Voting guide positions explained

Propositions & Measures

(important measures in RED)

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Prop 14

California Proposition 14, Stem Cell Research Institute Bond Initiative

A “yes” vote supports issuing $5.5 billion general obligation bonds for the state’s stem cell research institute and making changes to the institute’s governance structure and programs.

A “no” vote opposes issuing $5.5 billion general obligation bonds for the state’s stem cell research institute, which ran out funds derived from Proposition 71 (2004) for new projects in 2019.

ADOS Community Impact: 

No immediate foreseeable impact on California Black (ADOS) communities. However, we caution against increasing State debt during this time of large budget deficits. When debt grows, the threat of increasing sales taxes grows as well. Rising sales taxes disproportionately negatively impacts Black (ADOS) communities. For these reasons, we recommend a vote of NO.

 

Prop 15

California Proposition 15, Tax on Commercial and Industrial Properties for Education and Local Government Funding Initiative 

A “yes” vote supports this constitutional amendment to require commercial and industrial properties, except those zoned as commercial agriculture, to be taxed based on their market value, rather than their purchase price.

A “no” vote opposes this constitutional amendment, thus continuing to tax commercial and industrial properties based on a property’s purchase price, with annual increases equal to the rate of inflation or 2 percent, whichever is lower.

ADOS Community Impact: 

Wealth inequality is the number 1 indicator of structural racism. A legacy of Slavery and Jim Crow itself. Wealth accumulation in the 21rst Century is largely due to inherited wealth. Inherited wealth is exclusionary by its nature. Because Black Americans were excluded from original

wealth accumulation opportunities, the current property and tax schemes contribute to wealth exclusion. A change to the current property and tax scheme is in order. One that targets inherited exclusionary wealth for just redistribution. For these reasons, we recommend a vote of YES.

Prop 16

California Proposition 16, Repeal Proposition 209 Affirmative Action Amendment 

A “yes” vote supports this constitutional amendment to repeal Proposition 209 (1996), which stated that the government and public institutions cannot discriminate against or grant preferential treatment to persons on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in public employment, public education, and public contracting.

A “no” vote opposes this constitutional amendment, thereby keeping Proposition 209 (1996), which stated that the government and public institutions cannot discriminate against or grant preferential treatment to persons on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in public employment, public education, and public contracting.

ADOS Community Impact: 

Makes a Black Agenda legal again in California. Levels the playing field in public contracts, education and employment. Reverses Prop 209. Creates opportunity for targeted investments in Black ADOS communities across California. Gives California a chance to correct decades of economic exclusion targeted against Black ADOS California residents. For these reasons, we recommend a vote of YES.

Prop 17

California Proposition 17, Voting Rights Restoration for Persons on Parole Amendment 

A “yes” vote supports this constitutional amendment to allow people on parole for felony convictions to vote.

A “no” vote opposes this constitutional amendment, thereby continuing to prohibit people who are on parole for felony convictions from voting.

ADOS Community Impact: 

Expands voting rights to the Black ADOS community in California which has been intentionally targeted for incarceration. Increases Black ADOS political power by increasing the number of eligible Black ADOS voters. Restores dignity and citizenship rights to many well deserving Black Americans. For these reasons, we recommend a vote of YES.

Prop 18

California Proposition 18, Primary Voting for 17-Year-Olds Amendment 

A “yes” vote supports this constitutional amendment to allow 17-year-olds who will be 18 at the time of the next general election to vote in primary elections and special elections.

A “no” vote opposes this constitutional amendment, thereby continuing to prohibit 17-year-olds who will be 18 at the time of the next general election to vote in primary elections and special elections.

ADOS Community Impact: 

Increases Black ADOS political power by increasing the number of eligible Black ADOS voters. Opens opportunity for new political education initiatives targeting Black youth. For these reasons, we recommend a vote of YES.

Prop 19

California Proposition 19, Property Tax Transfers, Exemptions, and Revenue for Wildfire Agencies and Counties Amendment

A “yes” vote supports this constitutional amendment to:

* allow eligible homeowners to transfer their tax assessments anywhere within the state and allow tax assessments to be transferred to a more expensive home with an upward adjustment;

* increase the number of times that persons over 55 years old or with severe disabilities can transfer their tax assessments from one to three;

* require that inherited homes that are not used as principal residences, such as second homes or rentals, be reassessed at market value when transferred; and

* allocate additional revenue or net savings resulting from the ballot measure to wildfire agencies and counties.

A “no” vote opposes this constitutional amendment, therefore continuing to:

* allow eligible homeowners to transfer their tax assessments within counties and to homes of equal or lesser market value;

* keep the number of times that persons over 55 years old or with severe disabilities can transfer their tax assessments at one;

* allow the tax assessments on inherited homes, including those not used as principal residences, to be transferred from parent to child or grandparent to grandchild.

Buy Black San Diego Position Statement:

Although this bill could affect some Black homeowners, given current black home ownership rates, population, migration and gentrification, we believe this bill could further widen the racial wealth gap between black Americans and the other races. For these reasons we recommend a vote of NO

Prop 20

California Proposition 20, Criminal Sentencing, Parole, and DNA Collection Initiative 

A “yes” vote supports this initiative to add crimes to the list of violent felonies for which early parole is restricted; recategorize certain types of theft and fraud crimes as wobblers (chargeable as misdemeanors or felonies); and require DNA collection for certain misdemeanors.

A “no” vote opposes this initiative to add crimes to the list of violent felonies for which early parole is restricted; recategorize certain types of theft and fraud crimes as wobblers (chargeable as misdemeanors or felonies); and require DNA collection for certain misdemeanors.

ADOS Community Impact: 

Increases mass incarceration of Black ADOS communities. Plain and simple. For these reasons, we recommend a vote of NO.

Prop 21

California Proposition 21, Local Rent Control Initiative

A “yes” vote supports this ballot initiative to allow local governments to enact rent control on housing that was first occupied over 15 years ago, with an exception for landlords who own no more than two homes with distinct titles or subdivided interests.

A “no” vote opposes this ballot initiative, thereby continuing to prohibit rent control on housing that was first occupied after February 1, 1995, and housing units with distinct titles, such as single-family homes.

ADOS Community Impact: 

Increases the opportunity for rent control. Much needed among Black ADOS communities in California. For these reasons, we recommend a vote of YES.

Prop 22

California Proposition 22, App-Based Drivers as Contractors and Labor Policies Initiative (2020)

A “yes” vote supports this ballot initiative to define app-based transportation (rideshare) and delivery drivers as independent contractors and adopt labor and wage policies specific to app-based drivers and companies.

A “no” vote opposes this ballot initiative, meaning California Assembly Bill 5 (2019) could be used to decide whether app-based drivers are employees or independent contractors.

ADOS Community Impact: 

App based rideshare companies Uber and Lyft monopolize the rideshare industry in California. Monopolies generally negatively impact Black ADOS businesses. These same companies pay their top executive multi-million dollar salaries but cannot guarantee their Black ADOS workers living wages, full health insurance, nor other worker protections. For these reasons, we recommend a vote of NO.

Prop 23

California Proposition 23, Dialysis Clinic Requirements Initiative 

A “yes” vote supports this ballot initiative to require chronic dialysis clinics to: have an on-site physician while patients are being treated; report data on dialysis-related infections; obtain consent from the state health department before closing a clinic; and not discriminate against patients based on the source of payment for care.

A “no” vote opposes this ballot initiative to require chronic dialysis clinics to: have an on-site physician while patients are being treated; report data on dialysis-related infections; obtain consent from the state health department before closing a clinic; and not discriminate against patients based on the source of payment for care.

ADOS Community Impact: 

Disproportionately supports low-income ADOS communities by increasing access and reliability of healthcare services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Also prevents discrimination based on the source of payment for care. For these reasons, we recommend a vote of YES.

Prop 24

California Proposition 24, Consumer Personal Information Law and Agency Initiative

A “yes” vote supports this ballot initiative to expand the state’s consumer data privacy laws, including provisions to allow consumers to direct businesses to not share their personal information; remove the time period in which businesses can fix violations before being penalized; and create the Privacy Protection Agency to enforce the state’s consumer data privacy laws.

A “no” vote opposes this ballot initiative to expand the state’s consumer data privacy laws or create the Privacy Protection Agency to enforce the state’s consumer data privacy laws.

ADOS Community Impact: 

Protects vulnerable ADOS from violations of their privacy. Creates a dedicated state watchdog to prevent violations and enforce protections. For these reasons, we recommend a vote of YES

Prop 25

California Proposition 25, Replace Cash Bail with Risk Assessments Referendum 

A “yes” vote is to uphold the contested legislation, Senate Bill 10 (SB 10), which would replace cash bail with risk assessments for detained suspects awaiting trials.

A “no” vote is to repeal the contested legislation, Senate Bill 10 (SB 10), thus keeping in place the use of cash bail for detained suspects awaiting trials.

Buy Black San Diego Position Statement:

We understand the ever present potential for bias in the risk assessment tool. Anti-Black bias and racism is woven into the American fabric but one of the main reasons many of us stay in jail is because of  Economics. This gesture should help more than it helps.  We believe with proper advocacy and increased awareness it that can eventually be corrected. The political process is a journey and not a destination and our continued work will pay off

ADOS Community Impact: 

End the current practice of incarceration without trial or conviction and based on ability to pay. Replaces it with risk assessment. Reducing the profit motive to keep Black ADOS communities incarcerated. For these reasons, we recommend a vote of YES.

 

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