Posted by: coastcontact | September 26, 2014

California Propositions for November 4, 2014

This is all about the money spent on state propositions.  Does more money spent translate to an outcome that is contrary to the public interest?

To see the updated revised list that indicates current total contributions you can go to California Fair Political Practices Commission.

I have posted my position on each.


Proposition 1 – AB1471 Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014



California Hospitals Committee on Issues, Sponsored by California Association of Hospitals and Health Systems* $250,000
Northern California Carpenters Regional Council Issues PAC*
Reed Hastings*
California American Council of Engineering Companies Issues Fund* $250,000
Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters Issues Committee* $250,000
Members’ Voice of the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California* $150,000
International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Political Committee* $100,000
District Council of Iron Workers Political Issues Committee* $100,000
George M. Marcus and affiliated entities* $50,000
Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters Legislative Improvement Committee* $50,000
Hilmar Cheese Company* $25,000
Leprino Foods* $25,000
Total from top contributors $1,750,000



No committee opposing this ballot measure raised enough money to reach the reporting threshold for this list.

Notice who is supporting this bond issue. It’s the engineers, carpenters, iron workers, and construction trade groups. Why? This bond issue will provide lots of money for the construction industry. Will any of the money spent create one more drop of water? NO!

Over $13 Billion has been spent on water bonds since the year 2000. How was that money spent? This is more money that will be wasted.

Vote NO.


Proposition 2 – State Reserve Policy

No data posted by California Fair Political Practices Commission.

The argument against this proposal is that it may deny schools the support they need.

I am voting YES.


Proposition 45 – Approval of Healthcare Insurance Rate Changes. Initiative Statute


Consumer Watchdog Campaign – Yes on 45 and 46, a coalition of consumer advocates, attorneys and nurses $1,243,529
California Nurses Association $1,000,000
Consumer Watchdog $235,000
Wylie A. Aitken and Affliliated Entity Wylie A. Aitken Law Corporation $100,000
Strumwasser & Woocher $50,000
Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP $50,000
Milstein, Adelman, Kreger LLP $25,000
Adler Law a Professional Corporation $25,000
Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP $25,000
Paul Goldenberg $25,000
CA Federation of Teachers COPE/Prop Ballot Measure Committee $25,000
Shernoff Bidart Echeverria Bentley, LLP $25,000
Yes on Prop. 46, Your Neighbors for Patient Safety, a coalition of consumer attorneys and patient safety advocates $25,000
Total from top contributors $2,853,529



Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. $14,716,574
Wellpoint, Inc. and affiliated entities $12,896,224
Blue Shield of California $9,819,424
Health Net, Inc. $261,224
UnitedHealthCare Insurance Company $156,224
California Association of Health Plans $60,000
California Association of Health Plans PAC $10,000
California Hospitals Committee on Issues $10,000
Total from top contributors $37,929,670

Every other type of insurance has regulated rates in California. Thirty five other states also regulate health insurance rates.

Vote YES.

Proposition 46 – Drug and Alcohol Testing of Doctors. Medical Negligence Lawsuits. Initiative Statute


Consumer Attorneys of California and its sponsored committees: Consumer Attorneys Issues PAC, ID 842149; Consumer Attorneys Initiative Defense PAC, ID 1275672 $1,183,000
Robinson Calcagnie Robinson Davis, Inc. $250,000
Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP $150,000
Bisnar/Chase Personal Injury Attorneys, LLP $125,000
Panish, Shea & Boyle, LLP $125,000
Casey, Gerry, Schenk, Francavilla, Blatt & Penfield, LLP $115,000
Shernoff, Bidart, Echeverria, Bentley, LLP $115,000
Bruce G. Fagel, A Law Corporation $110,000
Law Offices of Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger $100,000
Kazan, McClain, Satterley, Lyons, Greenwood & Oberman $100,000
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Berstein, LLP $100,000
Total from top contributors $2,473,000



Cooperative of American Physicians IE Committee $10,161,489
The Doctors Company $10,001,200
Norcal Mutual Insurance Company $10,000,000
California Medical Association Physicians’ Issues Committee $5,212,026
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., and The Hospitals $5,000,000
Medical Insurance Exchange of California, Including Aggregated Contributions $5,000,000
California Association of Hospitals & Health Systems $2,500,000
California Hospitals Committee on Issues $2,500,000
California Dental Association $2,052,709
The Dentists Insurance Company $1,620,000
Total from top contributors $54,047,424

Wow! $2 Million being spent to support this proposition. $54 Million being spent to oppose this proposition.   I had no idea that drug and alcohol abuse is a major issue among doctors. As to medical negligence, incompetence is prevalent. As I understand the current law the limit to reimbursements is $250,000.  I once went to a dentist who seemed to be drunk. He was part of a dental group. I requested another dentist. There must be a problem if so much money is being spent.

Vote YES.


Proposition 47 – Criminal Sentences. Misdemeanor Penalties. Initiative Statute


Open Society Policy Center $1,210,112
Hughes, B. Wayne $750,000
Atlantic Advocacy Fund $600,000
Munger, Molly $325,448
Hastings, Reed $246,664
Phillips, Steven C. $125,000
Parker, Sean $100,000
Drug Policy Action $100,000
Delaney, M. Quinn $100,000
California Federation of Teachers, AFT, AFL-CIO COPE Prop/Ballot $50,000
Total from top contributors $3,607,224


No committee opposing this ballot measure raised enough money to reach the reporting threshold for this list.

United States Senator and member of the Democratic party, Dianne Feinstein, came out against Proposition 47 in a column featured in the Los Angeles Daily News.  Feinstein said she found the proposition to be dangerous, especially the way it classifies at-risk individuals.

I have been a supporter of eliminating laws that penalize people who use drugs. Petty theft should not be a felony because we are short jail space.

 I respect  the senator’s opinion.  I was going to vote yes but now am on the fence.


Proposition 48 – Referendum to Overturn Indian Gaming Compacts


No committee opposing this ballot measure raised enough money to reach the reporting threshold for this list.


Table Mountain Rancheria $3,528,099
Brigade Capital Management, LLC through affiliated entities $2,666,780
Riva Ridge Recovery Fund LLC $226,232
DG Capital Management, LLC and affiliated entites $113,258
United Auburn Indian Community of the Auburn Rancheria $100,000
Chukchansi Economic Development Authority $25,000
Club One Casino, Inc. $15,000
Total from top contributors $6,674,369

This is something that I do not have enough knowledge to accurately judge.

The governor supports this change in the law. The argument is that this law will create jobs. Casinos are closing in Atlantic City. Isn’t it mostly the poor who waste their money in casinos? Over $6 Million to oppose this proposition should be a message. Probably those in this business don’t want any more competition. Indian tribes have benefited from their casinos.

 I am voting NO because the idea was to provide Indians with an income source.  More competition will harm that source.


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