On Wednesday, August 12, the RCRC Board of Directors adopted positions on five of the most controversial propositions slated for the November 2020 General Election Ballot.
Proposition 15, The California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act (Split Roll) - OPPOSE
After hearing comments from proponents and opponents alike, the RCRC Board of Directors voted to “Oppose” Proposition 15. With the potential for a significant reduction in in property tax receipts due to the exemptions and new administrative burdens associated with the Proposition, a number of RCRC member counties stand to face significant loses under the proposal.
Proposition 16: Repeal of Proposition 209 of 1996 - SUPPORT
The RCRC Board of Directors adopted a “Support” position for Proposition 16. Proposition 209, passed in 1996, prohibited affirmative action in several public processes. The passage of Proposition 16 would provide an opportunity for county governments to reassess their hiring and contracting practices to address racial inequities in their respective hiring/contracting practices. RCRC expressed support for Assembly Constitutional Amendment 5, which will appear on the November 2020 General Election ballot as Proposition 16. RCRC’s letter to the author, Assembly Member Shirley N. Weber (D- San Diego), may be viewed here.
Proposition 17: Voting Rights of Convicted Felons - OPPOSE
The RCRC Board of Directors voted to “Oppose” Proposition 17, which provides for the restoration of voting rights to convicted felons who remain on parole and have not completely fulfilled the terms of their sentence.
Proposition 18: Age of Voting - NEUTRAL
The RCRC Board of Directors voted to adopt a “Neutral” position for Proposition 18, which allows 17 year-olds to vote in primaries if they become 18 years-old by the time of the General Election.
Proposition 19: The Home Protection for Seniors, Severely Disabled, Families, and Victims of Wildfire Disasters Act - OPPOSE
The RCRC Board of Directors voted to “Oppose” Proposition 19, which would liberalize property tax base transfer and inherited property.
At their June meeting, the RCRC Board of Directors adopted positions on three of the twelve ballot measures slated for the November 2020 ballot:
- Proposition 20: Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe Act – SUPPORT
- Proposition 21: Rental Affordability Act – NO POSITION
- Proposition 25: Senate Bill 10- Bail Reform Referendum – NO POSITION
The four remaining propositions (Proposition 14, Proposition 22, Proposition 23, and Proposition 24) may be considered at the September meeting of the RCRC Board of Directors.