On election day, voters often face long ballots and are being asked to weigh in on a wide variety of critical issues. Whether you vote early, by mail, or on Election Day, we’ve made the decisions easier. After careful study and analysis, the League of Women Voters makes recommendations when appropriate.
November 3, 2020 Presidential Election
The League of Women Voters of California is recommending a yes or no vote on some measures on the November 2020 ballot. We also give our reasons.
California State Propositions
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Note: LWV California has decided to remain neutral on these state propositions:
We have no position on Proposition 22 (Rideshare and Delivery Drivers)
Local Ballot Measures
The board of LWV San Jose/Santa Clara has voted, after study and analysis, to support two local measures.
Measure G: City of San Jose Charter Amendments YES
The League of Women Voters of San Jose/Santa Clara recommends a “YES” vote. A simple majority vote is required to pass.
Measure G would amend the City Charter to expand the authority of the Independent Police Auditor (“IPA”), change the Planning Commission’s size and composition, and allow the Council to establish different timelines for redistricting if census results are late.
We believe that:
Expansion of authority for the Independent Police Auditor will provide greater transparency about police use of force ultimately leading to greater public trust in our criminal justice system as well as opportunities for future reform.
Increasing the size and composition of the Planning Commission ensures that all areas of San Jose have a voice in important land use decisions; and
The Council needs flexibility to change the City Charter’s redistricting timelines because it is critically needed given the likely delay of results of the 2020 US Census data.
Measure T: Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority Parcel Tax YES
The League of Women Voters of San Jose/Santa Clara recommends a “YES” vote on Measure T. We signed the ballot measure. It requires ⅔ of the voters to approve in order to pass.
Measure T renews a parcel tax measure passed in 2014 without a rate increase and will continue until ended by voters. This provides 2/3 of the revenues for the Open Space Authority (OSA).
We support this measure because it enables the OSA to continue to successfully manage lands under its jurisdiction. It allows the OSA to provide essential services to the public and to prepare additional lands for public access. It provides a local funding match to help the OSA continue to attract public and private grants. It empowers the OSA to continue to steward natural infrastructure as a way of combating climate change.
Regional Ballot Measure
Measure RR: Caltrain Sales Tax YES
The League of Women Voters of the Bay Area, which consists of representatives from the 20 Leagues in the nine Bay Area counties, has analyzed Measure RR and recommends a "YES" vote.
This proposed 1/8 cent sales tax will provide a dedicated source of funding for Caltrain. This funding will ensure continued service, ongoing maintenance and needed system improvements such as electrification. Stable funding for Caltrain will assure that it will survive the loss of ridership and fare revenue caused by COVID-19. Recently adopted Equity Framework policies will preserve discounted rates for low-income riders, who depend on public transportation. The oversight and audits provide financial accountability.
The League has long supported a transportation system in the Bay Area that offers viable alternatives to single-occupancy vehicle use, that relieve traffic congestion and reduce pollution. Caltrain is an important part of this regional system.
Measure RR is critical to keep Caltrain running and to play its vital role in our regional transportation system with cleaner air and reduced fossil fuel emissions.
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