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Kind of discouraging to see hundreds of thousands of dollars donated to the opposition to Measure M, almost 20 times the amount raised by the YES campaign, from sources outside of Santa Cruz County, namely The California Association of Realtors and a state Landlords' Association.  That's why we're seeing so many ads in the papers, so many multi-colored postcards delivered to our doorsteps.  This literature, trying to scare us away from supporting a ballot measure that can do the most good, in the shortest time frame for the approximately 25% of renters in the City who live in housing built prior to 1995.  There are no facts in this propaganda, merely words strung together to scare us about what might happen if Measure M were to pass.


As new initiatives enter circulation, fail, become eligible for, or qualify for an election ballot, the Secretary of State's office will issue initiative status updates. The updates can be found at  Initiative and Referendum Qualification Status page or by signing up for updates below.

June 5, 2018, Statewide Ballot Measures

  1. ACA 5 (Resolution Chapter 30, statutes of 2017), Frazier. Motor vehicle fees and taxes: restriction on expenditures: appropriations limit.(PDF) - codifies the use of the new gas tax.
  2. ACA 1 (Resolution Chapter 105, statutes of 2017), Mayes. Greenhouse Gas Reduction Reserve Fund. (PDF)   Creates a Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund Reserve

November 6, 2018, Statewide Ballot Measures

As of this date, 24 a…

As of August 16, 2016, the following PAC was registered to support Proposition 65. The same committee was also registered in opposition to Proposition 67, thus the campaign funds listed here are shared between the support campaign for Prop. 65 and the opposition campaign for Prop. 67. The total amount raised below was current as of the same date. The amount spent listed below was current as of June 2016.


Amount raised

Amount spent

American Progressive Bag Alliance, A Project Of The Society Of The Plastics Industry (Non-profit 501 (C) (6)), Yes On 65 And No On 67 

for more details http://cal-access.sos.ca.gov/Campaign/Committees/Detail.aspx?id=1372902&session=2015


Proposition 67 and Proposition 65 contain conflicting provisions regarding how revenue from the state-mandated sale of carryout bags would be distributed. Proposition 67 would allocate revenue from the sales to the stores themselves, permitting them to use the revenue in three ways:

(1) To cover costs associated with complying with Proposition 67.

(2) To cover the costs of providing the recycled paper or reusable bags.

(3) To provide educational materials encouraging the use of reusable bags.

Proposition 65 would allocate the revenue into a new state fund, the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Fund, which could be expended to support drought mitigation, clean drinking water supplies, recycling, litter removal, wildlife habitat restoration, beach cleanup, and state, …

Question                                                   Answer


Is the initiative an extension of Proposition 30?


Yes. This initiative temporarily extends the income tax rates on the wealthiest Californians created under Prop 30.

Revenues from the extension will increase funding for public schools and colleges, increase revenues in the Rainy Day Fund, while at the same time freeing up dollars in the general fund and, if certain criteria are met, increasing funding towards health ca…


Proposition 61 could fuel one of the most expensive ballot measure battles in California and even the nation in 2016. As of August 16, 2016, the opposition campaign, backed by several large pharmaceutical companies, received more than seven times the contributions provided to the support campaign.

Support:    $9,462,638.37

As of August 2016, all but one of the listed campaign contributions large enough to require reporting were donated by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. The other campaign contribution was donated by the California Nurses Association PAC. The total contributions provided were current as of July 9, 20…

Proposition 51    [1669. (15-0005)]  -  School Bonds. Funding for K-12 School and Community College Facilities. Initiative Statutory Amendment.      Thomas W. Hiltachk (916) 442-7757
Authorizes $9 billion in general obligation bonds: $3 billion for new construction and $3 billion for modernization of K-12 public school facilities; $1 billion for charter schools and vocational education facilities; and $2 billion for California Community Colleges facilities. Bars amendment to existing authority to levy developer fees to fund school facilities, until new construction bond proceeds are spent or December 31, 2020, whichever is earlier. Bars amendment to existing State Allocation Board process for allocating school construction funding, as to these …

Proposition 62

Proposition 66

Repeals death penalty

Keeps the death penalty in place

Replaces the death penalty with life in prison without the possibility of parole as the maximum punishment for murder

Changes death penalty procedures to speed up the appeals process by putting the Supreme Court in charge of initial petitions challenging death penalty convictions, establishing a time frame for death penalty review, and requiring appointed attorneys to work on death penalty cases

Retroactively applies to prisoners already on death row at the time that the measure would take effect

Stipulates that all effects would occur once Proposi…

Goal:  To have maximum impact on the initiatives reaching the 2016 ballot.

Description of Project:  a PDC committee would be formed to:  1. start tracking initiatives that have been approved for signature collection, 2. make recommendations to the membership about which of initiatives we should focus on, and 3. collect  signatures for and educate voters about those supported by the PDC membership, and educate re those we oppose.

Rationale/Impact:  There are 17 qualified ballot measures at this point and the legislature may add more before the final deadline. 

Work entailed/status: 

Form committee of 3-5 people (including reps from other Dem clubs and like-minded organizations) that meets regularly in person or by email to track the initiati…

Now Collecting Signatures

(15-0068)  Voters Right to Know Act:  Donor Disclosure. Initiative Constitutional Amendment And Statute. Creates a constitutional right to public disclosure of money used to finance campaign activity and influence government actions. (Similar to California Disclose Act)

  • Requires corporations and nonprofit organizations that spend $50,000 or more on political activities in California to disclose their $10,000 donors, including where donations passed through other entities.
  • Requires that a political campaign's advertisements disclose its top three donors contributing $50,000 or more.
  • Expands Secretary of State's online campaign finance database.
  • Extends bar against former legislators lobbying Legislature or state agencies to 24 months.
  • Requires disclosure of lobbying…

A 2014 law gives the Legislature a role in examining an initiative after 25 percent of the signatures needed for its qualification have been gathered. That could mean the measure's political backers have weeks, or even months, to prompt lawmakers to take action on their own. And unlike now, where an initiative cannot be pulled back once backers submit voter signatures to elections officials, the new law allows supporters of a proposed proposition to scuttle it at any point before those signatures are fully counted and the measure actually qualifies for the ballot.

Read the full article at:  http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/09/27/big-changes-to-california-initiative-process-signed-by-jerry-brown/   

1704. (15-0043, Amdt. #1)  Property Tax Surcharge to Fund Pove…

The California Suspension of Legislators Amendment (Senate Constitutional Amendment 17) is on the June 7, 2016 ballot in California as a legislatively referred constitutional amendment.

The measure, upon voter approval, would require a two-thirds vote in the respective chamber of the state legislature in order to suspend a state legislator. A proposed suspension would first require a resolution containing "findings and declarations setting forth the basis for the suspension."[1]

Furthermore, the amendment would prohibit a suspended legislator from exercising any of the rights, privileges, duties, or powers of his or her office, or from utilizing any resources of the legislature while the suspension is in effect. Additionally, the suspended member …

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