| November 6, 2012 Consolidated General Election
State Senate, District 11
State Assembly, District 17
State Assembly, District 19
Board of Supervisors: District 1
Board of Supervisors: District 3
Board of Supervisors: District 5
Board of Supervisors: District 7
Board of Supervisors: District 9
Board of Supervisors: District 11
STATE BALLOT MEASURES
30: Temporary Taxes to Fund Education
Increases taxes on earnings over $250,000 for seven years and sales taxes by ¼ cent for four years, to fund schools. Guarantees public safety realignment funding.
31: Two-Year State Budget Cycle
Establishes a two-year state budget cycle and gives Governor unilateral budget control during declared fiscal emergencies. Allows local governments to alter adopted statewide standards to protect public health, prevent contamination of air and water and provide for the safety of its citizens by reprioritizing state funding. There are components to this legislature that would promote transparency by requiring the publication of all bills at least three days prior to a vote, but overall it’s a bad move for California.
32: Political Contributions by Payroll Deductions
Bans political contributions via payroll deductions.
33: Auto Insurance Companies. Prices Based on Driver’s History of Insurance Coverage
Changes current law to allow insurance companies to set prices based on whether the driver previously carried auto insurance with any insurance company. Allows proportional discount for drivers with some prior coverage. Allows increased cost for drivers without history of continuous coverage.
34: Death Penalty
Repeals the death penalty in California.
35: Ban on Human Trafficking and Sex Slavery
Increases prison sentences and fines for human trafficking convictions.Requires convicted human traffickers to register as sex offenders.Requires registered sex offenders to disclose Internet activities and identities. Prohibits evidence that victim engaged in sexual conduct from being used against victim in court proceedings. We understand that certain provisions of this legislature affect voluntary sex work and understand that the issue of criminalizing prostitution is a separate one. However, the ultimate goal of eradicating human trafficking is one we stand behind.
36: Three Strikes Law
Revise the three strikes law to impose life sentence only when the new felony conviction is “serious or violent”.
37: Labeling Genetically Engineered Foods
Requires labeling of food sold to consumers made from plants or animals with genetic material changed in specified ways. Prohibits marketing such food, or other processed food, as ‘natural.’ Provides exemptions.
38: Tax to Fund Education and Early Childhood Programs
Increases taxes on earnings using sliding scale, for twelve years. Revenues go to K-12 schools and early childhood programs, and for four years to repaying state debt. Competing tax measures on the same ballot often result in neither winning.
39: Tax Treatment for Multistate Businesses. Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Funding
Requires multistate businesses to calculate their California income tax liability based on the percentage of their sales in California. Repeals existing law giving multistate businesses an option to choose a tax liability formula that provides favorable tax treatment for businesses with property and payroll outside California. Dedicates $550 million annually for five years from anticipated increase in revenue for the purpose of funding projects that create energy efficiency and clean energy jobs in California.
40: Referendum on the State Senate Redistricting Plan
A “Yes” vote approves, and a “No” vote rejects, new State Senate districts drawn by the Citizens Redistricting Commission. If rejected, districts will be adjusted by officials supervised by the California Supreme Court.
LOCAL BALLOT MEASURES
A: City College Parcel Tax
City College of San Francisco provides invaluable opportunities for education and training for San Franciscans and we are committed to improving the system.
B: Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond
Our public parks are community staples that deserve our investment.
C: Housing Trust Fund
This measure establishes a permanent fund to build and preserve critical affordable housing units, which are in demand in San Francisco and are necessary to retain families.
D: Consolidating Odd-Year Municipal Elections
Women candidates benefit from elections with higher turnout, so not only would the passing of this measure save money, but it would bring more attention to elections with women candidates.
E: Gross Receipts Tax
Support our economic recovery with this critical business tax reform which moves San Francisco away from a system that penalizes job growth and towards a system that makes corporations pay their fair share of taxes.
F: Water and Environmental Plan
This feasibility study is not a good use of public funds
G: Policy Opposing Corporate Personhood
We feel that corporations should not enjoy the protections of personhood and free speech without having the same responsibilities and legal accountabilities. Corporations are, simply, not people.