Our 12 California general election propositions – simplified

California’s  general election is Nov. 6. Do you know how you will vote? Here are the 12 California propositions in simple, easy to understand terms.

We have a proposition for you. Actually, we have 12 — or 11, depending on whether you count one that was withdrawn but will still appear on your ballot. The 12 propositions range from whether local governments can impose rent control to abolishing daylight savings time in California, should the federal government permit it. If you plan to vote you must be registered by Oct. 22, and you can do so here.

A “yes” vote supports a proposition and a “no” vote opposes a proposition.

Proposition 1:

Issues $4 billion in general obligation bonds for housing-related programs, loans, grants, and projects and housing loans for veterans.

  • $1.5 billion for Multifamily Housing Program for low-income residents
  • $1 billion for loans to help veterans purchase farms and homes
  • $450 million for infill and transit-oriented housing projects
  • $300 million for a farmworker housing program
  • $300 million for manufactured and mobile homes


Proposition 2:

Authorizes using from millionaires’ tax for $2 billion in bonds towards homelessness prevention housing. Approves existing law establishing the No Place Like Home Program that finances permanent housing for individuals with mental illness who are homeless or at risk for chronic homelessness. Amends Mental Health Services Act to authorize transfers of up to $140 million annually from existing Mental Health Services Fund to the No Place Like Home Program.

Homeless peoples’ tents set up on a Los Angeles street corner. Photo from Wiki Commons.


Proposition 3:

Issues $8.877 billion in general obligation bonds — typically taxes — for water-related infrastructure and environmental projects.

  • $3.03 billion for safe drinking water and water quality
  • $2.895 billion for watershed and fisheries improvements
  • $940 million for habitat protection
  • $855 million for improved water conveyance
  • $685 million for groundwater sustainability and storage
  • $472 million for surface water storage and dam repairs


Proposition 4:

Authorizes $1.5 billion in general obligation bonds to provide for the Children’s Hospital Bond Act Fund. The fund would be used to award grants to children’s hospitals for construction, expansion, renovation and equipment projects.

  • $1.08 billion to eight nonprofit hospitals
  • $270 million to five University of California general acute hospitals, including hospitals at UC Davis, UCLA, UCI, UCSF and UCSD
  • $150 million to public and private hospitals that provide pediatric services


Proposition 5:

Allows homebuyers who are 55 years old or older, who are severely disabled or have a contaminated or disaster-destroyed house to transfer the tax-assessed value from their prior home to their new home, no matter the new home’s location in the state or the number of moves. If the This gives homeowners — age 55 and older — a property tax break. Eligible homeowners could transfer the taxable value of their existing home (with some upward adjustment) to a more expensive home, or if an eligible homeowner moves to a less expensive home, the taxable value transferred from the existing home to the new home is adjusted downward.


Proposition 6:

Repeals the 2017 transportation law’s taxes and fees that pay for repairs and improvements to local roads, state highways and public transportation. Requires legislature to submit any measure enacting taxes or fees on gas or diesel fuel, or to operate a vehicle on public highways, for electorate approval before going forward.


Proposition 7:

Authorizes legislature to provide for permanent daylight savings time if federal government allows.. Establishes the time zone designated by federal law as Pacific Standard Time (PST) as the standard statewide time.


Proposition 8:

Prohibits clinics from refusing to treat patients based on the source of payment for care. Calls for dialysis clinics to issue refunds to patients or patients’ payers for revenue above 115 percent of the costs of direct patient care and healthcare improvements. Asks for rebates and penalties if charges exceed the limit, and annual reporting to the state regarding clinic costs, patient charges and revenue.


Proposition 9:

Asks government to divide California into three states. Removed from the ballot.


Proposition 10:

Allows local governments to regulate rent. Allows policies that would limit the rental rates that residential property owners can charge for new tenants, new construction and single-family homes.


Proposition 11:

Allows ambulance providers to ask for workers to remain on-call during breaks paid and regulates timing of meal breaks for these employees. Calls for employers to provide training for certain emergency incidents, violence prevention, mental health and wellness and asks for employers to provide employees certain mental health services.


Proposition 12:

Bans sale of meat from animals (veal calves, breeding pigs and egg-laying hens) confined in spaces below specific sizes. Calls for egg-laying hens be raised in a cage-free environment beginning Dec. 31, 2021.

Chickens confined to a small cage. Photo from Wiki Commons.


Register to vote in the state of California here, or log on to your My Chapman Student Self Service and click on the TurboVote link available. Remember, registration ends Oct. 22 and the election takes place Nov. 6.

All GIFs courtesy of GIPHY.


Kate Hoover

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