Re-elect Congressional Representative Barbara Lee to keep CA-13 on the right track.
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About the Position
The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals. Each district elects a representative to the House of Representatives for a two-year term. California has 53 congressional representatives. There is no term limit for this position.
About the District
California’s 13th Congressional District includes parts of Alameda Counties. Democrats typically hold this district. The most recent election results show CA-13 voted for Hillary Clinton for president in 2016 and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018.
About the Race
As of March 3, 2020, Democrat Incumbent Representative Barbara Lee leads Republican opponent Nikka Piterman by 85.4 percent. Lee has held this seat since 2013, and her campaign has pledged not to accept money from the fossil fuel industry. Piterman’s campaign has not committed to any such pledge and is running a campaign based on strengthening the national security apparatus and extraterrestrial defense concerns. Barbara Lee has raised $1,344,189, while Nikka Piterman has raised $5,635.
About the Candidate
Rep. Barbara Lee is a former member of the California State Assembly and State Senate and has served as a House representative for 22 years. She is originally from El Paso, TX. According to campaign materials, Rep. Lee is running for re-election to promote the arts and culture in California, strengthen civil rights protections, and invest in public education.
Rep. Barbara Lee’s priorities for CA-13 this year include blocking the President from declaring war on Iran, continuing her expansion of HIV/AIDS treatment, and fighting domestic poverty with food-assistance programs. She currently sits on two committees: the House Committee on Appropriations, where she is vice chair of the House Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and the House Committee on Budget. This year, Rep. Lee has voted 96 percent of the time with Nancy Pelosi and 96 percent of the time with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Rep. Lee has sponsored 54 bills this year, notably including the expansion of public health care, gun record accountability, increasing CEO tax rates, and tenants’ rights. On January 30, 2020, Rep. Lee’s bill to repeal the 2002 authorization of military force against Iraq was passed into law.
Rep. Barbara Lee is endorsed by many progressive groups in the district. Her record in Congress is staunchly and successfully anti-war, pro–gun control, and anti–death penalty, and she has recently offered her support to Medicare for All. According to our analysis, Rep. Barbara Lee is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.
About the Position
Proposition 15 asks California voters to raise an estimated $6.4 billion to $11.5 billion in funding for local schools and governments by increasing property taxes on commercial and industrial properties based on current market value instead of the price they were purchased for. Based on the most recent report by Blue Sky Consulting Group, 10% of the biggest corporate property owners will pay 92% of the funding and more than 75% of total revenues will come from properties that have not been reassessed since prior to 1990 -- just 2% of all commercial and industrial properties! Proposition 15 will maintain the existing commercial and industrial property tax at a 1% limit and will also maintain existing exemptions for small businesses, homeowners, agricultural lands, and renters.
Why voting YES on Prop 15 matters:
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Prop 15’s main opponents include realty and industrial property owners, while there is overwhelming financial support from the California Teachers Association and SEIU California State Council.
Proposition 16 asks California voters to amend the Constitution of California to repeal Prop 209’s restrictions on local and state governments from considering race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in public employment, education, and contracting. If passed, Prop 16 will permit governments to consider those protected categories in order to promote inclusive hiring and admissions programs in California’s public universities, government, and public agencies.
Why voting YES on Prop 16 matters:
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Proposition 17 asks California voters to amend the Constitution of California to restore voting rights to persons who have been disqualified from voting while on parole. If passed, Prop 17 will restore voting rights to approximately 50,000 Californians currently on parole.
Why voting YES on Prop 17 matters:
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There are no contributions recorded for support or opposition to Prop 17.
Proposition 18 asks California voters to amend the Constitution of California to allow 17-year-olds to vote in the primary election if they will turn 18 by the following general election. At the age of 18, Californians are technically given the right to vote in all elections. A subset are currently prohibited from voting at 18 if they are 17 during the primary election. Prop 18 amends the constitutional loophole that prevents all 18-year-olds from being able to vote in general elections.
Why voting YES on Prop 18 matters:
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There are no recorded contributions in support of or opposition to Prop 18.
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There is no prominent misinformation about Prop 18.
If passed, Prop 20 increases penalties for low-level offenses and would create a state database that collects DNA samples from persons convicted of specified misdemeanors for use in cold cases by repealing parts of Props 47 and 57. Prop 20 would expand the list of offenses that disqualify inmates from a parole program, consider an individual’s collective criminal history and not just their most recent offense, and impose stronger restrictions for a nonviolent offender’s parole program. Additionally, Prop 20 would reclassify theft between $250 and $950 as a felony.
Why voting NO on Prop 20 matters:
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Proposition 21 asks voters to amend state law in order to allow (not require) local governments at the city and county levels to establish and regulate rent control on residential properties. This proposition would affect residential properties over 15 years old and exempts individuals who own up to two residential properties. Additionally, Prop 21 would allow rent in rent-controlled properties to increase up to 15 percent over a period of three years with the start of a new tenancy. Prop 21 is more or less the same proposition voters rejected in 2018.
Why voting YES on Prop 21 matters:
California has the highest rate of homelessness in the nation, which can be attributed to the overwhelmingly high median rates for rent throughout the state forcing residents to pay 50 percent of their income just toward rent.
The Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act prohibits rent control on residential properties built after February 1, 1995. Since then, housing built in California has become accessible only to those who can afford uncontrolled rent increases, and low-income families have largely been shut out from newer housing developments.
According to a Stanford study, those who lived in rent-controlled properties when Costa-Hawkins passed ended up saving a cumulative total of $7 billion over 18 years, which confirms that rent control is an effective way to prevent displacement from the city.
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Proposition 22 asks voters to classify ride-share and delivery companies as independent contractors, not employees. Additionally, Prop 22 would restrict local regulation of app-based drivers and would criminalize the impersonation of drivers.
Why voting NO on Prop 22 matters:
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Proposition 24 asks voters to amend the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA) to include pay-for-privacy schemes, which provide better services and internet connection to those who pay more in order to protect their personal information while providing suboptimal services for Californians who cannot or do not want to pay more. Additionally, Prop 24 caters to tech companies by allowing them to upload a California resident’s personal information as soon as that resident’s device, computer, or phone leaves the state’s borders, and permits tech companies to completely ignore a programmable universal electronic “do not sell my information” signal. Under current law, privacy follows a Californian wherever they go, and businesses must honor the electronic signal.
Why voting NO on Prop 24 matters:
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