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History of Calif. Voter Initiative Process by Active Auto Body in Anaheim, which Hosted Yes on Prop 6 KFI Remote Radio Broadcast
Al & Rosie Namdar, Active Auto Body Al & Rosie Namdar, Active Auto Body
Marina Den Rey , CA
Saturday, October 27, 2018

A Short History of California Initiative Process from Active Auto Body of Anaheim

In an effort to further their community service, which involved hosting the October 24 KFI-John & Ken Remote Radio Broadcast in support of Proposition 6 to repeal the 2017 gas tax and vehicle fee increases, Active Auto Body of Anaheim, California offers a historical review of the California Voter Initiative Process. According to the Public Policy Institute of California, "no other state, apart from Oregon, has used the process as much as California has: since 1912, 354 citizens' initiatives have appeared on the state ballot, and the last 20 years have seen a sharp rise in the number of initiatives put to the voters"

Al & Rosie Namdar, who founded and have run Active Auto Body since 1983, have become a integral part of the Anaheim business landscape by operating an enterprise that enjoys, and deserves, a reputation for quality service along with the knowledge and ability to navigate insurance company red tape in favor of their customers. Both were interviewed during the remote radio broadcast, which was well-attended by supporters of Prop 6 and a loyal clients from far and wide. Al, while less directly involved in day-to-operations, continues to manage the shop in order to keep "his hand in the game" and stay close to customers and employees. Rosie's kingdom is the front office and extending all possible help getting customers back into their precious cars.  

Since Active Auto Body has now played a small part in what is a vital part of the California governing process, here is a short history of the California Initiative Process presented by Al & Rosie Namdar:

In 1911, California was fairly young and wide-open, only becoming a state in the union on September 9, 1850 as part of the territorial settlement of the war with Mexico. Soon after gold was discovered at Sutter's Mill and the California Gold Rush brought hordes of fortune hunters to the new Pacific Coast. Completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, in 1869, brought new settlers to the north while the south, largely desert, remained sparsely populated and dominated by remnants of Spanish Ranchero estates and missions. Central and Southern California later became agricultural powerhouses when water was brought down from the High Sierras or the Colorado River, still a hot issue amongst all concerned. 

In that same year California became the tenth state to amend their state constitution to provide for voter or private organizationally inspired ballot initiatives At the time the politics of the state was heavily dominated by a small group of wealthy power brokers. The state legislature was the only body with the power to put up ballot initiatives and still retains that option, which mainly focuses on bond proposals to fund large scale projects. Former California Secretary of State Debra Bowen, in her article The California Initiative Process at its Centennial, notes that "from 1912 through 2010, 1,654 statewide initiatives were circulated in California and 21 percent qualified for the ballot. California voters approved one-third of those initiatives that qualified, but the basic numbers don't tell the whole story. Some initiatives are repeat attempts after initial failures on topics such as taxes and women's reproductive rights"

Bowen notes that the key to the open initiative process requires transparency and that, "as a legislator, I authored measures that would have required signature gatherers to disclose on every petition whether they are being paid or volunteering their time, and would have banned anyone from paying circulators on a per-signature basis. Powerful opponents prevailed in defeating my bills and others like them. Since money is an inextricable and everlasting part of politics, transparency is crucial when it  comes to who has the money, how much, and how the money is used. As the amount of money being spent for and against initiatives continues to mushroom, the need for reform is especially striking when it comes to"independent expenditures"

Spending on the initiatives in California has exploded with, according to PPIC, more than $100 million spent on three individual initiatives alone: $154 million on Proposition 87 in 2006 (oil extraction tax to fund alternative energy projects; rejected), $151 million on Proposition 32 in 2012 (prohibiting political contributions by payroll deduction; rejected), and $136 million on Proposition 30 in 2012 (temporary taxes to fund education; approved).

The Proposition 6 campaign is a good example of a David and Goliath struggle; on the no side are millions of drivers, scores of small businesses, working families and on the other big government advocates, public employee unions and a state government that has grown too big and too intrusive.

Here is the podcast of the full KFI John & Ken/Active Auto Body remote broadcast from October 24, 2018:

Here are details of why Prop. 6 should be passed:

California Proposition 6, the Voter Approval for Future Gas and Vehicle Taxes and 2017 Tax Repeal Initiative, is on the ballot in California as an initiated constitutional amendment on November 6, 2018. The ballot initiative would repeal the gas and diesel tax increases and vehicle fees that were enacted in 2017 and require voter approval for fuel tax and vehicle fee increases in the future.[1]

A yes vote supports this initiative to:

--repeal fuel tax increases and vehicle fees that were enacted in 2017, including the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (RRAA) and

--require voter approval (via ballot propositions) for the California State Legislature to impose, increase, or extend fuel taxes or vehicle fees in the future.

A no vote opposes this initiative, thus:

--keeping the fuel tax increases and vehicle fees that were enacted in 2017, including the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (RRAA), in place and

--allowing the state legislature to continue to impose, increase, or extend fuel taxes or vehicle fees through a two-thirds vote of each chamber and without voter approval.


How would this ballot initiative impact taxes and fees?

As of 2018, increasing a tax in California requires a two-thirds vote of each state legislative chamber and the governor's signature. Proposition 6 would create the additional step of voter approval (via ballot propositions), along with legislative passage and the governor's signature, to impose, increase, or extend fuel taxes or vehicle fees. The requirement that tax increases receive voter approval would affect taxes and tax rates enacted after January 1, 2017, meaning fuel taxes and vehicle fees that were created or increased in 2017 or 2018 would be repealed. This would have the effect of repealing the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017(RRAA), which the state legislature approved along party lines in April 2017.

What is the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017?

The Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (RRAA), also known as Senate Bill 1, was enacted into law on April 28, 2017. The RRAA increased the gas tax by $0.12 per gallon, increased the diesel fuel tax by $0.20 per gallon, increased the sales tax on diesel fuels by an additional 4 percentage points, created an annual transportation improvement fee, and created an annual zero-emission vehicles fee. The RRAA was designed to dedicate the revenue to transportation infrastructure. The increased taxes went into effect on November 1, 2017, one fee went into effect in 2018, and the second fee will go into effect in 2020.

According to the state Senate Appropriations Committee, the RRAA is expected to generate an estimated $52.4 billion between 2017 and 2027.[3] In the California State Legislature, the RRAA had the support of most Democrats (two legislators voted "no"). Most Republicans voted against the RRAA (one legislator voted "yes"). Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed the legislation into law.[4] In June 2018, voters approved Proposition 69, which created a constitutional mandate for the legislature to spend RRAA revenue on transportation-related purposes. The RRAA could have a notable impact on state politics in 2018.

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