The Travelers Club 2018 Voter Guide: All Facts, No Filler
It’s finally time, America.
Election day is next week, and with voter registration up by 1.5 million in California from the last midterms, it's looking like voter-fever is finally kicking into state-wide overdrive and for good reason — shit’s fucked up.
Now, though our country may be in Level 5 of Dante’s Inferno, it’s always good to appreciate the silver lining to all this, that being the bold reclamation of our voices and our new-found ability to speak to the power it has. With various pressing issues on hand, including affordable housing, private interests trying to sneak dumb shit, and state bond authorization, among others, it's important now more than ever that we let our voices be heard.
As such, we've created this voters guide as an accessible piece of information for our community and our generation. Mfs got jobs out here and sometimes reading in-depth and gathering multiple perspectives on a certain position isn't feasible, so instead we translated the ballot into the easiest words we could -- our own. No legalese or "I took an Intro to Socio-Economics Studies" ass language, just honest takes from our own perspective. Hope you enjoy.
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Prop 1: Building Affordable Housing
It's hard as fuck to live in California. In a state that has conditioned us to believe budgeting over half of our monthly income towards housing is normal or okay, it's not hard to realize that our housing crisis is something we need to confront at every step -- even if every step isn't exactly the most productive.
With Prop 1, California will authorize $4 billion in loaned money for affordable housing programs that will target low-income residents, veterans, farmworkers, trailer homes, and homeless-specified housing. Will this prop immediately expedite the number of affordable housing units we need to stabilize the crisis? No. Fuck no. Local barriers still exist, like shitty zoning restrictions and mfs who bitch at the thought of even constructing anything new and productive in their community.
What Prop 1 will do, however, is nudge our state closer to tackling the issue at hand, and at this point, any stride is a much needed step forward.
Vote YES on Prop 1.
Prop 2: Use Rich People Money for Mental Health, But Better
In 2004, California passed a 1 percent tax on all people with incomes over $1 million to help generate a revenue stream for mental health service programs. As time progressed, the tax caught a lot of flack for being spent on shit that didn't really help out those who needed the money the most, i.e. those who remain houseless largely as a result of their mental health.
What Prop 2 will do is take that current tax revenue and use it instead to support homeless prevention housing, specifically those with mental health needs. The only party that opposes this is the Libertarian Party and if you need any more reason to vote yes on this, then I'ma go ahead and assume you got no soul.
Vote YES on Prop 2.
Prop 3: Water Companies Win, We Lose
This one's a bit tough as anything having to do with generating funds for water infrastructure and cleanliness seems to be like the obvious answer. That would be so, however, if it didn't mean California citizens having to foot the repair bills of large water distribution operators. We need safe and reliable water, but not if it means giving into the greediness of billionaires and private interests.
Vote NO on Prop 3.
Prop 4: Help Children’s Hospitals. Need We Say, More?
Some people feel someway about this Prop because it was put on the ballot via petition signatures, which seems sus now that Airbnb uses it as a terrorist tactic, but other than that this Prop is pretty simple. Prop 4 will authorize $1.5 billion in bonds to fund construction and improve the quality of children's hospitals across the state. If McDonald's -- a corporate entity that is probably largely responsible for why we need hospitals in the first place -- can spend money on children's hospitals, then so can we.
Vote YES on Prop 4.
Prop 5: Reaganomics, But For Housing
Prop 5 will give a tax break to rich, old people on property transfers as an incentive to convince them to sell purchased property in an effort to free up more housing. It's trickle down economics applied to real estate and I don't know about you, but the last time our government relied on Reaganomics, AIDS and crack was created. While the proposition may free up a couple properties (likely to other rich, old people), the only real impact it will have is the loss of billions of dollars of tax property revenue that would otherwise go to schools and cities.
Vote NO on Prop 5.
Prop 6: Republicans Being Incredibly Desperate
You've probably seen the signs over and over again: "REPEAL THE GAS TAX." On face value, it's a call-to-action that seems simple enough to get behind -- and that's the problem. Prop 6 isn't an altruistic attempt to help you save gas bills, Prop 6 is just a shitty farce designed to rally Republicans who get their dicks hard at the slightest thought of saving money on taxes, you know, the 'Don't Tread On Me' types.
Of course, what they fail to mention is that the tax repeal will come at the expense of the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, an act passed to generate funds for infrastructure and road repair across California. And if potholes and road repair is such a hazardous issue that even Domino's Pizza has to step in and say, "fuck it, let us handle this," then I know for a fact we can't let this much-needed revenue stream dry up.
Vote NO on Prop 6.
Prop 7: Daylight Savings - Yes / No? Doesn’t Matter
A vote yes on Prop 7 allows the state legislature to vote on whether they want to keep Daylight Savings. A vote no would mean nothing happens and everything stays the same. Either way, you're essentially just voting for other people to then.. vote.. on something you could've voted for. It's dumb as shit and we really don't have an opinion on it cos Daylight Savings really only fucks me up for like a day or two, anyway.
Vote WHATEVER YOU WANT on Prop 7.
Prop 8: Risk Lives, But In A Good-Hearted Way
Aight this one's actually kinda tricky as it relies on the belief that by opposing the capitalist greed of the medical industry, the system (in this case, kidney dialysis center companies) will act accordingly and suddenly start doing what is moral and right. What proposition 8 would do is limit the dialysis clinic companies' revenues, forcing all centers to refund patients or insurers any cost that exceeds 115% of what it took the company to provide drugs and supplies, maintain facilities and properly pay staff.
This would be done under the assumption that dialysis center companies would actually do that and not, lets say, just close hella centers to cut costs. Do you really wanna risk it to get the biscuit if it means that biscuit is someone's kidney?
Vote NO on Prop 8.
Prop 9: Three Californias (REMOVED)
This was originally the proposition that would split California into three different states -- North California, Southern California, and Fresno. Or something like that. Either way, the state Supreme Court said, "nah, we good we don't need that Russian influence shit around here," and dismissed the prop altogether. Hurray.
Prop 10: Stop State-Wide Law On Local Rent Control
Affordable housing is obviously the biggest hot button issue of this midterm ballot, and Prop 10 is just another proposition that opens the scope of the conversation being had about ways to create more affordable housing. With Prop 10, California would repeal a two decade old bill that set certain conditions and limitations on rent control throughout the state, even more so for older properties built before the mid-90s. This would then allow local municipalities the ability to discuss what should be done about rent control, free from the previous "one-size-fits-all" provision.
Vote YES on Prop 10.
Prop 11: Ambulance Companies Trying to Finesse
These private interest-diguised-as-public safety propositions are so goddamn tiring, this shit is like watching Dora the Explorer when Swiper No Swipey tries to sneak up all stupid like he's doing something and we gotta watch and pretend it's not obvious. SMH. Anyways, Prop 11 pretty much is just private ambulance companies that want to legally violate their workers' rights by keeping them on call at all times, so they're masquerading this proposition as a much-needed regulation, even though that already shit got shot down a couple years back. No one's gonna die cos an employee couldn't take his 30 minute break comfortably.
Vote NO on Prop 11.
Prop 12: Don’t Be Such A Dick To Farm Animals
I'ma keep it a buck with you, my girlfriend is vegan and recently put me onto the plight of my fellow Animalians so I have to go a little extra hard for this one just off the skrength. As so, voting yes for Prop 12 will help lessen the suffering of our little farm animal friends, ensuring that pigs and calf receive more ample living space and that all egg farmers adhere to a strict cage-free regulation by 2021. What are the counter-effects? Shit, your 4th of July steaks and cow milk will probably cost a bit more, but to be fair, if you're still drinking cow milk in 2018 than you deserve the tax fee of being an uncultured behemoth.
Vote YES on Prop 12.