Ballot Recommendations by Gayle

 I support and recommend

Yes on Proposition 15: Provides between $6.5 billion to$11.5 billion in new funding to local governments and schools, community colleges and local government services by changing tax assessment of commercial and industrial property only.

Yes on Proposition 16: Helps to fix some historical social and economic inequities by allowing diversity as a factor in public employment, education and contracting decisions.

Yes on Proposition 17: Restores voting rights upon completion of prison term to persons who have been disqualified from voting while serving a prison term.

Yes on Proposition 18: Allows 17-years-olds to vote in primary if they will turn 18 by general election time.

Yes on Proposition 21: Allows local governments to establish rent control on residential properties over 15 years old and allows local limits on rate increases to differ from statewide limit.

Yes on Proposition 23: Defends appropriate healthcare by requiring a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant on site during dialysis treatment. Prohibits clinics from reducing services without state approval. Prohibits clinics from refusing to treat patients based on payment source.

Yes on Proposition 25: Upholds contested legislation which replaces money bail with a system based on public safety and flight risk.

Yes on Measure U City of Richmond: Amends the City's business tax to charge businesses 0.06% to 5.00% of gross receipts, and other ratesas stated, with the highest rates on cannabis, firearm and the biggest businesses, providing approximately $9.5 million annually to the City’s General Fund to maintain quality of life in Richmond by continuing certain City services, including 911 emergency response, pothole/street repair, homeless/youth services and other general services, until ended by voters.

Yes on Contra Costa County Measure X Levies a ½ cent sales tax, exempting food sales, providing an estimated $81,000,000 annually for 20 years that the State cannot take, requiring fiscal accountability, with funds intended to keep Contra Costa’s regional hospital open and staffed; fund community health centers; provide timely fire and emergency response; support crucial safety-net services; invest in early childhood services; protect vulnerable populations; and for other essential county services.

Yes to Norman La Force for East Bay Regional Park District Ward 1, Director

- I recommend NO on these two:

No on Proposition 20 Limits access to parole program established for non-violent offenders who havecompleted the full term of their primary offense by eliminating eligibility for certain offenses.

No on Proposition 22 Classifies app-based drivers as "independent contractors" instead of"employees" exempting app-based transportation and delivery companies from providing employee benefits to certain drivers.