NOVEMBER STATEWIDE INITIATIVES

 

Initiative

Position

Additional Information

Proposition 31. State Budget. State and Local Government.  Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute 

OPPOSE

Vote NO 

Sacramento Bee  Endorsements: No on the well-intentioned Proposition 31 

Proposition 32.  Prohibits Political Contributions by Payroll Deduction. Prohibitions on Contributions to Candidates.

OPPOSE

Vote NO

Vote No on Proposition 32, the Billionaires’ Bill of Rights 

http://www.calaborfed.org/index.php/site/page/1252/

Proposition 37.  Genetically Engineered Foods. Mandatory Labeling.

SUPPORT

Vote YES 

http://www.carighttoknow.org/

SF Gate - Prop. 37: Consumers need to know

Proposition 39.  Tax Treatment for Multistate Businesses. Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Funding

SUPPORT

Vote YES

http://www.cleanenergyjobsact.com/ 

To see Sierra Club California’s press releases about endorsements, click here.

Sierra Club statement on San Francisco Ballot Proposition F

The San Francisco Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club, in consultation with Loma Prieta Chapter, has taken a neutral position on San Francisco Ballot Initiative Measure F: “The Water and Environment Plan”. That measure would set aside $8 million and create a task force to study the draining of the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir as well as mandate specific water conservation initiatives.

The Sierra Club, on historic principle, is in favor of the goal of restoring Hetch Hetchy Valley to its original splendor within Yosemite National Park. John Muir, a Sierra Club founder, described the Hetch Hetchy Valley as "one of nature's rarest and most precious mountain temples." Muir led an unsuccessful attempt to prevent the construction of O'Shaughnessy Dam, a battle he lost in 1913 with the passage of the Raker Act.

The San Francisco Bay Chapter arrived at its neutral position on Measure F after extensive dialogue with the Sierra Club chapters covering areas that would also be affected by the initiative, including the communities of San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Alameda Counties that depend on the San Francisco Regional Water System.

“We are uncertain whether the mandates of Proposition F clearly serve the needs of the entire water system”, said Rebecca Evans the chair of the San Francisco Group. “If proposition F passes, we will work with the Task Force to make sure these concerns are addressed. We will also continue to work with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission to create an increasingly sustainable water system, as well as support the long-term vision of a restored Hetch Hetchy Valley”.

 

Last Updated Oct 10th, 2012.

For more information see the Sierra Club California website: www.sierraclubcalifornia.org.