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Butte County Measures

1) Measure E: Chico Unified School District-School Bond Measure
a. If this is approved, Measure E will authorize the school district to borrow $78 million.

2) Measure G: Gridley Unified School District-Gridley High Modernization and Repair Measure
a. If approved, Measure G will authorize the school district to borrow $11 million.

3) Measure H: Butte County-Renewal of the Abandoned Vehicle Abatement Program
a. If Measure H is approved, it will renew the existing "Butte County Abandoned Vehicle Abatement Program" for another ten years. The program involves charging a $1.00/vehicle fee on vehicles in the county; the fee is $2.00/year for some commercial vehicles. This money goes to pay for the county's costs in removing and disposing of abandoned and wrecked vehicles.

4) Measure J: City of Chico- Telephone Users’ Tax
a. If Measure J is approved, it will: reduce the current utility tax rate from 5% to 4.5% and apply the tax "to all users of telephone communications services regardless of the means of transmission or technology used to provide such services, including users of cellular services, private communication services, voice over internet services, paging, text messaging and traditional land line services. Although the tax rate would go down, it would apply to more forms of telecommunications. This means that with Measure J, the city would actually collect about $900,000 more than it does with the current, slightly higher, tax.

5.) Measure K: City of Chico-Resolution to Support Constitutional Amendment
a. A vote for Measure K is a vote for the adoption of a resolution "which supports an amendment to the United States Constitution to establish that corporations are not entitled to a constitutional right to political free speech and that the expenditure of money by corporations to support or oppose political campaigns is not entitled to the free speech protections of the First Amendment.

6) Measure L: City of Chico-Charter Amendment
a. If Measure L is approved, the position of City Clerk of Chico will become an appointed position. Currently, it is an elected position.

7) Measure M: El Medio Fire Protection District-General Obligation Bond Measure
a. If Measure M is approved, it will authorize the El Medio Fire Protection District to borrow $1 million. The district wants the money in order to acquire a parcel of land and make improvements on it, including the development of a training facility for firefighters.

Siskiyou County Measures

1) Measure P-Black Mountain Zone of Increased Benefit
a. If Measure P is approved, it will levy "on all parcels less than twenty acres in size located in the Black Mountain Fire and Emergency Response Zone of County Service Area No. 4, commencing Fiscal Year 2013/2014, at an initial amount of $30.00 per each improved parcel, with lower amounts for unimproved parcels and additional parcels beyond the first parcel, subject to the cost of living adjustment not to exceed four percent (4%) in any year.

2) Measure Q-McCloud Community Service District Special Tax for Library
a. If Measure Q is approved, it will "levy a special parcel tax of $12.00 per parcel per year commencing in Fiscal Year 2012-2013 to provide library services, to replace the existing special tax for such services approved by the voters of the district on June 3, 1997.

3) Measure R-Butteville Union School District Bond
a. If the measure is approved, the school district will be authorized to borrow $3.5 million.

4) Measure S—City of Dunsmuir
a. If Measure S is approved, it will amend Chapter 17.34 of the Dunsmuir City Code to remove some existing restrictions on the cultivation of medical marijuana within city limits.

Glenn County Measures

1) Measure P
a. To make health, safety, and handicapped accessibility renovations; modernize heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems; increase student access to computers and technology; modernize renovate classrooms, restrooms and school facilities; and make energy efficiency modifications; shall the Willows Unified School District issue $14,700,000 of bonds at legal interest rates, have an independent citizens’ oversight committee and have NO money taken by the state or used for salaries?

2) Measure Q
a. City of Willows Municipal Code currently imposes a ten percent (10%) “Hotel Users Tax,” on persons occupying “Hotels” in the City of Willows. The City Council of the City of Willows desires to enact an ordinance amending Section 3.25.030 to increase the Hotel Users Tax to 12%.

State Propositions

Proposition 30

Temporary Taxes to Fund Education. Guaranteed Local Public Safety Funding.

This proposition would increase personal income tax on annual earnings over $250,000 for seven years. It would increase sales and use tax by a fourth of a cent for four years. It would allocate temporary tax revenues 89 percent to K-12 schools and 11 percent to community colleges. It would bar the use of funds for administrative costs but provide local school governing boards to decide, in open meetings subject to annual audit, how funds should be spent.

Proposition 31

State Budget. State and Local Government Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.

This would establish a two-year budget cycle, prohibit Legislature from creating expenditures of more than $25 million unless offsetting revenues or spending cuts are identified. This would permit the Governor to cut the budget unilaterally during declared fiscal emergencies if the Legislature fails to act. This would require performance reviews of all state programs, performance goals in all state and local budgets and the publication of bills at least three days prior to legislative vote. The bill would allow local governments to alter how laws governing state-funded programs apply to them, unless Legislature or state agency vetoes change within 60 days.

Proposition 32

Political Contributions by Payroll Deduction.

Would prohibit unions from using payroll-deducted funds for political purposes. Would apply same use prohibition to payroll deductions, if any, by corporations or government contractors. Would permit voluntary employee contributions to employer-sponsored committee or union if authorized yearly, in writing. Would prohibit unions and corporations from contributing directly or indirectly to candidates and candidate-controlled committees. Other political expenditures would remain unrestricted, including corporate expenditures from available resources not limited by payroll deduction prohibition. Would prohibit government contractor contributions to elected officers or officer-controlled committees.

Proposition 33

Auto Insurance Companies. Prices Based on Driver's History of Insurance Coverage.

Changes current law to allow insurance companies to set prices based on whether the driver previously carried auto insurance with any insurance company. Would allow insurance companies to give proportional discounts to drivers with some history of prior insurance coverage. Will allow insurance companies to increase cost of insurance to drivers who have not maintained continuous coverage. Would treat drivers with lapse as continuously covered if lapse is due to military service or loss of employment, or if lapse is less than 90 days.

Proposition 34

Death Penalty.

Would repeal the death penalty as maximum punishment for persons found guilty of murder and replaces it with life imprisonment without possibility of parole. Would apply retroactively to persons already sentenced to death. States that persons found guilty of murder must work while in prison as prescribed by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, with their wages subject to deductions to be applied to any victim restitution fines or orders against them. Would direct $100 million to law enforcement agencies for investigations of homicide and rape cases.

Proposition 35

Human Trafficking Penalties

Increases criminal penalties for human trafficking, including prison sentences up to 15-years-to-life and fines up to $1,500,000. Fines collected to be used for victim services and law enforcement. Would require a person convicted of trafficking to register as sex offender. Would require sex offenders to provide information regarding Internet access and identities they use in online activities. Would prohibit evidence that victim engaged in sexual conduct from being used against victim in court proceedings. Would require human trafficking training for police officers.

Proposition 36

Three Strikes Law on Repeat Felony Offenders

Would revise three strikes law to impose life sentence only when new felony conviction is serious or violent. Would authorize re-sentencing for offenders currently serving life sentences if third strike conviction was not serious or violent and judge determines sentence does not pose unreasonable risk to public safety. Would continue to impose life sentence penalty if third strike conviction was for certain nonserious, non-violent sex or drug offenses or involved firearm possession. Would maintain life sentence penalty for felons with nonserious, non-violent third strike if prior convictions were for rape, murder, or child molestation.

Proposition 37

Genetically Engineered Foods Labeling.

Would require labeling on raw or processed food offered for sale to consumers if made from plants or animals with genetic material changed in specified ways. Prohibits labeling or advertising such food, or other processed food, as “natural.” Exempts foods that are: certified organic; unintentionally produced with genetically engineered material; made from animals fed or injected with genetically engineered material but not genetically engineered themselves; processed with or containing only small amounts of genetically engineered ingredients; administered for treatment of medical conditions; sold for immediate consumption such as in a restaurant; or alcoholic beverages.

Proposition 38

Tax to Fund Education and Early Childhood Programs.

Would increase personal income tax rates on annual earnings over $7,316 using sliding scale from .4% for lowest individual earners to 2.2% for individuals earning over $2.5 million, for twelve years. During first four years, allocates 60% of revenues to K–12 schools, 30% to repaying state debt, and 10% to early childhood programs. Thereafter, allocates 85% of revenues to K–12 schools, 15% to early childhood programs. Would provide K–12 funds on school-specific, per-pupil basis, subject to local control, audits, and public input. Would prohibit state from directing new funds.

Proposition 39

Tax Treatment for Multistate Businesses. Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Funding.

Would require multistate businesses to calculate their California income tax liability based on the percentage of their sales in California. Repeals existing law giving multistate businesses an option to choose a tax liability formula that provides favorable tax treatment for businesses with property and payroll outside California. Would dedicate $550 million annually for five years from anticipated increase in revenue for the purpose of funding projects that create energy efficiency and clean energy jobs in California.

Proposition 40

Redistricting State Senate Districts Referendum.

A “Yes” vote approves, and a “No” vote rejects, new State Senate districts drawn by the Citizens Redistricting Commission. If the new districts are rejected, the State Senate district boundary lines will be adjusted by officials supervised by the California Supreme Court. State Senate districts are revised every 10 years following the federal census.