Anti-Transgender Student Referendum Petition Looks Likely to FAIL for 2014!


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Truman Dinner - Clapping for Cassidy Campbell

Marina H.S. Homecoming Queen Cassidy Campbell and her supporters have reason to applaud, as the “Prop 8”-style referendum intended to freeze and then repeal AB 1266 seems likely to go down in flames.

From yesterday’s edition of Scott Lay’s Around the Capitol:

As the referendum against AB 1266 proceeds to random sample, proponents would need 92.1% validity to qualify the measure for the November 2014 ballot, which is very unlikely. Those counties that submitted a full validation (small counties) had 72.49% validity.

That link is to a letter from the Secretary of State to the proponent of the petition effort for a referendum to overturn the transgender student rights bill, which would be expected to grant rights to a tiny number of students statewide who have verifiable and lasting gender identity mismatch issues.  The second page showed that the petitions have a whole lot of bad signatures — enough to make ballot qualification unlikely.

Many people have been talking about how this referendum would get “conservative values” voters out to the polls in enormous numbers, endangering incumbents including Sharon Quirk-Silva.  If that prospect was boosting her opponents’ chances before yesterday, then this new development pushes them back down.

No we’re looking not only at “No Prop H8” — but at no repeat of Prop H8 next year!


About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose worker's rights and government accountability attorney, residing in northwest Brea. General Counsel of CATER, the Coalition of Anaheim Taxpayers for Economic Responsibility, a non-partisan group of people sick of local corruption. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Occasionally runs for office to challenge some nasty incumbent who would otherwise run unopposed. (Someday he might pick a fight with the intent to win rather than just dent someone. You'll know it when you see it.) He got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012 and in 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level, nor do they now. A family member co-owns a business offering campaign treasurer services to Democratic candidates and the odd independent. He is very proud of her. He doesn't directly profit from her work and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he truly hated.) He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)