Tag Archives: California election Nov 2018

Have you received your mail-in ballot?

16 Oct

My husband and I watch a lot of Sacramento News – just to see what’s going on in the outside world. What we found out lately is, Clerk/Recorders in other counties are being way more proactive about getting people to vote.  In fact, people are already returning their ballots in Sacramento, and I haven’t even received mine yet.

Of course, I got the voter guide sent out by the state. And my PO Box is full of campaign crap from every Tom, Dick and Kasey, but the clerk can’t seem to get my ballot delivered.

What is with that bitch?

For years I’ve got my voting information at my PO Box, because my home mail service is sketchy at best. For 15 years it’s just got worse and worse – here’s a tip, don’t complain, the post office folks have ways of making you very miserable. You should have seen what they did to our Christmas packages for years.  So, we just started changing everything to our PO Box. Which is great, you don’t have to worry about porch pirates, and the service at the post office is fantastic compared to home delivery.

So we’ve been getting our voting materials at that PO Box for over five years now, without a hitch. Until this year, when we found a notice in our home mail box that we should receive our mail in ballot between October 10 and October 18. The notice included a change of address form. I wanted to call the clerk’s office and ask why my address had  been changed when I’d been getting my stuff at that mailbox for at least two elections, but I decided just to turn in the change of address form. That was back in September.

Then I received two of my three property tax bills at my home mail box. And here’s the other thing – one of my neighbors’ prop tax bills was included in my stack. That’s my mail man! And that’s why I got the PO Box. So I sat right down and called the Tax Collector’s office, left a message asking for the mailing address to be changed (without asking why two of three had been switched in the first place, cause I also know better than to mess with the Tax Collector). I received a call back within 24 hours telling me the change had been made. They even sent me new bills within a week.

But still no mail in ballot or local election guide, either at my home mail box or my PO Box.

The clerk has two more days to get that ballot into my mail box, one or the other. I don’t know what to do if it doesn’t come – last time I contacted her about the issue of missing ballots she was in my face HOSTILE.


We have too many people in public service who think they are above question. 

Let me know if your ballot has turned up or not. 

UPDATE: I finally got my mail-in ballot and voter guide yesterday, October 17, one day short of the deadline, and roughly two weeks til Election Day. Meaning, about a week to get my ballot back in the mail, for Prudence’ sake. 

We need a new clerk. A young person who is willing to take a rational salary and pay their own benefits. Oh, and actually do the job.


Don’t buy the hype, research the ballot measures for yourself

10 Oct

While I’ve been disgusted about the way Prop 6 opponents have been slurring the issues, I’ve noticed there are other very misrepresented initiatives on the state ballot this November. Two most obviously skewed are Props 8 and 10.

Measure 8 opponents tell us a YES vote will cut people off their much needed dialysis treatments, but’s it’s really an important price control. It seems providers think they should  be able to charge anything they want for a life-saving service, but this law puts a cap on how much patients have to pay. The medical industry is sick – it hasn’t been about “helping people” for a long time, the compassion is gone, it’s alllllll about  the money, Doc. These commercials are a threat that if they aren’t allowed to gouge they’ll just fold up their shops and go home. Using cockroaches and blood stains on their “NO on 8” signs, they insinuate any remaining clinics will be allowed to become filthy. What the hell kind of campaign is that for “doctors” to run?  YES on 8.

I have to laugh at Prop 10, the “rent control” measure. Sure, go for it – this measure allows an annual 5 percent increase. Do the math with your own rent, Doooood!  I’ve never had the nerve to increase my rent that much, even with multiple bonds being passed on my properties in one election. I want to keep good tenants, but I also want to stay on top of my expenses. I like to make those business decisions for myself, so NO on 10.  

The rest of the ballot is up to you folks. Of course I vote NO on all bonds these days, given the state of the state, the mismanagement, and the gaping pension deficit. But I don’t really understand Prop 5, so I’m voting NO on that.  Prop 7 has to be approved by the FEDs, and it just sounds dumb, so NO on that. Prop 11 is also confusing, and it looks like the unions are behind it, so NO on that – I really don’t want these people to work through breaks, I want them to have plenty of sleep and breaks. Hire more workers, how’s that? 

And Prop 12 is not supported by all the humane groups, it’s put up by a bunch of chicken farmers. What? The stuff they show in their commercials is already illegal. And what chicken farm is “humane”? Ask your “free range” chicken producer to show you his butchering process – it’s all the same, not too pretty. It’s just an awful fact that you have to kill animals to eat them. Prop 12 looks like an effort to close down competing chicken producers, keep the price of chicken and eggs high. I can’t afford to pay $6 a dozen for “free range” eggs, or $5.99 a pound for chicken, so I’m voting NO on 12.

I guess all elections are the same, everybody wants their way, and they’ll say whatever they think it takes to get it. If you don’t like the way I’m voting, at least do the research for yourself, don’t buy the hype.