League Board Reviews Ballot Measures

Jul 8, 2018
The League now has positions on four of the measures that will be on the ballot this fall.
Under the League of California Cities® bylaws, the board may take a position supporting or opposing a statewide ballot measure only by a two-thirds vote of those directors present. This policy assures that any position taken reflects the broad consensus of League members. Below find each of the measures on the November ballot that the League has taken a position on along with a link to the measure’s full text and position taken.
Proposition 1: (SB 3, Beall) Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018.
This bill would enact the Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018, which, if adopted, would authorize the issuance of bonds in the amount of $4,000,000,000 pursuant to the State General Obligation Bond Law. Of the proceeds from the sale of these bonds, $3,000,000,000 would be used to finance various existing housing programs, as well as infill infrastructure financing and affordable housing matching grant programs, as provided, and $1,000,000,000 would be used to provide additional funding for the above-described program for farm, home, and mobile home purchase assistance for veterans, as provided.
League position: Support.
Proposition 2: No Place Like Home “Homeless Housing” Ratification.
This bill would enact the No Place Like Home Act of 2018 and provide for submission of that act to the voters at the Nov. 6, 2018, statewide general election. The bill would specify that the service contracts between the authority and the department may be single-year or multiyear contracts and provide for payments to the department from amounts on deposit in the Supportive Housing Program Subaccount. The bill would include any appropriation or transfer to the No Place Like Home Fund from the General Fund or other funds as moneys required to be paid into the No Place Like Home Fund. The bill would authorize the Legislature to amend the No Place Like Home Act of 2018 by a two-thirds vote, so long as the amendment is consistent with and furthers the intent of the act.
League position: Support.

Proposition 3: Supply and Water Quality Bond Act of 2018. 
This measure authorizes $8.877 billion in state general obligation bonds for various infrastructure 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/storage, and $472 million for surface water storage/dam repairs. It appropriates money from General Fund to pay off bonds and requires certain projects to provide matching funds from non-state sources; gives priority to disadvantaged communities.
League position: Support.
Proposition 6: Repeal of Recently Enacted State Transportation Funds. 
This measure repeals a 2017 transportation law’s tax and fee provisions that pay for repairs and improvements to local roads, state highways, and public transportation. It requires 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.
League position: Oppose.