MARIN GREEN PARTY 2016 Endorsements


Recommendations for November 8, 2016 Elections:





coffino-sign-tinyMARIN GREENS RECOMMEND MIKE COFFINO FOR MARIN SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE. – Mike Coffino, a deputy public defender for the County of Marin since 2003, is a lifelong outdoorsman and environmentalist. In recent years he has spent vacations volunteering on organic goat, sheep and vegetable farms in California, Montana, France and Italy. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin in 1994 with a joint degree in law and philosophy, Mike returned to California by bicycle and lived for many years in Point Reyes station, often bike commuting to work at the Marin Civic Center. Mike helped build Table Top Farm in Point Reyes and is a member of MALT, the Point Reyes National Seashore Association, Marin Conservation League, and the Marin County Bicycle Coalition. Mike’s wife Kathleen is a former United States Peace Corps volunteer who taught soil conservation and improvement in Honduras. They have backpacked extensively in Peru, Chile and the Sierras and believe strongly in the importance of environmental preservation.


Recommendation for Marin Measure A:


MEASURE A: To support the health, education and safety of underserved children with approximately $12,000,000 in annual local funding the State cannot take away, shall County of Marin expand access to quality preschool education; provide healthcare including early screenings, vision, dental and behavioral/mental health services; expand afterschool/summer learning programs promoting reading/writing/math achievement; and provide affordable childcare for infants, toddlers and young children by enacting a 1/4% sales tax for 9 years with independent oversight/audits?

A “yes” vote will support the imposition of a one-quarter of one percent transactions and use tax.  Marin Greens have some reservations about the regressive nature of the tax, which will disproportionately impact poorer families.  However, Marin Greens are recommending a “yes” vote because of the benefits Measure A promises: improved access to quality preschool education, expanded after-school and summer learning programs, more affordable child care for infants, toddlers and young children, and expanded access to comprehensive health care services for all children.


Recommendations for California Propositions:

Prop 51: California Public School Facility Bonds Initiative – MARIN GREENS RECOMMEND A NO VOTE.

A “no” vote opposes the state issuing $9 billion in new debt to fund the improvement and construction of education facilities.

Prop. Fifty-One will

Be a boon to construction

Industry, not schools. 


Prop 52: Voter Approval to Divert Hospital Fee Revenue Dedicated to Medi-Cal – MARIN GREENS RECOMMEND A YES VOTE.

A “yes” vote supports requiring voter approval to change the dedicated use of certain fees from hospitals used to draw matching federal money and fund Medi-Cal services. The initiative was also designed to require a two-thirds majority vote of the California Legislature to end the hospital fee program.

Hospital fees must

Be used to fund kids’ health and

Uninsured patients.


Prop 53: California Voter Approval Requirement for Revenue Bonds above $2 Billion Initiative – MARIN GREENS RECOMMEND A NO VOTE.

A “no” vote will be a vote against the voter approval requirement and in favor of continuing to allow the state to issue new debt without voter approval.

This Proposition’s

Too vague, and restricts upgrades

To infrastructure.


Prop 54: Public Display of Legislative Bills Prior to Vote Proposition – MARIN GREENS RECOMMEND A YES VOTE.

A “yes” vote will be a vote in favor of prohibiting the legislature from passing any bill until it has been in print and published on the Internet for 72 hours prior to the vote.

Posting bills three days

Before bills become laws seems

Like a great idea.


Prop 55: The California Extension of the Proposition 30 Income Tax Increase Initiative – MARIN GREENS RECOMMEND A YES VOTE.

A “yes” vote supports extending the personal income tax increases on incomes over $250,000 approved in 2012 for 12 years in order to fund education and healthcare.

Taxes the rich to

Provide funds for colleges,

Schools and poor kids’ health.



The question posed to voters by this Proposition is whether to increase the cigarette tax by $2.00 per pack, with equivalent increases on other tobacco products and electronic cigarettes.  A “yes” vote supports the increase and a “no” vote opposes it.

Anti-smoking and

Anti-taxing-the-poor means

We don’t take a stance.


Prop 57: California Parole for Non-Violent Criminals and Juvenile Court Trial Requirements Initiative – MARIN GREENS RECOMMEND A YES VOTE.

A “yes” vote supports increasing parole and good behavior opportunities for felons convicted of nonviolent crimes and allowing judges, not prosecutors, to decide whether to try certain juveniles as adults in court.

Prop. Fifty-Seven

Requires fitness hearings

Before minors tried.


Prop 58: California Non-English Languages Allowed in Public Education Act – MARIN GREENS RECOMMEND A YES VOTE.

A “yes” vote is a vote in favor of repealing most of the 1998 Proposition 227, the “English in Public Schools” Initiative, thus effectively allowing non-English languages to be used in public educational instruction.

This proposition

Restores flexibility

For bi-lingual ed.


Prop 59: The California Overturn of Citizens United Act Advisory Question – MARIN GREENS RECOMMEND A YES VOTE.

A “yes” vote supports this measure encouraging the state’s elected officials to use their authority to overturn the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision, potentially through an amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Supreme Court may not

Care what we think, but you should

Tell them anyway.


Prop 60:  The Condoms in Pornographic Films Initiative – MARIN GREENS RECOMMEND A YES VOTE.

A “yes” vote would be a vote in favor of requiring the use of condoms and other protective measures during the filming of pornographic films, as well as requiring pornography producers to pay for certain health requirements and checkups.

Reduces spread of

AIDS and other STDs,

So, what’s not to love?


Prop 61: The Drug Price Standards Initiative – MARIN GREENS RECOMMEND A YES VOTE.

A “yes” vote supports regulating drug prices by requiring state agencies to pay the same prices that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pays for prescription drugs.

This Proposition

Threatens big Pharma’s profits –

No more gouging State.


Prop 62: Repeal of the Death Penalty Initiative – MARIN GREENS RECOMMEND A YES VOTE.

A “yes” vote supports repealing the death penalty and making life without the possibility of parole the maximum punishment for murder.

Other issues will

Need fixing, but still good to

Stop executions.


Prop 63: Background Checks for Ammunition Purchases and Large-Capacity Ammunition Magazine Ban Initiative – MARIN GREENS HAVE NO RECOMMENDATION ON THIS PROPOSITION.

A “yes” vote supports prohibiting the possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines and requiring certain individuals to pass a background check in order to purchase ammunition, while a “no” vote opposes this proposal.

We tend to like these

Types of restrictions, but here,

Retired cops exempt.


Prop 64: The California Marijuana Legalization Initiative – MARIN GREENS RECOMMEND A YES VOTE.

A “yes” vote supports legalizing recreational marijuana and hemp under state law and establishing certain sales and cultivation taxes.

For the few who have

Not gotten a ‘scrip — reward?



Prop 65: The Dedication of Revenue from Disposable Bag Sales to Wildlife Conservation Fund Initiative – MARIN GREENS RECOMMEND A NO VOTE.

A “no” vote is a vote against redirecting money collected from the sale of carry-out bags by grocery or other retail stores to a special fund administered by the Wildlife Conservation Board.

Disguised as “green” prop.,

This takes grocers’ profits for

Reusable bags.


Prop 66: The Death Penalty Procedures Initiative – MARIN GREENS RECOMMEND A NO VOTE.

A “no” vote opposes changing the procedures governing state court appeals and petitions that challenge death penalty convictions and sentences, and would keep the current system for governing death penalty appeals and petitions.

Restricting appeals

Those on death row can make, tells

State, “Kill more quickly.”


Prop 67: California Plastic Bag Ban Veto Referendum – MARIN GREENS RECOMMEND A YES VOTE.

A “yes” vote is a vote in favor of upholding the contested legislation banning plastic bags that was enacted by the California State Legislature under the name Senate Bill 270.

Plastics Industry

Can’t fool Californians –

Ban plastic bags now!


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Recommendations were agreed to by the Marin Greens at their County Council Meeting in Tam Junction, California on September 25, 2016.

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