“Plain English” Voter Guide for the 2022 General Election

“Plain English” Voter Guide for the 2022 General Election

Reform California Releases “Plain English” Voter Guide for the 2022 General Election

The 2022 California General Election will be held November 8, 2022 and this year’s primary ballot is REALLY long! With a bunch of confusing ballot measures and hundreds of candidates running for office, voters can feel overwhelmed and lost.

Fortunately, Carl DeMaio and the team at Reform California have thoroughly researched and vetted measures and candidates – and produced an easy-to-understand “Plain English” voter guide.

In vetting and endorsing candidates, Carl DeMaio and Reform California use the following criteria:

  • COST OF LIVING: Opposition to tax hikes;
  • CRIME: support for public safety and law enforcement;
  • SCHOOLS: commitment to improve schools, empower parents, and oppose toxic curriculum in the classroom;
  • JOB CREATION: support for small businesses and job creation against costly regulations and mandates, and
  • FREEDOM: respect for our Constitutional rights and personal freedoms.

Several candidates have appeared on the Carl DeMaio radio show on NewsRadio 600 KOGO and we have included their interview in the voter guide for you to listen to.

Because there are so many items on the ballot, the voter guide is separated into sections. Click on each section to see all the items on the ballot.


California State Voter Guide (view website)

For voters who live in all counties except Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Diego counties. Those counties have more detailed guides that can be accessed here:

Los Angeles County Voter Guide (view website)

Orange County Voter Guide (view website)

Riverside County Voter Guide (view website)

San Diego County Voter Guide (view website)

California School Test Scores Plummet – But Will Voters Demand Change?

California School Test Scores Plummet – But Will Voters Demand Change?

California’s student test scores tumble to a stunningly-low 13% proficiency for 2022, but state education bureaucrats blame “Covid.” Reform California slams the notion as “grossly dishonest” and breaks down the real reasons for the decline — and why they’re hastening the parent revolt.

California education bureaucrats tried to delay the release of state proficiency test scores until after the November election – and now we know the reason why.

After public outcry, the state relented and released the school proficiency data – and the scores show a steep decline in reading and math achievement for 3rd through 11th grade.

The test scores cover 10 large school districts and represent over 1 million students. The districts include Los Angeles Unified, San Diego Unified, Fresno Unified, Long Beach Unified, Sacramento City Unified, Bakersfield City School District, and more.

Of the most shocking results, only 13% of students in Bakersfield met the state standard for math, and only 41% of students in Los Angeles Unified were proficient in reading.

Heather Hough, director of Policy Analysis for California Education, blamed the results on mostly Covid-19 related issues, saying 2022 “turned out to be another pandemic year.”

But Carl DeMaio, chairman of Reform California, says the excuse is “grossly dishonest” and that the real cause is poor quality of the schools and a “fixation” with controversial and politically-charged curriculum on subjects that have nothing to do with basic academic topics.

“It’s not the Covid pandemic that caused failing schools in California — it’s the extreme and divisive curriculum being taught in the classroom,” said DeMaio. 

“Parents see that student academic achievement is plummeting, but school officials seem focused on divisive political topics rather than doing what is best for the children,” DeMaio continued.

DeMaio points to the EdSource data, which shows test scores have been in sharp decline since 2019. A year before the Covid-19 pandemic. 

DeMaio also points to other states that also experienced Covid but did not experience the same dramatic reduction in academic achievement of students.

“Could Covid have made the problem worse?” asked DeMaio. “Absolutely, but it’s not the driving force — and if parents or concerned community members dare to question the results we can see with our own eyes, these officials behave disrespectfully and gaslight the community into thinking anything but themselves are to blame,” DeMaio continued. 

Even worse, DeMaio says the California Department of Education is trying to cover up the test score data. The government has held back the results from the rest of California’s school districts until the end of October.

“This just illustrates the corruption — the government, unions, and Left-wing groups are all attempting to shield the status quo and keep Left-wing incumbent school board members in office in November,” said DeMaio.

But DeMaio still believes the new data will help motivate parents to change the school system — as they prepare to vote for new school board members on November 8th for California’s general election.

DeMaio and Reform California have been actively recruiting reform-minded candidates for these local school board races who would respect input from parents, remove controversial curriculum from the classroom, and fix failing schools — which they call their “School Board Reform Initiative.”

Reform California has now sponsored or endorsed over 125 of these candidates, who appear in their annual “Plain English” voter guide at ElectionGuideCalifornia.org

In addition to using and sharing the voter guide to help elect these candidates, DeMaio is urging concerned parents to join the campaign to fight the radical lesson plans in California. 

“If you want to improve our schools and get the toxic curriculum out of the classroom, the time to join the fight is NOW,” DeMaio concluded.

Join the Fight to Reform California Schools

A Plain English Guide to Propositions on California’s November 2022 Ballot

A Plain English Guide to Propositions on California’s November 2022 Ballot

California voters will be asked to vote on 7 statewide ballot measures in the November 2022 election – but the titles and descriptions written by state politicians are intentionally confusing and downright misleading. Reform California has a simple voter guide that cuts through the clutter and explains the November 2022 ballot measures in “Plain English.”

It happens every election cycle in California. Voters open their ballots to find a long list of ballot measures with confusing ballot titles. The process leaves most voters frustrated, if not angry.

It shouldn’t be this way. The non-partisan National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) recommends that initiative titles and summaries should be “concise, accurate, and impartial.” Sadly in California the politicians are trying to manipulate the vote by giving favorable titles and summaries to ballot measures they like and unfavorable titles and summaries to ballot measures they don’t like.

Fortunately, Reform California offers voters a “Plain English” voter guide to simplify the process and decode the manipulative language used by politicians.

“You have to be careful and know what you’re voting for – especially because this year there are hidden tax increases on the ballot and competing gambling initiatives as well,” warns Carl DeMaio, chairman of Reform California. 

Here is a “plain English” rundown of the seven statewide ballot measures on California’s 2022 ballot: 

Prop 1:

Official Title: Reproductive Freedom. Constitutional Amendment.

Plain English Translation: Eliminates Any Restrictions on When Abortions Can Be Performed

Prop 1 is being sold publicly as merely a codification of a pro-choice position in the California state constitution but it actually goes far further than that. The actually text of this ballot measure would repeal the current ban on abortions after 23 weeks of a pregnancy and allow the right to a late-term abortion up to the moment of birth. Prop 1 would give California one of the most extreme abortion laws in the country. This measure may also interfere with existing state laws that allow for Sexually Violent Predators to be placed under mandatory chemical treatment to limit their sex drive and desires. Reform California recommends a NO vote.

Prop 26:

Official Title: Authorizes New Types Of Gambling. Initiative Constitutional and Statutory Amendment.

Plain English Translation: Protects and Expands Gambling Rights of Native American Tribes 

Prop 26 affirms the current practice of allowing only federally-recognized Native American tribes to operate roulette, dice games, and sports wagering on tribal lands, subject to compacts negotiated by the Governor and ratified by the Legislature. It would also allow on-site sports wagering at privately operated horse-racing tracks in specified counties for ages 21 and up. This ballot measure was placed on the ballot by tribal gaming groups to compete with Prop 27 which is sponsored by corporate interests.

Prop 27:

Official Title: Allows Online And Mobile Sports Wagering. Initiative Constitutional and Statutory Amendment.

Plain English Translation: Allows Private Businesses to Engage in Online Gambling to Compete with Native American Tribes

Prop 27 would expand gambling in California beyond casinos currently operated by Native American tribes by allowing private businesses to operate online and mobile sports wagering for persons 21 and up. Native American tribes say this competition from private businesses will undermine their ability to fund programs for their tribes. Reform California recommends a NO vote.

Prop 28:

Official Title: Provides Additional Funding For Arts And Music Education In Public Schools. Initiative Statute.

Plain English Translation: Earmarks Mandatory Funding from the Existing State Education Budget for Arts and Music Programs

Prop 28 is an earmark – or a requirement that the state spend at least a certain amount of funds from the state budget for the exclusive benefit of art and music programs. The earmark mandates that 1% of required state and local funding for public schools be set aside for arts and music programs and then allocates a greater proportion of the funds to schools serving more economically disadvantaged students. Earmarks are not free money – so any earmark will have to come at the expense of other educational programs for fundamental academic areas like reading, writing, arithmetic, etc. Reform California recommends a NO vote.

Prop 29: 

Official Title: Requires On-Site Licensed Medical Professional At Kidney Dialysis Clinics And Establishes Other State Requirements. Initiative Statute

Plain English Translation: Imposes Costly Regulations on Kidney Dialysis Clinics to Benefit Organized Labor Unions

Prop 29 may be familiar to voters since it has been rejected TWICE before in 2018 and 2020. Why does it keep appearing on the ballot? Wealthy labor unions force the measure on the ballot in an attempt to impose new costly regulations on kidney dialysis clinics that would benefit the interests of the unions. Prop 29 requires specific medical personnel on site during treatment at outpatient kidney dialysis clinics – whether or not the personnel are even needed. The measure also increases mandatory state reporting and prohibits clinics from closing or substantially reducing services without state approval. A “no” vote keeps your doctors and clinics more independent from state control. Reform California recommends a NO vote.

Prop 30:

Official Title: Provides Funding for Programs to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Increasing Tax on Personal Income Over $2 Million. Initiative Statute.

Plain English Translation: TAX INCREASE – Increases Income Taxes to Fund a Variety of New Government Programs

Prop 30 is a massive income tax increase – even though California already has the highest income taxes in the country of any state. Prop 39 imposes a 1.75% tax increase for personal incomes over $2 million. Revenue for the proposition aims to go toward climate change measures, but the definition of programs eligible for these new funds is quite broad as to allow the funds to be used in a wide-range of ways. Reform California recommends a NO vote.

Prop 31:

Official Title: Referendum Challenging A 2020 Law Prohibiting Retail Sale Of Certain Flavored Tobacco Products

Plain English Translation: Should California Ban the Sale of Flavored Tobacco?

Prop 31 is a “referendum” or question on whether an proposed state law should be implemented or rejected. State Senate Bill, SB 793, which prohibits the retail sale of certain flavored tobacco products and tobacco flavor enhancers. A “yes” vote would uphold and pass the law into effect, banning the retail sale of these flavored tobacco products. A “no” vote would overturn the law and tobacco companies would be allowed to sell flavored tobacco products in the state. 

To access Reform California’s full Plain English Voter Guide, visit www.ElectionGuideCalifornia.org

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California Politicians Want a New Mileage Tax: You Can Stop Them In 2022

California Politicians Want a New Mileage Tax: You Can Stop Them In 2022

Forget the gas tax. Now California politicians are proposing a costly and unfair new Mileage Tax – charging you per mile that you drive. Your vote on state and local races in November 2022 could stop them.

You think the California state gas tax is too high? Get ready for a costly new “Mileage Tax” on top of what you already pay at the pump!

California state and local Democratic politicians are trying to implement a Mileage Tax on all drivers by 2025. At President Joe Biden’s direction, the federal government is currently exploring a Mileage Tax pilot program. Democrats in California are “volunteering” California to be the guinea pig for the pilot program and authorized state pilots with the passage of SB-1 in 2017.

Democrats say they need a Mileage Tax because cars have become more fuel efficient and California is also advancing a new mandate to require more electric vehicles be sold in California. The Democrats say these changes will result in them collecting less money from the gas tax from you – so the Mileage Tax was invented to force you to pay more.

Carl DeMaio, chairman of Reform California, is leading the opposition to the Mileage Tax proposal.

“At a time of record inflation and skyrocketing cost-of-living, California’s working families cannot afford yet another tax hike from reckless politicians,” said DeMaio. 

DeMaio warns the proposal could be implemented regionally or statewide soon.  DeMaio points to the recently-adopted “Regional Transportation Plan” in San Diego county as proof. The plan includes massive sales tax hikes along with a Mileage Tax of 4-6 per mile driven by San Diego commuters.

DeMaio warns voters across the state to be on the lookout for other counties to pursue Mileage Tax proposals. 

“In every single race – whether it is for county supervisor or city council or state legislature – voters need to ask candidates for a simple YES or NO answer to whether the candidates support a costly new Mileage Tax,” DeMaio warns. 

DeMaio says the best way to stop the new Mileage Tax from taking effect is to do two things. First, vote for state and local politicians in November who are strongly opposed to any new Mileage Taxes. Second, support the California Taxpayer Protection Act that would force a vote on any proposed Mileage Tax before it can be implemented.

DeMaio and Reform California are leading the effort to flip key seats in the November election using the Mileage Tax as a key wedge issue. Electing reform-minded candidates that will stand up for Californians will go a long way toward blocking future tax hike proposals. 

In San Diego, for example, DeMaio is backing candidates to win enough seats on the county regional transportation board (SANDAG) to block any implementation of the Mileage Tax in San Diego.

Join the Fight: Stop the Mileage Tax

Effort to Block Costly Tax Hikes in CA Faces Deadline for Signatures

Effort to Block Costly Tax Hikes in CA Faces Deadline for Signatures

Reform California is asking for volunteers to collect signatures on petitions to qualify two ballot initiatives to oppose costly tax hikes in California; effort needs 1 million signatures before April deadline.

Californians are being forced to pay the highest taxes in the country, but two proposed ballot initiatives would give the state’s taxpayers much-needed relief as well as protect them from future tax hikes. The only problem? The proposed ballot measures each need nearly 1 million signatures to appear on the November 2022 statewide ballot.

That’s why Reform California is asking for volunteers to help collect signatures. Volunteers can sign up to have petition booklets mailed to them and can attend a series of “signature storms” that Reform California is organizing in the coming weeks.

“We must fight back against the liberal tax-and-spend super-majority in Sacramento and demand tax relief for our struggling families,” said Carl DeMaio, Chairman of Reform California in announcing the signature drive to help qualify the two tax reform measures. 

“It is clear that California’s liberal politicians won’t stop coming after our wallets, so we need to impose restrictions on them using the citizens’ initiative process at the ballot box — and 2022 offers us the best possible environment to win,” DeMaio noted.

The first measure is called the “Taxpayer Protection and Government Accountability Act” and it would close loopholes politicians have exploited in recent years to impose tax hikes. The measure would strengthen the requirement that local tax hikes must receive two-thirds voter approval to go into effect. In addition, the measure would combat false and misleading ballot titles currently used by state and local politicians to deceive voters into voting for ballot items that contain hidden tax hikes.
The second measure is called the “Repeal the Death Tax Act” and it would preserve Prop 13 and allow parents and grandparents to transfer property to their children and grandchildren without triggering a huge property tax increase.

Reform California Files Ethics Complaint Against Lorena Gonzalez & Demands Her Immediate Resignation

Reform California Files Ethics Complaint Against Lorena Gonzalez & Demands Her Immediate Resignation

Politico Revealed “Employment Negotiations” Between Gonzalez and a Powerful Special Interest Group that Violate the California Political Reform Act

Reform California today announced it has filed an ethics complaint with the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) demanding an immediate investigation and enforcement actions be taken against Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez after a Politico story late Tuesday night confirmed “employment negotiations” have been occurring between Gonzalez and the powerful California Labor Federation.

Gonzalez quickly took to Twitter after the story broke to claim she has not yet accepted the job – but provisions in the California Political Reform Act (CPRA) make that immaterial to whether she has run afoul of state ethics laws.

In fact, a state official who simply negotiates employment with a potential employer is covered under the law. Under subdivision (c) of Regulation 18747 of the CPRA, “a public official is ‘negotiating’ employment when he or she interviews or discusses an offer of employment with an employer or his or her agent.”

Once it is established that a state official has engaged in conduct that triggers subdivision (c), Section 87407 of the CPRA applies: “No public official, shall make, participate in making, or use his or her official position to influence, any governmental decision directly relating to any person with whom he or she is negotiating, or has any arrangement concerning, prospective employment.”

Gonzalez has been the staunchest advocate for the California Labor Federation in the Assembly and is on record sponsoring and voting for their legislation and utilizing her office to influence state agency activities.

“While she should have been serving only the interest of her constituents, Lorena Gonzalez has broken all ethical norms by negotiating a sweetheart employment opportunity with a powerful special interest group while doing their bidding in the Assembly,” notes Carl DeMaio, Chairman of Reform California.

“Not only do we demand an immediate ethics investigation into this matter, but it is clear that Lorena Gonzalez must resign to remove any suggestion that she is using her elected office to benefit a special interest group that she has been engaged in employment negotiations with,” DeMaio says.

DeMaio said any investigation by the FPPC should include review of texts, cell calls, and emails for at least the last seven months as well as sworn testimony from board members to the California Labor Federation. DeMaio said the seven month timeframe is key because Gonzalez was rejected by Gov. Gain Newsom for appointment to the Secretary of State position in March of this year – thus prompting the Assemblymember to look for outside employment opportunities.

“Gonzalez will try to play the public for fools by claiming she had absolutely no conversations with the California Labor Federation – but the FPPC needs to put her and others under oath to get to the truth,” DeMaio concludes.

POLITICO: California Labor Fed votes to endorse Lorena Gonzalez as its next leader


San Diego County Proposes Building a “Tent City” for Illegal Immigrants

San Diego County Proposes Building a “Tent City” for Illegal Immigrants

Proposal comes just one day after county creates a $5 million fund to provide free lawyers to illegal immigrants to fight deportation

Carl DeMaio, former San Diego City Councilman and Chairman of Reform California, is sounding the alarm and bringing public attention to a solicitation issued on Wednesday May 5 by the County of San Diego asking local land owners to offer unused agriculture land for the site of a proposed “Tent City” for illegal immigrants – see solicitation email below.

DeMaio is blasting the Tent City proposal – and is urging the Democratically-controlled County Board to immediately suspend work on the idea.

“This proposal is outrageous and should be immediately rejected by the County Board of Supervisors,” said DeMaio.

“First they seize the San Diego Convention Center to house illegal immigrants and now they are proposing the creation of a Tent City to house illegal immigrants,” DeMaio lamented. “County residents should be alarmed about the negative consequences of siting a ‘Tent City’ filled with illegal immigrants that will undoubtedly result in a wide range of negative impacts to public safety, public health, and the environment,” DeMaio warned.

The Tent City proposal comes a day after the San Diego County Board voted to create a $5 million “legal defense fund” using taxpayer money to provide a free lawyer to illegal immigrants who are fighting deportation. “US citizens aren’t given a free lawyer when they face a civil case from the IRS or the Labor Department – they are expected to pay their own legal costs – but here we have illegal immigrants getting preferential treatment once again,” notes DeMaio.

If the Tent City proposal is pursued, DeMaio anticipates a lawsuit will be filed.  DeMaio is also raising concerns that the proposed Tent City would circumvent the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). “The County is proposing a major change in land use from Agricultural to Residential which raises all kinds of legal problems and detrimental impacts to the community,” warns DeMaio.

DeMaio Blasts SB 663 as “Voter Intimidation on Steroids”

DeMaio Blasts SB 663 as “Voter Intimidation on Steroids”

As Democrats blast Georgia for a so-called Jim Crow voting law, California Democrats are poised to pass a real Jim Crow law (SB 663) that seeks to intimidate voters who sign petitions on Recalls of politicians and Ballot Measures on issues they disagree with.

  1. “With SB 663, Democrats are embracing the worst form of voter suppression we’ve seen since Jim Crow laws.”

• SB 663 would force every County Elections Officer to publicly release of the names and personal contact information for every voter who signs a petition on a ballot measure or to Recall a state politician.
• SB 663, which just won approval last week in the Senate Elections Committee and is fast-tracked for passage.
• CA Democrats are sponsoring this legislation in direct response to the Recall of Gov. Gavin Newsom.

  1. “By eliminating any rights of voters to privacy and publishing a list of names of voters who support a ballot measure or a Recall, SB 663 is explicitly designed to empower Cancel Culture activists to intimidate, harass, and bully voters.”

• Carl DeMaio, Chairman of Reform California, is one of the leaders in the coalition effort to Recall Gov. Gavin Newsom and is an expert in Recalls and ballot measures in California.
• DeMaio is blasting this new legislation as a blatant attempt to get a “hunting list” of voters to harass and intimidate for signing the Recall against Gavin Newsom and any future Recalls against powerful politicians.
• DeMaio says SB 663 will also destroy the citizens’ initiative rights in California as voters will be reluctant to sign any ballot measure or Recall in the future for fear of retribution.
• “Because Democrats are using the toxic weapon of Cancel Culture, you can bet that their tactics will include harassing you at home, publicly posting your contact information, and even contacting employers,” DeMaio warns.

  1. “Will any so-called ‘woke’ corporation dare to call out Democrats in California by boycotting our state over SB 663? Will the media expose the hypocrisy of Democrats on SB 663? Whether or not they do, we are fighting SB 663 in the legislature – and will file a lawsuit to block it if needed.”

• To stop SB 663, DeMaio and his Reform California organization are leading a grassroots effort to block the law from passing and have promised to support a legal challenge to the law if it passes.
• “We are mobilizing immediately to block this law from taking effect both by opposing it in the legislature but also supporting an immediate legal challenge should it pass,” DeMaio pledges.
• Under current California state law the identities and contact information of voters who sign petitions such as recalls and ballot measures are protected and there is a penalty for violating privacy of these voters. The thinking is voters should have a right to privacy on petitions they sign – just as they have a right to privacy on votes they cast in a voting booth.
• DeMaio warns the law would have far-reaching consequences beyond just the Recall of Gov. Gavin Newsom.
• “I cannot overstate the damage that would be done to individuals – and our democracy as a whole – if we are forced to reveal the identities and personal contact information of voters who signed the Recall. Put simply if this shameful law passes, it will be the biggest voter suppression law this country has seen since the Jim Crow era and we will never be able to Recall another bad politician from office because voters will be too scared of harassment.”

DeMaio, Carlsbad business owners launch recall effort against Schumacher

DeMaio, Carlsbad business owners launch recall effort against Schumacher

CARLSBAD —A well-known Republican radio host and local rabble-rouser launched a recall campaign seeking to remove Carlsbad City Councilwoman Cori Schumacher from office during an April 5 rally in front of a crowd at Pine Avenue Park in Carlsbad.

Carl DeMaio, founder of Reform California, said Carlsbad residents have had enough of Schumacher’s behavior, vicious attacks on residents and “pay-to-play” schemes with her political donors.

“The misbehavior’s got to stop. The grandstanding has to stop,” DeMaio said. “The sort of misbehavior and misdeeds she’s engaged in, it has no place in this community. My hope is (that) other city officials in our region and across the state, take note. We will not tolerate it and you will be removed from office.”

DeMaio said the Democratic city leader attacks residents who disagree with her positions rather than engaging in dialogue or taking their concerns into consideration.

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