Will Proposition 2 finally settle the years-long debate over budget reserves? Supporters say the measure will be much more effective than Proposition 58, which lawmakers suspended in almost every year since it took effect. The loudest complaints have come from the group Educate Our State, which contends that the separate school reserve created by Proposition 2 would divert too much money from schools.
Six years ago, in response to the Legislature’s bipartisan gerrymander of California’s legislative and congressional districts, aimed at freezing the status quo and eliminating competition for seats, voters created an independent commission to redraw legislative districts, and those of the Board of Equalization.
The notion of recasting California’s 58 counties and thousands of special districts that deal with water, fire protection, parks, hospitals, mosquito abatement and many other services into multipurpose regional governments has kicked around for at least a half-century.
Under a proposed plan, a felon would be considered a recidivist only if convicted of a new felony or misdemeanor committed within three years of release from custody or of being placed under parole or probation supervision.