In a little over one week the date is going to be March 3rd – a date known in politics as Super Tuesday. Starting in 1976, Super Tuesday has been a determining factor for political parties in deciding which of their candidates gets the parties’ nomination. The outcome is based on how many delegates a candidate gets in the caucuses/primaries. March 3rd is a significant date because 15 states are having their primaries that night, and a total of 1,357 delegates are going to be awarded. In order to win the Democrat Party’s nomination, one candidate needs to earn at least 2,376 delegates, so Super Tuesday can have a major effect on the general election.
However, California has more than a nomination to give out on March 3rd. On the same ballot are some crucial propositions, and local governmental positions are going to be up for grabs. On Super Tuesday California going choose nominees for the House of Representatives, California State Senate, and California State Assembly, a director for Zone 7 Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, and make decisions on Prop 13 and Measures C, D and J.
Most Californians have made their mind up about candidates already, but the propositions are what make citizens become nervous. Due to their complexity, confusion, and significance to everyone, Californians want to ensure that they are making the right decision.
Here is a breakdown of all the proposed propositions and measures on the Alameda County Ballot. Prop 13 is a statewide proposition considering funding for schools. If passed, this proposition would allow for 15 billion dollars of bonds for K-12 schools, community colleges, and California universities. A similar proposition was passed in 2016 when 9 billion dollars were allocated for public schools. This year the money would cover renovations and modernizations of public schools, but no money for an increase in teachers’ salaries. If passed, the state government is expected to spend 740 million dollars annually in order to pay off this debt over the next 35 years.
Measure C is local to Alameda County. It is another bill meant to help children with their health and education. If passed, this bill will increase the sales tax by 1.5% in Alameda County until the year 2040. The money raised from this tax increase will be distributed to health care and educational organizations. Proponents of this bill argue for its necessity by claiming that half of Alameda County Children do not receive adequate health coverage and education before the age of 5.
Local to Alameda County is Measure D – a bill meant to help modernize emergency response. This bill asks Alameda County to provide 90 million dollars for first responders to help repair outdated stations over the next 31 years. This money would go to ensuring a fast response to medical emergencies, better wildfire protection, and better disaster preparation. The financial burden is expected to be 1 additional cent per every 100 dollars paid in some form of taxes.
Finally, local to the city of Dublin is measure J – another bill for education. The City of Dublin is asking for 290 Million to add a second high school, build a third middle school, and ensure the modernization of older elementary schools. If passed citizens are expected to pay an additional 4.8 cents for every 100 dollars given to the government.