2016 Ballot Measures

OCBC Supported Ballot Measures:

Prop. 51 – Public Education Facilities Bond Initiative authorizing issuance and sale of much-needed $9 billion in bonds to fund education and improvements to K-12 schools and community colleges.
Prop. 52 – California Medi-Cal Hospital Reimbursement Initiative requires voter approval of changes to the hospital fee program, ensuring greater transparency on the use of federal funds.
Prop. 54 – California Legislature Transparency Act prohibits the legislature from passing any bill until it has been in print and published on the Internet for 72 hours prior to the vote, ensuring greater transparency and integrity of the democratic process.
Measure QQ – City of Stanton’s repeal on the one percent sales tax implemented in 2014, which boosted the city’s sales tax from eight to nine percent.

OCBC Opposed Ballot Measures:

Prop. 53 – California Public Vote on Bond Initiative requires voter approval for projects that cost more than $2 billion funded by revenue bonds, which would cause costly and unnecessary delays to much needed infrastructure projects.
Prop. 55 – California Children’s Education and Healthcare Protection Act of 2016 extends the personal income tax increases on incomes over $250,000 implemented by Prop. 30, which was voted upon with the understanding that Prop. 30 was intended only as a temporary tax.
Prop. 61 - Drug Price Relief Initiative is very tough to implement, drives up drug costs, reduces availability and costs taxpayers millions.
Prop. 64 – California Marijuana Legalization Initiative does not fully designate where monies collected from retail and state sales tax would be used.
Prop. 65 – Dedication of Revenue from Disposable Bag Sales to Wildlife Conservation Fund would dedicate plastic bag fee revenue to environmental projects and would make the California Wildlife Conservation Board responsible for allocating the revenue generated from plastic bag fees. Many major environmental groups are in opposition.
Measure M – Capistrano Unified School District, School Facility Improvement District General Obligation Bond (up to $889,000,000 to voter within the School Facilities Improvement District No. 2 and ad valorem taxes to be levied upon taxable property within the district to repay the bonded indebtedness.
Measure HH – City of Fountain Valley one percent sales tax to help pay for government workers pensions. Measure HH is a temporary local sales tax.
Measure JJ – City of La Palma voters will decide whether to add a one percent sales tax to bolster La Palma’s coffers with additional revenue.
Measure SS – City of Westminster would impose a local sales tax to help pay for government workers’ pensions. Enacting transactions and Use tax of one percent on the sale of all tangible personal property sold at retail in the city.

OCBC has no official position on Propositions 57, 58, 59, 60, 62, 63, and 66. A neutral position means the Council discussed the issue and chose not to take a position. 

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