California General Election November 6, 2018

Election Day is November 6, 2018. Polls are open 7:00 am to 8:00 pm. Whether your favorite candidates or causes have or have not a chance to win or lose is irrelevant. If you don’t vote, you are saying it’s OK for others to determine your future.

The Nine-County Coalition does not officially endorse or oppose candidates or propositions. We leave it to NCC participating groups to do that and reflect the preferences of their members.

However, there are three California state proposals that elicited strong views from NCC participants: Proposition 13 Portability, Gas Tax Repeal, and Repeal of Costa-Hawkins.

Here are links to the NCC articles on those proposals and a brief excerpt. We caution you to be mindful of the titles and descriptions the California Attorney General (Xavier Becerra) gives to proposals on the ballot, since they are not always objective.

Three of 12 Propositions on the Ballot

Proposition 5 – Changes Requirements for Certain Property Owners to Transfer Their Property Tax Base to Replacement Property.

Translation: Proposition 5 extends the property tax protections of Proposition 13 by making the protections “portable.”

Proposition 13 Portability Pros and Cons

…the main objectives of this initiative is to extend Proposition 13 property tax limits to seniors 55 and over and severely disabled persons when they purchase a replacement primary residence 1) in another county, 2) for a price higher than the primary residence they sold, and 3) as many times as they need to move.

Proposition 6 – Eliminates Certain Road Repair and Transportation Funding. Requires Certain Fuel Taxes and Vehicle Fees be approved by the Electorate.

Translation: Proposition 6 repeals the taxes and fees mandated by Senate Bill 1, and leaves legislators free to place those same taxes and fees – and all future fuel taxes and vehicle fees -- on the ballot for voter approval.

Voters Need to Weigh In On the Gas Tax

As the Nine-County Coalition indicated in its review of Senate Bill 1, the transportation bill Governor Jerry Brown approved April 2017, the bill may have gone too far. Californians pay one of the highest per capita baskets of taxes in the nation, and the state has one of the biggest well-paid bureaucracies. SB1 increases taxes some more, and adds another layer of bureaucratic management to transportation. Also this transportation bill is set to spend a whole lot of money in what most Californians do not view as transportation, such as state parks, boating programs, and trains to nowhere

Proposition 10 – Expands Local Governments’ Authority to Enact Rent Control on Residential Property.

Translation: Proposition 10 repeals the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, a state law that prohibits rent control on single-family homes and newly built housing completed after 1995, and allows landlords to charge new tenants when they first move in market rate rent.

Costa-Hawkins Repeal On November Ballot - It’s Complicated!

… imposition and expansion of rent control does provide immediate benefits to current renters whose landlords stay in the market by preventing significant and sudden rent increases that lead to unpredictability, and could lead to displacement or homelessness. But, landlords may not want to stay in a rent-controlled market, thus over the long term rent control makes housing less affordable by discouraging the supply of rental units.

Vote Wisely!

Every Nation Has the Government it Deserves

Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821)