Prop 26

One Small Step for CARB, Many More Steps to a Clean Energy Economy Remaining

By Alex Jackson
Natural Resources Defense Council

Last week the California Air Resources Board (CARB) voted to approve California’s first-of-its-kind carbon market to reduce pollution across the California economy. While we will continue to work with CARB to ensure the program is implemented effectively, the program as designed will position California to make good on its AB 32 pledge to reduce GHG emissions back to 1990 levels by 2020. In the meantime, much work remains to finalize and implement the suite of policies developed under AB 32 to steer California towards a clean energy future.  Here are some key developments to keep your eye on.

Carbon Market to Reduce Pollution: What’s Next

Post-election Survey: Marijuana, Climate Change, Budget Reform Captured Voters’ Attention

By Public Policy Institute of California

Of the nine propositions on the November statewide ballot, Proposition 19—the unsuccessful measure to legalize marijuana—attracted the most interest among voters, and those who voted against it felt more strongly about the outcome than those who voted yes. These are among the key findings of a post-election survey released today by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) with support from The James Irvine Foundation.  

In the PPIC survey of 2,003 voters who reported participating in the election, 38 percent say they were most interested in Proposition 19, followed by 16 percent who name Proposition 23, the measure to suspend the state’s air pollution law (AB 32). And, similar to Proposition 19, those who voted no on Proposition 23 are much more likely than those who voted yes to call the outcome of the vote on the measure important.

California Passes Environmental ‘Sleeper Threat’

By Ngoc Nguyen
New America Media

California voters on Tuesday resoundingly struck down a bid to suspend the state’s climate change law, but they passed another lesser-known measure that could make it harder for the state to carry out that law.

In a wave of anti-tax sentiment, voters pushed through Proposition 26, which imposes a two-thirds vote on new fees, retroactive to the beginning of the year. Pre-election ads marketed Prop 26 as a way to close a tax loophole, and many voters bundled it with another ballot measure having to do with a supermajority vote. (Prop 25 lowers the vote required to pass a budget to a simple majority.) But Prop 26 may have been the stealth environmental initiative. That’s because the state mainly uses the fees to fund environment and public health programs, including children’s lead screening and old spill clean-up.

Proposition 26 will not stop AB 32

By Kristen Eberhard

California voters gave AB 32 and clean energy a strong vote of confidence last Tuesday by resoundingly rejecting Proposition 23. Close to 4.5 million people voted against Proposition 23 – more than voted for or against any other item on the ballot. No on 23 got more votes than the winning candidates for governor or US Senate or Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court (who was unopposed). Even counties that voted for Republican candidates voted against Proposition 23, including Butte County, home to the initiative’s author, Assemblyman Dan Logue from Chico. Proposition 23’s defeat was an undeniable victory for environmental and public health advocates and clean energy proponents.

However, the lesser-known and poorly understood Proposition 26 squeaked by under the radar.  The measure’s vague language and broad sweep have led many to ask: how will it impact AB 32?

Prop 26 a Big Monkey-Wrench on California’s Future

By Paul Hogarth

While Democrats were being thrashed across the nation on Tuesday, California offered a glimmer of hope for progressives. Jerry Brown beat Meg Whitman, and Barbara Boxer easily won re-election. And if Kamala Harris holds onto her slim lead in the Attorney General’s race, Democrats will have swept every statewide office (including progressive heroes Dave Jones and Debra Bowen) – proving once again that, even in the most depressing election years, California is still a deep-blue state. But the passage of the low-profile Proposition 26 – which requires a two-thirds vote for all fee increases in the state legislature and at the local level – will make it virtually impossible for Democrats to seriously address the budget crisis, or combat global warming. It was heartening to see voters defeat Prop 23 and pass Prop 25, but the passage of Prop 26 renders these victories practically meaningless.

California Voters Say Yes to Clean Energy and to Ending Budget Gridlock

By Ann Notthoff

In back-to-back hits to Texas, one day after the San Francisco Giants beat the Rangers, California voters delivered a second great triumph, voting to safeguard the state’s booming clean energy economy by defeating Proposition 23 and saying no to dirty Texas oil.

There were nine measures on the statewide November ballot and NRDC took positions on four of them: we supported Propositions 21 and 25, and opposed Propositions 23 and 26.

The Morning After

By Robert Cruickshank

California Democrats are poised to have a clean sweep of the statewide elected offices, depending on whether Kamala Harris can maintain a razor-thin margin of victory over Steve Cooley. (Seriously, who the hell votes a Brown-Boxer-Newsom-Cooley ticket? WTF is wrong with those people?)

Here are the results as we know them, with 96.6% reporting across California. Note that the Secretary of State's site appears to be back up. It's not her fault the site crashed - they apparently got screwed by a vendor that made promises they could not keep.

Governor: Brown 54, Whitman 41
US Senate: Boxer 52, Fiorina 42
Lt. Gov: Newsom 50, Maldonado 39
Sec State: Bowen 53, Dunn 38
Controller: Chiang 55, Strickland 36
Treasurer: Lockyer 56, Walters 36
Attorney General: Harris 46.1%, Cooley 45.6%
Insurance Commissioner: Jones 50, Villines 38
Supt. of Public Instruction: Torlakson 55, Aceves 45

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VOTE TODAY... Now its up to you...

By Anthony Wright
Health Access
We remember just a month ago that the state budget was passed by the Legislature, 100 days past the official deadline. The Legislature and the Governor made their budget decisions, but the budget isn’t final: California voters have the final say TODAY, and depending on YOUR VOTE on key propositions, will either prevent or force additional cuts to health, education, and other vital services.

This isn’t some future threat. Propositions 22 and/or Proposition 26 would blow a billion-dollar hole in our current California budget, forcing either new cuts in health and other key services, or new taxes. Because they would go into effect retroactively for 2010, passage of either measure would undo major budget solutions already in place, leaving the Legislature scrambling to either raise taxes or cut core services even more.

Prop 26 – Voters Must Reject the Polluter Protection Act

By Richard Holober
Consumer Federation of California

Prop 26 is a sneak attack on environmental and health regulations that costs California’s general fund a billion dollars a year. Voters must reject this big oil and big tobacco hand out, and reject it they will.


Fiscal Impact:
Depending on decisions by governing bodies and voters, decreased state and local government revenues and spending (up to billions of dollars annually). Increased transportation spending and state General Fund costs ($1 billion annually).”

Prop 26: Bad For Public Health and Bad For California

By Jane Warner
American Lung Association in California

Proposition 26 is bad for the health of all Californians because it will undermine California’s efforts to reduce air pollution and global warming, slow efforts to prevent teen smoking and harm critical environmental enforcement programs.

How would Prop 26 cause so much harm? Proposition 26 will make it nearly impossible to charge fees on industries such as oil and tobacco companies to fund these critical programs by redefining “fees” as “taxes” and requiring a two-thirds vote of the Legislature or local electorate to pass them. The special interests who put Proposition 26 on the ballot are masquerading the initiative as one that protects taxpayers, when in fact, Prop 26 will let the polluters off the hook.