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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.

Measure FF renews a tax to fund parks, open space, and wildfire prevention in the East Bay Regional Park District for 20 years. In 2004 local voters approved a similar tax for parks which is about to expire.

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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.

Like other counties in the Bay Area, San Mateo County is experiencing a yearly increase in employment and population. That’s mainly positive, right? Well, according to Measure W proponents, one of the downsides is more cars on the roads.

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.

Oakland currently has one of the highest marijuana tax rates in the state. Combining city, county, and state taxes, businesses there face a tax rate of nearly 35%.

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.

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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.

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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.

 

Back in 2008, Californians passed an initiative to ban the practice of confining farm animals in extremely small cages. The measure said that animals had to be kept in cages that were large enough for them to turn around in and to stretch their limbs or wings. But the measure didn’t specify exactly how big those cages had to be.

 

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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?

 

That’s the question being considered in Proposition 11.

 

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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.

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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.

 

A general obligation bond is a lower risk loan because the government can repay the bond with tax revenue.

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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. Since 1918, most of the United States has, on and off, observed the practice of moving the time forward one hour between March and November every year. The idea is to have more light later in the day - so, sunrises and sunsets happen one hour later - darker mornings, lighter evenings. This year, Californians will vote on whether we should keep this practice year round, and make daylight saving time permanent.

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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. The new proposition would allow homebuyers who are over 55 or severely disabled to transfer their tax assessments when they move homes — that means, instead of paying the higher tax rate that often comes with a new purchase, they’d keep paying taxes at the rate that was set when they purchased their last home. As long as the new home is of equal or less value.

 

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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 .  In June, Californians passed Proposition 68.

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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.

 

Prop 68 is all about the environment. It’s known as the Parks, Environment, and Water Bond. 

 

And if it’s approved, it would collect over $4 billion for those issues.

 

ELECTION BRIEFS: Measure RR - BART bonds

Nov 4, 2016

BART opened 44 years ago, in 1972. Now, the system is wearing out. Break-downs and delays have become more common, and as our population grows, the system has become overcrowded.

Prop V is known as "the soda tax" and "the grocery tax," but on the ballot it’s “the tax on distributing sugar-sweetened beverages.” Okay, so what’s a "sugar-sweetened beverage?"

ELECTION BRIEF: Prop T - Regulating lobbying

Nov 4, 2016

Prop T would set restrictions on lobbyists making financial contributions to elected officials.

Prop Q is about clarifying the city’s policy on homeless tent encampments. Right now, tents and other make-shift shelters often violate a few rules, like sit/lie or public nuisance ordinances and other rules against blocking sidewalks. Prop Q would make them specifically illegal.

Prop P is one of several super technical housing policy measures on the San Francisco ballot. It would change the way the city picks developers to build affordable housing on public land.

Proposition 54 is about making California’s legislative process more transparent.

Right now, when state lawmakers craft new legislation, they spend days or even weeks ironing out the details of a bill. And yet sometimes, right before the vote, drastic last minute changes get pushed through that make the bill very different from how it started. 

Do you think voting should only be the right of citizens? Prop N would give non-citizen families the right to vote in certain elections — San Francisco school board elections — as long as they have a kid in the public schools.

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