Tuesday’s election yielded a mix of results on several propositions that impact California communities. The defeat of Proposition 6 means that $8.5 billion for sustainable transportation is safe. Two housing measures passed, while an expansion of rent control didn’t. Voters rejected Proposition 3 for water projects.
And beyond ballot initiatives, our next governor will be Gavin Newsom (check out this analysis of how he could shape issues including housing and climate).
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Passed: Proposition 1 to Fund Affordable Housing for Families and Veterans
Proposition 1 eked out a victory. It authorizes the state to issue $4 billion in general obligation bonds for the construction and preservation of affordable housing for families and veterans.
Passed: Proposition 2 to Fund Housing for the Homeless
Proposition 2 passed, which allows the use of counties’ mental health funds to help pay for housing for those with mental illnesses who are homeless. Read about the passage of Prop 1 and 2.
Defeated: Proposition 3, the Water Supply and Water Quality Act of 2018
Proposition 3 would have authorized the state to issue $8.9 billion in general obligation bonds for water projects. It was defeated.
Defeated: Proposition 6 to Repeal SB 1 (the So-Called “Gas Tax Repeal”)
Proposition 6 would have repealed SB 1, which funds the state’s transportation infrastructure, including with a groundbreaking $8.5 billion for sustainable transportation. The measure was soundly defeated.
Defeated: Proposition 10 to Expand Rent Control
This ballot measure took aim at the 1995 Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act, which limits the kind of rent control policies cities are able to impose. Read more, including potential contributing factors to Proposition 10’s defeat.