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2020 Elections

Scroll down to find all our election coverage. You can see 2020 Bay Area ballot measures here.

We want to report on what matters most to you. If you have a question about the elections, ask it below.

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On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, we're discussing the impacts of China’s national security law on Hong Kong. In recent weeks, independent media organizations have come under attack, activists have been arrested, and several have fled the country. What’s next for the territory?

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

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

 

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

 

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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

  On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, we are speaking with the Nation’s John Nichols about his new book The Fight for the Soul of the Democratic Party: The Enduring Legacy of Henry Wallace's Anti-Fascist, Anti-Racist Politics.

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  On the This edition of Call’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of the Coronavirus. The virus has killed at least 3,000 people and has now infected more than 100,000 worldwide. Nurses in the United States say hospitals are woefully unprepared. How are the media covering this outbreak?

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For the first time in over a decade, Californians cast their ballots on a “Super Tuesday” along with thirteen other states. People voted on who they want to be the next Democratic presidential candidate and on a handful of measures from school bonds and affordable housing to earthquake safety. Here's a recap.

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Most eyes were on the Democratic presidential primary, last night. When polls closed, NPR made a quick call: Bernie Sanders won California. But it wasn’t that simple.

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Bernie Sanders has won Super Tuesday's biggest prize. The U.S. Senator from Vermont won California's Democratic presidential primary Tuesday.

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On this edition of Your Call, we discuss Super Tuesday results and what's next. A total of 1,357 delegates were up for grabs.

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California officials bracing for long lines are urging patience as voters cast ballots on “Super Tuesday” in what could be record turnout for a presidential primary election.

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On this edition of Your Call, we'll disccuss the decision by major Democrats to support Joe Biden in order to stop Bernie Sanders from getting the nomination. Yesterday, Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg dropped out to support Biden. Other supporters include Beto O'Rourke, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, and John Kerry. What difference will this make on Super Tuesday?

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On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we continue our coverage of presidential candidates by focusing on their environmental records.

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Measure Q is called the Oakland Parks and Recreation Preservation, Litter Reduction, and Homelessness Support Act. 

If that sounds like everything but the kitchen sink, you can think of it as a parcel tax to fund outdoor areas.

About sixty percent of the revenue would go toward maintaining and improving Oakland’s parks, from cleaning the bathrooms to fixing trails.

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There’s less an week left  before Californians head to the polls on Super Tuesday. To get a sense of where Bay Area voters stand, we sent KALW’s Sarah Lai Stirland out to a Democratic debate party at a pizza joint on the Peninsula.

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Measure K aims to protect open space, parks, and water in Napa County. To do this, the measure would impose a quarter-cent sales tax, expected to bring in $9 million annually for the next 15 years. It would be spent on things like maintaining hiking trails in both county and city parks, restoring watersheds, and managing vegetation to prevent wildfire risk.

Joe Biden: His Record, His Policies & His Donors

Feb 25, 2020
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On this edition of Your Call, we’ll wrap our coverage of presidential candidates by discussing former Vice President Joe Biden.

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The media landscape has changed in this new digital age and Oakland City Council members say there’s a part of the city’s charter that needs to get with the times. This is where Oakland’s Measure R comes in. 

Currently the city’s charter states that the City Council designates the city’s official newspaper for publishing matters of legal and public notice such as election proceedings, awarding of leases and contracts, etc. But for a publication to be an official newspaper it has to be printed and published in Oakland with a minimum 25,000 daily circulation. Newspapers are struggling and the city’s longtime newspaper, the Oakland Tribune, shut down in 2016. 

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Measure D is a $90 million bond measure to repair and replace old fire stations in unincorporated parts of Alameda County. 

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Are Alameda County voters willing to increase the sales tax to help fund young children’s healthcare and education? That’s what drafters of Measure C want to know. If passed, Measure C — or the Care for Kids initiative — would raise the county’s sales tax by one-half of one percent. This would last for 20 years and generate about $150 million annually. 

  On this edition of Your Call, we continue our series on presidential candidates' records and policies by talking about multi-billionaire businessman and former mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg. 

According to the ad-tracking firm Advertising Analytics, Bloomberg, who is self-funding his campaign, has spent more than $464 million on ads since entering the Democratic presidential race last November. No presidential candidate candidate in US history has spent so much money so quickly. Why is Bloomberg running and what do you want to know about him?

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