June primary voters weighed in on what might ordinarily be considered a daunting number of issues: nine citywide measures, and one state measure.
That was nothing.
San Diego voters will face an astounding 12 citywide measures, two countywide measures and 17 — 17! — statewide measures, for a grand total of 31. And that number could still technically go up. (And there are also, you know, races with candidates running against each other.)
The local measures, which this guide covers, range in sexiness from a new stadium to how the city handles purchasing and contracting.
It’s a lot to learn, a lot to process, a lot to decide.
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The information about measure M is wrong! It is not a sales tax at all. It is a gross receipts tax which is totally different from a sales tax. A sales tax is a tax on the consumer who buys something which is passed through from the business to the government. The gross receipts tax is a tax on the business regardless of business expenses. The VOSD ought to acknowledge that and correct it before the election. I'm sure it's an honest mistake, but it is a mistake. It's a very big mistake. I'd be all for a sales tax if that is what it was. I'd also be for a tax on the business profit, but that isn't the case. For those of you that received a ballot, it doesn't read "sales tax". It reads, "Gross Receipts Tax".
@shawn fox I think you meant Measurer N instead of M.
Measure M: Raising the Cap on Affordable Housing Units has no sales or gross receipt tax associated with it.
This is the best voter guide that I have seen, and I appreciate the appearance of objectivity. No endorsements, just information.
Supporters of Prop K are making an indictment of the top two system generally. If the argument is that not enough voters show up for the primary, then why is it a good idea to exclude any independent or political party candidate in the general election? Now in the past when the primary was only for electing your party's candidate many people didn't feel the need to participate. Now, we have ballot initiatives that can be on the primary election ballot. if you don't vote in the primary then you might be allowing two not so great candidates to advance to the general election. Instead of accepting the status quo, wouldn't it be better to simply step up efforts to get people voting during the primary instead of just ignoring that problem? Voting for prop K doesn't fix the problem that turnouts are low during the primary. The fact that turn outs are so low might be a problem but if it is, then it is nobody's fault except for that of the voter who chooses not to participate. Prop K seems like an attempt to make excuses for people who don't turnout in primary elections. In my mind the current system saves us from dealing with another election which involves donations, relentless ads and mailers, and so forth. If someone wins more than 50% against more than 3 candidates, then that is a pretty strong show of support by voters. Ignorance and failure to participate are not valid excuses.
I don't know if my point was 100% clear but it seems like a critical priority to increase voter awareness of the importance of voting in primary elections. Measures like prop K seem to be attempts to sweep a root cause under the rug. As long as we have this top two concept in place voters must participate in both elections. Otherwise you are forfeiting your ability to affect the general election ballot. There is no way around that very simple fact.
@Matty Azure top of the page, under the byline is a 'print' icon