2016 Election Measures (Propositions)
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Gun Control: This is a package of
gun control measures
backed by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. Among its provisions is a ban on
large-capacity ammunition magazines. It would also require background
checks for ammunition purchases. State lawmakers have
a similar package of laws but neither Newsom nor Senate
leader Kevin de León, who pushed the bills in the Legislature, would drop
their effort and support the other.
Cigarette Tax: This would place a $2 per
pack tax on cigarettes. The money would be used for health care
programs as well as tobacco use prevention and control programs.
The cigarette tax currently stands at
87 cents per pack. The increased tax would also apply to
electronic cigarettes and
other products containing nicotine. The measure comes after the California
Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown raised the state’s smoking age to 21.
Proposition 30 Tax Extension: If approved, this
measure would extend the income tax portion of the Prop. 30 tax
increase for another 12 years. It would apply to anyone making more
than $250,000 a year. Brown, who campaigned fiercely for
Prop. 30 to help bail out the state from a series of huge deficits, has not
endorsed the extension.
Criminal Sentences: Measure
sponsored by Brown aims to cut the state prison
population by giving inmates a chance for
earlier parole and allowing judges, instead of prosecutors, to decide
whether a minor should be tried as an adult.
The initiative faced a court challenge from the California
District Attorneys Association, which said Brown improperly amended an
existing initiative to get this on the ballot. However, the California
Supreme Court ultimately ruled in Brown’s favor.
Plastic Bag Ban Referendum:
In 2014, Brown
signed the nation’s
first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.
The governor touted the ban as a way to stop “the torrent of plastic
polluting our beaches, parks and even the vast ocean itself.” But the ban
never went into effect, as plastic bag manufacturers were able to gather
enough signatures a few months later to force a referendum.
Carry-Out Bag Revenue: Instead of providing
retailers $400 million in revenue every year, -
collect the tax for Environmental Spending. Backed
by the same plastic bag manufacturers who qualified the referendum,
would go into effect only if the referendum campaign is defeated and the
plastic bag ban is upheld. It would direct money that
stores collect from selling
paper bags into a special state fund for environmental projects. Proponents say they’re just giving voters a chance to direct
paper bag proceeds to
“worthy environmental causes.” Critics say the plastic bag makers are trying
to force grocers, who support the plastic bag ban, to spend money to defeat
Recreational Pot: If approved,
California would become the fifth state (after Colorado, Oregon, Alaska and
Washington) to legalize the recreational use of marijuana
for adults 21 and over. Proponents include Newsom and
former Facebook president Sean Parker.
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Medi-Cal Hospital Reimbursement:
Currently, private California hospitals pay a fee into a state Medi-Cal
fund, which is used to bring in matching federal dollars for the state
health program. In return, the hospitals receive a reimbursement for Medi-Cal
services. The fund is set to expire at the end of the year; this
measure would make it permanent.
Public Vote on Bonds: Has the
potential to spark a number of statewide ballot battles in the near future.
The initiative, backed by wealthy San Joaquin Valley farmer/agribusinessman Dean Cortopassi, would require a statewide
vote on any project requiring $2 billion or more in revenue bonds. What
might that include? Brown’s two “legacy” projects: a
system and the
proposed twin-tunnel water project in the Delta.
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Multilingual Education: Placed
on the ballot by Democratic lawmakers, would repeal
Proposition 227, the 1998 initiative (backed by Ron Unz)
that ended bilingual education in the state.
School Bond: After a similar
effort fell short in 2014, school districts and developers have
qualified a $9 billion bond to fund school construction.
Brown is opposed to the measure, which he called “a
blunderbuss effort.” He has argued that the current bond system gives an
advantage to large districts that are able to quickly complete
first-come-first-serve funding applications.
Condoms in Adult Films: Proposal would require
actors in adult movies made in California to wear
condoms while filming sex scenes. Earlier this
year, California’s Divison of Occupational Safety and Health
rejected proposed regulations that would have mandated condom use.
Prescription Drug Pricing:
Sponsored by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the same group behind the
condom measure, this measure would cap the amount the state
can be charged for the prescription drugs it purchases for Medi-Cal
beneficiaries, retirees and prison inmates. The
pharmaceutical industry is strongly opposed, arguing the measure will limit
drug choices for patients.
Death Penalty Repeal: Proponents of
eliminating California’s death penalty (and replacing it with a
max sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole) are hoping
for a different result than in 2012, when voters defeated
another repeal measure,
California has executed 15 inmates since its current capital punishment
law took effect in 1978, and its current system of carrying out death
sentences is the target of multiple legal challenges.
Expedite Death Penalty: A group
led by former NFL player Kermit Alexander wants to take a completely
different approach to reforming California’s death penalty process. The
initiative would limit inmate appeals, which in some cases can
drag on for decades.
Legislative Transparency: Backed
by wealthy GOP donor Charles T. Munger Jr., this effort would require
bills be in print for 72 hours before a vote. It would also mandate
that video recordings of all legislative proceedings be posted online. A late attempt by a group of state senators to place their own
version of this measure on the November ballot fell short.
Citizens United: The
path to the ballot for this advisory measure was arguably more
interesting than the measure itself. Voters will be asked whether they
support legislators using the little power they have to overturn
the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision,
which struck down limits on independent campaign expenditures by
corporations and unions. To get on the ballot, the advisory question had to
survive a challenge in the state Supreme Court over whether such advisory
measures should be allowed on the ballot.
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A - County Of
- To support the health, education and safety of underserved
children with approximately $12,000,000 in annual local funding the
State cannot take away, shall County of
Marin expand access to quality preschool
education; provide healthcare including early screenings, vision,
dental and behavioral/mental health services; expand
after-school/summer learning programs promoting reading/writing/math
achievement; and provide affordable childcare for infants, toddlers
and young children by enacting a 1/4% sales
tax for 9 years with independent oversight/audits?
All very commendable causes but we should be
finding funding from other sources. Not
disproportionately from the poor (sales tax payer). Our Sales Tax
is high enuf . The poorest pay 7% of their income in sales taxes. The
wealthiest less than 3%.
Measure B - Kentfield School District
- To provide stable funding the State cannot take away, ensure
excellence in core academic programs, attract and retain
highly-qualified teachers, maintain small class sizes, and enhance
enrichment programs, shall the Kentfield School District be authorized
to levy $1600 per parcel annually for ten (10)
years, with a 5% annual increase, provide a senior citizens’
exemption, and have all funds stay local?
Measure E - Mill Valley School District
- Continuation of Mill Valley School District Special Assessment for
Educational Programs and Services. To maintain out-standing schools
and high-quality teachers with approximately $9.4 million in annual
funding, shall Mill Valley School District continue its
existing school parcel tax beginning in 2017-18
for twelve years at the rate of $980 per parcel with annual
cost-of-living adjustments, maintaining existing accountability
measures and with all revenues kept local
and used exclusively for Mill Valley elementary and middle schools?
Measure G - Novato Unified School District
- To update aging Novato schools and protect quality education with
local funding that cannot be taken by the State, shall Novato Unified
School District upgrade classrooms, science labs, libraries and
facilities to meet current academic/safety standards; provide
dedicated space for science, math, engineering, arts and music
instruction; and improve student access to modern instructional
technology by issuing $222 million in bonds
at legal rates, with independent citizens’ oversight, no money for
administrators, and all funds staying local?
Measure C - Town of Fairfax
- Maintaining Quality Fairfax Services. Shall the Town of Fairfax
extend the existing one-half percent local sales
tax and increase the rate by one-quarter percent
to provide funding that cannot be taken by the State, and can be used
for a period of 10 years subject to annual independent audits to
maintain and enhance quality public safety and general services,
improve infrastructure such as repairing sidewalks, pedestrian trails,
repaving streets, and enhancing downtown, while retaining Fairfax’s
Measure H - City of Mill Valley
- To renew funding exclusively for improved fire safety activities,
street maintenance, and road repair, shall the Mill Valley Municipal
Service Tax be renewed within the City of Mill Valley Community
Facilities District Number 2016-1, at a rate of
$266 for single family residential property, with a 2% annual
adjustment, raising an average of $1.79 million annually over 10
years, and shall the appropriations limit be established, all as
specified in Mill Valley City Council Resolution No. 16-39?
Measure K - Town of Ross
- Shall the voters of the Town of Ross adopt an ordinance to
reauthorize from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2025, the annual
special tax for maintaining public safety services at a rate of
$970 per dwelling unit for single family
residences and $970 per parcel for all other uses, with an annual cost
of living adjustment on both, providing about $810,000 annually, and
increasing the Town’s appropriations limit by the amount of the
special tax proceeds?
Measure L - Muir Beach Community Services
- Adoption of Ordinance No. 2016-07-13 to impose a special tax for
fire protection, including fuel abatement and emergency preparedness,
in the Muir Beach Community Services District. To provide critical
funding for fire protection services, including fuel abatement,
emergency preparedness and equipment upgrades, shall Muir Beach CSD
Ordinance No. 2016-07-13, which imposes an annual $213.00 parcel tax for 10 years with annual
CPI adjustment, be approved and shall the Muir Beach CSD
appropriations limit be increased by the amount of this voter approved
Measure M - CSA #17-1 Kent Woodlands
- Shall the special tax for Sheriff deputy patrol services, levied
annually upon living units located within CSA 17 (Kent Woodlands), be
increased from $260.00 per year to $360.00 per
year, subject to an annual inflation adjustment not to exceed
3% per year, for each living unit within that area commencing with the
2016-2017 fiscal year?
Measure N - CSA #17-1 Kent Woodlands
- Shall a special tax to purchase and install
License Plate Readers (LPR) that
record the license plates of vehicles traveling through the Kent
Woodlands neighborhood so as to deter criminal activities, such as
burglary, be levied in the amount of $100.00 for the 2016-2017 fiscal
year and then in the amount of $11.00 annually each fiscal year
thereafter for maintenance of the LPR upon living units located within
CSA 17 (Kent Woodlands area)?
Measure O - County Service Area #29
- For ongoing maintenance dredging in
the principal waterways of Paradise Cay
along with the north and south entry channels to San Francisco Bay,
shall the existing parcel tax of $1,200 on each original lot be
increased to $1,500, providing $204,000 annually for 10 years,
commencing in fiscal year beginning July 2017 in County Service Area
No. 29, with increases limited to 3% per year?