You Stood Up for Children


November 11, 2016

You Stood Up for Children

Children’s Defense Fund – California released their 2016 Voter Guide last month urging people to be a voice for those who could not cast votes on Nov. 8. CDF-CA endorsed the ballot measures that would improve the lives of all children, including four statewide measures, two in Los Angeles, and four others in the Bay Area.

Those that passed include:

  • Proposition 55: Children’s Education and Health Care Protection Act – Maintains the current tax rates on the wealthiest Californians to prevent nearly $4 billion in funding cuts to public education, and protects other vital services, like children’s health care
  • Proposition 56: California Healthcare, Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax Act – Increases California’s cigarette tax by $2 per pack to reduce youth smoking and provide funding to improve health care programs and prevent smoking
  • Proposition 57: Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act – Requires judges rather than prosecutors to decide whether try minors as adults in court and increases parole and good behavior opportunities for people convicted of nonviolent crimes
  • Proposition 58: Language Education, Acquisition and Readiness Now (LEARN) – Helps all students learn English as quickly as possible by allowing schools to use effective methods to teach English
  • Measure HHH: End Homelessness in L.A. – Provides a $1.2 billion bond to build permanent supportive housing for the homeless and those at risk of homelessness
  • Measure A (Los Angeles): Safe, Clean Neighborhood Parks & Beaches Measure – Provides $90 million per year of dedicated local funding for parks and open space through a parcel tax
  • Marin County Measure A: Strong Start for Marin Kids – Provides a dedicated funding stream for early childhood education, healthcare and other critical supports for children, through a one-quarter cent sales tax in Marin County
  • San Francisco Measure F: Vote16SF – Expands voting rights to 16 and 17-year-olds in municipal, county, and school elections in San Francisco
  • Solano County Measures A and B: Solano Fund for Children – Provides funding for homeless children, preschool, afterschool, child abuse prevention, health care and youth jobs through a one-quarter cent sales tax in Solano County
  • Alameda County Measure A1: Affordable Housing Bond – Provides $580 million to create and protect long-term affordable housing options for renters and homeowners in Alameda County
  • Oakland Measure HH, San Francisco Measure V and Albany Measure O1 – Oakland, Albany, and San Francisco vs. Big Soda – Taxes distributors of soda and sugary drinks that have direct links to obesity and chronic diseases to raise money for community programs