Propositions to end to daylight saving time, break up California qualify for Nov. ballot

Posted at 4:22 PM, Jul 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-01 19:22:30-04

California voters will have the opportunity to vote on a dozen new measures come November, including propositions focused on housing, daylight saving time and the division of California.

Secretary of State Alex Padilla on Friday released proposition numbers to ballot measures qualified for the Nov. 6 election.

The $4 billion Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018, known as Proposition 1, dedicates $1 billion to help veterans obtain stable, affordable homes.

The remaining funds would help build permanent and transitional rental housing for lower income households and assist low and very low income households in becoming or remaining homeowners.

Proposition 2, known as the No Place Like Home Act, directs $2 billion to counties to finance capital costs associated with building homes for people with mental illness.

Funding would be drawn from the state’s general fund and the fund set up through the Mental Health Services Act, which passed in 2004.

Proposition 3 authorizes $8.9 billion in state general obligation bonds to fund projects for water supply and quality, including safe drinking water and habitat protection.

Proposition 4 authorizes $1.5 billion in bonds to fund construction at qualifying nonprofit hospitals that provide children’s healthcare.

Proposition 5 removes some current requirements for homeowners over age 55 who transfer their property tax base to a replacement residence.

Requirements regarding the value of the replacement residence, the specific county the residence is in and the number of transfers would be affected.

According to the proposition’s finance report, the annual property tax losses for cities, counties and special districts is estimated at $150 million in the short term and $1 billion per year long term.

Proposition 6 repeals a 2017 transportation law’s tax and fees that appear on vehicle registration.

The fees pay for repairs and improvements to local roads, state highway and public transportation.

Under this measure, state transportation tax revenues would fall $2.9 billion in the following year.

The Daylight Saving Time act would repeal the biannual time shift in California, establishing a year round time. Only Arizona and Hawaii do not participate in the time change.

Proposition 8 authorizes the state to regulate how much kidney dialysis clinics charge patients for care, establishing penalties for excessive charges.

Proposition 9 would see California divided into three states, assigning each county to a new state.

This measure would require approval not just from the governor, but congress.

If passed, each of the three Californias would create unique tax laws and divvy up assets.

Proposition 10 expands local government’s authority to enact rent control on residential properties, limiting rates landlords can charge for new tenants, new construction and single family homes.

Proposition 11 requires employees of privately operated emergency ambulances to remain on call during work breaks.

The measure also provides for employee training on violence prevention and mental health.

Local governments stand to save tens of millions of dollars annually due to lower emergency ambulance contract costs, according to the proposition’s finance report.

Proposition 12 establishes new standards for confinement of certain farm animals.

The measure would require egg-laying hens to live cage-free after 2021.

The state would likely pay $10 million annually for enforcement, according to the proposition’s finance report.