The San Rafael Chamber of Commerce announced their endorsements for local candidates and state propositions for the Nov. 6 election.
"This is a comprehensive ballot that will have an impact on our economy, our infrastructure and our state for many years to come," Chamber President and CEO Rick Wells said. "Our Governmental Affairs Committee and Board of Directors spent a great deal of time and energy reviewing the nuances and potential effects of these issues. We believe these positions represent fairly the best interests of our members and our community."
Marc Levine: The San Rafael City Council member and Democrat won the second spot in the June 5 election for the Assembly. Levine joined the San Rafael City Council in 2009 and has voted on several hot button issues including Target, the Pacifics minor league baseball team in Albert Park and sober living homes in San Rafael. The main issues he would like to focus on if elected are fixing the budget, creating job opportunities, the environment, education and reducing the influence of special interests in Sacramento.
Jared Huffman: The San Rafael Democrat is running against Dan Roberts for Lynn Woolsey's seat in the 2nd District of the U.S. House of Representatives. Huffman came in first place in the June 5 primary and his top issues he'd like to pursue if elected are job creation and economic growth, healthcare reform and education.
Proposition 30 Temporary Taxes to Fund Education. Guaranteed Local Public Safety Funding - Should the California Constitution be amended to (a) temporarily increase sales and personal income tax rates; (b) guarantee certain revenue transfers to local governments; and (c) eliminate state funding of certain mandates to local governments?
Proposition 31. State Budget. State and Local Government -- Should the state constitution and law be amended to require government performance reviews and two-year budget cycles, to prohibit the Legislature from creating certain expenditures unless offsetting revenues or spending cuts are identified, and to make changes in certain responsibilities of local governament, the Legislature and the Governor?
Proposition 40. Redistricting. State Senate Districts -- Should the current state Senate districts be retained?
Proposition 38. Tax to Fund Education and Early Childhood Programs -- Should California's personal income tax rates be increased during 2013-24 to provide funds for public schools, early childhood education programs, and state debt payments?
Measure A. Proposed Quarter-cent Sales Tax for Open Space, Farmland and Parks –- This increase for nine years to preserve open space and farmland and repair park facilities would raise approximately $10 million a year, requires two-thirds approval to pass on Nov. 6. The measure was placed on the ballot by the Marin County Board of Supervisors in August after a lengthy rollout.
Proposition 37. Genetically Engineered Foods. Labeling -- Should labeling be required on foods containing genetically modified ingredients when such foods (whether raw or processed, plant or animal) are offered for sale to consumers in California? Are You Concerned About GMOs?
Proposition 39. Tax Treatment for Multistate Businesses. Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Funding -- Should the California tax code be changed to require multistate firms to pay income taxes based on a percentage of their sales in California, with roughly half of the resulting tax increase to be used to fund clean/efficient energy projects for five years?
Proposition 32. Political Contributions by Payroll Deduction. Contributions to Candidates -- Should unions, corporations, government contractors and state and local government employers be prohibited from using payroll-deducted funds, or in some instances their own funds, for political expenditures?
Proposition 33. Auto Insurance Companies. Prices Based on Driver's History of Insurance Coverage -- Should automobile insurance companies be permitted to offer a discount to drivers who have continuously maintained their insurance coverage, even if they change their insurance company?
Proposition 34. Death Penalty -- Should the death penalty be repealed and replaced with life imprisonment without possibility of parole when someone is convicted of murder with specified special circumstances?
Proposition 35. Human Trafficking. Penalties -- Should the definition of human trafficking be expanded, penalties for traffickers be increased, convicted sexual traffickers be required to register as sex offenders, and additional training for law enforcement officers be required?
Proposition 36. Three Strikes Law. Repeat Felony Offenders. Penalties -- Should California law be amended to provide that a life sentence should not be imposed for a third felony conviction unless the third conviction is for a serious or violent felony?