The decisions voters make next week will have significant implications on cities' ability to make safety improvements to local roads and bridges, invest in affordable and supportive housing and expand water infrastructure throughout California.
The League has taken positions on four crucial ballot measures.
No on Prop. 6, the Attack on Bridge and Road Safety
With local roads comprising over 85 percent of roadways in the state, the passage of Prop. 6 would literally drive California backwards by eliminating $5 billion annually in existing transportation funding. This attack on bridge and road safety would jeopardize the funding for more than 6,500 bridge and road safety projects currently underway in communities throughout the state.
The No on Prop. 6 coalition continues to grow and now includes almost 600 public safety organizations, engineers, local transportation agencies, cities, counties, environmental groups, business and labor organizations throughout California.
Yes on Prop. 1, the Veterans and Affordable Housing Act
California’s housing affordability crisis is one of the state’s greatest challenges and Prop. 1 will provide much-needed funding to build affordable and supportive housing for California’s most vulnerable residents. The $4 billion bond will help California’s veterans, working families, people with disabilities and those experiencing homelessness by supporting the construction of at least 50,000 housing units statewide. It is also good for the economy and would create 137,000 jobs and generate over $23.4 billion in economic activity.
Yes on Prop. 2, Mental Health Care and Housing to End Homelessness
The most recent official count found that over 134,000 Californians are currently experiencing homelessness but experts agree that the real number is far higher. Cities are on the forefront of this crisis and funding from Prop. 2 would address the state’s need for more supportive housing. At no cost to taxpayers, Prop. 2 creates a $2 billion bond that would be financed with the Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63) to build permanent supportive housing linked to mental health treatment and services.
Yes on Prop. 3, the Supply and Water Quality Bond Act
Prop. 3 would authorize $8.877 billion in bonds to support various water infrastructure projects throughout California. These include safe drinking water and water quality, watershed and fisheries improvements, habitat protections, improved water conveyance, groundwater sustainability/storage and, surface water storage and dam repairs.
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