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EBASE Voter Guide November 2012

Posted by Nikki Fortunato Bas on October 16th, 2012

Our children and families, our health, our communities, and our future are all up for grabs in this election. We've developed our voter guide with a belief that each vote is a powerful agent for advancing an economy that prioritizes working families and healthy communities. Please print the voter guide, take it to the polls, and share it widely.


  • Election Day is Tuesday, November 6th
  • Last Day to Register to Vote is October 22nd
  • Register to Vote Online or pick up a registration form at your county elections office, library, Department of Motor Vehicles office, or U.S. post office.
  • Vote-by-mail begins October 8th
  • Last Day to Request a Mail-In Ballot is October 30th
  • For more information about California elections, visit the CA Secretary of State’s website here.

Local Ballot Measures

Measure A1 (Oakland)


Measure A1 would create a $12 parcel tax to fund the Oakland Zoo. In these difficult financial times, we prioritize funding critical programs and services for our communities, such as schools and transportation.

Measure B1 (Alameda County)


Measure B1 increases the transportation sales tax by ½ cent. The planned uses of this increase in local funding for transportation will restore cuts to bus service, start a new youth bus pass program and improve transit infrastructure, which may include projects such as the redevelopment of the Oakland Army Base and truck routes serving the Port of Oakland.

Measure J



Measure J authorizes the Oakland Unified School District to issue $475 million in bonds to improve school facilities and to better prepare students for college and jobs.

California Ballot Measures

Prop 30


Prop 30 would temporarily generate $6-9 billion annually to fund our schools and restore cuts to vital programs and services by taxing the wealthiest Californians and by increasing the sales tax by ¼ cent. By asking wealthy Californians to pay their fair share, this measure is a step forward in bringing equity to our tax system.

Prop 31


Prop 31 would change our budgeting process by giving unbalanced power to the Governor and implementing a spending cap that could make it difficult to fund essential programs. This is not a solution to our budget problems.

Prop 32


Prop 32 is a deceptive attack on workers and unions. It would severely limit the voice of working families in politics, but do nothing to curb the influence of corporations and Super PACs.

Prop 33


Prop 33, backed by a billionaire insurance industry executive, would allow car insurance companies to set rates in ways that disadvantage those who’ve had a gap in insurance coverage. This measure punishes drivers who have not been able to afford consistent coverage.

Prop 34


Prop 34 repeals the death penalty and replaces it with a maximum punishment of life in prison without parole. It would apply retroactively to those currently sentenced to death and put an end to this inhumane practice.

Prop 35


Prop 35 would increase penalties on human trafficking, but could push this inhumane practice further underground. We need collaborative, victim-centered solutions that protect the rights and safety of trafficked victims. This measure is not a comprehensive solution to the problems of sex and labor trafficking.

Prop 36


Prop 36 revises the state’s Three Strikes Law to impose a life sentence only when the third felony is serious or violent. It would make positive reforms to our justice system, and reduce prison overcrowding, thereby saving the state up to $100 million annually.

Prop 37


Prop 37 requires genetically modified foods to have clear labeling for consumers. We have a right to know what’s in the food we eat.

Prop 38


Prop 38 would increase taxes on Californians who make over $7,000 a year. Our schools need more funding, but not by taxing low-income Californians. Prop 30 is a better choice for education because it taxes higher-income earners. Whichever proposition has the most votes will become law.

Prop 39


Prop 39 closes a corporate tax loophole for multi-state businesses and dedicates $550 million of the expected increase in revenue to improve energy efficiency and create clean energy jobs.

Prop 40


Prop 40 upholds the California Citizens Redistricting Commission’s plan to revise the boundaries of the 40 State Senate districts. Let’s affirm this fair, voter-approved process.

Voting is our opportunity to build our power and take ownership of the decisions that will impact our lives.

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