Get out your sample ballot (California) and read the propositions. Then take a look at the October Surprise's ballot recommendations. We got together on Wednesday night and hashed over the legal texts, pros, cons, propaganda etc. What we came up with is listed below.
The LA Weekly also has a good slate of recommendations http://www.laweekly.com/ink/04/48/news-endorsements.php
And the LA Greens have proposition recommendations too. They differ on 4 counts from the Weekly's - prop A (sales tax for more police), prop 61(children's hospital bond), prop 65 (local government funds) and prop 71 (stem cell research).
The October Surprise presents our 2004 election guide.
(Download a printable pamphlet:
These recommendations are intended to help voters in Northeast Los Angeles
with progressive views identify candidates that may share their values and
to help navigate the cloudy and confusing ballot initiatives.
While some of the choices on the ballot seem clear, the October Surprise
feels that what is missing from the ballot is an opportunity for voters to
address the systemic problems that face our society today: a global
economic and military empire that threatens our environment, alienates us
from our neighbors, oppresses the poor and the non-white, and attempts to
reduce life and culture into purely a matter of dollars and cents.
The October Surprise advocates using the voting system to change what it
will allow, but we think that other actions-as human beings, as neighbors,
as creative people-are necessary to cause a real revolution. So after you
vote, go out and hug a stranger. Skip work. Ride a bicycle. Paint a police
car pink. Plant some corn in your lawn. Get naked in the streets. Make a
solemn vow to the mountains and the sky that we will live to see the end
of this empire.
US President & Vice President:
John Kerry & John Edwards (Democrat)
Barbera Boxer (Democrat)
US Congress 29th Dist.:
Philip Koebel (Green Party)
US Congress 31st Dist.:
Xavier Becerra (Democrat)
US Congress 32nd Dist.:
Hilda Solis (Democrat)
CA State Senate 21st Dist.:
Jack Scott (Democrat)
CA State Assembly 44th Dist.:
Carol Liu (Democrat)
CA State Assembly 45th Dist.:
Jackie Goldberg (Democrat)
Protection of Local Government Revenues
Yes. Local control means more accountability from our representatives.
Public Records, Open Meetings.
Yes. Government business is YOUR business.
Election Rights of Political Parties
Children's Hospital Projects. Grant Program. Bond Act.
No. Could eliminate third parties from the ballot.
Mental Health Services Expansion, Funding. Tax on Personal incomes Above
Yes. Tax the rich for making the rest of us crazy!
Limits on Private Enforcement of Unfair Business Competition Laws
No. Will disallow citizens to sue corporations.
Local Government Funds, Revenues. State Mandates.
Limitations to "Three Strikes" Law. Sex Crimes. Punishment.
Emergency Medical Services. Funding. Telephone Surcharge. Funding.
We need a basic, radical change to our healthcare system, not just a
Non-Tribal Commercial Gambling Expansion. Tribal Gaming Compact
Amendments. Revenues, Tax Exemptions.
DNA Samples. Collection. Database.
Tribal Gaming Compacts. Exclusive Gaming Rights. Contributions to State.
Stem Cell Research. Funding. Bonds.
Health Care Coverage Requirements.
LA County Measure A
Expanding Law Enforcement.
LA City Measure O
Clean Water, Ocean, River, Beach, Bay Storm Water Cleanup General
Obligation Bond Measure.