Based on numerous requests from friends, I’m sharing my endorsements for the (tremendously long and difficult to understand) Nov. 6 election here, see below. Next election, I’ll give a summary of my thinking but I have too much on my plate to do so now, which is why this is a “cheat sheet” not a thorough endorsement with explanations.
After spending several hours researching the ballot, I’ve realized the following:
Ballotpedia should be praised for making our complicated and hidden election processes transparent. As a mostly volunteer organization, it’s totally deserving of your monetary donations, after all “Giving Tuesday” is right around the corner.
Our so-called democracy is set up for those who are highly educated. Most of the state measures require at least some graduate school in order to just read the language used on the ballot, according to Ballotpedia’s “Readability Score.” How’s the average bear supposed to navigate it all?
Measure 7, on Daylight Saving Time, is the only state measure that had $0 money for-or-against it. This gives us a glimpse of what our democracy could look like if millions of dollars weren’t used to pay for advertisements to sway us one way or another.
Secretary of State
Betty T. Yee
Member of State Board of Equalization: 3rd District
A friend of mine who’s overwhelmed by making ends meet and mommyhood asked me if I could tell her how to vote in the upcoming primary. Given how non-transparent electoral politics are, I assume she’s not the only one who could use a hand. So, I spent most of my Sunday figuring out which bubbles to fill in so that you don’t have to! (I highly recommend Ballotpedia.org to help sort through it all.) See my recommendations below.
My beloved brother Petey A. would have turned 47 today. We miss his light and laughter daily. I don’t have any video of him but these candid shots show a glimpse of his charisma. I’m so sad that his life ended at 46, but so blessed to have known and loved him.
Come on out to LitFest Pasadena at the Pasadena Playhouse on Sat., May 19 at 5:30 PM. I’ll be talking about my experience as an Arab American feminist writer from LA. Join in the thought-provoking discussion and give me a hug. Much-needed medicine in these times.