Measures in a nutshell

Roberto De La Pena Jr

There are many local measures in the upcoming election that will have a tremendous impact on our communities. City College students will vote on 17 statewide measures, 12 citywide measures, and 2 countywide measures. Below are condensed versions.

Statewide Measures:

Proposition 51: A yes vote would allow for the sale of $9 billion in bonds for building and remodeling k-12 schools and community colleges.

Proposition 52: A yes vote would make permanent a fee that hospitals pay to the state for treating Medi-Cal patients.

Proposition 53: A yes vote would require voter approval on projects paid with $2 billion or more in revenue bonds.

Proposition 54: A yes vote would require that bills and changes to bills be posted on the internet 3 days before voting.

Proposition 55: A yes vote would extend by 12 years a temporary tax increase on individuals who make above $250,000, which would be used to fund K-12 schools, community colleges, and, in certain years, healthcare.

Proposition 56: A yes vote would allow a cigarette tax increase of $2 per pack (totaling $2.87). Tax on other nicotine products, such as e-cigarettes, would also be increased.

Proposition 57: A yes vote would make it easier for state prisoners to be released based on good behavior.

Proposition 58: A yes vote would revoke a law that requires schools to teach English learners through english-only learning programs. Public schools would be able to more easily establish bilingual programs or other programs they might deem to be more efficient.

Proposition 59: A yes vote would urge elected officials to use their authority to overturn Citizen’s United, a Supreme Court decision that ruled unconstitutional laws which place certain limits on political spending by corporations and unions.

Proposition 60: A yes vote would require actors in adult films to wear condoms during filming of sexual intercourse.

Proposition 61: A yes vote would require that state agencies pay no more than what the Department of Veterans Affairs pays for prescription drugs.

Proposition 62: A yes vote would repeal the death penalty.

Proposition 63: A yes vote would enforce stricter regulations on gun ownership and ammunition purchases.

Proposition 64: A yes vote would legalize marijuana for recreational use by individuals aged 21 and older and regulate and tax businesses selling marijuana for nonmedical purposes.

Proposition 65: A yes vote would require that profits made from the sale of carry out bags at grocery stores and other retailers be directed to environmental programs.

Proposition 66: A yes vote would shorten the time it takes to process death penalty appeals to no more than 5 years.

Proposition 67: A yes vote would prohibit the use of single use plastic and paper bags. Only reusable bags and bags made out of recycled paper would be allowed.

Countywide Measures:

Measure A: A yes vote would implement a half cent sales tax increase that would help fund public transportation and infrastructure projects such as the purple trolley line from San Ysidro to Kearny Mesa and a coaster station at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Measure B: A yes vote would approve Lilac Hills Ranch, a large development project with plans for 1,700 homes near Valley Center.

Citywide Measures:

Measure C: A yes vote would raise San Diego’s hotel-room tax from 12.5% to 16.5% in order to fund the construction of a joint stadium and convention center project in Downtown.

Measure D: A yes vote would guarantee that an additional 1% of taxes be collected from San Diego’s hotel room visitors. The money would go to the city’s general fund which could be used for parks, police, fire, and other needs. It would also allow the city to sell Qualcomm stadium to SDSU, UCSD, or a community college, should the Chargers decide to move.

Measure E: A yes vote would make it easier to remove and replace elected city officials who have committed crimes.

Measure F: A yes vote would increase job security for deputy city attorneys (lawyers in the city attorney’s office who are on their first year probationary period).

Measure G: A yes vote would grant the Citizen’s Review Board the ability to investigate deaths at the hands of the police.

Measure H: A yes vote would resolve concerns over the the City’s purchasing and contracting processes, making the process more efficient. It is uncontroversial and no one is on record opposing it.

Measure I: A yes vote would allow the San Diego City council to extend San Diego High School’s lease of it’s current location inside Balboa Park.

Measure J: A yes vote would direct money from Mission Bay Park’s commercial leases to regional parks such as Mission Bay Park and Balboa Parks. It would also make it easier for the city to pursue repair projects and seek a $126 million bond for regional parks.

Measure K: A yes vote would require that the two candidates who gather the most votes for City Council, mayor, and city attorney elections in June’s primary elections face off during November’s general election.

Measure L: A yes vote would require that all ballot measures (such as the ones you are reading about now) be put into the November ballot unless City Council votes to put them in the June ballot.

Measure M: A yes vote would increase the number of rent-controlled housing units the city is allowed to acquire, build, or develop by 38,680 additional units.

Measure N: A yes vote would impose a sales tax on sales of recreational marijuana (should proposition 64 be approved). The tax would start at 5% and increase to 8% in 2019. The city would be able to adjust the tax thereafter, so long as it does not go over 15%.