You Decide 2010

You Decide 2010

Election day is here.

Who will be our next governor? Should pot be legal? What's the fate of California's landmark global warming law? These are just a few of the items voters will decide.

With so much at stake, it's important to get all the information. Here you'll find a breakdown of the candidates and issues with helpful links to additional information.

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California propositions >>>
Candidates for local office >>>
Candidates for state office >>>
Candidates for national office >>>

Helpful links:

California Secretary of State's elections website >>>
Kern County Elections >>>


Statewide ballot measures (Explanations from the Secretary of State's website)

Proposition 19 -- Prop 19 website >>> -- Prop 19 news >>>

Changes California law to legalize marijuana and allow it to be regulated and taxed

Allows people 21 years old or older to possess, cultivate, or transport marijuana for personal use. Permits local governments to regulate and tax commercial production and sale of marijuana to people 21 years old or older. Prohibits people from possessing marijuana on school grounds, using it in public, smoking it while minors are present, or providing it to anyone under 21 years old. Maintains current prohibitions against driving while impaired. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local governments: Savings of up to several tens of millions of dollars annually to state and local governments on the costs of incarcerating and supervising certain marijuana offenders. Unknown but potentially major tax, fee, and benefit assessment revenues to state and local government related to the production and sale of marijuana products.

Proposition 20 -- Prop 20 website >>> -- Prop 20 news >>>

Redistricting of congressional districts

Removes elected representatives from the process of establishing congressional districts and transfers that authority to the recently-authorized 14-member redistricting commission. Redistricting commission is comprised of five Democrats, five Republicans, and four voters registered with neither party. Requires that any newly-proposed district lines be approved by nine commissioners including three Democrats, three Republicans, and three from neither party. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Probably no significant change in state redistricting costs.

Proposition 21 -- Prop 21 website >>> -- Prop 21 news >>>

Establishes $18 annual vehicle license surcharge to help fund state parks and wildlife programs and grants free admission to all state parks to surcharged vehicles

Establishes an $18 annual state vehicle license surcharge and grants free admission to all state parks to surcharged vehicles. Requires deposit of surcharge revenue in a new trust fund. Requires that trust funds be used solely to operate, maintain and repair the state park system, and to protect wildlife and natural resources. Exempts commercial vehicles, trailers and trailer coaches from the surcharge. Requires annual independent audit and review by citizen's oversight committee. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Increased state revenues of about $500 million annually from the imposition of a surcharge on the VLF to be used mainly to fund state parks and wildlife conservation programs. Potential state savings of up to approximately $200 million annually to the extent that the VLF surcharge revenues were used to reduce support from the General Fund and other special funds for parks and wildlife conservation programs. Reduction of about $50 million annually in state and local revenues from state park day-use fees. These revenue losses could potentially be offset by increases in other types of state park user fees and revenues.

Proposition 22 -- Prop 22 website >>> -- Prop 22 news >>>

Prohibits the state from taking funds used for transportation or local government projects and services

Prohibits the State from shifting, taking, borrowing, or restricting the use of tax revenues dedicated by law to fund local government services, community redevelopment projects, or transportation projects and services. Prohibits the State from delaying the distribution of tax revenues for these purposes even when the Governor deems it necessary due to a severe state fiscal hardship. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Significant constraints on state authority over city, county, special district, and redevelopment agency funds. As a result, higher and more stable local resources, potentially affecting billions of dollars in some years. Commensurate reductions in state resources, resulting in major decreases in state spending and/or increases in state revenues.

Proposition 23 -- Prop 23 website >>> -- Prop 23 news >>>

Suspends air pollution control laws requiring major polluters to report and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming until unemployment drops below specified level for full year

Suspends State laws requiring reduced greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming, until California's unemployment rate drops to 5.5 percent or less for four consecutive quarters. Requires State to abandon implementation of comprehensive greenhouse-gas-reduction program that includes increased renewable energy and cleaner fuel requirements, and mandatory emission reporting and fee requirements for major polluters such as power plants and oil refineries, until suspension is lifted. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Potential positive, short-term impacts on state and local government revenues from the suspension of regulatory activity, with uncertain longer-run impacts. Potential foregone state revenues from the auctioning of emission allowances by state government, by suspending the future implementation of cap-and-trade regulations.

Proposition 24 -- Prop 24 website >>> -- Prop 24 news >>>

Repeals recent legislation that would allow businesses to carry back losses, share tax credits and use a sales-based income calculation to lower taxable income

Repeals recent legislation that would allow businesses to shift operating losses to prior tax years and that would extend the period permitted to shift operating losses to future tax years. Repeals recent legislation that would allow corporations to share tax credits with affiliated corporations. Repeals recent legislation that would allow multistate businesses to use a sales-based income calculation, rather than a combination property-, payroll- and sales-based income calculation. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Annual state revenue increase from business taxes of about $1.7 billion when fully phased in, beginning in 2011-12.

Proposition 25 -- Prop 25 website >>> -- Prop 25 news >>>

Changes legislative vote requirement to pass a budget from two-thirds to a simple majority. Retains two-thirds vote requirement for taxes

Changes the legislative vote requirement necessary to pass the state budget from two-thirds to a simple majority. Provides that if the Legislature fails to pass a budget bill by June 15, all members of the Legislature will permanently forfeit any reimbursement for salary and expenses for every day until the day the Legislature passes a budget bill. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Unknown changes in the content of the state budget from lowering the legislative vote requirement for passage. Fiscal impact would depend on the composition and actions of future Legislatures. Minor reduction in state costs related to compensation of legislators in years when the budget bill is passed after June 15.

Proposition 26 -- Prop 26 website >>> -- Prop 26 news >>>

Increases legislative vote requirement to two-thirds for state levies and charges. Imposes additional requirement for voters to approve local levies and charges with limited exceptions

Increases legislative vote requirement to two-thirds for state levies and charges, with limited exceptions, and for certain taxes currently subject to majority vote. Changes Constitution to require voters to approve, either by two-thirds or majority, local levies and charges with limited exceptions. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Potentially major decrease in state and local revenues and spending, depending upon future actions of the Legislature, local governing bodies, and local voters.

Proposition 27 -- Prop 27 website >>> -- Prop 27 news >>>

Eliminates State Commission on Redistricting. Consolidates authority for redistricting with elected representatives

Eliminates 14-member redistricting commission selected from applicant pool picked by government auditors. Consolidates authority for establishing state Assembly, Senate, and Board of Equalization district boundaries with elected state representatives responsible for drawing congressional districts. Reduces budget, and imposes limit on amount Legislature may spend, for redistricting. Provides that voters will have the authority to reject district boundary maps approved by the Legislature. Requires populations of all districts for the same office to be exactly the same. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Likely decrease in state redistricting costs totaling several million dollars every ten years.


Candidates for local office

Kern County Supervisor, 2nd District

Zack Scrivner -- Scrivner's website >>> -- Scrivner news >>>
Steve A. Perez -- Perez' website >>> -- Perez news >>>

Bakersfield City Council, Ward 1

Wesley Crawford Sr.
Humberto Gomez
Rudy Salas Jr. -- Salas' website >>>
Jerry Shipman
Marvin Dean -- Dean news >>>
Wesley Davis Jr. -- Davis news >>>

Bakersfield City Council, Ward 3

Ken Weir (unopposed) -- Weir website >>> -- Weir news >>>

Bakersfield City Council, Ward 4

David Couch -- Couch website >>> -- Couch news >>>
Daniel Mbagwu

Bakersfield City Council, Ward 7

Martin Bertram -- Bertram's website >>> -- Bertram news >>>
Russell Johnson -- Johnson's website >>> -- Johnson news >>>

Tehachapi City Council

Susan Wiggins
Stanley Beckham
Linda Vernon -- Vernon website >>> -- Vernon news >>>
Henry Schaeffer
Phil Smith

Delano City Council

Liz Morris -- Morris news >>>
Joe Aguirre
Ruben Hill -- Hill website >>> -- Hill news >>>

McFarland Mayor

Kenneth Rossen
Manuel Cantu Jr. -- Cantu Jr. news >>>
Rafael Melendez -- Melendez news >>>

McFarland City Council

Russell Coker
Donnie Cambell -- Campbell news >>>
Steve Garza -- Garza news >>>
Vidal Santillano -- Santillano news >>>
Alcia Puentes
Yvonne Navarrette

Shafter City Council

Jon Johnston
Sandra Florez
Cathy Prout

Taft City Council

Cliff Thompson -- Thomspn news >>>
Ronald Wayne Waldrop
Orchel Krier
Greg Gray
Dee Bankston
Paul Linder -- Linder news >>>
Gypsy Freeman
Randy Miller -- Miller news >>>

Maricopa City Council

Cynthia Tonkin -- Tonkin news >>>
Jeffrey Frank Westenberger
Virgil Bell
Kristin Blanco
Gail Bullard
Dianna Emfinger
Roy Parker
John Horn Jr.
Kasey Henderson

Arvin City Council

Steven Ojeda
Jose Flores
Toni Pichardo
Ange McNeill
Alfredo Moreno

Kern High School District Board of Trustees

John Turnbull
Marisa Wood
Mike Williams
Bryan Batey -- Batey news >>>
Aaron Steenbergen
Martha McCuen Miller -- Miller's website >>>
Craig Holland

Bakersfield City School District

Jerry Tate -- Tate news >>>
Ronnie Cruz
Andrae Gonzales -- Gonzales news >>>
Pamela Baugher
Karen Dewalt -- Dewalt news >>>

Tehachapi Unified School District, Area 1 Seat B

Steven Vogel -- Vogel news >>>
Carrie Austin

Tehachapi Unified School District, Area 2 Seat C

Naylan Bender
Patty Snyder -- Snyder news >>>

Tehachapi Unified School District, Area 4 Seat G

Tim Traynham
Holly Hart -- Hart news >>>

Arvin Union School District

Tim Owens
Janie Arvizu

Taft Union High School

Carl Twisselman III
Jeremy Gregory
Stan Barrett
Ken Anderson

Wasco Union High School

Wayne Wallace
Danny Brown
Patty Sanchez
Robert Miller
Jesse Acebedo

Wasco Union School District

Richard K. Reding
Danny Rudea
Marty Jones
James Forrest
Sean Mellon
Ruby Dominguez

El Tejon Unified high School

Malinda Lee Chadwick

Cathy Wallace
Anita Anderson

Maricopa Unified School District

Linda Owens
Barry Lindaman
Alberta Stubblefield
Rockey Shafer
Becky Ashcraft
Ted Destrampe
Christine Higgins

McFarland Unified School District

Marin Ortega Jr.
Jimmie Beltran
Ramon Cruz Melendez
David Arguello

Mojave Unified School District

Shawn Sprague
Andrew Paker
Jim Hooper
George Hodgkinson

Southern Kern Unified School District

J. Vincent Otis
Sandy Kirk
Mario Gutierrez
Robert Vincelette
Russell Lancaster Jr.
Olaf Arthur Landsgaard

Kern County Board of Education, No. 1

Ronald Froehlich
Marco Flores

Kern Community College District, No. 1

John Rodgers
Pauline Larwood
Jeff Lee Dreisen

West Kern Community College District

Dawn Cole
Larry F. Buttke
Michael Long
Carolyn Hosking

Delano Joint Union High School District

Lionel Reyna
Blanca Campos
Jean Flores
Art Armendariz

Delano Union School District

Hubert Rabanal
Ramon Cardenas
Suzanne Villaruz
Michael Lanius
Joe Luque
Raul Alvizo
Cathy Uranday

Fairfax School District

Patsy Rowles
Carolina Crisel
Raymond Oberlies
Robert Stotler
Javier Moreno
Catherine Adams-Tange

McKittrick School District

Carl Twisselman II
David Cooper
Peggy Barlow

Midway School District

Stephen Fitzsimmons
Tenna Kuntz Simmons
Joel Martin
Rachel Dayton

Panama-Buena Vista Union School District

Gerorge Yurkas
Keith Wolaridge
Cheryl Palla

Richland School District

Carmen Tujillo
Sherry Knapp
Michael Svilich
Steve Mann
Tony Aguirre

Rosedale Union School District

Jeff Tensley
Blaine Geissel
Trish Froehlich
Barbara Mettler

South Fork Union School District, full term

Sara Weghorst
Karrie Bunting
Allan Jaffe
Michael Mollenauer

South Fork Union School District, short term

Scott Siddle
Catherine Murdoch

Standard School District

Pamela Jacobsen
Pam Neal
Steven Napier
Barbara Hutchison

Vineland School District

Viviana Ramirez
Andy Stenderup
Alejandra Segura
Juan Negrete
Steve Hallum

Kern Valley Healthcare Director

Wesley Thomas Jr.
Kathryn Knight
Thomas Bostick
John Blythe
Saul McGarity
David Derr


Candidates for state office


Jerry Brown, Democratic -- Brown's website >>> -- Brown news >>>
Meg Whitman, Republican -- Whitman's website >>> -- Whitman news >>>
Chelene Nightingale, Independent -- Nightingale's website >>>
Laura Wells, Green -- Wells' website >>>
Dale F. Ogden, Libertarian -- Ogden's website >>>
Carlos Alvarez, Peace and Freedom -- Alvarez' website >>>

Lt. Governor

Gavin Newsom, Democratic -- Newsom's website >>> -- Newsom news >>>
Abel Maldonado, Republican -- Maldonado's website >>> -- Maldonado news >>>
Jim King, Independent
James "Jimi" Castillo, Green -- Castillo's website >>>
Pamela J. Brown, Libertarian
C.T. Weber, Peace and Freedom -- Weber's website >>>

State Senator, 16th District

Michael Rubio, Democrat -- Rubio's website >>> -- Rubio news >>>
Tim Thiesen, Republican -- Thiesen's website >>> -- Thiesen news >>>

State Senator, 18th District

Carter Pope, Democrat -- Pope's website >>>
Jean Fuller, Republican -- Fuller's website >>> -- Fuller news >>>

Assembly member, 30th District

Fran Florez, Democrat -- Florez' website >>> -- Florez news >>>
David Valadao, Republican -- Valadao's website >>> -- Valadao news >>>

Assembly member, 32nd District

Shannon Grove, Republican -- Grove's website >>> -- Grove news >>>
Holly Spohn-Gross, Democrat (dropped out of race)

Assembly member, 34th District

Esmeralda Castro, Democrat -- Castro's website >>>
Connie Conway, Republican -- Conway's website >>> -- Conway news >>>

Assembly member, 37th District

Ferial Masry, Democrat -- Masry's website >>> -- Masry news >>>
Jeff Gorell, Republican -- Gorell's website >>>

Secretary of State

Debra Bowen, Democratic -- Bowen's website >>> -- Bowen news >>>
Damon Dunn, Republican -- Dunn's website >>> -- Dunn news >>>
Merton D. Short, Independent -- Short's website >>>
Ann Menasche, Green -- Menasche's website >>>
Christina Tobin, Libertarian -- Tobin's website >>>
Marylou Cabral, Peace and Freedom -- Cabral's website >>>


John Chiang, Democratic -- Chiang's website >>> -- Chiang news >>>
Tony Strickland, Republican -- Strickland's website >>> -- Strickland news >>>
Lawrence G. Beliz, Independent
Ross D. Frankel, Green -- Frankel's website >>>
Andrew "Andy" Favor, Libertarian -- Favor's website >>>
Karen Martinez, Peace and Freedom -- Martinez' website >>> 


Bill Lockyer, Democratic -- Lockyer's website >>> -- Lockyer news >>>
Mimi Walters, Republican -- Walters' website >>>
Robert Lauten, Independent -- Lauten's website >>>
Charles "Kit" Crittenden, Green -- Crittenden's website >>>
Edward M. Teyssier, Libertarian -- Teyssier's website >>>
Debra L. Reiger, Peace and Freedom -- Reiger's website >>>

Attorney General

Kamala D. Harris, Democratic -- Harris' website >>> -- Harris news >>>
Steve Cooley, Republican -- Cooley's website >>> -- Cooley news >>>
Diane Beall Templin, Independent -- Templin's website >>>
Peter Allen, Green -- Allen's website >>>
Timothy J. Hannan, Libertarian
Robert J. Evans, Peace and Freedom -- Evans' website >>>

Insurance Commissioner

Dave Jones, Democratic -- Jones' website >>> -- Jones news >>>
Mike Villines, Republican -- Villines' website >>> -- Villines news >>>
Clay Pedersen, Independent
William Balderston, Green -- Balderston's website >>>
Richard S. Bronstein, Libertarian -- Bronstein's website >>>
Dina Josephine Padilla, Peace and Freedom -- Padilla's website >>>


Candidates for national office

U.S. Senator

Barbara Boxer, Democrat -- Boxer's website >>> -- Boxer news >>>
Carly Fiorina, Republican -- Fiorina's website >>> -- Fiorina news >>>
Edward C. Noonan, Independent
Duane Roberts, Green -- Roberts' website >>>
Gail K. Lightfoot, Libertarian -- Lightfoot website >>>
Marsha Feinland, Peace and Freedom -- Feinland website >>>

U.S. Representative, 20th District

Jim Costa, Democrat -- Costa's website >>> -- Costa news >>>
Andy Vidak, Republican -- Vidak's website >>> -- Vidak news >>>

U.S. Representative, 22nd District

Kevin McCarthy, Republican (unopposed) -- McCarthy's website >>> -- McCarthy news >>>