Ballot Measures

Qualified statewide ballot measures


Santa Clara County Measures: Results

With all precincts reporting, here are the results for Santa Clara County ballot measures:

Measure A – Santa Clara County – Sales Tax
Yes 56.27%; No 43.73%

Measure B – SC Valley Water District (Two-thirds required)
Yes 72.65% No 27.35%

Measure C – Palo Alto – Marijuana Dispensaries (Simple majority requiredj)
Yes 37.89%; No 62.11%

Measure D – San Jose – Minimum Wage (Simple majority required)
Yes 58.88%; No 41.12% Continue reading

San Mateo County Measures: Results

There were many school bond measures on the ballot across San Mateo County — as well as other questions.

Here are the results:

All precincts reported: 66% yes, 34% no

YES 76.2% NO 23.8%

YES 73.5% NO 26.5% Continue reading

San Francisco Measures: Results

With one exception, all measures before voters in San Francisco passed. The exception is Measure F — the question of studying the possibility of draining Hetch-Hetchy.

Here are the complete results, with 100% of precincts reporting:

Measure A — City College Parcel Tax: 72% yes; 23% no

Measure B — Parks Bond: 72% yes; 28% no

Measure C — Housing Trust Fund: 65% yes; 35% no

Measure D — Consolidate Election: 83% yes; 16% no

Measure E — Gross Receipts: 71% yes; 29% no

Measure F — Drain Hetch-Hetchy: 23% yes; 77% no

Measure G — Citizens United: 81% yes; 19% no

The San Francisco Registrar of Voters has results on all issues and races, state and local, before San Francisco voters.

Not So Fast, California, Many Votes Still Uncounted

(David Paul Morris/Getty Images)

If you followed our election night live blog, you saw reports from other news outlets predicting wins and losses for the state propositions. Hold your horses, folks. Mark DiCamillo, director of the non-partisan Field Poll, reminds us that there are still many outstanding (eg: mail-in ballots) that haven’t yet been counted.

“There could be as many as 2 million votes outstanding by the time all the votes are counted tonight,” said DiCamillo.

That means we’ll have to wait until Wednesday morning at the earliest for final results — potentially even later in the week.

With one exception: Proposition 38.

Molly Munger, the backer of the measure which would have raised taxes for K-12 education, gave a concession speech Tuesday night.

In the meantime, you can keep an eye on the Secretary of State’s site or the state proposition map included in our election coverage; and local county registrar pages for races important to you.

Study: Soda Tax Would Boost Health of Blacks, Latinos

By Christina Jewett, Bay Citizen

(Tessek: Flickr)

(Tessek: Flickr)

A tax on soda would carry the greatest health benefits for black and Latino Californians, who face the highest risks of diabetes and heart disease, according to recent research findings.

The study found that if a penny-per-ounce tax was applied to soda, cuts in consumption would result in an 8 percent decline in diabetes cases among blacks and Latinos. The statewide reduction in new diabetes cases is projected at 3 to 5.6 percent, according to researchers from UC San Francisco, Columbia University and Oregon State University, who released their findings at last week’s American Public Health Association annual meeting in San Francisco.

The study was unveiled as a sugar-sweetened beverage tax faces votes in El Monte, in Los Angeles County, and Richmond, in the Bay Area. A statewide excise tax was proposed but died in the California Legislature in 2010.

The statewide reduction in new diabetes cases is projected at 3 to 5.6 percent.

Harold Goldstein, executive director of the California Center for Public Health Advocacy, said he has visited Richmond to urge support for the measure. He said he heard residents speak of loved ones who’ve been affected by diabetes complications — such as limb amputations and blindness — during a recent town hall meeting at a Richmond church.

Goldstein said residents of both cities, though, face the pressure of nearly $3 million in spending by the beverage industry, which opposes the measures. Continue reading

Poll: Death Penalty Repeal Gains Ground

The ballot measure to repeal California’s death penalty and replace it with life without parole appears to be gaining ground, according to the latest Field Poll.

For the first time, supporters of Proposition 34 outnumber opponents, 45 percent to 38 percent.

But a fairly large portion, 17 percent, are undecided.

Field Poll Director Mark DiCamillo says voters seem persuaded by the argument that the death penalty is more expensive than life in prison.

“Back in 1989, voters by a 2-1 margin felt that it was cheaper to implement the death penalty than to house somebody in prison for life,” he said. “Now, more voters — by a 5-3 margin — think its actually cheaper to house prisoners for life.”

The Field Poll shows support is strongest in the Bay Area.

More coverage on Proposition 34 here.

Protest at Charles Munger’s House Over Anti-Prop 30 Donations

Demonstrators chanted outside the home of multi-millionaire Charles Munger, Jr. Thursday afternoon in one of Palo Alto’s most exclusive neighborhoods, protesting Munger’s $35 million in donations to fight Governor Brown’s tax measure, Proposition 30. Munger is the leading funder of the opposition to the initiative, which would raise taxes temporarily in order to avoid big trigger cuts in this year’s state budget.

San Leandro resident Patrick Jerome Forte came with the California Alliance for Retired Americans and said, “That’s not how the elections are done in California. You can’t buy our vote. You can not influence us to vote the way you want us to. Take your money back!”

Munger chairs the Santa Clara County Republican Party of Silicon Valley. He was not home during the protest.

A recent Field poll showed support for Prop 30 had slipped below 50 percent, which it needs to exceed in order for it to pass. But 14 percent of voters still remain undecided, and Field Poll Director Mark DiCamillo told KQED that a majority of undecideds approve of the governor’s job performance and are concerned about potential budget cuts if the measure fails. “All these things indicate to me that the governor’s measure is in fairly decent shape,” DiCamillo said.

Charles Munger’s sister, Molly Munger, has contributed $44 million to a rival tax measure, Proposition 38. That initiative is trailing badly in polls.

Poll Shows Support For Brown Tax Measure Falls Below 50%; Undecideds Now the Key

A new Field Poll out today shows that Governor Brown’s tax increase measure, Proposition 30, has dropped below the 50 percent it needs to pass. The poll shows 48 percent of voters in support and 38 percent opposed, with 14 percent undecided.

Teachers at Angeles Mesa Elementary School in Los Angeles review voter information on Proposition 38 during a recent teacher union meeting. (Ana Tintocalis: KQED)

Teachers at Angeles Mesa Elementary School in Los Angeles review voter information on Proposition 38 during a teacher union meeting. (Ana Tintocalis/KQED)

Field Poll Director Mark DiCamillo says Proposition 38, a rival tax measure put on the ballot by education advocate Molly Munger, has drawn off some of Prop 30’s support. “Prop 38 is pulling some voters away from 30,” he told Capital Public Radio’s Ben Adler. “We’re measuring it at 9 percent.” Despite that switch, support for Prop 38 was measured at just 34 percent, down 12 percent from July.

DiCamillo said there is still hope for Brown’s measure, as undecided voters could be more likely to vote yes in the end. DiCamillo cited the survey’s finding that a majority of undecideds approve of the governor’s job performance and are concerned about potential budget cuts if the measure fails.

“So all these things indicate to me that the governor’s measure is in fairly decent shape,” DiCamillo said.

More on Prop 30 vs Prop 38….

The 4 Propositions You’re Most Interested In…

If you want to sport this sticker, you'll have to decipher the state ballot and then vote. (EVA HAMBACH/AFP/Getty Images)

If you want to sport this sticker, you'll have to decipher the state ballot and then vote. (EVA HAMBACH/AFP/Getty Images)

by Lisa Aliferis and Jon Brooks

It’s getting down to the wire — just seven days to make up your mind on a plethora of issues and races … and then ya gotta vote.

Lucky you: We’re here to help.

Our reports about Props. 30 and 38 (education and taxes); the nine-item Prop. 31 (governance) and Prop. 37 (labeling GMO foods) are attracting a lot of attention online. So either we’ve really figured out this SEO thing, or you’re genuinely interested in those initiatives in particular.

Thus, we’re compiling the best-of-the-best of our coverage on these props so that you don’t have to stand in the voting booth pondering whether numerological concerns aren’t going to be the one determining factor after all in how you vote on these things, complex as they are, yet sold, packaged and soundbited by opponents and proponents alike direct to your Id.

So read up!

Proposition 30 and Proposition 38 both promise to fund schools, but in different ways.

Proposition 31 will do nine (yes, 9) different things, attempting to overhaul state governance. God knows California governance needs overhaul, but is Prop. 31 the right approach?

Proposition 37 requires the labeling of genetically modified ingredients in foods.

If you need information on still more props, here’s a bonus:

Proposition 32 (campaign spending)


You can always consult our Proposition Guide for concise information about all 11 props. on the California ballot.

A Supporter and Opponent Explain Prop. 31’s ‘Community Strategic Action Plans’


Sacramento Capital. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Proposition 31 might win the battle for the longest and most complex ballot measure. At more than 8,000 words Prop. 31 is an opus to California Forward‘s attempt to restructure and rebuild California’s government from the core. To do that it outlines nine main changes:

  1. Establishes a two-year budget cycle
  2. Permits the governor to make unilateral budget cuts during fiscal emergencies
  3. Requires all bills to be published three days prior to a vote
  4. Forces lawmakers to identify a funding source for new programs or tax deductions
  5. Requires performance reviews
  6. Defines specific goals for the state budget and all local government budgets
  7. Allows local governments to establish “Community Strategic Action Plans”
  8. Allocates $200 million a year in sales tax to those plans
  9. Allows local governments to transfer local property taxes among themselves.

Whew, that’s a lot.

But one component of the initiative is particularly opaque: What are these “Community Strategic Action Plans”? What are they supposed to do? KQED called California Forward’s Executive Director Kristin Connelly to ask her specifically about the plans. California Forward wrote and sponsored Prop. 31. Continue reading