Latina Coalition’s 2018 Voting Guide

Posted on Oct 9, 2018 in News

Now more than ever it is critical for Latinas to stand together for the issues that impact our community. Make sure your voice is represented and vote on or before November 6. And don’t forget to bring along your family, friends, and neighbors.

Important Dates
October 22, 2018: Last day to register to vote.

October 30, 2018: Last day to apply for a vote-by-mail ballot by mail.

November 6, 2018: Election Day
Polls are open 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Find your polling place here.

Join us!
Join us for Ballots and Brews on October 30th! A voter party hosted by Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos, hosts of KQED’s popular new weekly radio program and podcast Political Breakdown. Ballots and Brews will help you make sense of the issues and have a whole lot of fun at the same time.

RSVP here: ballotsbrewssj18.eventbrite.com (event is free but tickets are required)

Pay Attention
Although Latina Coalition is not taking a position on all state propositions and local measures, we encourage you to learn more about all the initiatives. Specifically, Proposition 8 and City of San Jose Measure T — two initiatives important to our Latinx community.

Learn more about Proposition 8.
Learn more about Measure T.

School District Bonds
Latina Coalition chooses to remain neutral on all school district bond measures but encourages voters to read through the bonds to understand the amount of money that is needed, the length of time the bond debt will occur, and how the money will be used for each school district. For example, is it for school resources or school buildings? Is it for repairs or construction of new facilities?

Once a school bond measure passes, then we encourage Latinas to get involved by applying to be part of the Citizen’s Oversight Committee (COC) for your school district. COC’s are a great way to get civically engaged. Each school bond is required to have a COC and a public application process. These committees help ensure that voter-approved bonds are spent accordingly. In the quarterly meetings, financial reports for bond projects and audits are reviewed and the public is welcome to attend. Every year an annual report is due to verify the COC’s review of records which lets the public know if the bond was spent accurately as per the voter’s direction.

CA Proposition 1 – YES
Authorizes Bonds to Fund Specified Housing Assistance Programs (Legislative Statute)
Authorizes $4 billion in general obligation bonds for existing affordable housing programs for low-income residents veterans, farmworkers, manufactured and mobile homes, infill, and transit-oriented housing.

Supporting this proposition means we support affordable housing for veterans, working families, seniors, people with disabilities and Californians experiencing homelessness from California’s severe housing crisis.

CA Proposition 2 – YES
Authorizes Bonds to Fund Existing Housing Programs for Individuals with Mental Illness (Legislative Statute)

Amends Mental Health Services Act to fund No Place Like Home Program, which finances housing for individuals with mental illness. Ratifies existing law establishing the No Place Like Home Program.
Supporting this proposition means supportive housing and treatment for homeless people living with the serious mental illness. This proposition allows the state to use up to $140 million per year of county mental health funds to repay up to $2 billion in bonds. These bonds would fund housing for those with mental illness who are homeless.

CA Proposition 10 – YES
Expands Local Government’ Authority to Enact Rent Control on Residential Property (Initiative Statute)
Repeals state law that currently restricts the scope of rent control policies that cities and other local jurisdictions may impose on residential property. Shifts control to local communities to determine how, where, and on which units to institute rent control and provides an opportunity to put fair, annual limits on the amounts landlords can raise the rent.

Supporting this proposition means joining California Democratic Party, California Nurses Association, California Teachers Association, ACLU of California, Housing California, Eviction Defense Network, SEIU, and National Urban League in keeping tenants in their homes rather than being pushed far away or into homelessness.

Santa Clara County Measure A – YES
County of Santa Clara Sales Tax (Majority Vote)
Without increasing taxes, this measure continues an existing one-eighth-cent sales tax on an ongoing basis, estimated to raise $50M annually, with annual public reports for fiscal accountability. It funds local priorities such as law enforcement and public safety, affordable housing, supportive services for the homeless, transit for seniors and disabled children and family services.

City of Santa Clara Measure N – YES
City of Santa Clara Advisory Charter Amendment (Majority Vote)
This measure engages voters in a public process to draft a Charter Amendment ballot measure to elect its Council Members, other than the Mayor, by the district. Given the history and legacy of avoidance for the election of people of color on Santa Clara’s City Council, redistricting the city will result of better representation for Latino families and enable a pathway for Latina leaders in politics.

City of San Jose Measure V – YES
City of San Jose Affordable Housing Bond (⅔ Vote)
This measure issues $450M in general obligation bonds, requiring community oversight and annual audits, to provide housing affordable for working families, veterans, seniors, teachers, and other workers, and helping homeless residents get off the local streets and out of neighborhood parks and creeks. Whereas supporting more affordable housing is one of several top priorities for Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley, our membership fully supports this effort.

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