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2016 Election Recommendations: State and Regional

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The Silicon Valley Leadership Group is a non-partisan, public policy organization which does not endorse candidates. However, we do take positions on ballot propositions and measures that impact our economic health and quality of life for Silicon Valley and the state. Listed below are our recommendations on several California propositions and regional measures on the General Election ballot. Voting ends November 8.

(Santa Clara County) Measure B – SUPPORT – Traffic Relief and Road Repair Initiative
Measure B contributes to a better quality of life and stronger economy throughout Santa Clara County by generating local funds to reduce traffic, increase transit alternatives and improve the crumbling conditions of our roads. For more details, visit YesMeasureB.com.

(Cupertino) Measure C – OPPOSE – Cupertino Citizens’ Sensible Growth Initiative
Amends Cupertino’s General Plan to limit redevelopment, raises building heights to 45 feet in residential areas while limiting heights in commercial areas, establishes new setbacks and building planes on major thoroughfares. Essentially, Measure C will force the Vallco mall to remain as it is – undeveloped.

(Cupertino) Measure D – SUPPORT – Vallco Town Center Specific Plan Initiative
Enacts the Vallco Town Center Specific Plan requiring residential, office, commercial, hotel, park, civic/educational uses; requiring funding/community benefits from the developer for transportation, schools, green roof, recycled water.

(Santa Cruz County) Measure D – SUPPORT – Safety, Pothole Repair, Traffic Relief, Transit Improvements
Measure D in Santa Cruz County would improve children’s safety around schools; repair potholes; repave streets; improve traffic flow on Highway 1; maintain senior/disabled transit; reduce global warming pollution by providing transportation options like sidewalks, buses, bike lanes, trails; preserve rail options.

(San Jose) Measure F – SUPPORT – Alternative Pension Reform Settlement Frameworks
The alternative pension reform settlement frameworks negotiated between the City of San Jose and its employee bargaining units meets three vital objectives: 1) Generates significant savings for San Jose taxpayers. 2) Creates a fiscally sustainable retirement system. 3) Improves recruitment and retention by providing competitive compensation.

Prop. 52 – SUPPORT – MediCal Hospital Reimbursement Initiative
Passage of Proposition 52 language will be added to the state’s Constitution to require voter approval of changes to the hospital fee program so that California uses hospital fee funds for their intended purpose of supporting hospital care to MediCal patients.

Prop. 53 – OPPOSE – Public Vote on Bonds Initiative
A yes vote is in favor of requiring voter approval for any infrastructure project that will cost more than $2 billion in revenue bonds. Passage would make it significantly more difficult for the state and local governments to implement large infrastructure projects.

Prop. 54 – SUPPORT – Government Accountability
Proposition 54 adds additional levels of transparency to the legislative process. It would prohibit the legislature from passing any bill unless it is published on the internet for 72 hours before it is voted on. This measure also requires the legislature to record its proceedings and post on the internet as well.

Prop. 56 – SUPPORT – Cigarette Tax
This measure would increase taxes on cigarettes by $2.00 per pack, with equivalent increases on other tobacco products and electronic cigarettes containing nicotine. This tax would add $1 billion to $1.4 billion of state revenue in 2017-18.

Prop 58 – SUPPORT – Multilingual Education Act Initiative
The Multilingual Education Act is designed to repeal the English immersion requirement and waiver provisions required by Proposition 227. Instead, it requires school districts and county offices of education to provide English learners with a structured English immersion program.

Prop. 61 – OPPOSE – The “Drug Price Relief Act” Initiative
The initiative is crafted to restrict the amount that any state agency could pay for drugs by tying it to the price paid by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The initiative’s title has a positive name, but the Leadership Group believes the prescribed policy tools would not perform their intended actions.

Prop. 67 – SUPPORT – Plastic Bag Ban Referendum
A yes vote is a vote in favor of upholding the legislation banning plastic bags that was enacted by the California State Legislature. If approved, large grocery stores and pharmacies would be prohibited from providing plastic single-use carryout bags and ban the use of plastic bags from small grocery stores, convenience stores and liquor stores the following year.

 

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