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11 California-wide Propositions You’ll be Voting On

The Midterms are more about candidates and issues in your particular geographic area. There are 11 propositions, however, that affect all Californians. (There were initially 12 propositions; Prop 9 was removed by the California Supreme Court.) If you haven't had time to do your ballot homework yet, here is a clear and condensed guide to what these props could mean for you.

Proposition 1

Authorizes bonds to fund specified housing assistance programs.

Yes

CA can sell $4 billion in bonds to help low-income residents, veterans, and transit-oriented housing. The money will go towards existing affordable housing programs for them. 

No

CA cannot sell $4 billion in bonds for this purpose.

Cost

$170 million/year over the next 35 years.

Proposition 2

Authorizes bonds to fund existing housing program for individuals with mental illness.

Yes

CA can use existing funds to pay for housing for the homeless who are mentally ill.

No

Whether or not CA can use the existing funds for this purpose depends on future court decisions.

Cost

Money comes from a 'Millionaire's Tax'; doesn't affect all tax payers.

Proposition 3

Authorizes bonds to fund projects for water supply and quality: watersheds, fish, wildlife, water conveyance, and groundwater sustainability and storage.



Yes

CA can sell $8.9 billion in bonds to fund water quality and conservation projects.

No

CA cannot sell $8.9 billion in bonds for this purpose.

Cost

$430 million/year over 40 years. But local govt will save over $100 million annually on water related projects.

Proposition 4

Authorizes bonds funding construction at hospitals providing children's healthcare.

Yes

CA can sell $1.5 billion in bonds to build and expand some children's hospitals. Benefits UCSF Benihoff & Lucille Packard in the Bay Area.

No

CA cannot sell $1.5 billion in bonds for this purpose.

Cost

$2.9 billion over 35 years.

Proposition 5

Changes requirements for certain property owners to transfer their property tax base to replacement property.

Yes

All homeowners over 55 eligible for property tax savings when they move to a new home. Will not create more available housing.

No

Homeowners over 55 whose new home is of equal or lesser value than their old home are eligible for tax savings.

Cost

Local govt and schools may lose up to $1 billion/year.

Proposition 6

Eliminates certain road repair and transportation funding. Requires certain fuel taxes and vehicle fees be approved by the electorate.

Yes

Eliminates fuel and vehicle taxes passed in 2017. Reduced funding for road repair and maintenance. Voters must approve new taxes in future.

No

No change to the fuel and vehicle taxes passed in 2017. Legislature does not need voter approval for fuel and vehicle taxes in future.

Cost

If passed, CA would lose $4.9 billion in tax revenue in 2020-21.

Proposition 7

Conforms California Daylight Savings Time (DST) to federal law. Allows legislature to change DST period. 

Yes

With a 2/3 vote, the Legislature can change CA DST if the change is allowed by the federal govt. 

No

CA maintains its current DST.

Cost

No fiscal impact.

Proposition 8

Regulates amounts outpatient kidney dialysis clinics charge for dialysis treatment.



Yes

Requires kidney dialysis clinics to refund some of their revenue to patients or insurance providers. Could result in the closure of many clinics.

No

No changes to CA kidney dialysis clinics or the patients who visit them.

Cost

If passed, CA could save $10-13 million, but face a higher cost of compliance, which might result in higher licensing fees.

Proposition 10

Expands local governments' authority to enact rent control on residential property.

Yes

Cities and counties can enact rent control.

No

State law determines whether cities and counties can enact rent control.

Cost

If passed, CA could lose revenue from property taxes.

Proposition 11

Requires private-sector emergency ambulance employees to remain on-call during work breaks. Eliminates certain employer liability.

Yes

EMTs and paramedics from private companies are compensated to be on-duty even during their break time. Could reduce response time to emergency.

No

EMTs and paramedics from private companies get off-duty meal and rest breaks according to labor laws for this industry. 

Cost

If passed, local govts could save money on the cost of emergency ambulance costs.

Proposition 12

Establishes new standards for confinement of specified farm animals; bans the sale of noncomplying products.

Yes

New minimum requirements on how much space should be given to egg-laying hens, breeding pigs, and calves raised for veal. CA businesses banned from selling eggs, uncooked pork or veal that comes animals not housed accordingly.  

No

No change to the current minimum space requirements. There is already a ban on selling eggs from hens that are not housed according to current requirements.

Cost

$10 million to enforce new requirements. Small decrease in tax revenue from farming businesses.

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