In a previous version of this story, we incorrectly switched the “yes” and “no” percentages for Propositions, 14, 15 and 16. The percentages seen now reflect the correct status of these propositions.
By Joyce Nugent
California Proposition 14 – Passed
Authorizes $5.5 billion bonds for the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) to educational, nonprofit, and private entities for stem cell and other medical research.
California Proposition 15 – Failed
Increases funding sources for K-12 public schools, Community Colleges and local governments by taxing commercial and industrial properties based on market value instead of the purchase price.
California Proposition 16 – Failed
Permits government decision-making policies to consider race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in order to address diversity by repealing Proposition 209. Proposition 209, passed by voters in 1996, that the state cannot discriminate or grant preferential treatment based on race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in public employment, education, or contracting.
California Proposition 17 – Passed
Amends the state constitution to restore voting rights to persons who have been disqualified from voting while serving a prison term as soon as they complete their prison term — extending the right to vote to those on state parole.
California Proposition 18 – Failed
Allows 17-year-olds who will be at least 18 years old and otherwise eligible to vote at the time of the next general election to vote in primaries and special elections.
California Proposition 19 – Passed
Allows homeowners who are over 55, disabled, or disaster victims to transfer their primary residence tax base to a new residence and change taxation of family property transfers. It also establishes a fire protection services fund.
California Proposition 20 – Failed
Makes four major changes to state law to increase criminal penalties for some theft-related crimes, changes how people released from state prison are supervised in the community, changes to the process created by Proposition 57 (2016) for considering the release of inmates from prison, and requires state and local law enforcement to collect DNA from adults convicted of certain crimes.
California Proposition 21 – Failed
Allows local governments to establish rent control on residential properties over 15 years old and allows local limits on annual rent increases to differ from the current statewide limit. It allows rent increases in rent-controlled properties of up to 15% over three years at the start of new tenancy and exempts individuals who own no more than two homes from new rent-control policies.
California Proposition 22 – Passed
Overrides Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5), passed in 2019, and classifies drivers for app-based transportation (rideshare) and delivery companies as “independent contractors,” not “employees,” unless the company sets drivers’ hours, requires acceptance of specific ride or delivery requests, or restricts working for other companies. Independent contractors are not covered by employment laws that mandate overtime pay, minimum wage, unemployment insurance and worker’s compensation. Instead, they will be entitled to healthcare subsidies, minimum earnings and vehicle insurance.
California Proposition 23 – Failed
Requires at least one licensed physician on site during treatment at outpatient kidney dialysis clinics, authorizes the California Department of Public Health to exempt clinics from this requirement if there is a shortage of licensed physicians and the clinic has at least one nurse practitioner or physician assistant on site, and requires clinics to report dialysis-related infection data to state and local governments.
California Proposition 24 – Passed
Permits consumers to prevent businesses from sharing personal information, correct inaccurate personal information and limit businesses’ use of sensitive personal information. Also creates the California Privacy Protection Agency to enforce consumer privacy laws and impose fines.
California Proposition 25 – Failed
Referendum on a law that replaced money bail with a system based on public safety and flight risk.
Riverside Measure Q – Passing as of Nov. 17
Amends the Charter of the City of Riverside to require the City Council to appoint to fill a vacancy in elected office with up to one year remaining on the term, to call a special election to fill a vacancy with over one year remaining on the term, to call a special run-off election when no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast for the vacant office, and to prohibit appointed officials from referencing “incumbent”, “member of the City Council,” or other designations indicating incumbency in a future election for the same seat.
Riverside Measure R – Passing as of Nov. 17
Amends the Charter of the City of Riverside to consolidate mayoral elections and City Council elections beginning in 2022 with the statewide primary and general elections. Mayoral and City Council runoff elections will also coincide with the statewide general election, in order to comply with state law.
Riverside Measure S – Passing as of Nov. 17
Amends the Charter of the City of Riverside to require the City Council to submit any proposed City Charter amendment, except those proposed by voter initiative, to the Charter Review Committee for recommendation before the City Council places the Charter amendment proposal on a ballot.
Riverside Measure T – Failing as of Nov. 17
Amends the Charter of the City of Riverside: to eliminate the requirement that the adopted budget be placed in all public libraries in the city, eliminates the requirement that the budget be reproduced and copies made available for the use of departments, offices and agencies of the city other than on the city website.