Mixed results for Props, measuresBy: Rachel Zirin & Bill Sullivan
Tuesday’s election saw voters turn out in record numbers. Among many of items on the 2018 ballot were 11 different propositions that affected those in California. While final numbers are still being calculated, here is where each of those measures and propositions stood as of press time on Wednesday.
Measure C: Folsom City Council Term Limits
As of press time Wednesday, Measure C had results favoring approval. Measure C requires a Folsom City Charter amendment and will allow elected officials to serve four consecutive terms, 16 years, at a time. The measure requires elected officials to take a four-year break between each 16-year term.
Measure D: Campaign Contribution Limits
Measure D results were very close as of press time. Voters checked the ‘No’ box less than 100 times more than the ‘Yes’ box on their ballots, so this measure could swing either way. Measure D will increase the amount of funds a supporter can donate to a single Folsom City Council candidate’s campaign. Currently the contribution limit is set at $150, and the proposed amount is to increase to $500.
Measure E: Folsom Community Enhancement and Investment Measure
Folsom voters were not in favor of Measure E as of press time Wednesday, rejecting it with 71.03 percent. Measure E was proposed as a half-cent sales tax within the City of Folsom with funds to enhance things like unfinished and new parks as well as much more to beautiful Folsom.
Proposition 1: Affordable Housing and Home-Purchase Assistance for Veterans
As of press time on Wednesday, voters appear to have approved a ballot measure to authorize the sale of $4 billion in bonds to fund housing programs, infrastructure work and matching contributions to a local housing trust fund. A quarter of the money from Proposition 1 would go to help veterans buy property. The measure was at 54 percent for yes and 46 percent for no with 92 percent reporting as of Wednesday morning.
Proposition 2: Using Mental Health Dollars for Low-Income Housing
Proposition 2 was approved by California voters. It allows the state to use $2 billion in bonds to build housing for homeless people that includes mental health care. The money for the bonds was originally approved to pay for mental health services, not housing.
Proposition 3: Authorizing Bonds for Safe Drinking Water and Water Infrastructure
On election night, voters appeared ready to defeat Proposition 3, which would have authorized $8.87 billion in bonds for state water infrastructure. Most of the money would have gone to safe drinking water projects and watershed and fishery improvements, but some environmental groups oppose the measure. As of 4 a.m. Wednesday the measure had not been called.
Proposition 4: Authorizing Bonds for Children’s Hospitals
Proposition 4 passed with 60 percent of the vote. The measure approves $1.5 billion in bonds to build, renovate and equip qualifying children’s hospitals, including UC acute care children’s clinics and some private nonprofit hospitals.
Proposition 5: Granting Property Tax Break to Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons
Voters rejected Prop. 5, 58 percent to 42 percent. If passed, the measure would have amended Prop. 13 to let homebuyers who are age 55 or older or severely disabled transfer their Prop. 13 property tax adjustments to their new home, no matter its value or location or the buyer’s number of moves.
Proposition 6: Repealing the Gas Tax
Voters rejected Proposition 6, arguably the most contested ballot measure. If passed it would have repealed the gas tax increase approved last year by Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers.
Proposition 7: Revisiting Daylight Saving
California voted to allow the state legislature to decide how the state’s time should be set. By approving Proposition 7, voters repealed a 1949 voter-approved proposition that established Daylight Saving Time in the state. This move is only the first step of several that would be required to change how or whether Californians change their clocks.
Proposition 8: Limiting Dialysis Clinic Revenue
Proposition 8 failed on election night, 62 percent to 38 percent. The ballot measure was an attempt to put a cap on how much outpatient kidney dialysis clinics may charge patients — it would have imposed penalties for excessive bills and prohibited clinics from discriminating against patients based on their method of payment. The dialysis industry spent a large amount of money to defeat the measure.
Proposition 10: Allowing Local Authorities to Enact Rent Control
One heavily discussed topic was Proposition 10, which was designed to give local authorities more freedom to enact rent control policies. California voters rejected the measure 62 percent to 38 percent. Prop 10 would have repealed the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act and its ban on certain types of rent control, including protections for tenants of single-family homes, condos and apartments built after 1995.
Proposition 11: Requiring Ambulance Employees to Be On-Call during Breaks
California voters approved Proposition 11, 61 percent to 39 percent. The measure requires ambulance workers at for-profit companies to be on-call during their breaks. It will also require companies to provide certain training and mental health services to ambulance workers.
Proposition 12: Increasing Requirements for Farm Animal Confinement
California voters approved a measure that will ban sales of meat and eggs from animals kept in enclosures that fall below a minimum number of square feet. Proposition 12, will apply to California and out-of-state producers alike. The measure also requires producers to keep egg-laying hens in "cage-free" housing by 2022.