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How I’m Voting in 2018

So here’s our take on the Vote….
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NUMBERED PROPOSITIONS

“YES” on everything except 5 and 6.  
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Proposition 1 (we vote YES) – Affordable Housing Bonds   “The Rents Are TOO HIGH!”.   This allows the state to sell $4 billion in new bonds to pay for existing affordable housing programs. Money would go toward programs for Low-income residents, Veterans, Housing near public transportation, and Farmworkers.
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Proposition 2 – (we vote  YES)  Mental Health Housing Program  (I love Reagan, but he was mistaken to close all the Mental Health facilities.   Walk the streets, and you know – “not all the monkeys are in the cages!”   So let’s fix that mistake.)
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Proposition 3 – (we vote  YES)   Provide Safe Drinking Water to millions of Californians. • Our state must prepare now for future droughts and floods.
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Proposition 4 – (we vote  YES)  Childrens Hospital Bonds  –  I went back & forth on this one.  Whenever I see a commercial for Shriners Hospital with those cute kids doing karate & painting, etc. I feel for them – but I don’t donate because I always think those services should be provided for by our Government.   So in this case, as a voter – I’m putting my money where my mouth is.
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No on Proposition 5  – Property Tax Rules  – Less money would go to schools and public services, like fire departments.   Prop 5 would help wealthy seniors – but do nothing to bring down the cost of rent or address homelessness.
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No on Proposition 6  – Transportation Taxes and Fees  – Prop 6 basically says “California roads, bridges and sidewalks are perfectly fine; nothing to fix”.  Even though last year we voted to spend more on such infrastructure (through gas taxes & vehicle registration)  – if Prop 6 is successful, then that money would go elsewhere.   M & I voted NO ON 6 because we think our roads & bridges DO NEED better care & maintenance.
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Proposition 7 – (we vote  YES)  Daylight Saving Time    We vote Yes because we want to switch to one constant standard time.   No more of this “Spring Forward and Fall Back” stuff.   Prop 7 follows the example of several other countries and a few US states who have already done away it.
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My godmother in Arizona LOVES the “flat time”.  She never needs to change her clock ever again.  Also – there are documented studies which suggest the change is not good for our health (mentally and physically).    So M & I say “YES”  to a “constant time” in which we don’t need to change our clocks.
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Proposition 8 – (we vote  YES)   Kidney Dialysis Clinics  – this is the example Landy brought up and most of us seemed to be in agreement.   Just like childrens services – even though it doesn’t specifically pertain to us personally (we’re Kaiser members and last we checked our kidneys are clean anyway)  but even so  – we feel an “obligation to society” to help out with the costs of dialysis clinics.    Universal truth:  when everyone pays, then the cost is small.   Many hands make easy work.
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Proposition 9 – (there is no Proposition 9)
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Proposition 10 – (we vote  YES)   RENT CONTROL  Prop 10 will allow local communities to choose whether or not they want rent control.   Martina & I have always rented (if something breaks, we call maintenance!), and we have always benefited from Rent Control.
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Proposition 11– (we vote  YES)   Ambulance Employee Breaks  – Ambulance employees must remain on-call during their entire shift.  E.g. – if two medics are having lunch at Arbees, and some guy in the next booth is having a heart attack – the medics must help him.   They cannot say “Sorry – we’re on break”.   Sounds like a no-brainer.   Remember when we were talking about the voting guide, and I said there were arguments in favor and opposing?  Well in this one proposition – in that arguments section – it reads “No argument against Prop 11 was submitted.”
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Proposition 12 – (we vote  YES)   Farm Animal Cages  –  Increasing cage sizes will reduce the risks of food poisoning and farm pollution.   Also – forget about cruelty & suffering.  Think about sanitation.  What type of chicken is healthier for people to eat?  One who spent its life happily walking around the farm?    Or would you rather eat the chicken who spent its life stuck in some tiny box sitting in its own feces?
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Heads Up – you might notice in many cases, if we didn’t know about the person – then we tend to favor women, gays, and minorities – not always – but THIS TIME
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We also favored incumbents – i.e. people already doing that job.  If they’re been doing good, and without incident – then we feel “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.  
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Just my own personal take and I respect if you might feel differently. As a Reagan-era republican I haven’t always liked the idea of Affirmative Action but in the past two years, things have changed radically.
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Too much all coming from straight, white men and not enough “others” in the last two years, I’ve really felt an urge to “stir the pot”.  
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For the first time in my life – I’m voting partisan Democrat.  And I agree with Republicans like Richard PainterGeorge F. Will and Steven Schmidt who say this time – we should all vote Democrat (not always, but this time.)  
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For Governor = GAVIN NEWSOM (Democrat, Gay, Liberal, yadda yadda yadda).
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For Lt. Governor = ELENI KOULANAKIS (because she’s a woman)
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Secretary of State = ALEX PADILLA (because he’s the democrat / the other guy is Republican).
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For State Controller = BETTY YEE (Democrat, Woman, and Incumbent State Controller)
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For State Treasurer = “FIONA MA” because she’s the Democrat, also she’s asian so she’s good with math, and she’s the woman.   The other “guy” is republican.    Need we say more?
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For Attorney General = we like “XAVIER BECERRA” – because he’s a democrat, latino, and incumbent Att’y General who has fought against Jeff Sessions for Sanctuary City rights.
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For Insurance Commissioner = RICARDO LARA, because he’s latino Democrat, and the other guy is neither.
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For US Senator = KEVIN DE LEON.   We like Diane Feinstein, but recently she has been very easy on Trump, saying she “believes he can grow to be a good president”, also she voted “YES” to replace Obamacare with the Republican’s “Graham-Cassidy” healthcare bill”.   Time for some new blood.
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For state senator = “BEN ALLEN” – incumbent Democrat.
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For US Representative = ADAM SCHIFF.  heavy hitter / big brain democrat has a genuine appreciation for Rule of Law.   Gets passionate about all the right things (not least of which – Trump’s Russia connection).  And of course he – he shares the same name as one of our favourite characters on LAW & ORDER.
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Judicial Court of Appeal Justices (we especially favoured those appointed by Governors Jerry Brown and Arnold Schwarzenegger) . . .
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NORA MANELLA =  YES
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THOMAS WILLHITE = NO
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DOROTHY C. KIM = YES
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CARL MOOR = YES
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LAMAR W. BAKER = YES
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ARTHUR GILBERT = NO
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MARTIN J. TANGEMAN = NO
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GAIL R. FEUER = NO
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JOHN SEGAL = YES
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TRICIA BIGELOW = YES
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 – Judge of the Superior Court – Office # 4
A. VERONICA SAUCEDA  – because she’s the woman / latino.
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 – Judge of the Superior Court – Office # 16
PATRICIA (PATTI) HUNTER – because she’s currently Dept’y City Attorney of Downtown LA (whereas her opponent is a prosecutor in (highly conservative) Orange County).
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 – Judge of the Superior Court – Office # 60
TONY J. CHO (he’s currently an LA Deputy DA; his opponent is a private lawyer).
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 – Judge of the Superior Court – Office # 113
JAVIER PEREZ (same as above; he’s currently a Deputy DA; opponent is a private lawyer).
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 – Superintendent of Public Instruction –  (flip a coin; we’ve not decided on that one)
County Assessor = JOHN “LOWER TAXES” LOEW (that’s exactly how his name appears on the ballot; now THAT’S chutzpah!)
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and for Sheriff = ALEX VILLANUEVA – he’s currently an LA Sheriffs Lieutenant – and he’s latino the other guy’s a “sheriff” (no mention of what city) and he’s a gringo whitey.
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BUT WAIT – THERE’S MORE . . . !
Member of the State Assembly = YES to LAURA FRIEDMANN
Judicial Supreme Court Justice = YES to Carol A. Corrigan.
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YES – LEONDRA R. KRUGER (black sister married to a jewish guy? that gets a “YES” vote in our book)..
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YES = Victoria Chaney – i can’t recall why we liked her, but yes!    I think she was appointed by Jerry Brown (?)
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YES = Helen Bendix.
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YES = ELWOOD LUI
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YES = Victoria Chavez
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YES = Luis A. Lavin
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YES = Halim Daladina
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YES = Anne H. Egerton
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YES on all the “Measures”….
County Measure “W” – Water Flood Control = YES 
also ALL  YES to all the following
 – County Measure “W” (Flood Control District)
 – City Measure “B” (City Special Municipal Election)
 – City Measure “E” (LA City Special Election),  and
 – City Measure “E E” (LA Unified School District Special Election)
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Bush Jr Ethics lawyer Richard Painter running as a Democrat

The 56-year-old law professor plans to challenge Tina Smith, appointed to Al Franken’s seat in Minnesota after the former comedian’s controversial resignation, in a Democratic primary in August.

Trump’s potential offences, says Painter, include alleged collusion with Russia, receipts of foreign government money, profits and benefits in violation of the constitution and attacks on the freedom of the press. “When he tweets about the lying press, we’ve never seen anything like that the United States. The constant public berating of the free press makes it very clear that he wishes he could crack down on the free press.

“We’ve seen attacks on specific media outlets – CNN, the New York Times – over and over again. We have not seen rhetoric like that in any presidential election or by any president and the only time I have any record of seeing that kind of rhetoric was the 1932 election in Germany. You don’t talk about the press that way in the United States.”

Excerpt from THE GUARDIAN

Report a Crime in L.A.

For REPORTING CRIMES – here’s a useful link worth bookmarking!

Or if outside L.A. – then use this link:

 

LAPD (on its website – http://lapdonline.org/) recommends a online resource called
“L.A. REGIONAL CRIME STOPPERS”.

In my case, I was a block south of Hollywood (Selma) and I hear this wild screeching of tires (“angry-sounding”), some sort of commotion and I looked north here’s what I thought I saw:

1. Coming from the west – a dark coloured SUV making a frantic “screeching” left turn, going north on Cahuenga – leaving a cloud of smoke in its wake (presumably friction from the tires).

2. Voices shouting – and the SUV was followed by one silhouetted pedestrian running in the street, following in the path of the SUV.

3. It was too distant to be certain – and all i really “saw” was some unknown, silhouetted person running after an SUV….


Listed as “REPORT A CRIME TO LAPD” – a lnk to this service is also accessible on the far right side of THIS website under “Downloads and Online Services…

 

 

 

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Boycotting Trump Supporter Matthew McConaughey

To support Donald Trump is to support an attack by Russia against the United States.

As one who opposes anything associated with Donald Trump (or his Russian supported agenda) – I refuse to watch most things featuring Trump Supporter Matthew McConaughey.

Although it’s been over a year – McConaughey has never rescinded his pro-Trump comments.

After the divisiveness of the 2016 election and inauguration, actor Matthew McConaughey said “it’s time for us to embrace” Donald Trump and his agenda . . .

“No matter how much you disagreed along the way, it’s time to think how constructive can you be,” McConaughey said. “Because he’s our president for the next four years, at least.”

“[Hollywood Celebrities] don’t have a choice now,” McConaughey said.

“He’s our president…  it’s time for us to embrace. Shake hands with this fact, be constructive with him over the next four years.”

The actor suggested that Americans should look for ways to be “constructive” even if they disagree with Trump.

“Even those who most strongly may disagree with his principles or things he’s said or done — which is another thing, we’ll see what he does compared to what he has said — no matter how much you disagreed along the way, it’s time to think how constructive can you be. Because he’s out president for the next four years, at least,” he said.

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The complete 1972 movie – TALES FROM THE CRYPT

Patrick Magee, Peter Cushing, Joan Collins DBE, & Ralph Richardson.
Super scary Horror Movie, in the old, classic British style!

When a tourist group gets lost within ancient catacombs – they meet a sinister Crypt Keeper, who tells them each their fate. FREAKY TIKI!!

(this stand-alone movie has no relation to the HBO series of the same name / “Tales from the Crypt”.)

Political Critic PUSSY RIOT Poisoned in Russia

Punk Rock musician Pyotr Verzilov is being treated in the toxicology department of Bakhrushin City Clinical Hospital in Moscow, according to Russian news outlet Meduza.

A member of the Russian punk rock protest group Pussy Riot is reportedly hospitalized and in critical condition after what those close to the band member suspect may be a poisoning.