A Guide to State Propositions

A Guide to State Propositions

 

Eleven state propositions crowd California’s 2018 ballot. There should have been 12, but on July 18, the California Supreme Court blocked Proposition 9, the vote to split California in three.  

Prop. 1: Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond

  • A “yes” vote supports authorizing the state to issue $4 billion in general obligation bonds for housing-related programs, loans, grants and projects, including loans for veterans.
  • A “no” vote opposes authorizing the state to issue these bonds.

Prop. 2: Homeless Housing Bond

  • A “yes” vote supports the state use of existing mental health funds to house homeless people suffering from mental illness. 
  • A “no” vote opposes authorizing the state to use these funds to house the mentally ill homeless.

Prop. 3: Water Bond

  • A “yes” vote supports authorizing the state to issue $8.9 billion in bonds for water infrastructure. 
  • A “no” vote opposes authorizing the state to issue these bonds. 

Prop. 4: Children’s Hospital Bond

  • A “yes” vote supports authorizing the state to issue $1.5 billion in bonds for the construction, expansion, renovation and equipping of children’s hospitals in California. The bonds would cost taxpayers about $80 million every year over 35 years.
  • A “no” vote opposes authorizing the state to issue these bonds. 

Prop. 5: Property Tax Breaks

  • A “yes” vote supports allowing homeowners older than 55 (or those with severe disabilities or affected by a natural disasters) to pay lower property tax rates when they sell their homes and buy new ones. 
  • A “no” vote does not support this tax break.  

Prop. 6: Gas Tax Repeal

  • A “yes” vote supports the repeal of a 12 cent-per-gallon gasoline sales tax increase and a 4 percent tax increase on diesel fuel. 
  • Voting “no” supports keeping the gasoline and diesel taxes in place. The revenue from these increases funds a $130 billion transportation package enacted in 2017 to repair highways and roads and fund mass transit.

Prop. 7: Year-round Daylight Saving Time 

  • A “yes” vote supports year-round Daylight Saving Time, pending legislative and federal government approval. 
  • A “no” vote supports keeping daylight and standard time in place. 

Prop. 8: Dialysis Clinics’ Revenue

  • A “yes” vote supports requiring dialysis clinics to issue refunds to patients or patients’ payers, such as insurers, for revenue above 115 percent of the costs.
  • Voting “no” opposes limiting dialysis clinics’ revenue.  

Prop. 10: Costa Hawkins Repeal

  • A “yes” vote supports repealing the state law that limits rent control and enables local jurisdictions to decide their own rent-control policies.
  • A “no” vote supports allowing Costa Hawkins to stand. 

Prop. 11: Ambulance Drivers on Call

  • A “yes” vote supports allowing private ambulance companies to keep paramedics on-duty during breaks so they can respond to 911 calls.
  • A “no” vote supports industry labor laws that could require companies to provide workers with uninterrupted meal breaks.

Prop. 12: Space Requirements for Confined Animals

  • A “yes” vote supports expanding the required amount of living space for farm animals.
  • A “no” vote supports allowing the current space requirements for farm animals to stand. 

 

An article last week (“Voters Decide on Four County Measures,” Oct. 25) incorrectly stated the impact of Measure G. It will issue up to $800 million in bonds for local colleges.