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Endorsements for the November 2016 election

Local Measures

Measure D – This sales tax measure would make a great difference in helping our transportation challenges in our County. There is money to fix potholes and pave street, funds to preserve our bus system and expand Lift Line for seniors and people with disabilities, funding for auxiliary lanes to help with the Highway 1 commute, and significant funding to expand the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail (Rail Trail), along with funds to maintain our rail line and do the studies necessary for an open and transparent process of how to use the line. Endorsed by every jurisdiction, nearly every elected official, nearly all social service organizations, senior groups, bike organizations, labor organizations, large segments of the business community and environmental groups including the Land Trust, Ecology Action, and the Resource Conservation District. Help get Santa Cruz County Moving by voting YES on Measure D.

Measure A & B – These two measures support facilities bonds at Santa Cruz City Schools. Measure A is for the high school district and B is for the elementary school district. The facilities are run-down and these measures help every school in the district. Vote YES on Measure A & B.

Measure C – Soquel Elementary School District has not asked for help with their aging schools in over 15 years. Help them maintain the outstanding schools in their district by voting YES on Measure C.

Measure E – In November 2014 voters overwhelmingly approved a cannabis tax that has provided critical resources for enforcement of our land use regulations regarding this plant. With the upcoming adoption of new cultivation rules and the impending change in legal status for cannabis, the County is requesting a slight language change to level the playing field and ensure that all cannabis grown in the county is taxed at the same rate. Vote YES on Measure E.

Local Candidates
Live Oak Elementary School District: Jeremy Ray, Heather Rhodes
Central Fire District: Kevin Walter, John Lucchesi, Owen Miller, David Burnham
Santa Cruz City Council: Cynthia Mathews, Martine Watkins, Sandy Brown and J.M. Brown
Santa Cruz County Board of Education, Area 2: Bruce Van Allen
Scotts Valley City Council: Jack Dilles
Scotts Valley Unified School District: Kim Shultz, Michael Shulman, Sue Roth

State Measures

PROP 51: SCHOOL BONDS. FUNDING FOR K-14 FACILITIES.
This measure was placed on the ballot to support construction at public schools and community colleges. Vote YES on Prop. 51

PROP 52: MEDI-CAL HOSPITAL FEE PROGRAM.
Prop 52 extends indefinitely the current fees hospitals pay to receive more matching Medicaid funds from the federal government. It will ensure California hospitals can continue to recover some of the money they spend to provide services to low-income patients, providing a stable revenue stream and drawing an estimated $3 billion in federal matching funds. Vote YES on Prop. 52

PROP 53: REVENUE BONDS. STATEWIDE VOTER APPROVAL.
This measure would require statewide voter approval before any revenue bonds can be issued or sold by the state for projects over $2 billion. A rich farmer wants to stops two projects so he wants to write into law a provision that would stall projects we like and sometimes need (lack of clarity in language could affect disaster funding). Vote NO on Prop. 53

PROP 54: LEGISLATURE. LEGISLATION AND PROCEEDINGS.
Prohibits the legislature from passing any bill unless published on Internet for 72 hours before vote and requires the legislature to record its proceedings and post on Internet. Although the source of this initiative is suspicious, the goal of this proposition is to provide more sunlight on the workings in the legislature. Vote YES on Prop. 54.

PROP 55: TAX EXTENSION TO FUND EDUCATION AND HEALTHCARE.
Extends personal income tax increases enacted in 2012 on earnings over $250,000, with revenues allocated to K-12 schools, California Community Colleges, and, in certain years, healthcare. Voters were wise to support an increase in taxes on wealthy Californians to help during a crisis. This extension helps support our schools and only hits those who can truly afford it. Vote YES on Prop. 55.

PROP 56: CIGARETTE TAX TO FUND HEALTHCARE.
Increases cigarette tax by $2.00 per pack, with equivalent increase on other tobacco products and electronic cigarettes containing nicotine. California hasn’t raised the tobacco tax since 1999. The Legislature has simply proved unwilling to stand up to the tobacco lobby. This is a job for voters. Vote YES on Prop. 56.

PROP 57: CRIMINAL SENTENCES. PAROLE. JUVENILE CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS AND SENTENCING.
Allows parole consideration for nonviolent felons and for judges to decide whether a juvenile should be tried as an adult. A judge, in a hearing, should make deciding whether a young person should be tried as an adult with evidence. The current system puts all the responsibility on DA’s and the result has been an uneven scale of justice with men of color disproportionally sentenced as adults. Vote YES on Prop. 57.

PROP 58: ENGLISH PROFICIENCY. MULTILINGUAL EDUCATION.
This measure removes restrictions voters put in place in 1998 with Prop. 227. It would allow public schools to decide how to teach English learners – choosing among English-only, bilingual, or other types of programs. Teachers and school board members support this measure. Vote YES on Prop. 58.

PROP 59: CORPORATIONS. POLITICAL SPENDING. FEDERAL CONSTITUTIONAL PROTECTIONS.
Asks whether California’s elected officials should use their authority to propose and ratify an amendment to the federal Constitution overturning the Citizens United ruling. Citizens United ruled that laws placing certain limits on political spending by corporations and unions are unconstitutional. Have your say in one of the most critical issues affecting our democracy – money in politics. Vote YES on Prop. 59.

PROP 60: ADULT FILMS. CONDOMS. HEALTH REQUIREMENTS.
Prop. 60 would require porn actors to use condoms when filming intercourse. It would create a system for people to make complaints and file lawsuits if they see a sex scene that does not include a condom. While laudable in its goal to prevent the spread of HIV, actors are already required to be tested. This measure is opposed by major AIDS organizations, statewide LGBT organizations and both the Democratic and Republican party. Vote NO. Prop. 60.

PROP 61: STATE PRESCRIPTION DRUG PURCHASES. PRICING STANDARDS.
This measure would cap the amount the state pays for prescription drugs—generally prohibiting the state from paying any more for drugs than the lowest price paid by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which pays the lowest prices in the nation. Supported by Health Access, Consumer’s Union, AARP and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Vote YES on Prop. 61.

PROP 62: DEATH PENALTY.
This measure would repeal the death penalty and replaces it with life imprisonment without possibility of parole. Prop 62 would apply retroactively to existing death sentences. We know that the death sentence is applied disproportionally, costs million to maintain, and is a barbaric practice. Let’s join the other 20 states that have abolished the death penalty. Vote YES on Prop. 62.

PROP 63: FIREARMS. AMMUNITION SALES. Prop. 63 would make new requirements for reporting lost or stolen firearms and ammunition to authorities; prohibit people from possessing firearms if they’re convicted of stealing a firearm; establish new ways for authorities to remove guns from people who are prohibited from owning them and; change theft of a gun worth $950 or less from a misdemeanor to a felony. The problems with the easy availability of guns and the lack of Congress to come up with reasonable restrictions require our state to develop its own. Vote YES on Prop. 63.

PROP 64: MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION.
Legalizes marijuana under state law, for use by adults 21 or older and imposes state taxes on sales and cultivation. This is the second attempt to pass this needed change in the law. We shouldn’t be filling up our prisons with pot smokers but instead we should regulate and tax this product. This measure will help our efforts in Santa Cruz County. Vote YES on Prop. 64.

PROP 65: CARRYOUT BAGS. CHARGES.
Placed on the ballot by the plastic bag manufacturers, this is part of a two-step effort to get rid of the plastic bag ban in our state. Santa Cruz County has a stronger version of the ban in place and Save Our Shores has reported an 84% reduction in bags found as part of their cleanups. Don’t let the bag manufacturers stop us from protecting the environment. Vote NO on Prop. 65.

PROP 66: DEATH PENALTY. PROCEDURES.
This measure seeks to “speed up” the death penalty process. Prop. 66 will cost taxpayers millions of dollars, add layers of government bureaucracy that will lead to more delay, and increase the risk that California executes an innocent person. Vote NO on Prop. 66.

PROP 67: BAN ON SINGLE-USE PLASTIC BAGS.
Prop. 67 supports the 2014 ban signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown. Our county passed a ban on plastic bags several years ago and the results have been clear - less plastic bag trash in our streams and oceans. After a number of jurisdictions passed similar measures, the legislature finally passed a statewide ban. The bag manufacturers want to turn back the clock. Don’t let them. Vote YES on Prop. 67.