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2020 Elections

Find your quick guide to what's on the ballot here. Scroll down for more in-depth coverage.

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Oakland Measure RR asks voters to remove a $1,000 limit on fines received for violating ordinances. This includes rules against misdemeanors like illegal dumping, vandalism, and excessive noise.


  On this edition of Your Call’s special election series, we are discussing California Propositions 25, 14 and 16.

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In Deep East Oakland, a big city council race is happening. And, the current city council is set to vote on a policy that could change the visibility of homelessness in Oakland.

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  On this edition of Your Call’s special election series, we are talking about NAACP California leader Alice Huffman whose consulting firm AC Public Affairs has been paid more than $1.2 million by campaigns funded by corporate proposition campaigns including commercial property owners fighting the tax increase, corporate landlords opposed to expanding rent control and bail bondsmen who want to keep the cash bail system, according to CalMatters.

Some Southern California voters have been shocked to find out they’ve been dropping their ballots off at unauthorized locations. Reports of the unofficial ballot boxes are limited to Southern California counties, but election officials say all voters should be careful when sending in their ballots.

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As Election Day approaches, we're focusing on communities with historically low voter turnout in five Bay Area counties. These 5 areas include West Oakland in Alameda County, Richmond’s Iron Triangle in Contra Costa County, Bayview-Hunter’s Point in San Francisco, East Palo Alto in San Mateo County, and Fairfield in Solano County. 


  On this edition of Your  Call’s special election series, we're discussing California's Proposition 21. According to Ballotpedia, the Local Rent Control Initiative will allow local governments to enact rent control on housing that was first occupied over 15 years ago.

 

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Is the November ballot a referendum on criminal justice reform in California? 

This is a 2-minute summary of what’s on the ballot. Click here to listen to them all.

Right now in Oakland, you have to be 18 years old to vote in a school board election. Measure QQ would give the City Council the power to allow 16 and 17 year-olds to vote in them. To be clear, they don’t have to allow it, but they could. 


  On this edition of Your Call’s special election series, we're hosting a debate about Proposition 22, a ballot measure that would define California's app-based drivers as independent contractors, not employees.

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This is a 2-minute summary of what’s on the ballot. Click here to listen to them all.

 

Berkeley Measure KK would change four things in the city charter. Let’s take them one at a time. 

 


  On this special election edition of Your Call, we're speaking with Kim Alexander, president of the nonpartisan California Voter Foundation, about how Californians will be voting during the COVID-19 pandemic. What questions do you have?

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This is a 2-minute summary of what’s on the ballot. Click here to listen to them all.

Berkeley Measure JJ would do many things, but the main one is this: it would give Berkeley’s mayor and city councilmembers a big raise. The mayor would get over $107,000 per year and councilmembers would get $67,000. That’s 75% more than they make now.

On this edition of Your Call, we’re discussing The First Angry Man, a documentary about anti-tax crusader Howard Jarvis and the history of California’s Proposition 13, which cut property taxes and funding for schools.

On this special election edition of Your Call, we’re discussing the 11th State Senate district race between incumbent state Senator Scott Wiener and Jackie Fielder. The district includes all of San Francisco, part of South San Francisco, Daly City, Broadmoor, and Colma.

 

We’ll begin by discussing Senator Wiener’s record as a state Senator and a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. He declined today's invitation. Later in the show, Jackie Fielder will tell us why she’s running and take your calls about her platform.

 

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This is a 2-minute summary of what’s on the ballot. Click here to listen to them all.

Berkeley was an early adopter of citizen oversight of its police force. It established a Police Review Commission in 1973, well before Oakland and San Francisco.

But after nearly fifty years, proponents of Measure II say the commission is outdated, lacks power, and lags behind other progressive reforms found around the Bay Area.

Is the gig economy good for workers...or are they being exploited by it? We hear from both sides of the debate over Proposition 22, which would classify drivers for companies like Uber, Lyft and Postmates as independent contractors.

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This is a 2-minute summary of what’s on the ballot. Click here to listen to them all.

Alameda County Measure X is a bond measure that would authorize the Alameda County Fire Department to take out a $90 million loan to repair and replace some of its outdated fire stations. 

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This is a 2-minute summary of what’s on the ballot. Click here to listen to them all.  

Alameda County Measure W is 0.5% increase on sales tax for the next 10 years, to fund services for homeless people across Alameda County.


On this edition of Your Call, we’re getting your take on last night's chaotic presidential debate. Donald Trump interrupted Joe Biden nearly every time he spoke and changed the subject or dodged questions about actual issues, including COVID and the 206,000 people who've lost their lives.

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This is a 2-minute summary of what’s on the ballot. Click here to listen to them all.  

Measure V seeks to renew a tax on utility bills paid by households in several of Alameda County's unincorporated areas.

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This is a 2-minute summary of what’s on the ballot. Click here to listen to them all.

Santa Clara County Measure T is a $24 parcel tax designed to raise funds to protect and preserve natural open spaces in the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority district. This covers the eastern foothills of Santa Clara County, south of the US-101 corridor. The tax would apply to real estate in the cities of San Jose, Milpitas, Santa Clara, Campbell, Morgan Hill, and the unincorporated portions of the county. It requires a supermajority to pass and would generate almost $8 million each year for projects in those areas. 

 

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This is a 2-minute summary of what’s on the ballot. Click here to listen to them all.

San Mateo measures Y and R are related measures that regulate housing and development throughout San Mateo County. 

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This is a 2-minute summary of what’s on the ballot. Click here to listen to them all.

 

Measure RR would add a 0.125% sales tax on Caltrain fares for the next 30 years. In regular times, Caltrain estimates this would bring in $100 million dollars annually for the financially struggling transit service.

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This is a 2-minute summary of what’s on the ballot. Click here to listen to them all.

San Francisco Measure L is more popularly known as the “overpaid executive tax.”

Here’s how it would work: Starting in 2022, if a San Francisco-based company’s highest-paid employee makes between 100 to 200 times the median salary of the company's local workforce, then the city would levy a point one percent fee of the company’s total revenues.

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This is a 2-minute summary of what’s on the ballot. Click here to listen to them all.

Measure K would authorize San Francisco to develop and own up to 10,000 units of affordable rental housing. Its supporters call it a “green light for social housing.” That means housing for a mix of income groups, owned or financed by the government.  But Measure K is just an authorization: a separate citywide measure would need to pass in order to provide the funding. That’s Proposition I.

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This is a 2-minute summary of what’s on the ballot. Click here to listen to them all.  

Measure J is a $288 parcel tax designed to raise funds for teacher salaries and school improvements. It would apply to all taxable real estate in the city though there is an exemption for seniors over 65. The Controller’s Office says the measure could generate almost $50 million a year. 


    Do you understand what Prop 15's proposed 'split roll' is? On our next show, we will dig into this question and examine the arguments for and against Prop 15. Is it an appropriate amendment to Prop 13, as supporters claim, or a deliberate weakening of an important protection for property owners? 

 

This is a 2-minute summary of what’s on the ballot. Click here to listen to them all.  

Measure I proposes to double property tax rates for properties sold at more than $10 million. San Francisco’s Accounting Office estimates this could increase annual revenues by an average of $196 million, but that could fluctuate significantly. 

This is a 2-minute summary of what’s on the ballot. Click here to listen to them all.

Measure H is called the Save our Small Businesses Initiative. This prop intends to assist small businesses in San Francisco by making it easier for them to open and operate.

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