Here’s What Bay Area Measures are on the Nov. 5 Ballot for Your County

|October 23, 2019

With Election Day just around the corner, we put together a quick and easy recap of the many local measures that Bay Area residents will be casting their votes on come November 5th. Below is breakdown of each proposition on this year’s ballot, by county, per Ballotpedia. In addition, the city of San Francisco will also be holding general elections for: Mayor, city attorney, district attorney, public defender, sheriff, treasurer, the District 5 seat of the board of supervisors, and one community college district seat on Nov. 5, 2019. If you haven’t registered to vote-by-mail yet, you have until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019 to do so. The polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

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San Francisco

Proposition A: San Francisco Bond Issue for Affordable Housing.
  • YES vote is a vote in favor of authorizing the city to increase its debt by issuing up to $600 million in bonds to fund affordable housing, with an estimated average property tax rate for repayment of $0.019 per $100 in value and a repayment period of 30 years.
  • A NO vote is a vote against authorizing $600 million in bonds for affordable housing and leaving the city’s property tax rates unchanged.
Proposition B: San Francisco Disability and Aging Services Charter Amendment.
  • YES vote is a vote in favor of changing the name of the city’s Aging and Adult Services department and commission to Disability and Aging Services and requiring one member of the seven-member commission to be above 60 years old, one member to be disabled, and one member to have served in the U.S. military.
  • NO vote is a vote against this measure, thereby leaving the name of the city’s Aging and Adult Services department and commission unchanged and leaving registration as a San Francisco voter as the only qualification requirement for the commission members.
Proposition C: San Francisco Authorize and Regulate Sale of Electronic Cigarettes and Vapor Products Initiative.
  • A YES vote is a vote in favor of this initiative to do the following:
    • Authorize the sale of electronic cigarettes and other nicotine vapor products in the city;
    • Partially overturn 2019 city laws designed to ban vapor products not reviewed by the FDA (which currently includes all e-cigarette products) and flavored vapor products;
    • Require additional licensing and permitting for businesses selling vapor products, including online sales; enact additional age verification requirements, including scanned IDs, and maximum product sale restrictions;
    • And enact rules regarding the advertisement of vapor products with regard to minors.
  • NO vote is a vote against this initiative, thereby leaving in place city laws designed to ban vapor products not reviewed by the FDA (which currently includes all e-cigarette products) and flavored vapor products starting in 2020 and leaving current regulations and restrictions on vapor product vendors and advertisements.
Proposition D: San Francisco Ride-Share Business Tax to Fund Muni, Pedestrian, and Bicycle Services and Infrastructure.
  • YES vote is a vote in favor of enacting a tax on ride-share companies, such as Uber and Lyft, at a rate of 1.5% of total fares on shared rides and rides in zero-emission vehicles and 3.25% on private rides, with revenue dedicated to improving and maintaining public transportation services and pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure.
  • NO vote is a vote against enacting a tax on ride-share companies such as Uber and Lyft, thereby leaving the city with no business tax on ride-share companies.
Proposition E: San Francisco Reduced Zoning Restrictions for Affordable Housing and Educator Housing Projects.
  • A YES vote is a vote in favor of allowing residential development consisting of 100% affordable housing or educator housing on public zoning districts, reducing the zoning requirements and restrictions for such projects, and requiring expedited reviews.
  • NO vote is a vote against this measure to reduce restrictions and requirements on 100% affordable housing and educator housing, thereby continuing to prevent any kind of residential development in public zoning districts and leaving the existing residential development and zoning rules in place.
Proposition F: San Francisco Campaign Contribution Restrictions and Advertisement Disclaimer Requirements.
  • A YES vote is a vote in favor of establishing the following restrictions on campaign contributions and requirements for campaign advertisement disclaimers:
    • A ban on limited liability companies or partnerships contributing to candidate committees;
    • A ban on contributions to a supervisor, the mayor, the city attorney, or any candidates for these positions from someone with certain levels of financial interest in any matter concerning zoning, city planning, or land-use changes;
    • And requirements that specify how advertisements must display funding and what donation threshold requires a disclaimer.
  • NO vote is a vote against changing the city’s campaign contribution restrictions and advertisement disclaimer requirements, thereby leaving the current laws in place.

Marin County

Measure E: Reed Union School District Parcel Tax Renewal.
  • YES vote is a vote in favor of renewing the existing $589 annual parcel tax for 12 years with a 3 percent increase per year to raise an estimated $2.5 million annually for the Reed Union School District.
  • A NO vote is a vote against renewing the existing $589 annual parcel tax, thereby allowing the tax to expire in 2022.
Measure F: Fairfax Special Municipal Services Parcel Tax.
  • A YES vote is a vote in favor of extending Fairfax’s municipal services parcel tax of $195 for 11 years with a $5 annual increase on every business and occupancy unit to fund police and fire services, public works, youth and senior programs, and the Citizens Oversight Committee.
  • A NO vote is a vote against extending Fairfax’s municipal services parcel tax of $195, thereby allowing the current tax to expire.
Measure M: San Anselmo Parcel Tax for Memorial Park.
  • A YES vote is a vote in favor of authorizing an annual tax of $98 per residential unit or per 1,500 square of non-residential use for 30 years to raise revenue to restore and maintain Memorial Park.
  • NO vote is a vote against authorizing an annual tax of $98 per residential unit or per 1,500 square of non-residential use for 30 years to raise revenue to restore and maintain Memorial Park.

San Mateo County

Measure B: Brisbane Hotel Tax Increase.
  • YES vote is a vote in favor of authorizing the city to increase its hotel tax from 12% to 14%, raising an estimated additional $200,000 to fund general city services.
  • NO vote is a vote against authorizing the district to increase its hotel tax, thereby leaving the rate at 12%.
Measure C: Brisbane Liquid Storage Facility Business Tax.
  • YES vote is a vote in favor of revising the city’s liquid storage facility tax to allow a tax of up to $0.06 per barrel capped at $400,000 per year and resolving a civil suit by Kinder Morgan against the city. As of 2019, Kinder Morgan was the only liquid storage business in the city.
  • A NO vote is a vote against revising the city’s liquid storage facility tax to allow a tax of up to $0.06 per barrel capped at $400,000 per year, thereby continuing the existing tax of $115.28 per cubic feet of storage capacity per year and not resolving a civil suit by Kinder Morgan against the city.
Measure E: Brisbane Marijuana Business Tax.
  • YES vote is a vote in favor of authorizing the city to impose a marijuana business tax of up to 6% of gross receipts, with actual rates set by the city council depending on the type of business, to fund general city services.
  • A NO vote is a vote against authorizing the city to impose a marijuana business tax of up to 6%.
Measure G: San Bruno Sales Tax.
  • A YES vote is a vote in favor of authorizing the city to levy an additional sales tax of 0.5% with an estimated annual revenue of $4 million to fund general city services, thereby increasing the total sales tax rate in the city from 9.25% to 9.75%.
  • A NO vote is a vote against authorizing the city to levy an additional sales tax, thereby leaving the total sales tax rate (state and local) in the city at 9.25%.
Measure H: Redwood City School District Parcel Tax.
  • A YES vote is a vote in favor of authorizing the school district to impose for 12 years an annual parcel tax—a kind of property tax based on units of property rather than assessed value—of $149 per parcel, raising an estimated $3.45 million per year.
  • A NO vote is a vote against authorizing the school district to impose an annual parcel tax of $149 per parcel for 12 years.
Measure I: Cabrillo Unified School District.
  • A YES vote is a vote in favor of authorizing the school district to impose for eight years an annual parcel tax—a kind of property tax based on units of property rather than assessed value—of $150 per parcel, raising an estimated $1.6 million per year.
  • NO vote is a vote against authorizing the school district to impose an annual parcel tax of $150 per parcel for eight years.

Alameda County

Measure G: Piedmont Unified School District Parcel Tax Extension.
  • A YES vote is a vote in favor of extending the district’s parcel tax through June 30, 2028.
  • A NO vote is a vote against extending the district’s parcel tax, thereby ending the tax on June 30, 2021.
Measure H: Piedmont Unified School District Special Parcel Tax.
  • A YES vote is a vote in favor of enacting an annual special parcel tax of $0.25 per square foot of building improvements through June 30, 2028.
  • A NO vote is a vote against enacting an annual special parcel tax.

Contra Costa County

Measure H: El Cerrito Parcel Tax Extension.
  • A YES vote is a vote in favor of making a parcel tax–first approved in 2000–to fund the city’s parks and recreational facilities permanent (or until voters repeal the tax).
  • A NO vote is a vote against making a parcel tax to fund parks and recreational facilities permanent, thereby allowing the tax to expire on June 30, 2020.
Measure L: Brentwood 815-Acre Development Project.
  • A YES vote is a vote in favor of authorizing an 815-acre development project located on Brentwood’s western border.
  • A NO vote is a vote against authorizing an 815-acre development project located on Brentwood’s western border.

 

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