Ballot Measure Recommendations
Every election year, the Metro Chamber's Advocacy Council provides recommendations on statewide and local ballot measures that are critical to Santa Rosa's and Sonoma County's future. A Ballot Measure Task Force of our Advocacy Council convened several times to examine the state and local ballot measures that will appear on the November ballot. Task Force recommendations were approved by both the broader Advocacy Council and the Chamber Board.
Yes on Measure N - City of Santa Rosa Housing Bond Ballot Measure
This measure will generate needed funds for housing that can also be leveraged with other state and federal funds that our community otherwise wouldn’t be able to access.
Yes on Proposition 1 - Bonds to Fund Housing Assistance Programs
This money will be used to build and rehabilitate rental units for those making under a certain income, for grants to local governments for the construction of new units around public transit stations, and home loan assistance to Veterans. This would be consistent with our recommendation to support the Santa Rosa Housing Bond and should both pass our local measure would give us the ability to leverage Proposition 1 funds.
Yes on Proposition 2 - Bonds to Fund Existing Housing Program for Individuals with Mental Illness
This would give the state permission to use 2004 Proposition 63 funds for supportive housing for those suffering with mental illness. Pairing housing with social and health services is a more effective way to help the chronically homeless who suffer from mental illness. This is not an additional tax, rather a re-designation of Proposition 63 tax revenues.
Yes on Proposition 3 - Bonds to Fund Projects for Water Supply and Quality, Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Water Conveyance, and Groundwater Sustainability and Storage
Gives the state permission to borrow $8.9 billion to fund watershed protection, wastewater projects, groundwater management, as well as upgrades and repairs to traditional water infrastructure, like canals and dams. California needs to invest in its aging infrastructure.
Yes on Proposition 11 - Requires Private-Sector Emergency Ambulance Employees to Remain On-Call During Work Breaks. Eliminates Certain Employer Liability.
Emergency medical response technicians need to be available for emergencies. This proposition would ensure that workers are compensated for missed or interrupted breaks. Chamber member, AMR, strongly supports.
No on Proposition 6 - Repeal of SB1
Prop 6 would eliminate funding for more than 6,500 bridge and road safety, transportation and public transit improvement projects currently underway throughout California. Locally, if the repeal effort does not pass, SB1 will add $11 million to the county and $4 million annually to the City of Santa Rosa in new local road improvement funds. If maintained, SB1 funds will also complete construction of a third lane on both the north- and south-bound segments of Highway 101 in Sonoma County to alleviate the bottleneck at the Sonoma Marin Narrows.
No on Proposition 10 - Expands Local Governments’ Authority to Enact Rent Control on Residential Property
Repeals Costa-Hawkins and would discourage needed development making housing less available and less affordable.