There are 17 statewide ballot propositions on the California ballot for the November 8, 2016, election. The following is a voter guide for politically conservative voters on the propositions. We have also given our positions on the LA County Measures, the City of LA Measures, the City of Beverly Hills Measure, and the Beverly Hills Unified School District Measure.
If you would like to download the list to take with you to the polling place, you can download it here.
CALIFORNIA STATEWIDE BALLOT PROPOSITIONS
NOVEMBER 8, 2016
VOTER RECOMMENDATIONS BY GARY AMINOFF, THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY AND THE CALIFORNIA REPUBLICAN PARTY.
|51||$9 Billion general obligation bond to fund school construction projects. The Measure is sponsored by the Building Industry Association and supported by the California Republican Party.
This will not result in a tax increase.
|52||Uses existing hospital fees paid to the state to fund Medi-Cal, uninsured patients and children health care. Saves State from spending for this purpose.||YES|
|53||Requires statewide voter approval on any state revenue bond projects exceeding $2 Billion. Only involves State bond issues, not local governments.||YES|
|54||Requires any bill to be printed and published online for 72 hours before the legislature can vote on it. Requires legislature to record and post video of all legislative proceedings other than closed session proceedings.||YES|
|55||Extends the temporary personal income tax imposed by Proposition 30 in 2012 by an additional 12 years. Money to be used for K-12 schools and for healthcare programs.||NO|
|56||Would increase the cigarette tax by $2.00 per pack. Funding goes to healthcare and tobacco use prevention programs. Supported by Tom Steyer. Benefits insurance companies and special interests.||NO|
|57||Gives prisoners convicted of nonviolent felonies to be given early release. Sponsored by Gov. Brown.||NO|
|In 1998 California voters approved an initiative requiring that children be taught English in our schools unless parents disagreed. This measure would modify that initiative and allow children to be taught in other languages. This measure from 1998 has resulted in children learning English at a much faster rate than in a bilingual environment.||NO|
|Asks voters to decide if there should be a federal Constitutional Amendment to overturn the ruling in Citizens United vs. FEC. This Proposition has no real effect other than sending a message to Congress.||NO|
|60||Requires the use of condoms for adult films. This proposition is opposed by both the Democrat Party and the Republican Party. It is proposed by a special interest group.||NO|
|61||Establishes pricing standards for state prescription drug purchases. The proposition would increase drug costs to veterans, would result in a new bureaucracy costing taxpayers millions. Was written by an individual who stands to benefit financially if it passes.||NO|
|62||Repeals the death penalty and replaces it with life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. Applies retroactively to prisoners already sentenced to the death penalty. Opposed by most law enforcement agencies.||NO|
|Requires a background check to purchase ammunition and bans large-capacity ammunition magazines. Requires ammunition purchases be reported to the Department of Justice. This proposition is opposed by the law enforcement community. Sponsored by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom.||
|Legalizes marijuana. Imposes a 15% excise tax on retail sales of marijuana. A marijuana legalization initiative was on the ballot in 2010 but was defeated by voters. Would allow marijuana ads on TV. This proposition is designed to benefit special interests in the marijuana business.||NO|
|Redirects money collected by grocery and other retail stores for carry-out bags to a special fund managed by the Wildlife Conservation Board to support environmental projects.||
|66||Shortens the time for legal appeals to a death penalty conviction. Requires habeas corpus petitions be held in trial courts instead of the State Supreme Court.||YES|
|A referendum to overturn the plastic bag ban passed by the Legislature. The language here is tricky. If you want to overturn the ban on plastic bags, vote No. A yes vote retains the ban on plastic bags. A No vote would allow stores to once again provide single-purpose plastic carry-out bags.||
COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES MEASURES
|MEASURE A||Parks and Beaches||NO|
|MEASURE M||Traffic Improvement Plan||NO|
CITY OF LOS ANGELES MEASURES
|MEASURE HHH||Homeless Bond Issue||NO|
|MEASURE JJJ||Affordable Housing Bond Issue||NO|
|MEASURE RRR||Reform DWP Governance||YES|
|MEASURE SSS||Pension Reform||NO POSITION|
CITY OF BEVERLY HILLS MEASURE
|MEASURE HH||Beverly Hilton High Rise and Expanded Private Park||YES|
BEVERLY HILLS UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
|MEASURE Y||School Infrastructure Upgrade||YES|