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November 3, 1998 General
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Santa Clara County Ballot

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Lieutenant Governor

Secretary of State

  • Jane Ann Bialosky, Natural Law
  • Carolyn Rae Short, American Independent
  • Gail K. Lightfoot, Libertarian
  • Israel Feuer, Peace and Freedom
  • Michela Alioto, Democratic
  • Valli Sharpe-Geisler, Reform
  • Bill Jones, Republican

Attorney General

Insurance Commissioner

  • Barbara Bourdette, Natural Law
  • Dale F. Ogden, Libertarian
  • Chuck Quackenbush, Republican
  • Merton D. Short, American Independent
  • Diane Martinez, Democratic
  • Gary R. Ramos, Peace and Freedom

State Controller

  • Pamela J. Pescosolido, Libertarian
  • Iris Adam, Natural Law
  • Ruben Barrales, Republican
  • C. T. Weber, Peace and Freedom
  • Kathleen Connell, Democratic
  • Denise L. Jackson, Reform
  • Alfred L. "Al" Burgess, American Independent

State Treasurer

State Board of Equalization; District 1

US Legislative

United States Senator

United States Representative; District 16

  • Horace Eugene Thayn, Republican
  • Zoe Lofgren, Democratic
  • John H. Black, Natural Law

CA Legislative

Member of the State Assembly; District 23


Judge of the Superior Court; Office 3

California Supreme Court

Justice, California State Court of Appeal; District 6

  • Christopher C. Cottle




Mayor; City of San Jose

Member, City Council; City of San Jose; District 3

  • Cindy Chavez
  • Tony West


State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Governing Board Member; San Jose Unified School District; Trustee Area 2

  • Rich Garcia
  • David S. Wall

State Propositions

Proposition 1A Class Size Reduction Kindergarten- University Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 1998.
This nine billion two hundred million dollar ($9,200,000,000) bond issue will provide funding for necessary education facilities for at least four years for class size reduction, to relieve overcrowding and accommodate student enrollment growth and to repair older schools and for wiring and cabling for education technology. Funds will also be used to upgrade and build new classrooms in community colleges, the California State University, and the University of California. These bonds may be used only for eligible construction projects. Fiscal Impact: State cost of about $15.2 billion to pay off both the principal ($9.2 billion) and interest ($6 billion) on the bonds. The average payment for principal and interest over 25 years would be about $600 million per year. State cost of $160 million to offset all or part of school-related development fees borne by certain homebuyers and renters.

Proposition 1 Property Taxes: Contaminated Property.
Amends article XIII A of the Constitution, added by Proposition 13, to allow repair or replacement of environmentally-contaminated property or structures without increasing the tax valuation of original or replacement property. Fiscal Impact: Property tax revenue losses probably less than $1 million annually in the near term to schools, counties, cities, and special districts. School revenue losses (about half of total) would be made up by the state.

Proposition 2 Transportation: Funding.
Imposes repayment conditions on loans of transportation revenues to the General Fund and local entities. Designates local transportation funds as trust funds and requires a transportation purpose for their use. Fiscal Impact: Not likely to have any fiscal impact on state and local governments.

Proposition 3 Partisan Presidential Primary Elections.
Changes existing open primary law to require closed, partisan primary for purposes of selecting delegates to national political party presidential nominating conventions. Limits voting for such delegates to voters registered by political party. Provides partisan ballots to be voted only by members of the particular party. Fiscal Impact: Minor costs to state and county governments statewide.

Proposition 4 Trapping Practices. Bans Use of Specified Traps and Animal Poisons.
Prohibits trapping fur-bearing or nongame mammals with specified traps. Prohibits commerce in fur of animals so trapped. Generally prohibits steel-jawed leghold traps on mammals. Prohibits use of specified poisons on animals. Fiscal Impact: Unknown state and local costs of several hundred thousand to in the range of a couple of million dollars annually, depending on workload and effectiveness of alternative trapping methods.

Proposition 5 Tribal-State Gaming Compacts. Tribal Casinos.
Specifies terms and conditions of mandatory compact between state and Indian tribes for gambling on tribal land. Allows slot machines and banked card games at tribal casinos. Fiscal Impact: Uncertain impact on state and local revenues, depending on the growth in gambling on Indian lands in California. Effect could range from little impact to significant annual revenue increases.

Proposition 6 Criminal Law. Prohibition on Slaughter of Horses and Sale of Horsemeat for Human Consumption.
Makes possession, transfer, or receipt of horses for slaughter for human consumption a felony. Makes sale of horsemeat for human consumption a misdemeanor. Fiscal Impact: Probably minor, if any, law enforcement and incarceration costs.

Proposition 7 Air Quality Improvement. Tax Credits.
Authorizes $218 million in state tax credits annually, until January 2011, to encourage air-emissions reductions through the acquisition, conversion, and retrofitting of vehicles and equipment. Fiscal Impact: Annual state revenue loss averaging tens of millions to over a hundred million dollars, to beyond 2010. Annually, through 2010-11: state cost of about $4.7 million; additional local revenues, potentially in the millions of dollars. Potential unknown long-term savings.

Proposition 8 Public Schools. Permanent Class Size Reduction. Parent-Teacher Councils. Teacher Credentialing. Pupil Suspension for Drug Possession. Chief Inspector's Office.
Permanent class size reduction funding for districts establishing parent-teacher councils. Requires testing for teacher credentialing; pupil suspension for drug possession. Fiscal Impact: Creates up to $60 million in new state programs, offset in part by existing funds and fees. Local school districts' costs potentially in the high tens of millions of dollars annually.

Proposition 9 Electric Utilities. Assessments. Bonds.
Prohibits assessment of taxes, bonds, surcharges to pay costs of nuclear power plants. Limits recovery by electric companies for costs of non-nuclear power plants. Prohibits issuance of rate reduction bonds. Fiscal Impact: State government net revenue reductions potentially in the high tens of millions of dollars annually through 2001-02. Local government net revenue reductions potentially in the tens of millions of dollars annually through 2001-02.

Proposition 10 State and County Early Childhood Development Programs. Additional Tobacco Surtax.
Creates state and county commissions to establish early childhood development and smoking prevention programs. Imposes additional taxes on cigarettes and tobacco products. Fiscal Impact: New revenues and expenditures of $400 million in 1998-99 and $750 million annually. Reduced revenues for Proposition 99 programs of $18 million in 1998-99 and $7 million annually. Other minor revenue increases and potential unknown savings.

Proposition 11 Local Sales and Use Taxes-- Revenue Sharing
This measure would authorize local governments to voluntarily enter into sales tax revenue sharing agreements by a two-thirds vote of the local city council or board of supervisors of each participating jurisdiction. Fiscal Impact: No net change in total sales tax revenues going to cities and counties. Potential shift of sales tax revenues among cities and counties.

Local Measures

Measure A Development of rental housing for people with low income -- County of Santa Clara
Without increasing local taxes, may publicly assisted providers develop, subject to local zoning and approval procedures, rental housing for the elderly, disabled, families and individuals of low income, in the municipalities and urban service areas within Santa Clara County, in annual amounts which, apart from any existing authority for the development of such housing, do not exceed 1/10th of 1% of the total housing units within the municipalities and urban service areas as of the 1990 census?

Measure B Delete wording regarding justice courts -- County of Santa Clara (Charter Amendment)
Shall the County of Santa Clara amend section 712 by deleting the words "judges of the justice courts"?

Measure C Eliminate Intergovernmental Council and encourage cooperation among Bay Area agencies -- County of Santa Clara (Charter Amendment)
Shall the County of Santa Clara delete section 507 eliminating the Intergovernmental Council and amend section 301 by adding a new sub-section (b) to the powers and duties of the Board of Supervisors providing, "Encourage cooperation among local public agencies both within Santa Clara County and the San Francisco Bay Area. When appropriate recommend and promote solutions to regional issues of mutual concern to Santa Clara County and other agencies and reletter subsections accordingly"?

Measure D Amend Charter -- County of Santa Clara (Charter Amendment)
Shall the County of Santa Clara amend section 506 to: add "committees" following "boards" throughout the section to refer to "boards, committees and commissions," add "by laws, quorum requirements" to the second paragraph after "meeting times" and delete paragraph six, allowing organizational and administrative issues to be addressed by ordinance, rather than the charter, and add a provision providing flexibility in the residency requirement by allowing the Board to waive that requirement?

Measure E Board of Supervisor term limits -- County of Santa Clara (Charter Amendment)
Shall the County of Santa Clara amend section 202 to limit the number of terms a member of the Board of Supervisors may serve to three terms, consisting of four years each?

Measure F Allow consideration of instant run-off voting system -- County of Santa Clara (Charter Amendment)
Shall the County of Santa Clara add section 208 stating, "Nothing in this Charter shall preclude the Board of Supervisors from authorizing an instant run-off voting system for the November general election, which eliminates the need for run-off elections, when such technology is available to the County?"

Measure I Repair, rehabilitate and construct facilities -- San Jose City College/Evergreen Community College District (Bonds)
Shall San Jose/Evergreen Community College District repair and rehabilitate its San Jose City College and Evergreen Valley College facilities to meet current health, safety, accessibility, and instructional standards; replace aging roofs, inadequate lighting, deteriorated plumbing, heating, ventilation and electrical systems; refurbish classrooms, laboratories, restrooms, vocational training facilities, and construct technology centers, libraries and classrooms by issuing $135,750,000 of bonds at interest rates within the legal limit with no proceeds used for administrator salaries?

Measure AA Continuation of New Realities Taxes -- City Of San Jose
Shall the existing ordinances implementing the New Realities Task Force recommendations which provide for a limited inflationary adjustment for business taxes, the collection of the existing utility tax on out-of-state telephone service, and an alternative business tax on fuel tank farms, be continued?

Measure BB Contractor participation in the Apprenticeship Program for at-risk youth -- City Of San Jose (Charter Amendment)
Shall City Charter Section 1217 be amended to allow the City the option of including provisions in publicly bid contracts for contractor participation in an apprenticeship program for at-risk youth?

Measure CC Civil Service Reform -- City Of San Jose (Charter Amendment)
Shall the San Jose City Charter be amended to implement the recommendations of the New Realities Task Force that the terms of the Civil Service Commissioners be reduced from six years to four years, and to delete provisions relating to the filling of Commissioner vacancies, removal of Commissioners from office and disciplinary action of City employees so that these provisions are addressed in the San Jose Municipal Code instead?

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