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Asian American Advocacy Organization Opposes Prop 33

For immediate release
September 17, 2012

MEDIA CONTACT
Aaron Lewis: (650) 952-0522 / alewis@naacoalition.org
Faith Bautista: (650) 892-8469 / fbautista@naacoalition.org
Rhea Aguinaldo: (415) 449-1696 / raguinaldo@naacoalition.org

Asian American Advocacy Organization Opposes Prop 33

San Bruno, CA – The National Asian American Coalition (NAAC) is a Pan-Asian advocacy organization that offers nonpartisan guidelines and advice on state issues and propositions affecting California’s six million Asian Americans.

NAAC’s 2012 Voter Guide contains an easy-to-understand analysis of all the propositions on the California ballot and how they affect the Asian American community. In 2012, one of the most prominent ballot initiatives receiving scrutiny from the minority community is Proposition 33, which affects how much car insurance will cost for every Californian.

All Californians are required by law to buy car insurance. Proposition 33 allows car insurance companies to offer discounts to new customers who were covered by any car insurance company over the previous five years. The good news is that this proposition would treat drivers as continuously covered if they were not insured because of military service or if they lost their jobs (for up to 18 months). The bad news is that this discount would allow insurance companies to increase the cost of insurance to new insurance consumers or people who have not had insurance for ninety days. So, if you buy car insurance for the first time, your insurance prices will probably be higher.

Many well-respected consumer organizations oppose Proposition 33, such as Consumer’s Union, the California Nurses Association, and the Consumer Federation of California. On the other hand, 99% of Propositions 33’s funding has come from just one person, George Joseph. Joseph is founder of the Mercury Insurance Group of Los Angeles.

The President and CEO of the NAAC, Faith Bautista stated, “To ensure effective Asian American input over the next month, we will invite George Joseph to meet with Asian American leaders to discuss Proposition 33’s effect on minority communities. We will offer the same invitation to Proposition 33’s opponents. If these meetings yield any new information, the NAAC will update the Asian American community through the Asian American media.”

It is important to note that the current California insurance system hurts almost all Californians. Proposition 33 does not address the fundamental issue that causes car insurance to cost almost twice as much as it should. The best solution to these high insurance costs is the adoption of a “no fault insurance” system. No fault insurance excludes costly attorneys, lengthy litigation, and years of time spent in courts. It allows drivers, without the need for a lawyer, to quickly and efficiently secure the funds for their personal injuries and car repairs.

Unfortunately, Proposition 33 just makes car insurance more expensive for new immigrants, lower middle income families, and new drivers.

All of the propositions and other issues facing California voters will be the subject of discussion at NAAC’s Ninth Annual Asian American Empowerment and Economic Development Conference on October 15th at the South San Francisco Conference Center. Forty Asian American media outlets will be covering the event with approximately one thousand Asian Americans are expected to attend.

The one thousand Asian Americans attending will be able to make their voices heard by participating in a survey focusing on Proposition 33 and other controversial ballot measures, including Propositions 30, 32, and 38.

Background

NAAC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that engages in consumer and small business advocacy on behalf of our nation’s 18 million Asian Americans. NAAC has provided its analysis on propositions and current political issues since 2008.

Headquartered in San Bruno, CA, the NAAC has a full-time regulatory and congressional liaison office located in Washington, D.C. It has a major consumer office in San Diego and is in the process of setting up offices in Hercules and the Inland Empire.

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