Thirty-two measures grace the Santa Clara County ballot this election season, and while some readers might not care about Milpitas trash hauling or building heights in Cupertino, many of these issues will affect daily life in Silicon Valley. We offer our best take from “yes” and “no” to admitted coin flips. —Editor
Measure A. People with million-dollar homes will pay an extra $126 a year in property taxes so that first-time homebuyers and the homeless will have greater access to affordable housing.
Measure B. There is no other alternative on the table to finish the BART extension and fix Santa Clara County roads in the near future.
Measure F. Don't buy into the hysteria—San Jose is still one of the safest big cities in the nation. But perception can quickly become reality, and SJPD needs help to recruit new officers to fill backlogs.
Measure G. Local governments have upped the sales tax four times since 2000. San Jose hasn’t revised its business tax for three decades. It’s about time.
Measure H. An urban growth boundary for Gilroy would control sprawl that would stretch city services, reduce open space and potentially double the number of peak hour commutes on 101.
Measure N. Sunnyvale has a good idea—it’s time to apply traditional taxes and fees to cellphone and internet-based communications.
Measure P. This term-limit proposal would get rid of the revolving door that has allowed Santa Clara to create its own political ruling class.
Measure R. A much better-worded version of Sunnyvale’s Measure M, this proposal requires voter approval ONLY for the sale of public parks and open space.
Measure S. Morgan Hill's annual cap on housing units is a paced method of metering growth that should continue to 2035, with council discretion to ratchet downwards.
Measure T. This proposal adds a 2 percent tax to short-term rentals and AirBnB stays to benefit public spaces in Los Gatos.
Measure V. A city charter update to tie rent control to inflation in Mountain View.
Measures C & D. Cupertino's elected officials should be the ones to figure out building height restrictions and growth proposals, not voters. As they say in football: do your job.
Measures I & J. Milpitas should focus building denser, mixed-use development within existing city limits. Keep our hillsides out of it.
Measure K. Make Milpitas elected officials do their jobs and vote on land-use decisions instead of passing the buck to voters.
Measure M. No. It’s an attempt by disgruntled residents to do a job that should be handled by Sunnyvale’s democratically elected City Council.
Measure O. With the 49ers and massive billion-dollar development projects underway, Santa Clara elected officials are in over their heads. This won’t change by giving them a part-time raise; they need to change the charter to go full-time.
Measure Q. A simple majority vote to fill Santa Clara council vacancies is fine. What a waste of time.
Measure W. The landlord lobby in Mountain View loves this one because it allows the council to chip away at tenant protections in the future.
Measure E. Companies with 35 employees or more in San Jose would need to give part-time workers more hours before adding additional staff. Workers struggling to make ends meet—we feel ya—love it. Companies trying to stay in business in an expensive area—hey we just lost Mel Cotton’s and Keeble & Shuchat—are rightly nervous. The proposal is the first of its kind, as places like Seattle and San Francisco only applied similar laws to the retail sector. And who knows how competent the city is to serve as the HR police? City staff has already admitted it has little clue. Good luck!
Measure L. Milpitas can make up its own mind on what to do with its trash.
Measure X, Y, Z, AA, BB, CC, EE, GG & HH. These has less to do with how much you support education than how much you trust your local school district to spend the money on what they promised.