Poll

Do you plan on “buying local” this holiday season to keep tax dollars here in our community?

Yes, I’m shopping locally to help support our region
42% (10 votes)
Partially, I’m doing some shopping here and some elsewhere/online
38% (9 votes)
No, I’m spending my holiday dollars elsewhere
13% (3 votes)
I can’t afford to shop this holiday season!
8% (2 votes)
Total votes: 24

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Should there be restrictions on sale of sonic weapons to prevent abuse or access by terrorists?

Yes, only military should have these weapons.
68% (48 votes)
Yes, military and law enforcement should be allowed to own them, but not private parties.
18% (13 votes)
No, sales should not be limited.
3% (2 votes)
No limits. Can I get one, too?
11% (8 votes)
Total votes: 71

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Should environmental laws be waived to allow more pumping of San Joaquin Delta water for Southern California?

Yes, people’s water needs here are more important than protecting salmon, smelt or whales.
49% (21 votes)
No, the environmental consequences are too severe. Other solutions to the water shortage should take priority.
51% (22 votes)
Total votes: 43

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Should the Legislature override Governor Scharzenegger’s line-item budget vetoes?

Yes, it’s wrong to cut funds for the most vulnerable, such as disabled children and seniors with in-home care.
55% (23 votes)
No, balancing the budget without raising taxes is more important than funding health and welfare programs.
45% (19 votes)
Vetoes? What vetoes? I’ve been too busy watching Michael Jackson coverage to keep up with real news!
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 42

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Do you support the Climate Change Bill (American Clean Energy & Security Act) ?

Yes, we need to reverse global climate change and cut dependence on fossil fuels/foreign oil.
34% (12 votes)
No, I support these general goals, but believe this bill has flaws.
17% (6 votes)
No, I oppose any measure that could increase energy costs.
11% (4 votes)
Global warming, what global warming?
37% (13 votes)
Total votes: 35

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Is Hate Speech Fueling a Rise In Hate Crimes?

Yes. Hate speech is inciting violence and should be restrained, just as we restrict people from shouting “Fire” in a crowded th
62% (50 votes)
Yes, but the right to free speech should be protected at all costs; punish only those who commit violence.
25% (20 votes)
No, I don’t believe hate speech and the rise in hate crimes are related.
14% (11 votes)
Total votes: 81

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DO YOU THINK RESIDENTS AND COMMERCIAL BUSINESSES SHOULD PAY THE SAME RATES FOR WATER?

Yes, its discriminatory to charge some water users more than others.
52% (11 votes)
No, commercial property owners should pay higher rates than homeowners.
19% (4 votes)
No, homeowners should pay higher rates than commercial property owners.
5% (1 vote)
Businesses providing essential services such as farmers should pay less, while others should pay more.
24% (5 votes)
Total votes: 21

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WITH WATER RATIONING LOOMING AND WATER RATES RISING DRAMATICALLY, WHAT’S YOUR BIGGEST CONCERN?

I’ll have to rip out my lawn and put in Astroturf or cacti
4% (2 votes)
My landscaping will dry out and be a fire hazard
36% (17 votes)
No more long, steamy showers or deep-soaking baths
13% (6 votes)
I won’t be able to afford my water bill
40% (19 votes)
No worries – I’m a renter!
6% (3 votes)
Total votes: 47

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Should the City and County ask for federal stimulus funds to help build fire stations and other fire protection projects?

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The State Senate is one vote short of approving a budget. Should Senator Dennis Hollingsworth cast the deciding vote in favor?

Yes, we must minimize or stop cuts to education, foster child payments, public safety and other services.
77% (72 votes)
No, deep cuts in our public services and more belt-tightening are preferable to raising fees or taxes.
23% (22 votes)
Total votes: 94

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Should the economic stimulus bill now before Congress include infrastructure projects to protect East County from wildfires?

Yes, federal help to protect people and property here from more devastating fires should be a high priority.
85% (23 votes)
No, we can't afford to spend money on cutting firebreaks or putting power lines underground.
15% (4 votes)
Total votes: 27

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Should the Obama administration block approval of Sunrise Powerlink?

Yes, we don't need more fire hazards. Go for green, locally-produced energy instead.
78% (29 votes)
Yes, pending a full environmental impact review.
5% (2 votes)
No, but require that some of Powerlink's energy be from green, renewable sources.
8% (3 votes)
No, we need a dependable power supply, even if it's from non-renewable fossil fuel sources.
8% (3 votes)
Total votes: 37

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Should San Diego State University ban smoking on campus, as Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges have just done?

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Should Sunrise Powerlink be built through East County's southern regions?

Yes, even if the power comes from fossil fuels, such as SDG&E’s liquefied natural gas plant in Mexico.
8% (2 votes)
Yes, but only if SDG&E is required to produce some or all of the energy from clean, renewable sources.
0% (0 votes)
No, we should meet our energy needs by producing wind, solar and other “green” energy locally instead.
84% (21 votes)
No, we can't afford the risk of more wildfires linked to power lines. I’d rather rely on candlelight!
8% (2 votes)
Total votes: 25

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