Among the most coveted endorsements in San Diego politics comes from the non-partisan watchdog San Diego County Taxpayers Association. One of the Association’s most important functions is to provide voters with ballot recommendations that (in its own words) “satisfy its criteria for accountable, cost-effective and efficient government.”
SDCTA has completed its review of the November 2010 General Election state and local ballot measures. A supermajority (60%) vote of the SDCTA Board of Directors is required for a position to be taken on any ballot measure. So SDCTA doesn’t weigh in on all ballot measures. It doesn’t endorse candidates either.
Proposition 20 (Redistricting of Congressional Districts.): YES
Proposition 21 (Establishes $18 Annual Vehicle License Surcharge to Help Fund State Parks and Wildlife Programs. Grants Surcharged Vehicles Free Admission to All State Parks.): NO
Proposition 22 (Prohibits the State from Taking Funds Used for Transportation or Local Government Projects and Services.): YES
Proposition 24 (Repeals Recent Legislation That Would Allow Businesses to Lower Their Tax Liability. Initiative Statute.): NO
Proposition 25 (Changes Legislative Vote Requirement to Pass Budget and Budget-Related Legislation From Two-Thirds to a Simple Majority. Retains Two-Thirds Vote Requirement for Taxes.): NO
Proposition 26 (Requires That Certain State and Local Fee be Approved by Two-Thirds Vote. Fees Include Those That Address Adverse Impacts on Society or the Environment Caused by the Fee-Payer’s Business.): NEUTRAL
Proposition 27 (Eliminates State Commission on Redistricting. Consolidates Authority for Redistricting with Elected Representatives.): NO
Proposition A (Fair and Open Competition for County Construction Contracts): YES
Proposition D (City of San Diego Half-Cent Sales Tax Increase): NO
Proposition G (City of Carlsbad Voter Approval of Benefit Increase) YES
Proposition H (City of Chula Vista Telecommunications Tax Modernization): NO
Proposition J (San Diego Unified School District Parcel Tax): NO
Proposition K (San Marcos Unified School District Bond Measure): YES
Proposition L (Julian Union High School District Bond Measure): NEUTRAL
Proposition M (Dehesa School District Bond Measure): YES
Proposition O (South Bay Union School District Parcel Tax): NO
Proposition P (Encinitas Union School District Bond Measure): NO
Want to know more about how SDCTA reached its conclusions? For those who like to get down into the political weeds, SDCTA provides a detailed analysis of each proposition. SDCTA staff will even field your questions about its analyses. Seriously. Call the staff at (619) 234-6423 if you have any questions.
Full disclosure: The San Diego County Taxpayers Association is a client of my public relations consulting firm, Falcon Valley Group.