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2018 Propositions

The following are our recommendations for the statewide propositions on the 2018 California ballot. Below the statewide propositions you will find the link for San Diego City/County Propositions as well as those of other CA cities.

 

Vote NO on all school bonds. CA is holding more debt than the whole federal government. The EduCrats want you to believe this goes to education but it goes to infrastructure. And since you have voted for at least 4 other school bonds in the past several years to do the same thing this it makes no sense to keep throwing good money after bad. And by the way all these sums should have been able to rebuild every public school in the state.

 

Let’s not mention the illegal way they put these bonds on the ballot without telling you truth about the 12% interest that we the taxpayer are paying to service these bonds every year. SDUSD even told their employees they would boost their pay checks when that is blatantly illegal according to the law in CA.

NO ON ALL SCHOOL BONDS!!

 

You can download the statewide propositions page here

 

 

 

At some point California taxpayers must ask when the debt will stop and "where are my tax dollars going" if we are “bonding” out all policy costs. Thank you to Howard Jarvis for succinct analysis on the issues!

Statewide Propositions:

Prop #1: NO

 Authorizes Bonds to Fund Specified Housing Assistance Programs. Legislative Statute.(PDF)

As of December 1, 2017, the State Treasurer’s Office reports that California holds $73.33 billion in debt from general obligation bonds, with $31.09 billion in unissued bonds, including millions for housing-related bonds. This proposition would add $4 billion to the state’s bond debt, plus interest, costing the state an additional $171 million per year for the next 30 years.

Prop #2 : NO

 Authorizes Bonds to Fund Existing Housing Program for Individuals with Mental Illness. Legislative Statute. (PDF)

California lawmakers originally intended to appropriate money from the millionaire’s tax (Prop 63) to fund housing for all homeless people, but when that was blocked by a lawsuit, they added the mental health component. Moreover, tax revenue from Prop 63 is expected to amount to $2.23 billion for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, meaning $2 billion of the $2.23 billion raised for mental health programs and services in California will be diverted to homeless housing projects.

Prop #3 : NO

 Authorizes Bonds to Fund Projects for Water Supply and Quality, Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Water Conveyance, and Groundwater Sustainability and Storage. Initiative Statute.(PDF)

By voting for the bond measure, Californians would be borrowing money against the future, resulting in California’s taxpayers paying off the bonds and interest accrued over the next several decades. The bond measure would cost the state $17.3 billion: $8.87 billion to pay off the principal and another $8.4 billion to pay off interest. Annual payments by the state would be around $433 million. In addition, Californians already passed Prop 1 (2014) and Prop 68 (2018), water bonds worth $7.12 billion and $4 billion, respectively.

Prop #4 :  NO

Authorizes Bonds Funding Construction at Hospitals Providing Children’s Health Care. Initiative Statute.(PDF)

As of December 1, 2017, the State Treasurer’s Office reports that California holds $73.33 billion in debt from general obligation bonds, with $31.09 billion in unissued bonds. This bond proposal would cost the state a total of $2.9 billion to pay off ($1.4 billion in interest), at $84 million a year for the next 35 years. Opponents argue that if the state is just going to throw more money at hospitals, many of which are privately owned, why not use existing funds, rather than saddling taxpayers with more debt for the next 35 years.

 

 

Prop #5: YES

People’s Initiative to Protect Proposition 13 Savings

 Changes Requirements for Certain Property Owners to Transfer their Property Tax Base to Replacement Property. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.(PDF)

 Supporters argue that this proposition would result in a win-win situation for the elderly and families in need of homes. It would allow the elderly to be able to move to more suitable homes without facing massive tax increases, while freeing up modest-priced housing for young families. A recent estimate from the Legislative Analyst’s Office found that this initiative would increase home sales in the tens of thousands per year.

 

Prop #6: YES

Voter Approval for Repeal of Increases in Gas and Car Tax

Proposition 6 would repeal the fuel tax increases and vehicle fees that were enacted in 2017, including the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. In addition, Prop 6 would amend the California Constitution, requiring majority voter approval via ballot propositions for the California State Legislature to impose, increase, or extend fuel taxes or vehicle fees in the future.

Supporters argue that the gas tax as part of Senate Bill 1 (the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017) was completely unnecessary and does little more than increase a regressive tax that impacts working class citizens while not actually improving our congested highways. States with lower gas taxes have far better roads, yet Californians pay the highest gas prices in the nation and still have awful roads.

Prop #8  NO

Regulates Amounts Outpatient Kidney Dialysis Clinics Charge for Dialysis Treatment. Initiative Statute.

Dialysis treatment is a matter of life and death for the 80,000 Californians who receive treatment three times a week in the state’s 588 licensed chronic dialysis clinics. Physicians warn that patients missing even one treatment increase their risk of death by 30 percent. Proposition 8 would cap dialysis clinics’ profits at 15 percent, forcing them to offer rebates to insurance companies at the end of every year if dialysis companies’ margins exceed the cap. In calculating profits, direct patient care services would be counted as operating expenses, but other costs, such as administrative overhead, would not

Prop # 10 NO

Expands Local Governments’ Authority to Enact Rent Control on Residential Property. Initiative Statute.

 Opponents argue that Prop 10 will prove to be disastrous for both landlords and renters by creating a patchwork of rent control regulations across the state, causing both confusion and a legal mess. Prop 10 will not add any new housing to combat California’s housing crisis and will encourage property owners to convert rental properties into more profitable uses, like short-term vacation rentals, thereby increasing the costs of existing housing and make it even harder for renters to find an affordable place to live.

 

 

Prop # 11 NO

Requires Private-Sector Emergency Ambulance Employees to Remain On-Call During Work Breaks. Eliminates Certain Employer Liability. Initiative Statute.

The measure can be seen as a push by the emergency medical response industry to make labor laws more favorable to their business.

 

Prop # 12 NO

Establishes New Standards for Confinement of Specified Farm Animals; Bans Sale of Noncomplying Products. Initiative Statute

Prop 12 will require many farmers to overhaul their businesses, possibly pushing some out of business and raising food prices. Many farmers believe this will lead to supply disruptions, price spikes, and food shortages.

 

 

 

San Diego November 2018 Election Ballot Propositions

 

 

 

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