The LWVC board took final positions on the measures scheduled for the June ballot. Look for our The League Recommends flyer (a.k.a. Vote With the League).
Here’s a quick summary of the League position on each measure:
PROPOSITION 68 - California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for All Act - VOTE YES
This measure would authorize California to issue general obligation bonds, with the money used to finance state and local parks, water conservation measures, water reliability to disadvantaged communities, and flood protection projects. California parks provide open space and recreation, improving health and community well-being. The water projects funded by this bond are forward thinking, and are a key part of our state response to climate change.
PROPOSITION 69 - Motor Vehicle Fees and Taxes - VOTE YES
If passed, this constitutional amendment would ensure that the existing transportation revenues we pay at the pump and when we register our vehicles can ONLY be used for road and transportation improvement projects. This amendment protects these transportation funds by prohibiting the state legislature from using these revenues for non-transportation purposes. ACA 5 protects existing taxes and fees we are already paying. It does not raise taxes one cent. The League supports measures to ensure adequate revenue to support needed services, including safe roads and good public transportation.
PROPOSITION 70 - Greenhouse Gas Reduction Reserve Fund - VOTE NO
This measure would add a requirement that two thirds of legislators approve the first appropriation of any money collected from the sale by CARB (California Air Resources Board) of Cap-and-Trade allowances after 2024. At a time that we need efficient and effective investments in climate change solutions, this requirement could lead to deadlocks, inefficiency, and poor decisions.
PROPOSITION 71 - Effective Date of Initiatives - VOTE YES
Currently, an initiative that is approved takes effect the day after the election unless the measure provides otherwise. Election results are not officially certified until five weeks after the election. While most election results are clear shortly after election day, that is not always the case. Prop 71 would provide that an initiative would take effect 5 days after the Secretary of State certifies the election results.
PROPOSITION 72 - Property taxation: new construction: rain water capture system - YES
This measure would allow an exclusion from additional property taxes for construction or installation of rain water capture systems. These systems capture, store and use otherwise wasted rain water for landscape irrigation and similar uses, saving more conventional water for personal use. With traditional water sources becoming less dependable, this is one more way we can diversify sources of usable water.
The League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara has a recommendation for the local measures for Santa Barbara County:
MEASURE R - Isla Vista Community Services District utility user tax - YES
LWVSB recommends a YES vote on Measure R (on IV ballots only), to provide vital funding for the new Isla Vista Community Services District (IVCSD). In 2016, we supported both the state legislation and the local ballot measures (E2016 and F2016) for the formation and funding of this local government which is uniquely tailored to IV's needs. Measure E passed overwhelmingly, so the District was formed and is functioning. Measure F2016 had over 60% of the votes, but as a tax, it needed 2/3 to pass. So the IVCSD Board has put Measure R2018 on the ballot to authorize this tax, which is required to continue the important work they have begun.
How does the League make ballot measure endorsements?
Vote with the League on June 5, 2018!