first time to see themselves as a community with a past, present, and future." This portion of your post I happen to agree with. The methods to bring about a better Chicano community we differ. The level the community is involved, or demanded by it, we will probably disagree. I tend value the rights of the individual versus that of the community.

“We are still a people confused in a land materialism and greed.? These are part of man’s true nature. He is partly a territorial and material creature.

Tezcatlipoca was the Aztec god of night and all material things. He carried a magic mirror that gave off smoke and killed enemies, and so he was called "god of smoking mirror." He was god of the north. As lord of the world and the natural forces, he was the opponent of the spiritual Quetzalcoatl, and sometimes appeared as a tempter, urging men to evil. Punishing evil and rewarding goodness, he tested men's minds with temptations, rather than trying to lead them into wickedness. He was also god of beauty and war, the lord of heroes and lovely girls. He once seduced the goddess of flowers, Xochiquetzal, wife of the god Xochipilli, because such a lovely goddess was a good match for him, being a handsome war-like god. Yet he appeared most frequently as a magician, a shape shifter and a god of mysterious powers (www.pantheon.org/articles/t/tezcatlipoca.html)



“ Our schools are still in terrible conditions.?

This is largely due to lack of funds, not to mention discipline. Those kids that do not wish to have an education, throw them out, they are nothing but a disruption to those that wish to learn. Concentrate on the positive ones eliminate the others.


“ Police brutality is still rampant, the prisons are full with Black and Brown people,?

The problem here is that these particular brown and black people are not to free to prey on the innocent members of the barrios and hoods. The problem is that whites get away with too much crap, like re-releasing the scum back into our neighborhoods. Once again “eliminate the negative, concentrate on the positive? Help to lock up or execute all trash. Did our ancestors tolerate criminals? It would interesting to find out, since Chicano studies professors tend to avoid the issue. Wouldn’t the money spent to house trash be better spent on the citizens through job training and education?




“and we continue to be the minority not only in politics but also in higher education. To be a Chicano is to fight for social justice and to empower your community.

Tell me, what are you doing to uplift your community? “

During the nineties I help register our people and others to become citizens. This org is known as the central coast citizenship project (partnered with southwest voter registration).

I helped infiltrate SOS. The reason there was a Baldwin park II was due to in part by conservative and liberal Chicanos working together to bring action to the racist group. This one is a work in progress since SOS is still around.

I have and continue to retrofit computers for our kids and even helped the very few left wing orgs that are REALLY making a difference, providing them with tools to compete in education and in the workforce.

Am I not contributing in my own way? What have u done?

“In addition, Chicanismo has nothing to do with communism, that to is a European ideology. Chicanismo is indigenous.? Ironic given the number of Chicano lefties following the path of Marxism (psst Karl Marx. White dude).
 

Ask Questions, You'll Get Answers

" Police brutality is still rampant, the prisons are full with Black and Brown people,?

"Chicano" 831 responds -- "The problem here is that these particular brown and black people are not to free to prey on the innocent members of the barrios and hoods. The problem is that whites get away with too much crap, like re-releasing the scum back into our neighborhoods. Once again “eliminate the negative, concentrate on the positive? Help to lock up or execute all trash. "

WRONG! The majority of people locked up behind bars are there for serving nonviolent offenses, primarily drug possession charges. How dare you pass judgement on these people as "scum" and "trash" ! I am amazed by people who are able to completely condemn others with little or no self-reflection.

Angry, fascist goes on...

"I helped infiltrate SOS. The reason there was a Baldwin park II was due to in part by conservative and liberal Chicanos working together to bring action to the racist group. This one is a work in progress since SOS is still around."

I would ashamed of myself if I was an infilTRAITOR.

“In addition, Chicanismo has nothing to do with communism, that to is a European ideology. Chicanismo is indigenous.?

"Chicano" 831 responds --- "Ironic given the number of Chicano lefties following the path of Marxism (psst Karl Marx. White dude)."

Hate to break it to you, but Marxism and communism are not the same thing. Communism/communalism is not anything new. If you want evidence of it in literature, look at the bible. The orginators of communism were ancient Africans, whom we all descend from. communism = getting in touch with our roots, common humanity and common decency.
 

Right

The majority of people locked up behind bars are there for serving nonviolent offenses, primarily drug possession charges. How dare you pass judgement on these people as "scum" and "trash" ! I am amazed by people who are able to completely condemn others with little or no self-reflection.

little or no self reflexion my ass, I grew up in a barrio. Where did you? Was it a nice WHITE neighborhood? Where there pushers on your street corner?

Since you like stats and self-reflexion and studying so much here is some sites.

California Department of Corrections
Offender Information Reports
www.corr.ca.gov/OffenderInfoServices/Reports/OffenderInformation.asp

Bureau of Justice Statistics
www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/
Note: half not the majority as you claim are for drugs

Megan's Law Homepage
www.meganslaw.ca.gov
NOTE: this one is nice you can see how many perverts are in your neighborhood, notice how close they live to schools.

Community Violence: The Effects on Children
by L. Orianna Linares, Ph.D.
www.aboutourkids.org/aboutour/articles/communityviolence.html

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Hate to break it to you, but Marxism and communism are not the same thing. Communism/communalism is not anything new. If you want evidence of it in literature, look at the bible. The orginators of communism were ancient Africans, whom we all descend from. communism = getting in touch with our roots, common humanity and common decency.

A contains B, but B does not contain A. Do I care?.
Keep your books and utopian theories; show me current working models and pratical solutions. Didn’t these ancient individuals engage in intertribal warfare, So much for your common humanity and decency theory.
 

Re: WIN: Special Election Feature

"communism = getting in touch with our roots, common humanity and common decency."

When did this become the definition of Communism? Last time I checked it was an economic/political system.
 

Re: WIN: Special Election Feature

"A system of government in which the state plans and controls the economy and a single, claiming to make progress toward a higher social order in which all goods are equally shared by the people." That seems a bit better.
 

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