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Cram 4 The Vote: 2020

Updated: Nov 3, 2020

It is the time for us to fulfill our civic duty, and participate in democracy. Plus I believe, if you don't vote, you can't complain.


Propositions: Definition: (in the US) a constitutional proposal; a bill.

Prop 14: Authorizing Bonds Continuing Stem Cell Research. Initiative Statute.

Authorizes $5.5 billion state bonds for: stem cell and other medical research, including training; research facility construction; administrative cost. Dedicates $1.5 billion to brain related diseases. Appropriates General Fund moneys repayment. Expands related programs. Fiscal impact: increase date cost to repay bonds estimated that about $260 million dollars per year over the next roughly 30 years.


Prop 15: Increases Funding Sources for Public Schools, Community Colleges, and Local Government Services by Changing Tax Assessment of Commercial and Industrial Property. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.

Taxes such properties based on current market value, instead of purchase price. fiscal impact increased property taxes on commercial properties worth more than $3 million providing $6.5 billion to $11.5 billion on funding to local governments and schools.


Prop 16: Allows Diversity as a Factor in Public Employment, Education, and Contracting Decisions, Legislative Constitutional Amendment.

Permits government decision-making policies to consider rates, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in order to address diversity by repelling constitutional provision prohibiting such policies. Fiscal impact no direct fiscal impact on state or local entities.


Prop 17: Restores Right to Vote After Completion of Prison Term. Legislative Constitutional Amendment.

Restores voting rights upon completion of prison term to persons who have been disqualified from birding while serving a prison term. Fiscal impact annual county costs likely in the hundreds of thousands of dollars statewide for voter registration and valid material.


Prop 18: Amends California Constitution to Permit 17-Year-Olds to Vote in Primary and Special Elections If They Will Turn 18 by the Next General Election and Be Otherwise Eligible to Vote. Legislative Constitutional Amendment.


Prop 19: Changes Certain Property Tax Rules. Legislative Constitutional Amendment.

Allows homeowners who are over 55, disabled, or wildfire/disaster victims to transfer primary residence says tax base to replacement residents. Changes taxation of family property transfers. Establishes fire protection services fund. Fiscal impact: local governments could gain tens of millions of dollars of property tax revenue per year probably growing over the time to a few hundred million dollars per year, schools could receive similar property tax gains.


Prop 20: Restricts Parole for Certain Offenses Currently Considered to be Non-violent. Authorizes Felony Sentences for Certain Offenses Currently Treated Only as Misdemeanors. Initiative Statute.

Limits access to for parole program established for nonviolent offenders who have completed the full term of their primary offense by eliminating eligibility for certain offenses. fiscal impact increase in state and local correctional, court, and law enforcement costs the likely in the tens of millions of dollars annually depending on implementation.


Prop 21: Expands Local Governments Authority to Enact Rent Control on Residential Property. Initiative Statute.

Allows local governments to establish rent control on residential properties over 15 years old. Local limits on rate increases may differ from statewide limit. Fiscal impact, overall a potential reduction and state and local revenues and the high tens of millions of dollars per year over time. Depending on actions by local communities, revenue losses could be less or more.


Prop 22: Exempts App Based Transportation and Delivery Companies From Providing Employee Benefits to Certain Drivers. Initiative Statute.

Classifies app base drivers as independent contractors, instead of employees, and provide independent contractor drivers other compensation, unless certain criteria are met. Fiscal impact: minor increase in state income taxes paid by rideshare and delivery company drivers and investors.


Prop 23: Establishes State Requirements for Kidney Dialysis Clinics. Requires On-Site Medical Professional. Initiative Statute.

Requires physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant on site doing dialysis treatment. Prohibits clinics from reducing services without state approval. Prohibits clinics from refusing to treat patients based on payment source. fiscal impact, increase state and local government costs likely in the low tens of millions of dollars annually.


Prop 24: Amends Consumer Privacy Laws. Initiative Statute.

Permits consumers to: prevent businesses from sharing personal information, correct and accurate personal information, and limit businesses' use of "sensitive personal information," including precise geolocation, race, ethnicity, and health information. Establishes California privacy protection agency. Fiscal impact: increased annual state cost of at least $10 million, but unlikely exceeding low tens of millions of dollars, to enforce expanded consumer privacy laws. Some costs would be all set by penalties for violating these laws.


Prop 25: Referendum on Law That Replaced Money Bail with System Based on Public Safety and Flight Risk.

A "Yes" vote approves, and a "No" vote rejects, law replacing money bell with system based on public safety and flight risk. Fiscal impact: increase costs possibly in mid hundreds of millions of dollars annually for a new process for release from jail prior to trial. Decrease county jail cost, possibly in high tens of millions of dollars annually.



Measure. Definition: plan or course of action taken to achieve a particular purpose.

Measure A:

My Vote: Leaning No

  1. Not the 1st "Affordable Housing" Bond I've voted on within the last couple elections. When will they give us update on the current projects?

  2. Seems to be linked to Prop 15 & 19

  3. $900,000 annually for 7 yrs additional

  4. Provision for credit or reimbursement for curtain developers/ owners of property who have supported "Affordable Housing."

  5. Tax increase

  6. Should use Social Impact Bonds to fund this. (Read: Woodrow Bailout)

Measure B:

My Vote: Yes

  1. Current CRB members are appointed by Mayor with Council confirmation.

  2. Replace Charter with Commission. Commission staffed by executive director, appointed by Council. Investigators independent of police department & mayor. Legal counsel independent of City Attorney.

  3. Grant commission with subpoena power, but police chief retain authority to discipline subordinate officers.

Measure C:

My Vote: Leaning Yes

  1. 5 sub-districts, only voters in sub-districts can vote.

  2. Top 2 vote-getters advance to general election held in entire school district.

Measure D:

My Vote: Yes

Amend charter to bring members of School Board under city laws for removal of elected officials and City Council.

Measure E:

My Vote: No

If it was to address affordable housing or homelessness I would think about it, but the main focus is commercial business. They already want to expand the convention center, build up Seaport area and the entire coast going down to Imperial Beach, can we focus on something other than tourism. Especially with Covid-19.

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