Dear Democrats of Napa Valley Club Members:
Below are the endorsements of the Democrats of Napa Valley Club as well as the California Democratic Party and Napa County Democratic Central Committee. Please use this list as a guide when you vote and share this list with your family, friends and neighbors. Every vote is important and voting is still low both statewide and in Napa.
For those voters in the downtown area, please remember that the drive-through ballot drop-off at the Carithers Building alleyway will NOT be offered this year because of earthquake damage to the building. The closest polling place for downtown voters is at the Crosswalk Community Church, 2590 1st Street, Napa. Or please call the Election office at 707-253-4321 for more information. Thanks for being a Democrat and for voting.
President, Democrats of Napa Valley Club
Secretary of State: Alex Padilla
Controller: Betty Yee
Supt. of Public Instruction: Tom Torlakson
U.S. House of Representatives (District 5): Mike Thompson
California Assembly (District 4): Bill Dodd
Napa County District Attorney: Gary Lieberstein
Napa City Council: Peter Mott
Napa City Council: Jose Hurtado
Napa Valley College Board of Trustees Area 2: Bruce Ketron
Napa City Measures A, B, and C: Yes
Yountville Town Council: Marita Dorenbecher
Yountville Town Council: Richard Hall
Yes on Proposition 45
APPROVAL OF HEALTHCARE INSURANCE CHANGES. INITIATIVE — Requires health insurance rate changes to be approved by Insurance Commissioner before taking effect. Requires sworn statement by health insurer as to accuracy of information submitted to Insurance Commissioner to justify rate changes.
In addition to the Club’s endorsements, the California Democratic Party and the Napa County Central Committee also endorse:
Governor: Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown
Treasurer: John Chiang
Lieutenant Governor: Gavin Newsom
Attorney General: Kamala D. Harris
Insurance Commissioner: Dave Jones
Measure E: Yes
(text below by cadem.org)
Yes on Proposition 1
WATER QUALITY, SUPPLY, AND INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2014 (CALIFORNIA WATER BOND) –Provides a reliable supply of water to farms, businesses and communities, especially during droughts. It supports economic growth and protects the environment. It is fiscally responsible, is guided by a comprehensive state water plan and does NOT raise taxes.
NOTE: this proposition does not include the tunnel plan to ship Northern water to Southern California.
Yes on Proposition 2
STATE BUDGET. RAINY DAY FUND. LEGISLATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT — Requires annual transfer of state general fund revenues to budget stabilization account. Requires half the revenues be used to repay state debts. Limits use of remaining funds to emergencies or budget deficits. Fiscal Impact: Long-term state savings from faster payment of existing debts. Different levels of state budget reserves, depending on economy and decisions by elected officials. Smaller local reserves for some school districts
Neutral on Proposition 46
DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTING OF DOCTORS. MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE. INITIATIVE –Requires drug and alcohol testing of doctors and reporting of positive test to the California Medical Board. Requires Board to suspend doctor pending investigation of positive test and take disciplinary action if doctor was impaired while on duty. Requires doctors to report any other doctor suspected of drug or alcohol impairment or medical negligence. Requires health care practitioners to consult state prescription drug history database before prescribing certain controlled substances. Increases $250,000 cap on pain and suffering damages in medical negligence lawsuits to account for inflation.
Yes on Proposition 47
CRIMINAL SENTENCES. MISDEMEANOR PENALTIES. INITIATIVE STATUTE. — Requires misdemeanor sentence instead of felony for petty theft, receiving stolen property, and forging/writing bad checks when value or amount involved is $950 or less. Requires misdemeanor sentence instead of felony for certain drug possession offenses. Allows felony sentence for these offenses if person has previous conviction for crimes such as rape, murder or child molestation or is a registered sex offender. Requires resentencing for persons serving felony sentences for these offenses unless court finds unreasonable public safety risk.
Yes on Proposition 48
INDIAN GAMING COMPACTS REFERENDUM — This is a challenge to a state law previously approved by the Legislature and the Governor. The law ratifies two gaming compacts (with the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians, and the Wiyot Tribe); and it exempts execution of the compacts, certain projects, and intergovernmental agreements from the California Environmental Quality Act. A Support position (Yes vote) supports the law, an Oppose position (No vote) backs the Referendum.