I think the special election called by California’s governor is a complete waste of money, but since we’re having it, we might as well vote on the propositions before us. Proposition 77, which takes the power to redraw voting districts out of the hands of the legislature and into a panel of retired judges, is the only proposition I am voting for. It’s not perfect — there’s no reason to redraw districts until the next census in 2010 — but it’s a lot better than what we have now. Here are a couple of examples.
Congressional District 11 has a grotesque shape over parts of four counties, covering such disparate cities as Moraga, Pleasanton, Morgan Hill, and Manteca. State Senate District 15 stretches from Saratoga 200 miles down to northern Santa Barbara County. If this isn’t blatant gerrymandering, I don’t know what is. I want to put an end to this #$&%@&, so I’m voting yes on Proposition 77.
All of the other propositions are either bad ideas or poorly thought out, so I’m voting no on everything else.