The narrow ruling said private citizens couldn’t defend the state’s voter-approved ban on gay marriage known as Proposition 8, even after government officials refused to do so. That legal technicality has left many wondering about future hot-button ballot measures passed by voters but undone in court when politicians refuse to fight for them.
For the second time in as many weeks, Santa Clara County water officials have made a mistake in wording on a proposed ballot measure.
A new California Field Poll shows that while ballot propositions are declining in popularity, most voters still don’t want to turn their initiative power over to politicians.
The transit agency needs an additional $50 million a year in permanent income, money that can’t come from fare increases.
In the Bay Area, there are 43 local tax measures, 35 school bond or tax measures and four calls to increase vehicle registration fess.
Ballot measures San Franciscans will consider next month could affect city employee health care and pension contributions, public transit operator pay, hotel and real estate taxes, and the ability of police to crack down on confrontational street denizens.
There are two measures in San Jose aimed at reducing worker benefits. Both measures require voter approval for a change in the city charter.