|How It Went Down|
Now that the 2010 election is (blessedly) behind us, let’s see how the People of California did on their ballot measures. The People got it right five times and got it wrong four times, with none of the misses being anywhere near as awful or destructive as a Prop 13 or a Prop 8, although see below.
Notes: The rhetoric from the pot legalization folks seems to indicate they’ll be back with a stronger proposal in two years. They might not succeed then either, but can legalization at the state level possibly be any farther off than ten years? … Kudos to the People for totally grokking the redistricting props, approving 20 and shooting 27 in the head. … Do not worry, your state parks are not going to close because of 21’s defeat. … The passage of 25 is absolutely fantastic news that is going to change the entire dynamic in Sacramento starting early next year, but the passage of 26 is going to make things really rough on some of our state’s cash-strapped communities; look to see that one rescinded by the people a decade or two down the road when circumstances basically force us to.
Overall, Californians, you did a fine job where it counted this time around, though we’re a little disappointed that you just barely broke .500 against Mad Props’s recommendations. Let’s see a little more effort out there next time, kids!