E4E Recommendations & Candidate Questionnaires

Ballot 2020

Make sure that you are registered to vote! The deadline to register is October 19, 2020.

  1. Register to vote or check your registration status online at the San Diego Registrar of Voters website.
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  3. If you would like to vote in-person, polling places will be open for four days, Oct. 31 through Nov. 3. There will be fewer locations than in prior elections, so the location of your assigned poll has most likely changed. Early voting is also available at the Registrar of Voters offices starting Oct 5, 2020.
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CA Prop 14
Stem Cell Research Institute Bond Initiative

What it is all about: Over a decade ago California voters authorized $3B in stem cell research, the money is now almost gone and the backers of the original effort want voters to authorize another round of borrowing by issuing $5.5 billion in government bonds to continue stem cell research.

E4E recommends you vote: YES

Why we make this recommendation: California is the leader, not only in the US but in the world, on ground-breaking stem cell research. Funding from Prop 71 in 2004 allowed our state to build facilities and make tremendous inroads on therapies for cancer, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, and even more recently, COVID vaccines and therapies. But organizations whose work has been funded since 2004 need additional funding to continue their research and trials of life-saving and life-sustaining therapies. The measure will authorize $5.5 billion in state general obligation bonds to provide this funding for research, therapies, and cures. It is not a tax increase.

The measure is supported by the California Democratic Party and a large coalition of health advocacy groups, including the American Diabetes Association, African Americans Against Alzheimer’s, Latinos Against Alzheimer’s, the Sickle Cell Disease Foundation of California, and many, many more. Many of these organizations advocate for funding for diseases that disproportionately affect Black and brown communities. Should this measure fail to get voter approval, many therapies that have already proven successful in trials would be halted.

Funding stem cell research also provides a great boon to our California economy. According to a recent study, projects funded by the previous funding initiative have generated $640 million in state and local tax revenue, as well as 55,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs in California.

CA Prop 15
Tax on Commercial and Industrial Properties for Education and Local Government Funding Initiative

What it is all about:  The proposition will create a set of new rules for commercial property taxes while leaving the existing rules for residential property taxes in place. Commercial property owners who are paying below market taxes would see their taxes go up and the resulting tax revenue would go to local government services and schools.

E4E recommends you vote: YES

Why we make this recommendation: California’s property tax system is incredibly unbalanced and unfair. Under current law, property tax increases are frozen at 2% per year (regardless of the property’s value). This is true even for commercial property (which is what this proposition addresses). This works out great if you already own property, but it is devastating for everyone else. New individuals looking to buy commercial property pay disproportionately higher taxes, making it harder for them to compete with current property owners. It also means that local governments cannot properly take advantage of the commercial property tax base in their community. Californians in turn pay some of the highest income taxes, sales taxes, and business taxes to make up for the shortfall (all of which are regressive). These problems are particularly compounded when you take race into account. California has a long history of formal and information discrimination in property ownership. From redlining and outright bans on Black home ownership, to the racial discrimination that dominated the real estate industry for decades, People of Color were left behind when it came to property ownership in California. Discrimination in property ownership along with shifting demographics mean that the burden of high property tax rates have disproportionately fallen on People of Color. This proposition does not address all these issues, but it does help to remediate the problem in commercial property. The funds from the new tax revenue will go to education and to fund local government.

E4E 2020 Candidate Questionnaire & Responses

Encinitas4Equality asked local candidates to answer the below 5 questions to gain insight about where they stand on issues of equality as they relate to living and governing in Encinitas.

The questionnaire was sent to candidates in the following races for whom we could find a website or contact information. As of October 5, 2020, we have not received a response from all candidates. Those responses received are posted in the PDF links below.

 

Questions

  1. What is your name and what office are you running for?
  2. What policies, goals, or priorities do you support related to housing in Encinitas?  What housing policies have you seen enacted elsewhere in California or the US that you would like to replicate here?
  3. What is your stance on affirmative action in California?  Do you support Proposition 16 and the attempt to repeal the ban on affirmative action in California?
  4. The United States Commission on Civil Rights issued a memo on November 15, 2008 that stated “The best available evidence reflects high rates of use of force nationally, and increased likelihood of police use of force against People of Color, people with disabilities, LGBT people, people with mental health concerns, people with low incomes, and those at the intersections of these groups.” Do you believe that police use of force, specifically when interacting with People of Color, people with disabilities, LGBT people, people with mental health concerns, and people with low incomes, is an issue that needs to be addressed by the local government in Encinitas? If not, why not? If so, what reforms would you propose?
  5. According to the California Department of Education, 62% of San Diego County public school teachers are White while more than 70% of the County’s students identify as People of Color. Do you believe it is important to hire teachers, administrators, and counselors that reflect the demographics of the student body they serve?  If not, why not?  If so, what reforms would you support to promote the hiring of qualified People of Color as administrators, teachers, and counselors?
  6. San Diego Unified and Los Angeles Unified School Districts acknowledged that school closures, online learning, and incomplete access to technology are believed to have caused massive learning losses for many students, particularly low-income students. In light of the recent surge of COVID-19 cases and cancellation of in person classes, what are your proposals to help youth who struggle with absent parents, no internet, lack of meals, and lost job opportunities?

CA Prop 16
Repeal Proposition 209 Affirmative Action Amendment

What it is all about:  This proposition would simply repeal Proposition 209, allowing the practice usually called “affirmative action” to be used in California.

E4E recommends you vote: YES

Why we make this recommendation: Put simply, this proposition will allow affirmative action in California which is prohibited by current law.  Yes on this proposition will permit local governments to adopt policies that encourage diversity and address racial inequality by taking into account race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin. Much of the anti-Proposition 16 literature confuses the issue by implying that the proposition is designed to discriminate against People of Color.  The proposition actually gives local governments the tools to address some of the socioeconomic impacts of systemic racism.

CA Prop 17
Voting Rights Restoration for Persons on Parole Amendment

What it is all about: Currently a parolee may not vote in California until the time of parole has been completed. This proposal, placed on the ballot by the legislature, would remove that restriction and allow a person on parole to vote.

E4E recommends you vote: YES

Why we make this recommendation:  The right to vote is fundamental for a citizen to fully participate in our republic.  The current law denying those who are on parole, but have completed their prison term, the right to vote has a direct and disproportionate impact on communities of color. This proposition attempts to address that wrong.  People of Color are grossly overrepresented in California’s prison population, and the issue is most acute in the Black community where they are overrepresented by approximately 500%. This proposition will help to ensure that we are not silencing voices of color when we select our government.

CA Prop 18
Primary Voting for 17-Year-Olds Amendment

What it is all about:  This proposition would allow 17-year-olds to register and vote in primary elections if they turn 18 by the time of the general election in November.

E4E recommends you vote: YES

Why we make this recommendation: The right to vote is fundamental for a citizen to fully participate in our republic, and the purpose of an election is to choose candidates that most closely align with a voter’s values and ideals. A young person’s ability to select a candidate to represent them is inhibited if they are not legally allowed to vote in the primary election corresponding to the general election by which they will turn 18.

CA Prop 19
Property Tax Transfers, Exemptions, and Revenue for Wildfire Agencies and Counties Amendment

What it is all about:  This proposition will allow California homeowners who are 55 and older to purchase a new home and keep their property tax payment at the same level or a reduced rate. The proposition also closes a tax loophole which allows some Californians to lock in low tax rates on a second or third home.

E4E recommends you vote: YES

Why we make this recommendation: This law would allow older Californians (those 55 and up) to sell their current home and move into a new one but still take advantage of their prior low tax rate.  Under the current law, an older resident on a fixed income looking to downsize from a house to an apartment may be hesitant to do so since the tax rate on their new less expensive apartment may be significantly higher than the tax rate they were paying on their current larger home, this proposition would fix that.  The main beneficiaries of this law will be older Californians that have owned their homes for a significant period of time, and that demographic is overwhelmingly and disproportionately white (due to decades of discriminatory policy).  That being said, Encinitas4Equality can support the proposition because it closes an even more problematic tax loophole.  The proposition will end a policy that allows wealthy Californians who receive property from their parents (through sale or inheritance) to lock in their parents’ low tax rate. Closing this loophole will result in more revenue for local government, schools, and state firefighters and end a tax break that is primarily used by the very wealthy.

CA Prop 20
Criminal Sentencing, Parole, and DNA Collection Initiative

What it is all aboutThis proposition would place new limits on some of the recently passed sentence reductions. It would also allow some theft-related crimes to be charged as felonies and it would create two new crimes, both crimes could result in jail time.

E4E recommends you vote: NO

Why we make this recommendation: This proposition would cost the state tens of millions of dollars by increasing the amount of time those who have committed nonviolent crimes would spend in jail. This places more burdens on the criminal justice systems, those convicted of crimes, on the loved ones of those incarcerated.  It will also cost taxpayers more money despite the severe lack of evidence that longer sentences deter people from committing or recommitting crimes. This proposition would require the collection of DNA from people convicted for a variety of crimes, including low-level crimes such as theft and drug crimes. Black and Latinx communities, who are already disproportionately involved in the criminal justice system, will be disproportionately and negatively impacted by this proposition.  Money and resources should be spent on crime prevention, such as education, mental health, and social support.

CA Prop 21
Local Rent Control Initiative

What it is all aboutThis proposition will allow cities and counties to pass new rent control measures for housing that is more than 15 years old, with the exception of some single-family homes. The proposition will also allow local governments to impose limits on rent increases when a new renter moves in.

E4E recommends you vote: YES

Why we make this recommendation:  California politicians have been painfully slow and grossly negligent in addressing the ongoing housing affordability crisis in this state.  This proposition will allow cities and counties to give immediate relief to some of the most vulnerable renters in the state. California and San Diego County need long-term housing solutions that will address the underlying causes of the housing affordability crisis, but until that time local governments need more tools available to address the pressing needs of their residents. This proposition will provide another tool for those who want to address the housing affordability crisis at the local level while waiting on a bolder, more permanent response from the state.

CA Prop 22
App-Based Drivers as Contractors and Labor Policies Initiative

What it is all aboutThis proposition will designate app based drivers to be independent contractors. However, the companies wrote the proposition to provide those drivers some benefits (but far less than they would receive as employees under current law).

E4E recommends you vote: NO

Why we make this recommendation: Companies like Uber, Lyft, Instacart and Doordash have spent an eye-popping $180M supporting this proposition, and their efforts have largely distorted the issue.  Fundamentally, the companies do not want to treat their workers as employees, and wish to deny their workers the basic protections and benefits all other California companies are required to provide employees.   This proposition would write into the statute the racial inequalities that have plagued these companies and the gig economy in general.  Black drivers make up approximately 18% of the Uber drivers yet Black employees represent just 9.3% of the Uber employee base.  By denying their more diverse gig-workers the same benefits as their employees, these companies continue to exacerbate racial inequalities in areas such as access to healthcare, reliable income, and paid leave.

CA Prop 23
Dialysis Clinic Requirements Initiative

What it is all aboutThis proposition would require every dialysis clinic to have at least one physician present during all operating hours. The clinics would have to offer the same level of care to all patients, regardless of whether they pay for treatment with government funded programs. Clinic administrators would have to report more information about infections among their dialysis patients, and the state Department of Public Health would have a new role in agreeing to changes at a clinic or its closure.

E4E recommends you vote:  YES

Why we make this recommendationProtects dialysis patients by requiring clinics to have at least one physician present, to report patient infection data to the state, and get state approval to close a clinic.  Prop 23 also creates more oversight around the disparity of treatment based on ones insurance carrier; making sure that patients on Medicare and Medical receive the same level of care as patients on private insurance.

Kidney patients deserve better treatment than what they receive from many dialysis clinics, and these high profit companies haven’t invested enough in patient safety. The removal of people’s blood during dialysis treatment puts enormous strain on people’s bodies and leaves them vulnerable to medical crises. So having a licensed physician on site at all times —not just sometimes — means that during emergencies, a physician can respond immediately.

CA Prop 24
Consumer Personal Information Law and Agency Initiative

What it is all aboutThis proposition creates a new definition in state law of data “sharing” in an attempt to make more businesses subject to privacy rules. Californians would also have new rights to limit the sharing of their personal information and to correct inaccurate information.

E4E recommends you vote: NO

Why we make this recommendation: While we fully support increased personal privacy protection, this proposition is extremely complex and even pro-privacy groups are conflicted about its overall impact.  A new statewide privacy law, the California Consumer Privacy Act, just went into effect on January 1, 2020. It is too early to amend that law since experts still do not know how much impact it will have, or what its true costs are. This proposition is just too complicated and technical, the issue needs to be resolved by the legislature instead of on the ballot.

CA Prop 25
Replace Cash Bail with Risk Assessments Referendum

What it is all aboutThis is a vote to support a new and historic law eliminating the bail industry’s practice of offering cash to those who can’t afford to pay for early release. Instead, defendants deemed to be a danger to the community could be held under a policy known as “preventive detention.”

E4E recommends you vote: YES

Why we make this recommendation: Cash bail penalizes poverty and disproportionally affects People of Color. Having to stay in jail for even just a few days can cause people to lose their job, housing, and even child custody. The pressure to provide cash bail essentially extorts money from people who have been arrested and have not been proven guilty of a crime. According to the Prison Policy Initiative, 465,000 people are held in local jails every day even though they have not been convicted of a crime. About half of all people who cannot afford their bail are parents of young children.  We acknowledge there is concern about the risk assessment, particularly the reliance on computer algorithms, but we believe this is still a step in the right direction.

City of Encinitas: Measure H

What it is all aboutThis is a vote on whether the City of Encinitas should change zoning to allow retail cannabis sales, cultivation, product manufacturing, and distribution in specified zones, subject to restrictions. Measure H would also allow indoor cannabis cultivation for personal and medical use for qualified persons with no limitation to particular zones.

E4E recommends you vote: No recommendation.

Why we make this recommendation: We fully support the end of the war on drugs, which has had disastrous and disproportionate impacts on People of Color. However, the city government abdicated their responsibility to provide sensible guidelines for cannabis sales, cultivation, manufacturing, and distribution in Encinitas by placing this measure on the ballot.  This measure is highly technical and should have been resolved by the city council.