Latina Coalition’s 2016 Voting Guide

Posted on Oct 17, 2016 in News

The Latina vote is more important in this election year than ever before. With initiatives on the ballot affecting housing, transportation access, education, health, and countless other issues of importance to our families, it is critical for us to stand together for the issues that will most directly affect our community.
unnamedThe Latina Coalition Board of Directors is proud to present, for the first time, a slate of initiatives that support the advancement of racial, economic, immigration and gender justice issues in Silicon Valley and throughout the state.

Santa Clara County Measure A – Vote YES
Affordable Housing Bond

Responding to the urgent need for affordable housing and the lack of funding to build it, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to place a $950 million Bond Measure on the November ballot to generate funds to build housing for homeless, low- and moderate-income residents and first time-homebuyers.

Santa Clara County Measure B – Vote YES
Traffic Relief and Road Repair Initiative

Enacts a 30-year, half-cent sales tax that would generate $6.5 billion to fund transportation projects throughout Santa Clara County. Measure B would improve public transit including BART, Caltrain, pedestrian safety, bike lanes, fix potholes and road maintenance, relieve traffic and enhance bus transit for seniors, students and disabled riders.

City of San José Measure E – Vote YES
Opportunity to Work Ordinance

This ordinance proposes amending the San Jose Municipal Code to require employers of 36 or more employees to offer additional work hours to existing qualified part-time employees before hiring new employees or contractors, unless waived.

Proposition 52 – Vote YES
Voter Approval to Divert Hospital Fee Revenue Dedicated to Medi-Cal

A yes vote is to require voter approval on changes for the hospital fee program used to draw matching federal money and fund Medi-Cal services. It would prevent state legislators from diverting funds from the Medi-Cal program to the general fund.

Proposition 55 – Vote YES
Extension of the Proposition 30 Income Tax Increase

Extends by 12 years the temporary personal income tax increases enacted in 2012 on earnings over $250,000, with revenues allocated to K-12 schools, California Community Colleges and, in certain years, healthcare.

Proposition 57 – Vote YES
Parole for Non-Violent Criminals and Juvenile Court Trial Requirements Initiative

Allows parole consideration for non-violent felons. Authorizes sentence credits for rehabilitation, good behavior and education. Allows judges the ability to decide if a juvenile should be prosecuted as an adult.

Proposition 58 – Vote YES
Multilingual Education Act

Repeals the sheltered English immersion requirement from Proposition 227 to accept non-English languages to be allowed in public education instruction. This would remove barriers to school districts offering language immersion programs.

* Last day to register to vote is Monday, October 24. Registration is available online at
* Last day to vote is November 8. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. If you’re in line by 8 p.m., you’re allowed to vote.

For more information on the ballot items, or the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters.

Need a little inspiration? Click here to watch the video from one of our ELLA groups on the importance of Latinas in the election.