November 2014 Elections

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Voting is our civic duty and a clear way to show our electoral power. If we vote, our elected leaders cannot ignore our concerns on major federal policies from jobs, the economy, and housing, to education, healthcare, and immigration reform.

Congress and the President must begin to respond to the issues we care about such as immigration reform. Fixing today’s broken immigration system is key to strengthening our economy and keeping families together. This year, Korean Americans must come together and vote on Election Day. Your vote is for our families, our communities and for America’s future.

KRC, KRCC and our national organization NAKASEC are committed to strengthening the electoral power of the growing Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

Ballot Measures

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Proposition 47: Safe Neighborhood and Schools

Prop 47 will reclassify non-violent crimes from felonies to misdemeanors, unless the defendant has prior convictions for violent or serious crimes. This change will prevent the state from spending funds on imprisoning non-violent offenders. Instead, millions of dollars saved will be used towards proven crime prevention services, including dropout prevention, mental health and substance abuse treatment and victim services.

KRC's recommendation: Yes

Prop 45 will protect Californians from skyrocketing insurance premiums by requiring health insurance companies to get approval by the California Insurance Commissioner before raising their rates. Health insurance rates have risen at five times the rate of inflation in California. Prop 45 will ensure that 6 million consumers will not see our health care costs rise unless the increases are justified.

KRC's recommendation: Yes

City Measure for Anaheim in Orange County

Measure L will require our city councilmembers to live in the districts they serve. It will help them better respond to the problems and challenges in our neighborhoods faster and more efficiently, like making our neighborhoods safer or fixing potholes. Measure L is a common sense reform for our City.

KRC's recommendation: Yes

KRC has no recommendations on the below ballot measures:

Prop 1 will allow the state to borrow $7.5 billion to further build out the state’s water storage and delivery system. Unfortunately, approximately 33% of the bond can be spent to build and maintain dams, an inefficient and wasteful use of precious resources.

The state currently has a budget surplus. Prop 2 would require California to pay down current debt using this surplus. If any funds remain after paying down the debt, additional revenue is specifically earmarked for infrastructure, local school districts and community colleges.

Prop 46 will quadruple the current cap on medical malpractice awards from $250,000 to $1 million. This drastic increase will lead to more medical lawsuits filed against health care providers and drive up costs for patients.

Prop 48 would ratify two gaming compacts between California and the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians and the Wiyot Tribe.

Why do we vote?

Manok Cha, a 76-year-old Korean American grandmother, is a new voter. For the past 18 years, she has been waiting to reunite with her children who are still in South Korea.

Family visa backlogs affect more than 2 million AAPIs. Many people have been suffering like Manok Cha. "Before I die, I need to reunite with my children. I am fighting to end family separation." Manok participates in elections at every cycle and calls on all voters to go out to the polls on Election Day.

Simon Jun, a 19-year-old Korean American college student, was born in South Korea but moved to the U.S. at the age of 6 because of the economic hardships his family was experiencing. Growing up undocumented like millions across the country, he was told to never tell anyone about his status. But when President Obama announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in 2012, it opened up a world of opportunity that would have otherwise been closed to Simon. With DACA, he can now drive, pay for college, and give back to his country.

But that is not enough. His parents and undocumented parents all across the country still live as second-class citizens who face discrimination and experience many struggles. Moreover, they can be separated from their children at any moment. "I still live in fear that any day now, I will be separated from my parents," said Simon. "This is why we need President Obama, Congress and all elected officials to listen to our communities. Hardworking families like mine deserve a chance to pursue the American dream. As responsible citizens, I ask you to pledge to vote for our families and community on November 4."

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