The sequence of the three phrases in the ballot measure title for Proposition 1E  “Mental Health Services Funding. Temporary Reallocation. Helps Balance State Budget.” of the California Statewide Special Election May 19, 2009 is an example of how disjointed themes confuse and even trick the reader/voter.

We, California voters, had voted for Prop 63 Mental Health Services Act (MHSA).  Now, State officials want to “reallocate” funds for those services to help balance the budget?

The documents on the NAMI California website provide insight on Prop 1E.

Mission — NAMI California is a grass roots organization of families and individuals whose lives have been affected by serious mental illness. We advocate for lives of quality and respect, without discrimination and stigma, for all our constituents. We provide leadership in advocacy, legislation, policy development, education and support throughout California.

NO on Prop 1E California May 19, 2009

NO on Prop 1E California May 19, 2009

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4 Responses to “When Ballot Measure Titles Read Like Trick or Treat, and, There’s No Treat”

  • Diane Warner says:

    Dear Teresa,
    NAMI is recommending a No vote on Prop 1E.
    Prop 1E is about taking money from programs that we fought long and hard to establish–for persons with mental illness. The public had voted for Prop 63 Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) funds to be used for these worthwhile purposes and these funds have already been accumulated for long awaited facilities and programs. Now Prop 1E proposes diversion of MHSA funds. It is like someone saving their money to buy a house and then someone else sees the money and wants that money now for something else; it really defeats honest efforts.

    Also, the program WHEN MEDICINE GOT IT WRONG is an historical document showing how a few citizens made a
    difference in the care and treatment of family members with severe mental illness. It is hard to watch at times but the underlying message is that ordinary people can and do affect change. Look at it as an example of what all of us can do if we stay to the task and believe in what we are fighting for. Let me know what you think after viewing it.

    Love, Diane

  • MHSA gets it right. It is not my experience that our Governor in California, extreme and extremely powerful special interest groups such as proponents of Proposition 13, California legislators, and their two thirds majority mandate, or most people care a fig for the needs of the mentally ill. I say we must care!
    When in the 60s the only facilities for caring for the mentally ill were decimated by civil libertarians and then Reaganomics, the seeds were sewn for the astronomical homeless problem we face today. Without major health care, including mental health care reform, we will see a furthering of our only mental asylums being our city streets. The process of erosion of all our hospital care and facilities is already in place. It is time to start asking ourselves, is our own selfish greed really more important than the greater world we live in? I think it’s time we start to demand higher taxes.
    I advocate for a no vote on Proposition 1E and the rest of Schwarzeneggaer’s sheep in wolf’s clothing specially sneaky election. propositions.

  • Oooooooops… I actually meant wolf in sheep’s clothing, but you know, it’s sometimes difficult to tell which is worse!

  • Thank you, Teresa, for making this clearer. You are, as always, so generous in your concern and support of others, especially those least able to speak up for themselves.

    Terrific blog. Lots of great info!


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