The Oxnard Chamber Board of Directors has taken positions on five of the propositions that will appear on the November 6 ballot. The Board limits its review of the ballot measures that affect businesses in the state of California. Here are the positions for this year:
Proposition 1 – Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018 - SUPPORT
Provides $4 million in bond funding to help military veterans have a safe place to call home, and also provides stable housing for struggling families and the homeless.
Proposition 3 - Water Infrastructure and Watershed Conservation Bond Initiative - SUPPORT
$8.8 billion general obligation bond for water supply, quality, fish, conveyance and sustainability. The measure would fund a number of projects. The large categories of funding are $3 billion for water supply and quality, $2.8 billion for watershed and fisheries restoration, $940 million for habitat protection, $855 million for water conveyance, and $695 million for groundwater sustainability and storage.
Proposition 6 – Repeal of the Gas Tax and Vehicle Fees – OPPOSE
Eliminates Recently Enacted Road Repair and Transportation Funding by Repealing Revenues Dedicated for those purposes. This measure repeals the increase in motor vehicle fuel taxes that were enacted in SB 1, and requires a vote of the people to increase gas taxes in the future. Would reduce transportation funding by $4.9 billion by 2020-21.
Proposition 8 – State Regulation of Kidney Dialysis Clinics – OPPOSE
This measure would limit the amount that outpatient dialysis clinics can charge to 115% of total patient care charges. Excess charges would have to be rebated to health plans. Imposes penalties on clinics that violate the cap. Outlines a process for legal challenges against the measure's rebate provision as an unconstitutional taking of private property without due process or just compensation.
Proposition 10 – Local Government Authority to impose Rent Control on Private Property - OPPOSE
Current state law known as Costa/Hawkins preempts local governments from enforcing rent control ordinances on single family housing, new units built after February 1, 1995, or limiting the rent on first time renters in unit. Proposition 10 would remove that restriction. Removing the limitations on locally enacted rent control laws could discourage new construction, decrease the supply of rental housing and reduce the quality of housing available in communities statewide.
Proposition 11 – Private-Sector Emergency Ambulance Employees Work Breaks – SUPPORT
Provides limited exception to meal and rest period requirements for private ambulance and EMTs who have to remain on duty while on call. Prop 11 establishes into law the longstanding industry practice of paying EMTs and paramedics to remain reachable during their work breaks in case of an emergency – just like firefighters and police officers.