A Progressive Alamedan

Various writings from a resident of Alameda regarding the political scene. The local perspective of local, state and national politics and a few other odds and ends of local concern. May not be particularly interesting to people outside of the Alameda area.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Endorsements for the Upcoming Election: Props 1A (yes) and 8 (no)

With the election just a few weeks away, I realized I should get cranking on sharing my thoughts about the upcoming races and propositions. I'll cover these a few at a time as a trickle, then summarize everything at the end.

Proposition 1A: YES

This one is easy. Look at who is opposing this, it's the don't-spend-any-tax-money Republican types. Proposition 1A — high speed rail — would have a huge number of economic and environmental benefits. It was endorsed recently by the San Francisco Chronicle. They write:

The passage of Prop. 1A would generate an estimated 160,000 construction-related jobs at a time when the state could use an economic stimulus. But its even greater long-term value to the state will be the economic and environmental benefits of connecting urban centers with growing inland cities that don't have major airports - and providing an alternative to the cattle-call flights between the Bay Area and Southern California.

This proposition would invest $9.95 billion toward a zero-emissions, high-speed train network that would make it possible to get from downtown San Francisco to Los Angeles in 2 1/2 hours for a one-way fare of about $55.

It seems like a lot of money, but getting around in California is a huge issue. This is our opportunity to get cars off the road, and even better, planes out of the air.

Propsition 8: NO

The usual cranky, threatened conservatives have once again tried to reduce civil rights for a group of people they are threatened by. This proposition seems to come up every year in one form or another (much like this year's Proposition 4, which I'll get to later). This time around, California has made great steps forward in legalizing same-sex marriages, and they want to pull us back to the dark ages.

Here in Alameda, I see a lot of No on 8 signs. That's encouraging. Yet statewide, the proposition appears to be leading. This is sad news. Let's step up to the plate and help get the word out about the lies and smears that 8's advocates are using to push this through. Contribute online here. I just did.

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