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CCA November Voter Guide

CCA November Voter Guide

Published Thursday, September 17, 2020 8:00 am

CANDIDATE ENDORSEMENTS

City

  • David Ryu, Council District 4
  • Mark Ridley-Thomas, Council District 10
  • Tanya Ortiz Franklin, LAUSD Board District 7
  • Marilyn Koziatek, LAUSD Board District 3

County

  • Herb Wesson, Supervisorial District 2
  • Jackie Lacey, District Attorney

State

  • Miguel Santiago, Assembly District 53

BALLOT MEASURES

Citywide

Measure RR: The School Upgrades & Safety Measure – SUPPORT | Vote YES

Sponsor: Los Angeles Unified School District

This measure would sustain Los Angeles Unified School District’s existing School Facilities Modernization Program as the bond measure can be issued without raising the existing property tax rate. If passed, the bond would support an array of needs and projects including outdoor play space, facilities improvements and updated learning technology.

Statewide

Proposition 15: Schools & Communities First Act – OPPOSE | Vote NO

Sponsors: California Teachers Association, Chan Zuckerberg Foundation, SEIU California

This initiative makes significant changes to Proposition 13, reassessing commercial and industrial properties with more than $3M in holdings at full market value. The change would increase taxes on businesses and property owners by approximately $11B per year. Roughly 60% of the increased tax revenue would go to communities, school districts and community colleges. Unfortunately, the measure does not include any reforms to ensure the money is spent effectively or efficiently. See campaign website here.

Proposition 16: Repeal Proposition 209 Affirmative Action Amendment – SUPPORT Vote YES

Sponsor: California State Legislature

Proposition 16 would repeal Proposition 209 and allow government agencies to give preferential consideration based on race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin in employment, contracting and education. Proposition 209, which this measure would repeal, was passed in 1996 by California voters and prevented factors such as the ones listed above from being considered in these decisions. California is currently one of only eight states that does not allow public entities to consider race or gender in hiring, allotting state contracts or accepting students into the state’s public higher education systems.

Proposition 19: The Family Home Protection and Fairness Act – SUPPORT | Vote YES

Sponsor: California Association of Realtors

The Family Home Protection & Fairness Initiative would make changes to some existing property tax assessment processes including allowing eligible homeowners to transfer their tax assessments anywhere within the state up to three times instead of the current one allowable transfer. CCA voted to support this measure at its July Policy Committee after a presentation and discussion. See slide presentation here.

Proposition 21: Rental Affordability Act – OPPOSE | Vote NO

Sponsor: AIDS Healthcare Foundation

Similar to the failed 2018 statewide rent control measure, the Rental Affordability Act would repeal Costa-Hawkins and expand local governments' rent control powers to include housing built more than 15 years ago and also eliminate vacancy decontrol allowing landlords to increase rent by 15% during the first three years after a vacancy. This measure does not address the state's housing shortage and may disincentivize new housing development. See campaign website here.

Proposition 22: Protect App-Based Drivers & Services Act – SUPPORT | Vote YES

Sponsors: Lyft, Uber, DoorDash and Instacart

This measure would create more flexibility for ride share and third-party delivery workers than what is currently allowed under Assembly Bill (AB) 5, a recently passed state law that limits who may be classified as an independent contractor. This initiative aims to restore the ability for drivers to set their own schedules, locations and work for multiple companies, while also assuring new wage and benefit guarantees for drivers who work a minimum number of hours, as well as provide customer and public safety protections. See campaign website here.

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