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Ballot Initiatives

Statewide Initiatives

Prop 1: Housing Programs and Veterans' Loans Bond

$4 billion in general obligation bonds for housing-related programs, loans, grants and projects and housing loans for veterans

Argument: The SDLP stands in opposition to burdening current and future tax-payers with vague obligations which guarantee future tax increases. Additionally, the majority of the issues that this initiative claims to be aimed at solving, could be solved by pirvate business owners due to demand if government bodies got out of the way.

Prop 2: Use Millionaire's Tax Revenue for Homelessness Prevention Housing Bonds Measure

Authorizes the state to use revenue from Proposition 63 (2004)—a 1 percent tax on income above $1 million for mental health services—on $2 billion in revenue bonds for homelessness prevention housing for persons in need of mental health services.

Argument: Understanding that the taxes have already been collected, the SDLP is in favor of making more clear the dedicated expenditures of the already collected funds.

Prop 3: California Water Infrastructure and Watershed Conservation Bond Initiative

Authorize $8.877 billion in general obligation bonds for water infrastructure, groundwater supplies and storage, surface water storage and dam repairs, watershed and fisheries improvements, and habitat protection and restoration.

Argument: The SDLP stands in opposition to burdening current and future tax-payers with vague obligations which guarantee future tax increases. Additionally, the majority of the issues that this initiative claims to be aimed at solving, could be solved by pirvate business owners due to demand if government bodies got out of the way.

Prop 4: Children's Hospital Bonds Initiative

Authorizes $1.5 billion in bonds for the construction, expansion, renovation, and equipping of children's hospitals in California.

Argument: The SDLP stands in opposition to burdening current and future tax-payers with vague obligations which guarantee future tax increases. Additionally, the majority of the issues that this initiative claims to be aimed at solving, could be solved by pirvate business owners due to demand if government bodies got out of the way.

Prop 5: Property Tax Transfer Initiative

Amends Proposition 13 (1978) to allow homebuyers who are age 55 or older or severely disabled to transfer their tax assessments, with a possible adjustment, from their prior home to their new home, no matter (a) the new home's market value; (b) the new home's location in the state; or (c) the buyer's number of moves.

Argument: The SDLP is in favor of initiatives which help to relieve the tax burden on any citizens. Additionally, this initiative should enable more houses to enter the market, thereby reducing housing prices and beginning to alleviate the housing crisis.

Prop 6: Voter Approval for Future Gas and Vehicle Taxes and 2017 Tax Repeal Initiative

Repeals fuel tax increases and vehicle fees that were enacted in 2017, including the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (RRAA) and requires voter approval (via ballot propositions) for the California State Legislature to impose, increase, or extend fuel taxes or vehicle fees in the future.

Argument: The SDLP is in favor initiatives which help to relieve the tax burden on any citizens. Additionally, the gas tax impacts the poorest citizens the most.

Prop 7: Permanent Daylight Saving Time Measure

Allows the California State Legislature to establish permanent, year-round daylight saving time (DST) in California by a two-thirds vote if federal law is changed to allow for permanent DST.

Argument: Nothing happens even if this passes, so we shouldn't be passing useless laws.

Prop 8: Limits on Dialysis Clinics' Revenue and Required Refunds Initiative

Requires dialysis clinics to issue refunds to patients or patients' payers for revenue above 115 percent of the the costs of direct patient care and healthcare improvements.

Argument: The SDLP is opposed to price control measures, which generally lead to shortages and rationing.

Prop 9: Three States Initiative

Task the state with petitioning Congress to divide the state of California into three states: California, Northern California, and Southern California.

Argument: Unfortunately this initiative was removed from the ballot.

Prop 10: Local Rent Control Initiative

Allows local governments to adopt rent control, repealing the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act.

Argument: The SDLP is opposed to price control measures, which generally lead to shortages and rationing. This is likely to worsen the housing crisis. The majority of economists agree that rent controls hurt the very people they are aimed at helping.

Prop 11: Ambulance Employees Paid On-Call Breaks, Training, and Mental Health Services Initiative

Allows ambulance providers to require workers to remain on-call during breaks paid at their regular rate; Requires employers to provide additional training for EMTs and paramedics; and Requires employers to provide EMTs and paramedics with some paid mental health services.

Argument: The SDLP is opposed to government imposition into the voluntary agreements made between employers and employees. The state should not be mandating requirements of either employers or employees, which this measure would do.

Prop 12: Farm Animal Confinement Initiative

Bans the sale of meat and eggs from calves raised for veal, breeding pigs, and egg-laying hens confined in areas below a specific number of square feet.

Argument: Current laws in effect are sufficient for the purposes espoused in this initiative. We don't need more laws.

San Diego County Initiatives

Voter Approval of Density Increases Initiative

Requires voters to approve any proposed changes to the San Diego County General Plan that would significantly impact density in unincorporated areas of the county.

Argument: The SDLP is opposed to measures which give people authority over their neighbors property. It is wrong for citizens not near development projects to dictate how development should be done. The best way for an area to grow is to allow people to choose the best use of their own land. More barriers to development slow growth and increase housing costs. Development decisions are the responsibility and the purvue of the property owners.

Municipality Initiatives