Voting November 2020

Why do you care?

You probably don’t. This is mostly for me to reflect.


My current beliefs

Decided

Undecided

Notably, I do not have a firm stance on these policies.


Federal offices

David Barrett published an email and one of his statements hooked my attention all week:

That’s right, I’m saying a vote for Trump, a vote for a third-party candidate, or simply not voting at all – they’re all the same, and they all mean:

“I care more about my favorite issue than democracy. I believe Trump winning is more important than democracy. I am comfortable standing aside and allowing democracy to be methodically dismantled, in plain sight."

If I vote for the Green party candidates, Democrats say I’m wasting my vote, and helping the Republican party. The Republicans are fine, “At least he didn’t vote Democrat.”

After this election, if the Democrats have both houses of Congress and the White House, then when do I vote for the Green party candidate? Next election? Nope. When do the Democrat (and Republican) voters see that we need to show that we are not happy with two parties? We need an alternative voting system. When will either party choose to prioritize this switch if I continue to cast my vote in their favor?

President and Vice President

Pacific Green: Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker.

US Senator

Ibrahim A Taher.

US Representative, 3rd district

Alex C DiBlasi.

State offices

Secretary of State

Nathalie Paravicini. It is a difficult choice to vote for a naturopathic doctor, but the other candidates do not have satisfactory platforms. At least Paravicini is willing to promote STAR voting.

State Treasurer

Chris Henry.

Attorney General

Ellen Rosenblum.

City of Portland offices

Mayor

Sarah Iannarone. Ted Wheeler’s handling of the George Floyd protests was unacceptable. Not to mention, Iannarone supports the Green New Deal and has a progressive platform.

Commissioner, position 4

Chloe Eudaly.

State measures

Measure 107

A “yes” vote supports authorizing the state legislature and local governments to (1) enact laws or ordinances limiting campaign contributions and expenditures; (2) require disclosure of contributions and expenditures; and (3) require that political advertisements identify the people or entities that paid for them.

Yes.

Measure 108

A “yes” vote supports the measure to increase taxes on tobacco products and inhalant delivery systems (such as e-cigarettes) to fund the state’s Medical Assistance Program and other healthcare-related programs.

Yes. Nicotine, smoking, etc is not good for people’s health. It is a poor habit, and I think people should be discouraged from starting or continuing.

Measure 109

A “yes” vote supports authorizing the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to create a program to permit licensed service providers to administer psilocybin-producing mushroom and fungi products to individuals 21 years of age or older.

Yes. If someone wants to experiment with mushrooms for their health, then I think they should have the ability to try.

Measure 110

A “yes” vote supports making personal non-commercial possession of a controlled substance no more than a Class E violation (max fine of $100 fine) and establishing a drug addiction treatment and recovery program funded in part by the state’s marijuana tax revenue and state prison savings.

Yes. Drugs should be decriminalized. People should not be encouraged to start or continue using drugs, but they should not be considered criminals for using them.

County measures

Measure 26-211

Yes. I love to use Portland’s libraries. In general, libraries are a great social institution, and they should be supported before people begin to believe that they are not worth keeping.

Measure 26-214

A “yes” vote supports authorizing the county to issue $387 million in bonds to finance library renovations and imposing a property tax of $61 per $100,000 of assessed value to repay the bonds.

Yes. All children (not just those of the rich) should have access to an early education. Lacking this access perpetuates the wealth gap. Only Taxpayers Association of Oregon made an opposing argument in the Multnomah County Voters’ Pamphlet.

Problem #2: Starbucks won’t pay it, but family-owned coffee shops will.

Because #26-214 is a 3.8% tax on income, it won’t apply to corporations, instead hitting family owned small businesses (coffee shops) who don’t pay corporate taxes but pay personal income taxes on their business revenue since they own the business.

Who said Starbucks would pay for it? Why is the focus on coffee shops? While I would like to see corporations do more to support new parents and their children of the community in which they operate, I do see this measure as an improvement. Many employees of corporations such as Amazon, Autodesk, Google, New Relic, Nike, Oracle, et al., will bear this tax. I think this is taxing the right people for now. Even though these high earning employees are paying the tax, everyone stands to benefit from the greater equity this measure promises to deliver.

City of Portland measures

Measure 26-213

A “yes” vote supports enacting a tax at the rate of $80 per $100,000 of assessed property value for five years beginning in 2021 to fund recreational programs and park services.

Yes. The parks in my area appear fine to me. I would rather over-pay than under-pay.

Measure 26-217

A “yes” vote supports:

  • Amending the city’s charter to establish a new police oversight board.
  • Giving the board the power to subpoena witnesses and request police documents and evidence to investigate complaints made against the Portland Police Bureau.
  • Allowing the board to impose disciplinary actions up to termination of law enforcement professionals.
  • Authorizing the board to recommend policing policy to the Portland Police Bureau and Portland City Council.

Yes. Portland Police Bureau behaved poorly during the George Floyd protests. That cannot be allowed to repeat.

Measure 26-219

A “yes” vote supports amending the city’s charter to authorize the city council to spend monies from the Water Fund and increase rates to cover expenses for general public uses, such as neighborhood green areas and community gardens.

No. That fund is meant for water, not for parks. Why is the Water Bureau maintaining public green spaces in the first place? In my opinion, these should be Portland Parks & Recreation’s responsibility. I am opposed to increasing water rates for green space maintenance. The only benefit I see from this is that businesses and people might be discouraged from consuming water. But I don’t think it will be by much. The measure is mentions replacing $11,500 currently coming from the General Fund.

Measure 26-218

A “yes” vote supports authorizing the Metro Council to impose a payroll tax not to exceed 0.75% on employers with 26 or more employees, excluding local governments, beginning in 2022 to fund infrastructure improvements and transportation programs.

Yes. I see this as a step to reduce transit-related carbon emissions. Improvements to non-car-centric transit encourages people to find a sustainable commute. And, more transit commuters means less traffic, which leads to faster bus trips. As a walker, bus rider, car driver, and motorcycle rider, I am in favor.

Measure 26-215

A “yes” vote supports authorizing the district to issue $1.2 billion in bonds to fund school renovations, technology, and safety without increasing the existing property tax of $250 per $100,000 of assessed property value to repay the bonds.

Yes. These bonds would fund a lot of basics: repair/replace leaking roofs, seismically retrofit three schools, repair/replace high-priority mechanical systems (heating, cooling, and ventilation). Not to mention the things you expect an education system to provide: replace outdated textbooks. If I had children, then I would be in favor. I live in a community served by these schools, so I am in favor.

Single candidate office elections

I’ve excluded these, because I often do not participate in them.