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15 May 2008 @ 12:12 pm
A post for Angelenos...  
thudpucker sent me a good article I wanted to pass on to y'all. It basically says how Prop. 98 basically gives us no more protection against Eminent Domain than we already have, but it basically removes ALL rent control IMMEDIATELY, and makes it pretty near impossible to EVER get it back.

...but don't take my word for it.

Sneaky-ass bastards trying to make living in L.A. even more expensive than it already is...
 
 
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Rev. Otanaotana on May 15th, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
That is a really scary article. :/

The voting system here is amazingly complex, I still don't understand it. I've got some serious research to do before I can vote for the first time.
Fritters: V - Not about Bush by enlisted_smilefritters on May 15th, 2008 08:29 pm (UTC)
Like most places, most people around here NEVER research. They just read the write up or watch a commercial and make a snap decision.
Rev. Otanaotana on May 15th, 2008 08:31 pm (UTC)
Really?

I'm still kinda young, I remember when I could first vote in England I sat down with all this paperwork and stuff, read up on all the candidates, figured out who I wanted to vote in, blah blah blah. And I was really satisfied with my choice, but I know a lot of people just ticked a box to get it over with.

Voter apathy is something that really needs to be tackled.
Fritters: Gir I Dunno by zianetefritters on May 15th, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC)
I agree, but how?
Rev. Otanaotana on May 15th, 2008 08:42 pm (UTC)
And there's the difficult part. I kind of like Australia's approach, of "mandatory" voting; you have to show up at the polling station, even if you just abstain from voting, or you pay a small fine. It doesn't solve the problem of making poor voting choices, but it gets people out there.

Another thing that I got in my part of England that manawolf tells me isn't done here, is a booklet filled with information about candidates, their party affiliation, issues, etc etc. It gave me the chance to read up on issues and get an idea of what kinds of people were going up for the vote.

You'll have to forgive me if this sounds disjointed. Sinus meds are not awesome.
Fritters: Ed Thinking by Frittersfritters on May 15th, 2008 08:49 pm (UTC)
We do actually usually get an information pamphlet, but mainly on issues and not people.
Rev. Otanaotana on May 15th, 2008 08:51 pm (UTC)
Ah, okay. I know the whole voting system is different here in general, plus I only actually voted once in England since I ended up traveling so much for a few years.
Phoenix Anew: mergirlsphoenix_anew on May 15th, 2008 10:09 pm (UTC)
You get pamphlets? I mean I get mailings from candidates but I don't think I've ever gotten a pamphlet on an issue.. just that summary listed on the ballet and I believe they put things in the local paper.. which 90% of people don't bother to actually read.

Just curious what you mean and if that's a state to state difference, perhaps.
Fritters: California by Frittersfritters on May 15th, 2008 10:18 pm (UTC)
We get a summary, but we get summaries generally with the pro and con of each side of an issue, with a rebuttal.
thudpucker: Vote Libertarian - iconsnthingsthudpucker on May 16th, 2008 01:00 am (UTC)


"I kind of like Australia's approach, of "mandatory" voting; you have to show up at the polling station, even if you just abstain from voting, or you pay a small fine. It doesn't solve the problem of making poor voting choices, but it gets people out there."

My problem with that is that there's nothing that compels the voter to actually be informed about what they're voting about - which leads to such absurdities as making horse meat consumption a felony.