Midterm elections are coming up Nov. 6 and there are 11 propositions to vote on, besides important races that will define whether the Senate and Congress switch to a Democratic majority or not. The number of choices and issues can become confusing, so The Poly Post put together the key races into an easy-to-understand format.
Prop 1 | Allows bonds to fund existing housing programs benefiting low-income people, farmworkers, veterans and more. The fiscal impact of this would be increased state costs to repay bonds averaging about $170 million annually over the next 35 years.
Prop 2 | Would allow bonds to fund housing programs for individuals with mental illness who are homeless or at risk for homelessness. This would require $140 million per year of county mental health funds to repay $2 billion in bonds.
Prop 3 | Allows bonds to fund projects for water supply and quality, watershed, fish, wildlife, water conveyance and groundwater sustainability and storage. The fiscal impact would be increased state costs to repay bonds averaging $430 million a year over 40 years.
Prop 4 | This proposition allows bonds funding construction at hospitals, providing children’s healthcare and funding grants for construction, expansion, renovation and equipping of qualifying children’s hospitals. The fiscal impact is increased state costs to repay bond averaging about $80 million annually over the next 35 years.
Prop 5 | Changes requirements for property owners to transfer their property tax base to replacement property. This would affect homeowners over 55, severely disabled homeowners, and contaminated or disaster-destroyed property.
Prop 6 | Would repeal the gas tax approved last year, which was raised to 12 cents per gallon. The tax had been funding road repair and public transportation. Prop 6 would also amend the state constitution to require the legislature to get voter approval for taxes on the sale and use of gasoline and diesel fuel, and would reduce the ongoing $5.1 billion in revenue from state fuel and vehicle taxes.
Prop 7 | This proposition would allow California to make daylight savings time permanent by giving the legislature the ability to change the daylight savings time period by a two-thirds vote. However, federal law would need to allow California to go forward with the change if the proposition passes.
Prop 8 | Regulates and limits how much money health clinics can charge patients or insurers for dialysis. If a clinic charges more than 115 percent of the cost of treatment, it would be obligated to refund the extra money.
Prop 10 | Repeals a state law that forbids that cities enact rent control policies or landlords raise rent when tenants move out. Prop 10 would give cities and counties more freedom to regulate rent increases.
Prop 11 | This proposition would require emergency ambulance employees to remain on-call during work breaks. They would be paid at their regular rates during each break, and if an emergency should happen during that time, the company would have to give employees another uninterrupted break during their shift.
Prop 12 | This proposition establishes a new standard for confinement of farm animals by specifying the minimum square feet required for animals in cages. It also prohibits the sale of meat and egg products from animals living in conditions that don’t meet this standard.
John Cox, Republican | The Republican candidate from Chicago, Cox believes in repealing the gas tax and is an advocate of the free market. Cox opposes Gov. Brown’s attempts to get the state to run on 100 percent renewable energy by 2045. Cox believes reforming the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) will help deal with homelessness.
Gavin Newsom, Democrat | The Democratic candidate from San Francisco made waves as mayor of that city in 2004 when he granted marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Newsom claims he will resist any efforts from the Trump administration to stop DACA protections and has a goal to build 3.5 million homes by 2025 to meet the growing housing demand in California.
Kevin de León, D | De León is challenging incumbent Sen. Dianne Feinstein. His goals are to increase gun control, create a national plan that favors clean energy and create comprehensive immigration reform. De León also advocates for a “Medicare for all” health care system.
Dianne Feinstein, D | Feinstein is the Democratic incumbent who was first elected to the Senate in 1992. Feinstein supports the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act and has opposed President Trump’s immigration policies, including his travel ban affecting Muslim countries. Feinstein also believes in ending gun violence and healthcare reform.
Congress – 35th District (Chino, Fontana, Montclair, Ontario and Pomona)
Norma Torres, D | Torres is the incumbent Democratic congresswoman representing California’s 35th District. She has been in the position since 2015 and has been an advocate for working-class families. She has also supported improvements for housing, transportation and national security.
Christian Valiente, R | Valiente is the Republican candidate and is an advocate of stopping anti-Semitism on college campuses. He believes in creating more jobs and improving the economy in the district, which has an unemployment rate of 8.5 percent, double the national average.
L.A. County Sherriff
Jim Mcdonnell | Mcdonnell is the incumbent who has been L.A. County Sheriff since 2014. He has strengthened the department’s honesty policy and has handed the district attorney the names of 300 deputies discovered to have committed misconduct who may lose their credibility on the witness stand. He has also been criticized recently for possible racial profiling of Latinos on the I-5 Freeway.
Alex Villanueva | Villanueva is the newcomer challenging incumbent Mcdonnell. Villanueva believes McDonnell has not done a good job recruiting new deputies to fill the roughly 1,000 vacancies in the department. He also criticizes McDonnell for allowing the department to shift decision-making higher up in the chain of command and believes the Sheriff’s Department should not take part in immigration enforcement.
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