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Death Penalty Repeal, Plastic Bag Ban Attract Santa Monica Donors

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By Jonathan Friedman
Associate Editor

August 8, 2016 -- Of the campaigns for the 17 statewide measures that will appear on the November ballot, the proposal to repeal the death penalty and another to uphold California’s plastic bag ban have attracted the most Santa Monica donors, according to financial disclosure statements that cover through Friday.

Nine people with Santa Monica addresses donated a total of $5,725 to the pro-Proposition 62 campaign committee with the unambiguous name Replace the Costly, Failed Death Penalty System.

Sherry Frumkin, who heads Santa Monica Art Studios but lives in Tarzana, gave $5,200 to the committee. Her husband Leo gave another $5,000

One Santa Monica resident donated $1,000 to Californians to Mend, Not End, the Death Penalty.

That is a committee formed to oppose Proposition 62 and support the rival Proposition 66, which seeks to keep capital punishment in California and make various changes to regulations of it.

Twenty-four people with Santa Monica addresses donated a total of $3,290 to one of the four committees campaigning in favor of Proposition 67, which would uphold California’s ban on so-called single-use plastic bags.

No Santa Monica money was given to the opposition campaign.

Proposition 67’s outcome would have no effect on Santa Monica’s existing plastic bag ban that has been the law since 2010.

Campaigners supporting Proposition 63, which calls for restrictions on the sale and possession of ammunition as well as other firearm-related regulations, received a total of $2,780 from people with Santa Monica addresses.

Another $600 of Santa Monica money went to the campaign opposing Proposition 63.

In terms of most total Santa Monica money spent on a ballot measure campaign, that goes to developer Catalina Media Development II.

The developer gave $50,000 to supporters of Proposition 57. This proposal calls for certain reforms on prison sentencing and juvenile criminal proceedings.

Saint John’s Health Center gave $10,000 in 2014 to the campaign for a proposal that supporters placed on the ballot on the second try in the form of Proposition 52.

This measure would make it more difficult for the State legislature to shift money designated for Medi-Cal to other programs.

Other campaigns receiving Santa Monica money include $200 for Proposition 51 that calls for a $9 billion bond to pay for K-12 and community college facilities improvements and $225 for Proposition 64 that would legalize recreational marijuana.

No money statewide had been donated as of Friday to campaigns in favor or opposed to Proposition 59, a non-binding measure that says California’s representatives in Congress should support one or more Constitutional amendments to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the Citizens United case that has led to unlimited campaign spending by corporations.

The measure was co-sponsored by Sen. Ben Alen, the former Santa Monica-Malibu school board president whose district includes Santa Monica ("Santa Monica Senator’s Measure Challenging "Citizens United" Cleared for Ballot," June 10, 2016).

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