Ballot Measures (click on the ballot to read the full text): November 6, 2018, Statewide Ballot Measures –
FINAL VOTE RESULTS
Proposition 1 – YES
Proposition 2 – YES
Our rural communities have fewer property rental options and more limited options to mortgage credit as bank consolidation continues, making affordable housing a key issue. Prop 1 and Prop 2 will provide crucial support rural California without raising taxes.
Prop 1 creates affordable housing for vets, working California families, seniors, the disabled, and the homeless – without raising taxes. Many Californians are spending more than 30% of their incomes, some as much as 50% of their incomes, on rent and mortgages. Escalating housing prices create a disproportionate burden on our rural communities where homeownership rates are generally higher but where rural Americans make 25-cents less on the dollar than those in urban centers. Voting yes on Prop 1 is critical to the strength of rural California communities.
Rising housing expenses are particularly hard on rural California communities. Rural Americans making $50,000—$70,000 annually spend an average of 33% of their income on housing. Those rural Americans earning $30,000 or less spend an average of 40% of their income on housing.
Prop 2 delivers housing with mental health services to alleviate chronic homelessness. Without raising taxes, Prop 2 breaks the cycle of homelessness related to mental illness that depresses our communities and local economies. Our rural communities need this support to deal with the mental health crisis in our state. Too many disparities face rural communities putting them at a disadvantage accessing mental health care services.
Proposition 3 – NO
1806. (17-0010) – Final Random Sample: 04/25/18 (PDF)
Authorizes Bonds to Fund Projects for Water Supply and Quality, Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Water Conveyance, and Groundwater Sustainability and Storage. Initiative Statute.
Proponents: Gerald H. Meral (415) 717-8412 email@example.com
Authorizes $8.877 billion in state general obligation bonds for various infrastructure projects: $3.03 billion for safe drinking water and water quality, $2.895 billion for watershed and fisheries improvements, $940 million for habitat protection, $855 million for improved water conveyance, $685 million for groundwater sustainability/storage, and $472 million for surface water storage/dam repairs. Appropriates money from General Fund to pay off bonds. Requires certain projects to provide matching funds from non-state sources; gives priority to disadvantaged communities. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: State costs of $17.3 billion to pay off principal ($8.9 billion) and interest ($8.4 billion) on bonds over a 40-year period. Annual payments would average $433 million. Annual payments would be lower than this average in the initial and final few years, and somewhat higher in the intervening years. Varying fiscal effects on individual local governments depending on specific projects undertaken, amount of grants and loans received, and amount of local cost-share required. (17-0010.)
Proposition 4 – YES
1841. (17-0045, Amdt.#1) – Final Random Sample: 06/27/18 (PDF)
Authorizes Bonds Funding Construction at Hospitals Providing Children’s Health Care. Initiative Statute
Authorizes $1.5 billion in bonds, to be repaid from state’s General Fund, to fund grants for construction, expansion, renovation, and equipping of qualifying children’s hospitals. Designates 72 percent of funds to qualifying private nonprofit hospitals providing comprehensive services to high volumes of children eligible for governmental programs and children with special health needs eligible for the California Children’s Services program, 18 percent of funds to University of California general acute care children’s hospitals, and 10 percent of funds to public and private nonprofit hospitals providing services to children eligible for the California Children’s Services program. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: State costs of $2.9 billion to pay off principal ($1.5 billion) and interest ($1.4 billion) on bonds over a 35-year period. Annual payments would average $84 million. Annual payments would be lower than this average in the initial and final few years, and somewhat higher in the intervening years. (17-0045.)
Prop 4 provides specialized care for 2 million seriously ill or injured California children – kids suffering from life-threatening illnesses such as leukemia, sickle cell anemia, cancer, and more – all without raising taxes. Our state’s 13 regional children’s hospitals provide this care to rural and urban kids alike – at no charge to their families. Supporting Prop 4 is supporting the future of our community. The average American rural household of two spends as much as 20% of their income on health care and, in many cases, more than their urban counterparts. Providing care for our youngest and most vulnerable Californians is a moral imperative for our state.
Proposition 5 – NO
1809. (17-0013A1) – Final Random Sample: 05/17/18 (PDF)
Changes Requirements for Certain Property Owners to Transfer Their Property Tax Base to Replacement Property. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.
Removes the following current requirements for homeowners who are over 55 years old or severely disabled to transfer their property tax base to a replacement residence: that replacement property be of equal or lesser value, replacement residence be in specific county, and the transfer occur only once. Removes similar replacement-value and location requirements on transfers for contaminated or disaster-destroyed property. Requires adjustments to the replacement property’s tax base, based on the new property’s value. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Annual property tax losses for cities, counties, and special districts of around $150 million in the near term, growing over time to $1 billion or more per year (in today’s dollars). Annual property tax losses for schools of around $150 million per year in the near term, growing over time to $1 billion or more per year (in today’s dollars). Increase in state costs for schools of an equivalent amount in most years. (17-0013.)
Prop 5 will take up to $2 billion from schools and local services to give an advantage to wealthy property owners. This prop will tilt the scale in favor of wealthy property owners at the expense of our rural schools, police forces, and firefighters. At a time when wildfires are plaguing our rural communities, we should be looking at ways to invest in our firefighters and their resources, not ways to take away from them.
Proposition 6 – NO
1830. (17-0033A1) – Final Random Sample: 06/22/18 (PDF)
Eliminates Recently Enacted Road Repair and Transportation Funding by Repealing Revenues Dedicated for those Purposes. Requires any Measure to Enact Certain Vehicle Fuel Taxes and Vehicle Fees be Submitted to and Approved by the Electorate. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
Repeals a 2017 transportation law’s tax and fee provisions that pay for repairs and improvements to local roads, state highways, and public transportation. Requires the Legislature to submit any measure enacting specified taxes or fees on gas or diesel fuel, or on the privilege to operate a vehicle on public highways, to the electorate for approval. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Reduced annual state transportation tax revenues of $2.9 billion in 2018-19, increasing to $4.9 billion annually by 2020-21. These revenues would primarily have supported state highway maintenance and rehabilitation, local streets and roads, and mass transit. In addition, potentially lower transportation tax revenues in the future from requiring voter approval of such tax increases, with the impact dependent on future actions by the Legislature and voters. (17-0033.)
California rural communities pay a particularly high price for the lack of maintenance of our infrastructure. Safe roads and bridges connect our communities and our economy. Prop 6 would devastate bridge and road safety by eliminating more than 6,500 projects currently underway.
For example, Prop 6 would halt $117.9 million in road safety and maintenance in Shasta County alone, including revamping the Pit River Bridge Overhead on I-5, replace Moody Creek Bridge, and continuing the pavement preservation project improving 21 miles of SR-299 near the town of Shasta. Visit NoProp6.com to see the local impact in your area.
Rural California depends on reliable roads and bridges to connect our communities to the larger economy.
Proposition 7 – YES
Proposition 8 – NO
1810. (17-0014A1) – Final Random Sample: 05/30/18 (PDF)
Authorizes State Regulation of Kidney Dialysis Clinics. Limits Charges for Patient Care. Initiative Statute.
Limits amounts outpatient kidney dialysis clinics may charge for patient care and imposes penalties for excessive charges. Requires annual reporting to the state regarding clinic costs, patient charges, and revenue. Prohibits clinics from discriminating against patients based on the source of payment for care. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: State administrative costs of around $1 million annually to be covered by increases in license fees on chronic dialysis clinics. State and local government savings largely associated with reduced government employee and retiree health benefits spending on dialysis treatment, potentially up to tens of millions of dollars annually. (17-0014.)
Our rural communities have long faced challenges accessing health care. Even with dialysis clinics across the state, rural Californians deserve better care when at the dialysis facilities. We must demand dialysis clinics in California improve patient care, update equipment and provide safe and clean facilities for all our people. This propis of great importance to rural communities where in-person follow-up care may be a greater challenge should there be complications from the poor conditions at a dialysis facility.
Proposition 9 – REMOVED FROM BALLOT
Proposition 10 – NO
1837. (17-0041) – Final Random Sample: 06/22/18 (PDF)
Expands Local Governments’ Authority to Enact Rent Control on Residential Property. Initiative Statute.
Repeals state law that currently restricts the scope of rent-control policies that cities and other local jurisdictions may impose. Allows policies that would limit the rental rates that residential-property owners may charge for new tenants, new construction, and single-family homes. In accordance with California law, provides that rent-control policies may not violate landlords’ right to a fair financial return on their rental property. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Unknown, but potentially significant, changes in state and local government tax revenues. Net decrease more likely than net increase. Potential increase in local government costs of up to tens of millions of dollars per year in the long term, likely paid by fees on owners of rental housing. (17-0041.)
Prop 10 allows our local communities to limit skyrocketing rents. This local control is critical for our rural communities to determine their own futures as thriving localities where people can afford to live, work, and raise families. Supporting Prop 10 is of greatest importance in rural California since on average rural communities have less rental housing available (28%) compared to the rest of the country (35%).
Proposition 11 – YES
1839. (17-0043, Amdt.#1) – Final Random Sample: 06/22/18 (PDF)
Requires Private-Sector Emergency Ambulance Employees to Remain on Call During Work Breaks. Changes Other Conditions of Employment. Initiative Statute.
Makes the labor law that entitles hourly employees to take work (meal and rest) breaks without being on call inapplicable to private-sector emergency ambulance employees. Regulates timing of meal breaks for these employees. Exempts employers from potential liability for violations of existing law regarding work breaks. Requires employers to pay for employees to be trained regarding certain emergency incidents, violence prevention, and mental health and wellness. Requires employers to provide employees with certain mental-health services. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Local government net savings likely in the tens of millions of dollars annually due to lower emergency ambulance contract costs. (17-0043.)
Prop 11 is an initiative pushed by a single company to deny having to pay back its workers what they earned. Emergency Medical Service workers owed back pay for overtime efforts would be denied it if Prop 11 passes. Stopping Prop 11 is of grave importance to rural California since rural communities across the country already face greater challenges to accessing medical care and rural Americans make 25-cents less on the dollar than their urban counterparts. Stand up for EMS workers – especially rural EMS workers – and say “no” to Prop 11.
Proposition 12 – YES
Prop 12 will improve space requirements in California for veal calves, mother pigs, and egg-laying hens so California is setting standards for California small farms, ranches, and grow-houses rather than out-of-state corporations. Producing healthier livestock produces higher quality food for consumers.