After tough analysis and debate, the Board of Directors of OCBC has made its endorsements for the November 6, 2012 General Election and urges your vote on the following propositions and Orange County candidates.
Proposition 30 – Temporary Taxes to Fund Education – OPPOSE
California already has the highest sales tax in the nation, not including local sales taxes, and almost the highest corporate and personal income tax rates. OCBC recognizes that Prop 30 is Governor Brown’s signature initiative, and while education and workforce development are top initiatives for OCBC, this measure increases taxes without the reforms in education needed to assure efficient and effective use of taxpayer dollars, or assurances that any funding will go to the classroom for students.
Proposition 31 – Government Accountability Act – SUPPORT
This measure creates a two-year state budget cycle and mandates that all bills be published at least three days prior to a legislative vote, helping to improve accountability and transparency of state government while encouraging flexibility to local governments.
Proposition 32 – Political Contribution Restrictions – NEUTRAL*
This measure prohibits the government from deducting union dues from government employee paychecks that will be used for political purposes, and bans contributions to candidate controlled committees by corporations and labor unions. While OCBC members agree that this is a significant issue, the culture of this organization is to build consensus and, on this issue, it could not be reached. Thus, OCBC is neutral.
Proposition 37 – Mandatory Labeling of Genetically Engineered Foods – OPPOSE
This measure will require labeling on raw or processed food offered for sale to consumers if the food is made from plants or animals with modified genetic materials, but is not supported by sound science, will increase food costs, incentivize frivolous litigation, and is full of nonsense exemptions for special interests.
Proposition 38 – Tax for Education and Early Childhood Programs – OPPOSE
Similar to proposition 30, this measure increases taxes without addressing education reforms that would guarantee more efficient and effective use of funding.
Proposition 39 – Tax Treatment for Multistate Businesses - OPPOSE
Requires multistate businesses to calculate their California income tax liability based on the percentage of sales in California. Proposition 39 would dedicate $550 million annually for five years from its anticipated increase in revenue to funding projects that create energy efficiency and clean energy jobs in California, subsidizing one industry sector over others.
OCBC took NO POSITION on Propositions 33, 34, 35, 36 or 40.
Newly endorsed local candidates:
OCBC does not take positions on races in every Orange County city, but has chosen to endorse key pro-business candidates:
City of Orange: Ray Grangoff, Mark Murphy, Teresa “Tita” Smith for Mayor
City of Santa Ana: Eric Alderete, Mayor Miguel Pulido
City of Westminster: Tyler Diep
City of Fullerton: Jennifer Fitzgerald, Bruce Whitaker
City of Yorba Linda: Gene Hernandez
South Orange County Community College District: Tim Jemal
Previously endorsed local candidates:
City of Anaheim: Steve Lodge, Jordan Brandman
City of Huntington Beach: Barbara Delgleize
City of Costa Mesa: Gary Monahan, Steve Mensinger, Colin McCarthy
City of Mission Viejo: Wendy Bucknum, Mayor Frank Ury
Orange County Board of Supervisors: Janet Nguyen, Todd Spitzer
* A Neutral position indicates that while the issue is of relevance to the business community, a consensus could not be reached. A vote of No Position indicates that while the measure is of importance, it was not germane to the mission or core initiatives of the Orange County Business Council.
For more information contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President of Workforce Development and Advocacy.