Full Voter Guide

Vote No on Prop 5 – The Realtors are trying to profit from the housing crisis by giving an unfair tax break to a few wealthy property owners that will costs schools and local communities billions.

  • Cuts $2 billion a year from schools and local communities at a time when we need to restore funding. Prop 5 will cause massive revenue losses at the local level, resulting in reductions to funding for school and critical public services including fire protection, emergency responders and health care.
  • Increases profits for realtors. Prop 5 could generate over $1 billion for the real estate industry in commission. According to the California Realtors Association’s economist,  housing turnover could be boosted as much as 15% and the size of the marketplace could grow by $30 billion.
  • Homeowners can already downsize. Under Prop 60 (1986), a homeowner over 55 can transfer their current property tax discount to a less expensive home a single time over the course of his or her lifetime in the same county. Prop 5 gives a tax break to people who would have moved anyway. According to the LAO, about 85,000 property owners who are over 55 move to different houses without receiving a property tax break every year.
  • Bypasses local control and makes all counties accept property tax giveaways. Prop 90 (1990), an extension of the original Prop 60 program, allows senior homeowners to transfer their property tax discount to a home in a different county so long as that county accepts such transfers. (At last count, only 11 counties are accepting transfers from other counties: Alameda, El Dorado, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Tuolumne, Ventura)
  • Raises the cost of housing. According to the state’s Legislative Analyst, Prop 5 could encourage a few tens of thousands of people to enter the real estate market, increase the skyrocketing price of houses even more. If passed, a homeowner over 55 can use their tax break to keep buying more expensive houses over and over anywhere in California. Meanwhile younger, first-time home buyers will less income will face higher housing prices and renters will have a harder time becoming homeowners.
  • This does nothing to help fix the housing crisis. Prop 5 does not help low-income seniors on fixed incomes, families, or first-time home buyers afford a home.

Vote Yes on Prop 10 –  Allows cities and counties to protect families from skyrocketing rents. 

  • Restores the right of local communities to protect all families from skyrocketing rents with rent control by repealing the Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act. Prop 10 would allow cities and counties to regulate rents for any housing. Costa-Hawkins, a state law signed by Republican Governor Pete Wilson in 1995, currently denies families rent control protections if they: 1) live in a building built after 1995 or after the year rent control was passed in your city (That’s why Los Angeles only has rent control on units built before 1978 and San Francisco on units built before 1979), 2) live in a single family rental unit or condo, or 3) sign a new lease.
  • Allows reasonable rent increase every year while protecting families from unfair and unexpected rent increases. Prop 10 requires that rent control laws allow landlords a fair rate of return.

Vote yes on Prop 1 – Helps create safe and stable homes for low-income Californians and Veterans.  

  • Helps thousands of Californians afford a home by funding the construction of much-need affordable housing. Prop 1 would help up to 30,000 multifamily and 7,500 farmworker households. The funds also would provide down payment assistance to about 15,000 homebuyers and home loans to about 3,000 veterans.
  • Creates jobs and boosts the economy. Prop 1 is expected to create 137,000 jobs and pump $23.4 billion into California’s economy.

Vote Yes on Prop 2 – Helps create safe and stable homes for homeless Californians.

  • Helps homeless Californians by funding the construction of much-needed housing for those with mental illness who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless.  Prop 2 would help create supportive housing connected to mental health services and addiction treatment for people living with a serious mental illness who are homeless or at great risk of becoming homeless.

Vote Yes on Prop 3 – Helps provide safe water for all.

  • Expands access to clean water in urban and rural parts of California. Prop 3 would provide $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.
  • Funds projects in low-income communities. Prop 3 has several requirements to help disadvantaged communities (those with lower average incomes) by requiring that funding be spent on projects that benefit these communities.

Vote Yes on  Prop 4 – Helps expands health treatment access to children.

  • Upgrades and expands Children’s Hospitals, which treat infants and children with severe illness or injuries, or complex chronic health conditions that require specialized care. Many children receiving services in these hospitals are from low-income families and the majority of children’s hospital funding comes from Medi-Cal.
  • Refills exhausted funds that voters already approved. Voters have twice previously approved statewide measures in 2004 ($750 Million) and 2008 ($980 million), but these funds are expected to be fully committed to projects by the end of summer 2018.
  • Funds projects that help improve access to low-income children. Under Prop 4, the California Health Facilities Financing Authority, an existing state agency, will award competitive grant based on several factors, including whether the grant would contribute toward the expansion or improvement of healthcare access for children who are eligible for governmental health insurance programs or who are indigent, underserved, or uninsured.

Vote No on Prop 6 – Defunds public investments in roads, highways, and transit.

  • Cuts $5 billion a year for roads, highways, and transit. According to the Legislative Analyst’s Office, Prop 6 would reduce SB 1 tax revenues by $5.1 billion annually. The funding reductions would mainly affect highway and road maintenance and repair programs, as well as transit programs.
  • Makes passage of future fuel and vehicle taxes more difficult. Prop 6 would prevent legislator from passing fuel and vehicle taxes because voters also would have to approve them. As a result, there could be less revenue than otherwise would be the case.

Prop 7.

No Position. 

Vote Yes on Prop 8 – Helps protects dialysis patients from discrimination and price gouging.

  • Prevents clinics from refusing to treat patients based on the source of payment for care.
  • Fights overpricing for dialysis treatment and encourages investment in patient care. Prop 8 will require for-profit dialysis clinics to pay rebates on all charges that are 15% above the amount they spend on patient care. By linking revenue to care, dialysis corporations will have a greater incentive to invest in patient care.

Vote No on Prop 11 – Threatens workplace protections for EMTs and ambulance workers.

  • Cancels labor law that entitles hourly employees to take work (meal and rest) breaks without being on call inapplicable to private-sector emergency ambulance employees. Prop 11 exempts employers from potential liability for violations of existing law regarding work breaks.

Prop 12.

No Position