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California voters are all too familiar with legislating from the ballot box. Read all of KALW's coverage of ballot initiatives — from the local level on up.

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Liam Dillon covers state politics and policy for the LA Times. He spoke with KALW's Ben Trefny about the split roll campaign to reform Proposition 13 — which was just postponed to the 2020 ballot — and how that reform fits in with other proposed initiatives to address the state's housing crisis. 

Liza Veale

 

If you’ve heard of Proposition 13, you probably know that it cut property taxes back in 1978, which reduced funding for public schools and other services. It also has a lot to do with the state’s shortage of housing and, many argue, the fact that rents are so darn high.

"Marijuana" by CC Flickr user Memento Mori, resized and recropped

 

Pot smokers throughout California are looking toward January 1, when marijuana will be legally available to adults. It was made possible last election when Prop. 64 passed.

 

But there are some major snags.

Innovations in supporting survivors of violent crime

Aug 28, 2017

August 28, 2017: Survivors of violent crime often suffer from the lingering effects of trauma for the rest of their lives. 

photo by Julie Caine

 

Climate change is an issue that can be hard for some to prioritize. It’s abstract. We can read the charts and the statistics—but is there a way to feel it? The Bay Area’s Climate Music Project at UC Berkeley wants to make the experience visceral.

Liza Veale

 

Cheap rental housing can feel like a vanishing resource in San Francisco. Property owners are selling buildings for multiples of what they originally bought them for, and who can blame them? But the consequence is that almost all the units are getting fixed up and turned into luxury housing. It’s the way of the market, and it can seem inevitable. But what if it’s not?

Estate Planning -- Leaving Your Home to Your Child/Children: Will the Proposition 13 Tax Basis Be Passed on from Parent to Child? Guest: John C. Martin, a Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law, Certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization. Questions for Chuck &  John? Please call toll-free 1-866-798-8255.

Prop 13: Mad as Hell

Nov 14, 2016
Photo courtesy of Retro Report

In 1978, when Howard Jarvis declared that he was mad as hell about rising property taxes in California, he started a tax revolt in the state. Thirty-eight years later, Jarvis’s Proposition 13 is still on the books in California, but the debate over its consequences remains.

Photo by Jürgen Klemm

Back in 1898, San Francisco and Vallejo were among the first cities in the nation to exercise direct democracy, where specific policy questions are put before voters. 

What Will California Voters Decide?

Nov 2, 2016

November 7, 2016: While the Presidential race has dominated the headlines, Bay Area ballots brim with 17 State propositions, in addition to the U.S. Senate, House and California State races. Host Joseph Pace and guests provide special coverage of the 2016 Election and explore the biggest decisions facing California voters on Election Day.

Guests

Mark DiCamillo, Director of The Field Poll

Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle Senior Political Writer

In most Bay Area grocery stores, you can’t get free plastic bags anymore. San Francisco, all of Alameda County, and many cities in Marin and Contra Costa County have all banned bags. To find a grocery store giving out plastic bags for free, I had to drive to a Lucky in San Ramon.

Hannah Kingsley-Ma

 

Park Elementary School in Hayward is a cheerful place. The halls are dotted with murals of tiny green handprints and scribbled-on schoolwork, and the principal makes her rounds through the halls helping kids tie their shoes.

Under CC license from Flickr user Katheirne Hitt, resized and recropped

 

Medical marijuana has been legal in California since the late 90’s, but this year, California voters will decide whether the drug will be legalized for recreational use.

Every Thursday through Election Day, Rose Aguilar will host a special second hour of Your Call at 11 a.m. focused on local and state elections, the voting system, and the democratic process in California.

Prop 63 takes aim at ammo sales

Sep 21, 2016
Photo by Lucy Kang

 

Boxes of ammunition are stacked on the shelves of Coyote Point Armory, a gun store in Burlingame. Owner John Parkin has been in business here for two years. On a Friday afternoon, a steady stream of customers comes in to look at handguns under the glass counters.

Every Thursday through Election Day, Rose Aguilar will host a special second hour of Your Call at 11am focused on local and state elections, the voting system, and the democratic process in California.

How big companies shape San Francisco's ballot

Aug 15, 2016
Creative Commons image from TechCrunch via Flickr

 

We’re less than three months from Election Day, and, even though it might not seem like it, there’s plenty to think about besides Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Californians have 17 propositions to consider, and that doesn’t even include the county measures; San Franciscans, themselves, are looking at 25 more.

Daily news roundup for Thursday, June 30, 2016

Jun 30, 2016
"San Francisco China Town” by Flickr user Loïc Lagarde, used under CC / Resized and cropped

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Crime: In rare occurrence, big three Bay Area cities see similar midyear homicide counts // San Jose Mercury News

"Halfway through the year, the homicide numbers of the Bay Area's three largest cities have reached a rare occurrence: They're nearly the same.

 


Californians waited a long time to see if their votes would make a difference in the presidential race, and they nearly made it to the finish line.

Daily News Roundup for Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Apr 13, 2016
by Flickr user Kenneth Freeman, used under CC BY-SA 2.0 // Cropped and resized

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW News:

Oakland Cops Quietly Acquired Social Media Surveillance Tool // East Bay Express

Used under CC liscense. Cropped from original.

California coalitions begin to form around “Adult Use” measure… Look inside a Cannabis Cup… South American news…  Banking survey… What Rick Steves says… and more.

LEGALIZATION & LEGISLATION

City Visions: Is Prop 47 Working?

Dec 7, 2015
npr.org

Last November California voters passed Proposition 47, which downgraded some non-violent offenses from felonies to misdemeanors. Supporters say the measure has reduced incarceration and will save the state more than $150 million. But critics say it has caused crime to rise in some cities. 

10/29: Gaga for garlic

Oct 30, 2015


On the Oct 20th edition of Your Call, we’ll host a debate about Prop F. If it passes, it would limit private rentals to 75 nights per year.

Daily News news roundup for Monday, October 19, 2015

Oct 19, 2015
Chilipeppered / Flickr

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

California Criminal Law -- A discussion of recent reforms reshaping California's Criminal Justice System: Public Safety Realignment (reducing prison crowding); Proposition 47 (changing six low-level nonviolent crimes from felonies to misdemeanors); and Proposition 36 (changing California's Three Strikes Law).

City Visions: Can we fix Prop 13?

Jul 21, 2015

  

It’s widely known as the third rail of California politics, but is the time ripe for a change to Proposition 13? 

When SF needs money, it holds an auction

Jul 8, 2015
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Under CC license from Flickr user Wally Gobetz

 

Public infrastructure – parks, libraries, roads, and sidewalks – surrounds us. But have you ever wondered how any of it actually came into being? A lot needs to happen to create a park – from coming up with the idea in the first place, to environmental reviews, construction, and of course, getting the money to pay for it. In San Francisco, funding for these projects needs to be approved by voters, as was the case with 2012’s Proposition B, which gave the city permission to borrow $195 million to renovate parks, including Golden Gate Park

On the November 12th, 2014 edition of Your Call, we’re discussing the current state of the drought. A dozen communities across the state are at risk of running out of water, and at least 700 households already lack access to running water. Farmers have left nearly a half-million acres of land unplanted. How will new groundwater regulations and Proposition 1 impact water usage? What do you want to know about the drought? Is it affecting your area? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar, and you.

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