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Last week was filled with anxiety as we all awaited the results of the presidential election. It was also a big week for a number of key issues from tenant protections to transportation, democratizing power, and labor protections for workers in the gig-economy. In California and across the Bay Area, results were decidedly mixed, with some important gains and other hugely disappointing losses.

We have listed some of Urban Habitat’s priority measures below. View our full voting guide and outcomes here.


Housing Justice


California Proposition 21, Local Rent Control Initiative, did not pass. Urban Habitat supported this measure, which would have given local governments the authority to cap rental rates.

Berkeley Measure MM, passed. Urban Habitat supported this measure to ban evictions during a state or local emergency, bolstering the city’s current COVID-19 eviction moratorium.

East Palo Alto Measure V, did not pass. Urban Habitat supported this measure to increase the hotel Transient Occupancy Tax.


Transportation Justice


California Proposition 22, passed. Urban Habitat opposed this proposition, which repeals labor protections for app-based drivers by reclassifying them as independent contractors.  


Democratize Power


California Proposition 17, passed. Urban Habitat supported this proposition, which restores voting rights to persons on parole for felony convictions.

Oakland Measure QQ, passed. Urban Habitat supported this measure, which gives the Oakland City Council authority to lower the voting age for Oakland School Board elections from 18 to 16.

San Francisco, Proposition C, passed. Urban Habitat supported this proposition, which allows non-citizens to serve on boards that advise City Hall on public policy issues like housing, health care, and civil rights.


Equitable Funding for Public Services


California Proposition 15, Schools and Communities First, did not pass. Urban Habitat supported this proposition, which would have amended the California State Constitution to require most commercial and industrial properties to be taxed based on their market value.

Vallejo, Measure G, did not pass. Urban Habitat opposed this measure, which would have increased the transaction tax on sales.

You can view the entire Urban Habitat voting guide and results here.
 

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Date sent: November 12, 2020

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