California’s next statewide election is on Tuesday, March 3. Make sure you are educated on the issues your vote will determine. The information behind various city and county ballot measures may be confusing and overwhelming, so we’ve made the following voter guide to help explain the ones we are supporting and opposing. If you have any questions, please call our office at 408.986.9874.

 

MEASURE A
ALAMEDA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT – Parcel Tax

CAIR-SFBA Recommendation: YES

SUMMARY 

“To support all Alameda students and maintain high-quality Alameda schools by attracting and retaining excellent teachers and employees, sustaining strong academic programs in reading, writing, math, arts/sciences, and helping counselors support struggling students, shall an Alameda Unified School District measure, levying $0.265 per building area square foot (capped at $7,999 per parcel) and $299 per vacant parcel annually for 7 years, be adopted, raising $10,500,000 annually with senior exemptions, audits, oversight, and all funds staying local?”  

Two-thirds (2/3) vote needed to pass.

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS 

A YES vote on this measure would authorize an annual special parcel tax of $0.265 per building square (maximum of $7,999 per parcel) and a $299 per vacant parcel tax for a period of 7 years, starting on July 1, 2020.  The $10,500,000 in funds generated would fund the recruitment and retention of teachers and school employees, and sustain strong academic programs for the Alameda Unified School District.  The Measure imposes accountability provisions such as revenue and expenditure reports of the proceeds each fiscal year and establishes an oversight committee.   

A NO vote on this measure would not authorize an annual special parcel tax of $0.265 per building square (max of $7,999 per parcel) and a $299 per vacant parcel tax. 

 

MEASURE B  
ALBANY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT – Parcel Tax 

CAIR-SFBA Recommendation: YES

SUMMARY 

“To maintain excellent schools; attract and retain exceptional teachers and counselors; protect science, arts, language, library services, and reading and math support; limit class sizes; keep schools safe; and keep classroom technology and materials up-to-date; shall Albany Unified School District adopt a measure renewing an expiring $318 annual parcel tax, adding $130 annually, for six years, with senior exemptions, cost of living adjustments, and independent audits, raising $2,200,000 annually, with all funds staying local to benefit Albany students?” 

Two-thirds (2/3) vote needed to pass.

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS 

A YES vote on this measure would authorize an annual special parcel tax of $448 on each parcel for a period of 6 years, starting July 1, 2021 when the previous annual tax rate of $318 per parcel expires.  The estimated $2,200,000 to be collected would fund science, art, music, and library services and the recruitment and retention of teachers and counselors, school safety, classroom technology, and materials for the Albany Unified School District.  The Measure imposes accountability provisions such as depositing the proceeds in a separate account, and an independent financial auditor to prepare a report stating the amount collected and spent each year and the status of any projects or description of any programs funded.   

A NO vote on this measure would not authorize a sixyear special parcel tax of $448 per year on each parcel.  

 

MEASURE C 
COUNTY OF ALAMEDA – Sales Tax

CAIR-SFBA Recommendation: YES

SUMMARY 

Alameda County Care for Kids. To improve critical early health and education for Alameda County children by: protecting local children’s healthcare safety net and Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center; and increasing access to high quality, affordable childcare and preschool to improve kindergarten readiness, school success and high school graduation rates; shall a County of Alameda ordinance enacting a 20-year half-percent sales tax providing approximately $150,000,000 annually with citizens’ oversight and mandatory annual audits be adopted?  

Percentage Needed to Pass: 50%+1.

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS 

A YES vote on this measure would authorize a half-percent sales tax for a period of 20 years providing approximately $150,000,000 annually with citizens’ oversight and mandatory annual audits.  The proceeds would fund preschool and early education for children, and health care for children and young adults in Alameda County. 

A NO vote on this measure would not authorize a half-percent sales tax for a period of 20 years.

 

MEASURE E  
BERKELEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT – Parcel Tax

CAIR-SFBA Recommendation: YES

SUMMARY 

To recruit and retain qualified teachers and prevent shortages of essential school staff, shall the Berkeley Unified School District adopt a measure to levy a special tax of 12.4¢/square foot on improvements, and $25/parcel on unimproved parcels, for 12 years, with annual cost-of-living adjustments, low income exemptions, and independent citizen and auditor oversight, generating approximately $9,500,000 annually in local funds for Berkeley public schools that cannot be taken away by the State? 

Two-thirds (2/3) vote needed to pass. 

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS 

A YES vote on this measure would authorize an annual special parcel tax of 12.4 cents per square foot on the square footage of all improvements and $25 per parcel on all unimproved parcels for a period of 12 years, beginning July 1, 2020.  The Berkeley Unified School District will use the estimated $9,500,000 in revenue to strengthen recruitment, retention, and development strategies for certificated and classified District personnel.  Revenues may not go to the compensation of the Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent, Co-Superintendent, Associate Superintendent(s), or Assistant Superintendent.  The Measure requires accountability measures such as depositing the proceeds in a separate fund, establishing a Planning and Oversight Committee, revenue, expenditure and independent auditor reports, and status updates of any projects. 

A NO vote on this measure would not authorize an annual special parcel tax of 12.4 cents per square foot on the square footage of all improvements and $25 per parcel on all unimproved parcels.  

 

MEASURE H  
BERKELEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT – Parcel Tax

CAIR-SFBA Recommendation: YES

SUMMARY 

To provide essential maintenance of buildings, classrooms, grounds, roofs, electrical, mechanical/plumbing systems, and address fire/safety hazards, shall Berkeley Unified School District adopt a measure to continue its existing special tax at 9.1¢/square foot on improvements, and $20/parcel on unimproved parcels, for 10 years, with cost-of-living adjustments, low-income exemptions, independent citizen and auditor oversight, generating approximately $7,330,841 annually in local funds for Berkeley public schools that cannot be taken away by the State?  

Two-thirds (2/3) vote needed to pass.  

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS 

A YES vote on this measure would authorize an annual special parcel tax at 9.1 cents per square foot for all improvements and $20 per parcel on all unimproved parcels for a period of 10 years, beginning July 1, 2020. This would replace the 2010 Measure H parcel tax.  This would fund maintenance of the Berkeley School District buildings and classrooms and address fire and safety hazards.  All funds raised would be subject to accountability measures such as a Facilities Safety and Maintenance Oversight Committee, updated revenue and expenditure reports four times annually, and an annual independent auditor report.    

A NO vote on this measure would not authorize an annual special parcel tax at 9.1 cents per square foot for all improvements and $20 per parcel on all unimproved parcels. 

 

MEASURE I  
CASTRO VALLEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT – Parcel Tax 

CAIR-SFBA Recommendation: YES

SUMMARY 

To maintain quality education in Castro Valley elementary, middle and high schools, by retaining/attracting highly qualified teachers; preserving strong academic programs in reading, writing, science, technology, engineering, arts, and math; preparing students for college and careers; and supporting the well-being of all students; shall the Castro Valley Unified School District measure to levy $96 per parcel per year for 6 years be adopted, raising approximately $1,500,000 annually with independent oversight, senior exemptions, and all funds benefiting local schools?   

Two-thirds (2/3) vote needed to pass.

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS 

A YES vote on this measure would authorize an annual special parcel tax of up to $96 per parcel of taxable real property for 6 years, beginning July 1, 2020. The estimated $1,500,000 would fund the Castro Valley Unified School District in attracting and retaining teachers; supporting academic programs in reading, writing, science, technology, engineering, arts and math; and preparing students for college and careers.  All funds raised would be subject to accountability measures such as depositing the proceeds in a separate account, a Citizens Oversight Committee, and an annual written report showing the revenues generated, the expenditures of the revenues, and the status of any projects funded by the revenues.   

A NO vote on this measure would not authorize an annual special parcel tax of up to $96 per parcel of taxable real property. 

 

MEASURE Q  
CITY OF OAKLAND – Parcel Tax

CAIR-SFBA Recommendation: YES

SUMMARY 

Shall a measure to provide: homeless support services and programs to help homeless individuals move into shelters and housing; trash removal from parks and creeks; safe, well-maintained parks and trails; clean, accessible park restrooms; improved water quality; and park facilities repairs, by enacting an annual $148 parcel tax for single family parcels and other parcels as specified, for 20 years, raising approximately $21,000,000 annually with exemptions for low-income seniors, be adopted? 

Two-thirds (2/3) vote needed to pass.  

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS 

A YES vote on this measure would authorize an annual parcel tax of $148 per single-family parcel or $101.08 per multi-unit residential parcel to raise an estimated $21,000,000 to support the unhoused, shelters, parks and landscape maintenance, water quality, and litter reduction.   

A NO vote on this measure would not authorize an annual parcel tax of $148 per single-family parcel or $101.08 per multi-unit residential parcel.

   

1 “Alameda County Measures – 3_3_20” County of Alameda. Accessed February 10, 2020.

MEASURE J2
CONTRA COSTA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY – Sales Tax 

CAIR-SFBA Recommendation: YES

SUMMARY 

To: 

  • Reduce congestion and fix bottlenecks on highways and major roads; 
  • Make commutes faster and more predictable; 
  • Improve the frequency, reliability, accessibility, cleanliness, and safety of buses, ferries, and BART; 
  • Improve air quality; 
  • Repave roads; 

Shall the measure implementing a Transportation Expenditure Plan, levying a ½ ¢ sales tax, providing an estimated $103,000,000 for local transportation annually for 35 years that the State cannot take, requiring fiscal accountability, and funds directly benefiting Contra Costa County residents, be adopted? 

Two-thirds (2/3) vote needed to pass.

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS 

A YES vote on this measure would authorize a 0.5% sales tax in Contra Costa County for a period of 35 years from July 1, 2020 until June 30, 2055 to fund the reduction of traffic and bottlenecks on highways, improvement of public transportation and air quality, and re-pavement of roads.  Contra Costa County Transit Authority’s Public Oversight Committee will provide oversight of all expenditures of the sales tax proceeds and will report to the public. This would also be subject to annual independent audits.  

A NO vote on this measure would not authorize a 0.5% sales tax in Contra Costa County from July 1, 2020, until June 30, 2055 

 

MEASURE L3
LAFAYETTE SCHOOL DISTRICT – Parcel Tax

CAIR-SFBA Recommendation: YES

SUMMARY 

To protect the quality of education and prevent deep cuts to Lafayette elementary and middle school programs in math, science, engineering, technology, reading, music, and the arts, maintain manageable class sizes to enhance student achievement, and attract and retain highly qualified teachers, shall Lafayette School District establish a $290 parcel tax for 7 years only, providing $3,011,360 annually in dedicated funding for neighborhood schools, with independent citizen oversight, an exemption for seniors, and all money staying local? 

Two-thirds (2/3) vote needed to pass. 

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS 

A YES vote on this measure would authorize a parcel tax of $290 per taxable parcel for a period of 7 years to expire June 30, 2027.  The tax would be adjusted annually for inflation, starting July 1, 2021, and will not exceed 3% per year.  The proceeds would be used to fund elementary and middle school science, engineering, technology, reading, music, and the arts, maintain manageable class sizes, and attract and retain highly qualified teachers.  State law requires that the District’s chief fiscal officer file an annual report and that the proceeds be deposited into the District’s account but be kept separate from other District accounts.  The measure would require the District to establish an appointed independent citizens’ oversight committee to oversee the use of parcel tax proceeds. 

A NO vote on this measure would not authorize a parcel tax of $290 per taxable parcel for 7 years. 

 

2  “Measure J – Contra Costa Transportation Authority.” Contra Costa County Elections. Accessed February 10, 2020. https://www.cocovote.us/measure-j-contra-costa-transportation-authority/.

3 “Measure L – Lafayette School District.” Contra Costa County Elections. Accessed February 10, 2020. https://www.cocovote.us/measure-l-lafayette-school-district/.

MEASURE C4
MARIN WILDFIRE PREVENTION AUTHORITY – Parcel Tax

CAIR-SFBA Recommendation: YES

SUMMARY 

To support coordinated wildfire prevention including early detection, warning and alerts; reducing vegetation; ensuring defensible space around homes, neighborhoods and critical infrastructure; and improving disaster evacuation routes/procedures; shall the Marin Wildfire Prevention Measure, levying up to 10¢ per building square foot tax ($75 per multifamily unit or as described in the full measure) for ten years, providing $19,300,000 annually, with annual inflation adjustments, independent citizen oversight/audits, and low-income senior exemptions, be adopted? 

Two-thirds (2/3) vote needed to pass.

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS 

A YES vote on this measure would authorize a special tax of 10 cents per building square foot for improved commercial and residential parcels, $75 per unit for multi-family residential (3 or more units), and $25, $100, or $150 per parcel depending on acreage for unimproved parcels on all parcels of real property. This proposed tax would begin on July 1, 2020 and last for 10 years, with an annual increase of no more than 3% per year.  The estimated $19,300,000 raised annually would provide wildfire protection, vegetation management, alert and evacuation systems improvement, and other protections.  Proceeds would be reviewed by an independent citizens’ oversight committee, controlled locally, and subject to independent annual audits. 

A NO vote on this measure would not authorize the special tax of 10 cents per building square foot for improved commercial and residential parcels, $75 per unit for multi-family residential (3 or more units), and $25, $100, or $150 per parcel depending on acreage for unimproved parcels on all parcels of real property 

 

MEASURE D5
SAN GERONIMO VALLEY GOLF COURSE

CAIR-SFBA Recommendation: NO

SUMMARY 

Initiative Measure Preventing the County from Changing the Primary Golf Course Use of San Geronimo Valley Golf Course Land Without Voter Approval. Shall the measure amending the San Geronimo Valley Community Plan and the Marin County Development Code to require voter approval for any change in the primary golf course use of the San Geronimo Valley Golf Course property, and requiring that the County prepare economic and environmental analyses of the proposed change, be adopted? 

Percentage Needed to Pass: Majority. 

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS 

A YES vote on this measure would amend the San Geronimo Valley Community Plan and the Marin County Development Code to require that if there is any proposed change to using the land as the San Geronimo Golf Course, the County must conduct studies on the effects of a proposed change of use and a majority vote from Marin County voters.  It would require that the golf course must be retained and that uses must support the golf course, even though the San Geronimo Golf Course ceased operations in December 2018. 

A NO vote on this measure would allow for the land to be used for purposes other than a golf course, such as a fire station, recreational opportunities, and conservation of the land.

 

MEASURE I6
SONOMA-MARIN AREA RAIL TRANSIT DISTRICT – Sales Tax

CAIR-SFBA Recommendation: YES

SUMMARY 

To continue relieving traffic congestion, reducing greenhouse gas emissions (having carried 1.5-million passengers by providing quality transportation alternatives to Highway 101), connecting stations with pathways, expanding rail service to Healdsburg/Cloverdale as grants become available, shall an extension of the existing Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District 1/4-cent voter approved sales tax, at the same rate, generating approximately $40,000,000 annually for an additional 30 years, subject to audits and citizens’ oversight, that the State cannot take away, be adopted? 

Two-thirds (2/3) vote needed to pass. 

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS 

A YES vote on this measure would re-authorize the extension of the Sonoma-Marin Rail Transit District’s existing quarter cent retail transactions and use tax for a period of 30 years.  The tax would continue to fund the construction and start of operation of a commuter rail transit system from Larkspur in Marin County to Airport Blvd. in Sonoma County.  Measure I would continue the accountability safeguards in the existing tax which include annual audits by an independent accountant and independent oversight by a Citizens Oversight Committee established by the Board of Directors. 

A NO vote on this measure would not authorize the extension of the Sonoma-Marin Rail Transit District’s existing quarter cent retail transactions and use tax.    

 

4 Roberts, Lynda. “Measure C- County of Marin.” County of Marin – Elections – Measure C. Accessed February 10, 2020. https://www.marincounty.org/depts/rv/election-info/election-schedule/page-data/tabs-collection/2020/march-3/measure/measurec.

5 Roberts , Lynda. “Measure D- County of Marin.” County of Marin – Elections – Measure D. Accessed February 10, 2020. https://www.marincounty.org/depts/rv/election-info/election-schedule/page-data/tabs-collection/2020/march-3/measure/measure-d-tab?tabnum=0.

6 Roberts, Lynda. “Measure I- County of Marin.” County of Marin – Elections – Measure I. Accessed February 10, 2020. https://www.marincounty.org/depts/rv/election-info/election-schedule/page-data/tabs-collection/2020/march-3/measure/measurei.

MEASURE K7
NAPA WATER, PARKS AND OPEN SPACE RESTORATION AND PRESERVATION RETAIL TRANSACTIONS AND USE TAX ORDINANCE – Sales Tax 

CAIR-SFBA Recommendation: YES

SUMMARY 

“The ordinance, known as Measure “K,” would impose a one quarter of one percent (0.25%) sales tax beginning 120 days from the March 3, 2020 election (July 1, 2020) for fifteen years. Measure K proposes a special tax that would be passed through to the Napa County Regional Park and Open Space District (District). Special taxes can only be utilized for those purposes identified in the ordinance imposing the tax and cannot be used for general governmental purposes. The District would use the sales tax to preserve watersheds, rivers, lakes, open space and wildlife habitat; restore, maintain and improve public access to public open space resources; and help implement the park and recreation objectives of the county’s five municipalities. The measure would create a Citizens Oversight Committee to review annual expenditures for conformance to the ordinance’s expenditure plan and prepare an annual report to be presented to the District Board of Directors in a public meeting.”

Two-thirds (2/3) vote needed to pass. 

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS 

A YES vote on this measure would authorize a quarter of one percent (0.25%) sales tax for a period of 15 years to preserve Napa water, parks, and open space restoration and preservation. 

A NO vote on this measure would not authorize a quarter of one percent (0.25%) sales tax. 

7 “Local Measures.” Local Measures | Napa County, CA. Accessed February 11, 2020. https://www.countyofnapa.org/2319/Local-Measures .

PROPOSITION D 
VACANCY TAX – Excise Tax 

CAIR-SFBA Recommendation: YES

SUMMARY 

Ordinance amending the Business and Tax Regulations Code and Administrative Code to impose an excise tax on persons keeping ground floor commercial space in certain neighborhood commercial districts and certain neighborhood commercial transit districts vacant, to fund assistance to small businesses; increasing the City’s appropriations limit by the amount collected under the tax for four years from March 3, 2020; and affirming the Planning Department’s determination under the California 

Environmental Quality Act. 

Two-thirds (2/3) vote needed to pass. 

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS 

A YES vote on this measure would authorize an amendment of the Business and Tax Regulations Code and Administrative Code to impose an excise tax on ground floor commercial spaces in certain neighborhood commercial districts and commercial transit districts that are vacant for a period of 4 years to fund assistance to small businesses. 

A NO vote on this measure would not authorize the excise tax on ground floor commercial spaces in certain neighborhood commercial districts and commercial transit districts that are vacant, to fund assistance to small businesses. 

 

8 “Department of Elections.” Measures | Department of Elections. Accessed February 10, 2020. https://sfelections.sfgov.org/measures.

MEASURE M 
LA HONDA-PESCADERO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT – Parcel Tax 

CAIR-SFBA Recommendation: YES

SUMMARY 

Shall the La Honda-Pescadero Unified School District continue a successful local parcel tax to improve access to technology in classrooms, provide enrichment opportunities for students, quality professional development for teachers and increase student achievement, in the amount of $130 per year per taxable parcel for seven years, with exemptions for contiguous parcels and parcels owned by persons 65 years and older, with funds staying in local schools, and with independent community review of all expenditures? 

Two-thirds (2/3) vote needed to pass. 

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS 

A YES vote on this measure would authorize the continuation of a local parcel tax of $130 per year per taxable parcel for a period of 7 years to improve access to technology and support schools.  

A NO vote on this measure would not authorize the continuation of a local parcel tax of $130 per year per taxable parcel. 

 

MEASURE N 
SAN CARLOS SCHOOL DISTRICT – Parcel Tax 

CAIR-SFBA Recommendation: YES

SUMMARY 

Shall the San Carlos School District maintain small class sizes and high-quality educational programs, including maintaining hands-on science, math, technology, and engineering programs; preserving reading and writing programs, attracting and retaining qualified and experienced teachers; and providing art, music, libraries; by adopting a measure adding $88 per parcel to the current $246.60 rate, raising $3,000,000 annually, for 8 years, with senior exemptions, independent citizens oversight, no funds for administrator salaries, and funds staying local to benefit San Carlos students? 

Two-thirds (2/3) vote needed to pass. 

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS 

A YES vote on this measure would authorize increasing the annual parcel tax to $88 for a total of $334.60 per parcel annually for a period of 8 years, raising an estimated $3 million to support maintaining existing curricula, attracting and retaining highly qualified teachers, and keeping small class sizes. 

A NO vote on this measure would not authorize increasing the annual parcel tax to $88 for a total of $334.60 per parcel annually for eight years. 

 

MEASURE P 
PORTOLA VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT: Parcel Tax 

CAIR-SFBA Recommendation: YES

SUMMARY 

“To maintain excellent local schools, shall Portola Valley School District protect enhanced) science, math, reading/writing instruction, retain qualified/experienced teachers, support music and arts programs, limit class size increases, and maintain foreign language classes by renewing the current $581 per parcel tax, with 3% annual increases, raising at least $1,200,000 annually, for 8 years, with senior exemptions, annual audits, independent citizen oversight, no money for administrator salaries, no funds for Sacramento, and all funds supporting Portola Valley School District students?” 

Two-thirds (2/3) vote needed to pass. 

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS 

A YES vote on this measure would authorize the renewal of the current $581 per parcel tax with 3% increases for a period of 8 years to fund Portola Valley School District’s science, math, reading/writing instruction, retain qualified/experienced teachers, support music and arts programs, limit class size increases, and maintain foreign language classes. 

A NO vote on this measure would not authorize the renewal of the current $581 per parcel tax with 3% increases. 

9 “Elections.” San Mateo County Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder & Elections. Accessed February 10, 2020. https://www.smcacre.org/elections.

MEASURE B11
CITY OF SUNNYVALE – Charter Amendment 

CAIR-SFBA Recommendation: YES

SUMMARY 

Shall Article VI of the City of Sunnyvale Charter be amended to establish “by-district” elections for six Council members required to be residents of a district and elected only by the voters of that district, and one Mayor who will be directly elected by all City voters; change term limits to permit service on the Council for three consecutive terms but only two as Councilmember or Mayor; and make other conforming amendments? 

Majority Vote.

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS 

A YES vote on this measure would change the City’s charter to establish six districts, and voters can elect a resident of their district to the City Council seat, while the Mayor can be elected by all Sunnyvale voters.  This Amendment will also change the term limits to serve on the Council for three consecutive terms or two terms as Councilmember or Mayor. 

A NO vote on this measure would be a vote to keep the charter the same and elect all seven City councilmembers at-large with a numbered seat.  The Council selects the Mayor from one of its members to serve for two years.  

 

MEASURE C12
CITY OF SANTA CLARA – Charter Amendment 

CAIR-SFBA Recommendation: NO

SUMMARY 

DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTIONS. Shall the City Charter be amended to elect city council members by district, excepting the mayor, as follows: for the 2020 election to establish six districts for the election of one council member to represent each district; and, beginning in 2022 to establish three districts for the election of two council members to represent each district; and to require an independent redistricting committee? 

Majority Vote 

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS 

A YES vote on this measure would amend the Santa Clara City Charter to establish three districts in 2022 for the election of two councilmembers to represent each district and require an independent redistricting committee. 

A NO vote on this measure would keep the existing six districts and voters can elect a resident of their district to the City Council seat, while the Mayor can be elected by all Santa Clara voters. 

 

MEASURE D13
CITY OF MOUNTAIN VIEW – Charter Amendment14

CAIR-SFBA Recommendation: NO

SUMMARY 

Shall the City Charter be amended to: prohibit paying Rental Housing Committee (RHC) members; clarify the RHC independently implements the Community Stabilization and Fair Rent Act and related initiatives delegated by the City Council; clarify the City Council may remove RHC members for reasons including misconduct; allow annual rent increases up to 4%; authorize additional rent increases for critical housing improvements like seismic retrofits; clarify mobile homes are exempt; and make technical revisions? 

Majority Vote. 

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS 

A YES vote on this measure would modify the Community Stabilization and Fair Rent Act (CSFRA) to allow for annual rent increases of up to 4% and additional increases up to 10% for improvements, prohibit paying the Rental Housing Committee (RHC) members, allow for the City Council to remove RHC members and appoint non-residents if they own or manage property regulated by the CSFRA.  

A NO vote on this measure would keep the Community Stabilization and Fair Rent Act (CSFRA) limits for rent increases below inflation and tenant evictions. 

 

MEASURE E15
CITY OF SAN JOSE – Municipal Code Amendment – Transfer Tax 

CAIR-SFBA Recommendation: YES

SUMMARY 

To fund general City of San José services, including affordable housing for seniors, veterans, disabled, and low-income families, and helping homeless residents move into shelters/permanent housing, shall an ordinance be adopted enacting a real property transfer tax including unrecorded transfers at these rates: EXEMPT transfers under $2,000,000 adjusted for inflation, $2,000,000 to $5,000,000 at 0.75%, $5,000,000.01 to $10,000,000 at 1.0%, and over $10,000,000 at 1.5%; generating approximately $70,000,000 annually, until repealed, with all money staying local? 

Majority Vote. 

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS 

A YES vote on this measure would authorize a real property transfer tax for property above $2,000,000 to fund affordable housing and homeless shelters. 

A NO vote on this measure would not authorize a real property transfer tax for property above $2,000,000 to fund affordable housing and homeless shelters. 

 

MEASURE H16
FOOTHILL-DE ANZA COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT – Parcel Tax 

CAIR-SFBA Recommendation: YES

SUMMARY 

FOOTHILL-DE ANZA COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT EDUCATIONAL AND TEACHER EXCELLENCE MEASURE. To provide funding for local colleges that cannot be taken by the State; keep college education affordable; attract and retain quality teachers; support homeless, hungry students; maintain science, technology, health-science programs; and prepare students for university transfer, career and job training, shall Foothill-De Anza Community College District’s measure levying $48 per parcel for 5 years ($5,500,000 annually), be adopted, with citizens’ oversight, and with no funds for administrator salaries?  

Two-thirds (2/3) vote needed to pass.

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS 

A YES vote on this measure would authorize a $48 per parcel tax for a period of 5 years generating $5,500,000 annually to fund affordable college, retain and attract quality teachers, maintain school programs and career training, and support homeless and hungry students.    

A NO vote on this measure would not authorize a $48 per parcel tax for a period of 5 years generating $5,500,000 annually to fund affordable college, retain and attract quality teachers, maintain school programs and career training, and support homeless and hungry students.    

 

MEASURE K17
CAMPBELL UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT – Parcel Tax 

CAIR-SFBA Recommendation: YES

SUMMARY 

“To attract and retain high-quality teachers; increase teacher salaries; improve preparation for careers in technical fields including engineering, computer science, and health care; provide student mental health and suicide prevention services; and provide local high school students academic opportunities comparable to neighboring school districts, shall the Campbell Union High School District assess an annual parcel tax of $298 for 8 years, exempting senior citizens, providing approximately $16,600,000 annually, subject to independent oversight, annual audits, and local control?”

Two-thirds (2/3) vote needed to pass. 

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS 

A YES vote on this measure would authorize a $298 parcel tax for a period of 8 years to raise an estimated $16,600,000 million annually to fund career development, retain high-quality teachers, provide mental health services and academic opportunities for Campbell Union High School Students.   

A NO vote on this measure would not authorize a $298 parcel tax for a period of 8 years.   

 

MEASURE O18
CUPERTINO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT – Parcel Tax 

CAIR-SFBA Recommendation: YES

SUMMARY 

Quality Local Schools and Academic Excellence Measure. To maintain strong academic programs in reading, writing, math, engineering/science for local elementary and middle school students, protect music and art programs, and retain highly qualified teachers shall Cupertino Union School District’s measure to levy $125 per year for 5 years, be approved, raising $4,321,500 annually that cannot be taken by the State, with exemptions for seniors, independent community oversight, no funds for administrators, and all funds benefiting local Schools? 

Two-thirds (2/3) vote needed to pass. 

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS 

A YES vote on this measure would authorize a $125 per year parcel tax for a period of 5 years to maintain strong academic programs and retain highly qualified teachers.  

A NO vote on this measure would not authorize a $125 per year parcel tax for 5 years to maintain strong academic programs and retain highly qualified teachers. 

 

MEASURE P19
  
CAMPBELL UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT – Parcel Tax 

CAIR-SFBA Recommendation: YES

SUMMARY 

To help local elementary and middle schools attract/retain high performing teachers, sustain strong academic and advanced programs in reading, writing, math, arts and sciences, ensure every student reads at/above grade level, keep teacher salaries competitive and train/support new teachers, shall a Campbell Union Elementary School District measure levying $98/ parcel annually, exempting senior citizens, be adopted, raising $2.36 million for 9 years, with independent community oversight, no funds for administrators, and all funds benefiting local Schools? 

Two-thirds (2/3) vote needed to pass. 

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS 

A YES vote on this measure would authorize a parcel tax of $98 per parcel for a period of 9 years to fund strong academic programs, and to retain and attract high performing teachers. 

A NO vote on this measure would not authorize a parcel tax of $98 per parcel for a period of 9 years to fund strong academic programs, and to retain and attract high performing teachers. 

 

MEASURE Q20
UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT – Parcel Tax 

CAIR-SFBA Recommendation: YES

SUMMARY 

To protect academic excellence and maintain strong programs in reading, writing, science, technology, engineering, arts, and math for local elementary/middle school students; attract/retain high-quality teachers, and increase teacher resources, shall Union Elementary School District’s measure to levy $149 per year for 6 years, raising $1.9 million annually that cannot be taken by the State, be adopted, with independent community oversight, no funds for administrators, exempting seniors, all funds locally-controlled benefiting local schools? 

Two-thirds (2/3) vote needed to pass.

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS 

A YES vote on this measure would authorize a $149 parcel tax for a period of 6 years to fund strong academic programs, retain and attract qualified teachers, and increase teacher resources.  

A NO vote on this measure would not authorize a $149 parcel tax for a period of 6 years to fund strong academic programs, retain and attract qualified teachers, and increase teacher resources. 

 

MEASURE S21
OAK GROVE SCHOOL DISTRICT – Parcel Tax 

CAIR-SFBA Recommendation: YES

SUMMARY 

To improve education, student achievement, and safety in neighborhood schools by: 

  • Hiring, retaining, and training high-quality teachers;
  • Maintaining class sizes;
  • Expanding math, science and technology education;
  • Ensuring adequate student supervision and safety through appropriate staffing; and 
  • Providing physical education programs.

Shall the Oak Grove Elementary School District levy a parcel tax of $132 per parcel for nine years, providing $3.4 million ongoing annually, exempting seniors, with annual audits, citizens’ oversight, and all funds used locally?”

Two-thirds (2/3) vote needed to pass. 

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS 

A YES vote on this measure would authorize a $132 per parcel tax for a period of 9 years to improve education, hire, retain, and train qualified teachers, maintain class size, and expand programs.  

A NO vote on this measure would not authorize a $132 per parcel tax for a period of 9 years to improve education, hire, retain, and train qualified teachers, maintain class size, and expand programs.

10 “List of Local Measures- Primary Election.” County of Santa Clara. Accessed February 10, 2020. https://www.sccgov.org/sites/rov/Info/Mar2020Info/Documents/List of Local Measures.pdf.

11 “Measure B.” Sunnyvale Ballot Measures. City of Sunnyvale. Accessed February 10, 2020. https://sunnyvale.ca.gov/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?t=53289.65&BlobID=25805.

12 “City of Santa Clara.” Ballot Measure C – District Elections | City of Santa Clara. Accessed February 11, 2020. https://www.santaclaraca.gov/our-city/departments-a-f/city-clerk-s-office/election-information/march-3-2020-special-election/ballot-measure.

13 “City Elections.” City of Mountain View – City Election Information. Accessed February 11, 2020. https://www.mountainview.gov/depts/clerk/election/default.asp. “City Elections.”

14 City of Mountain View – City Election Information. Accessed February 10, 2020. https://www.mountainview.gov/depts/clerk/election/default.asp.

15 “City of San Jose.” Measure E | City of San Jose. Accessed February 11, 2020. https://www.sanjoseca.gov/your-government/appointees/city-clerk/elections/2020-elections/measure-e.

16 “Measures G and H – March 2020.” Measures G & H. Accessed February 12, 2020. http://www.fhda.edu/MeasuresGandH.

17 “Campbell Union High School District.” Measure K on March 2020 Ballot – Community – Campbell Union High School District. Accessed February 12, 2020.https://www.cuhsd.org/apps/pages/measure_k.

18 “Parcel Taxes / Parcel Tax – Measure O Maintaining Academic Excellence.” Parcel Taxes / Parcel Tax – Measure O Maintaining Academic Excellence. Accessed February 12, 2020. https://www.cusdk8.org/Page/7294

19 “Parcel Tax.” Campbell Union School District. Accessed February 12, 2020. https://www.campbellusd.org/parceltax

20 “List of Local Measures- Primary Election.” County of Santa Clara. Accessed February 10, 2020. https://www.sccgov.org/sites/rov/Info/Mar2020Info/Documents/List of Local Measures.pdf.

21 “Oak Grove School District.” Parcel Tax Exemption for Seniors – Miscellaneous – Oak Grove School District. Accessed February 12, 2020. https://www.ogsd.net/apps/pages/parcel-tax-exemption.

MEASURE T23
SANTA CRUZ HIGH SCHOOL – Parcel Tax

CAIR-SFBA Recommendation: YES

SUMMARY

“To protect educational quality in local high schools (grades 9-12) and continue funding Career Technical Education, science, technology, engineering, arts, counseling, library and athletic programs keeping kids safe and engaged in school, shall the Santa Cruz City High School District measure renewing its expiring parcel tax at the current $110 per parcel annual rate be adopted, continuing $3.7 million in annual school funding until ended by voters, without raising tax rates, including senior exemptions and all money staying local?”

Two-thirds (2/3) vote needed to pass.

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS

A YES vote on this measure would renew an expiring parcel tax of $110 per parcel annually indefinitely to raise an estimated $3.7 million to fund career technical education and protect school programs.  The School District must follow certain accountability provisions including creating a special account into which the proceeds shall be deposited, publishing an annual report, and creating an independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee comprised of parents and community members.

A NO vote on this measure would not re-authorize a $110 per parcel annually indefinitely.

 

MEASURE U24
SANTA CRUZ ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – Parcel Tax

CAIR-SFBA RECOMMENDATION: YES

SUMMARY

“To continue funding core programs in science, art and music that support student achievement at Santa Cruz elementary and middle schools, attract/retain highly qualified teachers, provide library and counseling services, and maintain smaller class sizes, shall the Santa Cruz City Elementary School District’s measure renewing the expiring Santa Cruz City Elementary School District’s and Santa Cruz City High School District’s parcel tax at a rate of $208 per parcel be adopted, providing $3.2 million in annual school funding until ended by voters, including senior exemptions, and all money staying local?”

Two-thirds (2/3) vote needed to pass.

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS

A YES vote on this measure would renew an expiring annual parcel tax of $208 per parcel tax indefinitely to raise an estimated $3.2 million annually to fund core programs, retain and attract highly qualified teachers, provide library and counseling services, and maintain smaller class sizes.  The parcel tax does not have an end date and would require a ballot measure vote to remove it.  The School District must follow certain accountability provisions including creating a special account into which the proceeds shall be deposited, publishing an annual report, and creating an independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee to oversee the expenditures.

A NO vote on this measure would not re-authorize an expiring annual parcel tax of $208 per parcel tax indefinitely.

 

MEASURE X25
SANTA CRUZ TRUSTEES FOR SCHOOL DISTRICT – Parcel Tax

CAIR-SFBA Recommendation: YES

SUMMARY

“In order to allow Santa Cruz City Schools District to conduct elections by trustee areas adopted by the District, rather than specifying the makeup of the School District Board of Trustees in the City Charter, shall the City of Santa Cruz Charter be amended to rescind Article XVI?”

Majority Vote.

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS

A YES vote on this measure would repeal Article XVI to comply with the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) and elect trustees by trustee area.

A NO vote on this measure would not repeal Article XVI and continue to elect trustees at-large.

22 Local Measures on the March 3, 2020 Ballot.” March 3 local measures. Accessed February 10, 2020. https://www.votescount.com/Home/Elections/March2020PresidentialPrimary/March3localmeasures.aspx.

23 “SC High Analysis.” T. Accessed February 12, 2020. https://www.votescount.com/Home/Elections/March2020PresidentialPrimary/March3localmeasures/T-SCHighparceltax/T-SCHighanalysis.aspx.

24 “SC Elem Parcel Tax.” U. Accessed February 12, 2020. https://www.votescount.com/Home/Elections/March2020PresidentialPrimary/March3localmeasures/U-SCElemparceltax.aspx

25 X-SC TAs for schools. Accessed February 12, 2020. https://www.votescount.com/Home/Elections/March2020PresidentialPrimary/March3localmeasures/X-SCTAsforschool.aspx

MEASURE G
DAVIS JOINT UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT – Parcel Tax

CAIR-SFBA Recommendation: YES

SUMMARY

“To attract and retain quality teachers and staff by keeping compensation competitive in order to (a) preserve outstanding instruction in math, science, reading, writing, history, social studies and technology; (b) support arts, music; (c) limit class sizes; and (d) support student health and safety; shall a Davis Joint Unified School District ongoing parcel tax of $198/year, adjusted annually for inflation, be adopted, raising approximately $3,000,000/year, with senior, disability, employee exemptions and citizens oversight; for Davis schools only?”

Two-thirds (2/3) vote needed to pass.

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS

A YES vote on this measure would authorize an indefinite annual parcel tax of $198 per parcel for the period of 6 years to raise an estimated $3.2 million annually to fund core programs, support arts and music, maintain smaller class sizes, and support health and safety of students.  The parcel tax does not have an end date and would require a ballot measure vote to remove it.  The School District must follow certain accountability provisions including publishing an annual report and creating a citizens’ oversight committee to oversee the expenditures.

A NO vote on this measure would not authorize an indefinite annual parcel tax of $198 per parcel.

26 Solano County – Registrar Of Voters. Accessed February 11, 2020. http://www.solanocounty.com/depts/rov/.

MEASURE B
WEST SONOMA COUNTY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT – Parcel Tax

CAIR-SFBA Recommendation: YES

SUMMARY

“To renew and provide stable funding that the State cannot take away; maintain and improve the schools’ woodshop, culinary, media and other career technical education programs; keep school libraries open; and maintain/improve the schools’ art, music and drama programs; shall the West Sonoma County Union High School District measure to levy $79.00 per parcel annually for eight years be adopted, raising $1,810,000 annually, have no funds for administrators’ salaries, provide a senior citizens’ exemption and have all funds stay local?”

Two-thirds (2/3) vote needed to pass.

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS

A YES vote on this measure would authorize for an annual $79 per parcel tax for the period of 8 years to raise an estimated $1,810,000 to fund technical education programs, and support school libraries and art, music and drama programs.

A NO vote on this measure would not authorize an annual $79 per parcel tax.

 

MEASURE G
COUNTY OF SONOMA – Sales Tax

CAIR-SFBA Recommendation: YES
SUMMARY

“To improve local fire prevention and protection by: installing emergency warning sirens and alerting systems; improving vegetation management to prevent the spread of wildfire; attracting and retaining qualified, local firefighters and emergency personnel; and, modernizing fire department equipment, facilities and stations, shall Sonoma County establish a ½-cent sales tax until ended by voters, providing approximately $51,000,000 annually, with annual audits and citizen oversight, and increase its annual appropriations limit to allow expenditure of the proceeds?”

Two-thirds (2/3) vote needed to pass.

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS

A YES vote on this measure would authorize an indefinite ½-cent sales tax that would raise an estimated $51,000,000 annually to fund local fire prevention and protection programs, such as installing emergency warning sirens, improving vegetation management, attracting and retaining qualified local firefighters and emergency personnel, and modernizing fire department equipment.  The Board of Supervisors would establish an Independent Oversight Committee to provide transparency and fiscal accountability.

A NO vote on this measure would not authorize an indefinite ½-cent sales tax.

 

MEASURE I
SONOMA-MARIN AREA RAIL TRANSIT DISTRICT – Sales Tax

CAIR-SFBA RECOMMENDATION: YES

SUMMARY

“To continue relieving traffic congestion, reducing greenhouse gas emissions (having carried 1.5-million passengers by providing quality transportation alternatives to Highway 101), connecting stations with pathways, expanding rail service to Healdsburg/Cloverdale as grants become available, shall an extension of the existing Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District 1/4-cent voter approved sales tax, at the same rate, generating approximately $40,000,000 annually for an additional 30 years, subject to audits and citizens’ oversight, that the State cannot take away, be adopted?”

Two-thirds (2/3) vote needed to pass.

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS

A YES vote on this measure would renew a ¼-cent sales tax to raise an estimated $40,000,000 annually for the period of 30 years to fund connecting public transportation stations with pathways and expand rail service to Healdsburg/Cloverdale, as grants become available.

A NO vote on this measure would not renew a ¼-cent sales tax.

27 “County of Sonoma.” Measures on Ballot | November 5 2019 Uniform District Election | Elections | Registrar of Voters | County of Sonoma. Accessed February 11, 2020. https://sonomacounty.ca.gov/CRA/Registrar-of-Voters/Elections/11-05-2019/Measures-on-Ballot/.