Progressive Voting “SparkNotes,” for California State Propositions

A voting guide for voting guides, very biased, and very vital information for heading to the polls.

There are less than 2 WEEKS until election day. Have you voted yet? (I haven’t).

Don’t judge me! Voting can be daunting. Reading through the Local, State and Regional propositions takes some real work. They can be dense, confusingly worded, full of legal terms, plus it’s hard to know whose information to trust.

But do not fear because our saviors are here, and they are called VOTING GUIDES!

Voting Guides are CLUTCH because they do the HARD work for us. They read the fine-print, the nitty-gritty, the legal jargon, the figures, budgets, tax rates, and the other boring stuff.

As you probably know, election day is Nov. 3, and you probably decided who you were going to vote for months ago (*spoiler: I’m NOT voting for Trump #settleforBiden2020).

Regardless of your opinion on the two white, dust-bags, whose main challenge will be to stay alive for another 4 years, you SHOULD REALLY CARE about the local elections, that directly affect you and your community.

I have compiled 3 voting guides from respectable sources, and summarized them for you! Ya welcome:

1.) San Francisco League of Pissed Off Voters

Who Are They? In their words:

We’re a bunch of political geeks in a torrid but troubled love affair with San Francisco. The League formed in 2004 with the goal of building a progressive governing majority in our lifetime. Our contribution is this voter guide–a secret decoder ring for SF politics. All of us lucky enough to enjoy the San Francisco magic owe it to our City to fight to keep it diverse, just, and healthy. We’ve made a voter guide for every SF election since 2004. We like to say it’s thoroughly researched and thoroughly biased. It’s how we educate our friends on the issues, excite pissed-off progressive voters, and remind sellout politicians that we’re paying attention.

2.) El Tecolote Newspaper

Who Are They? In their words:

El Tecolote began as a project in a La Raza Studies class at San Francisco State University on August 24, 1970. Professor Juan Gonzales created the class as a way to channel more Latinos into journalism.

The newspaper soon moved into the Mission District, becoming a training ground for advocacy journalism, and playing an important role in the community by covering issues often ignored by the mainstream press.

El Tecolote has been a community effort, powered by donations and a staff of dedicated volunteers. Today it’s a biweekly publication with a circulation of 10,000, and is the longest running Spanish/English bilingual newspaper in California. 

3.) Courage California Progressive Voters

Who Are They? In their words:

We combine the endorsements of California’s leading progressive organizations with our expert knowledge and research about candidates and ballot measures to give you recommendations on hundreds of races state-wide all in one easy to use site.

Courage California, driven by our 1.4 million members, helps our great state reach its potential by calling out institutional corruption and oppression, improving coordination and collaboration between progressive organizations, and demanding that our state and local representatives be both accountable to and reflective of the Californians they seek to serve.

I have reviewed all of these guides, and laid out where they stand on California’s State Propositions. I have also highlighted where they disagree, with a small description on the issue.

I personally agree with the consensus on all the propositions that these organizations are unanimous on, though I encourage you to research all of these on your own.

Prop. #El TecoloteThe League SFCourage California
Odd One Out Prop. 25Prop. 19

Prop. 19

Honestly, this is one is fucking complicated, so I don’t even know what I think yet. It’s about property tax and aimed at allowing seniors over 55, to move to a new home and take their existing, most likely much lower, property tax with them. The funds generated would be allocated to people with disabilities and victims of wildfire and disasters.

It’s hard to argue against that, however I’m not sold on it. It’s put forward by realtors, and it might just be a way to free up more homes on the market, so they can now sell that home to someone else at a higher price (gentrification?).

I am undecided on this, but check it out for yourself.

Prop. 25.

This one is also tricky. So basically, bail sucks and there needs to be some changes made to it. In 2018, California voted to ban Cash Bail and replace it with a “risk assessment” system. Bail Bond companies banned together to create this referendum in Prop 25, that would remove that law.

At first glance, it seems like an easy choice. No on 25, get rid of cash bail, replace it with a new system and stick it to greedy, bail bond companies. However, The SF League argues that the new system that would be implemented is SUS AF.

They say, The “risk assessment” algorithm requires “preventative detention” before trial if statistics show you are the same age or live in the same neighborhood as repeat offenders.”

Also, “the same judges who were detaining folks pre-trial with money bail can detain them without bail.”

The ACLU says, “there is racial bias in risk assessment that needs to be addressed,” before implementing.

Propositions I Feel Strongly About:

Prop 14: Funding for Stem Cell Research

NO. I think Stem-cell research is the future, and a brilliant innovation that can yield tremendous benefits for people, however I just don’t think right now is the time for a 5.1 Billion dollar program that will take away from other critical social-programs.

Prop. 18: Let the youth vote

YES. Lower the voting age in primaries to 17. Why not? The youth are the leaders in most movements. The stereotype of the disengaged, naive, impressionable teen is dated and frankly, purported by mostly conservatives. They know that the youth are incredibly progressive and they want to stifle that vote.

Prop 22: Begin Dismantling the police force

NO. This proposition seeks to REMOVE criminal justice reforms that have been implemented recently, when clearly, that is the wrong direction.

Prop 21: Expand Rent control

YES. The real-estate and housing system is FUCKED. We need to start providing breaks for tenants. Not much else needs to be said.

Prop. 22: Labor Rights – Uber and Lyft

NO. Uber, Lyft, Doordash and Instacart have poured almost $200 MILLION DOLLARS into this campaign.

Opponents: $15 mil.

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That’s probably why I see a “Yes on Prop. 22,” ad on YouTube every 10 minutes. They are trying HARD, to make it seem that this is about giving drivers “freedom” and “flexibility,” by remaining independent contractors.

When it’s really about not wanting to provide their employees with benefits, like employees should have, avoid paying a payroll tax, while also making it difficult for labor groups to enact changes like what we voted for in 2018, that changed drivers from independent contractors to employees, in the first place.

Thanks for reading, don’t forget to read up on your local propositions! Go stick it to the man.


  • It’s NOT too late to register, you can register the SAME DAY YOU VOTE, in person.
  • Where’s your polling place? (San Francisco) – Check, call 311, or just go vote at City Hall.
  • People with Felony Convictions Can Vote! You can still vote as long as you’re off parole.
  • Youth can (almost) vote! If you’re 16 or 17, pre-register and your registration will automatically be activated when you turn 18.

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