Toluca Lake Chamber of Commerce
October 21 2020
At its regular meeting, the Board of Directors of the Toluca Lake Chamber of Commerce took the following positions on select Propositions that appear on the November 3rd ballot:
Proposition 15 – Known as the “split role”, it will remove Proposition 13 real estate tax base protections from commercial property and require reassessment of commercial property to fair-market value every 3 years.
NO – This is a “first strike” assault on Proposition 13 that is intended to eventually overturn Proposition 13 for all real estate. The provisions of Prop 13 addressing commercial real estate are promoted as “loopholes”, they are not. Proposition 13 is described as “rickety” among other things. It is not. One tv ad for Yes on Prop 15 suggests that passage of Prop 15 will lower other taxes. It will not. Proposition 13 works exactly as it was intended to operate. It is the anchor of the tax system in the state of California, probably the most successful proposition ever and must be retained at all cost.
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Proposition 16 – This proposition reinstates Affirmative Action in California. Affirmative Action was banned in California by proposition a number of years ago. This repeals that proposition.
NO – Reinstating Affirmative Action will add more restrictions to small business and leave them vulnerable to law suits for transgressions that never happen.
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Proposition 20 – This roles back some of the “reforms” that were deceptively enacted by AB109 and Propositions 47 & 57
YES – The propositions that Prop 20 roles back are the propositions that made shoplifting acceptable up to $950 per occurrence and made a number of violent crimes “non-violent”. A large number of Walgreen’s stores in San Francisco have closed because they can no longer absorb the cost of the theft. These propositions have been credited to be a major cause for the rampant increase in homelessness on our streets.
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Proposition 21 – This is a rent control measure and will expand the properties that are subject to rent control to include single family homes.
NO – A similar proposition failed last time that it was proposed.
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Proposition 22 – Addresses the dispute between Uber and Lyft has with the State of California regarding the employment classification of their workers. This was put on the ballot in direct response to AB 5, which was passed by the legislature and signed by the Governor to codify the Dynamex case decided by the California Supreme Court and defines the distinction between employees and independent contractors. It essentially makes everyone an employee. AB 5 requires Uber and Lyft to classify all their workers as employees, Prop 22 allows them to remain independent contractors
YES – This is a very emotional proposition on both sides. On one side, Uber and Lyft make enormous amounts of money, but the workers make very little. However, AB5 requires Uber and Lyft to classify their workers as employees and provide mandated benefits such as health insurance, overtime and family leave. But I predict that the controversy surrounding this issue will continue no matter the outcome of the proposition. The United Chambers of Commerce supports this measure.
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Proposition 25 – This reinstates cash bail.
NO – Legislation to eliminate cash bail was passed by the legislature and signed by the Governor, however, the Bail Bond industry sponsored this proposition to reverse that. Right now, the law eliminates cash bail and criminals are not required to post any kind of bail or bond. They are simply allowed to go free.