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

Prolix worker's rights and government accountability attorney and General Counsel of CATER. His anti-corruption work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, leading them to work with the Democratic Party of Orange County Chair and other co-conspirators (who had long detested the internal oversight his presence provided) to remove him from the position of DPOC North Vice Chair of in violation of party rules and any semblance of due process. He also runs for office sometimes. Unless otherwise specifically stated, none of his writings prior to that lawless putsch ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level. He tries to either suppress or openly acknowledge his partisan, issue, ideological, and "good government" biases in most of his writing here. If you have a question about any particular writing, just ask him about it and (unless you are an pseudonymous troll) he will probably answer you at painful length. He lives in Beautiful Bountiful Brea, but while he may brag about it he generally doesn't blog about it. A family member works as a campaign treasurer for candidates including Wendy Gabriella in AD-73; he doesn't directly profit from that relatively small compensation and it doesn't affect his coverage. He does advise some campaigns informally and (except where noted) without compensation.