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Jim Porter: Voting recommendations for November 8, part one (opinion)

It’s hard to believe, I know, but I get lots of requests for my voting recommendations column.

Here are state and local candidate endorsements and State proposition recommendations. Explanation and analysis of proposition recommendations next week. These endorsements are mine, not the law firm’s.


President and Vice President: I hesitate to make a suggestion because you’ve already made up your mind, but here’s a clue — I WON’T be voting for Trump, the misogynist, narcissistic, carnival barker.

U.S. Senator: Kamala Harris.

Congressional – 1st District: Jim Reed over Doug La Malfa.

Congressional – 4th District: Anyone but McClintock; vote Robert Derlet.

State Senate: Ted Gaines, a Republican who works for our District.

State Assembly: Brian Dahle, a Republican, farmer and “normal” person.

Local Elections/Measures

Truckee-Tahoe Airport District: I’m going with incumbent LISA WALLACE and with RICK STEPHENS, also ANDREW TERRY. Andrew has attended Airport Board meetings for years and (for your voting information) favors airport community relations over airport growth.

Truckee Fire Protection District: GERALD HERRICK is a definite YES. If you cast two votes, I recommend ERIN PRADO over Ron Perea, who is a genuine good guy, but 12 years is enough.

Tahoe Forest Hospital District: Time for a change, I strongly support ALYCE WONG and RANDY HILL.

North Tahoe Public Utility District: I appreciate that the Board hired a quality new General Manager and allowed its former attorney to retire, good moves, but it’s time for a “fresh set of eyes,” so I support SARAH COOLIDGE.

Measure A (Nevada County Libraries): Absolutely YES for this increase from 1/8th cent to 1/4th cent sales tax for fifteen years for Nevada County Libraries including Truckee, which desperately needs funding.

Measure M (Placer County Roads): This is a half cent sales tax for 30 years for improvement of Placer County Roads. I’m recommending YES but 30 years is a long time.

State Proposition Recommendations (analyses next week)

Prop. 51 (School Bonds): Soft YES. No if you don’t want more debt for California.

Prop. 52 (Medi-Cal Hospital Fee): YES.

Prop. 53 (Anti-Jerry Brown’s Two Projects Proposition): NO.

Prop. 54 (Changes in the Legislature): Soft NO; right idea, imperfect law.

Prop. 55 (Taxes on the Rich to Fund Education and Healthcare): YES if you like taxing the rich.

Prop. 56 ($2 Per Pack Tax on Cigarettes): YES; don’t be misled by the well-financed tobacco industry’s misleading No campaign.

Prop. 57 (More Flexibility on Criminal Sentencing): YES.

Prop. 58 (English Proficiency/Multi-lingual Education): YES.

Prop. 59 (Political Spending): Soft NO; solid advisory, will not change Citizens United decision.

Prop. 60 (Adult Films, Condoms): NO.

Prop. 61 (State Drug Purchases): NO, good concept, possible unintended consequences.

Prop. 62 (Repeals Death Penalty): YES.

Prop. 63 (Firearms/Ammunition Restrictions): Mixed feelings YES.

Prop. 64 (Legalizing Recreational Marijuana): YES, I suppose. You decide.

Prop. 65 (Carryout Bag Charges): NO.

Prop 66 (Procedures to Fix the Death Penalty): NO. Well intended, unrealistic.

Prop. 67 (Ban on Plastic Bags): YES, absolutely YES.

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: , development, construction, business, HOAs, contracts, personal injury, accidents, mediation and other transactional matters. He may be reached at porter@portersimon.com or http://www.portersimon.com.

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