I and other environmentally-minded people will be voting Yes on Prop. 117. It is urgently needed to protect wildlife habitat, native oak woodlands and endangered species. About $30 million a year is needed. Two-thirds of the money would be for endangered species and the rest for rare habitat preservation. Included in the rare habitat category are streams, rivers and wetlands throughout California.
Ten percent of the unallocated account from the tobacco tax would provide $15-16 million. Additional monies would come from the environmental license plate fund and the wildlife restoration fund.
The politicians and big business have been in charge of our environment far too long. One only has to see the disaster which is before us.