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Definition of a Ballot initiative

 Also called a ballot measure, referendum or proposition.A ballot initiative is a proposed piece of legislation (a law) that people can vote on.


To learn more about any proposition or ballot measure look at your Official Voter Information Guide that was sent to  you by the CA Secretary of State. This guide also has information about who supports (FOR) and who is against (AGAINST) these propositions and why.

    

November 6, 2018 ballot measures 

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Prop 1. Authorizes Bonds to fund specified housing assistance programs. 

Authorizes $4 billion in general obligation bonds for existing affordable housing programs for low-income residents, veterans, farmworkers, manufactured and mobile homes, infill, and transit-oriented housing. Fiscal Impact: Increased state costs to repay bonds averaging about $170 million annually over the next 35 years.


WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS

YES a yes vote on this measure means it allows the State to sell $4 billion in general obligation bonds to fund veterans and affordable housing. 

NO a no vote means the state could not sell $4 billion in general obligation bonds to fund veterans and affordable housing. 



Prop 2. Authorizes bonds to fund existing  housing programs for individuals with mental illness. 

Amends Mental Health Services Act to fund No Place Like Home Program, which finances housing for individuals with mental illness. Ratifies existing law establishing the No Place Like Home Program. Fiscal Impact: Allows the state to use up to $140 million per year of county mental health funds to repay up to $2 billion in bonds. These bonds would fund housing for those with mental illness who are homeless.


WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS

YES  A yes vote on this measure means: The state could use existing county mental health funds to pay for housing for those with mental illness who are homeless.

NO a no vote on this measure means: The state’s ability to use existing county mental health funds to pay for housing for those with mental illness who are homeless would depend on future court decisions.


Prop 3. Authorizes bonds to fund projects for water supply and quality, watershed, fish, wildlife, water conveyance, and groundwater sustainability and storage. 

Authorizes $8.877 billion in state general obligation bonds for various infrastructure projects. Fiscal Impact: Increased state costs to repay bonds averaging $430 million per year over40 years. Local government savings for water-related projects, likely averaging a couple hundred million dollars annually over the next few decades.


WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS

YES A yes vote on this measure means: The state could sell $8.9 billion in general obligation bonds to fund various water and environmental projects.

NO A no vote on this measure means: The state could not sell $8.9 billion in general obligation bonds to fund various water and environmental projects.


Prop 4. Authorizes bonds funding construction at hospitals providing children 's health care .

Authorizes $1.5 billion in bonds, to be repaid from state’s General Fund, to fund grants for construction, expansion, renovation, and equipping of qualifying children’s hospitals. Fiscal Impact: Increased state costs to repay bonds averaging about $80 million annually over the next 35 years.


WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS

YES A yes vote on this measure means: The state could sell $1.5 billion in general obligation bonds for the construction, expansion, renovation, and equipping of certain hospitals that treat children.

NO A no vote on this measure means: The state could not sell the $1.5 billion in general obligation bonds proposed for these purposes.


Prop 5. Changes requirements for certain property owners to transfer their property tax base to replacement property. 

Removes certain transfer requirements for homeowners over 55, severely disabled homeowners, and contaminated or disaster-destroyed property. Fiscal Impact: Schools and local governments each would lose over $100 million in annual property taxes early on, growing to about $1 billion per year. Similar increase in state costs to backfill school property tax losses.


WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS

YES A yes  vote on this measure means: All homeowners who are over 55 (or who meet other qualifications) would be eligible for property tax savings when they move to a different home.

NO A no vote on this measure means Certain homeowners who are over 55 (or who meet other qualifications) would continue to be eligible for property tax savings when they move to a different home.


Prop 6. Eliminates certain road repairs and transportation funding. Requires certain fuel taxes and vehicle fees be approved by the electorate.

Repeals a 2017 transportation law’s taxes and fees designated for road repairs and public transportation. Fiscal Impact: Reduced ongoing revenues of $5.1 billion from state fuel and vehicle taxes that mainly would have paid for highway and road maintenance and repairs, as well as transit programs.


WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS

YES A yes vote on this measure means: Fuel and vehicle taxes recently passed by the Legislature would be eliminated, which would reduce funding for highway and road maintenance and repairs, as well as transit programs. The Legislature would be required to get a majority of voters to approve new or increased state fuel and vehicle taxes in the future.


NO A no vote on this measure means: Fuel and vehicle taxes recently passed by the Legislature would continue to be in effect and pay for highway and road maintenance and repairs, as well as transit programs. The Legislature would continue not to need voter approval for new or increased state fuel and vehicle taxes in the future.


Prop 7. Conforms California daylight saving time to federal law. Allows legislator to change daylight saving time  period.

Gives Legislature ability to change daylight saving time period by two-thirds vote, if changes are consistent with federal law. Fiscal Impact: This measure has no direct fiscal effect because changes to daylight saving time would depend on future actions by the Legislature and potentially the federal government.


WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS

YES A yes vote on this measure means: The Legislature, with a two-thirds vote, could change daylight saving time if the change is allowed by the federal government. Absent any legislative change, California would maintain its current daylight saving time period (early March to early November).


NO A no vote on this measure means: California would maintain its current daylight saving time period.


Prop 8. Regulates amounts outpatient kidney dialysis clinics charge for dialysis treatment.

Requires rebates and penalties if charges exceed limit. Requires annual reporting to the state. Prohibits clinics from refusing to treat patients based on payment source. Fiscal Impact: Overall annual effect on state and local governments ranging from net positive impact in the low tens of millions of dollars to net negative impact in the tens of millions of dollars.


WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS

YES A yes vote on this measure means: Kidney dialysis clinics would have their revenues limited by a formula and could be required to pay rebates to certain parties (primarily health insurance companies) that pay for dialysis treatment.


NO A no vote on this measure means: Kidney dialysis clinics would not have their revenues limited by a formula and would not be required to pay rebates.


Prop 9.  On July 18, 2018 Prop 9 was removed from the ballot by order of California Supreme Court. 


Prop 10. Expands local government's authority to enact rent control on residential property.

Repeals state law that currently restricts the scope of rent- control policies that cities and other local jurisdictions may impose on residential property. Fiscal Impact: Potential net reduction in state and local revenues of tens of millions of dollars per year in the long term. Depending on actions by local communities, revenue losses could be less or considerably more.

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS

YES A yes vote on this measure means: State law would not limit the kinds of rent control laws cities and counties could have.


NO A no vote on this measure means: State law would continue to limit the kinds of rent control laws cities and counties could have.


Prop 11. Requires private sector emergency ambulance employees to remain on call during work breaks. Eliminates certain employer liability.

Law entitling hourly employees to breaks without being on-call would not apply to private-sector ambulance employees. Fiscal Impact: Likely fiscal benefit to local governments (in the form of lower costs and higher revenues), potentially in the tens of millions of dollars each year.


WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS

YES A yes  vote on this measure means: Private ambulance companies could continue their current practice of having emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics stay on-duty during their meal and rest breaks in order to respond to 911 calls. Private ambulance companies would attempt to reschedule meal and rest breaks that are interrupted by a 911 call.


NO A no vote on this measure means: Private ambulance companies would be subject to labor laws for this industry. Based on a recent court decision, these laws likely would require ambulance companies to provide EMTs and paramedics with off-duty meal and rest breaks that cannot be interrupted by a 911 call.


Prop 12. Established new standards for confinement of specified farm animals, bans sale of noncomplying products. 

Establishes minimum requirements for confining certain farm animals. Prohibits sales of meat and egg products from animals confined in noncomplying manner. Fiscal Impact: Potential decrease in state income tax revenues from farm businesses, likely not more than several million dollars annually. State costs up to $10 million annually to enforce the measure.


WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS

YES A yes vote on this measure means: There would be new minimum requirements on farmers to provide more space for egg- laying hens, breeding pigs, and calves raised for veal. California businesses would be banned from selling eggs or uncooked pork or veal that came from animals housed in ways that did not meet these requirements.


NO A no vote on this measure means: Current minimum space requirements for confining egg-laying hens, pregnant pigs, and calves raised for veal would continue to apply. Current ban on businesses in California selling eggs not meeting these space requirements for hens would remain in effect.


Source: Official Voter Information guide by California Secretary of State 

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You can also learn more about Ballot Measures by visiting:

1) the California Secretary of State website: www.sos.ca.gov

2) Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder's office website:   www.lavote.net  

3) Los Angeles City Clerk's office website: clerk.lacity.org

4) Ballotpedia website: www.ballotpedia.org

5)  KCET:   www.kcet.org/ballot-brief    This particular link has a video about all the above propositions.