Thursday, October 18, 2012

Oakland Chamber's November Ballot Recommendations

November Voters Guide –

Chamber of Commerce Ballot Recommendations


Measure B1 – Yes                                Prop 30 – Yes

Alameda County Transportation Tax             Governor Brown’s four year half cent sales

Replace temporary half cent sales tax with    tax and seven year income tax increase on

permanent one cent sales tax. Revenue will   incomes over $250,000. Allocates revenue

fund road repairs, highway & bridge              89% to K-12 schools and 11% to      

maintenance, BART and AC Transit and       community colleges. Guarantees funding for

development of transit projects at Oakland    public safety services realigned from

Army Base                                                      state to local governments in 2011.               



Prop 35 – Yes                                   Prop 32 – No

Human Trafficking – Penalties                       Political Contributions by payroll deduction.

Increases criminal penalties for human           Prevents unions, corporations & government

Trafficking, including prison sentences          contractors from using payroll-deducted

Up to 15-years-to-life and fines up to                        funds for political purposes.



Prop 37 – No

Genetically Engineered Foods – Labeling.

Requires labeling on raw or processed food offered for sale to consumers if made from plants or animals with genetic material changed in specified ways.

Prohibits labeling or advertising such food, or other processed food, as “natural.”

Exempts foods that are: certified organic; unintentionally produced with genetically engineered material; made from animals fed or injected with genetically engineered material but not genetically engineered themselves; processed with or containing only small amounts of genetically engineered ingredients; administered for treatment of medical conditions; sold for immediate consumption such as in a restaurant; or alcoholic beverages.

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