Aug 16 2018

Orange County Business Council Announces Its Position On Eleven November Ballot Measures

IRVINE, CA – August 16, 2018 – Orange County Business Council today announced its position on eleven statewide propositions appearing on the November 2018 ballot. The ballot measures range from a quartet of bond measures to the repeal of the SB 1 Gas Tax, eliminating restrictions on rent control, and repealing the law establishing Daylight Saving Time.

The following are OCBC’s adopted positions:

 

Proposition 1California Housing Loans, Grants, and Programs and Veterans’ Loans Bond.  This bond would authorize $4 billion in general obligation bonds for housing-related programs, loans, grants, and projects and housing loans for veterans.

 SUPPORT

Proposition 2No Place Like Home Act.  Proposition 2 would free up $2 billion in bonds to pay for housing construction that includes mental health services for chronically homeless individuals. 

 SUPPORT

Proposition 3Authorizes Bonds to Fund Projects for Water Supply and Quality, Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Water Conveyance, and Groundwater Sustainability and Storage. Proposition 3 would authorize $8.877 billion in general obligation bonds for water infrastructure, groundwater supplies and storage, surface water storage and dam repairs, watershed and fisheries improvements, and habitat protection and restoration.

 SUPPORT

Proposition 4Authorizes Bonds Funding Construction at Hospitals Providing Children’s Health Care. Initiative Statute.  Proposition 4 would authorize $1.5 billion in bonds for a Children’s Hospital Bond Act Fund, created by the initiative and used to award grants to children’s hospitals for capital improvements. 

SUPPORT

Proposition 5Changes Requirements for Certain Property Owners to Transfer Their Property Tax Base to Replacement Property. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.  Proposition 5 would remove the following current requirements (amending Proposition 13) for homeowners who are over 55 years old or severely disabled to transfer their property tax base to a replacement residence: that replacement property be of equal or lesser value, replacement residence be in a specific county, and the transfer occur only once.  Proposition 5 would also remove similar replacement-value and location requirements on transfers for contaminated or disaster-destroyed property.  Proposition 5 would require adjustments to the replacement property’s tax base, based on the new property’s value.

SUPPORT

 

Proposition 6Eliminates Recently Enacted Road Repair and Transportation Funding by Repealing Revenues Dedicated for those Purposes. Requires any Measure to Enact Certain Vehicle Fuel Taxes and Vehicle Fees be Submitted to and Approved by the Electorate.  Initiative Constitutional Amendment. Proposition 6 would repeal SB 1 and require the legislature to submit any measure enacting specified taxes or fees on gas or diesel fuel, or on the privilege to operate a vehicle on public highways, to the electorate for approval.

 OPPOSE

Proposition 7Daylight Saving Time.  Proposition 7 would repeal Proposition 12 (1949), which established daylight saving time (DST) in California, and would allow the California State Legislature to establish permanent DST by a two-thirds vote if federal law is changed to allow for permanent DST.

 NO POSITION

Proposition 8Authorizes State Regulation of Kidney Dialysis Clinics. Limits Charges for Patient Care. Initiative Statute.  Proposition 8 would limit amounts outpatient kidney dialysis clinics may charge for patient care and impose penalties for excessive charges.  It would require annual reporting to the state regarding clinic costs, patient charges, and revenue, and prohibit clinics from discriminating against patients based on the source of payment for care.

 OPPOSE

Proposition 10Local Rent Control Initiative (2018). Initiative Statute. Proposition would repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act (Costa-Hawkins), thus allowing local governments to adopt rent control ordinances—regulations that govern how much landlords can charge tenants for renting apartments and houses. Proposition 10 would also state that a local government’s rent control ordinance shall not abridge a fair rate of return for landlords.

OPPOSE

Proposition 11Requires Private-Sector Emergency Ambulance Employees to Remain on Call During Work Breaks.  Changes Other Conditions of Employment. Initiative Statute.  Proposition 11 would make the labor law that entitles hourly employees to take work (meal and rest) breaks without being on-call inapplicable to private-sector emergency ambulance employees.  Proposition 11 would regulate timing of meal breaks for these employees, exempting employers from potential liability for violations of existing law regarding work breaks.  Proposition 11 would require employers to pay for employees to be trained regarding certain emergency incidents, violence prevention, and mental health and wellness, and require employers to provide employees with certain mental-health services.

NO POSITION

Proposition 12Establishes New Standards for Confinement of Certain Farm Animals; Bans Sale of Certain Non-Complying Products.  Initiative Statute.  Proposition 12 would establish new minimum space requirements for confining veal calves, breeding pigs, and egg-laying hens, and require egg-laying hens be raised in cage-free environments after December 31, 2021.  Would prohibit certain commercial sales of specified meat and egg products from animals confined in non-complying manner. Would define sales violations as unfair competition.  Would create a good faith defense for sellers relying upon written certification by suppliers that meat or animal products comply with new confinement standards.

OPPOSE

 

NOTE: Proposition 9 – the statewide ballot measure calling for dividing California into three separate states – was removed from the November 2018 ballot in a July 18 ruling by the California Supreme Court.

For additional information, contact Alicia Berhow, OCBC Senior Vice President, Government Affairs: aberhow@ocbc.org |  949.794.7215

About OCBC
Orange County Business Council is the leading voice of business in Orange County, California. OCBC represents and promotes the business community, working with government and academia, to enhance Orange County’s economic development and prosperity in order to preserve a high quality of life. OCBC serves member and investor businesses with nearly 250,000 employees and 2,000,000 worldwide. In providing a proactive forum for business and supporting organizations, OCBC helps assure the financial growth of America’s sixth largest county. For more information, visit
www.ocbc.org.

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