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Recommendations for the November 3, 2020 General Election ballot



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State Propositions

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Anna Koster compiled this chart of organizational recommendations for voting on the propositions. The nonpartisan organizations she favors are at the top; the Chamber of Commerce and Republican Party at the bottom. Below the chart are links to these organizations and to Ballotpedia.org entries for each of the propositions.

organizational recommendations on propositions

Friends Committee on Legislation of California http://www.fclca.org/images/stories/pdfs/FCLCA_Board_of_Directors_Recommendations_Nov2020.pdf
League of Women Voters https://lwvc.org/vote/elections/ballot-recommendations   
League of Women Voters of San Francisco  https://lwvsf.org/ballot-recommendations   
Sierra Club of California https://www.sierraclub.org/california/2020-endorsements
California Alliance for Retired Americans https://californiaalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Slate-Card-revised-Sept-13-2020.pdf
California League of Conservation Voters https://www.ecovote.org/elections/current-endorsements/
Courage California Issues Committee https://progressivevotersguide.com/california/2020/general/county/santaclara
ACLU Northern California https://www.aclunc.org/vote
Silicon Valley chapter, Democratic Socialists of America https://siliconvalleydsa.org/voters-guide/
The California Progressive Alliance https://californiaprogressivealliance.org/cpa-endorsed-candidates/
South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council https://www.southbaylabor.org/endorsements
California Teachers Association https://www.cta.org/election-2020/2020-initiative-recommendations
California Democratic Party https://cadem.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/State-Propositions-on-the-2020-November-Ballot-.pdf
Dean Democratic Club of Silicon Valley https://ddcsv.info/endorsements/endorsements-for-ballot-measures/
Peace & Freedom Party http://peaceandfreedom.org/home/national/campaign/election-2020/candidates/howie-hawkins-2020/1596-ballot-propositions-california-2020
Green Party of California http://cagreens.org/elections/voter-guide-nov-2020
Green Party of Santa Clara County https://sccgreens.org/elections/2020-nov-voter-guide
California Catholic Conference https://cacatholic.org/2020_propositions
California Council of Churches IMPACT www.churchimpact.org/impact-blog/november-2020-ballot-recommendations-from-impact
Lutheran Office of Public Policy https://lutheranpublicpolicyca.org/2020-voter-guide
Mercury News https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/08/30/our-election-endorsements-for-the-nov-3-races-and-ballot-measures/
Los Angeles Times https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2020-09-09/la-times-endorsements-november-2020-election-trump-biden
Orange County Register https://www.ocregister.com/2020/09/07/our-endorsements-for-the-12-state-ballot-measures/
California Labor Federation https://calaborfed.org/2020-general-election-endorsements/
Pete Rates the Propositions http://www.peterates.com/props-1120.shtml
California Taxpayers Association https://www.caltax.org/elections/statewide-elections/
Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association https://www.hjta.org/endorsements-by-the-hjta-pac/#ballots
California Chamber of Commerce  https://advocacy.calchamber.com/elections/ballot-measures/
California Republican Party https://www.cagop.org/s/endorsements
Proposition 14 - Bonds: Issues $5.5 billion in bonds for state stem cell research institute

Proposition 15 - Taxes: Requires commercial and industrial properties to be taxed based on market value and dedicates revenue

Proposition 16 - Affirmative Action: Repeals Proposition 209 (1996), which says that the state cannot discriminate or grant preferential treatment based on race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in public employment, education, or contracting

Proposition 17 - Suffrage: Restores the right to vote to people convicted of felonies who are on parole

Proposition 18 - Suffrage: Allows 17-year-olds who will be 18 at the time of the next general election to vote in primaries and special elections

Proposition 19 - Taxes: Changes tax assessment transfers and inheritance rules

Proposition 20 - Law Enforcement: Makes changes to policies related to criminal sentencing charges, prison release, and DNA collection

Proposition 21 - Housing: Expands local governments' power to use rent control

Proposition 22 - Business: Considers app-based drivers to be independent contractors and enacts several labor policies related to app-based companies

Proposition 23 - Healthcare: Requires physician on-site at dialysis clinics and consent from the state for a clinic to close

Proposition 24 - Business: Expands the provisions of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and creates the California Privacy Protection Agency to implement and enforce the CCPA

Proposition 25 - Trials: Replaces cash bail with risk assessments for suspects awaiting trial



Another view from the California Progressive Alliance (CPA)
(These descriptions are often more understandable than the neutral ones above.)

California Progressive Alliance recommendations



Local Measures

Learn more about the candidates, propositions and measures on your ballot at Voters' Edge simply by entering your address. The Registrar of Voters offers a full list of measures in Santa Clara County.

The Loma Prieta Chapter of the Sierra Club has endorsed local candidates and measures while providing additional background information.
The Silicon Valley DSA provides a guide to progressive voting on state propositions and local measures.
The South Bay Labor Council provides a guide to state propositions and local measures.
In addition to state propositions (see above), the San Jose Mercury News endorses local measures.




Progressive Recommendations for Elective Offices

Ballotpedia Navigate 2020 Election!

Ballotpedia is the digital encyclopedia of American politics and elections. Our goal is to inform people about politics by providing accurate and objective information about politics at all levels of government.
Dissatisfied with how the "lame stream" media covers campaigns? Consider the recommendations of these progressive organizations.
Voters inspired by progressive values, Bernie Sanders, and Pope Francis will appreciate the following.


The Sierra Club California has endorsed national, state and local candidates along with State Propositions (see above).
The Loma Prieta Chapter of the Sierra Club has endorsed local candidates and measures while providing additional background information.
The California Bicycle Coalition (CalBike) has endorsed California Senate and Assembly candidates.
The California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) has endorsed state and federal level candidates along with state propositions.
The Courage California Issues Committee has endorsed progressive federal and California legislators along with state propositions.
The California Nurses Association has endorsed national, state and local candidates along with State Propositions.
The California Faculty Association has endorsed state level candidates along with State Propositions.
The California Federation of Teachers has endorsed federal and state level candidates along with State Propositions.
The South Bay Progressive Alliance (SBPA) has endorsed a few progressives candidates who don't accept corporate contributions.
The Silicon Valley DSA provides a guide to progressive federal, state, city and school board candidates along with state propositions and local measures.
The South Bay Labor Council provides a guide to federal, state, city and school board candidates along with state propositions and local measures.
Progressive California lists "the REAL progressives running for State Senate or Assembly".
The California Progressive Alliance has endorsed a few candidates for State Legislature.
San Francisco voters will find endorsements from the San Francisco League of Pissed Off Voters helpful.



SVDC Endorsements
Bernie Sanders endorses these local candidates:
  • Kansen Chu, SCC Board of Supervisors
  • Alex Lee, State Assembly
  • Ash Kalra, State Assembly
  • Cari Templeton, Palo Alto City Council
  • Jake Tonkel, San Jose City Council

Climate Hawks Vote recommends legislative candidates at the state and federal level.

Silicon Valley Democratic Club endorsements are listed in the table to the right.

Greenpeace rates the Presidential candidates on 2 criteria (Green New Deal, No Fossil Fuels).

The Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund endorses the Biden/Harris ticket
along with Congressional and some state candidates.
They also provide scorecards on Senators and Congress critters.




Not-So-Progressive Recommendations for Elective Offices

The California Republican Party endorses federal and state candidates
along with state propositions.


The San Jose Mercury News endorses federal, state, city and school board candidates
along with state propositions and special district measures.


The Silicon Valley Association of Republican Women offer a few endorsements starting with an endorsement of Trump.

The Election Forum, which bills itself as a powerful tool for transforming communities for Biblical change, offers endorsements up and down the ballot while labeling Trump "The best candidate. Our strongest endorsement." and all Democrats as "Terrible. Do Not Vote. All your other votes will count."



Rob's Recommendations for Milpitas voters:
Find Milpitas City Council candidates' positions on a variety of subjects at The Milpitas Beat.
  • President and Vice-President: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
  • U.S. Representative - CD 17: Ro Khanna.
  • Member of State Assembly - AD 25: Alex Lee. *
  • San Jose|Evergreen Community College District Trustee, Area 1: Bob Livengood. (The Milpitas Beat article about Bob.)
  • Santa Clara County Board of Education, Trustee Area 5: Victoria Chon.
  • Santa Clara Co. Board of Supervisors - Dist. 3: Kansen Chu. *
  • Milpitas Mayor: Pete McHugh - He may be an old white guy, but he has experience, good sense and compassion.
  • Milpitas Council member #1: Bob Nuñez exhibits the knowledge, skill set, and wisdom to well represent our interests.
  • Milpitas Council member #2: Tiffany Vuong can push progressive plans for Milpitas because she takes no money from corporate interests. *
* These candidates support the dual-loop, advanced transit project proposed for the area around the Milpitas BART station.

  • State Propositions: (With the exception of a NO on Prop. 25, I concur with the recommendations of the Friends Committee on Legislation of California above.)
  • Measure F: YES (... but why must revenue-raising measures increase the equity gap?)
  • Measure I: YES
  • Measure J: YES
  • Measure S: YES
  • Measure T: YES
  • Measure RR: YES (... but why must revenue-raising measures increase the equity gap?)




If you are not sure what a proposition really means or whether it's good or bad,
and have no trusted source to guide you, it's actually best to NOT vote on that one.
Likewise for candidate races. By not marking that proposition or candidate,
you don't risk supporting something/someone that's bad, or opposing something/someone that's good.


The entire list of candidates known to the SCC Registrar of Voters can be found here.
All March 3, 2020 Election Information available from SCC Registrar of Voters can be found here.


Other trust-worthy organizations with information:




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