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Update: League’s Positions on November Ballot Measures

October 21, 2016
The countdown to the November election continues.
With 17 measures on the November 2016 statewide ballot, the League of California Cities® is providing this updated report on League positions regarding eight measures affecting cities.

At its meeting on June 24–25, the League board of directors carefully reviewed eight ballot measures affecting cities, and adopted formal positions on four: Propositions 53, 54, 65 and 67. At that meeting, however, the board deferred taking action on Prop. 57, the Public Safety Rehabilitation Act of 2016, until a delegation from the board could attend a meeting to discuss the measure with Gov. Jerry Brown in July. The board met next on Oct. 6 and voted to oppose Prop. 57 based on public safety concerns stemming from reducing sentences for specific violent crimes. For more, please see “After Extensive Deliberations League Board of Directors Adopts Oppose Position on Proposition 57, Due to Public Safety Concerns,” CA Cities Advocate, Oct. 10.
These measures were also previously reviewed by League policy committees that forwarded recommendations to the board of directors for consideration. Under the League of California Cities bylaws, the board may only take a position supporting or opposing a statewide ballot measure by a two-thirds vote of those directors present. This policy assures that any position taken reflects the broad consensus of League members.
Below are the eight measures considered with a brief summary, a link to the measure’s full text, the position taken, and a sample resolution for select measures.
Proposition 51 California Public Education Facilities Bond Initiative. This measure would authorize $9 billion in general obligation bonds to fund construction of school facilities for K-12 schools and community colleges.
League position: No Position.
Proposition 53 Revenue Bonds: Statewide Voter Approval. Constitutional Amendment.
This measure would require statewide voter approval prior to the state issuing or selling any revenue bonds of $2 billion or more for state projects that are financed, owned, operated or managed by the state or a joint agency created by or for the state.
League positon: Oppose.
A sample resolution for cities to use in opposition to Prop. 53 is available on the League’s website. 

Proposition 54 California Legislature Transparency Act of 2016. This measure would prohibit the Legislature from passing legislation until it has been in print and published online for at least 72 hours prior to the vote unless it is a case of public emergency. The Legislature would be required to record all proceedings (except closed sessions) and make available online.
League position: Support.
A sample resolution for cities to use in support to Prop. 54 is available on the League’s website.
Proposition 57 Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016. This measure: revises rules governing this disposition of juvenile offenders; allows various “non-violent” offenders to seek parole after completing the full term of their primary offense without regard to any applicable sentencing enhancements that a judge added to their offence; and authorizes the Department of Corrections to revise regulations governing good time credits.
League position: Oppose.
A sample resolution for cities to use in opposition to Prop. 57 is available on the League’s website.
Proposition 63 Safety for All Act of 2016. This measure requires, starting July 1, 2017, all people to report loss or theft of a firearm to local law enforcement within five days of discovering the loss, as well as any subsequent discovery within five days. It also further regulates the possession of large-capacity magazines, regulates Internet-based sales of ammunition, and regulates those who handle, sell, or deliver ammunition.
League position: No Position.
Proposition 64 Marijuana Legalization. Initiative Statute. This measure would legalize personal cultivation as well as state licensing of the commercial cultivation and retail sale of non-medical marijuana for personal use for adults 21 and over. Local agencies would be authorized to enact local ordinances for regulating, taxing or banning the commercial cultivation and sale of non-medical marijuana within the city or county.
League position: No Position.
Proposition 65 Carry-Out Bags. Charges. Initiative Statute. This measure would redirect money collected by grocery stores and other specified retail stores through sale of carryout bags under any state law banning free distribution of a certain kind of free carryout bag and mandating the sale of another type of carryout bag. It also requires collected funds to go to a Wildlife Conservation Board-administered fund to be used for specified environmental projects.
League position: Oppose.

Proposition 67 Referendum to Overturn Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags (SB 270, Padilla, 2014). This referendum would repeal SB 270 (Padilla, 2014), which prohibited certain stores from distributing lightweight, single-use plastic bags and established requirements for reusable bags and prohibited stores from distributing reusable bags and recycled paper bags for less than $0.10 per bag.
League position: Support (voters must vote “yes” to retain plastic bag ban).

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