The Travelers Club Voters Guide: June 2018 Edition
We may be late, but don't say we didn't tell you. Coming in hot and just at the knick of time for June 5th's voting deadline (8pm, folks!), we bring you the official Travelers Club voters guide.
Why should you trust an art & music events group on your midterm electoral decisions? Well, as a group of young people who are always striving for progressiveness in our city's cultural scene, we wish the same for our local and state-wide politics, which at the end of the day, are the most vital to our community. Never forget, all art is a political statement -- and anyone who tells you otherwise is a puritanical, sterile clown.
So without further ado, we ask that you grab your pen and pads and read through as we give you a quick breakdown of what we believe are the most progressive choices for our June elections.
Measure A (Chula Vista): Sales Tax to Fund Public Safety
Taxes, in practice, suck. As much as we love to publicly holler for social programs and city funding for our treasured organizations and infrastructure, the thought of giving up more money to the government is sickening, downright disgusting. Nonetheless, it is often a necessary evil. With Measure A, Chula Vista will raise the sales tax by a half cent, which I mean, I guess isn't that bad. If the city is honest, that scrap of change could generate $17 million annually for city services, such as fire safety, actually addressing homelessness, emergency response, etc. With a good amount of support for this measure coming from Eastlake developers, however, let's just make sure this funding remains transparent and equitable for all of Chula Vista. Vote Yes on Measure A.
Measure C (National City): True Election Term Limits
Simple and easy, right now every National City elected official (except the Mayor) is given the odd freedom of never facing a term limit. That means City Council, City Clerk and the City Treasurer. And if we're being honest with ourselves, not many people give a shit about what the City Clerk or City Treasurer do. Not to say their positions aren't important -- on the contrary, this is why this measure matters. As of right now, as long as these incumbents keep holding office because lets say name recognition keeps them there, then complacency keeps the elected official in place, not actual community will. Vote Yes on Measure C.
Proposition 68: Clean Drinking Water and Safe Parks
Do you like clean drinking clean water and preserving our parks and natural resources? Dope, you, me, and everyone else with an ounce of morality do too. Prop 68 will provide $4 billion dollars to address our most critical water supplies and state park needs. The only argument I've heard against this is "well, we already give a lot of money to water and our future generations will be stuck paying for this wah wah wah bitch I'm lil baby." Our future generations need and deserve clean water, park preservation and the natural resources we have, even if it means footing a bill. What's money when all our tap water got molasses and seamonkeys in it? Vote Yes on Prop 68.
Proposition 71: Ballot Measures Effective Date Reform
Alright, so I don't know why and I really don't care to look it up because any answer would just seem fucking dumb, but as of right now, the California Constitution says that all laws are effective the day following an election. Which sounds about right, until you realize that nothing is really set in stone a day after an election when final tallies take so damn long to confirm. What Prop 71 does is dead that fickle manner of enforcing legislation, and instead makes it so that all ballot measures won't go into effect until the final, confirmed vote is called. I mean, it only seems right. Vote Yes on Prop 71.
Proposition 72: End Tax Penalty for Rainwater Capture
Yes. I don't know too many people who can afford or have the desire to build their own rain water capture tanks in their home, but shit, all the power to you if you do. Currently, anyone who wishes to build these water collecting contraptions in their house must have their property reassessed, which means higher property taxes. Which, if you think about it, is kind of fucked up considering these people are actually using their own naturally collected resources for landscape irrigation, pond water, etc, sort of in the same vein as solar panels. In reality, we should incentivize this kind of act, not create a penalty for it. Prop 72 will end this tax penalty. Vote Yes on Prop 72.
Governor: John Chiang
We'll keep it all the way funky, there's not one choice who is the obvious stand-out, but if any candidate embodies the no-nonsense, anti-establishment ethos of the progressive movement, it is John Chiang. Many deride a vote for the current California State Treasure as a throwaway pick for someone who likely 1) won't win 2) won't know what to do. And you know what? With names like Villaraigosa and Newsom in the race, it's probably true, BUT that's not what's important. What is i important is that the moderate Democratic establishment realize that staunch progressives within the party are a base worth catering to, akin to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election post-Bernie. A vote for John Chiang is as close as we have to a "hey, look, we're here."
Attorney General: Xavier Becerra
Treasurer: Fiona Ma
Secretary of State: Ruben Major
Senate District 36: Marggie Castellano
Senate District 38: Jeff Griffith
U.S. Senate: Kevin DeLeon
House of Representatives, District 49: Doug Applegate or Paul Kerr
House of Representatives, District 50: Ammar Campa-Najjar
Sheriff: Dave Myers
District Attorney: Geneviéve Jones-Wright
Board of Supervisors District 4: Omar Passons (!!!)
Board of Supervisors District 5: Michelle Gomez