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Proposition Voter Guide: What You Need to Know on California's Ballot Measures

To help you sort through the 11 state propositions in the November election, Patch has put together a proposition voter guide of California ballot initiatives.

With just a few days left before Election Day 2012, voters are being bombarded with political ads and statements.

Aside from presidential and local representative elections, voters will be asked their positions on several state propositions.

Confused on which proposition is which? Looking for nonpartisan information on each ballot measure? Want to know what people are saying about each proposition?

Patch has put together a Proposition Voter Guide, with links, briefs and local opinion about each proposition to help you make an informed decision at the polls on Nov. 6

Nonpartisan Websites

California Choices- Includes an endorsements table featuring where non-profits, newspapers, unions and political parties stand on each proposition.

Smart Voter



Maplight.org - Includes in-depth campaign spending information.


Proposition 30: Temporary Taxes to Fund State Programs

Voters will face two, some say conflicting, tax measures on this year’s ballot. The first is supported by Governor Jerry Brown and is also known as the Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act. The measure is intended to help close the state’s budget gap and fund schools.

The act would raise the personal income tax rate for people who make more than $250,000 a year. Individuals who make less than $250,000 a year and couples who make less than $500,000 a year will not see an increase. The ballot measure would also raise the state sales tax by a quarter cent for the next four years.

The money raised from the tax hike is expected to generate $6.6 billion for education. If voters reject it, a series of trigger cuts that will result in a nearly $5.4 billion hit to education will be enforced.

Click here for more information on Proposition 30.

Patch Articles on Proposition 30:

Deciphering Prop. 30 vs. 38

Democratic Party Picks State Ballot Measures to Support

California Republicans Oppose Proposed Tax Measures


Proposition 31: State Budget

This proposition would allow local governments and school districts create plans to coordinate how public services are provided. These plans include areas of public health and safety, education, social services, and economic development. Governing boards for the county, school district and city must approve the plans. The proposition would allow local governments flexibility on how state-funded programs are administered and how property taxes are transferred.

The proposition would also place restrictions on Legislature’s ability to increase or decrease state revenue and when they can pass bills.

Click here for more information on Proposition 31.

Patch Articles and Local Voices on Proposition 31

Democratic Party Picks State Ballot Measures to Support

California Republicans Oppose Proposed Tax Measure


Proposition 32: Political Contributions

This measure seeks to reform campaign finance rules in three key ways. The first would ban employee paycheck reductions for “political purposes.” The second would prevent corporations and unions from making direct contributions to state and local candidates or the committees that fund them.

The third would forbid government contractors to contribute to elected officials who were involved in the process that awarded them the contract. This would keep the contractors from contributing while that contract is under consideration or is in effect.

Click here for more information on Proposition 32.

Patch Articles on Proposition 32

Poll: Should Labor Unions Lose Paycheck Deductions for Political Spending?

County Board of Supervisors Vote to Oppose Prop. 32


Proposition 33: Auto Insurance Rates

Prop. 33 would change state law to allow insurance companies to set prices based on whether the driver previously carried auto insurance with any insurance company. Drivers who have not had prior, continuous coverage could be charge higher rates, while those who have had coverage could receive discounts.

Click here for more information on Proposition 33.

Patch Articles on Proposition 33

Insurance Industry-Backed Proposition on California Ballot


Proposition 34: Death Penalty Repeal

Prop. 34 would repeal the death penalty and replace it with life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. This would also affect individuals currently sentenced to death. According to the proposition, the measure would create a $100 million fund for law enforcement efforts.

Click here for more information on Proposition 34.

Patch Articles on Proposition 34

Voter Guide: Propositions 34 and 36


Proposition 35: Human Trafficking/Sex Offender

Proposition 35 would increase prison sentences and fines for human trafficking. A conviction for human trafficking would be require the offender to register as a sex offender.

Click here for more information on Proposition 35.

Patch Articles on Proposition 35

Democratic Party Picks State Ballot Measures to Support

California Republicans Oppose Proposed Tax Measures


Proposition 36: Three Strikes Law

This measure would change California's current "Three Strikes" law by imposing a life sentence only when the crime committed is a serious, violent crime. This could allow some offenders with two prior serious or violent felony convictions, and currently serving life sentences for nonserious, non-violent felony convictions, serve shorter prison terms. This would not affect felons with prior convictions of murder, rape, or the sexual abuse of children.

Click here for more information on Proposition 36.

Patch Articles on Proposition 36

Voter Guide: Propositions 34 and 36


Proposition 37: Genetically Modified Foods

Prop. 37 would require labeling alerting consumers of any raw or processed food made from genetically-modified plants and animals. Genetically engineered food cannot be marketed as "natural” under the measure, although certain foods are exempted from this measure.

Click here for more information on Proposition 37.

Patch Articles on Proposition 37

Prop. 37: Should Genetically Modified Foods Be Denoted in Labels?


Proposition 38: Molly Munger’s Tax Proposal

This second tax rate measure would increase the state income tax rates for most Californians on a sliding scale, resulting in projected increased revenues of about $10 billion a year, according to California Choices. Revenues would go to K-12 schools and early childhood programs, as well as some of the state’s debt. If voters pass both Propositions 30 and 38, the proposition with the most votes will pass. 

Click here for more information on Proposition 38.

Patch Articles and Local Voices on Proposition 38

Deciphering Prop. 30 vs. 38

Blog: Another Pop Quiz on Proposition 38

Democratic Party Picks State Ballot Measures to Support

California Republicans Oppose Proposed Tax Measures


Proposition 39: Multistate Business Tax

According to California Choices, Prop. 39 would throw out an existing law allowing multistate businesses to choose a “tax liability formula that provides favorable tax treatment for businesses with property and payroll outside California.” Multistate businesses’ California income tax liability will be determined based on the percentage of their sales in California. Increased revenue is intended to fund energy efficiency projects and clean energy jobs.

Click here for more information on Proposition 39.

Patch Articles on Proposition 39

Prop. 39 Seeks to Close $1B Tax Loophole for Multi-State Corporations


Proposition 40: Redistricting

Prop. 40 is a referendum on the California State Senate redistricting plan approved by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission. If the proposition does not pass, the districts will be determined by officials under the California Supreme Court.

Click here for more information on Proposition 40.

Patch Local Voices on Proposition 40

Craig and Lou at the ballot box: Proposition 40 – Director's cut ending

Cik Bast November 06, 2012 at 11:52 PM
That's a pretty heavy word salad you tossed, Barbara R, which amounts to a foolish attempt at evading the point that beef which I consume is not included in this Prop, but food that my dog eats is. Nonsense is nonsense. Enjoy the next 4 years.
Barbara R November 07, 2012 at 04:58 AM
Let me simplify for you. The beef cow IS NOT geneticly engineered. The corn in dog food IS geneticly engineered. I imagine my next four years will be healthier than yours, thank you.
Michael November 07, 2012 at 05:06 AM
This is to reply to barbara. Your next four years may be healthier. But, sadly, with Obama being president junk food will be cheap and healthy food will be expensive. Healthier four years but no one will have jobs, gas will be 10 dollars a gallon, and we will be on the verge of being rebels and becoming like the hunger games (sorry for the fantasy but it could happen).
Michael November 07, 2012 at 05:13 AM
Hey, everyone. Since prop 30 didn't pass let's see how many teachers will get laid off in the next 10 years. Very few people will be getting an education. Our economy reminds me of so many things: Hunger Games, Libya, Germany, Russia, the country that had a bad president then everyone died because he was horrible and everyone lost their job (talking about future USA)
Barbara R December 12, 2012 at 03:15 AM
Micheal, Yeah, you are right. The North American Union is on track for some serious suffering. (north america comes up when searching on google places, instead of U.S.) Food freedom, the abliity to save and grow seed, feed ones family without patent infringement, is a primary freedom that we should at least be able to CHOOSE. Unfortunately, the polls changed as the NO on 37 adds hit the airwaves. A society educated by the television is definitely dumbed down, looks like we should go back to community based schools - then we pay the teacher what they are worth and they are accountable for the education they deliver. God help all of us is this continues.


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