League of Women Voters of Humboldt County Offers Some Ballot Recommendations
This is a press release from the League of Women Voters of Humboldt County:
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League only takes positions on ballot measures based on current advocacy positions and League principles. Positions are developed based on grassroots member study and consensus. The League of Women Voters of California has issued the following recommendations for the Nov. 6, 2018 election.
PROP 1 Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond: YES
Prop 1 will build and preserve affordable homes, including supportive housing, for veterans, working families, people with disabilities, Californians experiencing homelessness and others struggling to find a safe place to call home. It will authorize $4 billion in general obligation bonds, to be used to support these affordable housing programs.
PROP 2 Homeless Housing Bond: YES
Prop 2 allows the use of unspent money, originally allocated through a 2004 measure to fund mental health services, to be directed towards helping California residents that are homeless and suffer from mental illness. If passed, the unspent money would be used to provide permanent supportive housing for people who need mental health services, and are either currently homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
PROP 3 Water Bond: NO
While the League of Women Voters of California supports the use of long-term debt (bond measures) to finance capital projects, this measure has a number of fatal flaws, including: shifting the cost for water from the end users to California taxpayers; reducing state money available for other critical state programs like education, affordable housing, and healthcare; and failing to provide for adequate project oversight and financial accountability.
PROP 4 Children’s Hospital Bond: NO
While the League of Women Voters of California supports quality healthcare for all Californians, Prop 4 would use $1.5 billion in public, general obligation bond money to support privately-owned children’s hospitals, along with five children’s hospitals in the University of California system. State funds should not be used to support private facilities.
PROP 5 Property Tax: NO
Prop 5 is a costly constitutional amendment that would reduce funds for schools and local services by $1 billion per year. It does nothing to help low income seniors, or families struggling to find housing.
PROP 6 Gas Tax Repeal: NO
Prop 6 would repeal the package of taxes and fees approved by the State Legislature in 2017 to fund transportation projects, amounting to a loss of $4.7 billion in annual funding. Passage of this repeal measure would have significant negative impacts and leave our state structures vulnerable, especially during natural disasters.
PROP 10 Repeal Costa Hawkins: YES
Prop 10 would allow communities to place rent control ordinances where they find appropriate. We support providing local communities with this control.
Another press release from League of Women Voters of Humboldt County President Rollin Richmond:
Four years ago, Humboldt County voters decided they were tired of having too few deputies on patrol; inadequate rural fire protection; and crumbling roads. Sacramento kept cutting state funding for these vital services, and so our local citizens passed Measure Z, a one-half cent sales tax. The funds from this sales tax were specifically to be used for maintaining and enhancing public safety and essential services.
With these funds, the county was able to add new deputies in the rural areas of Humboldt, keep the McKinleyville station manned 24/7, increase the number of probation officers, beef up the District Attorney’s office; support volunteer fire departments with additional resources and training; provide better support services for children who had been the victims of crime; and repair many miles of decaying roads.
Measure Z is due to sunset on March 31, 2020. In order to keep this very small tax in place, voters need to pass its replacement, Measure O. This will provide Humboldt with a guaranteed source of local funding that cannot be taken by the state. It will not raise the sales tax rates again, but will maintain the current level passed by voters in 2014. The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to place Measure O on the November 6, 2018 ballot.
If the measure does not pass, we could go back to the bad old days, when southern Humboldt had no deputies at night, and only two or three deputies covered all of northern and eastern Humboldt.
The League of Women Voters of Humboldt County supports adequate local government financing to maintain government services to meet the demands of the community. Please Vote “Yes” on Measure O.
Rollin Richmond, President
League of Women Voters of Humboldt County