Jim Porter: Vote ‘no’ on Measure W; June 7 primary recommendations (opinion)
May 19, 2016
Every voting cycle, my ultra-conservative political friends (both of them) ask for my recommendations for voting. They want to know who not to vote for.
While there's not a lot to vote on come June 7th, there are a few decisions to be made, so if you care to consider my, as always, humble opinions, here goes.
California's Open Primary, except for the U.S. Presidential election, allows Republicans to vote for Democrat candidates and Democrats to vote for Republicans, and the same goes for the parties of Peace and Freedom, Green, American Independent and Libertarian. Remember them? The Open Primary system tends to result in the election of more moderate officials, which is a good thing.
U.S. President: What is there to recommend? For Republicans, it's your man Trump (a classy statesman and very Presidential). Good luck with that. For Dems, I'm going Hillary, but if you're young you may want to go with the Bern; however, you will probably be wasting your vote as Hillary should have it locked up.
U.S. Senate: For Democrats, out of 34 candidates, it's a two-person contest, Kamala D. Harris and Loretta L. Sanchez, both Democrats. Kamala Harris all the way. If I were a Republican, I would think about Tom Del Beccaro. The betting money is on a Dem runoff, a rare event, between Harris and Sanchez.
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U.S. House of Representatives-District 4: Tom McClintock's field representative deserves your support, but McClintock is too much of a right-wing ideologue for me. Definitely a long shot, but I would go with Robert Derlet, Democrat.
State Senator-District 1: I'm voting for incumbent Republican Ted Gaines, who stays in touch with our District.
State Assembly-District 1: This one's easy, as my choice, Republican farmer and incumbent Assemblyman Brian Dahle, is unopposed.
Nevada County Supervisor-District 5: Another no brainer. Richard Anderson all the way, and not just because he's unopposed.
Placer County Supervisor-District 5: Jennifer Montgomery, lives on Donner Summit, is one of us, and deserves to be reelected.
State Proposition 50: This proposition authorizes the Legislature to suspend Members, including without salary and benefits. Proposition 50 enjoys support from almost all state senators and assemblymen. Not sure it's necessary, but I'll join the crowd and recommend "YES."
Nevada County Measure W: This is the "Pot Bill" proposed by the Nevada County Board of Supervisors to address issues with unlawful marijuana cultivation in the western end of the County. If you are absolutely opposed to legalizing marijuana, vote "YES" — it allows indoor growth of up to 12 plants by qualified patients for medicinal purposes only. If you're willing to have a discussion and entertain broader legalization of marijuana, vote "NO."
Measure W does not apply within the Town of Truckee. By the way, the talk is there will be a statewide measure on the ballot in November legalizing recreational marijuana along the lines of what was done in Colorado, allowing cities and counties to override/opt out. I guess I do recommend "NO" on W.
Whatever you do, VOTE.
Jim Porter is an attorney with Porter Simon licensed in California and Nevada, with offices in Truckee, Tahoe City and Reno, Nevada. Jim's practice areas include: real estate, development, construction, business, HOAs, contracts, personal injury, accidents, mediation and other transactional matters. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or http://www.portersimon.com.