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2018 Election Briefs

Berkeley Proposition O: Affordable Housing

Oct 11, 2018
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The cost of rent is on the rise in Berkeley. This is making it hard for low and middle income residents to afford to stay in the city.

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If you live in Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond, Alameda, San Pablo, El Cerrito, Albany, Emeryville, Piedmont, El Sobrante, and Kensington, listen up. You’ll be voting on Measure FF this November.

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Affordable housing is on the ballot everywhere this election, and wine country is no exception.

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Measure A is about the renewal of a one-eighth cent sales tax increase in Santa Clara County, keeping most of the county’s total sales tax at 9%.

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In the upcoming November election San Mateo County will consider a half-cent transportation sales tax, also known as Measure W.

Oakland Proposition W: Vacant Property Tax

Oct 4, 2018
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Measure W is a vacant property tax in Oakland, aimed at reducing homelessness and illegal dumping.

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Voters around California are weighing dozens of ballot measures that would impose taxes on marijuana businesses in different cities and counties. Oakland’s Measure V is unique, however, because it could lead to lower tax rates for marijuana businesses.

San Francisco Proposition E: Hotel Tax for Cultural Purposes

Oct 1, 2018
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San Francisco’s Proposition E would redirect a fraction of the city’s hotel taxes to support the arts. The Board of Supervisors unanimously put this measure on the ballot, and it wouldn’t require a tax increase.  

 

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Proposition D is known as the Marijuana Business Tax Increase. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors put the measure on the ballot to add another tax onto cannabis businesses operating in the city.

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There's been a lot of debate recently about how tech companies should handle our data, and whose job it is to regulate it. San Francisco's Proposition B, also called the Privacy First Policy, is one approach to the problem. It aims to protect people from having their personal information abused by companies.

 

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Proposition C would create an additional tax on San Francisco businesses with gross receipts, or revenue, of more than $50 million a year to fund homeless services.

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If you were asked to name a piece of San Francisco infrastructure that’s still in use after over a hundred years, what would you guess? The Golden Gate Bridge? Coit Tower? Nope! But if you guessed the Embarcadero Seawall, you’d be correct!

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Proposition 12 has to do with the caging of farm animals.

 

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Alright, let’s say you are a paramedic and you work for an ambulance company. When you take a lunch break, are you still on-call? Can your company make you respond to an emergency?

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This proposition would allow cities to expand their rent control ordinances by repealing the 1995 law known as Costa Hawkins.

California Proposition 8: Dialysis Clinics

Sep 18, 2018
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The country’s two biggest dialysis companies collect about 3 billion dollars a year from California dialysis clinics. Dialysis is the medical process that basically does what your kidneys should be doing, cleaning out toxins in the blood. Not only does the treatment cost about 90,000 dollars a year, but it can be a particularly grueling process for patients, who need the lengthy routine procedure.  

 

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Proposition 6 is all about repealing the new gas tax, and making it harder to raise gas taxes in the future.

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Proposition 4 is the Children's Hospital Bonds Initiative. It would authorize $1.5 billion dollars in “general obligation” bonds to award grants to children's hospitals for construction and renovation.

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As a kid, you might have learned the phrase “spring forward, fall back,” in order to help you remember how daylight saving time works.

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Proposition 5 would amend the controversial 1978 law known as Proposition 13, which freezes property tax rates as homes appreciate over time.

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Proposition 3 is one of the handful of state bond measures we are voting on this November. This one has to do with water. And it may sound familiar.

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Proposition 2 deals with funding a housing program for people who have mental health issues. Back in 2004, Californians voted in favor of something called the Mental Health Services Act. It charges a one percent income tax on people who make a million dollars or more, to fund mental health services in counties across the state.

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Proposition 1 is the Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act. If passed, it would authorize the sale of $4 billion in bonds to finance a bunch of existing low-income housing programs, build new, state-owned housing and match local housing trust funds dollar-for-dollar as they pilot new programs. One-quarter of this $4 billion would help veterans purchase homes, mobile homes and farms.

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The votes are in — or, most of them anyway, with some mailed-in ballots yet to be counted. And California voters have weighed in on state and local propositions as well as many elected offices.

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Fifty years ago, Napa Valley winemakers and community members wanted to protect the valley from housing and commercial development.

They declared agriculture — which in Napa Valley basically means grapes — the “highest and best use” of the land.

This paved way for the growth of the wine industry that currently coats the valley floor, and the tens of billions in profit the valley churns out each year.

But now some winemakers and environmentalists feel Napa Valley has reached its limit.

 

Back in 2016, Santa Clara County Superior Court judge Aaron Persky sentenced Stanford swimmer Brock Turner to six months behind bars for raping an unconscious woman. The case sparked international outrage.  

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San Jose’s Measure B, and the counter-amendment Measure C, would affect housing development and zoning.

Measure B would rezone the Evergreen Hills area in San Jose to allow for large housing development on what is now undeveloped hillside.

The zoning change wouldn’t just apply to this site, but many sites like it that are currently zoned non-residential.

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Emeryville’s Measure C is a $50 million bond to fund affordable housing. It was put on the ballot by the Emeryville City Council by a unanimous vote.

It would tackle housing affordability in a number of ways: By building permanent supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness, buying existing housing and converting it to affordable housing, and providing first-time home loans to low and middle income households.

 

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Correction: In a previous version of this post, we miswrote the average cost of infant care in California. The average cost of infant care and Preschool in California is about $1000 a month and $700 a month, not $1000 and $700 a year. We have removed the audio and will upload it again when it is correct. 

Alameda County’s Measure A is about childcare and early education. Research shows that key brain development takes place during the first five years of life.  

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If things go the way Bay Area sports fans hope, by the time voters head to the ballot box on June 5, the Warriors may be in the middle of the NBA finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland.

But if the Warriors make the finals next June, they’ll be playing in San Francisco, in their brand-new stadium in Mission Bay.

Proposition I wants to discourage moves like this one. If it passes, San Francisco would have a quote “official policy” discouraging owners of professional sports teams from relocating to the city.

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