Melissa Melendez - California State Senator for the 28th District - Voter Guidance

PROP 14 - NO The state created its own stem cell agency in 2006 because the federal government placed a ban on federal funding of stem cell research. That agency is called the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. That agency is now running out of money. This proposition would issue bonds to keep the Agency operating, the cost of those bonds to taxpayers will be an estimated $7.8 billion.

So far none of the funded experimentation has reached the market, and it has yet to finance a stem cell therapy that is available to the general public.

It was a creative idea, but it didn’t really do what was promised. And the federal government no longer bans funding for this research. Additionally, the Agency has had some serious conflict of interest issues with some members profiting handsomely from their positions on the board, and the board has absolutely no legislative oversight.

PROP 15 - NO Massive tax increase. Changes Prop 13 by increasing property taxes on businesses. Those same businesses that are currently struggling to stay alive in a state that has ordered them closed for months. This is an all out assault on Prop 13. This time around, they’re going after commercial property. Next time around, it will be your house.

PROP - 16 - NO In 1996 voters passed Prop 209 outlawing the use of affirmative action when deciding who gets a certain job or gets into college.This proposition asks voters to reverse their 1996 decision and put affirmative action back in place. This is legalized discrimination, which Californians already rejected, and should do so again.

PROP 17 - NO This allows people on parole to vote and run for office. Currently, voting rights are restored to people who have committed a crime once they have completed their time in incarceration and any parole or probation assigned. This Prop restores those rights before time on parole/probation has been completed. Those on parole are given a task; show that you are willing to obey the law and that you’ve reformed. Violent offenders should have to successfully complete parole before having the right to vote on criminal justice laws.

PROP 18 - NO This Prop allows 17-year-olds to vote in primary and special elections if they will be 18 and eligible by the next general election. It will also allow 17-year-olds who qualify to vote under this proposition to run for office. 17-year-olds are still kids, they’re still in high school, doing what kids their age do. The age to drink is 21, age to get a tattoo is 18, age to use a tanning bed is 18, age to get a credit card is 18. Let’s let kids mature a bit more before voting on laws they likely don’t understand yet.

PROP 19 - NO Two years ago nearly the same exact proposition was flatly rejected by voters. Modifies Prop 13 by allowing homeowners older than 55 to transfer their current property taxes rate to a new home anywhere in the State within two years of selling their previous house. But, if your kids inherit the home after you die, they will have to move into it, otherwise the property taxes go up, which may mean having to sell it because they can’t afford the new tax rate.

PROP 20 - YES Creates two new theft-related crimes to incarcerate thieves up to three years in county jail: Serial Theft - repeat offender found guilty of shoplifting/petty theft items more than $250 Organized Retail Theft - group of people committing shoplifting/petty theft of items exceeding $250 within 180 days. Judges can change terms if people have violated them for third time. Requires convicted adults of certain misdemeanors to give DNA samples to law enforcement.

PROP 21 - NO Voters said NO to this idea just a few years ago, yet here we are again. This Prop Allows local governments to enact rent control on residential properties that are 15 years or older, meaning the governments will decide how much rent you can charge for your property.

PROP 22 - YES Allows drivers for app-based transportation & delivery companies to be independent contractors. Insures that companies like Uber and Lyft can continue to operate in the State of California. Allows workers flexibility to earn a living on their own schedules.

PROP 23 - NO This was on the ballot a few years go, voters said NO. But the unions are persistent. This Prop targets dialysis clinics. The unions want clinic workers to be part of the union. The clinic workers said no thank you we’re happy the way we are. The union didn’t like that answer, so they threatened to bankrupt the clinics with costly ballot propositions they’d have to fight. They made good on their promise as this is the second time voters will see the on the ballot.

PROP 24 - NO When you read this Prop, it sounds pretty good. When you dig into the details, no so much. It keeps employees from finding out what information their employers collect on them. It also puts into place a mechanism that allows businesses to charge you more if you don’t let them sell your data. And big tech companies are free to collect all your data when you leave the state. So much for privacy.

PROP 25 - NO In 2018 the legislature pass a bill, SB10, that prohibited requiring cash bail. ( I voted NO) Supporters say having to pay bail is racist. Opponents say it’s the only way to insure a person shows up for their court date.

By Melissa Melendez.

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