2020 Election Briefs | KALW

2020 Election Briefs

Here's a quick guide to your Bay Area ballot, covering all statewide propositions and county measures in digestible 2-minute summaries.

This election season, we're focusing on areas with historically low-voter turnout. Residents of these neighborhoods — East Palo Alto, Fairfield, Richmond, West Oakland, and San Francisco's Bayview-Hunter’s Point — can find every measure on your ballot by clicking on your city below:
East Palo Alto Fairfield | Oakland | Richmond | San Francisco

You can also see measures listed by county:
AlamedaContra CostaSan Francisco | San Mateo | Santa Clara | Solano | Sonoma

You can find every California proposition here

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San Francisco Measure C would allow any San Francisco resident of legal voting age — at least 18 years old — to become a member of a board, commission, and advisory body. 

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Currently, San Francisco does not have a department solely dedicated to keeping its streets and public areas clean. Those responsibilities are currently part of the Public Works department. Measure B proposes splitting off some of public works’ responsibilities into a new department of sanitation and streets.

 

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San Francisco Measure A is a proposal that takes on three major issues: To address homelessness, enhance parks, open spaces and recreation facilities, and improve street conditions.

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Currently, California uses a cash bail system, for those awaiting trial in jail. But, many advocacy groups have long criticized cash bail, arguing it targets low income people who aren’t able to pay these bonds. In 2016, California Senator Robert Hertzberg introduced Senate Bill 10, or SB 10 — a bill that would end cash bail in California and replace it with a “risk assessment” system based on the likelihood that the person awaiting trial will fail to appear in court.

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Proposition 24 is about consumer data privacy laws in California. And it’s a complicated one.

Two years ago, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the California Consumer Privacy Act, or the CCPA. It was the first state law in the country to protect consumers’ personal information. 

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California’s Proposition 23 is the latest round in an ongoing fight between labor unions and two major dialysis corporations. You may recall 2018’s Proposition 8, which would have required those companies to offer refunds for overcharging many of their patients. It failed after opponents spent more than $111 million to fight it. 

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Proposition 22 is the “app-based drivers as contractors” initiative.

Remember AB5? The so-called “gig worker bill” that was signed into law last year in California? That law aimed to remove ambiguities around whether gig workers could be classified as independent contractors or employees. And, while it applied to all types of freelancers, the bill was largely seen as going after Uber and Lyft to get them to provide healthcare and other benefits to their drivers. 

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Proposition 21 is also known as The Rental Affordability Act, or RAA, and seeks to expand rent control across the state.

California Proposition 20: Revising Prison Reforms

Jul 29, 2020
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In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the extreme overcrowding in California state prisons was unconstitutional. In response, three criminal justice reforms were enacted. 

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Basically, Proposition 19 would allow homeowners to move into a nicer place without their tax bill ballooning.

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Proposition 18 proposes to allow 17-year-olds to vote in a primary election if the voter will turn 18 by the time of the general election.

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Proposition 17 would let people who are on parole for felony convictions vote — that’s more than 50,000 people.

California Proposition 16: Affirmative Action Amendment

Jul 22, 2020
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In a nutshell, Proposition 16 is about repealing Proposition 209, which passed back in 1996.

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California’s Proposition 15 is an amendment to the state constitution that would update how the state assesses property taxes. 

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In 2004, Californians approved a $3 bllion bond to fund stem cell research. That money has been pretty much used up and the original backers want to replenish it. Prop 14 is a five-point $5 billion bond to pay for future stem cell research, training, and trials.

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