Friday, October 21, 2016

Voters Guide : The California Propositions

Sacramento Progressive Alliance

Voter Guide with Voting Recommendations

in November 2016 Elections, with prominent YES co-endorsers


YES on 51-Authorizes a statewide facilities bond for K-12 schools and community colleges to upgrade and repair older classrooms. (Faculty Association of California Community Colleges, California Labor Federation (AFL-CIO))


YES on 52-Maintains billions of dollars in federal matching funding to support health for low-income children and seniors. (Sacramento Labor Council (AFL-CIO), California Teachers Association, National Union of Healthcare Workers)


NO on 53-Right-wing measure requiring state approval of local bond measures, for schools, roads, other infrastructure.

NO on 54-Billionaire-funded measure that would institute waiting period for passage of legislation, giving lobbyists extra time to block.


YES on 55-Maintains tax on wealthiest Californians to prevent $4 billion funding cut to public schools and children’s health care. (California Teachers Association, California Federation of Teachers, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of California, Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce, Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce)


YES on 56- $2-per-pack tax on cigarettes and electronic cigarettes to fund healthcare, tobacco-use prevention/control programs, and tobacco-related disease research. (American Heart Association, California Medical Association, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) of California)


YES on 57-“ …most significant revision of California sentencing laws in 40 years, would allow the state parole board to consider releasing inmates who have served their basic term for a crime the law defines as nonviolent.”-S.F. Chronicle. (Service Employees International Union (SEIU) of California, Equality California, California League of Women Voters, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU))


YES on 58- Current law restricts the instructional methods school districts can use to teach English and also limits the ability of English-speaking students to participate in language immersion programs. Prop. 58 amends the law to ensure all students can learn English as quickly as possible. (California Teachers Association, California Federation of Teachers, California School Boards Association, California Association of School Administrators, La Raza Roundtable de California)


YES on 59- Advises legislature to try to overturn U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing unlimited corporate influence in electoral campaigns. (California Public Interest Research Group (CALPIRG), American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California, California Labor Federation)


NO on 60-Well-intentioned proposition would mandate condom use in pornography filming. The law would gives anyone watching said pornography to sue film performers, filmmakers, and film crew. Performers would also have to disclose legal names and home addresses.


YES on 61-Gives state government authority to negotiate lower drug prices, saving taxpayers billions. Drug companies spending over $80 billion on the “no” campaign. (California Nurses Association,

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) of California)


YES on 62-Repeals the death penalty in California. (California NAACP, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Amnesty International USA)


YES on 63-Bans large-capacity ammunition weapons, requires background check to purchase ammunition, and prohibit persons convicted of stealing a firearm from possessing firearms. (California League of Women Voters, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), California Medical Association, California Federation of Teachers)


YES on 64-Decriminalizes, taxes, regulates marijuana. (California Medical Association,

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of California)


NO on 65-An attempt by plastic industry bid to undermine Prop. 67.


NO on 66- An attempt to undermine Prop 62.


YES on 67-State ban on plastic grocery bags. (Sierra Club of California, California League of Conservation Voters, Natural Resources Defense Council) 

Candidate recommendations to follow.




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