Crunch Time in California

I haven’t been living in California long enough to figure out the complicated referendum process that allows the state’s citizens to vote directly on propositions.

In November, Proposition 8 was in the headlines, as California residents overturned gay marriage. But most of the referendums facing California voters have to do with budgetary matters, not lifestyle issues.

My observation is that the referendum process, laudable though it appears to be, leads to some contradictory situations. Most people my age remember Howard Jarvis and Proposition 13, which dramatically cut property taxes in the Golden State, in 1978.

But after cutting property taxes, California’s idealistic residents have over the years approved a raft of propositions that require increased spending. I’ll name a few later, but you get the gist. Maybe SFMike at Civic Center will weigh in with a comment on California’s system of direct democracy.

From what I gather, several of the six propositions on the ballot for the May 19 special election are designed to help the Golden State avert budgetary disaster.

Well, if you’re using astrology as a guide, don’t count on it. Here’s why: The Saturn station of May 17, at 14 degrees of Virgo, is just two degrees away from the 16-degree Virgo Sun in the California incorporation chart.

Saturn close to the Sun suggests deprivation, hardship, and cutbacks for the state. A small earthquake or two is also possible, since the Saturn station broadly opposes Uranus. However, I don’t think this is the “big one.”

For good California earthquake stuff, please go to Out the Comet’s you-know-what. Comet lives in California and has done some amazing analysis on the history of the state’s major quakes.

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3 comments on “Crunch Time in California

  1. Suppose that Comet’s A’ is following “the profet’s own advice” and already living in an inflatable, well cushioned tent away from the S. Andreas or other dangerous fault.

    Monica’s suggestion to look up Comet’s serious work at such a critical time for California, makes one think of the unimaginable (this never hurts, at the contrary): Moon being exactly conjunct to Pluto in Cardinal Capricorn as I am writing this, I had to think “what if the quake stroke now or say within the next days or so”?

    1) California would immediately receive Federal aid. Just let the dollar printing machine run a little bit faster or longer.

    2) Ms. Cali: Trump would not need to worry too much anymore about not appearing in the “right light”. One would even forget about that whole affair.

    3) As for Hollywood, one does not know if it would be good for the rest of the world if it got hit in the process or not. This is a serious question. But legitimate. Thinking that Michael Douglas (nothing personal) is about to star in another Wall Street – fiction – movie, now, or again(!). As if the real world of finance by itself was not plenty enough…

    PS. Arianna Huffington is suggesting that in Wall Street the uncorking of champagne is at hand again. So maybe the timing of the Michael Douglas movie is quite good, unless, as we said, something else strikes first.

  2. Hi Monica, Thanks for the comment (I almost wrote “Comet”) and compliment. Glad you liked the earthquake stuff. You are the one who asked for it so thanks for the idea. I’m sort of proud of some of what I found out but it gave me serious anxiety for a couple of days there. I still need to stop by a fire station to figure out what to do if you’re stuck in an elevator when an earthquake strikes.

    Gian Paul, I’m right on a fault line. So is the USGeologicalSurvey office, tee hee. So, Michael Douglas is going to fix the economy? That’s awesome. Only in America.

    Seems like the financial crisis is probably a bigger issue right now. I just missed Prop 13 fall out. Poor kids. Poor teachers, that’s for sure. But at least they probably ended all that experimental education stuff, it was stupid — you can tell from my writing quality how stupid.

  3. Dear Monica:

    What I found at Secretary of State Debra Bowen’s website: “In 1911, as part of the Progressive reform movement in California, the initiative, referendum, and recall were added to the State Constitution. Consequently, ballot measures began to play an increasing role in the creation of public policy.”

    The reason for “Progressive reform” was that the railroads and associated interests owned the state legislature lock, stock and barrel so this was an attempt to bring back some decision making to the electorate but of course the process has become hopelessly corrupt with the infusion of huge amounts of money by the modern versions of those monopoly interests, and misleading, badly-written propositions seem to rule the day.

    That’s my take. Hope you’re doing well.

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