Yes: Proposition 51, which would provide bond money for school construction. Schools need regular upgrades. This bond keeps money flowing to schools for improvements and expensive repairs.
Yes: Proposition 52, which extends fees on hospitals to pay for Medi-Cal health care services, children's health coverage and uninsured patients.
No, Proposition 53, which would require voter approval of any state project with a price tag of $2 billion or more. While it is inviting to think about voting no on high-speed rail or the delta tunnels, this would also affect many lesser infrastructure projects that are important to a particular region.
Yes, Proposition 54, which would force the state Legislators to be more open about what they are doing and would put an end to last minute additions of unrelated special interest legislation to bills.
Yes: Proposition 55, which extends a tax on the wealthiest Californians. While we endorse it because there are few options, we also urge the Legislature to find other, more secure and stable ways to balance the budget.
Yes: Proposition 56, which would raise cigarette taxes by about $2 a pack. The money raised is to augment health-care spending for low-income Californians. Cigarettes are proven to cause health problems; taxing them to help pay for health spending makes sense.
No: Proposition 57, which would provide a process for non-violent inmates to get out of jail early. We believe the results of an earlier and similar effort are still unfolding, and would prefer the state wait awhile longer before tinkering further with reducing sentences.
Yes: Proposition 58, which would return decisions on education of English language learners' to local schools and parents.
Yes: Proposition 59, which directs the Legislature to make a formal objection to Congress in regard to the Citizens United decision that granted corporations human status and has allowed more dark money to flow into politics. Congress can change the law that would overturn the decision, and it should.
No: Proposition 60, which would require actors in adult films to wear condoms. We believe this is an issue that, if it is important, should be addressed through existing workplace safety laws.
No: Proposition 61, which would prohibit the state from paying more for medicine than the Veterans Administration pays.
Yes: Proposition 62, which eliminates the death penalty. Death penalty cases are expensive and ineffective. Locking up evil people for life gets them away from society for less money and deprives them of a full life.
No: Proposition 63, which would establish background checks before buying ammunition, prohibit possession of large-capacity magazines and establish procedures to enforcing laws that prohibit some people from having firearms. Parts of this proposition might be good, but it goes too far and would cause unnecessary burdens on law-abiding, gun-owning citizens.
No: Proposition 64, which would make it legal to use marijuana for recreation. Marijuana has been legalized in several other states, and those states are still working out issues related to its use. Those issues include determining impairment of drivers who have used marijuana, handling money that can't go into federally insured banks, and labeling cannabis so users know how potent it is. We'd prefer those states work out such issues before marijuana is legalized here.
No: Proposition 65, which would divert a 10 cent charge for grocery bags to environmental programs. This is an effort by plastic bag manufacturers to confuse voters about Proposition 67, which would ban single-use plastic bags and allow grocers and others to charge 10 cents to cover costs of paper bags when customers need one.
No: Proposition 66, which would try to speed up how quickly a death sentence is carried out. State law requires and allows extensive legal challenges to death sentences. Trying to speed them up depends on having enough lawyers to handle them; court time, etc. While it may sound good, it could cost millions but accomplish nothing.
Yes: Proposition 67, which would ban single-use plastic bags and allow grocers and other retailers to charge 10 cents to cover costs of paper bags if a customer needs one. Plastic bags were banned by the Legislature. Voters' approval ensures the ban is carried and helps protect the environment and wildlife from the ill effects of bags that do not degrade.
Yes: Measures L, S, U, V, W and Y, are all local school bonds that would repair and improve local schools.
Yes: Measure K, which would extend a sales tax to raise money for local fire and police services. This is money that would be raised locally and spent locally, with proper oversight, on the most basic public services.