Ballot Measures for the 2020 California General Election

City of Los Angeles

Meas RR : LAUSD Tech and Safety Upgrades
Bond

Authorizes a $7M bond to fund LAUSD classroom and facilities upgrades for tech and safety improvements.

Voting YES means

The city could authorize a $7M bond for the following purposes:

  • update classrooms/labs/technology for 21st century learning;
  • implement COVID-19 facility safety standards standards;
  • address school facility inequities;
  • reduce asbestos, earthquake and water quality hazards;
  • and replace/renovating school classrooms/buildings.

Voting NO means

The city could not authorize a $7M bond for LAUSD funding.

Los Angeles County

Meas J : Budget Allocation for Alternatives to Incarceration
Charter amendment

Reallocates at least 10% of the county general fund for health services, pre-trial non-custody services, and other alternatives to incarceration.

Voting YES means

The county could amend the charter to require that no less than 10% of the county's general fund be appropriated to community programs and alternatives to incarceration, such as health services and pre-trial non-custody services.

The county could authorize the Board of Supervisors to develop a process to allocate funds.

The county could authorize the Board of Supervisors to reduce the amount allocated with a vote of 4-1 during a declared fiscal emergency.

Voting NO means

The county could not amend the charter to require that no less than 10% of the county's general fund be appropriated to community programs and alternatives to incarceration.

State of California

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Prop 14 : Stem Cell Research Funding
Initiative statute

Issues $5.5 billion in bonds for state stem cell research institute.

Voting YES means

The state could sell $5.5 billion in general obligation bonds primarily for stem cell research and the development of new medical treatments in California.

UC Board of Regents endorses "Yes."

UC Student Association endorses "Yes."

Voting NO means

The state could not sell $5.5 billion in general obligation bonds primarily for stem cell research and the development of new medical treatments in California.

Learn more about Prop 14 at CalMatters.

Prop 15 : Taxing Commercial and Industrial Properties Based on Market Value
Initiative constitutional amendment

Requires commercial and industrial properties to be taxed based on market value and dedicates revenue.

Voting YES means

Property taxes on most commercial properties worth more than $3 million would go up in order to provide new funding to local governments and schools.

UC Student Association endorses "Yes."

Voting NO means

Property taxes on commercial properties would stay the same. Local governments and schools would not receive new funding.

Learn more about Prop 15 at CalMatters.

Prop 16 : Repealing the Ban on Affirmative Action
Legislative constitutional amendment

Repeals Proposition 209 (1996), which says that the state cannot discriminate or grant preferential treatment based on race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in public employment, education, or contracting.

Voting YES means

State and local entities could consider race, sex, color, ethnicity, and national origin in public education, public employment, and public contracting to the extent allowed under federal and state law.

UC Board of Regents endorses "Yes."

UC Student Association endorses "Yes."

Voting NO means

The current ban on the consideration of race, sex, color, ethnicity, and national origin in public education, public employment, and public contracting would remain in effect.

Learn more about Prop 16 at CalMatters.

Prop 17 : Voting Rights for Paroled Felons
Legislative constitutional amendment

Restores the right to vote to people convicted of felonies who are on parole.

Voting YES means

People on state parole who are U.S. citizens, residents of California, and at least 18 years of age would be able to vote, if they register to vote.

UC Student Association endorses "Yes."

Voting NO means

People on state parole would continue to be unable to vote in California.

Learn more about Prop 17 at CalMatters.

Prop 18 : Voting Rights for 17-Year-Olds in Primaries and Special Elections
Legislative constitutional amendment

Allows 17-year-olds who will be 18 at the time of the next general election to vote in primaries and special elections.

Voting YES means

Eligible 17-year-olds who will be 18 years old by the time of the next general election may vote in the primary election and any special elections preceding the general election.

UC Student Association endorses "Yes."

Voting NO means

No one younger than 18 years of age may vote in any election.

Learn more about Prop 18 at CalMatters.

Prop 19 : Revising Property Tax and Inheritance Rules
Legislative constitutional amendment

Changes tax assessment transfers and inheritance rules.

Voting YES means

All homeowners who are over 55 (or who meet other qualifications) would be eligible for property tax savings when they move.

Only inherited properties used as primary homes or farms would be eligible for property tax savings.

Voting NO means

Some homeowners who are over 55 (or who meet other qualifications) would continue to be eligible for property tax savings when they move.

All inherited properties would continue to be eligible for property tax savings.

Learn more about Prop 19 at CalMatters.

Prop 20 : Changing Access to Parole for Non-Violent Offenders and Reclassifying Certain Misdemeanors as Felonies
Initiative statute

Makes changes to policies related to criminal sentencing charges, prison release, and DNA collection.

Voting YES means

People who commit certain theft-related crimes (such as repeat shoplifting) could receive increased penalties (such as longer jail terms).

Additional factors would be considered for the state's process for releasing certain inmates from prison early.

Law enforcement would be required to collect DNA samples from adults convicted of certain misdemeanors.

Voting NO means

Penalties for people who commit certain theft-related crimes would not be increased.

There would be no change to the state's process for releasing certain inmates from prison early.

Law enforcement would continue to be required to collect DNA samples from adults only if they are arrested for a felony or required to register as sex offenders or arsonists.

UC Student Association endorses "No."

Learn more about Prop 20 at CalMatters.

Prop 21 : Expanding Local Rent Control
Initiative statute

Expands local governments' power to use rent control.

Voting YES means

State law would allow cities and counties to apply more kinds of rent control to more properties than under current law.

UC Student Association endorses "Yes."

Voting NO means

State law would maintain current limits on rent control laws cities and counties can apply.

Learn more about Prop 21 at CalMatters.

Prop 22 : Classifying Rideshare Drivers as Independent Contractors
Initiative statute

Considers app-based drivers to be independent contractors and enacts several labor policies related to app-based companies.

Voting YES means

App-based rideshare and delivery companies could hire drivers as independent contractors.

Drivers could decide when, where, and how much to work but would not get standard benefits and protections that businesses must provide employees.

Voting NO means

App-based rideshare and delivery companies would have to hire drivers as employees if the courts say that a recent state law makes drivers employees.

Drivers would have less choice about when, where, and how much to work but would get standard benefits and protections that businesses must provide employees.

UC Student Association endorses "No."

Learn more about Prop 22 at CalMatters.

Prop 23 : Requiring On-Site Physicians and State Approval of Service Changes at Dialysis Clinics
Initiative statute

Requires physician on-site at dialysis clinics and consent from the state for a clinic to close.

Voting YES means

Chronic dialysis clinics would be required to have a doctor on-site during all patient treatment hours.

Voting NO means

Chronic dialysis clinics would not be required to have a doctor on-site during all patient treatment hours.

Learn more about Prop 23 at CalMatters.

Prop 24 : Creating the California Privacy Protection Agency
Initiative statute

Expands the provisions of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and creates the California Privacy Protection Agency to implement and enforce the CCPA.

Voting YES means

Existing consumer data privacy laws and rights would be expanded.

Businesses required to meet privacy requirements would change.

A new state agency and the state's Department of Justice would share responsibility for overseeing and enforcing state consumer privacy laws.

Voting NO means

Businesses would continue to be required to follow existing consumer data privacy laws.

Consumers would continue to have existing data privacy rights.

The state's Department of Justice would continue to oversee and enforce these laws.

Learn more about Prop 24 at CalMatters.

Prop 25 : Changing the Bail System from Cash to a Risk Assessment
Referendum

Replaces cash bail with risk assessments for suspects awaiting trial.

Voting YES means

No one would pay bail to be released from jail before trial.

Instead, people would either be released automatically or based on their assessed risk of committing another crime or not appearing in court if released.

No one would be charged fees as a condition of release.

Voting NO means

Some people would continue to pay bail to be released from jail before trial.

Other people could continue to be released without paying bail.

Fees may continue to be charged as a condition of release.

Learn more about Prop 25 at CalMatters.

Types of Measures

There are four types of measures on the ballot for the California 2020 General Election.

What is a referendum?

A referendum is a general vote by the electorate on a single political question which has been referred to them for a direct decision.

Read more about referendums on Ballotpedia.

What is an initiative statute?

An initiated state statute, also known as an initiative statute, is a new law that a state adopts via the ballot initiative process.

The most common form of initiated state statute is when groups collect signatures and once those signatures are collected, election officials place the measure on the ballot for a vote.

Read more about initiated state statutes on Ballotpedia.

What is a legislative constitutional amendment?

A legislatively referred constitutional amendment is a proposed constitutional amendment that appears on a state's ballot as a ballot measure because the state legislature in that state voted to put it before the voters.

Read more about legislatively referred constitutional amendments on Ballotpedia.

What is an initiated constitutional amendment?

An initiated constitutional amendment is an amendment to a state's constitution that results from petitioning by a state's citizens. By utilizing this initiative process, citizens can propose and vote on constitutional amendments directly, without need of legislative referral.

Read more about initiated constitutional amendments on Ballotpedia