Secretary of State Debra Bowen announced the ballot numbers for the 5 initiatives on the June primary ballot. They’re listed below, along with my own initial take (and those are my own – neither Calitics nor the Courage Campaign has taken a position on these yet):
Prop 13: Exempts seismic retrofits from property taxes. Unsure about this one – might be a good incentive to get older buildings reinforced.
Prop 14: The top-two primary. Definitely voting no on this one.
Prop 15: The California Fair Elections Act, creating public financing for Secretary of State elections in 2014 and 2018. A big ol’ hell yes to this one.
Prop 16: PG&E’s effort to make it harder to create public power districts by requiring a 2/3rds vote. Definitely voting no on this one.
You’ll be hearing a LOT more about these initiatives over the next four months. And it’s still not clear what will be on the much longer November ballot – but we can expect those initiatives to be some of the most important decisions voters have made at the ballot in some time.