Chamber of Commerce Recommendations on Ballot Measures
October 15, 2020
This year, after much conversation and discussion, we have chosen not to endorse any candidates for the City Council or School Board races. We appreciate the opportunity we had to host one of the City's only Candidate Forums that had all the candidates on at once, answering questions that impact the business community and are likely to have a deep impact on our community's future. At the same time, we felt rather than make an endorsement on any particular candidates, we will instead take a position of education throughout the remainder of the campaign season. We realize the huge importance of this election for both our City Council and School Board and are committed to representing our business community to ensure that our voices, needs and requests are heard by those making decisions for our community. We strongly encourage you to vote in whatever safe manner you can and let your voice be heard in November too.
Proposition 22 - App-based Drivers - Vote Yes
Save app-based jobs and services
Prop 22 protects the ability of app-based drivers to choose to work as independent contractors with control over where, when, how long and for who they work. More than 80% of drivers work less than 20 hours a week, have other jobs or responsibilities, and can’t work set shifts as employees.
Proposition 24 - Consumer Privacy
An overly complicated and misguided measure Prop 24 aims to completely overhaul the California Consumer Privacy Act implementations, many of which have just rolled out in January and July of this year. This will ultimately lead to increased cost to implement, more regulations and potential litigation for small businesses that don't have the capacity to pivot with the continued changes.
Local Ballot Measures
Measure B - Voter Approval of all Interim or Permanent rent control Measures Vote Yes
Measure B would ensure that any future enactment of an Interim or Permanent Local rent control would need to first be approved by the vote of the people, as opposed to what is currently in place where a seated City Council would be able to implement that same. Besides given the community a chance to voice their stance on this, the State of California already has renter protections through AB 1482. Our City opted to implement a more restrictive local rent control, costing our City hundreds of thousands of dollars at a time when our concurrently declared fiscal danger.
There are a total of 12 Statewide Proposition on the November Ballot and while they are all important for various reasons, we've taken a position on the most critically important ones to the Chamber. Prop 15 would lead to the single highest tax increase in our State's history. Prop 22 will enable thousands of drivers to continuing making a wage and supplement their income during this pandemic. Prop 24 would overhaul Consumer Privacy Law before it gets started.
Proposition 15 - Split Role
We can’t afford the largest property tax increase in the history of California!
Amid an unprecedented economic crisis, special interests are pushing Prop 15 on the November 2020 statewide ballot that will destroy Prop 13’s property tax protections and will be the largest property tax increase in California history. Prop 15 will raise taxes on business property, leading to higher rents for small businesses.