4 out of top 5 precincts that voted for Prop 19 are in Ocean Beach.

by on November 13, 2010 · 11 comments

in Civil Rights, Culture, Election, Ocean Beach, San Diego

Thanks to the paper-version of the San Diego U-T this morning, we have the grateful news that in the vote for Prop 19 – the marijuana legalization proposition that was narrowly defeated state-wide – four of the top 5 precincts that voted in favor – were in Ocean Beach.  (Ed.: we apologize about the quality of the following scan – as we did have to use the paper version; there was no similar article/ graphic in the U-T‘s online platform.)

Prop 19 map

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Ken November 13, 2010 at 12:06 pm

If one looks at the map of where it failed, one sees 2 constituencies which it did not carry: people of color and lower incomes and right-wing reactionaries. While the latter group is assumed to be too inflexible to be swayed by the waste of resources that prohibition perpetrates, I’d bet that the former group were not told about how prohibition is inequitably applied to the young men of their communities in their own languages. The latter tact will be the way that decriminalization will get more voters in 2012.


Patty Jones November 13, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Ken, I absolutely agree with you on this. I recently read a book that equates the war on drugs to the “New Jim Crow”. That fact that poor whites get caught up in it just helps their case that the war on drugs is not discriminatory.

If we educate these people in their own languages, like you said, that would help the cause immensely.


Ken November 13, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Patty, could you give me the biblographic info and/or ISBN on that book, please?


Ken November 13, 2010 at 4:03 pm



annagrace November 13, 2010 at 4:31 pm

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age Of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
Th San Diego library system has three copies and you can place an online hold.

There was an interesting review here:http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/node/4510


Patty Jones November 13, 2010 at 4:56 pm

From the San Diego County Library System

The New Jim Crow : Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness / Michelle Alexander.
New York : New Press ; [Jackson, Tenn.] : Distributed by Perseus Distribution, 2010.

Description: 290 p.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references ( p. [249]-279) and index.
Summary: Argues that the War on Drugs and policies that deny convicted felons equal access to employment, housing, education, and public benefits create a permanent under caste based largely on race.
Contents: The rebirth of caste — The lockdown — The color of justice — The cruel hand — The new Jim Crow — The fire this time.
Subject: African American prisoners — United States.
Race discrimination — United States.
Criminal justice, Administration of — United States.
United States — Race relations.
ISBN 9781595581037


Patty Jones November 13, 2010 at 4:59 pm

I just noticed that Anna beat me to the punch, and that East Count Magazine beat me to the review. I will have to write mine before I read theirs.


ClubStyle_DJ November 13, 2010 at 1:01 pm

That’s my town!
I’m just sorry NOBODY will be able to get weed anymore. (holding back laughter)
Guess they showed us… huh.


Gary Gilmore November 13, 2010 at 3:01 pm

Kind of makes me all the prouder of OB.. Another feather in our cap. I’ll be sure to brag about this at cocktail parties.


Shane Finneran November 15, 2010 at 7:45 pm

Fascinating data. We all knew OB was forward-thinking, and now we have statistical proof.

I must say this is the first time I’ve had the urge to frame a Union-Tribune graphic.


Gary Gilmore November 15, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Shane!! Great idea! I’m, going to dig mine out of the recycle bin right now (no foolin’)


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