Berkeley Measure Q. Yes or no? I live in District 2. (well, sometimes.) I'm naive. I always wondered why there were so many condoms on the streets. Who was leaving them there? I mean, it's not like the sidewlks are carpetted, but I'd have to be alert to keep xena from getting in to them. And chicken bones. How do so many chicken bones get on to the street? Am I naive again? What about the creepy men in the berkeley aquatic park? Are they looking for drugs or female prostituttes or male prostitutes or each other? That park is creepy in the middle of the day.
The green party says vote yes. But Barbara Lee is remaining quiet on the issue. The city council memeber endorsed by Lee, Darryl Moore, is against Q. The NOW said 30 years ago it favored decriminalization.
Casaninja 1 had prostitutes in the front yard on weekends. Rich folks would come down from the hills and come into my neighborhood to buy cars, drugs and sex. My house got broken into more than once. I lost stuff. I don't think that I want prostitutes hanging out in front of any house that I'm in. As far as I know (I'm still naive), I've never seen anyone working outside of my Berkleey place. What about a ballot measure to enforce anti-prostitution laws only within 500 feet of a residence or a park? Then, theoretically, creepy guys would leave the park and the condoms would (as they are now) stay confined to in front of warehouses. And what about child prostitution? I mean, consenting adults are one thing, but shouldn't kids get swept up into the system? In short, mix a desire for equal rights for women and workers with some NIMBYism and a what-about-the-children plea. Oh and a concern about property values, which I hate when I hear people say that, but I'm about to make a major transaction and I don't want my place to fall from its current value. It can stay put forever, but not down. That would make me sad.
Danica didn't vote on this, so I can't consult her blog. Arg. What to think?
Say something soon, I'm going to priority mail my ballot tomrrow. I thought it was a postmark deadline, but it's a reciept deadline. bleah!
[update: i voted yes for every single non-state ballot measure aside from Q, which i dunno about. i'm feeling very affirmative today. bart! sure! parks! ok!. Danica voted no on CC, but Barbara Lee signed the argument in favor of CC . . . Vote against the patriot act, get loyalty from me. . . ]
[update again - what about state props 60a, 61, 65, 67 & 71? state initiatives are not as fun as berkeley measures.]