Crime, rent control, and local funding are on the ballot next Tuesday

There are 12 statewide measures on the ballot Nov 3, including some with direct implications for local government.

CalMatters has published a helpful guide to make sense of all of the propositions here. Below are three measures with notable impacts on cities and counties.

Proposition 15

Also known as “split roll,” this initiative would roll back Prop 13 protections for commercial and industrial properties of a certain size. A "yes" vote is a vote in favor of a constitutional amendment to tax these properties on market value, rather than purchase price. That would mean a tax hike on many businesses.

Proposition 15 would raise $6.5 billion to $11.5 billion for local governments and schools. 60% would go toward cities, counties, and special districts. Schools and community colleges would get 40%.

The measure is supported by a number of school districts, the California Teachers Association, and the Los Angeles and San Francisco county boards of supervisors. It is opposed by business groups, taxpayer groups, and former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Proposition 20

The Keep California Safe initiative would roll back some provisions of recent criminal justice reform measures that critics say endanger public safety and hamper DNA collection efforts. Prosecutors would have more flexibility to prosecute non-violent crimes. Millions more would be spent on local law-enforcement, local court costs, and corrections.

This measure has support from law enforcement unions, some prosecutors and victims’ rights advocates, and the Orange County Board of Supervisors. It is opposed by former Gov. Jerry Brown, Gov. Gavin Newsom, and the ACLU.

Proposition 21

This measure would allow local governments to enact rent control on housing that was first occupied over 15 years ago, with some exemptions. The fiscal impact states: “Overall, a potential reduction in state and local revenues in the high tens of millions of dollars per year over time. Depending on actions by local communities, revenue losses could be less or more.”

Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, and tenant rights groups are supporting the measure. Gov. Gavin Newsom has joined business and taxpayer groups in opposing it.


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