Ethan Explains California Proposition 58

Ethan Explains California Proposition 58

This is number 8 of 17 of the California statewide ballot initiatives in 2016 that I’ll cover. Proposition 58 is the “California Non-English Languages Allowed in Public Education Act (Senate Bill 1174.)

Education in California has its share of challenges. Making sure all children are proficient in English when they graduate high school is critical for their ability to function in our society. This includes kids whose first language is not English.

Californians approved Prop 227 back in 1998 to ensure that non-native English speaking children had full immersion to learn English. This was in response to certain districts, educators, and activists undermining or failing to teach English as a Second Language (ESL).

What we’ve found in the meantime is that the severe measures of Prop 227 are not always effective. And it has taken away local control for choosing the best methods of teaching ESL.

Proposition 58 modifies Prop 227 to allow local control and flexibility to choose what the local parents and educators deem best for their children. Most importantly, Prop 58 does NOT remove the English language proficiency requirements.

Further, Proposition 58 requires no additional or new funding.

Last, having as many bilingual or multilingual children as possible only strengthens our country, our economy, and gives us advantages on the world stage. We want to be the best, right?

I say YES to Proposition 58.

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Ethan Explains California Proposition 57

Ethan Explains California Proposition 57

This is number 7 of 17 of the California statewide ballot initiatives in 2016 that I’ll cover. Proposition 57 is the “California Parole for Non-Violent Criminals and Juvenile Court Trial Requirements Initiative.”

Prison overcrowding reached a crescendo resulting in federal court rulings to lessen the overcrowding in California. Governor Jerry Brown and the legislature passed AB109, prison realignment. That wasn’t enough so in 2014 there was Proposition 47, with a misleading title and facts no thanks to Attorney General Kamala Harris.

The governor and others claim we need to let even more “non-violent” criminals out of prison with Prop 57.

The problem is that within all of these “non-violent” criminals are a number of criminals interested in committing violent and property crimes. Crimes rates in both categories are up approximately 10% since Prop 47 took effect. That rise makes California the outlier in the United States as other states continue to see a drop in crime, ours is going up.

Even worse, take a look at what crimes will be recategorized as non-violent. According to the Riverside Country district attorney, Michael A. Hestrin, these will become lesser crimes in California and eligible for early release: Rape by intoxication (refers to a circumstance in which the victim was under the influence), Rape of an unconscious person, Human trafficking involving a sex act with minors, Assault with a deadly weapon, Drive-by shooting. Hostage taking, Supplying a firearm to a gang member. Hate crime causing physical injury, and many more.

Do you think those crimes should be reduced in severity and become eligible for early release?

I think California needs to pause in experimenting with recategorizing crimes and allowing so many people out of prison and jail.

I say NO to Proposition 57.

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Ethan Explains California Proposition 56

Ethan Explains California Proposition 56

This is number 6 of 17 of the California statewide ballot initiatives that I’ll cover, Proposition 56, “Cigarette Tax to Fund Healthcare, Tobacco Use Prevention, Research, and Law Enforcement. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.”

I hate smoking, it’s gross, it stinks, and it’s bad for your health. I am also sick and tired of you dangling your beloved cigarette out the window in traffic so I have to inhale that stench. Hot box in your car if you love smoking so much.

This initiative is supposedly to stop kids from smoking and to fund Medi-Cal and other health programs. While more expensive cigarettes will deter some kids (a big win), the rest of it falls apart.

Cigarette sin taxes fail because the dependency on a dwindling revenue stream, as people stop legally purchasing those smokes, becomes a problem.

Also, higher cigarette taxes increase illegal smuggling, thus funding criminal enterprises.

Last, this is an exceptionally regressive tax since 26.3% of smokers are below poverty level, according to the CDC. Think they’ll all quit?

I say NO to Proposition 56.

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Ethan Explains California Proposition 55

Ethan Explains California Proposition 55

This is number 5 of 17 of the California statewide ballot initiatives that I’ll cover, Proposition 55. Proposition 55 is “The California Extension of the Proposition 30 Income Tax Increase Initiative.”

Remember the Proposition 30 “temporary” tax increase for K-14 to save the children during the Great Recession? Proposition 55 is the nearly permanent extension of the .25% sales tax and large income tax increase for brackets of $250,000 and above.

Wait, what happened to temporary? Because of the Great Recession?

If you listen to the majority politicians in Sacramento, the economy in California is doing great! So, which is it: is it doing great or not? If it is then the temporary tax is ready for a sunset.

Further, the highly progressive income tax leaves this funding to the gyrations of the stock market, which is what caused the problem in the first place.

Lastly, even proponent of Prop 30 argued with me that Prop 30 had to pass so then they could go back and fix the structural problems with education in California. Which never happened.

I say NO to Proposition 55.

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Ethan Explains Proposition 51

Ethan Explains Proposition 51

California has 17 statewide ballot initiatives this year. Here I talk about Proposition 51 “School Bonds. Funding for K-12 School and Community College Facilities. Initiative Statute”

Should the state take over school bonding for construction & repair? Up until this initiative, that has been a local issue.

And I bet you can’t guess the money behind the initiative. You don’t think it’s the developers? Oh, it is. Nearly $10 million.

And this is an area where Governor Jerry Brown and I agree, keep the money and control out of Sacramento, keep it local.

Vote NO on Proposition 51 November 8th.

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Ethan Presidential Vote Bombshell Announcement

Ethan’s Presidential Vote Bombshell Announcement

Saturday, October 8, 2016, I have made my decision. If Donald Trump is on my ballot November 8th, I’ll vote for Hillary Clinton.

The audio of Trump’s conversation with Billy Bush is beyond sickening and apparently confirms that Trump isn’t just a misogynist, he is a sexual abuser of women. In his own words. Repeatedly.

This is not just “boys will be boys.” This is sexual abuse, abuse of power, and more. We can never teach our boys and young men that this is okay. It is not.

Take a look at New York’s Penal Code:
A person is guilty of forcible touching when such person intentionally, and for no legitimate purpose:
1. forcibly touches the sexual or other intimate parts of another person for the purpose of degrading or abusing such person, or for the purpose of gratifying the actor’s sexual desire; or
2. subjects another person to sexual contact for the purpose of gratifying the actor’s sexual desire and with intent to degrade or abuse such other person while such other person is a passenger on a bus, train, or subway car operated by any transit agency, authority or company, public or private, whose operation is authorized by New York state or any of its political subdivisions. (N.Y. Penal Law § 130.52.)

or California’s:
Any person who touches an intimate part of another person, if the touching is against the will of the person touched, and is for the specific purpose of sexual arousal, sexual gratification, or sexual abuse, is guilty of misdemeanor sexual battery, punishable by a fine not exceeding two thousand dollars ($2,000), or by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding six months, or by both that fine and imprisonment. (Pen. Code, § 243.4(e)1.)

I strongly dislike that I am being forced into voting for who is likely to be the most flawed President in my lifetime. There are not viable alternatives this election and Trump’s own words and actions forced my hand.

Leave me your comments below.

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EDIT: To be clear, this is NOT an endorsement of Hillary Clinton, just a statement of my opinion. I still want a viable 3rd and 4th party, they just need to do better than Johnson and Stein to get my vote.

Ethan Explains Killing with Cars

Ethan Explains Killing with Cars

Traffic deaths were in a nice downward trajectory. Sadly, that is no longer case. In 2015 traffic deaths rose 7% and so far this year we are up more than 10%.

What changed? Automotive safety technology continues to progress making us safer, so that is actually keeping the number of deaths down.

However, we all have smartphones now and are too busy looking at them while on the road instead of paying attention to driving.

You lack self-control. And now we will have to implement technology to stop your technology or else we need to rapidly roll out self-driving cars.

Please don’t drink and drive. Please don’t text or tweet while driving. We can save 36,000 lives per year by just paying attention to what we are supposed to be doing while behind the wheel.

What will it take to get you to put your phone down while driving?

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Ethan Explains Delete Yahoo Now

Ethan Explains Delete Yahoo Now

If you haven’t deleted everything you’ve had with Yahoo, you should now. Right now.

After the news of 500 million email accounts hacked, we have Reuters reporting that Yahoo allowed the NSA to scan incoming emails. All incoming emails on all accounts, not just suspicious ones.

Big Brother is real and it is happening now in apparent contradiction to the spirit of the fourth amendment. They are searching everything. And the judicial branch thinks it’s legal while Congress continues to pass laws allowing this, which the presidents continue to sign.

And Marissa Mayer, how does she still have defenders? Yahoo continued to nosedive under her “leadership,” the emails were hacked on her watch, and she allegedly allowed the NSA to spy on everyone with nary an attempt to protect the users who trusted her company.

Now we have word that Yahoo is denying the NSA spying report. Do you believe their denial? I don’t.

Now is the time to demand our elected officials end this warrantless spying on US citizens on US soil, without any probable cause or warrant.

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Ethan Explains In Home Delivery Tech

Ethan Explains In Home Delivery Tech

While the presidential race consumes the air in the room, this might have skipped past you. CNet is reporting that Amazon is working with two home automation companies to get one-time codes to unlock your front door for in-home delivery. That’s right, your Prime packages won’t be on your front step, but inside your house.

While I am a busy person and would love the security and convenience of having my Amazon Prime packages delivered inside the house, it is a little unsettling, isn’t it?

However, don’t we already hand out keys to the cleaning person, the dog walker, the neighbor? So, if we do that, isn’t it just as safe to give out a one-time code for our Smart Home door lock for inside delivery?

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Happy Rosh Hashanah 5777 Shanah Tova

rosh hashanah 5777

Rosh Hashanah 5777 is the Jewish New Year and literally means “head of the year.” The 5777 is the year count on the lunar Jewish calendar.

Jews don’t say Happy New Year, they hope for a good year.

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To hope for a happy new year is to give primacy to the ideal of a hedonistic culture whose greatest goal is “to have a good time.” To seek a good year however is to recognize the superiority of meaning over the joy of the moment.

The word “good” has special meaning in the Torah. The first time we find it used is in the series of sentences where God, after each day of creation, views his handiwork and proclaims it “good”. More, when God completed his work he saw all that he had done “and behold it was very good.”

That is the deepest meaning of the word good when it is applied to us and to our lives. We are good when we achieve our purpose; our lives are good when they fulfill what they are meant to be.

We know many people of whom it can be said that they had good lives in spite of their having had to endure great unhappiness. Indeed, the truly great chose lives of sacrifice over pleasure and left a legacy of inspiration and achievement that they never could have accomplished had they been solely concerned with personal gratification.

Today and tomorrow, the shofar will sound in Israel as it has for thousands of years to announce the King and to begin the ten days of repentance culminating in Yom Kippur.

May this Rosh Hashanah 5777 bring your family a good year with sweetness!