• Alex Padilla

    Reelect US Senator Alex Padilla to keep California on the right track for progress.

    Sen. Alex Padilla’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a progressive voice for the constituents of California and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse state.

    Progressive endorsements: Sen. Padilla has the endorsement of many progressive groups, including California Environmental Voters, Equality California, NARAL Pro-Choice California, Giffords PAC, and many labor unions. He is also endorsed by a broad coalition of federal and local elected officials, including Senator Elizabeth Warren, Rep. Karen Bass, Rep. Katie Porter, Governor Gavin Newsom, Attorney General Rob Bonta, and many California mayors.

    Top issues: Voter protections, economic growth, police reform, immigration, environmental protections, education, consumer and worker protections, homelessness and housing, and water conservation.

    Priority bills: This year, Sen. Padilla’s priorities for California have included 50 bills about environmental and water protections, the economy, immigration, and child welfare. Of these, nearly all are currently in committee or referred to committee. In his brief time in the Senate, Sen. Padilla has signed on as a sponsor of the Green New Deal and Medicare for All, and has been a strong supporter of President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda. He has also secured federal funding for housing, infrastructure, education, and employment projects in Southern California, and over $11 million for statewide health-care facilities and mental-health services.

    Committee leadership/membership: Sen. Padilla currently serves on five committees, including Judiciary, Budget, and Environment and Public Works. He serves as chair of the Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, and Border Safety.

    Governance and community leadership experience: Sen. Padilla was appointed to the Senate by Governor Gavin Newsom in January 2021, which will make this his first general-election campaign for the seat. He was previously elected to serve as the California’s secretary of state in 2014, winning his 2018 reelection bid over Republican Mark Meuser by 29 points.

    Prior to his appointment, Sen. Padilla served Californians in several elected roles, including two terms each on the Los Angeles City Council, in the state Senate, and as the California secretary of state. Sen. Padilla is a longtime supporter of environmental justice, and credits his parents with introducing him to activism around this issue in the Los Angeles community where he was raised. Sen. Padilla has also been a longtime supporter of voting rights and democratic protections, which was the cornerstone of his work as secretary of state. In the Senate, he co-authored the Freedom to Vote Act, and was a strong supporter of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.

    Other background: Sen. Padilla, a longtime public official, is from the San Fernando Valley. He grew up in a tough and underserved neighborhood of Los Angeles, and his public service was inspired by his community and his parents, who engaged him in the organizing process at a young age.
     

    The Race

    Primary election results: The June 2022 results to fill the last few months of the current term had ten candidates, and the results included incumbent Sen. Alex Padilla (D), 55%; Mark Meuser (R), 22%; James Bradley (R), 7%; and Jon Elist (R), 6%.

    The June 2022 results to seat the next full six-year term had 27 candidates, and the results included Sen. Alex Padilla (D), 54%; Mark Meuser (R), 15%; Cordie Williams (R), 7%; Jon Elist (R), 4%; Chuck Smith (R), 4%; James Bradley (R), 3%; and Douglas Howard Pierce (D), 2%.

    Sen. Alex Padilla and Mark Meuser will compete in a run-off in the November 8 general election in both the current-term and next-term races.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Sen. Padilla’s campaign has raised $10.6 million and is not funded by police interests. His problematic donors include Mortgage Bankers Association PAC, Google LLC, FedEx Corporation PAC, Edison International PAC, and Comcast Corporation. He has also received donations from defense contractors, including Employees of Northrop Grumman Corporation PAC and Lockheed Martin Employees’ PAC.

    Opposing candidate: Republican Mark Meuser

    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Meuser’s campaign has raised $495,000 and is funded almost entirely by individual donors.
     

    The District

    State: California is the most populous state in the United States, and includes 58 counties and 331 million residents.

    Voter registration: Of the 22 million registered voters in the state, 47% are Democrat, 24% are Republican, and 23% have no party preference. Democrats have held the lieutenant governor seat since 2011.

    District demographics: 39% Latino, 16% Asian, and 7% Black

    Recent election results: California voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 29 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 24 points.
     

    The Position

    Members of the Senate represent and advocate for the needs of their state constituency and share legislative responsibility with the House of Representatives. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues of national importance. Senators have the exclusive responsibility of providing advice and consent to the executive branch on treaties, and on the nomination and approval of cabinet secretaries, ambassadors, and federal judges. The Senate also has the sole authority to bring and try an impeachment of a high official, up to and including removal from office with a two-thirds majority vote.

    Each state, regardless of population, is represented by two senators. Senate elections are statewide, and senators are elected to serve a six-year term. There is no term limit for this position.

    Alex Padilla

    Reelect US Senator Alex Padilla to keep California on the right track for progress.

    Sen. Alex Padilla’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a progressive voice for the constituents of California and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse state.

    Progressive endorsements: Sen. Padilla has the endorsement of many progressive groups, including California Environmental Voters, Equality California, NARAL Pro-Choice California, Giffords PAC, and many labor unions. He is also endorsed by a broad coalition of federal and local elected officials, including Senator Elizabeth Warren, Rep. Karen Bass, Rep. Katie Porter, Governor Gavin Newsom, Attorney General Rob Bonta, and many California mayors.

    Top issues: Voter protections, economic growth, police reform, immigration, environmental protections, education, consumer and worker protections, homelessness and housing, and water conservation.

    Priority bills: This year, Sen. Padilla’s priorities for California have included 50 bills about environmental and water protections, the economy, immigration, and child welfare. Of these, nearly all are currently in committee or referred to committee. In his brief time in the Senate, Sen. Padilla has signed on as a sponsor of the Green New Deal and Medicare for All, and has been a strong supporter of President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda. He has also secured federal funding for housing, infrastructure, education, and employment projects in Southern California, and over $11 million for statewide health-care facilities and mental-health services.

    Committee leadership/membership: Sen. Padilla currently serves on five committees, including Judiciary, Budget, and Environment and Public Works. He serves as chair of the Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, and Border Safety.

    Governance and community leadership experience: Sen. Padilla was appointed to the Senate by Governor Gavin Newsom in January 2021, which will make this his first general-election campaign for the seat. He was previously elected to serve as the California’s secretary of state in 2014, winning his 2018 reelection bid over Republican Mark Meuser by 29 points.

    Prior to his appointment, Sen. Padilla served Californians in several elected roles, including two terms each on the Los Angeles City Council, in the state Senate, and as the California secretary of state. Sen. Padilla is a longtime supporter of environmental justice, and credits his parents with introducing him to activism around this issue in the Los Angeles community where he was raised. Sen. Padilla has also been a longtime supporter of voting rights and democratic protections, which was the cornerstone of his work as secretary of state. In the Senate, he co-authored the Freedom to Vote Act, and was a strong supporter of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.

    Other background: Sen. Padilla, a longtime public official, is from the San Fernando Valley. He grew up in a tough and underserved neighborhood of Los Angeles, and his public service was inspired by his community and his parents, who engaged him in the organizing process at a young age.
     

    The Race

    Primary election results: The June 2022 results to fill the last few months of the current term had ten candidates, and the results included incumbent Sen. Alex Padilla (D), 55%; Mark Meuser (R), 22%; James Bradley (R), 7%; and Jon Elist (R), 6%.

    The June 2022 results to seat the next full six-year term had 27 candidates, and the results included Sen. Alex Padilla (D), 54%; Mark Meuser (R), 15%; Cordie Williams (R), 7%; Jon Elist (R), 4%; Chuck Smith (R), 4%; James Bradley (R), 3%; and Douglas Howard Pierce (D), 2%.

    Sen. Alex Padilla and Mark Meuser will compete in a run-off in the November 8 general election in both the current-term and next-term races.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Sen. Padilla’s campaign has raised $10.6 million and is not funded by police interests. His problematic donors include Mortgage Bankers Association PAC, Google LLC, FedEx Corporation PAC, Edison International PAC, and Comcast Corporation. He has also received donations from defense contractors, including Employees of Northrop Grumman Corporation PAC and Lockheed Martin Employees’ PAC.

    Opposing candidate: Republican Mark Meuser

    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Meuser’s campaign has raised $495,000 and is funded almost entirely by individual donors.
     

    The District

    State: California is the most populous state in the United States, and includes 58 counties and 331 million residents.

    Voter registration: Of the 22 million registered voters in the state, 47% are Democrat, 24% are Republican, and 23% have no party preference. Democrats have held the lieutenant governor seat since 2011.

    District demographics: 39% Latino, 16% Asian, and 7% Black

    Recent election results: California voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 29 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 24 points.
     

    The Position

    Members of the Senate represent and advocate for the needs of their state constituency and share legislative responsibility with the House of Representatives. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues of national importance. Senators have the exclusive responsibility of providing advice and consent to the executive branch on treaties, and on the nomination and approval of cabinet secretaries, ambassadors, and federal judges. The Senate also has the sole authority to bring and try an impeachment of a high official, up to and including removal from office with a two-thirds majority vote.

    Each state, regardless of population, is represented by two senators. Senate elections are statewide, and senators are elected to serve a six-year term. There is no term limit for this position.

    Alex Padilla

    Reelect US Senator Alex Padilla to keep California on the right track for progress.

    Sen. Alex Padilla’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a progressive voice for the constituents of California and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse state.

    Progressive endorsements: Sen. Padilla has the endorsement of many progressive groups, including California Environmental Voters, Equality California, NARAL Pro-Choice California, Giffords PAC, and many labor unions. He is also endorsed by a broad coalition of federal and local elected officials, including Senator Elizabeth Warren, Rep. Karen Bass, Rep. Katie Porter, Governor Gavin Newsom, Attorney General Rob Bonta, and many California mayors.

    Top issues: Voter protections, economic growth, police reform, immigration, environmental protections, education, consumer and worker protections, homelessness and housing, and water conservation.

    Priority bills: This year, Sen. Padilla’s priorities for California have included 50 bills about environmental and water protections, the economy, immigration, and child welfare. Of these, nearly all are currently in committee or referred to committee. In his brief time in the Senate, Sen. Padilla has signed on as a sponsor of the Green New Deal and Medicare for All, and has been a strong supporter of President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda. He has also secured federal funding for housing, infrastructure, education, and employment projects in Southern California, and over $11 million for statewide health-care facilities and mental-health services.

    Committee leadership/membership: Sen. Padilla currently serves on five committees, including Judiciary, Budget, and Environment and Public Works. He serves as chair of the Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, and Border Safety.

    Governance and community leadership experience: Sen. Padilla was appointed to the Senate by Governor Gavin Newsom in January 2021, which will make this his first general-election campaign for the seat. He was previously elected to serve as the California’s secretary of state in 2014, winning his 2018 reelection bid over Republican Mark Meuser by 29 points.

    Prior to his appointment, Sen. Padilla served Californians in several elected roles, including two terms each on the Los Angeles City Council, in the state Senate, and as the California secretary of state. Sen. Padilla is a longtime supporter of environmental justice, and credits his parents with introducing him to activism around this issue in the Los Angeles community where he was raised. Sen. Padilla has also been a longtime supporter of voting rights and democratic protections, which was the cornerstone of his work as secretary of state. In the Senate, he co-authored the Freedom to Vote Act, and was a strong supporter of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.

    Other background: Sen. Padilla, a longtime public official, is from the San Fernando Valley. He grew up in a tough and underserved neighborhood of Los Angeles, and his public service was inspired by his community and his parents, who engaged him in the organizing process at a young age.
     

    The Race

    Primary election results: The June 2022 results to fill the last few months of the current term had ten candidates, and the results included incumbent Sen. Alex Padilla (D), 55%; Mark Meuser (R), 22%; James Bradley (R), 7%; and Jon Elist (R), 6%.

    The June 2022 results to seat the next full six-year term had 27 candidates, and the results included Sen. Alex Padilla (D), 54%; Mark Meuser (R), 15%; Cordie Williams (R), 7%; Jon Elist (R), 4%; Chuck Smith (R), 4%; James Bradley (R), 3%; and Douglas Howard Pierce (D), 2%.

    Sen. Alex Padilla and Mark Meuser will compete in a run-off in the November 8 general election in both the current-term and next-term races.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Sen. Padilla’s campaign has raised $10.6 million and is not funded by police interests. His problematic donors include Mortgage Bankers Association PAC, Google LLC, FedEx Corporation PAC, Edison International PAC, and Comcast Corporation. He has also received donations from defense contractors, including Employees of Northrop Grumman Corporation PAC and Lockheed Martin Employees’ PAC.

    Opposing candidate: Republican Mark Meuser

    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Meuser’s campaign has raised $495,000 and is funded almost entirely by individual donors.
     

    The District

    State: California is the most populous state in the United States, and includes 58 counties and 331 million residents.

    Voter registration: Of the 22 million registered voters in the state, 47% are Democrat, 24% are Republican, and 23% have no party preference. Democrats have held the lieutenant governor seat since 2011.

    District demographics: 39% Latino, 16% Asian, and 7% Black

    Recent election results: California voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 29 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 24 points.
     

    The Position

    Members of the Senate represent and advocate for the needs of their state constituency and share legislative responsibility with the House of Representatives. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues of national importance. Senators have the exclusive responsibility of providing advice and consent to the executive branch on treaties, and on the nomination and approval of cabinet secretaries, ambassadors, and federal judges. The Senate also has the sole authority to bring and try an impeachment of a high official, up to and including removal from office with a two-thirds majority vote.

    Each state, regardless of population, is represented by two senators. Senate elections are statewide, and senators are elected to serve a six-year term. There is no term limit for this position.

Congress

Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below congressional districts on your ballot.

  • Kevin Mullin

    Elect Kevin Mullin to keep CD-15 on the right track for progress.

    Kevin Mullin’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will be a progressive voice for the constituents of CD-15 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

    Kevin Mullin

    Elect Kevin Mullin to keep CD-15 on the right track for progress.

    Kevin Mullin’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will be a progressive voice for the constituents of CD-15 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

    Kevin Mullin

    Elect Kevin Mullin to keep CD-15 on the right track for progress.

    Kevin Mullin’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will be a progressive voice for the constituents of CD-15 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

  • Anna Eshoo

    Reelect Congressional Representative Eshoo to keep CD-16 on the right track for progress. 

    Anna Eshoo

    Reelect Congressional Representative Eshoo to keep CD-16 on the right track for progress. 

    Anna Eshoo

    Reelect Congressional Representative Eshoo to keep CD-16 on the right track for progress. 

State Assembly

Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below State Assembly races on your ballot.

  • Phil Ting

    Reelect Assemblymember Phil Ting to keep AD-19 on the right track for progress.

    Assm. Phil TIng’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a progressive voice for the constituents of AD-19 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

    Progressive endorsements: Assm. Ting has the endorsement of many progressive groups, including California League of Conservation Voters, California Labor Federation, and Sierra Club. He has also accepted donations from a variety of problematic donors, including Sempra Energy, Comcast, and California Correctional Peace Officers PAC.

    Top issues: Energy, environmental protections, civil rights and discrimination, housing, education, governmental budgeting, criminal-justice reform, and education.

    Priority bills: This year, Assm. Ting’s priorities for AD-19 have included 61 bills about COVID-19 relief, budget, environmental protections, and criminal-justice reform. Of these, 14 have been successfully chaptered into law, 11 have died, one has been vetoed, and the rest remain in committee. Significantly, Assm. Ting is the author of AB 1308, which requires that arrest and conviction records be reviewed for relief on a monthly basis. Through his stewardship, this bill was successfully included in a budget appropriation that was passed earlier this year. He scores a Lifetime CS of 98 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Ting has supported all progressive bills that made it to a vote this year.

    Committee leadership/membership: He currently serves on four standing committees, including Business and Professions, and Utilities and Energy. He serves as chair of the Committee on Budget, the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, and the Select Committee on Asia/California Trade and Investment Promotion.

    Governance and community leadership experience: Assm. Ting has served in this assembly seat since 2012, when he was elected with over 58% of the vote. In 2020, he won his reelection against Republican challenger John McDonnell by 56 points.

    Prior to his election to the State Assembly, Assm. Ting served as the assessor-recorder for the City and County of San Francisco, where he worked to increase solar installations and clear a property-tax backlog. He has also served on a variety of organizational boards and governing bodies, including the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority, Bay Area Assessors Association, and the ChinaSF Advisory Board. Assm. Ting is a longtime supporter of sustainable infrastructure and environmental protections.

    Other background: Assm. Ting is from San Francisco. He spent his early career as the executive director of the Asian Law Caucus, which was founded to promote the rights of the Asian Pacific Islander community.
     

    The Race

    Primary election results: The June 2022 results included Assm. Phil Ting (D), 80%; and Karsten Weide (R), 20%. Incumbent Assm. Phil Ting and Karsten Weide will compete in a run-off in the November 8 general election.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Assm. Ting’s campaign has raised $1.6 million and has received donations from police, fossil fuel, corporate PAC, and real estate interests.

    Opposing candidate: Republican Karsten Weide

    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Weide’s campaign has raised $2,000 and is entirely self-funded.
     

    The District

    Counties in district: California’s 19th Assembly District includes parts of San Francisco and San Mateo Counties.

    Voter registration: 60% Democrat, 9% Republican, nd 26% No Party Preference. Democrats typically hold this seat. Since the 2021 redistricting process, AD-19 is 1% more Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle.

    District demographics: 12% Latino, 43% Asian, and 4% Black

    Recent election results: AD-19 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 66 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 65 points.
     

    The Position

    State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a three-quarters supermajority of 60 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats and one seat is held by an Independent.

    Phil Ting

    Reelect Assemblymember Phil Ting to keep AD-19 on the right track for progress.

    Assm. Phil TIng’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a progressive voice for the constituents of AD-19 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

    Progressive endorsements: Assm. Ting has the endorsement of many progressive groups, including California League of Conservation Voters, California Labor Federation, and Sierra Club. He has also accepted donations from a variety of problematic donors, including Sempra Energy, Comcast, and California Correctional Peace Officers PAC.

    Top issues: Energy, environmental protections, civil rights and discrimination, housing, education, governmental budgeting, criminal-justice reform, and education.

    Priority bills: This year, Assm. Ting’s priorities for AD-19 have included 61 bills about COVID-19 relief, budget, environmental protections, and criminal-justice reform. Of these, 14 have been successfully chaptered into law, 11 have died, one has been vetoed, and the rest remain in committee. Significantly, Assm. Ting is the author of AB 1308, which requires that arrest and conviction records be reviewed for relief on a monthly basis. Through his stewardship, this bill was successfully included in a budget appropriation that was passed earlier this year. He scores a Lifetime CS of 98 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Ting has supported all progressive bills that made it to a vote this year.

    Committee leadership/membership: He currently serves on four standing committees, including Business and Professions, and Utilities and Energy. He serves as chair of the Committee on Budget, the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, and the Select Committee on Asia/California Trade and Investment Promotion.

    Governance and community leadership experience: Assm. Ting has served in this assembly seat since 2012, when he was elected with over 58% of the vote. In 2020, he won his reelection against Republican challenger John McDonnell by 56 points.

    Prior to his election to the State Assembly, Assm. Ting served as the assessor-recorder for the City and County of San Francisco, where he worked to increase solar installations and clear a property-tax backlog. He has also served on a variety of organizational boards and governing bodies, including the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority, Bay Area Assessors Association, and the ChinaSF Advisory Board. Assm. Ting is a longtime supporter of sustainable infrastructure and environmental protections.

    Other background: Assm. Ting is from San Francisco. He spent his early career as the executive director of the Asian Law Caucus, which was founded to promote the rights of the Asian Pacific Islander community.
     

    The Race

    Primary election results: The June 2022 results included Assm. Phil Ting (D), 80%; and Karsten Weide (R), 20%. Incumbent Assm. Phil Ting and Karsten Weide will compete in a run-off in the November 8 general election.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Assm. Ting’s campaign has raised $1.6 million and has received donations from police, fossil fuel, corporate PAC, and real estate interests.

    Opposing candidate: Republican Karsten Weide

    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Weide’s campaign has raised $2,000 and is entirely self-funded.
     

    The District

    Counties in district: California’s 19th Assembly District includes parts of San Francisco and San Mateo Counties.

    Voter registration: 60% Democrat, 9% Republican, nd 26% No Party Preference. Democrats typically hold this seat. Since the 2021 redistricting process, AD-19 is 1% more Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle.

    District demographics: 12% Latino, 43% Asian, and 4% Black

    Recent election results: AD-19 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 66 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 65 points.
     

    The Position

    State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a three-quarters supermajority of 60 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats and one seat is held by an Independent.

    Phil Ting

    Reelect Assemblymember Phil Ting to keep AD-19 on the right track for progress.

    Assm. Phil TIng’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a progressive voice for the constituents of AD-19 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

    Progressive endorsements: Assm. Ting has the endorsement of many progressive groups, including California League of Conservation Voters, California Labor Federation, and Sierra Club. He has also accepted donations from a variety of problematic donors, including Sempra Energy, Comcast, and California Correctional Peace Officers PAC.

    Top issues: Energy, environmental protections, civil rights and discrimination, housing, education, governmental budgeting, criminal-justice reform, and education.

    Priority bills: This year, Assm. Ting’s priorities for AD-19 have included 61 bills about COVID-19 relief, budget, environmental protections, and criminal-justice reform. Of these, 14 have been successfully chaptered into law, 11 have died, one has been vetoed, and the rest remain in committee. Significantly, Assm. Ting is the author of AB 1308, which requires that arrest and conviction records be reviewed for relief on a monthly basis. Through his stewardship, this bill was successfully included in a budget appropriation that was passed earlier this year. He scores a Lifetime CS of 98 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Ting has supported all progressive bills that made it to a vote this year.

    Committee leadership/membership: He currently serves on four standing committees, including Business and Professions, and Utilities and Energy. He serves as chair of the Committee on Budget, the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, and the Select Committee on Asia/California Trade and Investment Promotion.

    Governance and community leadership experience: Assm. Ting has served in this assembly seat since 2012, when he was elected with over 58% of the vote. In 2020, he won his reelection against Republican challenger John McDonnell by 56 points.

    Prior to his election to the State Assembly, Assm. Ting served as the assessor-recorder for the City and County of San Francisco, where he worked to increase solar installations and clear a property-tax backlog. He has also served on a variety of organizational boards and governing bodies, including the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority, Bay Area Assessors Association, and the ChinaSF Advisory Board. Assm. Ting is a longtime supporter of sustainable infrastructure and environmental protections.

    Other background: Assm. Ting is from San Francisco. He spent his early career as the executive director of the Asian Law Caucus, which was founded to promote the rights of the Asian Pacific Islander community.
     

    The Race

    Primary election results: The June 2022 results included Assm. Phil Ting (D), 80%; and Karsten Weide (R), 20%. Incumbent Assm. Phil Ting and Karsten Weide will compete in a run-off in the November 8 general election.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Assm. Ting’s campaign has raised $1.6 million and has received donations from police, fossil fuel, corporate PAC, and real estate interests.

    Opposing candidate: Republican Karsten Weide

    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Weide’s campaign has raised $2,000 and is entirely self-funded.
     

    The District

    Counties in district: California’s 19th Assembly District includes parts of San Francisco and San Mateo Counties.

    Voter registration: 60% Democrat, 9% Republican, nd 26% No Party Preference. Democrats typically hold this seat. Since the 2021 redistricting process, AD-19 is 1% more Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle.

    District demographics: 12% Latino, 43% Asian, and 4% Black

    Recent election results: AD-19 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 66 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 65 points.
     

    The Position

    State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a three-quarters supermajority of 60 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats and one seat is held by an Independent.

  • Diane Papan

    Elect Diane Papan to put AD-21 on the right track for progress.

    Diane Papan’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will be a representative voice for the constituents of AD-21 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

    Progressive endorsements: Papan has the endorsement of some progressive groups, including Planned Parenthood and many labor organizations. She has also received endorsements from many local leaders, including Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis, Board of Equalization Member Malia Cohen, and several members of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors. Papan has received problematic campaign-finance donations from police, fossil fuel, corporate PAC, and real estate interests. She has received the endorsement of the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association and corporate Democrats Assm. Jim Cooper, State Sen. Susan Rubio, and Assm. Blanca Rubio.

    Electoral history: Papan won her race for the San Mateo City Council in 2015 with over 37% of the vote. She won reelection to this seat in 2020 with over 39% of the vote.

    Top issues: Infrastructure, homelessness and housing, public safety, mental-health care, flood-level and sea-rise protections, wildfire prevention, and childcare.

    Priority bills: As a member of the San Mateo City Council, Papan has been a strong supporter of increasing the availability of subsidized housing, building flood walls to protect against sea-level rise, and funding grade-separation projects to improve train infrastructure. In her role as a member of the San Mateo County Express Lanes Joint Powers Authority, she has advocated for extending the accessibility of express lanes on highway systems to low-income drivers.

    Governance and community leadership experience: Papan is a nonprofit executive and an attorney in private practice, which she does to bring leadership to important issues in her local community. She is the executive director of John’s Closet, which provides clothing to youth in the area. She has also provided leadership on the City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County, the San Mateo County Council of Cities, and the Flood and Sea Level Rise Resiliency Board. Papan is the daughter of the late influential Assm. Lou Papan, who served for 20 years. She cites her father’s public service and her family’s medical challenges as shaping the sense of service she has carried into her public work.

    Other background: Papan is from Daly City and is a longtime resident of San Mateo.
     

    The Race

    Primary election results: The June 2022 results included Diane Papan (D), 41%; Giselle Hale (D), 20%; Mark Gilham (R), 20%; James Coleman (D), 12%; Allison Madden (D), 3%; Maurice Goodman (D), 3%; and Tania Solé (I), 2%. Diane Papan and Giselle Hale qualified for the November 8 general election ballot, but Hale withdrew her candidacy in July, citing mental-health and family concerns stemming from campaign attack ads. Hale’s name will still appear on the November ballot, but Diane Papan is the only candidate actively running for this seat.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Papan’s campaign has raised $786,000 and has received donations from police, fossil fuel, real estate, and corporate PAC donors. Her problematic funders include Sysco Corporation, Sempra Energy, California Real Estate PAC, California Association of Highway Patrolmen PAC, and AGH Realty Group Corporation.
     

    The District

    Counties in district: California’s 21st Assembly District includes parts of San Mateo County.

    Voter registration: 55% Democrat, 14% Republican, and 25% No Party Preference. Democrats typically hold this district. Since the 2021 redistricting process, AD-21 is 1% more Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle.

    District demographics: 20% Latino, 25% Asian, and 3% Black

    Recent election results: AD-21 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 58 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 50 points.
     

    The Position

    State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 56 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats. One seat is held by an Independent and four seats are currently vacant.

    Diane Papan

    Elect Diane Papan to put AD-21 on the right track for progress.

    Diane Papan’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will be a representative voice for the constituents of AD-21 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

    Progressive endorsements: Papan has the endorsement of some progressive groups, including Planned Parenthood and many labor organizations. She has also received endorsements from many local leaders, including Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis, Board of Equalization Member Malia Cohen, and several members of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors. Papan has received problematic campaign-finance donations from police, fossil fuel, corporate PAC, and real estate interests. She has received the endorsement of the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association and corporate Democrats Assm. Jim Cooper, State Sen. Susan Rubio, and Assm. Blanca Rubio.

    Electoral history: Papan won her race for the San Mateo City Council in 2015 with over 37% of the vote. She won reelection to this seat in 2020 with over 39% of the vote.

    Top issues: Infrastructure, homelessness and housing, public safety, mental-health care, flood-level and sea-rise protections, wildfire prevention, and childcare.

    Priority bills: As a member of the San Mateo City Council, Papan has been a strong supporter of increasing the availability of subsidized housing, building flood walls to protect against sea-level rise, and funding grade-separation projects to improve train infrastructure. In her role as a member of the San Mateo County Express Lanes Joint Powers Authority, she has advocated for extending the accessibility of express lanes on highway systems to low-income drivers.

    Governance and community leadership experience: Papan is a nonprofit executive and an attorney in private practice, which she does to bring leadership to important issues in her local community. She is the executive director of John’s Closet, which provides clothing to youth in the area. She has also provided leadership on the City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County, the San Mateo County Council of Cities, and the Flood and Sea Level Rise Resiliency Board. Papan is the daughter of the late influential Assm. Lou Papan, who served for 20 years. She cites her father’s public service and her family’s medical challenges as shaping the sense of service she has carried into her public work.

    Other background: Papan is from Daly City and is a longtime resident of San Mateo.
     

    The Race

    Primary election results: The June 2022 results included Diane Papan (D), 41%; Giselle Hale (D), 20%; Mark Gilham (R), 20%; James Coleman (D), 12%; Allison Madden (D), 3%; Maurice Goodman (D), 3%; and Tania Solé (I), 2%. Diane Papan and Giselle Hale qualified for the November 8 general election ballot, but Hale withdrew her candidacy in July, citing mental-health and family concerns stemming from campaign attack ads. Hale’s name will still appear on the November ballot, but Diane Papan is the only candidate actively running for this seat.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Papan’s campaign has raised $786,000 and has received donations from police, fossil fuel, real estate, and corporate PAC donors. Her problematic funders include Sysco Corporation, Sempra Energy, California Real Estate PAC, California Association of Highway Patrolmen PAC, and AGH Realty Group Corporation.
     

    The District

    Counties in district: California’s 21st Assembly District includes parts of San Mateo County.

    Voter registration: 55% Democrat, 14% Republican, and 25% No Party Preference. Democrats typically hold this district. Since the 2021 redistricting process, AD-21 is 1% more Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle.

    District demographics: 20% Latino, 25% Asian, and 3% Black

    Recent election results: AD-21 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 58 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 50 points.
     

    The Position

    State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 56 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats. One seat is held by an Independent and four seats are currently vacant.

    Diane Papan

    Elect Diane Papan to put AD-21 on the right track for progress.

    Diane Papan’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will be a representative voice for the constituents of AD-21 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

    Progressive endorsements: Papan has the endorsement of some progressive groups, including Planned Parenthood and many labor organizations. She has also received endorsements from many local leaders, including Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis, Board of Equalization Member Malia Cohen, and several members of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors. Papan has received problematic campaign-finance donations from police, fossil fuel, corporate PAC, and real estate interests. She has received the endorsement of the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association and corporate Democrats Assm. Jim Cooper, State Sen. Susan Rubio, and Assm. Blanca Rubio.

    Electoral history: Papan won her race for the San Mateo City Council in 2015 with over 37% of the vote. She won reelection to this seat in 2020 with over 39% of the vote.

    Top issues: Infrastructure, homelessness and housing, public safety, mental-health care, flood-level and sea-rise protections, wildfire prevention, and childcare.

    Priority bills: As a member of the San Mateo City Council, Papan has been a strong supporter of increasing the availability of subsidized housing, building flood walls to protect against sea-level rise, and funding grade-separation projects to improve train infrastructure. In her role as a member of the San Mateo County Express Lanes Joint Powers Authority, she has advocated for extending the accessibility of express lanes on highway systems to low-income drivers.

    Governance and community leadership experience: Papan is a nonprofit executive and an attorney in private practice, which she does to bring leadership to important issues in her local community. She is the executive director of John’s Closet, which provides clothing to youth in the area. She has also provided leadership on the City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County, the San Mateo County Council of Cities, and the Flood and Sea Level Rise Resiliency Board. Papan is the daughter of the late influential Assm. Lou Papan, who served for 20 years. She cites her father’s public service and her family’s medical challenges as shaping the sense of service she has carried into her public work.

    Other background: Papan is from Daly City and is a longtime resident of San Mateo.
     

    The Race

    Primary election results: The June 2022 results included Diane Papan (D), 41%; Giselle Hale (D), 20%; Mark Gilham (R), 20%; James Coleman (D), 12%; Allison Madden (D), 3%; Maurice Goodman (D), 3%; and Tania Solé (I), 2%. Diane Papan and Giselle Hale qualified for the November 8 general election ballot, but Hale withdrew her candidacy in July, citing mental-health and family concerns stemming from campaign attack ads. Hale’s name will still appear on the November ballot, but Diane Papan is the only candidate actively running for this seat.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Papan’s campaign has raised $786,000 and has received donations from police, fossil fuel, real estate, and corporate PAC donors. Her problematic funders include Sysco Corporation, Sempra Energy, California Real Estate PAC, California Association of Highway Patrolmen PAC, and AGH Realty Group Corporation.
     

    The District

    Counties in district: California’s 21st Assembly District includes parts of San Mateo County.

    Voter registration: 55% Democrat, 14% Republican, and 25% No Party Preference. Democrats typically hold this district. Since the 2021 redistricting process, AD-21 is 1% more Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle.

    District demographics: 20% Latino, 25% Asian, and 3% Black

    Recent election results: AD-21 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 58 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 50 points.
     

    The Position

    State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 56 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats. One seat is held by an Independent and four seats are currently vacant.

  • Marc Berman

    Reelect Assemblymember Marc Berman to keep AD-23 on the right track for progress.

    Assm. Berman’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a progressive voice for the constituents of AD-23 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

    Notably, Assm. Berman’s office has been named in a workplace-harassment complaint that was made by a former staffer. The complaint alleged that a supervisor in his Los Altos office consistently made sex-based comments and advances toward female staffers, and provided preferential support to one female member of the staff. Assm. Berman made no staffing changes as a result of the complaint, and has failed to publicly work toward reforming the state legislative workplace-complaint process. Voters should continue to work to hold him accountable for any failures in leadership related to this or other incidents.

    Progressive endorsements: Assm. Berman has the endorsement of some progressive groups, including California Labor Federation, California Environmental Voters, Sierra Club, and Equality California.

    Top issues: Education and STEM programs, election access and security, health care, and environmental protections.

    Priority bills: Assm. Berman’s priorities for AD-23 this year have included 38 bills about election protections, education, and energy and pollution. Of those, 12 have been chaptered into law, four have died, and the rest remain in committee. He scores a Lifetime CS of 94 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Berman has supported the most progressive bills that made it to a vote. That said, he failed to support AB 1505, which would empower local districts to evaluate charter-school applications based on economic-impact criteria. This is not surprising, considering he has previously accepted campaign donations from California Charter Schools Association Advocates for Great Public Schools. Additionally, Assemblymember Berman voted to support AB 1366, which would eliminate critical oversight of telecom companies. He has also accepted campaign donations from Verizon, one of the largest telecom providers, in the past.

    Committee leadership/membership: Assm. Berman currently chairs the Business and Professions Committee, and the Subcommittee on the Master Plan for Higher Education in California. He also sits on the Governmental Organization, Insurance, and Transportation committees.

    Governance and community leadership experience: Assm. Berman has served in this assembly seat since 2016, when he was elected with over 54% of the vote. In 2020, he won his reelection against Republican challenger Peter Ohtaki by 46 points.

    Prior to his election to the State Assembly, Assm. Berman served as an elected member of the Palo Alto City Council, supporting significant improvements to the city’s infrastructure and public safety. Assm. Berman is a longtime supporter of voting rights and reform. During law school, he worked as a summer analyst with the Voting Section of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, and was an author of the Assembly bill that made California a permanent vote-by-mail state.

    Other background: Assm. Berman is from Palo Alto. Prior to his public service, he was an attorney in private practice and worked with a STEM-focused nonprofit organization, Silicon Valley Education Foundation.
     

    The Race

    Primary election results: The June 2022 results included incumbent Assm. Marc Berman (D), 76%; and Tim Dec (R), 24%. Assm. Marc Berman and Tim Dec will compete in a run-off in the November 8 general election.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Assm. Berman’s campaign has raised $700,000 and has received donations from police, real estate, fossil fuel, and corporate PAC donors. His problematic donors include PG&E Corporation, Google, Facebook Inc., California Real Estate PAC, and California Correctional Peace Officers Association PAC.

    Opposing candidate: Republican Tim Dec

    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Dec’s campaign has raised $5,000 and is primarily funded by individual donors.
     

    The District

    Counties in district: California’s 23rd Assembly District includes parts of San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties.

    Voter registration: 54% Democrat, 14% Republican, and 28% No Party Preference. Republicans typically hold this district. Since the 2021 redistricting process, AD-23 is 2% less Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle.

    District demographics: 9% Latino, 26% Asian, and 2% Black

    Recent election results: AD-23 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 59 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 49 points.
     

    The Position

    State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a three-quarters supermajority of 60 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats and one seat is held by an Independent.

    Marc Berman

    Reelect Assemblymember Marc Berman to keep AD-23 on the right track for progress.

    Assm. Berman’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a progressive voice for the constituents of AD-23 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

    Notably, Assm. Berman’s office has been named in a workplace-harassment complaint that was made by a former staffer. The complaint alleged that a supervisor in his Los Altos office consistently made sex-based comments and advances toward female staffers, and provided preferential support to one female member of the staff. Assm. Berman made no staffing changes as a result of the complaint, and has failed to publicly work toward reforming the state legislative workplace-complaint process. Voters should continue to work to hold him accountable for any failures in leadership related to this or other incidents.

    Progressive endorsements: Assm. Berman has the endorsement of some progressive groups, including California Labor Federation, California Environmental Voters, Sierra Club, and Equality California.

    Top issues: Education and STEM programs, election access and security, health care, and environmental protections.

    Priority bills: Assm. Berman’s priorities for AD-23 this year have included 38 bills about election protections, education, and energy and pollution. Of those, 12 have been chaptered into law, four have died, and the rest remain in committee. He scores a Lifetime CS of 94 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Berman has supported the most progressive bills that made it to a vote. That said, he failed to support AB 1505, which would empower local districts to evaluate charter-school applications based on economic-impact criteria. This is not surprising, considering he has previously accepted campaign donations from California Charter Schools Association Advocates for Great Public Schools. Additionally, Assemblymember Berman voted to support AB 1366, which would eliminate critical oversight of telecom companies. He has also accepted campaign donations from Verizon, one of the largest telecom providers, in the past.

    Committee leadership/membership: Assm. Berman currently chairs the Business and Professions Committee, and the Subcommittee on the Master Plan for Higher Education in California. He also sits on the Governmental Organization, Insurance, and Transportation committees.

    Governance and community leadership experience: Assm. Berman has served in this assembly seat since 2016, when he was elected with over 54% of the vote. In 2020, he won his reelection against Republican challenger Peter Ohtaki by 46 points.

    Prior to his election to the State Assembly, Assm. Berman served as an elected member of the Palo Alto City Council, supporting significant improvements to the city’s infrastructure and public safety. Assm. Berman is a longtime supporter of voting rights and reform. During law school, he worked as a summer analyst with the Voting Section of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, and was an author of the Assembly bill that made California a permanent vote-by-mail state.

    Other background: Assm. Berman is from Palo Alto. Prior to his public service, he was an attorney in private practice and worked with a STEM-focused nonprofit organization, Silicon Valley Education Foundation.
     

    The Race

    Primary election results: The June 2022 results included incumbent Assm. Marc Berman (D), 76%; and Tim Dec (R), 24%. Assm. Marc Berman and Tim Dec will compete in a run-off in the November 8 general election.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Assm. Berman’s campaign has raised $700,000 and has received donations from police, real estate, fossil fuel, and corporate PAC donors. His problematic donors include PG&E Corporation, Google, Facebook Inc., California Real Estate PAC, and California Correctional Peace Officers Association PAC.

    Opposing candidate: Republican Tim Dec

    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Dec’s campaign has raised $5,000 and is primarily funded by individual donors.
     

    The District

    Counties in district: California’s 23rd Assembly District includes parts of San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties.

    Voter registration: 54% Democrat, 14% Republican, and 28% No Party Preference. Republicans typically hold this district. Since the 2021 redistricting process, AD-23 is 2% less Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle.

    District demographics: 9% Latino, 26% Asian, and 2% Black

    Recent election results: AD-23 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 59 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 49 points.
     

    The Position

    State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a three-quarters supermajority of 60 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats and one seat is held by an Independent.

    Marc Berman

    Reelect Assemblymember Marc Berman to keep AD-23 on the right track for progress.

    Assm. Berman’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will continue to be a progressive voice for the constituents of AD-23 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

    Notably, Assm. Berman’s office has been named in a workplace-harassment complaint that was made by a former staffer. The complaint alleged that a supervisor in his Los Altos office consistently made sex-based comments and advances toward female staffers, and provided preferential support to one female member of the staff. Assm. Berman made no staffing changes as a result of the complaint, and has failed to publicly work toward reforming the state legislative workplace-complaint process. Voters should continue to work to hold him accountable for any failures in leadership related to this or other incidents.

    Progressive endorsements: Assm. Berman has the endorsement of some progressive groups, including California Labor Federation, California Environmental Voters, Sierra Club, and Equality California.

    Top issues: Education and STEM programs, election access and security, health care, and environmental protections.

    Priority bills: Assm. Berman’s priorities for AD-23 this year have included 38 bills about election protections, education, and energy and pollution. Of those, 12 have been chaptered into law, four have died, and the rest remain in committee. He scores a Lifetime CS of 94 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assm. Berman has supported the most progressive bills that made it to a vote. That said, he failed to support AB 1505, which would empower local districts to evaluate charter-school applications based on economic-impact criteria. This is not surprising, considering he has previously accepted campaign donations from California Charter Schools Association Advocates for Great Public Schools. Additionally, Assemblymember Berman voted to support AB 1366, which would eliminate critical oversight of telecom companies. He has also accepted campaign donations from Verizon, one of the largest telecom providers, in the past.

    Committee leadership/membership: Assm. Berman currently chairs the Business and Professions Committee, and the Subcommittee on the Master Plan for Higher Education in California. He also sits on the Governmental Organization, Insurance, and Transportation committees.

    Governance and community leadership experience: Assm. Berman has served in this assembly seat since 2016, when he was elected with over 54% of the vote. In 2020, he won his reelection against Republican challenger Peter Ohtaki by 46 points.

    Prior to his election to the State Assembly, Assm. Berman served as an elected member of the Palo Alto City Council, supporting significant improvements to the city’s infrastructure and public safety. Assm. Berman is a longtime supporter of voting rights and reform. During law school, he worked as a summer analyst with the Voting Section of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, and was an author of the Assembly bill that made California a permanent vote-by-mail state.

    Other background: Assm. Berman is from Palo Alto. Prior to his public service, he was an attorney in private practice and worked with a STEM-focused nonprofit organization, Silicon Valley Education Foundation.
     

    The Race

    Primary election results: The June 2022 results included incumbent Assm. Marc Berman (D), 76%; and Tim Dec (R), 24%. Assm. Marc Berman and Tim Dec will compete in a run-off in the November 8 general election.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Assm. Berman’s campaign has raised $700,000 and has received donations from police, real estate, fossil fuel, and corporate PAC donors. His problematic donors include PG&E Corporation, Google, Facebook Inc., California Real Estate PAC, and California Correctional Peace Officers Association PAC.

    Opposing candidate: Republican Tim Dec

    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Dec’s campaign has raised $5,000 and is primarily funded by individual donors.
     

    The District

    Counties in district: California’s 23rd Assembly District includes parts of San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties.

    Voter registration: 54% Democrat, 14% Republican, and 28% No Party Preference. Republicans typically hold this district. Since the 2021 redistricting process, AD-23 is 2% less Democratic than it was during the 2020 general election cycle.

    District demographics: 9% Latino, 26% Asian, and 2% Black

    Recent election results: AD-23 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 59 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 49 points.
     

    The Position

    State assemblymembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a three-quarters supermajority of 60 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 19 seats and one seat is held by an Independent.

  • Fiona Ma

    Reelect Treasurer Fiona Ma to keep California on the right track for progress.

    Fiona Ma’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will continue to be a champion for Californians and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse state.

    Fiona Ma

    Reelect Treasurer Fiona Ma to keep California on the right track for progress.

    Fiona Ma’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will continue to be a champion for Californians and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse state.

    Fiona Ma

    Reelect Treasurer Fiona Ma to keep California on the right track for progress.

    Fiona Ma’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will continue to be a champion for Californians and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse state.

  • Noelia Corzo

    Elect Noelia Corzo as San Mateo County supervisor to put San Mateo on the right track for progress.

    Corzo’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will be a progressive voice for the constituents of San Mateo County and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

    Progressive endorsements: Corzo has the endorsement of many progressive groups, including One San Mateo, National Union of Healthcare Workers, and San Mateo County LatinX Democratic Club. She has also been endorsed by many local elected leaders, including city councilmembers, school board members, and commissioners.

    Electoral history: Corzo won her race for San Mateo-Foster City Elementary School District board of trustees with 21 percent of the vote.

    Top issues: Mental health, affordable housing, climate justice, community engagement, education, and transportation.

    Governance and community leadership experience: Corzo is a San Mateo-Foster City Elementary School District board of trustees member, which she does to fight for equity in education, teacher-district relations, district funding, and parent engagement. She has been a longtime supporter of affordable housing and immigrant rights.

    Other background: Corzo has lived in District 2 almost all her life. She currently supports children and adults with developmental disabilities as a social worker for a nonprofit organization in San Mateo County.
     

    The Race

    Primary election results: The June 2022 results included Charles Stone, 46%; Noelia Corzo (R), 43%; and Cameron Rolfe, 11%. Noelia Corzo and Charles Stone will compete in a run-off in the November 8 general election.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Corzo’s campaign has raised $72,000 and is not funded by police, corporate PAC, real estate, or fossil fuel money.

    Opposing candidate: Charles Stone

    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Stone’s campaign has not filed any campaign-finance disclosures for this race.
     

    The District

    County: San Mateo is California's 14th most populous county. District 2 includes Redwood City.

    Governance structure: San Mateo’s Board of Supervisors oversees the needs of 765,000 people and manages an estimated budget of $3.4 billion annually. According to the County Charter, San Mateo is governed by the Board of Supervisors, which consists of five members, each elected by district.
     

    The Position

    Each of the 58 counties in California is governed by a five-person b
    Board of Supervisors. A Board of Supervisors has legislative and executive power to manage county services and resources, including courts, jails, public health, and public lands. They also have quasi-judicial powers, which gives them the right to hold hearings, conduct investigations, and make decisions in a manner that is similar to judicial courts. Laws passed by Boards of Supervisors are generally called ordinances. Because counties include both incorporated cities, which are administered by their own city councils, and unincorporated areas, which are directly administered by the county, ordinances may or may not apply in different areas of the county. Supervisors are typically ‎limited to three terms, or 12 years in office total.

    Noelia Corzo

    Elect Noelia Corzo as San Mateo County supervisor to put San Mateo on the right track for progress.

    Corzo’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will be a progressive voice for the constituents of San Mateo County and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

    Progressive endorsements: Corzo has the endorsement of many progressive groups, including One San Mateo, National Union of Healthcare Workers, and San Mateo County LatinX Democratic Club. She has also been endorsed by many local elected leaders, including city councilmembers, school board members, and commissioners.

    Electoral history: Corzo won her race for San Mateo-Foster City Elementary School District board of trustees with 21 percent of the vote.

    Top issues: Mental health, affordable housing, climate justice, community engagement, education, and transportation.

    Governance and community leadership experience: Corzo is a San Mateo-Foster City Elementary School District board of trustees member, which she does to fight for equity in education, teacher-district relations, district funding, and parent engagement. She has been a longtime supporter of affordable housing and immigrant rights.

    Other background: Corzo has lived in District 2 almost all her life. She currently supports children and adults with developmental disabilities as a social worker for a nonprofit organization in San Mateo County.
     

    The Race

    Primary election results: The June 2022 results included Charles Stone, 46%; Noelia Corzo (R), 43%; and Cameron Rolfe, 11%. Noelia Corzo and Charles Stone will compete in a run-off in the November 8 general election.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Corzo’s campaign has raised $72,000 and is not funded by police, corporate PAC, real estate, or fossil fuel money.

    Opposing candidate: Charles Stone

    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Stone’s campaign has not filed any campaign-finance disclosures for this race.
     

    The District

    County: San Mateo is California's 14th most populous county. District 2 includes Redwood City.

    Governance structure: San Mateo’s Board of Supervisors oversees the needs of 765,000 people and manages an estimated budget of $3.4 billion annually. According to the County Charter, San Mateo is governed by the Board of Supervisors, which consists of five members, each elected by district.
     

    The Position

    Each of the 58 counties in California is governed by a five-person b
    Board of Supervisors. A Board of Supervisors has legislative and executive power to manage county services and resources, including courts, jails, public health, and public lands. They also have quasi-judicial powers, which gives them the right to hold hearings, conduct investigations, and make decisions in a manner that is similar to judicial courts. Laws passed by Boards of Supervisors are generally called ordinances. Because counties include both incorporated cities, which are administered by their own city councils, and unincorporated areas, which are directly administered by the county, ordinances may or may not apply in different areas of the county. Supervisors are typically ‎limited to three terms, or 12 years in office total.

    Noelia Corzo

    Elect Noelia Corzo as San Mateo County supervisor to put San Mateo on the right track for progress.

    Corzo’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will be a progressive voice for the constituents of San Mateo County and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.

    Progressive endorsements: Corzo has the endorsement of many progressive groups, including One San Mateo, National Union of Healthcare Workers, and San Mateo County LatinX Democratic Club. She has also been endorsed by many local elected leaders, including city councilmembers, school board members, and commissioners.

    Electoral history: Corzo won her race for San Mateo-Foster City Elementary School District board of trustees with 21 percent of the vote.

    Top issues: Mental health, affordable housing, climate justice, community engagement, education, and transportation.

    Governance and community leadership experience: Corzo is a San Mateo-Foster City Elementary School District board of trustees member, which she does to fight for equity in education, teacher-district relations, district funding, and parent engagement. She has been a longtime supporter of affordable housing and immigrant rights.

    Other background: Corzo has lived in District 2 almost all her life. She currently supports children and adults with developmental disabilities as a social worker for a nonprofit organization in San Mateo County.
     

    The Race

    Primary election results: The June 2022 results included Charles Stone, 46%; Noelia Corzo (R), 43%; and Cameron Rolfe, 11%. Noelia Corzo and Charles Stone will compete in a run-off in the November 8 general election.

    Candidate fundraising and pledges: Corzo’s campaign has raised $72,000 and is not funded by police, corporate PAC, real estate, or fossil fuel money.

    Opposing candidate: Charles Stone

    Opposing candidate’s fundraising and pledges: Stone’s campaign has not filed any campaign-finance disclosures for this race.
     

    The District

    County: San Mateo is California's 14th most populous county. District 2 includes Redwood City.

    Governance structure: San Mateo’s Board of Supervisors oversees the needs of 765,000 people and manages an estimated budget of $3.4 billion annually. According to the County Charter, San Mateo is governed by the Board of Supervisors, which consists of five members, each elected by district.
     

    The Position

    Each of the 58 counties in California is governed by a five-person b
    Board of Supervisors. A Board of Supervisors has legislative and executive power to manage county services and resources, including courts, jails, public health, and public lands. They also have quasi-judicial powers, which gives them the right to hold hearings, conduct investigations, and make decisions in a manner that is similar to judicial courts. Laws passed by Boards of Supervisors are generally called ordinances. Because counties include both incorporated cities, which are administered by their own city councils, and unincorporated areas, which are directly administered by the county, ordinances may or may not apply in different areas of the county. Supervisors are typically ‎limited to three terms, or 12 years in office total.

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    Vote YES on Prop 1

  • Vote YES on Proposition 1 to enshrine abortion rights into the California State Constitution.


    After the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in June 2022, the California State Legislature moved quickly to place Proposition 1 on the ballot. Although there is a right to privacy in the California State Constitution that has been historically interpreted to cover the right to choose to have an abortion, that right is not explicitly written into the State Constitution. Proposition 1 would amend the State Constitution to enshrine the right to reproductive freedom, including the right to choose to have an abortion and the right to choose or refuse contraception.
     

    Why voting YES on Proposition 1 matters:

    The California state legislature and governorship are currently controlled by Democrats. However, should that change, the reproductive freedom protections currently in place may be threatened. Enshrining the rights to abortion and contraceptives is a critical step Californians can take now to ensure that reproductive freedom remains a right in California, regardless of which party is in power. In order to remove such a protection from the State Constitution, Republicans would need to place another measure on the ballot, whether through the legislature or by citizen referendum, and convince California voters to vote for it.
    The Supremacy Clause of the federal Constitution usually gives federal law precedence over state statutes and constitutions. Although Prop. 1 would probably not be enough to stop a national ban, the courts would first have to strike down the constitutional language.
     

    Top funders of Proposition 1:

    Yes on Prop 1: The top funders of the ballot measure committee supporting Proposition 1 are Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project Los Angeles County, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, and M. Quinn Delaney, a wealthy liberal philanthropist and co-founder of the Akonadi Foundation. As of August 1, the Yes on Prop 1 committee has raised $355,112 and spent $79,000 since Jan. 1, 2022. The California Democratic Party has also endorsed Proposition 1.

    No on Prop 1: The recently formed No on Proposition 1 committee has raised $134,798 since August 1, and data has yet to be made available on how the committee has spent its funds. In addition, the California Republican Party came out in opposition to the ballot measure. The California Catholic Conference has also come out in opposition to Proposition 1, with the Archbishop of San Francisco stating that “the California bishops have made defeating Prop. 1 our number one priority for this year.”
     

    Misinformation about Proposition 1 includes:

    The California Catholic Conference claims that Prop. 1 would “over-ride current law” to allow for “taxpayer-funded” abortion care. Prop. 1 simply makes explicit the current, common interpretation of the California State Constitution that already allows for abortion care and state assistance for those seeking to receive such health care. Also, because these rights already exist in California, the proposition would have no direct fiscal effect, meaning it would not create increased costs to taxpayers.

    Vote YES on Proposition 1 to enshrine abortion rights into the California State Constitution.


    After the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in June 2022, the California State Legislature moved quickly to place Proposition 1 on the ballot. Although there is a right to privacy in the California State Constitution that has been historically interpreted to cover the right to choose to have an abortion, that right is not explicitly written into the State Constitution. Proposition 1 would amend the State Constitution to enshrine the right to reproductive freedom, including the right to choose to have an abortion and the right to choose or refuse contraception.
     

    Why voting YES on Proposition 1 matters:

    The California state legislature and governorship are currently controlled by Democrats. However, should that change, the reproductive freedom protections currently in place may be threatened. Enshrining the rights to abortion and contraceptives is a critical step Californians can take now to ensure that reproductive freedom remains a right in California, regardless of which party is in power. In order to remove such a protection from the State Constitution, Republicans would need to place another measure on the ballot, whether through the legislature or by citizen referendum, and convince California voters to vote for it.
    The Supremacy Clause of the federal Constitution usually gives federal law precedence over state statutes and constitutions. Although Prop. 1 would probably not be enough to stop a national ban, the courts would first have to strike down the constitutional language.
     

    Top funders of Proposition 1:

    Yes on Prop 1: The top funders of the ballot measure committee supporting Proposition 1 are Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project Los Angeles County, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, and M. Quinn Delaney, a wealthy liberal philanthropist and co-founder of the Akonadi Foundation. As of August 1, the Yes on Prop 1 committee has raised $355,112 and spent $79,000 since Jan. 1, 2022. The California Democratic Party has also endorsed Proposition 1.

    No on Prop 1: The recently formed No on Proposition 1 committee has raised $134,798 since August 1, and data has yet to be made available on how the committee has spent its funds. In addition, the California Republican Party came out in opposition to the ballot measure. The California Catholic Conference has also come out in opposition to Proposition 1, with the Archbishop of San Francisco stating that “the California bishops have made defeating Prop. 1 our number one priority for this year.”
     

    Misinformation about Proposition 1 includes:

    The California Catholic Conference claims that Prop. 1 would “over-ride current law” to allow for “taxpayer-funded” abortion care. Prop. 1 simply makes explicit the current, common interpretation of the California State Constitution that already allows for abortion care and state assistance for those seeking to receive such health care. Also, because these rights already exist in California, the proposition would have no direct fiscal effect, meaning it would not create increased costs to taxpayers.
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    Vote on Proposition 26

  • Proposition 26 would legalize in-person sports betting at tribal casinos and specific horse tracks.


    California state law currently limits some types of gambling. Prop. 26 would legalize in-person sports betting at tribal casinos and specific privately owned horse tracks. The measure would also require that racetracks pay into a new California Sports Wagering Fund to fund annual state spending on K–12 schools and community colleges, as well as contribute to gambling addiction and mental-health programs, sports betting regulation enforcement costs, and the state’s General Fund.

    After funds from the California Sports Wagering Fund are used for annual minimum required education spending, 70 percent of the remaining funds would be required to go toward the state’s General Fund, 15 percent for gambling addiction and mental-health programs and grants, and the last 15 percent for sports betting and gambling enforcement costs. While the actual fiscal impact of Prop. 26 remains uncertain, state analysts estimate that increases in state revenues from Prop. 26 could reach tens of millions of dollars annually, and enforcement costs are expected to be in the low millions of dollars annually.

    A YES vote on Proposition 26 means:

    If Proposition 26 is approved by voters, tribal casinos could offer in-person sports betting, roulette, and dice games through tribal agreements with the state. Four horse racetracks would be able to offer in-person sports betting; the revenue would pay into a new fund that would go toward public school spending, mental-health programs, sports betting regulation enforcement costs, and the California State General Fund.
     

    A NO vote on Proposition 26 means:

    If Proposition 26 fails, no changes would be made to the enforcement of current state gambling and betting laws.
     

    Top funders of Proposition 26:

    Yes on Prop 26: The top funders of the ballot measure committee simultaneously supporting Proposition 26 and opposing Proposition 27 are the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, the Pechanga Band of Indians, and the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation. As of August 1, the Yes on 26, No on 27 ballot measure committee has raised $60 million and spent $31 million since Jan. 1, 2022. The coalition supporting the ballot measure includes thirty-one tribes and tribal organizations, such as the California Nations Indian Gaming Association. Other organizations supporting Prop. 26 include the Dolores Huerta Community Foundation, Peace Officers Research Association of California, and the American Indian Chamber of Commerce.

    No on Prop 26: The top funders of the ballot measure committee opposing Proposition 26 are the non-tribal cardrooms and cardroom operators at California Commerce Club, Hawaiian Gardens Casino, and Knighted Ventures. As of August 1, the No on 26 committee has raised $17 million and spent $2 million since Jan. 1, 2022. In addition, organizations including the California Republican Party, the Los Angeles County Business Federation, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) California also oppose Prop. 26.

    Proposition 26 and Proposition 27:

    Prop. 26 focuses on in-person betting, while Prop. 27 focuses on online betting. If both Props. 26 and 27 pass, they will likely both go into effect, as neither ballot measure technically conflicts with the other. The authors of Prop. 27 explicitly wrote into the measure that “Proposition 27 does not conflict with Proposition 26,” but whether the courts will find that both measures can operate simultaneously remains to be seen. If the courts find that they don't conflict, the two measures will both take full effect. If the courts find that the two measures do conflict with each other, whichever measure receives the most votes in the election will be the one that goes into effect. Opponents of each measure may leverage the issue of potential conflict and voter support in court to defeat one of the measures post-election, should they both be approved by voters.

    So far, the ballot measure committees involved in the Props. 26 and 27 contests have in total raised $218 million and spent $65 million, making the two measures among the most expensive ballot measure contests on record.

    Proposition 26 would legalize in-person sports betting at tribal casinos and specific horse tracks.


    California state law currently limits some types of gambling. Prop. 26 would legalize in-person sports betting at tribal casinos and specific privately owned horse tracks. The measure would also require that racetracks pay into a new California Sports Wagering Fund to fund annual state spending on K–12 schools and community colleges, as well as contribute to gambling addiction and mental-health programs, sports betting regulation enforcement costs, and the state’s General Fund.

    After funds from the California Sports Wagering Fund are used for annual minimum required education spending, 70 percent of the remaining funds would be required to go toward the state’s General Fund, 15 percent for gambling addiction and mental-health programs and grants, and the last 15 percent for sports betting and gambling enforcement costs. While the actual fiscal impact of Prop. 26 remains uncertain, state analysts estimate that increases in state revenues from Prop. 26 could reach tens of millions of dollars annually, and enforcement costs are expected to be in the low millions of dollars annually.

    A YES vote on Proposition 26 means:

    If Proposition 26 is approved by voters, tribal casinos could offer in-person sports betting, roulette, and dice games through tribal agreements with the state. Four horse racetracks would be able to offer in-person sports betting; the revenue would pay into a new fund that would go toward public school spending, mental-health programs, sports betting regulation enforcement costs, and the California State General Fund.
     

    A NO vote on Proposition 26 means:

    If Proposition 26 fails, no changes would be made to the enforcement of current state gambling and betting laws.
     

    Top funders of Proposition 26:

    Yes on Prop 26: The top funders of the ballot measure committee simultaneously supporting Proposition 26 and opposing Proposition 27 are the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, the Pechanga Band of Indians, and the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation. As of August 1, the Yes on 26, No on 27 ballot measure committee has raised $60 million and spent $31 million since Jan. 1, 2022. The coalition supporting the ballot measure includes thirty-one tribes and tribal organizations, such as the California Nations Indian Gaming Association. Other organizations supporting Prop. 26 include the Dolores Huerta Community Foundation, Peace Officers Research Association of California, and the American Indian Chamber of Commerce.

    No on Prop 26: The top funders of the ballot measure committee opposing Proposition 26 are the non-tribal cardrooms and cardroom operators at California Commerce Club, Hawaiian Gardens Casino, and Knighted Ventures. As of August 1, the No on 26 committee has raised $17 million and spent $2 million since Jan. 1, 2022. In addition, organizations including the California Republican Party, the Los Angeles County Business Federation, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) California also oppose Prop. 26.

    Proposition 26 and Proposition 27:

    Prop. 26 focuses on in-person betting, while Prop. 27 focuses on online betting. If both Props. 26 and 27 pass, they will likely both go into effect, as neither ballot measure technically conflicts with the other. The authors of Prop. 27 explicitly wrote into the measure that “Proposition 27 does not conflict with Proposition 26,” but whether the courts will find that both measures can operate simultaneously remains to be seen. If the courts find that they don't conflict, the two measures will both take full effect. If the courts find that the two measures do conflict with each other, whichever measure receives the most votes in the election will be the one that goes into effect. Opponents of each measure may leverage the issue of potential conflict and voter support in court to defeat one of the measures post-election, should they both be approved by voters.

    So far, the ballot measure committees involved in the Props. 26 and 27 contests have in total raised $218 million and spent $65 million, making the two measures among the most expensive ballot measure contests on record.
  • VOTE NO

    Vote NO on Proposition 27

  • Vote NO on Proposition 27 to prevent the legalization of online sports betting through large online betting platforms and certified tribes.


    California state law currently limits some types of gambling. Proposition 27 would allow Californians to engage in online sports betting through large online betting companies and certified tribes.

    Prop. 27 would require those offering online sports betting to pay 10 percent of the bets into a new fund that will go first toward paying for regulatory costs, then toward homelessness and gambling addiction programs, then towards tribes. Analysis from the Legislative Analyst's Office estimates that potential revenues for the state from Prop. 27 will likely not exceed $500 million and some will go towards regulatory costs. Those offering online betting would retain 90 percent of the profits, which are estimated to be in the billions.
     

    Why voting NO on Proposition 27 matters:

    A vast majority of the profits generated through Prop. 27 would leave the state of California and benefit large, wealthy corporations. Only a fraction of the bets would be paid to the state. Online gambling remains difficult to regulate, and Prop. 27 is not likely to mitigate the issue of unregulated online sports betting. The measure would make gambling accessible to anyone with a device that connects to the internet, including those who may be more susceptible to developing gambling addictions such as young people.
     

    Top funders of Proposition 27:

    Yes on Prop 27: The top funders of the ballot measure committee supporting Proposition 27 are online betting companies FanDuel, DraftKings, and Penn Interactive Ventures, all three of which are based on the east coast of the U.S. Although the Yes on 27 committee has not reported raising funds this year so far, the committee received $100 million in 2021. As of August 1, the Yes on 27 committee has spent $23 million.

    No on Prop 27: The top funders of the main ballot measure committee opposing Proposition 27 are the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians, and Pala Casino Spa Resort. On August 1, the committee reported having raised $41 million and spent $32 million since Jan. 1, 2022. There is also a ballot measure committee that is simultaneously supporting Prop. 26 and opposing Prop. 27, which is funded primarily by the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, the Pechanga Band of Indians, and the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation. As of August 1, the Yes on 26, No on 27 ballot measure committee has raised $60 million and spent $31 million since Jan. 1, 2022.

    Both the California Democratic Party and the California Republican Party oppose Prop. 27.

    So far, the ballot measure committees involved in the Props. 26 and 27 contests have in total raised $218 million and spent $65 million, making the two measures among the most expensive ballot measure contests on record.
     

    Misinformation about Proposition 27 includes:


    The proponents of Prop. 27 claim it will provide “hundreds of millions of dollars every year to fund mental health treatment and solutions to homelessness and addiction.” However, while state analysis of the measure’s potential effects estimates that it may produce up to $500 million in revenue, that revenue is first dedicated to covering regulatory and enforcement costs.

    The proponents of Prop. 27 describe their coalition of supporters as primarily including “housing and mental health experts, tribes, and citizens.” Two tribes are currently listed as supporters of Prop. 27: Big Valley Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians and the Middletown Rancheria of Pomo Indians. For comparison purposes, the list of Prop. 26 supporters includes thirty-one tribes and tribal organizations.
     

    Proposition 27 and Proposition 26:


    Prop. 26 focuses on in-person betting, while Prop. 27 focuses on online betting. If both Props. 26 and 27 pass, they will likely both go into effect, as neither ballot measure technically conflicts with the other. The authors of Prop. 27 explicitly wrote into the measure that “Proposition 27 does not conflict with Proposition 26,” but whether the courts will find that both measures can operate simultaneously remains to be seen. If the courts find that they don't conflict, the two measures will both take full effect. If the courts find that the two measures do conflict with each other, whichever measure receives the most votes in the election will be the one that goes into effect. Opponents of each measure may leverage the issue of potential conflict and voter support in court to defeat one of the measures post-election, should they both be approved by voters.

    Vote NO on Proposition 27 to prevent the legalization of online sports betting through large online betting platforms and certified tribes.


    California state law currently limits some types of gambling. Proposition 27 would allow Californians to engage in online sports betting through large online betting companies and certified tribes.

    Prop. 27 would require those offering online sports betting to pay 10 percent of the bets into a new fund that will go first toward paying for regulatory costs, then toward homelessness and gambling addiction programs, then towards tribes. Analysis from the Legislative Analyst's Office estimates that potential revenues for the state from Prop. 27 will likely not exceed $500 million and some will go towards regulatory costs. Those offering online betting would retain 90 percent of the profits, which are estimated to be in the billions.
     

    Why voting NO on Proposition 27 matters:

    A vast majority of the profits generated through Prop. 27 would leave the state of California and benefit large, wealthy corporations. Only a fraction of the bets would be paid to the state. Online gambling remains difficult to regulate, and Prop. 27 is not likely to mitigate the issue of unregulated online sports betting. The measure would make gambling accessible to anyone with a device that connects to the internet, including those who may be more susceptible to developing gambling addictions such as young people.
     

    Top funders of Proposition 27:

    Yes on Prop 27: The top funders of the ballot measure committee supporting Proposition 27 are online betting companies FanDuel, DraftKings, and Penn Interactive Ventures, all three of which are based on the east coast of the U.S. Although the Yes on 27 committee has not reported raising funds this year so far, the committee received $100 million in 2021. As of August 1, the Yes on 27 committee has spent $23 million.

    No on Prop 27: The top funders of the main ballot measure committee opposing Proposition 27 are the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians, and Pala Casino Spa Resort. On August 1, the committee reported having raised $41 million and spent $32 million since Jan. 1, 2022. There is also a ballot measure committee that is simultaneously supporting Prop. 26 and opposing Prop. 27, which is funded primarily by the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, the Pechanga Band of Indians, and the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation. As of August 1, the Yes on 26, No on 27 ballot measure committee has raised $60 million and spent $31 million since Jan. 1, 2022.

    Both the California Democratic Party and the California Republican Party oppose Prop. 27.

    So far, the ballot measure committees involved in the Props. 26 and 27 contests have in total raised $218 million and spent $65 million, making the two measures among the most expensive ballot measure contests on record.
     

    Misinformation about Proposition 27 includes:


    The proponents of Prop. 27 claim it will provide “hundreds of millions of dollars every year to fund mental health treatment and solutions to homelessness and addiction.” However, while state analysis of the measure’s potential effects estimates that it may produce up to $500 million in revenue, that revenue is first dedicated to covering regulatory and enforcement costs.

    The proponents of Prop. 27 describe their coalition of supporters as primarily including “housing and mental health experts, tribes, and citizens.” Two tribes are currently listed as supporters of Prop. 27: Big Valley Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians and the Middletown Rancheria of Pomo Indians. For comparison purposes, the list of Prop. 26 supporters includes thirty-one tribes and tribal organizations.
     

    Proposition 27 and Proposition 26:


    Prop. 26 focuses on in-person betting, while Prop. 27 focuses on online betting. If both Props. 26 and 27 pass, they will likely both go into effect, as neither ballot measure technically conflicts with the other. The authors of Prop. 27 explicitly wrote into the measure that “Proposition 27 does not conflict with Proposition 26,” but whether the courts will find that both measures can operate simultaneously remains to be seen. If the courts find that they don't conflict, the two measures will both take full effect. If the courts find that the two measures do conflict with each other, whichever measure receives the most votes in the election will be the one that goes into effect. Opponents of each measure may leverage the issue of potential conflict and voter support in court to defeat one of the measures post-election, should they both be approved by voters.
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    Vote YES on Proposition 28

  • Vote YES on Proposition 28 to provide additional funding to arts education in public schools.


    California’s PK-12 public school students are disproportionately from low-income households, and the availability of quality arts education remains highly variable across school sites and districts. Proposition 28 would require the state to set aside about $1 billion of its existing annual revenue for arts education, particularly for hiring new arts-education staff in school districts with large shares of low-income students.
     

    Why voting YES on Proposition 28 matters:

    California has over 6 million public school students, and about 60 percent of them are from low-income households. While students in wealthier areas are more likely to enjoy extensive arts programs, students in lower-income neighborhoods are much less likely to have access to quality arts education. Guaranteeing an ongoing source of funding for arts education in California’s public schools is crucial to helping to close this gap in access to quality arts education.

    Since the state’s arts-education requirements are much looser than requirements for other disciplines, such as math or language arts education, all arts education is funded based on the discretion of local school governing boards. Whether a school has arts education programming, whether the district hires arts educators and what those programs look like are ultimately up to who sits on school boards, which currently face intense scrutiny and attention from Republican and other conservative groups.
     

    Top funders of Proposition 28:

    Yes on Prop 28: The top funders of the ballot measure committee supporting Proposition 28 are former Los Angeles Unified School District superintendent Austin Beutner, Fender Musical Instruments, and the California Teachers Association. As of August 1, the Yes on 28 committee has raised $7 million and spent $8 million since Jan. 1, 2022, although the committee also started the year with additional funds raised during the previous reporting period. Numerous notable artists have also come out in support of the measure, including Al Yankovich, Christina Aguilera, Dr. Dre, Jason Momoa, will.i.am, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

    No on Prop 28: There are not funders or endorsements in opposition of Proposition 28.
     

    Misinformation about Proposition 28 includes:

    Proposition 28 does not require that a new tax be levied. Instead, it directs the state to set aside a portion of existing annual revenue to fund arts education in public schools.

    Vote YES on Proposition 28 to provide additional funding to arts education in public schools.


    California’s PK-12 public school students are disproportionately from low-income households, and the availability of quality arts education remains highly variable across school sites and districts. Proposition 28 would require the state to set aside about $1 billion of its existing annual revenue for arts education, particularly for hiring new arts-education staff in school districts with large shares of low-income students.
     

    Why voting YES on Proposition 28 matters:

    California has over 6 million public school students, and about 60 percent of them are from low-income households. While students in wealthier areas are more likely to enjoy extensive arts programs, students in lower-income neighborhoods are much less likely to have access to quality arts education. Guaranteeing an ongoing source of funding for arts education in California’s public schools is crucial to helping to close this gap in access to quality arts education.

    Since the state’s arts-education requirements are much looser than requirements for other disciplines, such as math or language arts education, all arts education is funded based on the discretion of local school governing boards. Whether a school has arts education programming, whether the district hires arts educators and what those programs look like are ultimately up to who sits on school boards, which currently face intense scrutiny and attention from Republican and other conservative groups.
     

    Top funders of Proposition 28:

    Yes on Prop 28: The top funders of the ballot measure committee supporting Proposition 28 are former Los Angeles Unified School District superintendent Austin Beutner, Fender Musical Instruments, and the California Teachers Association. As of August 1, the Yes on 28 committee has raised $7 million and spent $8 million since Jan. 1, 2022, although the committee also started the year with additional funds raised during the previous reporting period. Numerous notable artists have also come out in support of the measure, including Al Yankovich, Christina Aguilera, Dr. Dre, Jason Momoa, will.i.am, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

    No on Prop 28: There are not funders or endorsements in opposition of Proposition 28.
     

    Misinformation about Proposition 28 includes:

    Proposition 28 does not require that a new tax be levied. Instead, it directs the state to set aside a portion of existing annual revenue to fund arts education in public schools.
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    Vote YES on Proposition 29

  • Vote YES on Proposition 29 would help ensure that patients receive safe treatment in dialysis clinics under the care of a trained clinician.



    California’s dialysis treatment industry makes billions in revenue each year, yet a lack of onsite staffing requirements leaves patients vulnerable to complications during the treatment process. Proposition 29 would require each dialysis clinic to have at least one physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner onsite at the clinic during the hours that patients are treated. This proposition has appeared on the ballot twice before and was rejected by voters both times after dialysis clinics poured millions of dollars into defeating the measures.
     

    A YES vote on Proposition 29 means:


    Dialysis clinics would be required to have a physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner onsite during hours of treatment.
     

    A NO vote on Proposition 29 means:


    No changes would be made to current regulations regarding dialysis clinic staffing.
     

    More information:

    Proposition 29 requires each dialysis clinic to have, at its expense, at least one physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant onsite during all the hours that patients receive treatments at that clinic.
    Prop. 29 would require clinics to secure state approval before closing or reducing services, ensuring that patients do not abruptly lose access to treatment. The measure would also require that a clinic disclose information about physicians who own at least 5% of the clinic. There are about 650 dialysis clinics in California, and a vast majority of them are owned or operated by DaVita Inc. and Fresenius Medical Care, who enjoy about $3.5 billion annually in revenue from them. Prop. 29 would increase transparency and accountability in an industry that is dominated by these two large, wealthy corporations.
     

    Top funders of Proposition 29:


    Yes on Prop 29: The measure was placed on the ballot by Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare West. As of August 1, the primary ballot measure committee supporting Proposition 29, also sponsored by SEIU-UHW, has raised $7 million and has spent $7 million since Jan. 1, 2022. In addition, a separate SEIU-UHW committee supporting Prop. 29 has raised and spent $7 million since Jan. 1, 2022. Notable supporters of Proposition 29 include the California Democratic Party and the California Labor Federation.

    No on Prop. 29: The top funders of the ballot measure committee opposing Proposition 29 are DaVita, Fresenius Medical Care, and U.S. Renal Care. As of August 1, the No on 29 committee has raised $36 million and spent $3 million since Jan. 1, 2022. Notable opposition to Proposition 29 includes the California Chamber of Commerce and the California Republican Party.
     

    Misinformation about Proposition 29 includes:


    The California Republican Party claims that Prop. 29 is focused on “unionizing kidney dialysis clinics.” The ballot measure language does not mention unionization. Opponents of Prop. 29 claim it will negatively affect patients’ access to care. However, the measure requires that clinics receive state approval before closing or reducing services, which would prevent clinics from abruptly shuttering or otherwise slashing treatment options.

    Vote YES on Proposition 29 would help ensure that patients receive safe treatment in dialysis clinics under the care of a trained clinician.



    California’s dialysis treatment industry makes billions in revenue each year, yet a lack of onsite staffing requirements leaves patients vulnerable to complications during the treatment process. Proposition 29 would require each dialysis clinic to have at least one physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner onsite at the clinic during the hours that patients are treated. This proposition has appeared on the ballot twice before and was rejected by voters both times after dialysis clinics poured millions of dollars into defeating the measures.
     

    A YES vote on Proposition 29 means:


    Dialysis clinics would be required to have a physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner onsite during hours of treatment.
     

    A NO vote on Proposition 29 means:


    No changes would be made to current regulations regarding dialysis clinic staffing.
     

    More information:

    Proposition 29 requires each dialysis clinic to have, at its expense, at least one physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant onsite during all the hours that patients receive treatments at that clinic.
    Prop. 29 would require clinics to secure state approval before closing or reducing services, ensuring that patients do not abruptly lose access to treatment. The measure would also require that a clinic disclose information about physicians who own at least 5% of the clinic. There are about 650 dialysis clinics in California, and a vast majority of them are owned or operated by DaVita Inc. and Fresenius Medical Care, who enjoy about $3.5 billion annually in revenue from them. Prop. 29 would increase transparency and accountability in an industry that is dominated by these two large, wealthy corporations.
     

    Top funders of Proposition 29:


    Yes on Prop 29: The measure was placed on the ballot by Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare West. As of August 1, the primary ballot measure committee supporting Proposition 29, also sponsored by SEIU-UHW, has raised $7 million and has spent $7 million since Jan. 1, 2022. In addition, a separate SEIU-UHW committee supporting Prop. 29 has raised and spent $7 million since Jan. 1, 2022. Notable supporters of Proposition 29 include the California Democratic Party and the California Labor Federation.

    No on Prop. 29: The top funders of the ballot measure committee opposing Proposition 29 are DaVita, Fresenius Medical Care, and U.S. Renal Care. As of August 1, the No on 29 committee has raised $36 million and spent $3 million since Jan. 1, 2022. Notable opposition to Proposition 29 includes the California Chamber of Commerce and the California Republican Party.
     

    Misinformation about Proposition 29 includes:


    The California Republican Party claims that Prop. 29 is focused on “unionizing kidney dialysis clinics.” The ballot measure language does not mention unionization. Opponents of Prop. 29 claim it will negatively affect patients’ access to care. However, the measure requires that clinics receive state approval before closing or reducing services, which would prevent clinics from abruptly shuttering or otherwise slashing treatment options.
  • VOTE YES

    Vote YES on Prop 30

  • Vote YES on Proposition 30 to fund wildfire prevention, sustain wildfire-fighting resources, and reduce air pollution by expanding access to electric vehicles.


    Californians face health-threatening pollution and deadly wildfires every day. Piecemeal environmental reforms are important for mitigating some of climate change’s devastating effects, but our state must make bold investments if we’re going to make significant progress in our fight against climate change. Proposition 30 would tax the wealthiest Californians to fund wildfire prevention and help slash emissions statewide by expanding electric-vehicle access for all Californians, especially those living in heavily polluted and low-income communities.
     

    Why voting YES on Proposition 30 matters:

    The state’s Air Resources Board has planned and set targets for 100 percent of new cars sold in California to be zero-emissions vehicles by 2035. However, access to electric vehicles remains out of reach for many low- and middle-income Californians. The current average electric-vehicle owner in California is a white homeowner who makes $190,000 a year. Funding electric-vehicle infrastructure and providing rebates, grants, and financial assistance to make electric vehicles affordable is one major way that California can advance its statewide commitment to slashing emissions. At least half of the funds generated by Prop. 30 must be spent on projects that benefit heavily polluted and/or low-income communities.

    Proposition 30 would impose a 1.75% personal income tax increase on the wealthiest Californians—those who make more than $2 million per year—to fund wildfire prevention, wildfire fighting, and electric-vehicle access programs. Forty-five percent of the funding from Prop. 30 would go toward helping families, businesses, and local governments pay for zero-emissions vehicles; 35 percent would go toward installing and operating zero-emissions vehicle charging stations; and 20 percent would go toward wildfire prevention and fighting efforts, with the state being required to prioritize spending to hire, train, and retain firefighters. Per state analysts, Prop. 30 is estimated to increase state funding for electric-vehicle access and infrastructure by $2.8 billion to $4 billion annually, and the measure is also estimated to increase state funding for wildfire prevention and fighting by $700 million to $1 billion annually.

    As Californians are already experiencing, extreme wildfires are expected to increase by 50% worldwide by the end of the century, according to the United Nations, and the U.N. also warns that governments must do much more to address the issue. State analysts stated in a recent report earlier this year that additional wildfire funds are “merited” because of “the worsening pattern of large and severe wildfires in recent years.”
     

    Top funders of Proposition 30:

    The top funders of the main ballot measure committee supporting Proposition 30 are the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Lyft, and Zinc Collective. As of August 1, the Yes on 30 Clean Air California committee has raised $16 million and spent $14 million since Jan. 1, 2022. Other major supporters include the California Democratic Party, California Environmental Voters, the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California, Natural Resources Defense Council, and IE United.

    The recently formed No on 30 campaign has raised $9 million since August 1, 2022, mostly from billionaires Catherine Dean, Mark Heising, and Michael Mortiz. Other notable opposition to Proposition 30 includes the California Chamber of Commerce, Governor Gavin Newsom, the California Teachers Association, and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.
     

    Misinformation about Proposition 30 includes:

    The California Chamber of Commerce claims that Proposition 30 is unnecessary because California has the “highest personal income tax rate in the country at 13.3%.” However, only Californians making over $1 million a year are taxed at that rate, and the average household income in 2020 dollars in California is $78,672.

    The California Teachers Association opposes Proposition 30 because funds raised from the measure would be exempt from a requirement that half of any new state revenues go to public education. Prop. 30 does not affect the current school-funding formula.

    The Yes on 30 committee does receive major funding from Lyft. The state requires ride-sharing companies to use more zero-emissions vehicles to provide ride-sharing services, so increasing the number of electric vehicles driven by Californians generally could indirectly help companies like Lyft reach their zero-emissions vehicle goals as mandated by the state. However, the ballot measure itself was written by environmental organizations, including California Environmental Voters, and the ballot measure language makes no mention of rideshare companies.

    Vote YES on Proposition 30 to fund wildfire prevention, sustain wildfire-fighting resources, and reduce air pollution by expanding access to electric vehicles.


    Californians face health-threatening pollution and deadly wildfires every day. Piecemeal environmental reforms are important for mitigating some of climate change’s devastating effects, but our state must make bold investments if we’re going to make significant progress in our fight against climate change. Proposition 30 would tax the wealthiest Californians to fund wildfire prevention and help slash emissions statewide by expanding electric-vehicle access for all Californians, especially those living in heavily polluted and low-income communities.
     

    Why voting YES on Proposition 30 matters:

    The state’s Air Resources Board has planned and set targets for 100 percent of new cars sold in California to be zero-emissions vehicles by 2035. However, access to electric vehicles remains out of reach for many low- and middle-income Californians. The current average electric-vehicle owner in California is a white homeowner who makes $190,000 a year. Funding electric-vehicle infrastructure and providing rebates, grants, and financial assistance to make electric vehicles affordable is one major way that California can advance its statewide commitment to slashing emissions. At least half of the funds generated by Prop. 30 must be spent on projects that benefit heavily polluted and/or low-income communities.

    Proposition 30 would impose a 1.75% personal income tax increase on the wealthiest Californians—those who make more than $2 million per year—to fund wildfire prevention, wildfire fighting, and electric-vehicle access programs. Forty-five percent of the funding from Prop. 30 would go toward helping families, businesses, and local governments pay for zero-emissions vehicles; 35 percent would go toward installing and operating zero-emissions vehicle charging stations; and 20 percent would go toward wildfire prevention and fighting efforts, with the state being required to prioritize spending to hire, train, and retain firefighters. Per state analysts, Prop. 30 is estimated to increase state funding for electric-vehicle access and infrastructure by $2.8 billion to $4 billion annually, and the measure is also estimated to increase state funding for wildfire prevention and fighting by $700 million to $1 billion annually.

    As Californians are already experiencing, extreme wildfires are expected to increase by 50% worldwide by the end of the century, according to the United Nations, and the U.N. also warns that governments must do much more to address the issue. State analysts stated in a recent report earlier this year that additional wildfire funds are “merited” because of “the worsening pattern of large and severe wildfires in recent years.”
     

    Top funders of Proposition 30:

    The top funders of the main ballot measure committee supporting Proposition 30 are the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Lyft, and Zinc Collective. As of August 1, the Yes on 30 Clean Air California committee has raised $16 million and spent $14 million since Jan. 1, 2022. Other major supporters include the California Democratic Party, California Environmental Voters, the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California, Natural Resources Defense Council, and IE United.

    The recently formed No on 30 campaign has raised $9 million since August 1, 2022, mostly from billionaires Catherine Dean, Mark Heising, and Michael Mortiz. Other notable opposition to Proposition 30 includes the California Chamber of Commerce, Governor Gavin Newsom, the California Teachers Association, and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.
     

    Misinformation about Proposition 30 includes:

    The California Chamber of Commerce claims that Proposition 30 is unnecessary because California has the “highest personal income tax rate in the country at 13.3%.” However, only Californians making over $1 million a year are taxed at that rate, and the average household income in 2020 dollars in California is $78,672.

    The California Teachers Association opposes Proposition 30 because funds raised from the measure would be exempt from a requirement that half of any new state revenues go to public education. Prop. 30 does not affect the current school-funding formula.

    The Yes on 30 committee does receive major funding from Lyft. The state requires ride-sharing companies to use more zero-emissions vehicles to provide ride-sharing services, so increasing the number of electric vehicles driven by Californians generally could indirectly help companies like Lyft reach their zero-emissions vehicle goals as mandated by the state. However, the ballot measure itself was written by environmental organizations, including California Environmental Voters, and the ballot measure language makes no mention of rideshare companies.
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    Vote YES on Proposition 31

  • Vote YES on Proposition 31 to uphold the current state law banning the sale and marketing of flavored tobacco products.


    In 2020, California’s state legislators passed a bipartisan bill to end the sale and marketing of candy-flavored tobacco products. The law is intended to help curb youth tobacco use. Now tobacco corporations are spending millions to stop the law from going into effect. Prop. 31 would uphold the law, ensure that it goes into effect, and penalize candy-flavored tobacco product sales in California with a $250 fine against stores per violation.

    Why voting YES on Proposition 31 matters:

    Candy-flavored tobacco products are especially appealing to children and young adults. A 2021 CDC survey found that over 70% of middle- and high-school students were exposed to tobacco ads, and 80% who use tobacco use flavored tobacco. According to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, youth who use flavorings such as fruit or candy flavoring vape more compared to those who use “traditional” flavors of tobacco. Passing Prop. 31 and upholding the ban on the sale of candy-flavored tobacco products is critical for reducing youth tobacco use.

    The California State Legislature passed SB 793 in 2020 to end the sale and marketing of candy-flavored tobacco products in the state. By placing Prop. 31 on the ballot, the tobacco industry has effectively been able to use its wealth and resources to keep SB 793 from taking effect for two years. Now tobacco companies like Philip Morris are spending millions against the measure to further delay and ultimately overturn the ban.

    Top funders of Proposition 31:


    The top funders of the ballot measure committee supporting Proposition 31 are Michael Bloomberg, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and the Hospitals, and the California Teachers Association Issues PAC. As of August 1, the Yes on 31 committee has raised $3 million and spent $2 million since Jan. 1, 2022. Other supporters include the American Lung Association and Governor Gavin Newsom.

    The top funders of the ballot measure committee opposition Proposition 31 are tobacco companies R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, Philip Morris USA, and ITG Brands. As of August 1, the No on 31 committee has raised $15 million and spent $743,566 since Jan. 1, 2022. The California Republican Party is also opposed to Prop. 31.
     

    Misinformation about Proposition 31 includes:

    Tobacco companies claim that Prop. 31 is discriminatory because it criminalizes the sale of menthol cigarettes “preferred” by people of color. However, tobacco companies have been systematically targeting Black youth for decades with candy-flavored tobacco products. The share of Black Americans who smoke using minty menthols has dramatically increased since the 1950s because of tobacco corporations’ predatory marketing in Black communities.

    Vote YES on Proposition 31 to uphold the current state law banning the sale and marketing of flavored tobacco products.


    In 2020, California’s state legislators passed a bipartisan bill to end the sale and marketing of candy-flavored tobacco products. The law is intended to help curb youth tobacco use. Now tobacco corporations are spending millions to stop the law from going into effect. Prop. 31 would uphold the law, ensure that it goes into effect, and penalize candy-flavored tobacco product sales in California with a $250 fine against stores per violation.

    Why voting YES on Proposition 31 matters:

    Candy-flavored tobacco products are especially appealing to children and young adults. A 2021 CDC survey found that over 70% of middle- and high-school students were exposed to tobacco ads, and 80% who use tobacco use flavored tobacco. According to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, youth who use flavorings such as fruit or candy flavoring vape more compared to those who use “traditional” flavors of tobacco. Passing Prop. 31 and upholding the ban on the sale of candy-flavored tobacco products is critical for reducing youth tobacco use.

    The California State Legislature passed SB 793 in 2020 to end the sale and marketing of candy-flavored tobacco products in the state. By placing Prop. 31 on the ballot, the tobacco industry has effectively been able to use its wealth and resources to keep SB 793 from taking effect for two years. Now tobacco companies like Philip Morris are spending millions against the measure to further delay and ultimately overturn the ban.

    Top funders of Proposition 31:


    The top funders of the ballot measure committee supporting Proposition 31 are Michael Bloomberg, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and the Hospitals, and the California Teachers Association Issues PAC. As of August 1, the Yes on 31 committee has raised $3 million and spent $2 million since Jan. 1, 2022. Other supporters include the American Lung Association and Governor Gavin Newsom.

    The top funders of the ballot measure committee opposition Proposition 31 are tobacco companies R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, Philip Morris USA, and ITG Brands. As of August 1, the No on 31 committee has raised $15 million and spent $743,566 since Jan. 1, 2022. The California Republican Party is also opposed to Prop. 31.
     

    Misinformation about Proposition 31 includes:

    Tobacco companies claim that Prop. 31 is discriminatory because it criminalizes the sale of menthol cigarettes “preferred” by people of color. However, tobacco companies have been systematically targeting Black youth for decades with candy-flavored tobacco products. The share of Black Americans who smoke using minty menthols has dramatically increased since the 1950s because of tobacco corporations’ predatory marketing in Black communities.
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