On Nov. 8, not only do citizens get the chance to vote for various office positions, but they also get to vote on several initiatives that will directly impact their community. Numerous propositions are on the ballot, both on the state and county level— a total of 17 statewide measures for California and 25 measures for San Francisco.
- Proposition 51: This proposition revolves around a bond for schools— a yes vote would allow the state to issue $9 billion in bonds for school construction projects; most will go towards state’s K-12 buildings, with $2 billion set aside for community colleges.
- Proposition 56: A yes vote to this proposition will increase the state tax on cigarettes by $2, making it a total state tax of $2.87. If passed, this will be the first tax increase on cigarettes in California since 1998 and would also implement a first-time tax on e-cigarettes.
- Proposition 60: This initiative, which SF’s very own Kink.com protested heavily earlier this year, would require pornography producers to enforce condom usage. However, many have shown disagreement with this proposition due to the vagueness of the wording in proposal– under this measure, private parties can sue producers for not following the initiative, and it can force adult film stars to publicly disclose private information, including their legal names and home addresses.
- Propositions 62 and 66: Should the state completely abandon the death penalty, or speed up the process? These two propositions revolve around the continuous argument of capital punishment. Proposition 62 votes to end the death penalty and replace it with a life without parole sentence; and Proposition 66 votes to speed up executions by moving appeals fasters for inmates on death row.
- Propositions 65 and 67: These two industry-sponsored initiatives revolve around plastic bags— with Proposition 67 being a straight yes or no on banning plastic bag usage in grocery stores. If passed, California would be the first state to ban plastic bags in grocery stores. Proposition 65 proposes to allocate the 10 cents bag fee currently in place to an environmental fund.
- Proposition B: This proposition would increase funding for the City College of San Francisco. Funds would be directed to opening more libraries and hiring more faculty.
- Proposition F: This San Fransisco initiative would amend the city charter to lower the minimum voting age requirement from 18 to 16 for city elections
- Proposition V: This highly publicized measure proposes a tax on sugar-sweetened drinks on distributors on a one cent per ounce base. ‘Big soda’ has frequently been labeled as the main opponent of the proposal with the American Beverage Association providing funding through their American Beverage Association California PAC for attack ads on Proposition V.