March 2020 Ballot Recommendations

March 2020 State of California Ballot Recommendation

We recommend a YES vote on Proposition 13, Bonds for Schools and Colleges, on the March 3, 2020 ballot. 

What's Proposition 13 about? Proposition 13 would authorize $15 billion for construction and modernization of school and college facilities in California. It includes $9 billion for preschool and K-12 schools and $6 billion for California’s public higher education system. The funds will be split evenly among the 114 community colleges, the 23-campus California State University and the 10 campuses of the University of California.  More on Prop 13.


 March 2020 City of San Jose Ballot Measure Recommendation

The League of Women Voters of San Jose/Santa Clara urges a YES VOTE on Measure E.


San Jose needs affordable housing and homeless programs. 

  • San Jose's homeless count spiked from 4,350 in 2017 to 6,172 in 2019, a 43% increase.

  • As of 2017, San Jose met only 8% of its state-assigned goals for all affordable housing categories.

  • Currently, for every person who is housed in San Jose, three more become homeless.


San Jose needs a source of local funds to provide affordable housing and homeless programs.

In the decade ending in 2011, San Jose received about $40 million a year in redevelopment funding which produced about 1200 affordable homes each year.  That funding stopped in 2011.


Measure E authorizes a tax on properties when ownership transfers. Properties are exempt if the value is less than $2 million which means 98% of all home sales pay nothing.  Measure E will affect only the top 5% of property sales based on 2017-2018 data.


We have long supported the provision of adequate housing for low- and moderate-income families as well as advocating action by local government to provide financial assistance to encourage such housing construction and rehabilitation.  The provision of essential support services to complement these efforts is a necessary component of the measure. 


For more information, please see our analysis of Measure E HERE which includes a description of accountability and more details.  Vote YES!!