Official Endorsements of the California Democratic Party and Sonoma County Democratic Party
Statewide Ballot Propositions
51 YES Kindergarten Through Community College Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2016 Repairs and upgrades older schools; relieves classroom overcrowding.
52 YES Medi-Cal Funding and Accountability Act Ensures continued access to Medi-Cal.
53 NO Stop Right Wing Millionaire’s Attack on Local Control and Infrastructure Erodes local control of infrastructure projects.
54 NO Legislature. Legislation and Proceedings. Gives special interests the power to block needed and timely legislation on key issues facing California.
55 YES Tax Extension to Fund Children’s Education and Healthcare Maintains current tax rates on the wealthiest Californians to prevent $4 billion in cuts to public education.
56 YES Cigarette Tax to Fund Healthcare, Tobacco Use Prevention, Research, and Law EnforcementIncreases cigarette tax by $2/pack to keep children from smoking, improve healthcare, and save lives.
57 YES Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act Authorizes parole consideration for nonviolent inmates under certain conditions.
58 YES The LEARN Initiative (Language Education, Acquisition, and Readiness Now!) Helps students learn English quickly and expands opportunities for English speakers to learn a second language.
59 YES Overturn Citizens United Stops the flood of secret corporate money into our elections.
60 NO Adult Films. Condoms. Health Requirements. Would allow any California resident to sue adult film performers and other workers; violates their privacy and reduces workplace safety.
61 YES State Prescription Drug Purchases. Pricing Standards. Would change standards used by state agencies for negotiating and paying for prescription drugs. (CADem* – No Position)
62 YES Replace the Costly, Failed Death Penalty System Replaces the death penalty with life in prison without parole.
63 YES Safety for All Act Keeps communities safe with common-sense laws to curb gun violence.
64 No Position – Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act (CADem* – YES)
65 NO Carry-Out Bags. Charges. Changes specifications for revenue from carry-out bags. (CADem* – No Position)
66 NO Death Penalty. Procedures. Removes legal safeguards in death penalty procedures, greatly increasing the risk of executing an innocent person.
67 YES Plastic Bag Ban Keeps in place California’s current ban on plastic bags.
*CADem = California Democratic Party
Local Ballot Measures
Note: Measures P, Q, and S were not considered.
C YES Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District Bond
D YES Healdsburg Unified School District Bond
E YES Sonoma Valley Unified School District Bond
F YES Windsor Unified School District Bond
G YES Guerneville School District Bond
H YES Rincon Valley Union School District Parcel Tax
I YES Wilmar Union School District Parcel Tax
J YES Sonoma County Regional Parks and Water Quality Improvement One-half-cent sales tax in unincorporated areas to expand, maintain, and improve Regional Parks.
K YES Sonoma County Community Separators Protection Act Renews voter protections for community separators, preserving open space and farmlands.
L YES Sonoma County Tourist Tax Addresses impacts of tourism by increasing the Transient Occupancy Tax from 9% to 12% in unincorporated areas.
M YES Sonoma County Transgenic Contamination Prevention Ordinance Countywide ban on cultivation of genetically engineered crops.
N YES Santa Rosa City Services Measure Extends existing voter-approved 1/4-cent sales tax for eight more years.
O YES Santa Rosa Public Safety Spending Levels Amends minimum funding requirements for public safety services.
R NO Healdsburg Growth Management Ordinance Amends existing Growth Management Ordinance.
T No Position – City of Healdsburg Moratorium on water fluoridation.
U YES City of Sonoma Extends existing voter-approved 1/2-cent sales tax for five years to support city services.
V YES City of Sonoma Bans use of gas-powered leaf blowers within city limits.
W YES City of Sonoma Expands protections from secondhand smoke.
Y YES Sonoma County Library Sales tax of 1/8 of one cent to fund library services.